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THE FMI REPORT – FEB 2003
WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT... THINK ON THESE THINGS" PHIL. 4:8
"All mankind is of one author and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language... God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God's hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another." - John Donne
Surely our innate sense of eternity, and our ability to even grasp the subject, or our capacity to dream and see a vision of what things could be, must distinguish us among creation. I wonder if my dog dreams of immortality or my cat ponders a heaven to be gained and a hell to be shunned? And yet radical post-modernists would decry such a distinction as human pride similar to those who once held the view that the sun revolved around the earth. Taken just from a physical standpoint, which is often the only realm post-modernists subscribe to, they would be right - physically we are not much different from the rest of this earth's creatures. But, there is one striking difference - we have an eternal journal!
Surely it is easy to lose sight of our spiritual immortality when we are continually assaulted by the excesses of materialism. John Derbyshire, not too subtly but accurately, describes our condition, "Look at us! Look at the gross vulgar overflowing fat wealth we live amongst! Look at the great cars that 20-year-old kids drive 400 yards to the mall, to buy things they don't need, gadgets to pack into houses already overflowing with gadgets, clothes to cram into closets stuffed with clothes. Look at the work we do, sitting in humming cubicles scrolling through screens full of numbers, numbers that measure our wealth. Look at the bright, airy schools our kids attend, to be taught that their ancestors were moral criminals, their parents are liars, their culture is a sham. Look at our 'reality TV' programs, where people with empty heads wallow in infantile hedonism. Look at our fool diplomats, poring over their treaties and resolutions and communiqués, while young men with burning eyes slip silently into our cities with boxes, canisters, cargoes, vials, and suitcases curiously heavy. Look at this proud tower! And feel its foundations tremble." These words truly hit home and convict us of our own excesses, hinting perhaps at the real reason why such hate, fueled by envy and hunger, is directed at America.
A BOOK HIDDEN FROM VIEW
Surely the suicide (spelt h.o.m.i.c.i.d.e.) bomber who thinks he is killing himself and spilling innocent blood in the service of Allah, on the promise of an immediate promotion to a sin-forgiving heaven with seventy virgins at his disposal, is 'translated' not by God's hand but his own, and therefore places himself in a book hidden from view! Perhaps his 'hell' will be an eternal obscurity, just the opposite of our natural desire to be accepted and loved in this life, and ultimately, come into a greater relationship with the family of heaven in the next where 'every book shall lie open to one another.'
God's desire is to gather all humanity to Himself. His hand will 'bind up all our scattered leaves again,’ bringing a great harvest into His heart. He has set up an eternal journal for everyone who obeys His voice. It will contain a story without end. This hope lifts us up out of the mundane and into the unpredictable wonders of eternity. This is why, even though we were all born here, we won't end up here. But, heaven can wait a little longer!
"Hi Jeff, I am not sure if you remember me, but I have never forgotten you
and the input you placed in my life. My name's Kim. I am from Melbourne in Australia and you prophesied over my life
when I was about 6 at Frankston AOG... (the prophecy went along the lines of..."be a
blessing to many.... would have a song in my heart...would bring many to GOD."). You need to know that what GOD had shown you is coming to pass. I am 17 y/o now & singing in lots of different places. I have cut a CD (EP) & working on other original stuff. Currently I am doing Bible College & really loving it. I will be meeting up with Rebecca St James in Sydney in a couple of weeks, that will be cool! lol
Kim Hayley Hunter, Melbourne Australia"
THE BEAST FROM THE EAST - We spent about three days digging out of the “Beast from the East” which was about four feet of snow, ice and wind here in New Jersey in late February. Even though we were house bound, the kids loved it because it wasn't just a “snow-day" but a “snow-week!” They had the whole week off school. Everything here ground to a halt for a few days while people dug out and the “big melt” took place. Life goes on.
CITY COVENANT COALITION MINISTER'S FORUM - City Covenant Coalition had a Minister's Forum Tuesday, February 12th, to deal with the recent passage of the SONDA (Sexual Orientation Non Discrimination Act) Law. We had a great turnout and response, with between 150-200 pastors and concerned citizens showing up for this important meeting. The SONDA law requires that all businesses and institutions, including churches and Christian schools, hire homosexuals as long as they are qualified for the job and are part of the same denomination and faith. For more information and action points got to: www.citycovenant.com
Last month we ministered at the following churches:
Victory Christian Fellowship in Trooper Pennsylvania, has been one of our best supporters since we arrived here in the Northeast of America. Senior Pastor Ed Crenshaw shares a similar vision to ours and has asked us to minister for him several times a year. This great AG church has grown by nearly 30% in the the last year. I ministered in a series of meetings at the end of the month which saw some tremendous fruit as a result. We look forward to partnering with them again.
Pontius Pilot Foreshadowed The Intellectual Arrogance of This present
Age When He Asked Jesus the Question Modern Ethics Would Prefer Not
Answered! Learn the Difference Between a Prophet and a Politician.
on Video (NTSC), Audio CD and Audio cassette at:
Religion Journal News Service - Weekly, worldwide summary of Christian news for church leaders. http://www.christianwebsite.com/cgi-bin/se/jump.cgi?ID=21053
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