April Fools Day and the Resurrection

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Who Thinks You’re Foolish

Look at all these folks, these atheists comments. How do you think they judge your desire to rely upon God.

I do not believe in God. I’m an atheist. I consider myself a critical thinker.
Seth MacFarlane

Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.
Richard Dawkins

If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives.
Isaac Asimov

I don’t believe in the afterlife.
Natalie Portman

Being an atheist has made me an active participant in my life, rather than a bleating victim of it.
B Moody

Religion is the cause of all the problems in the world. I don’t believe in organized religion at all.
Gwyneth Paltrow

Religion is the worst enemy of mankind.
Bill Murray

I’m not scared of dying, because I’m an atheist.
Jim Jefferies

By simple common sense I don’t believe in God, in none.
Charlie Chaplin

The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still purely primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish
Albert Einstein

I’m not religious, I’m an atheist.
Daniel Radcliffe

If only I wasn’t an atheist, I could get away with anything.
Keira Knightley

I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly.
Albert Einstein

God’s View of Foolishness

Forgive me, but I will refrain from the obvious, Psalm 14:1 which says, “only a fool says in his heart there is no God.

Did you know that God has attributed foolishness to Himself?

1 Corinthians 1:25a (KJV) says that, “the foolishness of God is wiser than men. . .

What Foolishness of God

How about the foolishness that says:

Pray For Direction? FOOLISHNESS:

Praying for Direction


You Don’t Gotta Worry? FOOLISHNESS:

Worry No More


Open My Bible When I Pray? FOOLISHNESS:

Dust On The Bible


Do Not Doubt When I Pray? FOOLISHNESS:

Doubting God WHILE Praying


Thank God For Everything? FOOLISHNESS:

Thanking God For The Tough Stuff


Fast, From Food? FOOLISHNESS:

Prayer Basics-Fasting


I Can Know God’s Will? FOOLISHNESS:

Prayer Basics-Knowing God’s Will


God is Interested in Intimacy, with Me? FOOLISHNESS:

Prayer Basics-Intimacy With God


Wrestle With God? FOOLISHNESS:

Prayer Basics-Wrestling With God


Take Sin Seriously? FOOLISHNESS:

Taking Sin Too Lightly

Truly, the foolishness of God is wiser than men. Here’s that entire passage from chapter one of 1st Corinthians:

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved. 19 For it is written:

I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and I will set aside the understanding of the experts.

20 Where is the philosopher? Where is the scholar? Where is the debater of this age? Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish? 21 For since, in God’s wisdom, the world did not know God through wisdom, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of the message preached. 22 For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. 24 Yet to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom, 25 because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

The Ultimate Foolishness of God

Enjoy this day where we see the ultimate foolishness of God displayed. Namely, a risen Saviour, saves all mankind.

Blessings,

 

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Saturday in Jerusalem, 2000 Years Ago

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What Happened on Saturday

2000 years ago in Jerusalem,

You have the “Hiding Disciples” and the “Paranoid Religious Leaders.”

Below are two short videos (2 minutes each) to walk you thru that day and apply it to our lives.

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Cartoons and Prayer

You Can’t Be Serious?

I know what you’re thinking: “Mark, seriously?  Cartoons and Prayer?”

And let me just ask you to wait. After all, you might be surprised!

The above video will explain, in 121 seconds what I am talking about.

The Mission Statement

For some reason, when I started this ministry I never decided upon a Mission Statement. And two years later I remember being very glad. After 100+ sermons, watching and learning about men and women’s prayer lives, two things became very clear to me:

  1. Men and women don’t begin to seriously pray until they need to
  2. The evil one is interested in keeping you from praying

When these two points above are understood, in the light of God’s sovereignty over all, one thing is on the horizon, the wood-shed.

My friends, there are six things God hates, nay, seven which are an abomination to him, and WE, in the church we are guilty of all of them!

Look at the Answers in Genesis (AIG) cartoon below and let me explain what I saw when I decided on our Mission Statement.

As I teach on prayer, the Lord makes me keep my messages “super-basic.” Not because I want to, but, I think, because, when it comes to prayer, many of us are still slurping up milk rather than chewing on good solid meat (if you’re a vegetarian I apologize).

When I look at the AIG cartoon below, I see men and women’s prayer lives with foundations that are being destroyed, in part by the world, but also at the hands of ourselves.

The problem of believer's foundations being destroyed, from Psalm 11:3

This is the cartoon that Answers in Genesis uses all of the time, except that they fill the balloons with the current social and educational issues of the day. Please note that I changed the issues in the balloons (based on Proverbs 6:16-19), because I fear that in the pews we no longer take “our-own-sin” seriously.

Below is a podcast to a 30 minute message where I speak to this subject which you may find helpful, its entitled, We Are Taking Sin Too Lightly  and was recorded in November 2017. To view/listen to it either click on the icon or just CLICK HERE.

Staged photo of Mark Prostrate

I mention above that the evil one discourages your prayer life, but do you know why?

Because prayer changes YOU! And sataN does not want to see YOU changed.

As I close this post, I will show you two more prayer-cartoons that I love. One is from Answers in Genesis and the other is from the cartoonist, Bill Keane.


If this article has been a bit “fun” to read, you may enjoy Mark’s novel, The Pray-ers where

3 prayer heroes, from
3 historic eras, on
2 continents, deal with
1 nine-foot-tall angel, and
a host of demons

It is on sale the rest of this month for $15.00 and free shipping. Just CLICK HERE or the icon below.

The novel cover of The Pray-ers with the main characters for all 3 eras

Have a great day,

 

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Taking Sin Too Lightly

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Sobering Look at Sin

The 30 minute audio below came from Pinehurst Baptist Church in November 2017.

It is sobering and so I will merely give you the link, and below it, a few notes. Please note that when it gets a bit difficult to hear, it is because I am on my belly talking to God. This I did in front of the congregation, and would do it again if given the chance.

Psalm 51:17

The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.

What’s In Your Mind When Sin is in Your Heart?

Sin’s Impact on Your Prayer Life

Deuteronomy 3:26

But the LORD was angry with me on account of you and would not listen to me. The LORD said to me, ‘That’s enough! Do not speak to Me again about this matter.

Isaiah 1:15

When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will refuse to look at you; even if you offer countless prayers, I will not listen. . .

Isaiah 59:2

But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide His face from you so that He does not listen.

Lamentations 3:41-44

41 Let us lift up our hearts and our hands
to God in heaven:
42 We have sinned and rebelled;
You have not forgiven.

ס Samek
43 You have covered Yourself in anger and pursued us;
You have killed without compassion.
44 You have covered Yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.

Proverbs 28:9

Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law– even his prayer is detestable.

Cry Out for Mercy

By Praying Thru Psalm 38, then

Remember Psalm 51:17 . . .

So You Can Get to Psalm 118:19

 

Blessings my friends,

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PS. Forgive me for “staging” the featured image above, but I searched and searched the internet and couldn’t find anyone prostrating themselves that looked remotely like they might be Baptist.

Seriously, that is where I prostrate myself before the Lord, the only thing is there is normally a  cocktail table in the center of the rug, but again, this is ONLY A VISUAL.

Thank you for understanding.

Prayer Basics at Piedmont Park

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Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer (Psalm 11:3)

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Prayer Basics Class #2 is below.

CLICK HERE to review Class #1

Class #2 touches on:

  • Intimacy with God
  • Knowing God’s Will
  • Wrestling with God, and
  • Fasting

PRAYER BASICS, CLASS #2

INTIMACY WITH GOD
Is God interested in intimacy with you?
How interested?
And how do you know?

Dr. Charles F. Stanley gives us a surprising insight.
And Scripture gives us an incredible visual. 

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KNOWING GOD’S WILL
Do you really think you can know God’s will?
If you can, it will give you GREAT confidence in prayer!
But beware!

Don’t miss THE WARNING! 

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WRESTLING WITH GOD
What does this mean?

We give you two examples from Scripture.
One does well, the other, not so.

And then we tell you of a third wrestler, whose in my novel.

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FASTING
Do people still Fast?
Why?
How?

And what do 2 dozen donuts have to do with fasting?

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Subsequent Prayer Basics E-Letters

As this series continues we will address various other basic prayer principles, such as:

  • Memorization of Scripture
  • Praising God
  • Confident Praying
  • Listening to God
  • Praying For Direction
  • Hedge of Protection
  • Praying for Protection
  • Traveling Mercies
  • Taking Sin Too Lightly
  • Calling God a Liar
  • Hindrances to Prayer
  • Prayer Marshals
  • What’s Wrong With 2 Chronicles 7:14
  • Spiritual Warfare

 


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Prayer Basics-Wrestling With God

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Wrestle and Get Pinned

If you think of wrestling in human terms, you’ve gotta expect God to pin you to the mat, right?

Surely that isn’t “Wrestling With God,” is it?

Compare two Biblical wrestlers. One did good, the other did not.

In my short video I’ll talk about Jacob wrestling all night and someone else who wrestled at night.

CLICK BELOW and watch the short video on WRESTLING WITH GOD.

The Video’s Points:

Had you ever considered that Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane was an example of “Wrestling with God?”

  1. Two biblical wrestlers.
  2. One was unchanged, the Other was greatly changed.
  3. How did Jesus change?
  4. He submitted to God.

It ain’t rocket science, is it?

In my book below is ANOTHER WRESTLER, Epaphras by name (from Colossians 4:12). He trains his nephew, Thales, one of the prayer heroes.

Resource – The Pray-ers

For the rest of this month (February 2018), our this book is on sale.

This is our first novel. The idea behind its writing was to teach prayer through the fun of Christian fiction.

In the book are:

  • 3 Prayer Heroes, in
  • 3 Historic Eras, on
  • 2 Continents, with
  • 1 Nine-foot-tall angel, and
  • A Host of Demons

Normally $23.95, this book is on sale for $10.00 this month. To purchase, click on the book cover above, or CLICK HERE.

Blessings,

 

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Prayer Basics-Intimacy With God

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Does Intimacy With God Make Sense?

In Dr. Charles F. Stanley’s Life Principles Bible, his very first life principle is:

  • Intimacy with God, His highest priority for your life, determines the impact of your life.

In my short video I’ll talk about hindrances to intimacy, and give you a vivid picture of why you can trust Him.

CLICK BELOW and watch the short video on INTIMACY WITH GOD.

The Video’s Points:

Sometimes the Pictures YouTube grabs are just embarrassing!

  1. After 50 years of ministry, Dr. Charles F. Stanley makes “Intimacy with God,” preeminent.
  2. People are lukewarm because they do not communicate with Him.
  3. And they do not communicate with Him because they do not trust Him.

Did you like that visual?

Thousands of angels are worshiping God, calling out His name,and what does he do?

He inclines His ear to listen TO YOU!

How amazing is that?

Resource – The Pray-ers

For the rest of this month (February 2018), our this book is on sale.

This is our first novel. The idea behind its writing was to teach prayer through the fun of Christian fiction.

In the book are:

  • 3 Prayer Heroes, in
  • 3 Historic Eras, on
  • 2 Continents, with
  • 1 Nine-foot-tall angel, and
  • A Host of Demons

Normally $23.95, this book is on sale for $10.00 this month. To purchase, click on the book cover above, or CLICK HERE.

Blessings,

 

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Prayer Basics-Knowing God’s Will

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Can You Know God’s Will?

If 1 John 5:14-15 are correct, if the Holy Spirit didn’t make a mistake thru John, then yes, not only can you know God’s will, but that knowledge will allow you to pray:

  1. With a CONFIDENCE unlike any you have ever had, and;
  2. You will know that you ALREADY have the petition you are asking of Him.

In my short video I’ll talk about how you can know God’s will.

CLICK BELOW and watch the short video on KNOWING GOD’S WILL.

The Video’s Points:

  1. Everyone can know God’s will.
  2. Ephesians 5:17 and Romans 12:2 are only A FEW of the many verses that make clear we are to know God’s will.
  3. Seek Him and He will let Himself be found.

There is a key point that I did not make in the video and should have. Let me say it this way:

If you hear from the spirit, and what you heard contradicts the Word of God, you DID NOT hear from the Holy Spirit.

Seek God for His will, He wants you to know it!

After all, the Holy Spirit didn’t make a mistake!

Or did He?

Resource – The Pray-ers

For the rest of this month (February 2018), our this book is on sale.

This is our first novel. The idea behind its writing was to teach prayer through the fun of Christian fiction.

In the book are:

  • 3 Prayer Heroes, in
  • 3 Historic Eras, on
  • 2 Continents, with
  • 1 Nine-foot-tall angel, and
  • A Host of Demons

Normally $23.95, this book is on sale for $10.00 this month. To purchase, click on the book cover above, or CLICK HERE.

Blessings,

 

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Prayer Basics-Fasting

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Donuts and a Grumpy Deacon

I don’t want to overwhelm you with the theology of fasting. It is sufficient to remind you that scripture says, “When You Fast, NOT If You Fast.”

In my short video I’ll talk about 2 dozen donuts, a grumpy deacon and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

CLICK BELOW for the short video on FASTING.

The Video’s Points:

  1. Everyone can fast (confirm with your doctor first).
  2. Consider your length of fast.
  3. Watch as you become more sensitized to the Holy Spirit.

Not all of you are comfortable fasting. That’s completely understandable.

I remember a pastor telling me he couldn’t fast when I invited him to a “fasting-luncheon.”

He responded, “Oh, no, no, no. I have to eat!” And then he looked at the words that snuck out of his mouth and spent the next 30 minutes trying to reel them back in.

Too late! He’s a sermon illustration!

Try fasting, you’ll like it. You will, I promise.

Resource – Power From On High

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For the rest of this month (February 2018), our this book is on sale.

This, our latest book, was originally published in 1928 for the 200th anniversary of the Moravian Revival. In 1727, the Moravian, Count Zinzendorf, started a prayer meeting that lasted 100 years.

We found this 90-year-old book, filled with great history of the Moravians and added encouraging, and challenging questions to turn it into an uplifting 7 week study.

Normally $14.99, this book is on sale for $8.00 this month. To purchase, click on the book cover above, or CLICK HERE.

Blessings,

 

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