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The Art of Suffering Well

The Art of Suffering Well

Jesus promised we would suffer for His name, yet how many of us know how to rise above our struggles? While he and his wife battled cancer, Billy Hornsby offered this profound message on how to face life’s biggest trials—including death.


Editor’s Note: In light of Billy Hornsby’s death (see “Transitions”), we wanted to pay tribute to this remarkable church planter by sharing one of his last public messages, which he delivered in December to his home church in Birmingham, Ala. At the time, the cancer in Billy was progressing rapidly and, though he believed God for healing, he was upfront about the possibility of dying. Given this context, Billy’s powerful words—and how he lived his last moments on earth—take on new meaning and prove that God can provide grace, strength and victory in any situation, no matter how bleak the outcome.

 

Have you ever started a year thinking, This is going to be a great year—in fact, I’m going to have the best year of my life? At first, everything seems to be going great and life is good. But then tragedy strikes. Maybe your business goes south, or maybe you get a dreaded disease. It rocks your world because you have such great expectations for the future, but suddenly you find yourself in despair over a tragedy that’s affected your life. read more

Galilee: Walking in His Footsteps

Special Travel Section: The Holy Land

Galilee: Walking in His Footsteps

When retracing the primary region of Jesus’ ministry, don’t skip these sites

Israel’s Galilee region is often a Holy Land pilgrim’s favorite, especially for those who want to walk where Jesus lived and taught. This is where the bulk of Christ’s ministry occurred, where He gathered most of His followers and where He performed more than 20 miracles. 

The absence of modern development makes it easy to visualize first-century life. Solitude and meditation come easily, especially if you read Gospel accounts as you enjoy the mountain and water views around the Sea of Galilee, an inland lake known as Kinneret in Hebrew.Tiberias on the western shore is lodging central with modern hotels and restaurants near the water. And after visiting the following sites, don’t forget the most popular edible is tilapia, known as St. Peter’s fish—a great meal finale to a contemplative lake float. read more

Rise of the Praying Church

Rise of the Praying Church

God is stirring a massive yet underground movement of prayer among His people. But what does it mean? jerusalem 24/7 prayer leader tom hess offers his take.

 

 

Rising above Jerusalem along the city’s eastern side is a rolling ridge of three peaks called the Mount of Olives. Its simple name, bestowed in ancient times, doesn’t call to mind the breadth of God’s history this site has hosted. Yet on its summit the very “glory of the Lord” once stood when Ezekiel prophesied the regathering of God’s exiled people to Himself (see Ezek. 11:20-25). Thousands of years later, the glory of the Lord—God’s Son—stood on the mountain again and set into motion God’s plan to gather the nations to Himself.

From this mountain, Jesus prayed the Lord’s Prayer, the beginning of which was fulfilled on Pentecost, and the end of which will be fulfilled with His coming again to Jerusalem to reign over all nations. Also from this mountain, before He ascended to heaven, Jesus commanded His disciples to take His salvation to the world and to wait in Jerusalem until they had been filled with His power for the task: read more

How To Pray God’s Way


Think prayer is a grueling task that God imposed upon us? Think again—and find out how to pray His will with joy.

On Mount Sinai, Moses was instructed to build the tabernacle “according to the pattern” he received from God (Ex. 25:9; Acts 7:44; Heb. 8:5). It is the pattern of heaven and promise of Scripture that God’s power will be released, His mercy will be shown and His kingdom will come in response to the saints’ prayers (Ex. 32:11-14; 2 Chr. 7:14; Luke 11:9-13; Rev. 8:3-6). Yet when it comes to actually engaging in prayer, many of us struggle to know how to approach God, what to say when we do and how to develop a strong prayer life.


TEACH US TO PRAY, LORD!
If prayer is the foundation of the church (Acts 2:42), the name by which God calls His people (Is. 56:7) and the means by which God promises to release His power through the church, right every wrong, release judgment and split the sky at the return of His Son (Luke 24:49; Rev. 6:9-11, 8:3-6; Luke 18; Rev. 6:14), then we should join the apostles in asking, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1) read more

Don’t Freak Out

If you’re reading this article after May 21, 2011, I can say authoritatively that radio Bible teacher Harold Camping got it wrong. The world didn’t end as he predicted. (I hope you filed your income tax return by April 15!)

Camping caused a stir earlier in the year when he announced that Jesus would return and rapture His church on said date in May—based on his calculations of lunar cycles and the Hebrew calendar. I don’t know if his guess had anything to do with the Japan earthquake, the supermoon of March 19, the bombing of Libya or the fact that we are now paying $3.50 a gallon for gas.

I do know that Camping has joined a growing group of people who insist on setting dates for the Lord’s return—even though the Bible says clearly that this kind of prophetic meddling is off-limits. read more

Join the Prayer Boot Camp

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Join the Prayer Boot Camp

Online this month we’re giving you the necessary tools to become effective prayer warriors. It’s not enough for us just to know that prayer is good; we also need to study God’s Word to understand how it can be used to help us pray. Visit any of the topics on this page at charismamag.com to get tools you’ll need for being equipped to war in the Spirit. Also, email us at charisma.online@charismamedia.com and tell us what other topics you’d like us to add tools for.

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Know the Value of a Prayer Partner?Do You Know the Value of a Prayer Partner?

If the prayer of one righteous person avails much, think what the prayers of two righteous people will accomplish. Do you see the value in a prayer partner? Go to prayerpartner.charismamag.com to learn more about the importance of praying with another person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How should you Pray for a Wayward Child?How should you Pray for a Wayward Child?

Not in our worst dreams would we imagine our children turning their backs on God as adults. But despite our efforts, many of our kids make decisions that lead them away from what they’ve been taught. Find tips on praying for your wayward child at
wayward.charismamag.com.

 

What does prayer have  to do with Power?

You can live a life of extraordinary, supernatural power! The secret is actually simple. Visit extraordinarypower.charismamag.com to find out how intimacy with God affects the way His power flows through you.

 

Are You Prepared  for Prayer?

Without proper preparation a lawyer would make a fool of himself before the judge, his client, his adversary and the entire courtroom. Likewise, when we intercede in prayer, we plead our case before the eternal judge of the universe—and every case we present calls for genuine preparation. Visit prepared.charismamag.com to find out how to effectively prepare for prayer.

 

 Does God Answer All our Prayers?

Consider the times when God didn’t seem to answer your prayers, even when you asked for what you thought was a good thing. Why didn’t He come through? Find out why God doesn’t answer every prayer at answeredprayer.charismamag.com.

 

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DISCERNING THE DISCERNERS

Regarding Marcus Yoars’ March column, what might be even more enlightening from you is a discerning article about what is really going on at these Christian discernment ministries. You mention the goal is to “develop enough discernment to find the pearls” in today’s media world. The fact is, in my own life I used to be willing to compromise with a certain level of wickedness for the sake of entertainment. As long as it wasn’t “too bad” it would justify the pearls that would satisfy my fleshly desire for entertainment. Many Christians don’t want to deny their fleshly desires for “entertainment” and even believe that they must tune in to pop culture to minister to today’s society. 

Bernis Ingvaldson, via email

 

CRISIS IN JAPAN

Thank you for your ministry. I subscribe to your Charisma News app for the iPhone, and I am glad I do! I serve the Lord at an associate school of Christ for the Nations International, Japan Bible School. In your recent news you have had quite a few stories about Japan, and they have been very encouraging to us here. I have been forwarding some of them to my list of friends who pray for Japan, including some Japanese people who understand English. 

Gerald Goodall, Hokkaido, Japan read more

The Radical Revivalists

After almost 15 years, Bethel Church continues to thrive amid a revival culture that has produced not only countless miracles, but also a youth movement now expanding into stadiums

Melissa Roberts can’t remember a time when it wasn’t revival at Bethel Church. Since she was 4 years old, the only kind of church gatherings she’s known have featured an atmosphere of extreme spiritual hunger, passionate worship and supernatural encounters with God. 

The now-16-year-old barely flinches when worshippers collapse around her during a service as the Holy Spirit spontaneously moves without anyone touching anyone. She hardly bats an eye anymore when she hears of people being declared cancer-free the week after she laid hands on them. And recently she didn’t gawk in amazement as a massive tumor disappeared from a baby’s forehead while she prayed for healing. read more

Monster Man

Christian thriller novelist Mike Dellosso  knows all about living through nightmares.  Here’s the gripping story behind his stories.

Mike Dellosso believes in monsters. He’s seen them. They’ve shown up in the eyes of an alcoholic loved one, a daughter battling a rare blood disorder and his own bout with colon cancer. He’s had to fight them for his life, and he hasn’t always been sure who was winning. But now that he’s faced his worst fears and lived to tell about it, he refuses to look away.

For the last three years, those monsters have been showing up in his supernatural thrillers as beasts that roam dark woods (Darlington Woods), towns with dangerous secrets (The Hunted) and otherworldy screams that warn of untimely deaths (Scream). His fourth novel, Darkness Follows, about a heartless killer and the secrets unearthed through an old Civil War journal, released in May. read more

Beach Books

You. The ocean. And a book. Here are a few suggestions on what to take for a hot summer read this year—from some of your favorite Christian authors.

Melody Carlson

 Melody CarlsonBecause of my busy writing schedule I don’t read as much as I’d like, but I do enjoy reading while traveling. While  flying recently I opened up Lisa Wingate’s Talk of the Town (Bethany House). I’d never read a Wingate book but was immediately pulled in by her quirky characters. It was honestly laugh-out-loud funny and exactly what I needed at that moment in my life. It gave me a whole new respect for lighthearted romance because there are times when laughter truly is the best medicine! I emailed Lisa later and thanked her for writing such a refreshingly fun book.

Melody Carlson is the author of more than 100 books, including Shattered, Never Been Kissed and The Four Lindas. read more

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