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Open Our Hearts

O God,
Open our eyes that we may see the needs of others;
Open our ears that we may hear their cries;
Open our hearts that we may feel their anguish and their joy.
Let us not be afraid to defend the oppressed, the poor, the powerless, because of the anger and might of the powerful.
Show us where love and hope and faith are needed, and use us to bring them to those places.
Open our ears and eyes, our hearts and lives, that we may in these coming days be able to do some work of justice and peace for you. Amen.

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Differences between the Bible and the Qur’an

Bible Qur’an
MonotheisticTrinitarian, (Isaiah 43:1044:6-8Matt. 28:19;2 Cor. 13:14). Monotheistic (5:73; 112:1-4), denies the Trinity (5:73).
Jesus is God in flesh (Col. 2:9). Jesus is not God (5:17, 75).
Jesus was crucified (1 Pet. 2:24). Jesus was not Crucified, (4:157).
Jesus rose from the dead (John 2:19-20). Jesus did not rise from the dead.
Jesus was the Son of God (Mark 1:1). Jesus was not the Son of God (9:30).
Holy Spirit, 3rd person in the Godhead. He will bear witness of Jesus (John 14:2615:26). The Holy Spirit is the angel Gabriel (2:97; 16:102).
Salvation by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). Salvation by sincerity and works (3:135; 7:8-9; 21:47; 49:14; 66:8-9).
The Devil is a fallen angel (Isaiah 14:12-15). The Devil, Satan, is not a fallen angel, but a fallen Jinn (2:34; 7:12; 15:27; 55:15).
Man is fallen, a sinner (Rom. 3:23). Man is basically good.
Disciples were Christians (Acts 11:26). Disciples declare themselves Muslims (5:111).
Worship on Sabbath (Exodus 20) then later on Sunday (Rom. 14:5-6Acts 20:71 Cor. 16:1-2). Worship on Friday (62:9).
Miracles, numerous are recorded (1 Cor. 15:3-5, etc.). No Miracles recorded, except they claim the Qur’an is a miracle.
Makes numerous prophecies (Isaiah 53; Micah 5:2, etc. Makes no prophecies.

How Do I Know What Gods Will Is For My Life?

Knowing God’s Will – Insight from George Müller

When it came to knowing God’s will, George Müller (1805-1898), an English evangelist and philanthropist, was remarkably and humbly gifted. A man of faith and prayer, Müller established orphanages in Bristol and founded the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad. The following are wonderful excerpts from one of his essays. (more…)


A Prayer for Protection

Lord God,

Thank you for all the positive influencers in my life today.

Thank you for everyone who has ever prayed for me

And for anyone who will pray for me in the future.  Thanks

especially for the people of strong faith that you have placed

in my path and the positive impact they have had on my character.

Insulate me from experiences that compromise my full potential. Move me away from distractions, diversions, and temptations.  Keep my thoughts fixed instead on what is true, pure, excellent and worthy of praise.  I know that nothing guards my heart more than being in your will.

Protect me, Father, from any person or relationship that would slowly prod me down the wrong path.  Cause me to become hypersensitive to the people in my life and the sometimes subtle influence they are having on my spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical habits.  Bring wise, genuine friends into my life, and dissolve any ties with those who may weaken my relationship with you.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen


Where Is the True Church? and Its Incredible History!— Chapter 4 – “TRUTH” OR “LOVE”—WHICH COMES FIRST?

BY DAVID C. PACK

The apostle John repeatedly taught the importance of both Bible truth and godly love. To understand the identity of the true Church, it is vital to recognize which of these is the foundation for the other.

The large, respected, well-known church of this world in which I grew up was comprised of millions of “believers”—people who believed in and talked about Jesus. No doubt, most of them were sincere. They also talked much about “Christian love.” Many sermons had this topic as their theme. Sometimes it seemed that “Jesus” and “love” were the only two subjects preached. In fact, this describes the diet served every week from pulpits in tens of thousands of churches. (more…)


“Finding” God

“When I don’t fear death as much, I am less afraid of dying to myself.  It sounds so obvious.  When I’m absorbed with myself – my needs, how much attention I’m getting, doing things my way, everything in reference to me – it is pretty difficult to find God.  The “space” inside of me is pre-occupied.  However, as my openness to and hunger for a loving presence grows, I am de-selfished and freer.  Often my self-pity or self-focus comes out of a fear that I won’t have “enough.”  I fear any “emptiness” so I “fill” it quickly.  However, when I ask to be emptied, I discover an empowering fulness.  When I become more and more focused on how very much is being offered me in the loving presence of Jesus, discovered in every part of my day, I discover the power of Augustine‘s prayer:  “O Lord, Our God, you have created us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/1-finding.html


The Awesome Potential of Man—- Chapter 8-WHAT IS TRUE CONVERSION?

BY DAVID C. PACK
When is a person converted? I have known many who doubted their conversion because they had never been taught the meaning of true conversion. When under fire—under pressure—they lacked the confidence to know they could effectively address their problems. They were not sure that they even had the power to overcome them.

Since the devil—the author of confusion (1 Cor. 14:33)—deceives the whole world, he also seeks to confuse professing Christians about this most important subject. In fact, because so much is at stake in this understanding, he pulls out all stops. The thing he hates most is even a single human being turning to God. (more…)