Life Hurts...God Heals!
(Jesus) "These things I have spoken to you, so that iin Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation (Life Hurts), but take courage; I have overcome the world. (God Heals). " John 16:33 (NASB)
1. Get Help! Say, I admit that I am powerless and that I need help. "Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor." (Matthew 5:3)
2. Open Your Heart. I now know that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He is the only One who has the power to heal my pain. "Happy are those who mourn. God will comfort them."(Matthew 5:4)
3. Depend On Christ. I realize I need to turn my life over to Christ. I need to depend on Him in all areas of my life, including all that I say, think or do. "Happy are the humble." (Matthew 5:5)
4. Hear And Speak. I agree to evaluate my life and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone whom I trust. "Happy are the pure in heart." (Matthew 5:8)
5. Embrace God's Way. I will stop doing things my way and put my life on the path that leads toward God's way. "Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires." (Matthew 5:6)
6. Ask For Forgiveness. I will offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me, and I will ask for forgiveness for any wrong I have done to others. "Happy are the merciful. Happy Happy are the peacemakers." (Matthew 5:7)
7. Live For God. I will set aside some time for God each day; examine my life, read my Bible, and pray so that I have the power to live God's way. "Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor." (Matthew 5:3)
8. Share With Others. I will take the message that God heals to others in need and share it by my words and actions. "Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires." (Matthew 5:10)
My Dear Friends that visit this site; Pray that my mission to the poor, the unloving, and the unloved in society will bear fruit. God Bless You!
- Pastor Daniel N. Dhaene Sr.
THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD!
A: God's Special Book
The Word of God-the Holy Bible- is God's special Book. It is not like other books, but is a supernatural Book. It was written by many different people, who wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16).
The Bible is the world's best seller. It consistently outsells any other book. The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book in the world. Ir was originally written in three languages-Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. The Bible you have (and if not you should obtain), has been translated by dedicated people so that you can have God's words, thoughts and plans. The Bible is also one of the oldest books in the world. The most ancient portions of the Bible date back almost 4,000 years. Yet it is still the most modern book in the world today; for in it we find the answers to life's
greatest questions; * Where did I come from? * Why am I here? * Where will I go?
Even though the Bible is made up of 66 smaller books, it has one central theme: God's loving plan to rescue mankind. At the front of the Bible you will find a list of the 66 books that can be found in the Bible. The Bible is divided into two sections: * The Old Testament and * The New Testament.
C. HERE IS THE WORLD'S GREATEST PROMISE
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
D. THE PURPOSE OF THE WORD OF GOD
"...The holy Scriptures...are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:15,16). "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. "Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires" (2 Peter 1:3,4).
E. THE WORD OF GOD PRODUCES LIFE
"...The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life"(John 6:63). 1. It is Creative. "By the WORD OF THE LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth...For he spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm" (Psalms 33:6,9). See also Hebrews 11:3.
F. THE WORD OF GOD IS LIKE WATER
1. iT CLEANSES! We start life in the Kingdom of God totally "washed clean" by the Word of God. "You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you" (John 15:3).
2. IT KEEPS CLEAN. The Word of God, planted in our hearts, keeps us free from sin. "How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word...I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you" (Psalms 119:9,11).
G. THE WORD OF GOD IS LIGHT FOR OUR LIVES
"And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts"
(2 Peter 1:19)
1. It Gives Understanding In A Dark World: "...The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes" (Psalms 19:8). "Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path...The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple" (Psalms 119:105, 130).
H. THE WORD OF GOD IS SPIRITUAL FOOD: "JESUS ANSWERED, it is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4).
1. It Causes Spiritual Growth: "Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly-mere enfants in Christ . I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it" (1cor. 3:1,2). "Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it, you may grow up in your salvation" (1 Peter 2:2). God's aim for each of us is expressed in Ephesians 4;12-15: "...that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of christ."
I. THE WORD OF GOD IS SEED
LOVING THE UNLOVED AND THE UNLOVING.
Most of us will accept, at least in principle, the idea of loving one's neighbor. But a few of us will hesitate because of an aversion or revulsion against some person or group. this is true in the caring and showing love to a person who is in prison. This hesitation to accept the whole of love may come about either because we do not understand the nature of the love required in these cases, or because we do not deeply understand certain relevant motives for loving.
As to the nature of the love required, we are not obliged to love others together with the things we dislike in them. These people may be deceitful, unreliable, unjust, or they may be uncouth, vulgar, or oppositely, too refined. We may see them as a threat to us, real or imagined, or we may bear deep resentments for causes real or imagined. In none of these and simular cases are we obliged to love what stands between us and the person; we do not have to love what makes him or her undesirable or repulsive. We must love the man/woman, the human being. We love him or her despite what bothers us about him/her. When we in that way distinguish between the man/woman and his/her defects, we are, of course, applying an old, but ever-useful counsel that we hate the sin but love the sinner. In this we are being perfect in our own way as our heavenly Father is in His. He loves all men/women despite their sins and deficiencies. If we protest that we are not divine enough to love with the same forbearance and forgiveness that God does, then let us consider someone in whom we continually see undesirable things and yet still love deeply. God is not asking the impossible of us; this somewhat undesirable person whom we love deeply is ourselves. If we are honest with ourselves, we will recognize that we do many things, even every day, which are wrong, unfitting, or thoughtless. These often bring us deep shame or embarrassment, sometimes even real difficulty. Yet, although we certainly do not love these defects, we continue to do our duty toward ourselves by loving ourselves all the same. There's where our Pastors come into focus, by reaching out to the often neglected and despised inmates in the prisons. Our main aim and focus is on changing them by the powerful message of the Gospel, and transforming them into respectful and changed persons when they are freed from prison back into society. We do not want them to repeat the same deeds that brought them in prison!
Our outreach is not for selfish esteem or material gain, but is based on love of neighbor! On the street lying near the gutter, lies another child; another little mouth to feed, it has no home, no father or mother to take care of it. People, don't you understand? The child needs a helping hand! Or he'll grow up an angry young man some day. Take a look at you and me. We have at least three square meals a day! People, don't you understand? The child needs a helping hand! Take a good look at the situation! Are we too blind to see? Or do we simply turn our heads and look the other way? Well, people may say, the world keeps on turning round and round, and in the meantime a hungry little boy with a runny nose plays in the street as the rains come down and the wind blows on this street corner, and his hunger burns. So he starts to roam the streets at night, and he learns how to steal, and he learns how to fight on the streets. Then, one night in desperation the young man breaks away with a street gang of thiefs. He somehow manages to obtain a gun, he steals a car. He tries to run, but he doesn't get very far, and those around him are crying ever so late as the young man dies on the pavement, with a gun in his hand on this sad sunny morning. Another young child faces the same tragedy in the future when he grows up on the streets. And the Missionary cries out for help, but it seems to fall on deaf ears. Do you see the picture friends? One can appeal world-wide for the poor and downtrodden abandoned children on the streets, and those who ended up in prison under similar circumstances. Can you , who reads this see the need? Can you contribute even in a small way to our mission? Are you offended by the request for financial help? Does it upset you? If our need is not mentioned, how will you know that we need help? Let me repeat: Can you help us even in a small way? Pray about it sincerely!
If you do, you will be blessed!