On November 16, 2010, an FDA Advisory Panel will review scientific data on two late-stage clinical studies of an investigational medicine for the treatment of lupus, known as BENLYSTA™. This is a historic day for lupus as BENLYSTA could be the first new treatment approved for lupus by the FDA in 52 years, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was President of the United States. In addition, BENLYSTA would be the first treatment ever developed specifically for lupus to be approved by the FDA for lupus. ~ Lupus Foundation of America
God puts together gatherings where people are presented with the truth of His Word so that their faith can grow to a point where they can receive all of His spiritual blessings. These God gatherings cross all barriers that man has instituted; they transcend learned traditions and practices and are used to build the church of Jesus Christ regardless of race or nationality.
In Acts chapter 10, we are seeing God put together a gathering of people to receive the good news of Jesus Christ. It would require that barriers be broken down and it would require obedience. In the first paragraph (Acts 10:1-8), God is working on a Gentile named Cornelius. In the second and third paragraphs (Acts 10:9-23), God is working on a Jew named Peter. In the fourth and fifth paragraph, we see the gathering come together as these two individuals obey God.
So he invited them in to be his guests. The next day he rose and went away with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him. And on the following day they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. When Peter entered, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, "Stand up; I too am a man." And as he talked with him, he went in and found many persons gathered. And he said to them, "You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me." And Cornelius said, "Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing and said, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.' So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord."
(Act 10:23-33 ESV)
As Jesus was helping Peter see that racial barriers had to come down, Cornelius was busy getting his house full of his friends and family so that they could receive the blessings of God that were coming. He didn’t know what they were going to receive; he just knew that if God was putting it together, it would be good.
By the time Peter gets to the house of Cornelius, the house is full of people. This was a God gathering designed by God, but for it to take place and people’s faith grow to receive God’s spiritual blessings; it required the obedience of Cornelius and Peter. In this paragraph of Scripture we see that their obedience to the instructions that came to them through prayer resulted in a God gathering. When God puts a gathering together, good things are going to happen.
These two individuals did not realize what the result of their obedience would bring prior to obeying. They knew God and they knew that if they obeyed Him, the result would be good. Many never enter into all that God has for them because they can’t see what the results of their obedience will bring. These two did not have to see the results before they moved forward in obedience. They trusted God and knew that if He was leading, the result would be good.
Beloved, trust God and move forward in obedience as He instructs you through His Word and through prayer. You may not understand it all, but that is not a requirement. All that God requires is obedience and as we step out in obedience, we know that the best is yet to come. God rewards obedience with His spiritual blessings.
We need God gatherings in our day, but it will require stepping out in obedience. At Loving God Fellowship we have built a platform for God gatherings to take place in cities across America and around the world. We have stepped out in faith believing the instructions God has given us, not knowing what the end result will be while realizing that God’s spiritual blessings are for all nations and they will follow obedience. We are calling these gatherings Loving God Fellowship or LGF Gatherings and all we need on the other end are for people like Cornelius to step out in obedience and gather their friends and family. God will show up and with Him comes spiritual blessings. To learn more about these gatherings and how you can be a part, please go to our website at LovingGodFellowship.org and click on the link “Building the Church without a Building” or the link “Church without Walls”.
May those who love God and ALL people rise up in obedience to the Lord in our day. May God gatherings where the truth of God’s Word is proclaimed and faith is enlarged be commonplace. May we realize that God gatherings do not have to take place in a church building and on a church day. And may we receive the spiritual blessings that always follow our obedience to God.
I'm sure by now that you have heard, read, or seen the news about the earthquake in Haiti. My husband Greg told me about it when it happened after seeing it on the news channel. My heart is heavy and I feel totally devastated for the Haitian people. This is such a tragedy in an already improvised nation. But I must be honest with you, I have been even more devastated by the comments of so called "Christian's" blaming this disaster on God and saying the Haitian people got what they desired. Yes you heard me right. That is what I have heard from so-called Christian people.
According to Pat Robertson, the Haitian people way back in the day, and I truly mean way back in the day, made a pack with the devil that they would serve him if he freed them from the French.
"And you know...something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, "We will serve you if you will get us free from the French." True story. And so, the devil said, "OK, it's a deal." And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other. Desperately poor." ~ Pat Robertson on the Christian Broadcasting Network
You can watch his comments for yourself as he refers to the destruction of buildings (which fell on people and killed them) being a "blessing".
Of course the devil being against oppression (yea right) helped them to revolt and free themselves. (I'm always humored by what people blame on the devil. The devil in my opinion gets way to much credit and attention for things he doesn't even do.) Now all these years later God decides to send an earthquake to kill hundreds of thousands of people as punishment. I DON'T THINK SO! If we all got what we deserved we would all be dead, but God is love and full of mercy.
What amazes me the most is when I ask these individuals to show me in the new covenant where Jesus ever used natural disasters or violence of any kind to harm or kill anyone they can't, but they quickly take me to the old covenant, which by the way, Jesus came to fulfill. I quickly remind them if they are going to live by the old covenant, they need to take an animal to church to sacrifice on the altar the next time they go. Come on people, let's not pick and choose, cut and paste so that we can say and live by the rules we want. The bottom line is Jesus came to give life and life more abundantly. He does not kill, steal, and destroy. That's what the word of God tells us the devil is doing.
As I ended my conversation with these so-called Christian's I ask them what makes you think the devil didn't send that earthquake to kill all those people; why did it have to be God? After all the devil is the one who kills, steals and destroys.
One day God in all his glory will give us a new heaven and a new earth, the Word of God will be fulfilled and we will live for eternity in His presence. But until then we need to keep the two greatest commandments given to us by God himself; to love the Lord God with all your heart, mind and soul and to love your neighbor as yourself. Who is your neighbor you ask? Anybody, anywhere regardless of gender, race, social statics, or sexual orientation; that's who your neighbor is. And by all means live by the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Please let's keep the Haitian people in our prayers. I'm sure it will be a long recovery period for them. May God's love, mercy and provision be poured out upon them at their point of need.
Sometimes we forget that our spiritual journey involves a downwardness. There are some who attribute this downwardness to direct attacks of Satan or lack of faith. In doing so, they bring much harm to those experiencing these downward periods.
We must always remember that Christ revealed the downward aspect of the journey when He left the realm of glory to come into our world and show us how to live and how to die. As Christ followers, we follow Him even in the downward periods of our life knowing that glory is ahead of us and the best is yet to come.
Thanks to my friend Milton W. Kliesch for this video clip of Parker Palmer talking about his spiritual journey that has included 3 bouts of clinical depression. He refers to a downwardness of the the journey in which he has learned much.
The number of casualties of the 7.6-magnitude quake in West Sumatra of Indonesia has reached to 704 and some 295 others are still missing, the provincial Disaster Management Agency said Wednesday. Also 102,646 houses collapsed and 1104,770 were damaged.
Many schools, hospitals and roads were also affected by the quake and are in a bad state. ~ Thaindian News
I am raising funds this week to help as many disaster survivors that we can in Indonesia, Philippines and Samoa, showing them the love of God. With three major disasters occurring in the same week, we need the help of as many generous and compassionate people as possible at this time.
Will you demonstrate your love of God and people by clicking here and joining us in helping survivors?
A massive quake and tsunami struck the Samoan islands on September 29, 2009, killing at least 500 people and trapping survivors beneath debris and rubble from collapsed buildings. Support is needed to get emergency aid to survivors.
I am raising funds this week to help as many disaster survivors that we can in Indonesia, Philippines and Samoa. With three major disasters occurring in the same week, we need the help of as many generous and compassionate people as possible at this time.
Will you click here and join us in showing the survivors the love of Christ?
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