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It appears there has been a determined assault on the sermons of Dr. Charles Stanley. Virtually all of the You Tube videos have been removed from the internet. Has Satan as manifested in Google's military industrial complex seperated us from his teachings? I hope this wasn't the request on In Touch Ministries. Christ preached to the poor without charge. So must his followers. There is support to Ministry from those so blessed. The manna of the ministry is the tonic to the souls of God's people. It is good and proper to give to as many people as possible. If this was a money issue from the ministry, I am truly disappointed. We will try to restore some of the links. We will find other pertinent sermons to satiate your soul. Matthew Nolan seems to be on the same page as I. I am a pre-Constantine Christian. If we go back further, Jamesian. 


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    by George Freund on July 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM
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    Does history repeat? Are there parallels with today? Watch and find out. The powerful can never be destroyed. They walk in league with the fools who know not. An unbeatable combination if there ever was one. LOL. Political correctness keeps this one in the banned film library. They know we're Sodom and Gomorrah.

  • Samson and Delilah
    by George Freund on November 14, 2015 at 8:52 PM
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    PART 2:

    PART 3:

    Samson and Delilah is a 1949 American romantic religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille and released by Paramount Pictures. It depicts the biblical story of Samson, a strongman whose secret lies in his uncut hair, and his love for Delilah, the woman who seduces him, discovers his secret and then betrays him to the Philistines. It stars Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature in the title roles, George Sanders as the Saran, Angela Lansbury as Semadar, and Henry Wilcoxon as Ahtur.

    Pre-production on the film began as early as 1935, but principal photography officially commenced in 1948. The screenplay, written by Jesse L. Lasky, Jr. and Fredric M. Frank, is based on the biblical Book of Judges and adapted from original film treatments by Harold Lamb and Vladimir Jabotinsky.

    Praised upon release for its Technicolor cinematography, lead performances, costumes, sets, and innovative special effects, the film was a box-office success. It was the highest-grossing film of 1950. Of its five Academy Award nominations, the film won two for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.


    Samson, a Danite Hebrew placed under Nazirite vows from birth by his mother Hazelelponit, is engaged to a Philistine woman named Semadar. At their wedding feast, Samson loses a bet with his wedding guests because of Semadar and attacks thirty Philistines to strip them of their cloaks to pay his betting debt. When his deeds become known, Semadar and her father Tubal are killed; Samson becomes a hunted man and in his fury he begins fighting the Philistines. The Saran of Gaza imposes heavy taxes on the Danites, with the purpose of having Samson betrayed by his own people. The Saran's plan works, and frustrated Danites hand over Samson to the Philistines, much to the joy of Delilah, Semadar's younger sister. Samson is taken by Prince Ahtur, the military governor of the land of Dan, and a regiment of Philistine troops. En route back to Gaza, Ahtur decides to taunt Samson. Samson rips apart his chains and ropes and begins to combat the Philistines, toppling Ahtur's war chariot and using the jawbone of an ass to club the Philistine soldiers to death.

    News of the defeat of Ahtur at the hands of Samson reaches the Saran. The Saran ponders how to defeat Samson. Delilah comes up with the idea of seducing Samson, thus having him reveal the secret of his strength and then deliver him for punishment. Her plan works; she cuts his hair, which he feels gives him his strength. In order to fully neutralize him, Samson is blinded by his captors, put to slave work and is eventually brought to the temple of Dagon for the entertainment of the Philistines and of the Saran.

    However, Delilah has been in love with Samson ever since his engagement with Semadar, and his blindness and torture make her feel deep remorse over her betrayal. She initially had betrayed him because she wanted to avenge the deaths of her father and sister, which she thought were caused "because of Samson."

    Delilah later attends the public torture of Samson wielding a whip which he uses to be guided by her to the temple of Dagon's main support pillars. Once he stands between them, he tells Delilah to flee, but she remains, unseen by him, as he pushes the pillars apart. The pillars give way and the temple collapses, burying Samson, Delilah, and all the Philistines inside alive, including the court. In the end the temple lies in rubble, and Saul and Miriam, his two closest Danite Hebrew friends, are left to mourn Samson's passing.

    It is implied that the disaster has caused utter chaos among the Philistines, which are then forced to give up Israel to deal with their internal crisis.

  • Ravi Zacharias - What Happened After God...
    by George Freund on February 14, 2016 at 8:08 AM
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    It appears the You Tube Gods have done it again. We have audio links here:

    Dec. 3/17 replaced. 

    What Happened after God’s Funeral, Part 1 of 4

    Part 2 of 4

    Part 3 of 4

    Part 4 of 4

    What happened after God's funeral hello and welcome to what my people think with apologist and author Ravi Zacharias called the rise of relativism or the death of absolutes but we live in a world set but certain degrees of certainly problems with a accurate sense of reality are many and as Ravi begins with todays message and a fundamental error declaring ourselves to be God lets listen as Ravi begins Luke chapter 12 reading from verse 13 someone in the crowd said to Him teacher tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me Jesus replied who appointed me a judge or arbiter by you then He said watch out be on your guard for all types of greed mans life does not consist of the abundance of his possessions and He told them this parable the ground of a certain rich man produces a good crop he thought to himself what shall I do I have no place to store my crops then he said this is what I will do I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones and there I will store all of my grain and my goods and will say to myself you have plenty of good things laid up for years take life easy eat drink and be merry but God said to him you fool this very night your life will be demanded from you then who will get...

    The very heart of every human being is a soul remember when Jesus looked at peter and He said to peter peter whom do the people say that I am and peter gave Him scattered answers Jesus looked at him and said whom do you say that I am that is the point of Jesus' question peter looked at Him and said Jesus you are the Christ Son of the living God Jesus looked at him complementarily and said blessed are thou simon son of jonah for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my Father who is in Heaven what he really said is this has not come to you by way of man it has come to you by way of God and then it said as soon as peter had made that recognition it says from that moment on I think it is pivotal from that moment on Jesus began to tell them how He must suffer and die that shameful death and as soon as He described His cross bound journey peter looked at Him and said not so Lord and Jesus reverses the compliment into a warning now and says simon you are not listening to the voice of God you are listening to the voice of men and looks at them and says if anyone comes after me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me for what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul what will you give says Jesus in exchange for your soul


    He moves you and me from the soulishness of man thats why when you see a man binding his enemies wounds you see something soulish about him thats why when you see a helpless orphan rescued you see something soulish about the rescue thats why when we see something noble we think there is something soulish about it it is not merely flesh and blood there is something of a spirit in all of that so if God is dead the body has to be taken as the soul and I don't know how one can live with that to live with a constant sense of contradiction now wasn't it worth coming just to hear that what He is really saying is when soulishness is gone and body is all that is left you live with a constant sense of contradiction and nothing will make sense anymore if God is dead you have to take man to be God if God is dead you have to take the body to be the soul and lastly if God is dead you have to take time to realise there is no eternity your body with be devoured alright so if there is no God than time has to become eternity so if you see a 5 year old killed in a tragic accident it is no more a meaningful a fact that a 95 year old who has died a very natural death because death is the end of all and there is no eternity life becomes completely senseless time becomes eternity but to the man without God there is no hope when my father died in 1979 he had gone in for open heart surgery and the doctors told us he was the perfect candidate and would do very well after the surgery was over and he would be the best he had ever been he was 77 years old then and still working and in very many ways so healthy he drove himself into the hospital I was the last one to speak to him he was quite scared about this surgery and wasn't sure whether he should have really had it as he is wheeled in many hours go by and the appointed time came when the doctor was to come and see us and long after that he gathers us together and says children he is holding a pencil in his hand and he says I don't have very good news for you he said your father something has gone wrong in the surgery he is not doing well I said doctor are you saying my father is dying he said what I am saying to you is he is in very very critical condition


    3 or 4 days later 3 in the morning we were all sound asleep my phone rang my sister in law said the doctor just called and I called my younger brother to hurry up and come to the hospital that your dad in not going to survive this night by the time I got there he was already gone my older brother who lived much closer was there and he says this Ravi I was holding onto dads hand as he was hooked up to the machines and his blood pressure was so low he said when I called him by his name for a moment it shot up I don't know whether he registered it or not...

  • Grant Jeffrey The Arab Spring, Iran And ...
    by George Freund on April 24, 2016 at 7:43 AM
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    The Arab Spring: Made in the USA

    by Stuart Jeanne Bramhall / October 25th, 2015

    Arabesque$: Enquête sur le rôle des États-Unis dans les révoltes arabes (Investigation into the US Role in the Arab Uprisings) is an update of Ahmed Bensaada’s 2011 book L’Arabesque Américaine. It concerns the US government role in instigating, funding and coordinating the Arab Spring “revolutions.” Obviously most of this history has been carefully suppressed by the western media.

    The new book devotes much more attention to the personalities leading the 2011 uprisings. Some openly admitted to receiving CIA funding. Others had no idea because it was deliberately concealed from them. A few (in Egypt and Syria) were officially charged with espionage. In Egypt, seven sought refuge in the US embassy in Cairo and had to be evacuated by the State Department.

    Democracy: America’s Biggest Export

    According to Bensaada, the MENA Arab Spring revolutions have four unique features in common:

    None were spontaneous – all required careful and lengthy (5+ years) planning, by the State Department, CIA pass through foundations, George Soros, and the pro-Israel lobby.1

    All focused exclusively on removing reviled despots without replacing the autocratic power structure that kept them in power.

    No Arab Spring protests made any reference whatsoever to powerful anti-US sentiment over Palestine and Iraq.

    All the instigators of Arab Spring uprisings were middle class, well educated youth who mysteriously vanished after 2011.

    Nonviolent Regime Change

    Bensaada begins by introducing non-violent guru Gene Sharp (see The CIA and Nonviolence), his links with the Pentagon and US intelligence, and his role, as director of the Albert Einstein Institution, in the “color” revolutions.2 in Eastern Europe and the attempted coup against Hugo Chavez in 2002.))

    The US goal in the Arab Spring revolutions was to replace unpopular despotic dictators while taking care to maintain the autocratic US-friendly infrastructure that had brought them to power. All initially followed the nonviolent precepts Sharp outlines in his 1994 book From Dictatorship to Democracy. In Libya, Syria and Yemen, the US and their allies were clearly prepared to introduce paid mercenaries when their Sharpian “revolutions” failed to produce regime change.

    Follow the Money

    Relying mainly on Wikileaks cables and the websites of key CIA pass through foundations (which he reproduces in the appendix), Bensaada methodically lists every State Department conference and workshop the Arab Spring heroes attended, the dollar amounts spent on them by the State Department and key “democracy” promoting foundations3, the specific involvement of Google, Facebook, Twitter and Obama’s 2008 Internet campaign team in training Arab Spring cyperactivists in encryption technologies and social media skills, US embassy visits, and direct encounters with Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, John McCain, Barack Obama and Serbian trainers from CANVAS (the CIA-backed organization that overthrew Slobodan Milosevic in 2000).

    Bensaada focuses most heavily on the Tahrir Square uprising in Egypt. The Washington Post has estimated approximately 10,000 Egyptians took part in NED and USAID training in social media and nonviolent organizing techniques. For me the most astonishing information in this chapter concerned the role of an Egyptian exile (a former Egyptian policeman named Omar Afifi Suleiman) in coordinating the Tahrir Square protests from his office in Washington DC. According to Wikileaks, NED paid Suleiman a yearly stipend of $200,000+ between 2008-2011.

    When Nonviolence Fails

    Arabesques$ devotes far more attention to Libya, Syria and Yemen than Bensaada’s first book.

    In the section on Libya, Bensaada zeroes in on eleven key US assets who engineered the overthrow of Gaddafi. Some participated in the same State Department trainings as the Middle East opposition activists and instigated nonviolent Facebook and Twitter protests to coincide with the 2011 uprisings in Tunisian and Egypt. Others, in exile, underwent guerrilla training sponsored by the CIA, Mossad, Chad and Saudi Arabia. A few months after Gaddafi’s assassination, some of these same militants would lead Islamic militias attempting to overthrow Assad in Syria.

    Between 2005 and 2010, the State Department funneled $12 million to opposition groups opposed to Assad. The US also financed Syrian exiles in Britain to start an anti-government cable TV channel they beamed into Syria.

    In the section on Syria, Bensaada focuses on a handful of Syrian opposition activists who received free US training in cyberactivism and nonviolent resistance beginning in 2006. One, Ausama Monajed, is featured in the 2011 film How to Start a Revolution about a visit with Gene Sharp in 2006. Monajed and others worked closely with the US embassy, funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). This is a State Department program that operates in countries (such as Libya and Syria) where USAID is banned.

    In February 2011, these groups posted a call on Twitter and Facebook for a Day of Rage. Nothing happened. When Sharpian techniques failed to produce a sizable nonviolent uprising, as in Libya, they and their allies (Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and Jordan) were all set up to introduce Islamic mercenaries (many directly from Libya) to declare war on the Assad regime.

    I was astonished to learn that Forum Fikra, a forum for Arab activists working against authoritarian governments, was mainly funded by the Nathan and Esther K Wagner Family Foundation. The latter also funds numerous pro-Israel groups and projects, as well as the Washington Institute for Near East policy (a pro-Israel group with close ties to AIPAC). [↩]

    The color revolutions were CIA-instigated uprisings that replaced democratically elected pro-Russian governments with equally autocratic governments more friendly to US corporate interests:

    Serbia (2000) – Bulldozer Revolution

    Georgia (2002) – Rose Revolution

    Ukraine (2004) – Orange Revolution

    Kyrgyzstan (2005) – Tulip Revolution [↩]

    Democracy promoting foundations (as used here, “democracy” is synonymous with capitalism, ie favorable to the interests of US investors). Here are seven of the main ones involved in funding and training Arab Spring activists:

    • USAID (US Agency for International Development) – State Department agency charged with economic development and humanitarian aid with a long history of financing destabilization activities, especially in Latin America.

    • NED (National Endowment for Democracy) – national organization supported by State Department and CIA funding dedicated to the promotion of democratic institutions throughout the world, primary funder of IRI and NDI.

    • IRI (International Republican Institute) – democracy promoting organization linked with the Republican Party, currently chaired by Senator John McCain and funded by NED.

    • NDI (National Democratic Institute for International Affairs) – democracy promoting organization linked with the Democratic Party, currently chaired by Madeline Albright and funded by NED.

    • OSI (Open Society Institute) – founded by George Soros in 1993 to help fund color revolutions in Eastern Europe. Also contributed major funding to Arab Spring revolutions.

    • Freedom House – US organization that supports nonviolent citizens initiatives in societies were liberty is denied or threatened, financed by USAID, NED and the Soros Foundation.

    • CANVAS (Center for Applied Non Violent Action and Strategies) – center originally founded by the Serbian activists of Otpor who the US funded and trained to over throw Slobodan Milosevic and who were instrumental in training Arab Spring activists. Funded by Freedom House, IRI and George Soros 

    Dr. Bramhall is a retired American psychiatrist and political refugee in New Zealand. She has published a free, downloadable non-fiction ebook 21st Century Revolution. Her first book The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led her to leave the US in 2002.

  • God be With You Till We Meet Again
    by George Freund on December 6, 2015 at 7:43 AM
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    In this world filled with lies and deceit of those serving Satan take heart. There is a God. There is truth and justice. There is grace and love eternal. Our road to extol truths is arduous, but it is a test of our faith and proportioned by God as our resposibility as leaders in the community and tenders to the flock. It doesn't get any better than to be trusted to the task. God be with you till we meet again. 

  • Dr. Charles Stanley ~ The Key To Making ...
    by George Freund on September 12, 2015 at 12:04 PM
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    As the invasion of 'REFUGEES' continues, note the similarities to Jeremiah.

    Europe's Refugee Crisis: Violence, Demands, and Muslim Conquest

    ISIS threatens to send 500,000 migrants to Europe as a 'psychological weapon' echo of Gaddafi's prophecy the Mediterranean 'will become a sea of chaos'

    Are we seeing Bible prophesy right before our eyes? Will we turn back to the Lord of hosts? These are the ultimate decisions we must make before it is too late. Many of these 'refugees' are not Syrians at all. They are most likely the fighters Gaddafi promised.

    Jeremiah 32 King James Version (KJV)

    32 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.

    2 For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem: and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which was in the king of Judah's house.

    3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it;

    26 Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying,

    27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

    28 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it:

    29 And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense unto Baal, and poured out drink offerings unto other gods, to provoke me to anger.

    30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth: for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands, saith the Lord.

    31 For this city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this day; that I should remove it from before my face,

    32 Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

    33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.

    34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it.

    35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

    36 And now therefore thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence;

    37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:

    38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:

    39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:

    40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

    41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.

    42 For thus saith the Lord; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.

    43 And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say, It is desolate without man or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.

  • Dr. Charles Stanley How To Stay Young an...
    by George Freund on October 31, 2015 at 6:08 PM
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    The Lord desires that we serve Him for as long as we live. Even in old age, believers have the privilege of obeying God and ministering to other people. So let?s consider some attitudes and actions that keep Christians productive and young at heart.

    PART 2


    by George Freund on December 20, 2015 at 12:32 PM
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    "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" - often abbreviated to "Turn! Turn! Turn!" - is a song written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. The lyrics, except for the title which is repeated throughout the song, and the final verse of the song, are adapted word-for-word from Chapter 3 of the Book of Ecclesiastes, set to music and recorded in 1962. The song was originally released as "To Everything There Is a Season" on The Limeliters' album Folk Matinee and then some months later on Seeger's own The Bitter and the Sweet.

    The song became an international hit in late 1965 when it was covered by the American folk rock band The Byrds, bowing at #80 on October 23, 1965, before reaching #1 on the Hot 100 chart on December 4, 1965, #3 in Canada (Nov. 29, 1965), and also peaking at #26 on the UK Singles Chart. In the U.S., the song holds distinction as the #1 hit with the oldest lyrics (Book of Ecclesiastes), theoretically authored by King Solomon.

    The lyrics are taken almost verbatim from the Book of Ecclesiastes (late 3rd century BC), as found in the King James Version (1611) of the Bible[2] (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8), though the sequence of the words was rearranged for the song. Ecclesiastes is traditionally ascribed to King Solomon.

    To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

    A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;

    A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

    A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

    A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

    A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

    A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

    A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

    A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

    The Biblical text posits there being a time and place for all things: laughter and sorrow, healing and killing, war and peace, and so on. The lines are open to myriad interpretations, but as a song they are commonly performed as a plea for world peace, with an emphasis on the closing line: "a time for peace, I swear it's not too late." This line and the title phrase "Turn! Turn! Turn!" are the only parts of the lyric written by Seeger himself.

    The song is notable for being one of a few instances in popular music in which a large portion of scripture is set to music, other examples being The Melodians' "Rivers of Babylon", Sister Janet Mead's "The Lord's Prayer", and U2's "40".

  • Dr.Charles Stanley - Victory Over Anxiet...
    by George Freund on September 5, 2015 at 5:47 PM
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    Published on Apr 21, 2012

    Dr. Charles F. Stanley is senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta, founder of In Touch Ministries

    Anxiety: How to Respond

    By Dr. Charles Stanley

    Do you sometimes lie awake at night, fretting about a situation? Have you ever felt paralyzed by worry? Although everyone experiences moments of anxiety, we don't have to let fear control our lives. The Bible teaches us how to acquire peace in the midst of stressful circumstances.

    A. Closely guard your thought life.

    Anxiety is an emotion caused by fearful thoughts. Changing one's pattern of thinking generally causes apprehension to dissipate. When your thought life becomes negative or counterproductive, deliberately choose to set your mind on something else. According to Philippians 4:8, what should our focus be? What percentage of the time does your thinking measure up to this standard? In what areas does it fall short?

    There are a number of ways you can stop an unhealthy train of thought. For instance, you can praise the Lord and thank Him, turn to solving a different challenge, or find wholesome entertainment. But perhaps the best way is to meet God in prayer and focus on biblical truths.

    B. Renew your mind with Scripture.

    Many anxieties are rooted in worldly concerns. Refreshing your mind with biblical truth can help put such worries in perspective.

    Two scriptural principles in particular can bring us great peace: Our heavenly Father is sovereign and in control over all situations (Ps. 91). He lovingly provides for the needs of His children (Matt. 6:25-34).

    You can also look for verses regarding the specific anxieties that bother you the most. For instance, to counter an unhealthy fear of dying, remind yourself: "God will redeem my life from the grave; He will surely take me to Himself" (Ps. 49:15 NIV). In what area of your life do you feel most anxious? What specific scripture(s) could remind you of God's perspective on those worries?

    If no verses come to mind, simply ask the Lord to reveal appropriate ones during the next few weeks.

    C. Turn anxieties into prayers.

    A constructive way to redirect nervous energy is to turn our concerns over to the heavenly Father. You may want to get on your knees and talk out loud to God in the privacy of your home. Or you may find it productive to write your prayers in the form of letters to the Father.

    Anxieties may return at some point. If that happens, simply say, "Lord, I'm giving this worry back to You." Then deliberately refocus your thoughts. Prayer should be accompanied by thanksgiving (Phil. 4:6). What are some reasons for believers to be grateful? How can an attitude of thankfulness lower a person's anxiety level? If we make known our requests to God, what does Paul promise will happen (Phil. 4:7)? What do you think this would look like in your life?

    Sometime today, present your requests to the Lord according to Paul's instructions in Philippians 4:6. Even if your situation does not change, God will give you His supernatural peace.

    D. Diligently fulfill your responsibilities.

    When we fail to perform our duties, we sometimes end up with anxiety-causing situations. For example, a person who fails to maintain his car will typically end up with a malfunctioning vehicle.

    Those who neglect their responsibilities will face many unnecessary hardships in life. Let's look at this biblical principle as it relates to money. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus promises that the Father will provide for our basic needs. But Scripture also teaches that in most cases, believers have a role to play in meeting financial commitments (2 Thess. 3:10). According to the wisdom of Proverbs, what are a couple of reasons why some people become poor (Prov. 10:4; 28:19)? What are two reasons why the apostle Paul worked to earn a living (2 Thess. 3:7-9)?

    Now, let's apply the general principle that each believer must do his or her part to respond to problems. Is God prompting you to be a part of the solution regarding one of your concerns? If so, in what way? What do you think has prevented you from doing your part?

    Of course, taking responsibility doesn't guarantee a resolution to the problem. If the situation doesn't resolve, you can still find supernatural peace by applying the concepts in the rest of this study. Continue to be sensitive to the Lord's guidance regarding your role in finding a solution. If necessary, seek outside help from your pastor, a professional counselor, or a ministry designed to help people struggling with a similar difficulty.

    Conclusion: Anxiety can cripple us emotionally and hinder our productivity. Or it can drive us to prayer and prompt spiritual growth. Choose to respond to worry in a godly manner. Not only will the Lord be glorified, but you will be set free from anxiety's paralyzing grip.

  • Dr. Charles Stanley, The Key to the Chri...
    by George Freund on December 13, 2015 at 10:49 AM
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    Life Principle 24

    To live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live His life in and through us.

    Galatians 2:20

    Many Christians today seem content to live what they think is an adequate Christian life. They believe if they go to church, read their Bibles from time to time, and say their prayers once in a while, they will be all right with God. Occasionally, they may be inspired to go above and beyond their normal routines and volunteer to serve others as ushers, members of a church committee, or even travel on a short-term mission trip. Though they go through the motions of being a “good Christian,” they do not enjoy the power, peace, and joy that should come with the abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10). Eventually, the counterfeit Christian life they're living becomes a burden and does not comfort them when the storms of adversity assail.

  • Dr Charles Stanley Walking in the Holy S...
    by George Freund on January 3, 2016 at 4:08 PM
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    Aired On 20 Jul 2014


    Do you want to live with real peace, contentment and joy in life? Do you want to have the power to overcome temptation or persevere through adversity?


    There will be many trials and tribulations coming in 2016 to be sure. As you walk into the new year take direction from the Holy Spirit. Jesus raised prayers not armies. So must we. 

  • "Murmuring and Complaining" Baptist prea...
    by George Freund on March 13, 2016 at 8:26 AM
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    The Price We Pay When We Complain

    These three steps can help keep our complaints constructive.

    by Joseph Stowell

    Talking with a Christian doctor about his family, I learned that all of his children were grown, happily committed to Christ, and serving in their local churches. The doctor was obviously grateful and relieved that his children had grown in the faith. As a father of three, I was intensely interested in knowing what he thought was the secret to the spiritual maturity of his children.

    He told me, "My wife and I covenanted that our children would never hear us complain or criticize the church, church leaders, or another brother or sister in Christ."

    In essence, he had made a commitment not to murmur.

    Murmuring is a form of complaining that harbors a negative attitude toward a situation or the people involved. It runs the continuum from griping about the slow driver in front of you to murmuring against the Lord for things He has permitted to come into your life. The common factor in all murmuring is a critical spirit. This kind of grumbling carries the potential for great damage and is a direct violation of God's will.

    My doctor friend wisely realized that complaining about God's work or God's people was a direct reflection on the value of God and His plan. What children would want to commit their lives to a church that is the constant object of their parents' complaints? Wise parents teach and model principles of love and prayerful intercession in regard to imperfections around them. Hearing murmuring about the family of God only gives a young child excuses for future rebellion.

    Nowhere in Scripture is murmuring more graphically depicted than in the case of the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land. When they arrive on the outskirts, twelve spies were sent to "case out" the territory. Ten spies returned with a negative report about what they had seen: "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us. . . . The land through which we have gone, in spying it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants; and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great size. . . . We became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight" (Numbers 13:31-33). Joshua and Caleb, the other two spies, had seen the same things. However, they advised moving forward because they had faith that God was able to deliver them.

    Several aspects of this story are instructive:

    Murmuring ignores God's potential. The report of the ten spies reflected a godless perspective. God had opened the sea to save them, the heavens to feed them, and the rocks to provide water for them. He had defeated mighty armies throughout their wilderness trek. He had freed them from perhaps the most powerful nation on the planet. Certainly He could deal with any problems the new land might present.

    Murmuring is born in the context of bad report. Sins of the tongue that spread negative reports (beguilement, gossip, slander, false witness) create an environment in which murmuring can thrive. Some people are always eager to hear negative things so they can have something to complain about.

    A murmuring spirit is quick to jump to the wrong conclusion. The grumbling Israelites blamed God for their situation and even started planning to return to Egypt (14:3)! Actually, God was as much in control as He had ever been. But once godless grumbling begins to spread, wrong conclusions are easily reached. Murmuring and beguilement go hand in hand.

    Bad judgments are spawned in the atmosphere of murmuring. The murmuring Israelites decided it would have been better to have died in Egypt. In their haste to return, they even attempted to stone the ones urging them to stop grumbling and trust in the Lord (14:10). Murmuring distorts good judgment.

    Murmuring leads to self-pity. "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!" (v. 2). Murmurers often feel sorry for themselves and focus on how they have been mistreated, misused, and let down.

    Murmuring thrives in an atmosphere of fear. Twice Joshua and Caleb exhorted the people not to be afraid (v. 9). But the Israelites' fear of the unknown fanned the sparks of grumbling in their midst. They were in a situation beyond their control, and they felt threatened and insecure. Their faith disappeared as their fear increased.

    Murmuring left unchecked usually breeds rebellion. Joshua and Caleb urged the murmuring Israelites not to "rebel against the Lord" (v. 9). But rather than listen to reason, the Israelites were ready to elect new leaders who would oversee their rebellious plans.

    The end result of a murmuring spirit is a general atmosphere of dissatisfaction. Criticism and complaining lead to discontent. By the end of this episode, Israel was dissatisfied with their God-given lot in life. "Majority reports" are not always trustworthy. Just because a lot of people are murmuring doesn't necessarily mean they are right. But we tend to wear fear and insecurity close to the surface, so murmuring has no trouble attracting a crowd.

    God's judgment on the Israelites was swift and final. Their murmuring had verbally defamed His presence, power, wisdom, and glory. They would not see the Promised Land, and they would be granted their misguided wish to die in the wilderness.

    The New Testament describes other situations that involved murmuring. The Pharisees murmured because of ignorance and lack of information (John 6:41-43). When the early church didn't adequately meet the needs of Greek widows, the Grecians murmured in the congregation (Acts 6:1). After Paul reminds us that "it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13), he then challenges us to, "Do all things without grumbling or disputing" (2:14). The presence of God and His power in us is a sufficient resource to help us cope with problems without murmuring.

    Murmuring is always a godless pastime. It's a habit that thwarts our potential in God. It refuses to believe that God can conquer any problem or condition. And it refuses to recognize that God may use negative circumstances to accomplish His best in our lives and demonstrate His glory.

    Is it ever right to express dissatisfaction? Certainly, as long as our attitudes remain grounded in the belief that God is in control and can intervene or not as He so desires. Three steps help to keep our complaints constructive:

    Pray. The psalmist often complained to God about his problems. However, he never lost confidence in God's faithfulness, power, and love. In praying we should commit our problems to God's care and willingly wait for Him to direct us to His solution.

    Take your complaints to someone with the authority to rectify the situation. Sharing problems with those who are not a part of the solution only stimulates murmuring and makes resolution more difficult. Assure the person in authority of your loyalty and desire to help. Open your mind to his or her perspective.

    Direct others to sources of help. When people come to you with problems, encourage them to go to someone in authority before discussing their situations with you any further. While it never hurts to be a good listener, many times others are looking for allies in their murmuring. Don't get caught in the middle of a conflict if you have no opportunity to bring the disagreement to an end.

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