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Day 2: Miracles, Anyone?

Shalom!

This morning my tour group and I checked out of the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv (what a nice place) and boarded the bus for Caesarea National Park. King Herod the Great (not the Herod who sought to have baby Jesus killed,) built Caesarea. When I got off the bus, my mind went back in time to thousands of years ago.

I sat down in the Herodian Amphitheatre and tried to imagine what it would be like to attend a sporting event back then. According to the brochure, the U-shape venue is more than 250 m long and 50 m wide. Some experts say it might be the stadium mentioned by first-century Jewish historian, Josephus Flavius in Jewish War (Antiq. ll:9, 3). I also got a chance to see some of the archaeological designs made popular by the Romans after they gained control of Caesarea. read more

Day 1: I Made It!


After staying up to 3 am the night before preparing for my trip, and after nearly missing my flight to JFK the next day, I finally made it to Israel!

My tour group and I arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport close to 3:30 pm and could hardly wait to see the first city on the tour schedule.


Tel Aviv is a wonderful place to visit, but if you're thinking it's lined with dusty roads like in biblical times, think again. It's a modern city and has all the makings of a bustling metropolis like billboards, quaint restaurants, public transportation and more. read more

Jerusalem Prayer Wall

The Word of God admonishes Christians in Psalm 122:6 to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (NKJV).” Join with believers around the world as we obey our biblical mandate to pray for Israel. Leave your prayer below.

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Breaking the Jewish Code

Breaking the Jewish Code

Learn 12 secrets that will transform your life, family, health, and finances

In Breaking the Jewish Code, Perry Stone reveals how anyone can apply these time-honored principles in their life to create wealth, live in health, build faith, raise successful children, and pass on generational blessings.

 

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Topics include ...

  • Understanding the secret of the Hebrew covenant with God and why it works
  • The spiritual principles of health, wealth, and creating prosperity
  • Feasts, Sabbaths, and yearly celebrations—why success is also about family and enjoying life
  • How to leave a legacy and pass on the blessing to future generation

  • Twelve dynamic keys to success that Jewish people have known for 3,500 years

About Perry Stone

Perry Stone is an international evangelist and the founder of Voice of Evangelism, a ministry that strives to spread the gospel through revivals, television and other media. He is the author of numerous books, including Breaking the Jewish Code (Charisma House). read more

Does God Really Heal Today?

Does God Really Heal Today?

I have a friend who says, "God is always working on 10 levels at once; if you don't understand that, you will miss the other nine!" When healing doesn't come in the way or timing we would like, we should not despair and begin to believe that God no longer heals. As many famous theologians have attested, it is a grave error to define God only by one's experiences.


Henry Wright, author of A More Excellent Way, says, "If you don't believe God heals in the 21st century, then fine. For you, He won't!" Isaiah said it this way, "‘What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it saying, "Stop, you're doing it wrong!" Does the pot exclaim, "How clumsy can you be?"'" (Is. 45:9, NLT). read more

Good News in Tough Times continued...

KENN RENNER The number of real estate agents in the Austin, Texas, area has shrunk 30 percent since last year, reflecting a decrease in average monthly home sales in 2008 of more than 50 percent, according to Realtor Kenn Renner. However, after seeing his sales double the first two months over the same period last year, the head of Renner Realty is aiming for a 50 to 65 percent increase in 2009-he hopes to reach $20 million. Symbolizing his optimism is the early March listing of an $800,000 home that sold in four days, prompting the seller to remark, "This is a God thing." "We surrender the whole business to Him," says Renner, a member of Glory House Christian Center. "With the power of prayer and our model of doing things-people are looking for that. They want encouragement." Though an independent agent for 25 years, Renner says last fall God directed him to become an affiliate of Keller Williams Realty. The Austin-based franchiser is now the nation's third-largest residential real estate firm. Renner liked the priorities of co-founder/chairman Gary Keller: God first, followed by family and then business. "As a stereotype, [business owners] put business first," Renner says. "It's proven that God first is more biblical." Though not a direct beneficiary of the federal stimulus bill, Renner says one provision of federal legislation adopted in February helped boost his business. The bill changed what had been a $7,500 no-interest loan to an $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers. The provision didn't attract much attention from the news media-or Renner, until God told him to send out postcards to his tenants directing them to call him about federal housing assistance. "God said, ‘Get the word out,'" Renner recalls. "Nearly everybody who calls me has no idea about the $8,000 credit. Part of it is revealing what's already there. It's really being aware of the signs of the times. It's a pretty exciting time." Another step he took recently was adding a note to his Web site that for every home sale, Renner Realty donates $360 to Fullness in Christ Ministries, a Texas ministry founded by charismatic pastor Ras Robinson. That sum helps educate a child in Peru or the Philippines for a year. "It's one of the ways I'm letting people know this is a Christian business," Renner says.


DENNIS FEDORUK The current downturn is the third Dennis Fedoruk has weathered since he started The Brainy Baby Co. in 1995. However, thanks to increased direct-to-consumer products, his company's sales more than doubled the first two months of 2009. Although he doesn't expect that to continue, Fedoruk still forecasts an increase of 20 to 30 percent for the year. "There's a certain amount of an evergreen nature to our business," says the president of Brainy Baby, which produces videos, books and other products for toddlers. "It is children's education; we have 4.5 million new babies every year; and people will spend money on educational products for their children." Aside from such customary factors boosting sales, Fedoruk sees God's signature written all over a healthy 2009. He talks about the phone ringing and bringing unexpected business or word of distribution into another country. Brainy Baby items can now be found in some 200 nations through sales outlets or video downloads. Although the company's products are aimed at general markets, Brainy Baby is working on a faith-based line for release later this year. The new items will be one way the company can acknowledge the Father behind its prosperity. "God never fails," says Fedoruk, who attends a nondenominational, charismatic church in a suburb of Atlanta. "I believe He is behind everything we do. We never worry; we just practice Matthew 6:33 [‘But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you'] and go about God's business." Although he believes a stream of negative media reports has magnified the public's gloomy outlook, the executive says God has been teaching him to remain steady in today's recessionary environment. Acknowledging that he could constantly worry if he let his mind "go wild," Fedoruk says God has assured him that if he stays on the course He set without turning right or left, things will be all right. "If you're doing what God tells you to do, you're definitely beating a different drum," he says of bucking the trend. "As believers, we know that. We're not always beating the drum of popularity, but if you just stay focused on what you're doing, God will see you through." read more


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Prophetic Ministry

Buy a copy of 'Growing in the Prophetic' by Mike Bickle and learn the ins and outs of prophetic ministry. The free download is no longer available but a hard copy of the book can be purchased here.

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Nominate Your Church

{jcomments on}Charisma is looking for healthy churches to feature in future issues of the magazine. We’d like to hear about how your church is thriving.

Please tell us your story in the comments section of our Web site below. read more

Live Recession-Proof

Christians don’t have to be casualties of the global recession. God has set principles in place to help His people live recession-proof. Watch a free tutorial from well-known Christian financial adviser Dave Ramsey and learn God’s keys to moving forward when the economy is standing still.

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Chris Tomlin Speaks


Listen as Chris Tomlin discusses music, politics and ministry.
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20 Ways to Reach the Lost

How can you demonstrate God’s love in your community? Here are just a few things Jesus might do:
  • Pray fervently. If your church has an intercessory prayer group, participate in it. If not, start one, and encourage others to join you in interceding regularly for the lost in your city.
  • Be an active school parent. Prayer may not be allowed in the classroom, but the government can’t stop your light from shining in a school environment. Become friends with the principal, teachers and other parents.
  • Celebrate holidays in style. Gather neighbors, co-workers or relatives for Christmas or Easter. Then tell the old, old story of Jesus’ birth or resurrection in a brand-new way. read more

A Testimony of Healing From Abortion

How do you live with the guilt and shame of taking the lives of four of your children by legal abortion? Only through the blood and healing of Jesus Christ.

Within the next three months after my last abortion, I tried to take my life twice by overdosing on drugs. Friends and family knew nothing except that I had returned to the drugs and was once again out of control. The truth was that I hated myself and couldn't live with the memory of my decision. read more

Closing the Door on Abortion’s Guilt

You can’t just ignore the shame caused when you kill an unborn child. But you can find mercy and forgiveness.

My son David never had the chance to live because I made the choice to abort him in 1988. I was divorced with two children and was living a very promiscuous lifestyle. When I discovered I was pregnant I felt irritation and fear. To hide my sin of sex outside marriage, I chose to abort my child, even though I knew it was wrong.


Initially, I felt relief. The unwanted pregnancy was taken care of. I didn't tell anybody what I had done because I was too ashamed. In order to forget about it I stuffed down my feelings and didn't allow myself to think about it at all. read more

Top 5 Ways to 'Twitangelize'














Below is a list of the top five ways people are using twitter to 'Twitangelize' (evangelize on Twitter). Each post is written with less then 140 characters.

 

1.Comfort and encourage. Twunkies (Twitter junkies) post personal life struggles on their accounts. Reply with godly advice and wisdom.

2. Inspire. Send out links to inspirational stories highlighting the amazing things God is doing.

3. Share Your Testimony. As you post your daily activities be sure to include your, hopefully, godly reactions to life's struggles.

4. Pray. Offer to pray for a need.

5. Look for opportunities. Use tools such as PeopleBrowsr or TweetDeck to search words such as "atheist" and then jump into the dialogue. read more

Hope from the House

On July 21, the House Education and Labor committee marked up HR 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, by a vote of 30-17 - the single largest investment in higher education in history that will significantly reduce loan debt burden for college graduates, according to The Institute for College Access & Success.

HR 3221 reinvigorates the Pell Grant program, which provides need-based aid to over 7 million current college students. The bill raises the Pell Grant maximum to $5,550 for students of the most modest means, and guarantees that the Pell Grant amount will increase thereafter on a yearly basis by the cost of living plus 1 percent.

It also cuts the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans, and invests in community college access programs that should help hundreds of thousands of students get to graduation.

These investments are paid for by cutting excessive lender subsidies from within the loan programs, and redirecting those funds toward higher education. read more

Healed From the Inside Out

Watch testimonies from young women healed of a myriad of addictions through the Mercy Ministries program in Nashville, Tenn. Also watch an interview by Joyce Meyer with the ministry's founder, Nancy Alcorn.

 

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The Miracles of 911


Watch video footage of Sept. 11 survivors discussing miraculous occurrences that happened on the ill-fated day eight years ago.

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Israel Video

Watch video footage from Benny Hinn's trip to Jerusalem in April 2009.


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Watch video footage from Perry Stone's trip to Jerusalem.

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Going to Be Caught Up ... Or Not

Watch Perry Stone discuss the three different viewpoints a believer can have about the rapture. Also share your vantage point in the comments section below.

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