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 I found a huge change in the number of prayers answered in my life when I started praying the way the Bible teaches us to pray. Many more prayers were answered, and they were answered much more quickly.

When I was a missionary to China, I saw so many miracles it made me wonder why we didn’t have more in Wichita. Later I found that when people pray the way the Bible teaches us to pray, miracles happen, but precious few people pray that way.

Acts 3:6 “Peter said….In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.

Notice the way Peter prayed, it was the same as the OT prophets after God taught Moses to pray. He said “In the name of Jesus, get up and walk!” It almost seems more like a command than a prayer. You don’t hear many people pray that way today, but I noticed those that do pray that way have very powerful prayers.There are dozens of things you can do to strengthen your prayer faith. Here are just a few. http://wp.me/p2rHBL-ca

God set a precedent for prayer way back in the time of Moses. He taught how to have powerful prayer at that time and all the people of faith prayed that way throughout the OT and the New Testament.. They saw amazing miracles. Unfortunately, very few people pray that way today.

Moses had let the Jews out of Egypt and were being chased by one of the most powerful armies of the world in that day. They were trapped by the Red Sea. Moses stood praying to God. But God told him to quit praying a do something.

Exodus 14:15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.16 Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground.

Moses did not have the Holy Spirit living inside him the way we do today after Pentecost, so he didn’t have as much prayer power as we do, but he did have a staff, and when he used it the way God told him to, amazing things happened.

Jesus said that if you have even a little faith you can speak to a mountain and tell it to move and it will. Matt 17:20. He didn’t say to stand there praying, He said to speak to the mountain! If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit is one with you, living inside you (John 17). That is an enormous amount of power! But few Christians use the power God gives us because we don’t pray with faith.

Over 40 times, Jesus said the key to answered prayer is faith. A few times, Jesus hints that one key to answered prayer is whether or not it is Gods will. Why does he stress faith even more than Gods will? Leave a message and let me know, please! My guess is that he knows that humans will never know Gods will in every circumstance. When praying for a sick person, does God want to heal them completely through death (and paradise if they are saved) or does God heal them partially and let them go on trudging through this cesspool we call planet Earth?

James 5 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.

We have proved over and over again that this verse is not true, right? And since it is not true we find other verses to back up our belief. No, I believe the verse is true, it is just that we have not been taught how to have powerful prayer faith. If you took a Christian and sent him/her back in time to walk with Jesus for 3 years he would come back with powerful prayer faith. The key would be to get him away from the negative thinking that fills the churches today and let him see the thousands of miracles Jesus did. At one point, an apostle says that if we recorded all the miracles Jesus did, even a library of books would not be big enough to record them. That is a lot of miracles.

John 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

It seems this verse is not true, because we don’t see people performing miracles very often today. Notice the Bible says the followers of Jesus performed miracles (it doesn’t say God performed miracles through them) Acts 2:43;  Acts 4:16; Acts 5:12; Acts 6:8 Acts 7:36

So how should we pray for a sick person or a person with a birth defect? “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, be healed!” Every person who asked for healing with faith, got healed. It is hard to admit we don’t have mountain moving faith. To tell you the truth, I don’t have that kind of faith yet. But after memorizing verses on faith and repeating them every day and doing some other things, my prayer faith is much, much stronger now than it was two years ago.

One problem is that a person puts these ideas into practice, and pray but they don’t see any result. So they give up. I found it has taken me two years of repeating Bible verses and doing other things to build my prayer faith. It has made a huge difference in my prayer life, but unfortunately it has taken me a lot of time and effort. I am still growing in this area, I wish I could say I was there, but I’m not.

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Four people were in an airplane which was going to crash so they all had to parachute out. The problem was that there were only three parachutes so they began discussing who would get the chutes. The first man said that he ran an orphanage and that dozens of children depended on him for survival, so he took a chute and jumped out.

The second man said “I have a PhD in Nuclear Physics, Biology and Law and since I am one of the smartest men in the world, the world needs me,” so he jumped out.

An old retired farmer and a school girl were the two left. The old man said “You take the chute. I have lived a long and full life and I am looking forward to going to heaven.”

The school girl replied, “No need, there are still two parachutes left. The smartest man in the world just jumped out with my book bag.”

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Have you ever stopped to think that the more you enjoy something the better you will do at it? For example Michael Jordan loves basketball. He would have to love the game to be willing to put in the incredible number of practice hours that he did. And Einstein loved physics. He would have to really enjoy it to work as a patent clerk in the daytime and work on his Theory of Relativity in the evening and during his free hours at work.

A husband who really enjoys his wife and children will be a better husband and father. He will not only be more loved by them, but he will love them more and be happier with the results of their lives.

We can take a look at two hypothetical employees, Bill and Tom. Bill has learned to love his job and continues to learn to love his wife more and more. Tom hates his job and does not get along well with his wife. His boss would tell you he has a bad attitude and doesn’t get along well with others.

Bill comes in to work about fifteen or twenty minutes early almost every day. He has plenty of time to go to the coffee machine and buy a steaming cup of black coffee, just the way he likes it. He goes to his desk and organizes his day so that he can control events instead of events controlling him. He is relaxed and ready for a brand new day.

Tom often comes in ten minutes late. He is in a rush every day and it stresses him out. When he arrives at his desk a coworker is already waiting for him with a question about a project he is working on. Tom doesn’t have time to relax with a cup of coffee and his day is already set – stress and frustration.

Bill likes his job. He is grateful for it. That does not mean he never faces problems or difficulties. But he has a good attitude and that helps him cope with anything that goes wrong.

A couple of years ago I did some studying on what American companies are looking for when they hire employees. I found that attitude is considered very important by most companies. In fact many large companies say they prefer a person with a good attitude over a person with more experience and skill.

The Apostle Paul told us to be overflowing with thankfulness. A person who is really thankful for what he has will enjoy life more and be more excellent in his relationships and his job. When Bill drives home from work he begins to look forward to seeing his wife and children. He enjoys them. He takes time every now and then to think about the benefits of being married to his wife and the joy of each of his children.

When Tom is driving home from work he is thinking critical thoughts about his wife and children. Probably the dinner will be late and he is very hungry. The kids will be naughty and noisy and he won’t be able to rest. He will probably lose his temper with either his wife or one of his children and then everyone in the family will be unhappy for awhile. They will sit down and eat together, but it will be very quiet and rather tense.

If dinner is late for Bill he eats a snack or lies down for awhile until he is rested and refreshed enough to face this new challenge. He enjoys the noise the children make because he knows they are having fun, and he enjoys seeing (or hearing) them have fun. If the dinner is late, it doesn’t matter, he knows his wife has been busy with many different tasks around the house all day and she won’t finish work until all the kids are in bed.

Psychologists and business experts tell us that positive reinforcement is more effective than negative. That means if we want to change other people’s behavior it is better to tell them what they are doing right instead of what they are doing wrong. Getting angry and shouting at people may change them for awhile, but it usually brings about more harm than good in the long run.

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B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber of the United States Air Force (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Henry Ford accomplished things that most people said were impossible. Before the United States entered World War 2, the US government knew they must start preparing for war. They gave Henry Ford the task of designing a plant to build airplanes– heavy bombers. Many people looked around the world and said that at most they could build one bomber a day because each bomber was made of about one and a quarter million parts. Henry Ford designed a plant that could build one bomber every 55 minutes! Hitler didn’t think it was possible. This prodigious output of airplanes helped the US dramatically.

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Czech nursing students. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever gone to the hospital and had a “we” nurse? You know what I mean, she comes in and asks “How are we doing today? Have we eaten our breakfast yet?”

So a man was in the hospital and one afternoon a nurse came in with a specimen cup in her hand and asked him for a urine sample.

He raised his eyebrows in mock surprise and said “Do you mean from here?”

She ignored his humor and left the cup beside his bed. After she left, he decided to have some fun with her and filled the specimen cup with his leftover apple juice.

The nurse came back later, frowned at the cup and said “My, we are a bit cloudy today aren’t we?”

He grabbed the cup and drank it down completely. “I’ll run it through again and see if it comes out more clear next time.”


4 The girl is the translator, in case you wondered.

A man knew that his grandmother was rich and about to die. He went to visit her and help her in any way that he could. She told him that she had half a million dollars hidden underneath the floorboards in the kitchen. She wanted him to have it because he was the only one that cared enough about her to come and take care of her.

After the grandmother’s funeral the man retrieved the money and dug a hole in his backyard to bury it. The next day he went out to check on the buried treasure. All he found was an empty hole. As he inspected the area, he saw footprints from the hole leading to the house next door, which was owned by a deaf-mute. He knew he needed someone to translate to the deaf mute

Down the street lived a woman named Sally who had a deaf brother, so she understood sign language, so the man hurried to her house and brought her to the deaf-mute to interrogate him. He brought his hand gun hidden under his coat.

He screamed at Sally, “Tell this deaf-mute that I know he stole my money and that if he doesn’t give it back I will kill him!” Sally signed the message to the deaf mute, who replied in sign language “I hid it in the cupboards in the basement.”

Sally then turned to the man with the gun and said “He says he will never tell you where the money is, even if you kill him.”


原则一:

神 爱 你,并 且 为 你 的 生 命 有 一 奇 妙 的 计 划。

神的爱

神 爱 世 人,甚 至 将 他 的 独 生 子 (耶 稣)赐 给 他 们,叫 一 切 信 他 的,不 致 灭 亡,反 得 永 生。(约 翰 福 音 3:16)

神的计划

耶 稣 说:我 来 了 是 要 叫 人 得 生 命,并 且 得 的 更 丰盛。(更有意义的生活)(约翰福音10:10)

为 什 么 大 多 数 的 人 都 没 有 经 验 过 这 种 丰 盛 的 生 命 呢?

因 为 …


原则二:

人 因   而 与 神  ,所 以 不 能 知 道 并 经 验 神 的 爱 和 神 为 他 生 命 的 计 划。

人因有罪

因 为 世 人 都 犯 了 罪,亏 缺 了 神 的 荣 耀。(罗马书3:23)

神 创 造 人 原 是 要 人 享 受 与 他 同 在 一 起 的 快 乐,但 因 各 人 顽 固 任 性,偏 行 己 路,背 向 真 神,以 致 与 神 隔 绝。这 种 向 神 任 性 的 态 度,使 人 对 神 漠 不 关 心 或 公 开 反 对,就是 圣 经 所 说 的 罪。

与神隔绝

因 为 罪 的 工 价 乃 是 死。(灵 性 与 神 绝)(罗 马 书 6:23)

[LAW 2 DIAGRAM]

圣 洁 的 神 与 有 罪 的 人 中 间,有 如 深 渊 隔 绝。虽 然 人 不 断 地 用 自 己 的 方 法,就 如 善 行、道 德、宗 教、哲 学 等,来 寻 神 和 丰 盛 的 生 命,但 是 总 得 不 着。

第 三 原 则 告 诉 我 们 这 难 题 唯 一 的 答 案 …


原则三:

耶 稣 基 督 是 神 为 人 的 罪 所 预 备 的   救 法。藉 着 他 你 可 以 知 道 并 经 验 神 的 爱 和 神 为 你 生 命 的 计 划。

耶稣为我们死

唯 有 基 督 在 我 们 还 作 罪 人 的 时 候 为 我 们 死,神 的 爱 就 在 此 向 我 们 显 明 了。(罗 马 书 5:8)

耶稣从死里复活

基 督 照 圣 经 所 说,为 我 们 的 罪 死 了,而 且 埋 葬 了,又 照 圣 经 所 说,第 三 天 复 活 了,并 且 显 给 矶 法 看,然 后 显 给 十 二 使 徒 看,后 来 一 时 显 给 五 百 多 弟 兄 看。(哥 林 多 前 书15:3-6)

耶稣基督是唯一的道路

耶 稣 说:我 就 是 道 路、真 理、生 命;若 不 藉 着 我,没 有 人 能 到 父 (神) 那 里 去。(约 翰 福 音 14:6)

[LAW 3 DIAGRAM]

神 差 他 儿 子 耶 稣 基 督,为 我 们 的 罪 死 在 十 字 架 上,成 为 神 与 人 中 间 的 桥 梁,沟 通 了 两 者 之 间 的 深 渊。

只 知 道 以 上 三 个 原 则 还 不 够 …


原则四:

我 们 必 须     耶 稣 基 督 作 救 主 和 生 命 的 主,这 样 我 们 才 能 知 道 并 经 验 神 的 爱 和 神 为 我 们 生 命 的 计 划。

我们必须接受基督

凡 接 待 他 的,就 是 信 他 名 的 人,他 就 赐 他 们 权 柄,作 神 的 儿 女。(约 翰 福 音 1:12)

我们藉着信心接受基督

你 们 得 救 是 本 乎 恩,也 因 着 信,这 并 不 是 出 于 自 己,乃 是 神 所 赐 的,也 不 是 出 于 行 为,免 得 有 人 自 夸。(以 弗 所 书 2:8-9)

我们必须亲自邀请基督进入心中

耶 稣 说:看 哪,我 站 在 门 外 叩 门,若 有 听 见 我 声 音 就 开 门 的,我 要 进 到 他 那 里 去。(启 示 录 3:20)

接 受 基 督 包 括 自 我 转 向 神 (悔 改),相 信 基 督 进 入 我 们 的 生 命,赦 免 我 们 的 罪,使 我 们 成 为 合 神 心 意 的 人。人 只 在 理 智 上 同 意 关 于 基 督 的 真 理,或 只 有 一 些 情 感 的 经 验,都 是 不 够 的。我 们 必 须 藉 着 信 心(意 志 的 行 动)去接 爱 基 督。

这 两 个 圆 圈 代 表 两 种 生 命:

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自我管理的生命

自我在生命的宝座上
基督在生命以外
人 生 各 项 活 动 在 自 我 管理 之 下,
时 常 产 生 各 种 的 混 乱 和 不 安

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基督管理的生命

基督在生命的宝座上

自我退下宝座

人 生 各 项 活 动 在 基 督 管 理 之 下,
结 果 就 合 乎 神 的 计 划

那 一 个 圆 圈 代 表 你 现 在 的 生 命?

你 愿 意 那 一 个 圆 圈 代 表 你 的 生 命?

以 下 说 明 你 怎 样 才 能 接 受 基 督:


你 现 在 就 可 以 藉 着 信 心 的 祷 告 接 受 基 督
(祷告就是和神交谈)

神 知 道 你 的 心,他 看 重 你 内 心 的 态 度,过 于 你 的 言 语,下 面 的 祷 告 可 作 参 考:

主 耶 稣 啊!我 需 要 你。感 谢 你 为 我 的 罪 死 在 十 字 架 上。我 愿 意 打 开 心 门 接 受 你 作 我 的 救 主 和 生 命 的 主。感 谢 你 赦 免 我 的 罪 并 赐 给 我 永 生,求 你 管 理 我 的 一 生,使 我 成 为 你 所 喜 悦 的 人。奉 主 耶 稣 的 名 祷 告,阿 们。

这 个 祷 告 是 否 合 乎 你 的 心 愿?

如 果 是,请 你 现 在 就 作同 样 的 祷 告,基 督 就 会 照 着   他 的 应 许 进 入 你 的 生 命。

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(2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

by Tony Warren

I. What is the Biblical Definition of a Thorn?    Many of the theologians of our day have made the assumption that the thorn in the flesh that Paul referenced in 2nd Corinthians was likely some physical ailment. What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? The theories are that it was probably stammering speech, arthritis, malaria, bad eyesight or some other physical illness or malignity. Others believe that we can’t really know from the scriptures what this thorn in the flesh was. One would wonder if biblical hermeneutics have digressed so far that “comparing scripture with scripture” is now not even considered an option? Even the use of the common concordance would reveal much of the truth of this idiom used here. One of the first principles of sound biblical interpretation is that the scripture is its own interpreter. In other words, the Bible is not subject to our own personal opinions or private interpretations. Therefore, before we can assign a meaning to any passage, we must search both the context of the passage in question, as well as the whole Bible itself, to see how the word is used throughout scripture. In this system we take care to note if there are any other words or passages that might somehow relate. And in this way, we surrender to God (via His infallible harmonic word) as the interpreter of His own word. We cannot arbitrarily assume or guess at anything in discerning difficult passages. In the case of Paul’s thorn in the flesh, simply looking up the word thorn throughout the Bible and examining how “God” uses it, what it represents, and the context in which the word is found, I believe would reveal what his thorn represented. For the scriptures (both the Old and the New Testament), are replete with examples. The “thorn” in scripture is a common word that is frequently used very figuratively, as the Apostle Paul was using it. And of course he was very familiar with the Old Testament scriptures, so I believe that he surely used this term in the same way that it is used throughout scripture. Indeed, God is the true author of these scriptures, and so we would “expect” there to be harmony and consistency in the use of the word in similar situations. For example:

Joshua 23:13

 

  • “Know for a certainty that the Lord your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.”

 

God is not using this language of a scourge (piercing or pricks) in their sides and thorns in their eyes to denote some bodily disorder as some might assume today. Rather, God is using these terms to signify the people of these other nations will be entanglements for the Lord’s people to vex them or cause spiritual affliction. They are represented as “scourges and thorns” to signify that they will trouble them and cause them not to see clearly. In other words, these foreigners will be their nemesis to frustrate them in serving the Lord. Likewise, in the book of Numbers, God uses this same type idiom, declaring these wicked people will be pricks or scourges in their eyes and thorns in their sides.

 

Numbers 33:55

 

  • “But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.” continue reading http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/bible/thorn.html

 


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On a Sunday morning in church a little girl turned to her mother and told her that she felt sick. Her mother told her “Don’t do it here, hurry to the restroom and do it there.”

The little girl leaves and comes back about five minutes later. “Did you throw up?” the mother asked.

“Yes,” the girl replied “but I didn’t have to go all the way to the restroom, because there is a box at the door of the sanctuary that says ‘For the Sick.’”

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On a Sunday morning in church a teenaged girl turned to her mother and told her that she felt sick. Her mother told her “Don’t throw up here, hurry to the restroom and do it there.”

The little girl leaves and comes back about five minutes later. “Did you throw up?” the mother asked.

“Yes,” the girl replied “but I didn’t have to go all the way to the restroom, because there is a box at the door of the sanctuary that says ‘For the Sick.’”

And then there is the joke about the forklift:

A blond walked into a warehouse looking for a job. She found the secretary and was directed to the person in charge. The plant manager asked her if she could make tea.

“Sure, I make great tea” the blond answered. And then she winked and said “By the way, I like my men like I like my tea– strong, hot and sweet.”

The manager was taken back a bit by the comment, but he like her smile.

“Well, can you drive a forklift, ma’am?” He asked.

“A forklift? How big is the teapot?”

They walked through the factory and later she walked out the door. Someone asked her why she didn’t take the job. “He tried to hit me with a forklift” she said.

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Four people were in an airplane which was going to crash so they all had to parachute out. The problem was that there were only three parachutes so they began discussing who would get the chutes. The first man said that he ran an orphanage and that dozens of children depended on him for survival, so he took a chute and jumped out.

The second man said “I have a PhD in Nuclear Physics, Biology and Law and since I am one of the smartest men in the world, the world needs me,” so he jumped out.

An old retired farmer and a school girl were the two left. The old man said “You take the chute. I have lived a long and full life and I am looking forward to going to heaven.”

The school girl replied, “No need, there are still two parachutes left. The smartest man in the world just jumped out with my book bag.”
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If you get a Bible concordance and look up any word, it will show you many places in the Bible where that word is used. Try looking up the word “prayer” in a concordance and read each passage. Look up the word “faith,” “belief,” and other words that are involved with powerful prayers. It is amazing to see how these ideas are explained in the New Testament Gospels and throughout the entire Bible. When you see all the verses on “belief,” it gives you a new perspective of the concept of belief. I did this with many of the words associated with prayer. I was amazed at the new perspective it gave me and the power of the thread of ideas that were woven through the first four gospels .

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Failure brings success http://wp.me/p2rHBL-iP
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Faith is more than just belief. It involves hope and love. The apostle Paul said “these three things remain: faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love.” Love is incredibly important and it is what God wants from us. We will never have a powerful prayer life if we do not truly love God. Our faith in God must be firmly rooted in our love for Him.

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Failure brings success http://wp.me/p2rHBL-iP
Confidence gives you power http://wp.me/p2rHBL-iM
Get the power… http://wp.me/s2rHBL-1155
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Our journey toward a powerful prayer life begins with faith. In Matthew, we read, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22). But you might ask, how do I have faith, how can I really believe God will give me what I ask for? Or perhaps you’re asking, why don’t we get everything we ask for immediately? Those questions will be specifically answered in the chapters that follow; but as we begin, let’s take a look at the faith that is required for powerful prayer.


He looked away and she could tell by the look on his face she had made an impression on him. “I’m old enough to be your mother; I have son older than you.”

He fixed his gaze on her again, looking her up and down, breathing hard.

“Why you choose me? You could have… any girl.”

He stood looking at her for a moment. “Because you are so beautiful.” He said.

He said it with so much passion that it made her feel strange. She had longed to hear those words spoken with that much passion from her husband when he was alive. He had told her she was beautiful a number of times, but not with the same passion as when they were dating or newly married. As the years went by, he said it less and with very little passion. The intensity of emotion from this young man in front of her, this boy, this confused child, moved her deeply.

“You will get caught for this, sure of it.” She said.

He looked down again and considered walking away, but she looked so beautiful in the light of the oil lamp he couldn’t bear to leave.

She closed her eyes. She missed her husband and sons so much, and here was this boy, this young man who looked like her oldest son and talked to her like her husband did when they were courting. This boy with the hungry, longing eyes thought she was the most attractive girl around.

Suddenly, like a dam breaking, she burst into tears. The terror of the past year, the sadness of her husband’s death, and the powerful emotion of hearing those wonderful words he had just spoken-words she had missed for so long- all climaxed into a torrent of emotion. She was no longer afraid of him.

She realized he was a child, not an enraged madman bent on rape and pillage. She sobbed uncontrollably, like when she was a child. It took a moment to regain her composure and catch her breath.

“Put your gun down, now!” she said as harshly as when she scolded her son, but still crying.

He stood motionless for a moment, moved by her tears. Slowly he turned the gun upside down and lowered it gently to the floor holding only the fabric strap, then letting go of it completely.

“I’m sorry, stop crying, I won’t hurt you.” He said.

He moved towards her, but she was not afraid. To her surprise he wrapped his arms around her and talked gently to her, trying to stop her crying. She felt his big hands on her back. She tried to push him away, but he didn’t let her go.

She pushed him harder, but he squeezed her more firmly. She felt embarrassed, but this hug, this display of affection was what she had desperately needed for a long time. She pushed again, but did not want him to let her go.

They stood there together, two lonely people in a world of destruction and sadness, finding hope and comfort.

She smiled, thinking about this young man choosing her, when he could have chosen a much younger girl. Now she remembered he had opened a door for her in the municipal building a day or two ago. She remembered him because he had stared at her and she felt surprised and uncomfortable that he showed her so much attention.

“How long you in Berlin?” she asked. “I don’t know, probably a long time.” He replied. She desperately wanted to wrap her arms around him and hug back, but was afraid it would make her look unladylike.

They stood there that way for a long time.

After that evening, neither of them felt so bleak, so hopeless. Now there seemed to be something to live for, something worth fighting for, happiness instead of despair.


Matt 11:38 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” http://www.travel4j.com


Many years ago, in the 1980’s, I was an aerospace engineer for the Raytheon Company. I was assigned to do secret government work on missiles that did not carry bombs. Some of the missiles our groups made were used for surveillance, others had other functions.

When I was told what some of these missiles could do, I didn’t believe it at first. As the weeks went by and I spent time learning how the missiles were designed, I began to believe that they could do the amazing things that I was told about.

The key point here is that the things these missiles could do were so far ahead of anything I had ever heard about that I didn’t believe it.

The SR-71 Blackbird was a super-secret spy plane used from the 1960’s to the1990’s. Some online sources say the plane could go over Mach 3, but they don’t say how much faster than Mach 3 the plane could go. The problem was that the SR-71 was so fast that airline pilots sometimes reported it as a UFO because they didn’t believe any airplane could go that fast.

The key point here is that people didn’t believe any airplane could go that fast. Military technology is often so much more advanced than commercial technology that people just don’t believe it is possible.

As you read this you may not believe it because you have heard  that it is not true or it seems so far beyond anything you have heard about that it seems unbelievable. Be open minded for just a few moments as you read.

Does the Bible predict World War III?

Do some super rich join together to make plans to acquire more wealth and power? I believe they do. We hear all sorts of silly fiction about the Illuminati, much of the Illuminati info is completely untrue. But does that mean that there aren’t any super rich & powerful people who want to get richer by making plans with other super rich people?

There is a theory that says that the super-rich from around the world joined together to make plans to bring much of the world under their control. They decided three world wars were needed to accomplish their plans.

World War I and II were predicted decades before they happened in a letter that some now say never existed. We believe everything we read, so we believe the letter never existed (haha). The letter also predicts World War III – a war of the Islamic World against Israel and Islam’s other enemies. http://www.threeworldwars.com/albert-pike2.htm


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WHY MEN ARE NEVER DEPRESSED:

From an email: Men Are Just Happier People –What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack…You can be President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100. People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them. New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet.

One mood all the  time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

If someone forgets to invite you, He or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.

Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, even decades. You only have to shave your face and neck. You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes — one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife.

You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes. Men Are Just Happier People.