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Who He Is…

 

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He is everything for everyone in everytime and everywhere.

(I am not the author of this poem/song)

“He Is.”  by – Aaron Jeoffrey

He Is

In Genesis, He’s the breath of life
In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb 
In Leviticus, He’s our high priest 
In Numbers, the fire by night 
Deuteronomy, He’s Israel’s Guide 
Joshua, He’s salvation’s choice 
Judges, He’s Israel’s Guard 
In Ruth, the kinsmen’s redeemer 
1st and 2nd Samuel, our trusted prophet 
In Kings and Chronicles He is Sovereign 
In Ezra, He’s the true and faithful scribe 
In Nehemiah, the re-builder of broken walls and lives 
In Esther, He’s Mordecai’s courage 
In Job, the timeless redeemer 
In Psalms He is our morning song 
In Proverbs, He is our wisdom 
Ecclesiastes, He’s the time and season 
In Song of Solomon, He is the lover’s dream 
In Isaiah He is Prince of Peace 
In Jeremiah, the weeping prophet 
Lamentations, the cry for Israel 
Ezekiel, the call from sin 
Daniel, the stranger in the fire 
Hosea, the forever faithful 
Joel, the spirit’s power 
Amos, the strong-arms that carry 
Obadiah, the Lord our Savior 
Jonah, the great missionary 
Micah, the promise of peace 
Nahum, our strength and shield 
In Habakkuk and Zephaniah, He’s brings revival 
In Haggai He restores that which was lost 
IN Zachariah, He’s our fountain 
And in Malachi, He’s the son of righteousness rising with healing in His wings 
AND THAT’S JUST THE OLD TESTAMENT

In Matthew Mark Luke and John, He is God and Messiah 
In the spirit filled book of Acts, He is the reigning fire from Heaven 
In Romans, He is the grace of God 
Corinthians, the power of love 
Galatians, freedom from the curse of sin 
Ephesians, our glorious treasure 
Philippians, the servant’s heart 
Colossians, He’s God and the trinity 
Thessalonians, our calling King 
In Timothy, Titus and Philemon, He’s our mediator and our faithful pastor 
In Hebrews, the everlasting courage 
In James, the one who heals the sick 
In 1st and 2nd Peter, our faithful shepherd 
In John and Jude, He’s the lover coming for His bride

 

 

AND in the Revelation, in the very end, when it’s all over, said and done, when time is NO MORE. He is and will always be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Prince of Peace, son of Man, Lamb of God, The Great I am, Alpha and Omega, God and Savior He is Jesus Christ the Lord HE IS EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED!

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Posted by on February 26, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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What Can One Person Do? Revisited…

 

dsc02879This was already one of my posts but because this ministry is so important, I want to bring it to the forefront on a fairly regular basis. I have contatcted the founders of the Jabez Blanket Ministry and they will soon give me an update that I can share here to continue to shed light on the importance of this ministry.

Are there ever times in your life where you look around, see the true need in this world and think, “Wow this is awful, so many people in this world are suffering, but I am just one person, what can I do to make a difference?” I know that I have felt that way many times. It is overwhelming when I see the plight of so many around the world and I just don’t know what I could possibly do to comfort these people or ease their burdens from half a world away.

I suppose if everyone thought that way the needs of those suffering would never be met. There are organizations that help people in various ways in countries all over the world, but they depend upon the individuals who help in whatever way they can. One person, doing what they are able to do, and one person encouraging others to do what they are able to do, and so on. Each of these charitable organizations have started with one person, and with the help of others they have become national and international organizations.

Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, in his book Living Beyond the Limits says that when the shoe box campaign Operation Christmas Child began in 1993 they expected to receive a few thousand boxes, instead over twenty thousand boxes came in and he says “Operation Christmas Child took off like a rocket and spread like wild fire. It kindled passionate generosity in people’s hearts.”One child giving to another. Simple as that. The project is do-able, it is one shoe box filled with school supplies, toiletry items, socks, small toys and candy. That is something anyone can do. If everyone did it or contributed how many boxes would there be, representing how many children? In 2007, Canadians donated 661,530 shoe boxes to the world’s needy children. For more information you can visit the website forSamaritans Purse/Operation Christmas Child.  

Okay, Franklin Graham has connections, he had a way to get the message out and make sure people were aware of this incredible opportunity to help children around the world. So do you think to yourself, I can’t do what Franklin Graham did, what Samaritan’s Purse did?

You can. With God’s help you can. If God is in it, He will bless it and make it grow.

Orphans

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 NIV

Here is a fact that should get our attention: according to the UN in 2006 there were 12 million AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa alone and it was estimated that in only 4 years, that number will have risen to 18.4 million. The number of orphans in the world is increasing dramatically and it is expected to reach 250 million by 2017. How can one person help? 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

In June 2002 a young mother, named Catherine, was studying “The Prayer of Jabez” and she was struck by the idea of expanding her territory, she wondered how she could do that and what could she do?

“And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.” 

1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NKJV)

It was at that time that the Jabez Blanket Ministry was born. Catherine Trafford Welk and her sister Sharon Trafford James worked together to create a way to help orphans. Catherine and Sharon did not know how big this ministry would be but they began, led by God, to help in whatever way He wanted, and “God granted ‘them’ what ‘they’ requested.”

The Jabez Blanket Ministry provides “Backpacks of Hope” for  Orphans living in unimaginable poverty in Orphanages around the world. What began as an idea of ‘what can I do?’ has become a valuable way to help orphans, meeting both physical needs and spiritual needs. The Jabez “Backpack of Hope” contains a colorful, hand-crocheted or knitted blanket for warmth, a comforting Teddy Bear “friend” and essential School Supplies for learning. If the longing eyes of a tiny, fragile child were to look up into your eyes, and you were able to place a warm blanket in his/her hands and a precious little bear next to his/her heart, who would be the happier? The child or you?

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Since its inception in 2002, Jabez Blanket Ministry has shipped Backpacks of Hope to 20 countries around the world! What began as a simple question: ‘what can I do?’ has, with God’s blessing, become an international ministry reaching orphans in some of the poorest nations across the globe.

Countries that have received blessings from Jabez Blanket Ministry include the following: Haiti, Zambia, Kenya, Eastern Siberia, Ukraine, Russia, Guatemala, Peru, Columbia, Romania, Nepal, Swaziland, Bengal, Lebannon, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Honduras, Uganda, Sudan and China.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  Proverbs 31: 8,9 NIV

There are MILLIONS of Orphans needing your help, in some way, to the extent you are able. Would you consider bringing comfort, hope, and joy to a hurting child who looks to anyone to help?
For Blanket Instructions, or further Ministry information, or to help with the basic material costs of a Jabez “Backpack of Hope” (tax receiptable), kindly contact:

Jabez Blanket Ministry International
P.O. Box 336
Killaloe, Ontario, Canada
KOJ 2AO
E-mail: jabezblanketministry@sympatico.ca

The Jabez Blanket Ministry is a Canadian Registered Charity, working jointly with established North American Organizations.

One person with God’s help can make a difference! 

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Posted by on February 24, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Trust — With All Your Heart

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The definition: 

assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something.

one in which confidence is placed.

Proverbs 3:5,6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” NIV

The Message: “Trust in God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”

Life is hard, getting harder these days. Rising costs of everything, unemployment, debt, bankruptcy, depression, separations, divorces, custody battles, addictions, are consuming people in every walk of life. There are people who are starting over in their 50’s after downsizing and business failures. How do they do it? Where do they go? These are serious life-changing events that many are facing and wondering what is next…Things we thought we had figured out, plans that we made are falling apart and leave us wondering what do we do now? Please don’t think that I have the answers because I don’t, I’m just “thinking out loud” here.

As a Christian I know, believe, have faith that God is in control but am I trusting Him with ALL my heart or am I trying to figure everything out on my own?

There is no doubt in my mind that if you are reading this, that you don’t face at least one of these challenges that I have mentioned. As we face our giants we try to make a plan, we try to figure things from every angle and try to logically come up with the best way out of or around whatever mess we are in. “Trust in God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.” v.5,6 The Message  Are these verses the key? Maybe not on their own, but they may actually be part of the answer. 

It is easy to have faith and trust when everything is going smoothly, it is when the path is rough and has twists and turns and we cannot see what is coming next that we waiver, but that is when it is actually necessary to have faith and trust. As these verses say, we must listen for God’s voice in everything we do, trusting from the bottom of our hearts that He is with us and that He won’t leave us.

We typically, as Christians, go to the Lord in prayer and bring our laundry list of things that we need His help with and while we are at it, we tell Him how we think it should be handled. If you have ever been to a prayer meeting, I’m sure you have heard this kind of prayer. I know I am guilty of praying that way. I laugh at myself when I think about it, ya…as if God, who spoke the world into being, needs my advice on how to handle the situation! After years of praying this way, it is a hard habit to break, but the Lord knows what we mean and makes intercession on our behalf, “Thank you Lord.” 

Cynthia Heald says: “There is no room for bargaining for what I think is best–only implicit confidence and patience in His plan. The Scriptures do not guarantee that “all will be well” according to our human perspective. They do, however, promise that God will work all things for our good. As we learn to trust Him “no matter what,” He develops within us a deeply rooted confidence in Him. This confidence enables us to lean on His understanding and His ways of working in our lives.”

As we each have challenges and obstacles that seem overwhelming and situations that seem impossible, and we are looking for answers, maybe one of those answers can be found in trusting God unconditionally to work all things for our good.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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