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Wednesday wwwisdom: KINGDOM DIAGRAM from First Baptist Church for Feb 3, 2010

Wednesday wwwisdom is a short video from First Baptist Church Vancouver to help you get through your week. This week, we look back at Rev. Darrell Johnson’s …
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Kingdom Racing Announces Ministry Outreach Plans for 2011

Kingdom Racing Announces Ministry Outreach Plans for 2011
HOUSTON, March 3, 2011 / Christian Newswire / — Kingdom Racing announced today its Fan Outreach lineup for 2011. Events in the planning stage include Indianapolis, Texas, New Hampshire and Las Vegas.
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Ticket sales going well for youth concert
A Christian music concert on March 11 will help to stock the shelves of Greene County area food banks. The Greene County Hunger Awareness Concert will be hosted at White River Valley High School gymnasium in Switz City at 7 p.m.
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NFL seeks local businesses for Super Bowl in 2012
The NFL wants next year’s Super Bowl to have that local, Indianapolis flair.
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Pastor Lyle Dukes, Dr. Suzan Cook Johnson, and Gospel Artist Mary Mary Head Line-up for Kingdom Impact Conference in Pacific Palms, California, September 1-3


(PRWEB) September 1, 2006

With some of the most exciting national ministries represented, Pastor Mark A. Williams of the Faith Bible Fellowship Church expects “a fresh word and a new season of favor.” With a line-up that includes Pastor Lyle Dukes of Woodbridge, Virginia, Dr. Suzan Cook Johnson, Bronx, New York and a “Praise Fest” that includes Grammy Award winning Artist Mary Mary, the soul-stirring group known as the Mime Boyz, and the Stellar Award winning artist, The Soul Seekers.

The Kingdom Impact Conference is sure to leave you wondering if you have truly been a “Productive Christian” which, by the way, is the theme for this year’s conference. This power packed weekend will commence on Thursday, August 31st with a golf tournament that will be held at Eagle Glen Golf Resort in the beautiful city of Corona. On Friday, September 1st, registration will begin at 5:00pm at the Pacific Palms Resort in the City of Industry. This registration is your ticket to what is sure to be one of the years most talked about “soul awakening” events of the summer. After registering, we will continue on with normal introductions into the evening and will be blessed with a Word from Pastor Lyle Dukes who is Senior Pastor and Founder of Harvest Life Changers Church in Woodbridge, VA.. Pastor Dukes along with his wife are executive producers of both Harvest Life Changers Church Mass Choir CD’s and he is also an author of several books and articles including “The Ministry In You”, “Let Us Pray” and many others.

On Saturday, September 2nd at 9:00 a.m. there will be break-out sessions that will begin with topics that will help guide you into understanding what it means to be a “Productive Christian”. We strongly encourage all youth and young adults to attend because we have a word for you also, which will be delivered by Minister Nisan Stewart of Lynwood, Ca. Later on that evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., there will be an explosion of praise in what is sure to keep you on your feet with a “Praise Fest” featuring the young anointed men who make up the soul-stirring group known as the Mime Boyz, along with Stellar Award winning artist, The Soul Seekers and closing out the night will be the Grammy Award winning, platinum-selling gospel artist Mary Mary!

The conference will close out on Sunday, September 3rd at Faith Fellowship Bible Church located at 4225 Prado Road, Suite 105, in Corona, Calif., where Pastor Mark A. Williams and his wife Nadra are the Visionary leaders who have given birth to the Fellowship of Faith Association of Churches. Service will be held at 8:00 a.m. with guest speaker Dr. Suzan D. Johnson Cook of the Bronx Christian Fellowship in New York. You may remember seeing her lately from Good Morning America. She has also been noted as a very successful author of such books as “Too Blessed to Be Stressed”, “A New Dating Attitude-Getting Ready For The Mate God Has For You” and many others.

The 10:40 a.m. service will close with Pastor T.L. Buxton of Tulsa, Ok.

For tickets or information on these events, please call (951) 808-1803. Please don’t delay, limited seating available. Hotel registration can be handled directly by calling the Pacific Palms Conference Resort at (800) 524-4557.

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Thy Kingdom Come!

Thy Kingdom Come!

Night dragged on clumsily as the disciples snuggled miserably against their drowsy companions. From a distance, the painful cries of their Master fell heavily on their dull ears. One silently observed in the moonlit darkness, the thickness of the Master’s sweat-drops in prayer falling like drops of blood to the ground. In agony, the Lord cried ‘Father, if it’s possible, let this cup pass from me….’ Darkness gloomed terribly, as if with incisors ready to devour patience, before the Lord steadily continued ‘nevertheless not as I will, but as You will it.’

Matthew tells us that Jesus repeated the same words not once, but thrice before He was arrested in Gethsemane that Passover evening of April, 32 AD (Matt. 26: 44). Indubitably, those words sum up the whole struggle of spirit against flesh from the creation till the end of the world. While disobedient Adam and the adamic race lost the battle and fell into the voracious jaws of death, Jesus Christ submitted to the will of God and dealt death a fatal blow on the cross of Calvary. So, the crucifixion of Christ is not tragic news: it is good news.

The will of God is paramount for all things owe their existence to God’s will (Rev. 4: 11). Therefore, Jesus taught His disciples to pray for God’s kingdom to come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6: 10). Heaven is where God rules; in other words, whatever God rules over absolutely is heaven-ruled. And so, if God rules over our lives, our lives become heavenly. Hell is just its opposite. Jesus began His ministry preaching about the kingdom of heaven. ‘Repent,’ He said, ‘for the kingdom of heaven is near’ (Matt. 4: 17).

This world we live in is a synonym of evil. Just a cursory glance around displays a morbid exhibition

of authorized evil. It is no wonder that the Christian is identified by his separation from the world, whether it appears good or evil. Paul said that by the cross of Jesus Christ he was crucified to the world and the world to him (Gal. 6: 14). The Christian does no longer belong to the world; he belongs to the kingdom of Jesus Christ (Col. 1: 13). A Christian will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 15: 50). Thus, the kingdom of God unleashed by Jesus Christ is both a present and a future reality.

Sinners are being saved, the sick healed, and nations transformed; this shows that the kingdom of God is at work right now. A day also will dawn when the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healings in His wings. Then will be fulfilled the prayer: ‘Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.’

THE HUMAN PREDICAMENT

In Cecil DeMille’s movie The Ten Commandments (1956), to Moses’ question of why God left his people in bonds of slavery, Joshua replies, ‘God made man; and man made slaves.’ Human government has historically been a host of inequality. The veins of politics carry germs of corruption fed by lust of power and pleasure. Though the rule of wise and strong men is desired, almost elevating the ruler into a god or demi-god, what really rules all men alike is a fact that could shock anyone.

Two millennia and a half ago Plato (c. 428-c. 347 BC) envisaged a polis in which wisdom ruled over passion. Plato was aversive of the irrational form of democracy (or mobocracy) in which indiscretion was the judge. To him wisdom and justice had no shelter in a democracy where majority vote killed the wise Socrates, his teacher. Not surprising then, his The Republic is a serious attempt to destroy democracy and establish the rule of wisdom.

An analysis of the Platonic problem is necessary. The root problem of politics is the avaricious nature of man. Governance is necessary because passion is chaotic. The struggle is between wisdom and untamed passion. Plato argues that the best government is where wisdom prevails over passion. This requires that first the rulers be purged of all folly and corrupt desires before the state as a body is purged. The situation is a serious one because humans are seen to be basically selfish. In The Republic, Plato posits this problem in the person of Glaucon, who states it through the story of Gyges. According to the story, Gyges was a shepherd in the service of the king of Lydia. One day, while he was out in the field feeding his flock, there was a great storm and a great earthquake which left a big opening in the ground nearby. Startled by this sight, Gyges descended into the opening to see, among many marvels, a hollow brazen horse within which was a naked corpse wearing a gold ring. Gyges took the ring, wore it and got out of the hole. On coming back to his companions, he noticed that whenever he turned the collet of the ring inside his hand, he became invisible to all, and whenever he turned the collet outwards he reappeared. Quite dazed, he made several trials of it before realizing that he was in possession of this magical ring that could make him invisible. By means of this new acquirement, he contrived to enter the court, seduced the queen, slew the king, and took the kingdom. Glaucon concludes, ‘Suppose now there were two such magic rings, and the just put on one of them and the unjust the other; no man can be imagined to be of such an iron nature that he would stand fast in justice. No man would keep his hands off what was not his own when he could safely take what he liked out of the market, or go into houses and lie with any one at his pleasure, or kill or release from prison whom he would, and in all respects be like a God among men. Then the actions of the just would be as the actions of the unjust; they would both come at last to the same point.’

Gyges’ story is reminiscent of the biblical account of man just before the Flood (Genesis 6: 1, 2). Since there was no established form of human government then, might became right and man did whatever he liked. The resulting condition was so chaotic that God had to destroy the world by means of a flood before renovating it with only eight members of a family whom He had saved. Further studies of Scriptures show that though evil men were exterminated, evil itself retained its scepter over human hearts.

As solution to the human predicament, Plato proposed a well-designed program of education whereby able men could be trained to be rulers and warriors of the state. Obviously, the rulers would be philosophers trained in the highest form of learning. They would possess the four virtues of wisdom, temperance, courage, and justice. Thus, Plato believed wisdom and justice would be guaranteed in his utopian city. But, the possibility of producing such guardians has been greatly debated.

History is evidence that evil and political leadership have deep relationships. Still deeper is the relation between evil and the human heart. Different opinions exist regarding this problem. Some like Plato believe that education and training based on idealism can cultivate the good spirit of man and help to overcome the fleshly passions. Some, however, believe that education cannot transform man since his nature is corrupted by inherent sin. Sin rules deep within the heart of man. Transformation is only possible by the gracious enabling of God’s Spirit.

There are still others who, like Nietzsche, believed in the total elimination of the old notions of good and evil and the redefinition of values along evolutionary lines.

The rise of Adolf Hitler as an incarnation of Nietzsche’s superman who scoffed at the ‘weak’ virtues of Christianity is well-known to history. The destructiveness of such an approach is a lesson learnt at the price of World War II. Peace and human rights has become an important concern since then as seen in the rise of the UNO. Man has come to realize that he cannot live without regard for his neighbour. ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’ is a divine directive for the only possible harmonious life in this world.

While knowledge of morality is ubiquitous to man, the probabilities of adherence are minimal. Therefore, civil government aims to restrain evil through forceful execution of law and order. Man has no rights in the ‘natural’ state of anarchy. This makes civil government a necessary agent of justice. Unfortunately, even the agent of justice is tainted by its own sins and stands condemned by the law it seeks to uphold. The dissatisfaction with governments and growing political confusion reflects the moral (and immoral) unrest of the world that can’t manage itself.

Religions look to things other than human government for the maintenance of justice. For instance, Hinduism accepts the law of karma as the regulating principle of good and evil. Christianity, on the other, hand looks to God for justice. Karma, however, being an impersonal principle has no sympathy and is bereft of mercy. Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism see the existence of man itself as evidence of ‘sin’ or ‘wrong desires’ or  ‘self-centeredness’. But the problem of salvation from sinful living and its penalty is not satisfactorily answered. The Hindu advaitin attempt to deny the reality of sin and the Buddhist attempt to deny the reality of the soul are nihilistic and do not answer to reality.

THE BIBLICAL ALTERNATIVE

In moving our discussion from human government to religion, we have also moved from the natural to the supernatural. Sin is not just a physical problem; it is originally a spiritual problem. By reason of proximity and closeness, the world is very appealing to man through his senses. The natural man, according to Paul, lives to fulfill his flesh’s desires (Rom. 7: 5). Comfort, security, and fleshly satisfaction in the immediate present are his priorities. However, being created in God’s image, man is not left to his instincts but is endowed with intellect and volition for responsible conduct of life (Gen. 1:27;