Aloha Friday Mesage – May 12, 2006

Let me ask you, please, to make sure you read all the way to the bottom. I almost deleted this email but I was blessed when I got to the end. I edited it to take out all the extra line breaks and misspellings so it would be easier to read. I especially want you to read the part in bold, but please, read the WHOLE thing.
God, when I received this e-mail, I thought, “I don’t have time for this, and, this is really inappropriate during work.” Then, I realized that this kind of thinking is exactly what has caused lot of the problems in our world today.

We try to keep God in church on Sunday morning, maybe Sunday night, and, the unlikely event of a midweek service. We do like to have Him around during sickness, and, of course, at funerals. However, many of us don’t have time, or room, for Him during work or play, because, that’s the part of our lives we think we can, and should, “handle on our own.” May God forgive me for ever thinking that there is a time or place where HE is not to be FIRST in my life. We should always have time to remember all HE has done for us.

If you aren’t ashamed to do this, please follow the directions. Jesus said, “If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father.” Not ashamed? Pass this on ONLY IF YOU MEAN IT!!
Yes, I do Love God. HE is my source of existence and Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I will be nothing. But, with Christ, HE strengthens me. (Phil 4:13: I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.) This is the simplest test!

If You Love God, and are not ashamed of all the marvelous things HE has done for you, send this to other people! I think I know at least 10 people who would admit they love Jesus. Do you love Him?
Jesus is with us every moment of every day. He is completely available anytime you look for Him. Even when you don’t make time for Him, he has time for you. Even if you just shout His name as some sort of exclamation, He hears you. Even if your love for Him is more intellectual than spiritual, He loves you so much He died for you so you could spend eternity with Him. Even if you don’t believe in Him, he believes in the value of your spirit enough to give you an everlasting gift of living through eternity with Him.
Now do you have the time to pass it on? Make sure that you scroll through to the end.

Easy vs. Hard
Why is it so hard to tell the truth, and yet so easy to tell a lie?
Why are we so sleepy in church, but right when the sermon is over we suddenly wake up?
Why is it so hard to talk about God, and yet so easy to talk about nasty stuff?
Why is it so easy to delete a Godly e- mail, and yet we forward one of the nasty ones?
Why are the churches getting smaller and yet the bars and dance clubs are getting larger?
Which are we more likely to say: “Good morning, Lord!” or “Good Lord! Morning!”?

Do you give up? Think about it. Are you going to forward this, or delete it? Just remember-God is watching you. Prayer Wheel-Let’s see the devil stop this one! Here’s what the wheel is all about. When you receive this, say a prayer for the person that sent it to you. That’s all you have to do. There is nothing attached. No good-luck promise, no miracle in just a few days. This is so powerful. Do not stop the wheel, please. Of all the free gifts we may receive, prayer is the very best one.

There are no costs, but wonderful rewards, GOD BLESS! May God keep you and bless you.

Isn’t it sad how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell?
Isn’t it sad how someone can say “I believe in God” but still follow Satan (who, by the way, also “believes” in God)?

Isn’t it sad how you can send a thousand jokes through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing?

Isn’t it sad how when you go to forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it to them? As you think about that, can you see yourself sending it to someone you know is NOT a Christian?

Isn’t it sad how I can be more worried about what other people think of me than what God thinks of me? Let’s pray for everyone who sends this to their entire address book, they will be blessed by God in a way special for them.

Take a moment to relax your mind and humble your heart to focus on Christ. Allow God to be the only person on your mind while you read this prayer. If we can take the time to read long jokes, stories, etc., we should give the same respect to this prayer. Friends that pray together, stay together.

Dear Lord, what a wonderful God You are, and all that you have created, including my loved ones (). I thank You for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I’m blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me.

Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said, or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for Your forgiveness.

Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things. Please enlarge my heart so that I can love you with all of it and love my fellow sojourners on this Earth, too. Please brighten the light of my spirit so that they can see the beauty of Jesus in me.

Let me not whine and whimper over things that I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through God’s eyes and acknowledge it as evil. And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive — and accept — the forgiveness of God.

And when this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus’ example – – to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It’s the best response when I’m pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can’t pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do Your will. Help me to remember to PUSH ASAP –Pray Until Something Happens Always Say A Prayer.

Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and can’t find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don’t know You intimately. I pray for those that will delete this without sharing it with others. I pray for those that don’t believe, and I thank you that for everyone that does believe.

I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my spiritual sisters and brothers, daughters and sons, and for each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, hope, love and joy in their homes, that they are out of debt and all their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God is. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly.

Your turn.

Just sincerely pray this prayer, even if you’ve prayed it hundreds of times before and especially if you’ve NEVER prayed like this before, and see how God moves!!

Lord I love you and I need you, come into my heart, please. I know I am a sinner, but I also know You have set me free from sin. I accept you as my Savior, and give my heart to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I want you to believe that this prayer can and will be answered. This might help you with that:

In a small town in West Texas, drought had nearly destroyed every crop for the past two years. The community decided to ask their pastor to hold a prayer service so they could pray for rain.

As the people filed into the church, the pastor was there at the door to meet them. He looked solemn, and had an air of firm resolve. Some of the congregation eve thought he looked a little sad.

Once everyone was inside, the pastor went up to the dais and sat down behind the pulpit. No one could see him there. He stayed there for a long, long time. After several minutes, one of the men stood up and spoke.

“Um, Preacher? Ain’t you gonna lead us in prayer? I mean, we DID come here to pray for rain, right?” And he sat back down amid murmurs of agreement.

Finally the pastor stood up, placed both hands on the edges of the pulpit and looked into the faces of the congregation. It looked as if he had tears in his eyes. After another long moment, he cleared his voice, and spoke.

“I’d like to have the following people come up to the front of the church and stand here, in front of the pulpit: Sister Annie, Sister Esther, and you too, Brother Willis.” The persons named dutifully went up front. The pastor spoke again. “The rest of you can go on back to your homes now.” Again, murmurs rippled through the rest of the congregation. Finally, another man stood up and demanded, “What do you mean, Pastor Bob? Are you calling off this prayer meeting?”

“No,” the pastor replied. “I’m going to still hold the prayer meeting, but only with these people.” “Why?! Why just them? Aren’t the rest of us entitled to pray, too?”

“Yes, of course you are. But look around, all of you. There must be close to 200 people here, and only these three,” he said as he reached for something inside the pulpit, “had faith enough in their prayers to bring an umbrella!

If you’re going to pray for rain, you’ve GOT to have faith your prayers will be answered.” The pastor held his umbrella in the air for all to see. Then he motioned the other three umbrella bearers to join him on the dais.

Slowly, quietly the rest of the congregation filed out of the church and went home surprised and saddened because they had overlooked an easy opportunity to demonstrate their faith.

Here’s an easy opportunity for you: Pass this on. Have enough faith to pray for peace and expect to find it everywhere. Commit your life to Christ. Be a witness. Let your light shine. It’s all good.

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American Roman Catholic reared as a "Baptiterian" in Denver Colorado.

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