The Parable of the Biscuit ~ Greg Laurie



God meets you where you are.



(March for Jesus thru Downtown Anchorage Alaska, the Dancer is Michael Stone)


(The following was in response to a conversation about a recent addition to "Last Call" the Devotion with Emotion. A Jewish author was added and while many people have gotten entangled in Legalisms and Traditions; from Hebrew Roots to Catholicism, there is still a beauty that some enjoy while being "fully scriptural" and yet take a path less traveled to perhaps share Jesus with someone on that path.


It is not about promotion, but emotion and how we respond to any given situation the Spirit of God may lead us. 


I personally have met Born Again Christians in places you do not expect to find them, but there is no doubt, God put them there. As such I share these thoughts:)





I think the hardest thing for Human Beings to realize is that God meets us where we are.

The Roman Catholic Priest in fine regalia at a Midnight Mass in one heart felt instance can be as close to Jesus as a tattooed, biker, 300 pound Harley Rider who only knows God as his “riding buddy”, or a man on death row, or a Jew who just left Orthodoxy, or like Dylan, left Jesus Freaks for Orthodoxy…

Each one can be as personal and as close as they allow God in their life.

The Issue isn’t with those who have been to each of these, (I have), but to those who presume because they have encountered God personally at some point in their life that all others will too in the same way.

While God is not a Universalist and NO, not all ways lead to God or Jesus, God all ways reaches out to all who will call upon his name in any way shape or form that is sincere, because He chooses to.

There is no “set” pattern of worship, style or format for “religious expression” to Him, it is as diverse as Creation Is. But there is a few universal aspects that have to unite us or we are told Jesus would reject us.

Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, Kindness, Meekness, Gentleness, Tenderness, an absolute abandonment to Faith in God our Father thru Jesus that enables us by His Spirit to teach others the way to Find Him.

It is not about making or breaking a New or Old religion, it is ALL ABOUT people finding Jesus, then making a personal and interactive response to Jesus as Lord so that we are Obeying Him and not ourselves.

 

If a sincere and honest study were made of Religion, You can see that God at some point in time interjected Himself Personally into it and if the religion, for a short period of time, followed God, then He sent His Spirit and a revival or “turning to God” occurred and there was definable miracles and sign and wonders following a great time of zeal and pursuance of Jesus.

BUT ALL OF THEM, only last a short time and often changed. Many of them mere husks of what they once were and often adding things not contained in the Original time of Blessing or “outpouring” of God as he revealed himself.

Many wanted to “make a way” rather than point to “the way”, which lets Jesus lead the individual person. It is then our mission to not only introduce a person to a message and leave them on their own to interpret, but to come alongside and assure the person they are in contact with the Living God, with Jesus and have the were with all to follow him.

That is why Jesus said go and Make disciples, not go and evangelize.

From Adam to Abraham, Paul to Catholicism, Luther to Evangelicalism, Jew and Gentile alike have had “great moments” in history where God was the Living God and the Presence of the Lord was seen and known in massive movements often starting a denomination, or great “Christian” revival in each and every country of the World.

Even different ages at times as well as peoples. Each has had God intervene.

Yes, all countries and according to Romans, it has been so since the beginning and will be till He come again.

Oh, and after a great movement of God, there are the Purists, who from time and eternity are going to come after such movements and “fix” those they seem as NOT ACCORDING TO HOYLE.

God doesn’t care. 

He moves where He will and Like the Wind, touches anyone and everyone who is seeking Him no matter, who, how, or what they are.

Friends of Israel





from Israel My Glory, Volume 67, Number 6

Israel: The Inscrutable Enigma

November/December 2009 Editorial


by Elwood McQuaid


 Mark Twain, the famous American author, humorist, narrator, and social observer, had great personal problems with the religionists of his day and many other aspects of the world he occupied in the 1800s.

He was, however, fascinated by the Jewish people. To him, they were both an enigma and an inspiration. His description, in his book Innocents Abroad, of the Holy Land’s topography chronicled the land’s barrenness and apparent hopelessness and was a moving land mark in the Jewish people’s progression across the face of history and the Middle East.

His observations of the area as a sterile wasteland fit only for the habitation of “owls and jackals”had an almost mystic quality, much like the explanation once given of the melancholy strains of Jewish, minor-key music. “It’s as though, in the music of the Jewish people, that just beneath the pathos there is a joyful ebullience about to burst through.” This refrain seems reflected in the words of Samuel Clemens when he wrote “Concerning the Jews” for Harper’s Magazine in 1898:

“If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one per cent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star-dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers.

“He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages;and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. 

“The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?” 

The secret of the Jewish people’s immortality is no secret. It’s written on every page of God’s eternal Word. Furthermore, it is confirmed on every successive Jewish march through history from the clouds of adversity. And when one views their situation in these troubled times, beleaguered by enemies and betrayed by friends, there is the vision of undeniable expectation. Israel is a nation in waiting, hanging on until the trumpet sounds to herald the entrance of a deliverer who will lead it into the light and bring an end to the anguish of the ages. 

One of the great ironies is that the more there appears to be reason for depression, the more obvious it is that a great change is on the horizon. It is as though an inevitable, climactic consummation were on the way—an Armageddon-proportioned experience.

Biblically, the waiting will end with the promised Second Advent of the Son of Man, Messiah Jesus, in the day when “all Israel will be saved” (Rom. 11:26). 

In a way, the expectation of those awaiting His first appearance was comparable to what goes on today. For the Jewish people and their little nation then, things could not have been much worse. Pagan Rome was master of the world, and its grip tightened inexorably with every passing day. But there was the promise; the virgin shall conceive . . . the Savior shall arrive. And as rugged shepherds on the hills of Bethlehem could attest, He did arrive and changed the world. Our promise, as sure as theirs, will come—and come soon, we are certain. 

Too bad so many brilliant and gifted men like Samuel Clemens still discern the shadow and ask the question, “What is the secret of his immortality?” Yet they never grasp the reality.

Elwood McQuaid is the Executive Editor for the Friends of Israel.
 

Einstein and Poleshifts 2012 from National Geographic



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Einstein and Poleshifts

“His idea is original, of great simplicity, and—if it continues to prove itself—of great importance to everything that is related to the history of the earth’s surface.” – Einstein
Upon learning of Charles Hapgood’s pole-shift theory, Einstein was struck by the possibility of explaining the history of Earth’s surface. Inspect a letter Einstein wrote to Charles Hapgood and read the famous scientist's introduction to Hapgood's book The Path of the Pole. The English translations are below and his original writings are to the right.



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November 24, 1952
Mr. Charles H. Hapgood
2 Allerton Street
Provincetown, Mass.
Dear Sir:
I have read already some years ago in a popular article about the idea that excentric masses of ice, accumulated near a pole, could produce from time to time considerable dislocations of the floating rigid crust of the earth. I have never occupied myself with this problem but my impression is that a careful study of this hypothesis is really desirable.
I think that our factual knowledge of the underlying facts is at present not precise enough for a reliable answer based exclusively on calculations. Knowledge of geological and paleontological facts may be of decisive importance in the matter. In any case, it would not be justified to discard the idea a priori as adventurous.
The question whether high pressure may not be able to produce fusion of nuclei is also quite justified. It is not known to me if a quantitative theory has been worked out by astrophysicists. The action of pressure would not be a static effect as classical mechanics would suggest, but a kinetic effect corresponding not to temperature but to degeneracy of gases of high density. You should correspond about this with an astro-phycisist experienced in quantum theory, f.i. Dr. L. Schwarzschild at the Princeton University Observatory.
Sincerely yours,
Albert Einstein.





Foreword to the First Edition
by Albert Einstein
I frequently receive communications from people who wish to consult me concerning their unpublished ideas. It goes without saying that these ideas are very seldom possessed of scientific validity. The very first communication, however, that I received from Mr. Hapgood electrified me. His idea is original, of great simplicity, and—if it continues to prove itself—of great importance to everything that is related to the history of the earth’s surface.
A great many empirical data indicate that at each point on the earth’s surface that has been carefully studied, many climatic changes have taken place, apparently quite suddenly. This, according to Hapgood, is explicable if the virtually rigid outer crust of the earth undergoes, from time to time, extensive displacement over the viscous, plastic, possibly fluid inner layers. Such displacements may take place as the consequence of comparatively slight forces exerted on the crust, derived from the earth’s momentum of rotation, which in turn will tend to alter the axis of rotation, which in turn will tend to alter the axis of rotation of the earth’s crust.
In a polar region there is continual deposition of ice, which is not symmetrically distributed about the pole. The earth’s rotation acts on these unsymmetrically deposited masses, and produces centrifugal momentum that is transmitted to the rigid crust of the earth. The constantly increasing centrifugal produced in this way will, when it has reached a certain point, produce a movement of the earth’s crust over the rest of the earth’s body, and this will displace the polar regions toward the equator.
Without a doubt the earth’s crust is strong enough not to give way proportionately as the ice is deposited. The only doubtful assumption is that the earth’s crust can be moved easily enough over the inner layers.
The author has not confined himself to a simple presentation of this idea. He has also set forth, cautiously and comprehensively, the extraordinarily rich material that supports his displacement theory. I think that this rather astonishing, even fascinating, idea deserves the serious attention of anyone who concerns himself with the theory of the earth’s development.
To close with an observation that has occurred to me while writing these lines: If the earth’s crust is really so easily displaced over its substratum as this theory requires, then the rigid masses near the earth’s surface must be distributed in such a way that they give rise to displace the crust by centrifugal effect. I think that this deduction might be capable of verification, at least approximately. This centrifugal momentum should in any case be smaller than that produced by the masses of deposited ice.






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POLE-SHIFT SCIENCE

The North and South poles are known to drift — could they alter the face of the Earth?

FORECAST 2012

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Beyond 2012, these disaster scenarios might strike Earth at any time.

Failure of the Church? or failure of You and Me? One in seven Americans short of food


Some will call it a social gospel or claim it is a 'emergent idea' or some other rich mans excuse to not get involved, but Jesus said,

When I was hungry you fed me.......in as much as you have done it to the least of my brethren you have done it unto me....

 Dare we say we are Christians if 90% claim to be when which means over 10 % of Christians don't have food?

IS THAT TITHING IN THE 21st CENTURY CHURCH

One in seven Americans short of food

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 49 million Americans -- one in seven -- struggled to get enough to eat in 2008, the highest total in 14 years of a federal survey on "food insecurity," the U.S. government said Monday. While Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said programs such as food stamps softened the impact of an economic recession, anti-hunger groups pointed to the huge increase from the preceding year when 36.2 million people had trouble getting enough food and a third of them occasionally went hungry. "The survey suggested that things could be much worse but for the fact that we have extensive food assistance programs," Vilsack told reporters. "This is a great opportunity to put a spotlight on this problem." About 14.6 percent of U.S. households, equal to 49.1 million people, "had difficulty obtaining food for all their members due to a lack of resources" during 2008, up 3.5 percentage points from 2007 when 11.1 percent of households were classified as food insecure. About 5.7 percent of households, or 17.3 million people, had "very low food security," meaning some members of the household had to eat less. Typically, food runs short in those households for a few days in seven or eight months of the year, USDA said. President Barack Obama called the USDA report "unsettling" and vowed to reverse the trend of rising hunger. "Our children's ability to grow, learn, and meet their full potential -- and therefore our future competitiveness as a nation -- depends on regular access to healthy meals," Obama said in a statement. USDA's annual report was based on a survey conducted in December 2008, soon after financial markets slumped and when the jobless rate was marching toward its current 10.2 percent. "The numbers are even worse than people otherwise believed," said Jim Weill of the Food Research and Action Center, an anti-hunger group. "We all know we have the worst downturn since the Depression." David Beckmann of the anti-hunger group Bread for the World called for stronger federal anti-hunger programs. "The recession has made the problem of hunger worse, and it has also made it more visible," he said. Vilsack said the report represented "an opportunity here for the country to make a major commitment to end childhood hunger by 2015," an administration goal. He called on Congress to make it easier for poor children to get free school meals and to improve the nutritional quality of those meals. Child nutrition programs, which cost about $24 billion a year, are overdue for renewal but Congress is not expected to act before 2010. The administration backs a $1 billion increase but has not found offsetting cuts at USDA to pay for it. The number of Americans receiving food stamp assistance soared above 36 million for the first time in August, the eighth month in a row that enrollment set a record, the USDA said earlier this month. As part of the stimulus package, food stamp benefits were raised temporarily through September 2010. Vilsack said it was too early to judge if the increase should become permanent. (Editing by Jim Marshall)

Will History Repeat? Where will President Obama Stand on Palestine?

Could this be the "mother of all prophecies?"
Imagine what would happen if this IS brought to a UN VOTE?

Exclusive:The Secret Palestinian Plan

November 14, 2009 - 12:47 PM | by: Reena Ninan
 A senior Palestinian official tells Fox News in the next few weeks the Palestinian Authority is planning to call for Palestinian statehood through a UN resolution-- a similar maneuver to that  by which Israel was created.

  Both Palestinians and some Israelis believe that there is growing support in the international community for such a measure. 
 Asked to comment on the plan, an American official said that such a UN resolution, while not a cure-all, could be expanded upon eventually. Still, he added: "It's a measure that would make you feel good for five minutes. Then what?" 

 Palestinian officials predict the US would veto a UN resolution.  If the resolution fails, senior Palestinian officials are considering completely dissolving the Palestinian Authority. That would leave the burden of running the West Bank to Israel--a policy that the Israeli government would be fearful of.   

US tax payers pay $3 billion to aid Israel a year.  If Palestinians hand the keys over to the Israelis more money will likely be needed to facilitate the occupation.  The senior Palestinian official added once the Palestinian Authority is dismantled, Palestinians will push for a 'one state solution'-- ultimately making Israel no longer a Jewish state.

It's all about the Gospel, Rick Warren in Washington



While no one need my support, I support Jesus Christ HIS ability to transform lifes, save a man from sin and develop a personal relationship with him.


 It just so happens, so does Rick Warren, Greg Laurie, and Chuck Smith.


There has been a regular "fringe element" of accusations by people who should know the Bible well enough or at least church history to know that as soon as you put God in a Box and say he can't do....

Guess what?

He doesn't ask your permission and does it anyways.

The first shock was Paul, 
I mean, My God, if there ever was candidate for "Seeker Friendly" and Emergent Theology....WEEEELLLLL...we better go check out this Paul character and make sure he isn't telling these ....these ...gentiles...

they don't have be circumsized.  

Or Worse, they can EAT PORK...NO NO NO....NOT THAT.....

Who does Paul think He is?

By the Way, since we are talking about Boxing God and shipping him by UPS, or BIBLE-EX,:

Did you hear about Chuck Smith? No?

Why Why Why....He is consulting with those Dirty Hippies....Yes THOSE HIPPIES.
And WORSE I heard Lonnie Frisbee was gay...., I heard Chuck Smith is teaching heresy,
HE ACTUALLY THINKS JESUS IS COMING and worse still.

That God Loves Hippies.....NO...and,,,and ...and He is using UNHOLY WATER at the Ocean for Baptism. 

And so the list goes on....,

Billy Graham
Greg Laurie
Chuck Smith
Rick Warren


(Hmmm seems like a good crowd to me, HEY!! Can you include me in on that group, if you're labling them heretics, you can call this Jesus Gyspsy one too!!!)


Of course, the critics don't count the souls, the saints, the Pastors, the Ministries, the sinners, the people these Men of God have inspired to Walk and Talk and Live Jesus....

Nope we can't count that, we might tip the scales....

In fact, as I read the Critics, none of them seem to have any facts....except....BY GOLLY SINCE THE GUYS WENT INTO McDONALDS....they must be BIG MAC's in disguise.

You see, the Critics are promoting the gospel as these evangelist are. The Critics aren't as big ministries as these Men of God are. The Critics don't have budgets to get the gospel out and develop Pastors, Teachers, Ministers, and develop Church's as these well-known Men who follow Jesus do. 

But the Critics do need your attention, they get paid for it.

(I rest my case.......Michael James Stone)


All of us need to be careful: we want a God we can put in a box, that only does what we say he does, and How we tell him to do it.

That is Human Nature to seek to control rather than to serve, and the Critics want control, but these Mighty Men of God would tell you, Go with Jesus and do as He leads you.

Is any of these guys "Emergent or Friendly Seeking".

 LOL

A better question :

 Is God?

These Men Seek Jesus Daily and frankly try to avoid the critics and criticism, as they try to Serve the Lord with Joy in celebrating what God is doing....,

Too bad we can't get the word critic to mean celebrate Jesus.



Rick Warren Comes to Washington

November 16, 2009 01:21 PM ET | Dan Gilgoff | Permanent Link | Print
By Dan Gilgoff, God & Country

When the Rev. Rick Warren walked into a conference room perched above Washington's K Street last Friday to address a group of journalists, I was surprised to see him warmly embrace a New York Timesreporter. Warren literally hugged the guy. I could just imagine the Weekly Standard headline: "Country's Top Evangelical Embraces Scourge of the Right."
Then Warren spied Sally Quinn, the Washington Post journalist and famed hostess, and hugged her, too. For a folksy Baptist preacher known for his extensive Hawaiian shirt collection, I thought, this guy sure knows his way around Washington's power circles.
Having never met Warren—I've interviewed him by phone—I approached him, introduced myself, and extended a hand. He wrapped me in his arms like I was his nephew.
Warren, whose Saddleback Church is the nation's largest congregation and whose Purpose Driven Lifehas sold more copies than any book in American history other than the Bible, mostly avoids the news media. In the months before and after his invocation at Barack Obama's January inauguration, he declined all press requests. And after doing a few sit-downs last Easter, Warren pulled out of a scheduled interview with George Stephanopoulos for ABC News's This Week and has stayed out of the national media spotlight since.
But during an overnight layover last week en route from Southern California to Europe and Africa, Warren let the Washington press corps take a good look at him. He was feted at a dinner party sponsored by Atlantic Monthly publisher David Bradley, taped a segment for Meet the Press, and spent a couple of hours kibitzing with journalists from the national media at Friday's event, organized by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, where I caught him.
The back-and-forth between Warren and we journalists revealed a lot about why he doesn't do this sort of thing too often. The reporters wanted to talk domestic hot-button politics: Warren's role in passing Prop 8—California's gay marriage ban—last year and his take on abortion in the healthcare bill. Warren wanted to talk about Africa and what he sees as Christianity's unrivaled power to transform people from the inside out.
"I've noticed that reporters would rather talk about politics than anything else," Warren said. "I'm not a politician. If I thought politics could change people's hearts, I'd go into government. . . . But I don't, so I'm not. I have no political aspirations and no aspirations to even influence public policy."
One reporter asked Warren about the Catholic Church's threat to sever social-service contracts with the District of Columbia if the city proceeds with a proposed gay marriage law. "If you want to ask about gay marriage, there are 30 states that have voted it down," Warren said good-naturedly. "Ask those people. Why ask me?"
Another reporter inquired about Warren's views on the healthcare debate. "I know absolutely nothing about the healthcare bill," he said. "What I would like to talk to you about is a revolutionary new healthcare plan in Rwanda."
Warren has generated controversy for his role in domestic politics—promoting Proposition 8, speaking at Obama's inauguration—but he is focused mostly on the Third World. In Rwanda, Warren says, his network has trained 1,400 congregation-based healthcare workers in the last year and a half in a region that used to have a single doctor.
Warren's annual global AIDS summit at Saddleback has attracted the world's leading AIDS activists, along with U.S. politicians like Obama and Sen. Sam Brownback. Warren has sent 9,000 Saddleback members to 146 nations in the last five years to promote what he calls his PEACE plan, focused on tackling poverty, disease, illiteracy, corruption, and conflict.
For Warren, the work isn't just humanitarian; it's a way to win souls. He noted that Christians now account for half of Africa's population, up from about 10 percent in 1900. "If you want to know the future of Christianity, it's in the developing world: Africa, Latin America, and Asia," he said. "It ain't here."
Warren's main causes are at once more personal (the winning of souls) and more global (the humanitarian and religious transformation of continents) than the work that consumes Washington on most days. And he wasn't shy about telling the assembled journalists that he thinks his causes are more important, too. "When you have an inside-the-beltway view, you don't realize that most of the world doesn't care about the beltway," he said. "It really doesn't affect them one [way] or the other."
Was it the best way for Warren to endear himself to Washington's media set? Probably not. But it might have helped journalists understand Warren as something larger than a conservative religious voice. Warren isn't the new leader of the religious right. His movement is bigger and broader. It's less focused on Washington. And Warren is intent on making sure journalists get that, one hug at a time.

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