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One Minute After You Die

“One minute after you die you will be either elated or terrified . . .

and it will be too late to reroute your travel plans.”

When you die, is life over…or just beginning? Will you find yourself in a place of wonder and joy beyond anything you could ever imagine…or in a ‘holding zone’ of darkness and gloom? Thanks to Olive Tree Ministries’ bookstore which carries some of today’s most significant faith-based and ‘must read’ titles out there, you can find out by ordering and reading Chicago Pastor – Erwin Lutzer’s book, One Minute After You Die


Love…Where You’re At

Do you dream BIG? Great! Are you doing awesome things that will leave a legacy for others to truly help make the world a better place? Fantastic! But in the midst of it, do you ever start feeling life’s running away on you? If you are getting that ‘treadmill’ feeling even while doing great things, it just might be time to get back to basics. Like LOVING people and living a day at a time. Like loving God right where you’re at.  It’s what God’s first and greatest commandment is all about (Luke 10:27).  To help you restore a balanced focus, I highly recommend  Pastor Francis Frangipane’s excellent book,And I Will Be Found By You …and read an inspiring excerpt right here.

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Why Did God Say That?

God says in His Word, “Once more, I will shake the heavens and the earth…” (Haggai 2: 6; Hebrews 12: 26). Why did God say that? What’s it all about? Perhaps one way to get a modern-times perspective is through author and pastor, Joel Rosenberg’s book, ‘Epicenter’. It’s a ‘must have’ book for 21st century followers of Jesus who want to have a solid Biblical view of endtime events spoken of in God’s Word. Rosenberg’s book title hits the mark. An epicenter is the point where an earthquake’s intensity is greatest. We can see the world trembling today with major physical, social, moral, and political upheaval. What should our response be when everything’s shaking?

As people of faith, we can be prepared in season and out of season. We can respond to challenges and times of crisis with a faith that overcomes even in and around the epicenters of turmoil around us. It may seem to us like a mammoth and impossible task…too overwhelming to manage.  However, for God, NOTHING is impossible. God simply needs us to partner in humble, obedient faith. And as Rosenberg puts it, God also calls us to responsibility: to pray, preach, proclaim and equip. I like how great long time evangelist and teacher of the Gospel, Morris Cerullo puts it, “God doesn’t reveal things to scare us but to prepare us!” In short, God’s given us a road map in His Word to deal with anything that comes along.

I encourage you to go all out for God. And read Rosenberg’s powerful book, ‘Epicenter‘. You can catch an  ‘epicenter’ overview from a recent sermon by Rosenberg at: Joel Rosenberg’s Blog


The Bronze Bow

I don’t know if you recall a worship song that starts with the words: “It is God who trains my hands for battle, my arms can bend a bow of bronze…” (Psalm 18:34) It’s one of my all time favorite praise songs, and the words never fail to remind me how our human strength is seldom enough to meet life’s biggest challenges.  However, there’s a way to find strength that wins…and overcomes.  As I read an excerpt on this subject from a book by a favorite pastor and author, I wanted to share with you the power of taking hold of more of God.

The Bible not only reveals to us the nature of God, it also tells the remarkable stories of those who, in their generation, overcame adversity and changed their world. Concerning the lives of these men and women, the writer of Hebrews says,

“And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight” (Heb. 11:32-34).

Repeatedly the divine record affirms for us that, if we will reach true spiritual maturity, we must learn to overcome. Our spiritual rest will be incomplete until we learn to discern the enemy, use Christ’s authority, and persevere in the fight of faith. If we learn our lessons well, we can see the blessing of God restored to our hearts, our families, and even to cities and nations. Do not doubt nor tremble.

Indeed, concerning those who overcame, it says, “from weakness were made strong” and that they became “mighty in war.” (Heb 11:34). Our battles may not be of the caliber of those in Hebrews 11, but they are the battles we must overcome. Therefore, let us put away our passivity and crucify our unbelief. It is not time to recline or hide. No! It is time to take up the love of Christ, use His spiritual authority, and fight for all we hold dear.

The reason most people fail is not because God hasn’t provided for them, it is because their spiritual life is lukewarm and passive. It is time to get your grit back! In this day of advancing evil, it is time to wake up and fight!  

The above text is an excerpt adapted from Pastor Frangipane’s best selling book: This Day We Fight  and is a book I highly recommend having in your library. If we’re not connected powerfully in faith to solid teaching today, we can end up worn out and unable to stand in the battles of our troubling times and worldwide challenges. Pastor Frangipane’s books are available at: www.frangipane.org   |    www.arrowbookstore.com Frangipane Ministries, Inc.
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A Door of Hope

…renewal is occurring in various parts of the world;  God is restoring joy to His people. Many whom the Lord has touched were weighed down—just like you might be—and speaking of this very valley of troubling, the Lord has promised:

“I will allure her, bring her into the wilderness and speak kindly to her.

  Then I will give her her vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor as a door of hope.

And she will sing there as in the days of her youth” (Hosea 2:14-15).

 The fruitfulness of God’s blessing from this day forward shall increase in your life. And there in “the valley of Achor”—the scene of your deepest wounds or worst failures—the Lord has placed for you a “door of hope.”  His goal is nothing less than to restore to you the song of the Lord that you might sing again “as in the days of [your] youth.” 

The preceding message is adapted from a chapter in Francis Frangipane’s book,
The Days of His Presence. Available at www.arrowbookstore.com You can read the full excerpt at www.frangipane.org


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Hearing God

I ask you not to DO, but to be
For whatsover is of the flesh is flesh,
but when you allow My Spirit to have free course,
when you cease to interfere with my moving within you,
then those things that shall be accomplished
both within and through you
will be truly the LIFE of God
For My Spirit is the Spirit of Life
And My Spirit is the motivating power of Divine energy…
I am within you to give you life,
Life without limit…

This beautifully penned excerpt of spiritual inspiration is taken from Frances J. Roberts remarkable Christian classic devotional, ‘Come Away My Beloved‘ …one of the first devotional/Christian meditation books I happened to come across as a newbie believer during my mid-twenties. I have kept a copy close by ever since. This remarkable collection of poetic prophetic verse reads as an open and compelling dialogue – God in conversation with the writer.

No question…it becomes apparent upon reading this collection that Frances had a heart wide open to God, and that she eagerly anticipated hearing His voice. If you don’t have this book in your personal library, I highly recommend it and encourage you to own a copy. Read all about the amazing life and writings of Frances J. Roberts at: The King’s Press.