Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 16:29:25 -0300 From: "Gerald A. Lush" Subject: Re: question Dear Andrew F. The Grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be with you and bless you in your efforts to serve and witness for him. I am finally getting around to your letter dated 10/12/97. Other matters have not allowed me the time I need in responding to letters. Re your letter you inquired concerning our statement of faith. We have written statement of faith outside of the Bible. WE have been accused many times of putting the messages of Brother Branham above Scripture - this is certainly not True. We respect the teachings of the Brother, believing him to be a prophet sent from God. But for us, his teachings takes us back to the WORD of God constantly. He himself has stated, "If what I say is not in Scripture, then don't believe me". 1. We believe in the absolute AUTHORITY of the Scriptures. 2. We believe the Bible to be the INSPIRED Word of God - Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Spirit of God. 3. We believe in the 'total depravity' of man, needing redemption through the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4. We believe in the need, according to Scripture for Repentance, turning from sin, and being baptised in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38). 5. We believe in the need for the indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of all believers to guide us into all Truth and enable us to live above the world, the flesh and the Devil. 6. We believe in the Second Coming of Christ - the blessed Hope of the Church. 7. We believe in the Rapture (catching away) of the Bride of the Lord Jesus, just before the Great Tribulation period. 8. We believe in the Resurrection of the dead, the white throne judgement, etc. 9. We believe in the millennial reign of a thousand years of peace. 10. We believe in the 'virgin birth' of Jesus. 11. We believe in ONE God, with a triune nature, manifested in the Holy Spirit, Fatherhood and Sonship despensations of God. 12. We believe in the observance of Communion - receiving the bread and the wine, remembering our Lord's sacrifice on the Cross. The above is a general statement of what we believe. Any further questins are welcome. Should you decide to list our page at your site - God Bless you! Should you decide NOT to list our page - God Bless you and your ministry! Your Brother in Christ, Bro. Gerald A. Lush, Editor The William Branham Home Page Bible Believers Association P. O. Box 2503, Stn. C St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada A1C 6E8 http://www.biblebelievers.org -------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 22 Nov 97 07:33:19 UT From: "Shirleymae Cottrill" Subject: Chain of Prayers new request. A OF OURS FRIEND HAS REQUESTED PRAYERS FOR HER BROTHER THAT IS BEING TAUNTED BY THE DEVIL WITH DRUGS AND ALCOHOL. SHE IS VERY FRIGHTENED FOR HIM. WOULD YOU ALL PLEASE PRAY FOR HER AND HER BROTHER. -------------------------------------------------------- From: banner@ncmec.org Reply-To: banner@ncmec.org Subject: Re: NCMEC Java Banner Registration Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 12:22:16 -0500 Dear Visitor, Thank you for your interest in our Web Links Project. Your participation in this project is important and will help us in our mission to find missing children and prevent child abduction and exploitation. Below is the code for the Java banner. Please place this on the home page of your Web site. We will add you to our list of participants and keep you updated with any changes to the banner. Thank you for your efforts. Sincerely, Webmaster National Center for Missing and Exploited Children http://www.missingkids.com -------------------------------------------------------- From: "Gracious ~" Subject: Fwd: What I've Learned Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 10:30:28 PST This arrived today in my email..thought you would enjoy it! I give thanks for some of the things listed here that I've learned already..and still learning!! :) many blessings..cukers 'What I've Learned': I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing"Silent Night". Age 7 I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. Age 9 I've learned that although it's hard to admit, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict. Age 15 I've learned that silent company is often more healing than works of advice. Age 24 I've learned that wherever I go the world's worst drivers have followed me there. Age 29 I've learned that the road to success and the road to happiness are two lanes of the same highway. And the toll you must pay is simply being true to yourself. Age 40 I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. Age 46 I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his need to cast blame on others. Age 46 I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours. age 49 I've learned that you can tell alot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights. Age 52. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Aget 53 I've learned that if you want to do something positive for you children, try to improve your marriage. Age 61 I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. Age 64 I've learned that if you pursue happiness it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people and by doing the very best you can, happiness will find you,. Age 65 I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. Age 68 I've learned that it pays to believe in miracles. And to tell the truth, I've seen several Age 73 I've learned that even when I have pains I don't have to be one. Age 82 I've learned that I still have alot to learn. Age 92 (AND age 68!!) Please pass this on to someone you care about. Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile. Judy Noteboom Computer Teacher Pound Middle School Lincoln, NE * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * You never know what you can do until you TRY! ************************ Faith goes up the stairs that love has made and looks out of the windows which hope has opened. ************************* -------------------------------------------------------- Reply-To: "John Spencer" From: "John Spencer" Subject: Fw: 'OFFENSE' IS THE TEST... Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 17:32:04 -0600 -----Original Message----- Hello y'all...... this has really touched my heart and I am sending it on to you all---- I know it will mean as much to you as it has to me------ these are certainly days when the Lord is beginning to really purify us, His Body--- I am grateful that He is so faithful to change my heart! {{{{{{{{HUGS TO YOU ALL!}}}}}}} -----Original Message----- From: Prophetic List Date: Saturday, November 22, 1997 9:07 AM Subject: 'OFFENSE' IS THE TEST... From: Petyers@aol.com Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 12:01:46 -0500 (EST) In a message dated 97-11-19 13:34:31 EST, you write: << The ability to suffer personal injustice without retaliation or resentment is an infallible sign that a believer has come to abide in Christ." -Rick Joyner There Were Two Trees in the Garden, p. 31.>> About three months ago the Lord spoke to me concerning Offence coming not from the ungodly, but from the church itself. He said," You will know when you have reached Maturity in Me, when you no longer can be offended." This word,spoken to my heart has had a life changing effect on how I percieve my walk with him. He showed me how offence is a lecherous tool of the enemy that not only stifles the ability of the offender, but also the ability of the one who receives the offence to minister or recieve ministry! Jesus was never offended. They mocked and tortured him, spit on him, tore out parts of his beard ,layed a crown of thorns on his head, then nailed him to a cross.....and what were his last words? "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do!" The ability to ward off the Offence is a work of the Holy Spirit, ever reveiling this truth to your heart, and will stop the enemy in his tracks! Ask me how I Know! :) Rev. Peter Singelakis, Refiner's Fire Ministries WEBSITES - 'New Zealand Revival Bulletin':- http://crash.ihug.co.nz/~revival 'DREAMS & VISIONS' SUPERSITE:- http://crash.ihug.co.nz/~revival/index2.html EDITOR - Andrew Strom:- astrom@revival.gen.nz -------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 24 Nov 97 07:03:49 UT From: "Shirleymae Cottrill" Subject: Our friend whose brother has a drug and alcohol problem, and others we pray for. Friends, I talked to our friend again today, she said that she is not afraid for herself, but that she has not even been able to contact him. She is so afraid of the harm he might do to himself, while under the influence of these two dangerous substances. She feels so helpless and is praying for him constantly. Meanwhile, she also continues to pray for our friends on the chain of prayers. I think she must feel like there is something she could be doing for her brother. I am advising her to pray the prayer of helpless it is the most powerful prayer there is. I stumbled into it myself, though I had read about it in Catherine Marshall's book, Adventures in Prayer. I have let go before He can help me. He gives us the choice, Give it to Him or keep failing by ourselves. I'd rather give it to Him, but I am amazed at how often I am still trying to control my situation. I'm sending this on the chain of prayers to benefit all we pray for, who might unknowingly still be holding back control just a little. We all do it, and Satan loves that. But I will not allow him to win over me. Blessings and {{{{{{{{HUGGS}}}}}}}}} Dolly:) -------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 24 Nov 97 07:17:25 UT From: "Shirleymae Cottrill" Subject: FW: pray Since I do not have this young man's name or if he has e-mail, send your prayers and messages to Fran at neilw@netrunner.net. If I get more information I will forward it. -----Original Message----- From: Fran Whiteman Sent: Sunday, November 23, 1997 9:44 PM To: CottrillsFTG@classic.msn.com Subject: pray Hi, A young family man, named Terry, has Fibromyalgia very bad, he has applied for Social Security disability benefits, please pray he will be approved and before Christmas. He can't even brush his daughter's hair for school without having so much pain he could be in bed for two days. His wife is working several jobs to keep the family going. God is not deaf, He hears the prayers of his people. Thank you. Fran -------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 25 Nov 97 06:51:37 UT From: "Shirleymae Cottrill" Subject: Chain of Prayers for Gail Gail is my son-in-law's sister and they were just told tonight that she has an enlarged heart. She has been gaining weight rapidly, although she is under doctor's care to lose weight for the benefit of her heart. She has been on heart medication for sometime now. This picture fits into another diagnosis, of congestive heart disease. We just don't know yet. While we are waiting for the cardiologist to see her and give her more information, would you all pray with me for Gail, her parents, and her brother. I certainly know how hard her brother and her parents are pleading for her to God. But, you can help too. On Thanksgiving when we are all together we will offer a prayer for Gail as a Christian family united. My daughter and her husband will appreciate your prayers for their sister very much. You can send your messages of encouragement to mrsmans2@aol.com Blessings and {{{{{{{{HUGGS}}}}}}}}} Dolly:) -------------------------------------------------------- From: niteowl@Perigee.net (niteowl) Subject: A Wonderful Story About Three Trees !!! Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997 06:56:05 -0500 Hey Everyone !! Got this wonderful story about three trees that I just have to share with you. Would be wrong to keep it all to myself !!! Love and {{HUGS}} Calico TREES Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up. The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: "I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I'll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!" The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on it's way to the ocean. "I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I'll be the strongest ship in the world!" The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. "I don't want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they'll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world!" Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall. One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain. The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, "This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the first tree fell. "Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!" the first tree said. The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, "This tree is strong, it is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the second tree fell. "Now I shall sail mighty waters!" thought the second tree. "I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!" The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the woodcutter never even looked up "Any kind of tree will do for me." he muttered. With a swoop of his shining axe, the third tree fell. The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter's shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feed- box for animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, nor with treasure. She was coated with saw dust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals. The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the once strong tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river, instead she was taken to a little lake. The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. "What happened?" the once tall tree wondered. "All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God..." Many many days and nights passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams. But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feedbox. "I wish I could make a cradle for him," her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and the sturdy wood. "This manager is beautiful." she said. And suddenly the first tree knew she was holding the greatest treasure in the world. One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler feel asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through the wind and the rain. The tired man awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, "Peace." The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. And suddenly the second tree knew she was carrying the king of heaven and earth. One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man's hands to her. She felt ugly and cruel. But on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth trembled with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God's love had changed everything. It had made the third tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world. So the next time you feel down because you didn't get what you want, just sit tight and be happy because God is thinking of something better to give you! -------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 13:18:43 -0600 From: adri8566@iavalley.cc.ia.us Subject: Hello, Andrew, I'll keep this short and sweet... You're in my thoughts, and I wish I could have wished you a Happy Thanksgiving...a little late? *S* How are you doing? Really? I know you don't get on much now, but when you do, think of this friend in Iowa who's thinking of you, and drop me a line or two. Love in Jesus, always, Adrienne -------------------------------------------------------- Subject: Fwd: twas night before Jesus Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 23:52:37 -0600 From: Deeona@webtv.net (Deeona Mae Shrum) TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE JESUS Twas the night before Jesus & all through the house Not a Creature was praying, not one in the house Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care In hopes the Jesus would not come there The children were dressing to crawl into bed Not once ever kneeling or bowing their head And mom in her rocker with a baby on her lap Was watching the late show while I took a nap When out of the east there rose such a clatter I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter Away to the window I flew like a flash Tore open the window & threw open the sash When what to my wondering eyes should apear But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray I knew in a moment it must be "The day" The light of His facemade me cover my head It was Jesus coming just like He said And though I possess worldly wisdom & wealth I cried when I saw him inspite of myself In the book of life which He held in His hand Was written the names of every saved man He spoke not a word as He searched for my name When he said "It's not here" My head hung in shame The peoples whose names had been written with love He gather to take to His Father above With those that were ready He rose without a sound While the rest were left standing around I fell to my knees, but it was too late I had waited too long And thus sealed my fate I stood there & cried as they rose out of sight Oh,if only I had been ready tonight In the words of this poem the meaning is clear The coming of Jesus is drawing near there's only on life And when comes the last call We'll find that the Bible was right after all Copyrightę 1985 By: bethany Farms --------------------------------------------------------
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