She had just escaped the fire

FireA girl of about seventeen years of age fought her way through the great torrents of blood, crushed, charred, and baked flesh. She had just escaped the Iroquois Theater fire, that happened on December 30, 1903, in Chicago. It was the deadliest theater fire and the most fatal single-building fire in the United States history up to that point, resulting in at least 602 deaths. Her hair was singed, her eyebrows were burned off, her face and hands were blistered, and her clothing was hanging in charred rags. As she got on the streetcar to go home, she was moaning and sighing wringing her hands saying, “O, God! O, God!” A lady next to her said, “You ought to be thankful that you got out alive.” She answered, “I am, but I didn’t help anybody else out! It was all I could do to get myself out alive.” She was grieving because others had to die, and she didn’t help them. 

How many Christians have the goal of getting themselves out of the fire of life alive but don’t help others out of the fire? 

Proverbs says, “He who is wise wins souls! (Proverbs 11:30)” How would we feel if it were a member of our family that was in the fire?  If it is not your flesh and blood, it is somebody else’s. 

There was a mine cave-in in Pennsylvania. The alarm sounded, and men came from all over to volunteer with the rescue. With pick and shovel, they worked hard, trying to dig as quickly as they could to the men underground before they die. An old seventy-five-year-old man appeared on the scene. He threw off his cap, coat, and vest, spit in his hands, and picking up the pick, he began frantically picking. Soon he traded the pick for a shovel, and he shoveled until the sweat rolled down his cheeks. He stood there tottering, about ready to fall from exhaustion when some of the younger men said to him, “Grandpa, take a break and let us young fellows do this job.” 

He answered, “No way, boys! I’ve got three sons down in there! There is no way I am stopping!”  

When it comes to eternity, if it isn’t your boy, it is somebody else’s. If it isn’t your girl, it is somebody else’s. 

The trouble with our world today is that we don’t care much what happens to others, if we go to heaven, everything is good for us.  

We don’t know when we will go into eternity.  The truth is, you will have to meet everyone you neglected in this life in eternity at the judgment. What will they say to you? (from Billy Sunday) 

 

 

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Report by Melody Franz, age 12

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I could hardly wait for my summer break. This summer was going to be very special. For the first time after five years, I was finally able to return to Kenya, where we had lived for so long. This time, I was going with my daddy on one of his crusades. I had been saving up my money for a long time. With the help of family, friends, teachers and even strangers, I was now able to go back.

When we finally arrived in Wote, Kenya, I saw the majestic tent already standing. The welcome I received was overwhelming. I was so thrilled to see my friends and our team members again.

The crusade had already been going on for several days, but on Saturday, which was my birthday, God did something very special.

Mwikali Muthoka had been coming to our meetings since they had started. She was lame and had to be carried to the altar every day for healing prayer. For over 22 years, she had to be taken care of by her parents. Every time I saw her struggling, my heart felt so heavy and sad. When she was carried, her feet were just dangling behind her. On Saturday, 21st June 2008 (my birthday), I went quietly behind the stage and prayed. I said: “Lord, today is my birthday and I have only one birthday wish: please heal this lady!”  The power of God came upon her and in the blink of an eye she was healed! For the first time in 22 years, she could stand up on her own two feet.

That was the best birthday present I have ever received!  The Lord answered my prayers and gave me my birthday wish.

This is not going to be my last mission trip. The day before we left Kenya, I told my daddy that I was going to start saving up my money right away again.

Melody Franz

 

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Lord teach us to pray

2There was a time in my life as a young person, were praying for 15 minutes a day was a great accomplishment! I felt quite good about myself until God began to deal with me. In the period of just one week, the Holy Spirit spoke to me five times. After the fifth time, I realized that God was very serious. I grabbed my Bible, went into a room where I could be alone, and repented with many tears before the Lord. The Holy Spirit came upon me at that time and soaked me in HIS presence. After 1½ hours, I emerged changed. I had never prayed alone that long my whole life. I will never forget that day – I had gotten my breakthrough in prayer! Since then, God has continued to give me growth in my prayer life. I have had to learn to overcome discouragement, dry times, and many attacks from the enemy, but being close to God is such a treasure and makes it all worthwhile!

The best method of prayer is just praying (simply communicating with God with all your heart)! One of the biggest problems in the Church today is that we talk a lot about prayer, but we do not pray. We talk a lot about evangelism, but we do not evangelize. God is looking for men and women of action! There are scores of books written on prayer, but we would be so much more effective if we would do it! 

I challenge you not to let the devil steal the best thing in life! Yes, it takes discipline and hard work, but the reward is pressing into the Holy of Holies. It will make the difference in all that you do!

When was the last time you prayed until you experienced the Glory of God?

Ex 33:18,19 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence.

 

 

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Is the power flowing?

 

SONY DSCHave you ever sat in your car, turned the ignition key, and heard nothing but a click?  That dreaded noise normally happens when you are already running late for an important appointment.  What is happening?

A very thin layer of corrosion on the battery terminals called lead oxide blocks the flow of power.  It forms on the terminals very slowly and most times unnoticed.  The battery itself has plenty of power, but it is just no longer flowing to the starter.

In many ways, our walk with God is the same.  It is rarely blatant sin that cuts off the power of God.  It is just that “lead oxide” slowly leads to corrosion. Often busyness, criticism, acclaim, ambition, or the love of money and success slowly creep into our lives, and the power of the Holy Spirit cannot flow.

What may have caused “lead oxide” to form in your life?

Bring it to the cross and get the power flowing again!

“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.” Ps 66:18-19

 

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The coffin on the truck

winding-road-2549472_640An open truck carrying an empty coffin was slowly making its way along the rough, winding road in Rwanda, Africa.  Suddenly, the driver noticed a man standing by the side of the road, gesturing that he needed a ride.  Wanting to make some extra money, the driver brought the truck to a halt, and the man jumped in the open back, happy he was getting a lift. As the truck continued on its journey, heavy tropical rains set in.  The only shelter the man could think of was the coffin. Eager to get out of the torrential rain, he climbed into the coffin, closed the lid and was soon fast asleep.
As the truck continued on its journey, the driver picked up several more passengers.

Sometime later, the man in the coffin woke up and noticed that the rain had stopped. As he opened the lid of the coffin, four men, gripped by fear, jumped from the moving truck, trying to escape from the “resurrected” corpse.

The power of fear can make us do very strange things.  Fear crippled the heart of Elisha’s servant. Elisha prayed that his eyes might open so he could see reality.  When God opened his eyes, he saw thousands of protecting angels standing guard to protect God’s servant.  If fear is a determining factor in your life, get in the presence of God.  True perspective comes when we soak in God’s presence!

Are you making decisions that are motivated by fear?

2Ki 6:17 – And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

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Don’t get caught by the Monkey trap!

41906545634_48d0fa6d1f_bDid you know how you can easily trap a monkey in the jungle?  All it takes is a small container!  You put some food in a flask that has a small hole at the top, just big enough for a monkey’s hand to get in.  Then securely tie the jar to a tree or a post.  When the monkey discovers the food, he will put his hand in the pot to get it, but when he makes a fist, his hand can no longer get out of the flask.  Believe it or not, a monkey will fight ’till exhaustion, but it will never let go of the food!  The monkey’s only hope is if he is a rescue.

Many times, when God begins the purifying process in our lives, we need to let go of things.  We need to put at the foot of the cross.  So often, we do not realize that the very things we are holding on to, are holding us in captivity!

Is God asking you to let go of things that have taken HIS place in your heart today?

“Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”(Jn.8:35,36)

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A tested string

hqdefaultA talented violinist was scheduled to play before a very critical audience.  Although she had a fine instrument, she was not satisfied with the quality of its sound.  So she said to her father, “This violin must yield its full resonance and vibration of tone.  I’m going out to buy some tested strings.”

When asked what tested strings were, she replied, “First, they’re put on a rack and stretched and strained to take all the vacillation out of them.  Then they are hammered and put through an acid test.  This is what enables them to produce a perfect and full tone.”  When she attached the tested strings and tuned the instrument, the music was noticeably more warm and rich than before.

If our lives are going to produce beautiful music for the Lord, testing is imperative.  Just as a tested string gives the highest quality of sound, so Christians who accept their trials and learn to profit from them are able to bring the greatest glory to the Master Musician.*

Will your trials make you bitter or better?

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
(ODB Dec. 6 1991)

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