The Man (Woman) God uses (Ordinary People) ~ Chris Bennett

How can God use YOU ??

I've been thinking about ordinary men whom God changed into extraordinary men. They are just like all of us but, like them, God can use YOU in ways you never imagined - because He's in you and He wants to reach through you and touch the world around you.

Moses parted the red sea Exodus 14:15 “And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it.” Can you imagine what an awesome sight that must have been?

Samuel anointed David 1Sam 16 “So he asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?" "There is still the youngest," Jesse answered, "but he is tending the sheep." Samuel said, "Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives." So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, "Rise and anoint him; he is the one." God chose the unlikeliest one.

Elijah said at Mount Carmel “He who answers with fire – he is God” 1 Kings 18:24 “The god who answers by fire—he is God." Fire fell the prophets of Baal were routed and God was worshipped. God answered Elijah's prayer.

Elisha had Jehu anointed in 2 Kings 9:1-3 “The prophet Elisha summoned a man from the company of the prophets and said to him, "Tuck your cloak into your belt, take this flask of oil with you and go to Ramoth Gilead. When you get there, look for Jehu son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi. Go to him, get him away from his companions and take him into an inner room. Then take the flask and pour the oil on his head and declare, 'This is what the LORD says: I anoint you king over Israel.' Then open the door and run; don't delay!" What a fearsome man Jehu must have been?

Daniel in the furnace Daniel 3:22 “Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego.” The furnace killed ordinary men but God preserve His people.

Peter denies Christ church built on him Matthew 16:16-18 “He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Enough said ??

So who were all these (and other) wonderful people?

Moses – He was an ordinary man who heard from God, but he killed a man and became an outlaw, he was 80 years old before God could use him.

Elijah – He was an ordinary man who heard from God. He had his fears and worries. God sent ravens to feed him. He spoke to kings and leaders. Like Enoch, he didn’t die – he was taken up into heaven.

Elisha – He was an ordinary man who heard from God. He spoke to kings and leaders. Unlike Elijah - he died of an illness.

Daniel – He was an ordinary man who heard from God. He interpreted dreams. He rose to a very powerful position. God rescued him from 'certain death' twice.

Peter He was an ordinary man who denied Christ but who came back to lead the first church. He was the ‘rock’ on which Jesus built the first church

John Wesley – He was an ordinary man who heard from God. He walked and rode thousands of miles to preach the Gospel and he wrote hundreds of hymns.

William Booth – He was an ordinary man who heard from God and as a result he founded the Salvation Army.

John G Lake – He was an ordinary man who heard from God and God gave him and astonishing healing ministry.

Billy Graham - He is an ordinary man who hears from God and went on to preached to over 50 million people.

Reinhard Bonnke – He is an ordinary man who hears from God.He had 3Million+ peope in one meeting and 1Million+ came to the Lord that day

Benny Hinn – He is an ordinary man who hears from God. He leads a world wide miracle healing ministry.

This list is almost endless. These were all ordinary men whom God turned into extraordinary men. All of them were called to deeper relationship with God. All of them had that deeper visionary experience. ALL of them OBEYED gods call – and look how He used them.

All ordinary men who did or are doing extraordinary things for God because He chose them and they accepted His call. S what is the Lord showing you? Who wants to go deeper with God today? He is calling – will you answer? Will you say Yes Lord – I will pay the price. God is going to use YOU in ways you never imagined - because He's in you and He wants to reach through you and touch the world around you.

Don’t ask “Why me?” Rather ask “Why

Evangelical Leaders Welcome NIV Revision Plans with Caution, Hope

Evangelical Leaders Welcome NIV Revision Plans with Caution, Hope

On Monday, NIV publisher Zondervan, NIV translation overseer CBT (Committee on Bible Translation), and NIV copyright owner Biblica (formerly the International Bible Society) announced their intention to revise the NIV Bible for the first time in 25 years and to discontinue sales of the TNIV translation, which drew fire from conservative camps seven years ago over a number of issues, including its use of gender-neutral language.

“We believe that a flawed translation philosophy resulted in the TNIV presenting English readers with an unjustified rendering of the gender language of the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts of the Bible,” commented J. Ligon Duncan III, board chairman for the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood (CBMW). “It is our sincere hope that this new revision of the NIV will do better.”

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, meanwhile, pointed out that the recent joint announcement by the NIV partners indicates that this new translation will be known as the NIV, even though it will be based on the TNIV, as it has been edited even since publication.

“This is a significant departure from the earlier promise to ‘freeze’ the NIV translation in order to protect it from controversy,” noted the prominent evangelical leader.

Still, Mohler applauded the NIV partners for having acted “openly and honestly” to announce their intention and for their promise to consider all concerned raised during the process – from scholars to the general public.

“Their straightforwardness on this is commendable, even where we may find ourselves in disagreement over these decisions and the underlying translation philosophy,” he stated.

When the TNIV (Today’s New International Version) was published in 2002, evangelical scholars sounded off against the more than 3,000 changes that were made – changes that “flattened gender language,” as some put it, eliminating many references such as "son," "he," "him," "his," "father," and "brother," references that diverged from the original Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic.

“As many of us made clear at the time of the TNIV's announcement and release, the issues with this translation had to do with translation decisions that we were convinced did not produce ‘gender accuracy,’ but lamentable inaccuracy,” explained Mohler. “The rigorous application of these decisions produced a translation that was not only problematic in terms of direct and indirect gender references, but also in its confusion of crucial texts with messianic significance.”

Though the issues of primary concern with the release of the TNIV remain, Mohler urged against “reckless talk” and stressed that those who have had significant concerns with the TNIV should communicate these concerns respectfully, candidly, and directly to the Committee on Bible Translation, to Zondervan, and to Biblica.

“We must take the members of the Committee on Bible Translation at their word that they will consider these concerns,” Mohler stated. “To fail to pray and to act in this way will be to fail at a basic Christian commitment.

“The issue is not only the integrity of a Bible translation, but our integrity as Christians,” he concluded.

CBMW President Randy Stinson, meanwhile, said his organization plans to reserve judgment and to watch “closely with hope … giving the benefit of the doubt to the people revising the NIV.”

"We are grateful for the godly approach to try to reconcile this. We are hopeful for the new product,” he stated.

First published in 1978 and revised in 1984, the NIV Bible was created out of a desire to provide a faithful translation of the Scriptures that spoke the language of 20th century English.

Since then, the NIV has become the most popular of all modern translations, with more than 300 million copies of it having been sold to people worldwide.

The CBT is scheduled to finish its revision of the NIV late next year. The updated NIV will be published in 2011, the year which marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Version.

What to Do When a Loved One Rejects God ~ Billy Graham

What to Do When a Loved One Rejects God

Q: Our college-age son says he doesn't believe in God anymore. We talk about it some (mainly when we're trying to get him to go to church), but we always end up arguing. How can we convince him that he's wrong? - Mrs. A. McC.

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A: In all honesty, you probably can't convince your son that he's wrong right now - because he's probably not willing to admit that he might be. Hopefully, some day, he will be open to changing his beliefs - but right now, he isn't.

What, then, can you do? The first thing you can do is to let your son know you still love him. Frankly, arguing with him probably won't accomplish anything; it actually may close the door even tighter. The Bible says, "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Proverbs 15:1). Instead, let him know that nothing can destroy your love for him. And as you have occasion, remind him that God loves him even more than you do - even if he doesn't believe in God.

Then ask God to give you the patience to hear him out - to let him tell you what's been happening in his life since going to college. Challenge him also to face the fact that his real problem may be that he wants to run his own life, and he doesn't want God to interfere. Urge him, as well, to be honest about his doubts; if he is, he'll seek answers to them.

But the most important thing you can do is to pray for your son. College is often an unsettling time, and unbelief is more fashionable on many campuses than belief. But pray that God will break through his resistance, and show him not only that God exists, but that He loves him and wants to come into his life.


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