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 Hornsbyoffered 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
When retracing the primary region of Jesus’ ministry, don’t skip these sites
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
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.
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
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
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
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.comto get tools you’ll need for being equipped to war in the Spirit. Also, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what other topics you’d like us to add tools for.
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?
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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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.
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
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
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
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.
Because 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’sTalk 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