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"God's truth is consistent. He is not going to tell you one thing in the Bible and then tell you something different in an impression."
“In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5 (NCV)
God’s number one purpose in your life is to make you like Jesus. He is the standard for your life in how you think, act, feel and speak. That’s why the second test to determining whether an impression is from God or not is to ask this question: “Does it make me more like Christ?”
God is never going to tell you something in your mind that would cause you to do something that’s un-Christlike. If it is not like Jesus, believe me, you didn’t get the idea from God.
What is Jesus like? James 3:14-17 gives us some specifics that are a good measure for testing an idea: “If you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition … such ‘wisdom’ is of the devil. The wisdom that comes from God is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, impartial and sincere” (NIV).
First of all, this passage tells us two things God’s wisdom is not. It will not be motivated by bitter envy or selfish ambition.
These verses instead give seven things to test if an idea that comes into your mind is from God:
Any idea that encourages these seven qualities in your life is an idea that will make you more like Christ.
By Dr. Chuck Missler
Clean, safe nuclear power seems a bit uncertain these days, with nuclear reactors exploding in Japan while the world watches in tense anticipation. A third explosion rocked the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant early Tuesday, spewing radiation into the air. Prime Minister Naoto Kan warned people within 12 miles of the plant to evacuate and those within 19 miles to stay indoors. As fuel prices rise at the pumps, and the anniversary of the Gulf oil spill looms next month, a desire for safer ways of producing energy tops many people's minds.
In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster blew a plume of radiation across Europe. Interestingly, Chernobyl means "wormwood" in Russian, (cf. Rev 8:11). There are fears that something similar might happen in eastern Asia, but the damage caused by the Japanese reactors won't likely duplicate the Chernobyl disaster. The Japanese reactors are housed in a protective container to deter radiation leakage. However, workers are struggling to keep the fuel rods at the Dai-ichi plant covered with water, and it appears the fuel rods are melting.
The current nuclear danger in Japan has certainly bolstered the position of those who fight against using nuclear power. The construction of Taiwan's No. 4 nuclear power plant is under attack by environmentalists and the nation's main opposition party due to safety concerns. East Asia is earthquake territory, and while the recent Japanese quake was one of the largest in recorded history, it will not be the last.
Professor Shih Hsin-min, of National Taiwan University's Department of Chemical Engineering, called for Taiwan to upgrade its nuclear plants' ability to withstand earthquakes. The Green Party spokesman Pan Han-sheng, on the other hand, just wants construction on Taiwan's fourth nuclear plant to stop altogether, declaring that Taiwan would "meet its doom" if it faced a nuclear accident like the one Japan is dealing with right now.
Use of nuclear power has not caused its share of problems. A stuck valve resulted in the partial core meltdown of Unit 2 at Three Mile Island near Harrisburg, PA in 1979. Up to 481 P Bq (13 million curies) of radioactive gases were released. Yet, the majority of the world's 442 nuclear reactors operate without making much noise at all. Of the world's nations, the United States produces the most nuclear power with its 104 reactors, accounting for about 19% of its energy consumption. France uses its 58 reactors to produce 80% of the energy it needs. Nuclear power is pretty darn safe, considering that the majority of Japan's 54 reactors are doing okay, despite the country's having just suffered a 9.0 magnitude earthquake.
The problem, of course, is that while nuclear power plants operate just peachy most of the time, thousands or even millions of people can be harmed when there is an "issue".
The quest for better means of energy production continues. The cost of installing a photovoltaic system has been cut in half since 2000, and the solar energy market has grown to $71.2 billion in 2010 from $2.5 billion a decade ago. As one drives across America, whether through Washington State or Texas, it is common to see dozens or hundreds of huge windmills jutting across the horizon. According to the LA Times, the wind industry is growing in sweeping leaps, from $4.5 billion in 2000 to $60.5 billion last year. Not everybody likes the windmills; they are despised as eyesores or accused of killing birds and bats, but they continue to sprout up like giant dandelions across the country. Clean energy is big business these days, with nearly one-fourth of all venture capital going into clean-technology ventures. That's a big change from 2000, when just 1% of venture capitalists dared to jump onto the "clean" wagon.
Then there's Scott Brusaw of northern Idaho, who is still working to develop his "solar roads" idea. Brusaw wants to replace the thousands of miles of blacktop roads in the United States with heavy duty roads made of solar panels. The idea is a great one, if it can work. The electricity generated by the roads would not only take care of all of America's energy needs, but would make the possibility of electric cars far more feasible since recharge stations could be set up anywhere along the roads. The roads could generate enough heat to melt heavy snow, eliminating the winter wear and tear on cars, drivers, and roads. Telephone and electric lines could be laid under the roads, eliminating the need for wires strung up on poles. Brusaw is filled with ideas.
The reality of solar roads is still a long way off, but Brusaw's got hope. In the fall of 2009, the US government gave him $100,000 to build solar panels for test driving. The government has just invited Brusaw to apply for a $750,000 contract in funding so that he can build and test a real solar parking lot.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and we need to find new and improved ways to produce energy. As we work to find an escape route from our dependence on foreign oil and look for alternatives that can keep us running smoothly, the Scott Brusaws of the world might just be our best bet.
The Last Call Devotions Network
The Devotional Network posts 12 to 20 posts as a "Legacy" or "Classic" Devotional format. These all are intended for the reader not to be guided to think good thoughts or set a mood for the day; but to Hear God Speak specifically to the individual. That is Why they are selectes and waht is expected of God by His Sholy Spirit to do for you as you read them. God can and often does choose to speak this way.
As such these "Legacy" Devotions are meant for you to converse with Him as you prepare to mee and greet each day as an opportunity to know God better and see Jesus more clearly.
*God Calling* *Streams in the Desert* *Daily Light* *Spurgeon* *My Utmost for His Highest* WoW The Big Picture* *One Year Bible Read* *Greg Laurie* *Raul Ries* *Charles Stanley* *Ray Stedman* * Bob Coy*
(The Devotional Network also posts 12 to 20 posts as a "Contemporary" or "Current" series listed in that memo)
The Last Call Devotions Network
Grace in the Morning "Come up in the morning . . . and present thyself unto me in the top of the mount" (Exod. 34:2). The morning is the time fixed for my meeting the Lord. The very word morning is as a cluster of rich grapes. Let us crush them, and drink the sacred wine. In the morning! Then God means me to be at my best in strength and hope. I have not to climb in my weakness. In the night I have buried yesterday's fatigue, and in the morning take a new lease of energy. Blessed is the day whose morning is sanctified! Successful is the day whose first victory was won in prayer! Holy is the day whose dawn finds thee on the top of the mount! My Father, I am coming. Nothing on the mean plain shall keep me away from the holy heights. At Thy bidding I come, so Thou wilt meet me. Morning on the mount! It will make me strong and glad all the rest of the day so well begun. *** Still, still with Thee, when purple morning breaketh, As in the dawning o'er the waveless ocean, *** My mother's habit was every day, immediately after breakfast, to withdraw for an hour to her own room, and to spend that hour in reading the Bible, in meditation and prayer. From that hour, as from a pure fountain, she drew the strength and sweetness which enabled her to fulfill all her duties, and to remain unruffled by the worries and pettinesses which are so often the trial of narrow neighborhoods. As I think of her life, and all it had to bear, I see the absolute triumph of Christian grace in the lovely ideal of a Christian lady. I never saw her temper disturbed; I never heard her speak one word of anger, of calumny, or of idle gossip; I never observed in her any sign of a single sentiment unbecoming to a soul which had drunk of the river of the water of life, and which had fed upon manna in the barren wilderness. *** Give God the blossom of the day. Do not put Him off with faded leaves.
When the bird waketh, and the shadows flee;
Fairer than morning, lovelier than daylight,
Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee.
Alone with Thee, amid the mystic shadows,
The solemn hush of nature newly born;
Alone with Thee in breathless adoration,
In the calm dew and freshness of the morn.
The image of the morning-star doth rest,
So in this stillness, Thou beholdest only
Thine image in the waters of my breast.
When sinks the soul, subdued by toil, to slumber,
Its closing eyes look up to Thee in prayer;
Sweet the repose, beneath Thy wings o'er shadowing,
But sweeter still to wake and find Thee there.
--Harriet Beecher Stowe
Grace in the Morning
"Come up in the morning . . . and present thyself unto me in the top of the mount" (Exod. 34:2).
The morning is the time fixed for my meeting the Lord. The very word morning is as a cluster of rich grapes. Let us crush them, and drink the sacred wine. In the morning! Then God means me to be at my best in strength and hope. I have not to climb in my weakness. In the night I have buried yesterday's fatigue, and in the morning take a new lease of energy. Blessed is the day whose morning is sanctified! Successful is the day whose first victory was won in prayer! Holy is the day whose dawn finds thee on the top of the mount!
My Father, I am coming. Nothing on the mean plain shall keep me away from the holy heights. At Thy bidding I come, so Thou wilt meet me. Morning on the mount! It will make me strong and glad all the rest of the day so well begun.
Still, still with Thee, when purple morning breaketh,
As in the dawning o'er the waveless ocean,
My mother's habit was every day, immediately after breakfast, to withdraw for an hour to her own room, and to spend that hour in reading the Bible, in meditation and prayer. From that hour, as from a pure fountain, she drew the strength and sweetness which enabled her to fulfill all her duties, and to remain unruffled by the worries and pettinesses which are so often the trial of narrow neighborhoods. As I think of her life, and all it had to bear, I see the absolute triumph of Christian grace in the lovely ideal of a Christian lady. I never saw her temper disturbed; I never heard her speak one word of anger, of calumny, or of idle gossip; I never observed in her any sign of a single sentiment unbecoming to a soul which had drunk of the river of the water of life, and which had fed upon manna in the barren wilderness.
Give God the blossom of the day. Do not put Him off with faded leaves.
"Your Digital News Flash"
LastGenReport: News From "The Posts"
As an writer and publisher I take serious the overwhelming flood of propaganda we have to filter thru everyday from those we agree with and those we don't.
Both choosing techniques of fallacies and deceptive practices that are just plain morally and ethically wrong. It feeds the flesh and the ego and as such is horrible for the eventual effect it has on the soul and the mind of any Christian and every Human Being.
I can only try to give you a variety of somewhat screened news that should not be considered as fact, ever. It is always to be treated a "perspective" of what the person saw or heard or is reporting according to the "information" they have at the time; WHICH IS ALWAYS INCOMPLETE.
In News, you only get a "part" of the full picture which takes time; research; and thoughtful presentation. I choose these carefully and I pray you read cautiously, it is only part of the "full story."
Normally they will appear in most of the Networks at least 4 times or more from multiple sources.
(the other 4 sites should be on board Soon)
"Your Digital News Flash"
News From Rapture Ready
16 Mar 11
54 House Republicans Defect on Spending Bill
Defections among rank-and-file House Republicans on the latest short-term U.S. spending bill exposed divisions that may complicate negotiations with Democrats on a broader budget plan. In Tuesday's House vote, 54 Republicans opposed a measure to fund the government until April 8, forcing their leaders to rely on support from Democrats to pass the bill, 271-158.
Bahrain's King Orders Three-Month State of Emergency
As the government's crackdown intensified, the Bahraini king declared a three-month state of emergency Tuesday that gave his military chief wide authority to battle protesters demanding political reforms and equal rights for Shiites. One demonstrator was shot in the head and killed, and a Saudi official said one of his country's soldiers was shot dead by a protester.
Poland slammed for halting restitution plans
Poland's government is coming under fire from Jewish and non-Jewish former property owners for suspending plans to offer them a measure of compensation for property seized from them during the Nazi and communist eras.
'Atrophied' Navy insufficient to enforce no-fly zone
"We literally don't have the forces because we have allowed our Navy to atrophy," says Lippold. "We don't have the ability to fly these forces all the way from Italy down to maintain a no-fly zone effectively over Libya without incredible amounts of tanker support over the Mediterranean
DOMA will be defended, despite administration
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will be defended, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) stated last week, regardless of the action taken by the Obama administration, which announced it would no longer defend the statute. ADF attorney Jim Campbell explains the legal steps expected.
Strong quake hits eastern Japan, Tokyo buildings shake
A 6.0 magnitude quake hit eastern Japan on Wednesday, NHK said, and buildings shook in the capital, Tokyo.
Uruguay Recognizes PA as Sovereign Nation, France Defers
Foreign Minister Luis Almagro said in a statement that Uruguay communicated its intent to the Palestinian Authority. However, there was no indication as to whether Uruguay would recognize specific borders for the entity.
Report: Turkey ordered landing of plane carrying Iran arms to Syria
Turkey ordered a cargo plane carrying arms from Iran to Syria to land at a Turkish airport on Wednesday, the Istanbul-based Dogan News Agency reported. The plane was allegedly carrying weapons connected to Iran's nuclear program, Dogan reported. The plane landed in the city of Diyarbakir on Wednesday.
Young Leaders of Egypt's Revolt Snub Clinton in Cairo
A coalition of six youth groups that emerged from Egypt’s revolution last month has refused to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who arrived in Cairo earlier today, in protest of the United States’ strong support for former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who was ousted by the uprising. “There was an invitation for members of the coalition to meet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton but based on her negative position from the beginning of the revolution and the position of the US administration in the Middle East, we reject this invitation,” the January 25 Revolution Youth Coalition said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
Surgeon General: Buying Iodide a "Precaution"
The fear that a nuclear cloud could float from the shores of Japan to the shores of California has some people making a run on iodine tablets. Pharmacists across California report being flooded with requests. State and county officials spent much of Tuesday trying to keep people calm by saying that getting the pills wasn't necessary, but then the United States surgeon general supported the idea as a worthy "precaution."
Japan prepares to restart work at nuclear plant
Japan ordered emergency workers to withdraw from its stricken nuclear complex Wednesday amid a surge in radiation, temporarily suspending efforts to cool the overheating reactors. Hours later, officials said they were preparing to send the team back in. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the workers, who had been dousing the reactors with seawater in a frantic effort to stabilize their temperatures, had no choice but to pull back from the most dangerous areas.
Egypt dissolves notorious internal security agency
Egypt's Interior Minister Mansour al-Issawi has dissolved its internal security agency, which had been blamed for decades of human rights abuses. The State Security Investigation Service (SSIS) will be replaced with a new "National Security Force". The new agency would be tasked with "protecting the domestic front and combating terrorism", Mr Issawi said.
Mid-East unrest: Syrian protests in Damascus and Aleppo
Hundreds of Syrians have staged a rare protest in the capital, Damascus, calling for democratic reforms and the release of all political prisoners. Six protesters were reportedly detained by the security forces, a witness told the BBC Arabic Service. The AP news agency said government supporters later broke up the rally by punching and attacking the protesters.
Portugal hit by debt downgrade from ratings agency
Moody's has downgraded Portugal's sovereign debt rating, citing the country's need to cut debt and its poor growth prospects. The ratings agency cut Portugal by two notches from A1 to A3 and kept the rating on a negative outlook, suggesting more downgrades may follow.
Japanese emperor 'deeply worried'
Japan's Emperor Akihito has said he is "deeply worried" about the crisis his country is facing following last Friday's earthquake and tsunami. In an extremely rare appearance, Akihito went on live TV to make his first public comments on the disaster, and said he was praying for the people. The emperor spoke after technicians were forced to temporarily abandon a quake-crippled nuclear plant.
Haiti cholera 'far worse than expected', experts fear
The cholera epidemic affecting Haiti looks set to be far worse than officials had thought, experts fear. Rather than affecting a predicted 400,000 people, the diarrhoeal disease could strike nearly twice as many as this, latest estimates suggest. Aid efforts will need ramping up, US researchers told The Lancet journal.
EU climate chief hails Chinese five-year plan
Europe's top climate official has welcomed a series of environmental measures in China's latest five-year plan, a document that also charts rapid nuclear energy expansion in the earthquake-prone country. A greater emphasis on energy efficiency and clean energies, together with plans to gradually implement a carbon-market mechanism, were among the positive elements singled out by EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard on Tuesday (15 March).
EU to 'stress test' its nuclear energy plants
EU member states have agreed to a series of Europe-wide 'stress tests' on the region's nuclear power plants, EU energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger has said. The decision was taken at a meeting of member state, industry and national regulatory officials in Brussels on Tuesday (15 March), hastily convened by the German commissioner following events in Japan.
Analysis: Israel’s shadow war against Iran
Israel waged war against Iran on Tuesday. No Iranians were present and not a single shot was fired, but make no mistake – the seizure of the Victoria cargo ship is part of Israel’s battle against Iran, one that is fought in the shadows and sometimes in the most unlikely places. When the commandos from the navy’s Flotilla 13 approached the ship under cover of darkness late Monday night, they still did not know what to expect.
(the other 4 sites should be on board Soon)
GOD HELP ME
God help me is my vent. It is where I blow off steam. It is the place and means I choose to stomp my feet, scream and shout about stick my thumb in mouth over and toss
sackcloth and ashes in and over the things of God and the world and its' ways; sometimes people too.
Every Man of God wants to do this; from the Pastor to the Preacher, from the zealot to the saint; but in reality for me; God Help Me is an expectation stated for God and His
people to intervene in some way, because some how, God brought it to me that day, and there was NO WAY for me to do anything about it.
THAT is always my only vent I really have. God you do it because I cannot so in those days and means I cry out:
God help Me.
As do you,
as do we all.
That is the reason for this Feature
It might be daily,
God help me.
-Michael James Stone-
GOD HELP ME
It's snowing in Japan
I don't want to get into a techincal debate, a confrontational relationship, or even a question of accuracy, theology, diplomacy or hermaneutically sound homiletic. I could, I don't want to. God help me but I want to talk about God. My God, my view, my way.
Today it is snowing in Japan. For me and my God, in my heart, in my thoughts and in my mind, snow is a "type" or sign of grace. That might only be FOR me and I frankly don't care what it is for anyone else, TO ME it also a sign of answered prayer.
Yesterday, it seemed, the people of God had slept, IN MY MINDS EYES, while others were suffering and while some opportunist took umberance and audacity to call it a Judgment of God againt a Nation; I took exception to every person and do to this day that in MY Faith it was not God who was judging a nation, but using a opportunit; to examine the heart of a people before he returns and some literally have to run for thier lives; away from a livng God.
So I Cried out God Help me, and to date, I saw the Love of God and the Mercy of a Great King exercise his people to respond in kind with compassion and prayer for the people of Japan and the Nation as a whole. I thank every rememeberance of that selfless act; over the "wise men and women" who took misfortune as a chance to importunity share a "word from God."
Here is my reply;
Today it is Snowing in Japan.
Why is this a good thing?
Besides for me a symbol of grace; even in a Crisis as the tsunami and earthquake is, coolant for a reactor isn't met by snow and cold temps; but it doesn't hurt now does it?
Particulation cast into a cloud bank of falling snow while it may affect "food chain" and ground etc, it does circumvent massive distributive qualities of radiation particles. Funny we "use water" also to "wash down" cotamination. Odd how Dripping water in mine cave ins, snow and ice in lack of drinking water places often are used in desperation when No Water is seen. There can be many reason to see the bad in why snow is falling..., and of course many will tell you that.
For me, Oh YEAH,
God help me;
but I will rejoice in the God of My Salvation who has not only heard my cry,
but the prayers of His people
and answered today
according to His Will and His Way.
It's Snowing in Japan
and I am grinning from ear to ear.
-Michael James Stone-