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September 30, 2008

Eye Opening Prophecy

Dr. Sharon Stone:"September Will Convince You that You Must Connect to His Economic System"

The following is a prophecy given by Dr. Sharon Stone in Glasgow, Scotland in the summer of 2008. The notations in red italics are fulfillment of the word, but are not part of the word given.

September is a Turning Point

"September is a turning point and a sign of the times. It is all about those who have made Godly alignments in this season being blessed with revelation and information in the midst of world crisis.
"I see more banks will suffer: a USA world bank's shares are in trouble (Lehman Brothers files bankruptcy, September 15, 2008). I see government in the USA bailing out mortgage giants (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - Federal takeover, September 7, 2008) and the government in England cutting house purchase taxes for the sagging housing crisis (Stamp Duty Tax change announced, September 2, 2008) to no avail.
"I see a European airline failing with no notice (XL files bankruptcy, September 12, 2008). I see the eyes of the world looking to see, 'Who is this coming out of Alaska?' (Sarah Palin announced as McCain's running mate, August 29, 2008). And I see smoke coming from the Chunnel (Fire in the Chunnel, September 11, 2008).

"As I see these things, I hear the encouragement of God to His Isaacs in the earth who sow in the times of famine and reap 100 fold in the year. I'm not a prosperity preacher, I'm a prophet. And God is saying that September will convince you that you must connect to His economic system. There are always the few that are greatly blessed when the majority are shaken, threatened and fearful."
God says, "Have you positioned yourself for THE NEW? Your storehouse is not an earthly bank. Hold on and I will bail you out of your mortgage issues. Am I not better to you than any government? I will not leave you stranded on foreign soil, and I will carry you above the circumstances better than any plane or jet. And your hope is not an Alaskan saviour, but Me." I know that sounds strange, it does to me also.
"England, the smoke I saw coming out of the Chunnel is a warning for your intercessors to arise and cut off the enemy's plan to sabotage and siege England's favour in trade. Let him who has ears hear....
"God, I release an Isaac anointing upon us now!"
Dr. Sharon Stone
Christian International Europe

About Sharon Stone: Sharon is the founder and senior minister of Christian International Europe. She is widely recognized as an Apostolic Prophet to the nations and has traveled to over thirty nations. By the age of nineteen, Sharon was an Intern Pastor and within twelve years she had pioneered and planted two churches and was the president of a Bible college. In 1996, Sharon and her family relocated to England to pioneer Christian International Europe with the intention of developing and mobilizing prophets and apostles to unlock harvest in the nations. Sharon has three grown children and is married to Greg Black.

Content taken from the Elijah List e-mail.

September 27, 2008

Overcoming Fear in Times of Uncertainty

Part 1 of Sunday's video on Overcoming Fear

Part 2 of Sunday's video on Overcoming Fear in Times of Uncertainty

If both videos start simultaneously you'll have to press (pause) on the bottom video until the top one finished. Then play the second video.

Notes from Sunday Sermon 9-28-2008

There are many things to be afraid of in today's world.
Conventional Weapons

Instability in the Middle East
August 2008
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
"We will witness dismantling of the corrupt regime (Israel) in a very near future," said Mamoud during World Mosque Week. He went on to say that Israel is "the main cause of all corruption and wickedness in the contemporary era." He has likewise described Israel as "a dirty microbe," "a wild animal," and "the West’s scarecrow."

  • A Quote from Adolf Hitler
    "The struggle for world domination will be fought entirely between us, between Germans and Jews. All else is facade and illusion. Behind England stands Israel, and behind France, and behind the United States. Even when we have driven the Jew out of Germany, he remains our world enemy.

A resurging Military presence from Russia
August 17th 2007 Russia continues to reassert itself on the world stage, announcing today that it has resumed the Cold War practice of sending strategic bombers on long-range patrols beyond its borders.
"We have decided to restore flights by Russian strategic aviation on a permanent basis," President Vladimir Putin.

Natural Disasters
Asteroid Strikes
Super Volcanoes


Economic Collapse
National debt of 10.5 Trillion dollars = $37,000 for every man woman and child in the USA.
I owe $185,000 for all the members of my family.
The good news is that half of the National debt is money the government has taken from itself. From organizations like social security.

Violent Crimes

Many different ways to get sick.

Controlling Fear
If you don’t get a grip on fear it will dominate your personality and keep you from apprehending the promises of God. Some fear is healthy but other fear is downright demonic and designed to control and manipulate you, keeping you in your box.

What to do to overcome fear

Ask God to speak to you what you are to do about your fears.

Use Wisdom
Read up on the situation
Know the possibilities
Have a plan prepared in advance for various scenarios.
For example, decide if you are going to stay or go and where are you going to go if you go?

Understanding God’s Nature
Exodus 8:22" 'But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the LORD, am in this land. 23 I will make a distinction between my people and your people.
The Reason Noah was spared.
1 The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.
Noah was considered Righteous in his generation
Righteousness is right standing with God and is established by faith
Romans 3:21(Amplified) But now the righteousness of God has been revealed independently and altogether apart from the Law, although actually it is attested by the Law and the Prophets,
22Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe.
Most translations translate the underlined section with one word, FAITH!

Psalm 91
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling even the LORD, who is my refuge-
10 then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

Conditional safety recognized in part by rest
dwelling in the shelter of the most high will bring rest regardless of your circumstances.
Not dwelling in the shelter of the most high will not bring rest.
No Rest=A person who’s not Dwelling in the Lord

Jesus perfectly illustrates rest in the midst of difficult circumstances
Matthew 8:24
Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.

Emotional stress means you’re not dwelling in the shelter of the Almighty God.

How do we dwell in the shelter of the Most High?
Taking Communion Properly is one ways we dwell in the shelter of the Lord
John 6:56
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.
Do this in remembrance of me
Recognize the body of Christ
Forgive offenses and make things right with people
1 Cor. 11:28 A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.

The results of dwelling in the Lord
John 15:4
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

  • The Fruits of the Spirit
    The fruit of converted maturing people
    Fruit production takes time

Abiding in the Lord gives us powerful prayers
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
We know we’re abiding when…
We declare because we believe "he is my refuge, my fortress, my God in whom I trust."
When fear controls you, you don’t say or believe the above.

  • Refuge- shelter or protection from danger or distress; a place that provides shelter or protection
    Fortress- a fortified place : stronghold ; especially : a large and permanent fortification sometimes including a town
    Trust- assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something; one in which confidence is placed

Love and acknowledgement are the conditions to the promise

Ps. 91:14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.


Do you Love the Lord?
Love = Obedience

John 14:21,23-24 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.
23Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
Do you acknowledge the Lord?
Luke 9:26If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

God will deliver us from…
The Fowlers Snare- The Devil’s schemes
Deadly Pestilence- 1: a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating ; like the bubonic plague

God will Deliver us From…
3. Fear of gun fire, terror and fear of the unknown.
Ps. 91:5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

God will Deliver us From…
4. Mass death due to pestilence and plague mentioned in v.6
V7&8 You will stand while those around you who aren’t dwelling in the Lord die by the thousands.

God will deliver us from…
5. V 10-12 harm and disaster, you will not even strike your foot against a stone.
He will order the angels to protect you!
God will deliver us from…
6. V. 13 Animal attacks
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

His protection is like a large angel that gives shelter under His wings. HIS faithfulness is your shield and rampart.

What’s a Rampart?
1 : a protective barrier; a broad embankment raised as a fortification; a wall-like ridge (as of rock fragments, earth, or debris)

Free Pass?
Sometimes we don’t get a free pass.
Hebrews 11 talks about a great group of righteous individuals who died in faith without seeing the manifestation of the fullness of their faith in this life.

Difficulty from ungodly people
John 15:18"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
Matthew 24:9"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.

Prepare the Best you Can
Most times trusting the Lord means listening to his word and taking action. Had the Israelites not put the blood over the door post when the death angel came their firstborn would’ve died also.
Had Noah not built and entered the Ark he would’ve perished in the flood with the rest of the world.

Use what you think God’s telling you with wisdom to prepare for the future.
Then ABSOLUTELY move on the information you have.
Romans 8:15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."

Love and acknowledge the Lord and the promises of Psalm 91 are yours!

Jubilee Family Church

September 23, 2008

Creative Solutions

A pastor concluded that his church was getting into very serious
financial troubles. While checking the church storeroom, he discovered
several cartons of new bibles that had never been opened and distributed.

So at his Sunday sermon, he asked for three volunteers from the
congregation who would be willing to sell the bibles door-to-door for
$10 each to raise the desperately needed money for the church.

Jack, Paul and Louie all raised their hands to volunteer for the task.

The minister knew that Jack and Paul earned their living as salesmen and were likely capable of selling some bibles. But he had serious
doubts about Louie-who was a local farmer, who had always kept to
himself because he was embarrassed by his speech impediment. Poor
Louis stuttered badly. But, not wanting to discourage Louis, the
minister decided to let him try anyway.

He sent the three of them away with the back seat of their cars stacked with Bibles. He asked them to meet with him and report the results of their door-to-door selling efforts the following Sunday.

Anxious to find out how successful they were, the minister immediately
asked Jack, "Well, Jack, how did you make out selling our Bibles last

Proudly handing the reverend an envelope, Jack replied, "Using my sales prowess, I was able to sell 20 bibles, and here's the $200 I collected on behalf of the church."
"Fine job, Jack!" the minister said, vigorously shaking his hand. " You
are indeed a fine salesman and the Church is indebted to you."

Turning to Paul, "And Paul, how many Bibles did you sell for the Church last week?"

Paul, smiling and sticking out his chest, confidently replied, "I am a
professional salesman. I sold 28 bibles on behalf of the church, and
here's the $280 I collected."

The minister responded, "That's absolutely splendid, Paul. You are
truly a professional salesman and the church is indebted to you."

Apprehensively, the minister turned to Louie and said, "And Louie, did
you manage to sell any bibles last week?" Louie silently offered the
minister a large envelope.

The minister opened it and counted the contents. "What is this?"
the minister exclaimed. "Louie, there's $3200 in here! Are you
suggesting that you sold 320 Bibles for the church, door to door, in
just one week?!"

Louie just nodded. "That's impossible!" both Jack and Paul said in
unison. "We are professional salesmen, yet you claim to have sold 10
times as many bibles as we could."

"Yes, this does seem unlikely," the minister agreed. "I think you'd
better explain how you managed to accomplish this, Louie."

Louie shrugged. "I-I-I re-re-really do-do-don't kn-kn-know f-f-f-for
sh-sh-sh-sure," he stammered.

Impatiently, Peter interrupted. "For crying out loud, Louie, just tell
us what you said to them when they answered the door!"

"A-a-a-all I-I-I s-s-said wa-wa-was," Louis replied, "W-w-w-w-would
y-y-y-you l-l-l-l-l-like t-t-to b-b-b-buy th-th-th-this b-b-b-b-bible
f-f-for t-t-ten b-b-b-bucks---o-o-o-or---wo-wo-would yo-you
j-j-j-just l-like m-m-me t-t-to st-st-stand h-h-here and
r-r-r-r-r-read it t-to y-y-you??"

Jubilee Family Church

September 20, 2008

The Cross

1. The Devil wanted Jesus to Avoid the Cross
The crowd cried for Jesus to come down from the cross.
Matthew 27:40
Matthew 27:42
Mark 15:30
Mark 15:32 "Let this Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe!" Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him.

The Devil and thus the world and world system didn’t want Jesus to go to the cross.
They wanted him to come down.
I believe the human side of Jesus wanted to come down also.
Listen to the heart of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane in Luke 22

Why would the Devil Want Jesus to avoid the Cross?
Colossians 2:13-15
13 And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions,
14Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross.
15[God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].

2. Pilate made an Announcement on the Cross
Pilate has a sign made for the cross.
John 19:19-22 19Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews."22Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."

Why did Pilate stick to his Guns?
•Pilate had revelation knowledge that Jesus was the King of the Jews!
•He didn’t have the courage to release him but he did have a knowing that this man was the King of the Jews.
•Matthew 16:18 Revelation knowledge is the rock that the church is built upon.
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

3. Who's at Fault for the Cross?
•Who’s Responsible for Putting Jesus on the Cross?
–Is the Romans leadership to blame?
–Is the Jewish religious leadership at fault?
–Are the people at fault?
–Is Judas to blame?

All these are natural components that were used to carry out the crucifixion event but the real reason Jesus went to the cross was because he wanted to pay for your sin debt so he could have a relationship with you.

His love desires a relationship and his justice demands payment for sin. The solution is the cross!
He went to the cross because of love.

4. Jesus' Adoration of the Cross
•Jesus Adored the cross because that meant he could have you!
–John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
–Romans 5:7,8 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Hebrews 12:2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

5. Jesus went to the Cross on his own Accord
•John 10:17-18 17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father."

•Matthew 26:52-54 52"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"

A suffering Messiah
•The most vivid and detailed prediction about the sufferings of the Messiah is the prophecy of Isaiah, which occupies one and a half chapters of his book (the end of the 52nd and all of the 53rd). This prophecy contains such details of the sufferings of Christ, that the reader gets the impression that the prophet Isaiah wrote it at the foot of Golgotha, even though, as we know, the prophet Isaiah lived over seven centuries BC.

The “military might” of One Angel
•2 Kings 19:35 That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!

How many people could 12 legions of Angels handle?
•12 Legions X’s 6000 angels per legion = 72,000 + angels.
•72,000 x 185,000 deaths per Angel = 13,320,000,000 or 13.3 Billion

6. Jesus went to the cross because he had authority from above
•John 19:8-12 8When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9and he went back inside the palace. "Where do you come from?" he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10"Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?" 11Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin." 12From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, "If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar."

•Pilate in an effort to save his own skin passes the buck of responsibility over to the Jewish leaders for the crucifixion of Jesus. But as we just read the authority behind the crucifixion was “from above”.

7. The Cross has a dual meaning depending on your spiritual life.
1 Corinthians 1:17,18 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

•Something empties the cross of Christ of Power, it’s human wisdom or worldly wisdom.
1 Corinthians 1:21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

2 Corinthians 1:12
Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God's grace.

James 3
•Two Kinds of Wisdom

–13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

Humility characterizes Godly wisdom.

Same Message
•Different Interpretation
–To the perishing the cross is foolishness
–To the saved the cross is the power of God

Watch the Video Below

Now offer your life to Jesus as a living sacrifice!

Jubilee Family Church

The God of all Time

This beautiful story was written by a doctor who worked in South Africa.

One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died, leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive; as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator). We also had no special feeding facilities.

Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in. Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates). 'And it is our last hot water bottle!' she exclaimed.

As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk, so in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over burst water bottles. They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways.

'All right,' I said, 'put the baby as near the fire as you safely can, and sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts. Your job is to keep the baby warm.'

The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with any of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died.

During prayer time, one ten-year-old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt conciseness of our African children.

'Please, God' she prayed, 'Send us a hot water bottle today. It'll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon.'

While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added, 'And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she'll know You really love her?'

As often with children's prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say 'Amen?' I just did not believe that God could do this. Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything; the Bible says so. But there are limits, aren't there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending me a parcel from the homeland. I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever, received a parcel from home. Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator!

Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses' training school, a message was sent that there was a car at my front door. By the time I reached home, the car had gone, but there on the verandah was a large 22-pound parcel. I felt tears pricking my eyes.

I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children. Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly. Excitement was mounting. Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box.

From the top, I lifted out brightly-colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored. Then came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas - that would make a batch of buns for the weekend.

Then, as I put my hand in again, I felt the....could it really be? I grasped it and pulled it out. Yes, a brand new, rubber hot water bottle. I cried. I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could.

Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, 'If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too!' Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully-dressed dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted! Looking up at me, she asked, 'Can I go over with you and give this dolly to that little girl, so she'll know that Jesus really loves her?'

'Of course,' I replied.

That parcel had been on the way for five whole months, packed up by my former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God's prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator. And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child five months before, in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it 'that afternoon.'

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. (Isaiah 65:24)

Jubilee Family Church

September 16, 2008

What's Been Going on?

I think I missed my 20 year high school reunion at Lafayette High School in St. Louis MO. I wanted to go but it would be hard for me to get away with all that's been going on. Those of you who are new subscribers to my blog I want to welcome you and encourage you to click around on the page to look at previous posts. Everything gets archived monthly so if things are a month old they will be somewhat hidden. Hurricane Ike brought with it widespread power outages across Arkansas. I believe the news last night said 172,000 customers were without power at the height of Ike's fury. Our home lost power on Saturday night with a loud popping sound outside. All the "experts" said, "That's a transformer that blew." I don't know what it was but they finally got the power turned back on about 2 hours after I'd safely stored all the contents of my freezer into a cooler and then took it to the deep freeze at church. Better safe than sorry.

Well, enough about my freezer (boring). I launched an online newspaper called the voice of Batesville on Saturday and I wanted you all to check it out. It's a local electronic paper with an international reach. I've contacted several expert contributors to write various editorials on a myriad of subjects. We also have a classified section that Brenda Holm is running for me. So if you live in Batesville and have something you want to buy or sell check out our e-paper.

Church has been going great. God's been good and sent us several visitors this Sunday. Even though power was out to most of Batesville, we had a good crowd here this Sunday. I'm so blessed to oversee a church as loving and caring as Jubilee Family Church.

I'm diligently working, mostly thinking, (which is a type of work) about the best way to launch our two Christian Radio Stations as well. We have a 450 W station on the 88.1 FM frequency and a 50 W station on 106.9 FM. I can go big with it or I can go small. Whatever God leads me to do (probably big) I will make sure that God is glorified in everything. I believe, us having a couple stations will give us a new measure of influence in the region for Christ. Please continue to pray until the vision becomes a reality. This is a relatively large project and I'm believing that we'll have something on the air within six months.

I've run out of creative juices for now. God bless you real big!

Jubilee Family Church

September 11, 2008

A Baptist Dog

A Baptist preacher and his wife decided to get a new dog. Ever mindful of the congregation, they knew the dog must also be a Baptist. They visited kennel after kennel and explained their needs. Finally, they found a kennel whose owner assured them he had just the dog they wanted.

The owner brought the dog to meet the pastor and his wife. "Fetch the Bible," he commanded. The dog bounded to the bookshelf, scrutinized the books, located the Bible, and brought it to the owner.

"Now find Psalm 23," he commanded. The dog dropped the Bible to the floor, and showing marvelous dexterity with his paws, leafed through and finding the correct passage, pointed to it with his paw.

The pastor and his wife were very impressed and purchased the dog. That evening, a group of church members came to visit. The pastor and his wife began to show off the dog, having him locate several Bible verses. The visitors were very impressed. One man asked, "Can he do regular dog tricks, too?"

"I haven't tried yet," the pastor replied.

He pointed his finger at the dog. "HEEL!" the pastor commanded. The dog immediately jumped on a chair, placed one paw on the pastor's forehead and began to howl. The pastor looked at his wife in shock and said, "Good Lord, He's Pentecostal! "

Proverbs 17:22A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Jubilee Family Church

September 10, 2008

God Hasn't Given us a Spirit of Fear

by Tony Hammack

We went ahead and recorded tonight's video discussion with my web cam. My other camera has been giving me some audio problems so I didn't use it. Butch who normally runs the video didn't make it to church tonight so the camera doesn't move. Any how I hope you can see and hear our discussion that took several rabbit trails on Wednesday night.
Click HERE to watch the video.

Below are the notes from our discussion. I hope this blesses you.

2 Timothy 1:7
–For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. (NIV)

2 Timothy 1:7
–For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (KJV)

•2 Timothy 1:7
–For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. (NASB)

•2 Timothy 1:7
–For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. (AMPL)

Why is it a good idea when trying to understand the Bible to look at the verse in different English translations?

On Acronym for Fear
• F – False
• E – Evidence
• A – Appearing
• R – Real

When is fear a good thing?

What God doesn’t Give us
Timidity - 1 : lacking in courage or confidence 2 : lacking in boldness or determination
What God Doesn’t Give Us
Cowardice - lack of courage or resolution
What God Doesn’t Give Us
Craven - lacking the least bit of courage : contemptibly fainthearted
What God Doesn’t Give Us
Cringing - 1 : to draw in or contract one's muscles involuntarily (as from cold or pain) 2 : to shrink in fear or servility 3 : to behave in an excessively humble or servile way.

Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between being a son or daughter of God with being a slave of God. Use scripture in your analysis. Consider

Luke 17:10
So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.' "

Romans 8:14
because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

John 15:14
You are my friends if you do what I command.

Also consider Mary and Martha Luke 10:38-41

Note: It’s always a good idea to look at scripture in the context in which it appears in the Bible before trying to understand its application for your own life.

Don’t Be Afraid
• John 14:27
– 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Romans 8:12-25
This section of scripture mentions sonship many times. Read over this as a group and discuss how to become a son of God? (Answer: be led by the Spirit v. 14) How you can know you are God’s child? (Answer: the Spirit bears witness with our spirit v. 16) What it means to be a child? (Answer: we are heirs to share in his suffering and thus his glory) Who’s waiting for the Sons of God to be revealed? (Answer: The Creation v. 19) Why does the Spirit within us groan? (Answer: we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons v.22)

The Fear Not Book 7x’s God says to "Fear Not in the Book of Isaiah

Why do you think Isaiah prophecies the word of the Lord, Do not Fear so many times?
(Answer: In the first 39 chapters, Isaiah prophesies doom for a sinful Judah and for all the nations of the world that oppose God. The last 27 chapters prophesy the restoration of the nation under a divine king.) What insight does this give you into the heart of God? (Answer: He's ultimately redemptive.)
• Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

• Isaiah 41:13
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
What God Does Give Us
Power – Dunamis -

1. "power to work, to carry something into effect,"

2. "power, inherent ability," is used of works of a supernatural origin and character, such as could not be produced by natural agents and means. It is translated "miracles“.

3. of that which manifests God's "power:"
What God DOES Give Us
Love – Agape the "love" that values and esteems. It is an unselfish "love," ready to serve.

A Calm, well balanced mind – sophronismos From the Greek word sophron, which literally means "saving the mind," primarily, "an admonishing or calling to soundness of mind, or to self-control," sophron, "of sound mind."

Self Discipline - correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement

The above material is from our Wednesday evening discussion. I hope you check us out at Jubilee T.V.

Jubilee Family Churchevery Wednesday night 6:30 PM and Sunday Morning 10:00 AM.

September 8, 2008

Thank You

Dear Church Family:

Andrea and I want to thank everyone for being so supportive of us during the delivery of Joshua. The prayers, financial gifts, food gifts, kind words, and empathy are so appreciated. We are truly blessed to have a church family that is so thoughtful and considerate.

Thank you for your kindness.

Pastors Tony and Andrea

Jubilee Family Church

September 4, 2008

Joshua is Born!

Joshua was born at 7:32 PM on Sept 4th 2008. He weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz's and was 20 and 1/2 inches long.

Jubilee Family Church

4:15 PM Thursday September 4th, 2008

Andrea is now at 7 cm. Her contractions are intensifying and she's ready for the epidural.

It's now 6:20 PM and Andrea's at 8 cm and is +2 whatever that means. I think the baby has dropped down the birth canal.

Andrea is in Labor!

Just a quick update. Andrea called me today after her doctor's appointment to let me know she's in labor. She called around 9:00 AM and now it's 12:00 Noon on September 4th 2008. She's been having contractions and they have a heart rate monitor on the baby. His heart rate is around 145 BPM. We're going to have baby #5!

It's 3:45 PM. The doctor was in about 45 minutes ago and Andrea was at 6 cm. Things are moving along.

Jubilee Family Church

September 2, 2008

Video of Water Baptisms

What a great service on Sunday. I wanted to share with you the video of all the water baptisms! Click the link below to watch.

Video of Water Baptisms

Jubilee Family Church

Who Should you Vote For?

Who Should you Vote for?
I'd like all of you to make an informed decision on who you vote for, for this presidential election. I think the debate that Rick Warren sponsored at his church should help us all understand where John McCain and Barak Obama stand on the issues that are important to us as Christians. I'd encourage you, if you can make the time, to watch the debate by clicking the link above and watching each candidate's response to various questions like...Does Evil Exist?...Define Marriage...What is your Stance on Abortion?...What does being a Christian Mean to you?

Allowing each candidate to answer these questions in their own words should give you a clear and picture perfect understanding of each perspective candidates position on these issues.

Jubilee Family Church