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As we come to the celebration time of Christmas, we have also come to the end of a year in Australia that has opened the country up to a.....

* Great Valley of Dry Bones *

The change, this year, of the Australian marriage definitions and laws to include and clasify homosexual relationships as marriage has Launched this country into a great valley of dry bones!

Ezekiel in the Bible was "carried in the Spirit of the Lord and set down in a valley which was full of bones" [Ezekiel 37:1-14.]

As Christians we can be encouraged that the Lord has allowed the Christian Church to still remain on the earth thus far and has set us to 'prophesy' like Ezekiel.

Ezekiel was to declare to the 'dry bones' to Live! He also exlaimed as he perused the sad spectical, that they were "very dry".

Australia like a number of Nations has set a troubling course toward a 'valley of very dry bones'. But against this backdrop we can declare - to Live is Christ! Come to the Saviour who came to give Life, and "Life more abundantly"  [John 10:10.]

Declare to the peoples of the World no matter how dry, Jesus can raise the dryest collection of bones from the realm of the dead valley of sin, despair, anxiety, drugs and alcohol, or whatever dry and crumbling life style trap maybe the case. Dry bones don't need to stay when Jesus (who conquered the grave) has resurrection life on offer to the driest bone!

Friend of a wounded heart.

It is a dangerous day we live in.

In the time of Noah the Bible declares a shocking reality about a world of people that perished. The sad state of affairs was that, the people knew not and couldn't perceive their true state and the serious truth of God's judgment about to come upon the then young extent of the World. Jesus said that they .... "knew not till the flood came and took them all away" [Matthew 24:38-39.] How sad that ... "They knew not" till the flood came: In that instant they knew, but it was too late! We read that God shut the door. [Genesis 7:16.]

Jesus linked Sodom and Gomorrah and Noah's flood together.

In Sodom and Gomorrah there was not only a sex obsession problem (and many are being swept away today in these rapids) but also among others there was a complete breakdown of sincerity.

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.....Mockery was the disposition of the day. The common attitude was .... "you're a joke mate". When Lot came to warn his son's in law of pending doom upon the city they assumed that Lot was mocking them! And so they perished! [Genesis 19:14.]

Mockery also in the days of Noah. The Bible declares that Noah was a "righteous man" and "walked with God".

Every vital virtue is made a joke of today. Insincerity is rampant. Ads on TV depict deceitfulness in relationships and mockery attitudes in dealing with family and friends.

The Bible shows clearly that when ungodliness increased in Noah's time like a flood, God answered it with a flood! And when Sodom and Gomorrah developed a raging fire of sex obsession, mockery and violence, God answered it with fire! incidently the next final judgment upon the World will be by fire! [2 Peter 3:7.]

How wonderful though, is the fact that .... "It is of the Lord's mercy that we are not consumed because His compassions fail not. Great is thy faithfulness." [Lamentations 3:21-26.] Such was the realisation of Jeremiah in a time when there was much wrong among the people. We also can have this same thrill about the Lord's great faithfulness and plans for all who turn to him even in our present darkened hour!

How triumphant is the great love of God toward such a World of strife, hatred and brokenness. Holding open to all the Gospel greatness of John 3:16 - "For God so loved the World that he gave his only begotton Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have Everlasting Life"

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Rejoice in the Lord this Christmas and be assured of the thrill that blind Bartimaeus experienced ....."Rise, He (Jesus) calleth thee".

The Lord BLESS. He does the BEST!

Grant and Anne.

* THINKING IT OVER. *

Jeremiah 20:11 (KJV)
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But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one...."



** Theme Song - "Think it Over."

>> Mighty Power with Us! <<

3-12-2017.

Jeremiah's name means Resurrection! ("Jah will Rise". Hebrew.) In the previous TIO, resurrection was the theme.

What power does Jeremiah's name and also the verse suggest? Resurrection Power!

Resurrection life and power simply means power we do not possess. Power, other than ourself. Someone else's power. Whatever power raises a dead person back to life is a power in no way related to the dead person or the dead person now raised back to life. This stands good in the resurrection realm of the natural. But in the spiritual realm there is a different equation.

Jehovah was going to Arise to action and Jeremiah was called to partner with the Lord in that.

We (and every believer in Jesus) have been raised from being "dead in trespasses and sins" [Ephesians 2:1.] and have been "Baptised into Christ" [Romans 6:3] so that there is a new you in Christ, called the "new man" [Ephesians 4:24] which we are to "put on" and "put the old man off"!

Now this mighty resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ is resident in the believer and that is why Paul make such an enormous statement to the Ephesian Church, what every believer may know and experience - "And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places". And then amazingly, Paul declares that every believer is raised up together in Christ and is sitting together with Him in heavenly places!! [ Ephesians 1:19-20]. Thus we are involved in a great partnership like Jeremiah as God Arises to do His mighty works.

Not like Jeremiah, this Resurrection power is not an external thing but an inward and close reality if we allow the "working of his mighty power".

Alas how miserable is our experience of this glorious and mighty power of our Lord Jesus Christ who loves us and gave himself for us!

The Lord have his way with us as illustrated to Jeremiah - the yieldingness to the potter and his skilfull hands, hearing his voice of power and enabling.

The Lord BLESS. He does the VERY BEST!

>> Rebecca Pippert: <<

>> The Heresy of Niceness. <<

These videos are a must see.

The danger of being careful about Christian Image.

The second one, "The cross" is an amplification of the brief 2.5 minute interview on "The heresy of niceness".

The revelation that "Becky" unfolds of the love and forgiveness of God through Christ and his cross will bring tears to your eyes! Truely "cliff hanger" realities of this Glorious Gospel of Christ!

 

Click button for the brief interview and subject, - "The Heresy of Niceness."

Click button for the beautiful ministry on "The Cross" [Acts 2:23.] An extended version of the above short clip - "The heresy of niceness."

The Lord bless your listening and watching with your heart for HIS GREAT LOVE FOR YOU!