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Issue No: 310     Published: 01 Oct 2007

TRANSFORMATION OF THE CHURCH: 1. RESTORATION OF HOLY SPIRIT POWER AND DIRECTION

Every church and church grouping thinks they are led by the Holy Spirit! In many cases this may once have been so, but the harsh reality is, people quickly take over from the Holy Spirit.

How can I say this? It is simple. Every visitation, or revival as we call it, of the Holy Spirit since the time of the first one on the Day of Pentecost after the resurrection of Jesus, has ended, has finished. Why? Right from the beginning of the church, mankind has known better, finally manipulating the Holy Spirit visitation, until the 'gentleman Spirit' has left, saddened by our human reaction to His presence and guidance.

But do we need the Holy Spirit to guide us individually and as the church? I could quote scriptures, but what I want to do today is to take a brief look at His practical effect upon the Disciples, the initial leaders of the early New Testament church.

We have the 11 - reduced from 12, through the treachery of Judas. A rag tag bunch they were too. In spite of having lived with Jesus for 3 1/2 years, they slept, then deserted Jesus in His greatest hour of need, and one, at least, denied having ever known Him. Even after the wonder of His resurrection, Thomas still wouldn't believe until he could physically touch the wounds of Jesus.

Following His Ascension they decided, in their human wisdom, to appoint Matthias as the replacement apostle for Judas, using the Old Covenant method of casting lots. A disaster! Jesus Himself, later chose and appeared to His replacement choice, that completely unsuitable candidate in the apostles' eyes, Paul.

Yet amazingly, something happened to change this group of 11 apostles, plus Paul, to make them all except die as martyrs for Jesus! John, the single exception, was allegedly boiled in oil without dying, then banished to Patmos, no holiday camp.

Several years ago, I visited the site in India where the now, non-doubting Thomas made landfall and converted the first Christians in India. A Roman Catholic church is on the site and a beautiful presence of the Holy Spirit permeates the surroundings. A fantastic experience! He was finally martyred near Chennai (formerly Madras) on the opposite coast of this great country.

What happened to so dramatically change these men? We all know!

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:1-4)

Yes, the visitation, then habitation, of the Holy Spirit changed these men from misfits to martyrs!

What about the teachings of Jesus, you may well ask? Certainly they gave substance and direction to the life the apostles were now about to embark on, but the power to change them from wimps to winners for Jesus was provided by the impartation and habitation of the Holy Spirit on that day precious Pentecost day.

Throughout history, nothing has changed. Those who radically change the world for Jesus have been, and invariably still are, filled with the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit.

Yes, the first and primary transformation required in the church today is the restoration of Holy Spirit Power and direction.

Next week, we will continue this theme as we look at the role of the Holy Spirit in the church as a whole.

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FROM THE WORD

JESUS APPEARS TO THOMAS
"Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
30 Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:24-30)

"In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus— he was one of our number and shared in this ministry.” (With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the book of Psalms, ”‘May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,’ and, ”‘May another take his place of leadership.’ Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles (Acts 1:15-26)

THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES AT PENTECOST
"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” (Acts 2:1-13)

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THANKS GIVING, PRAISE AND WORSHIP

629. A true believer is thankful whatever the circumstances.

630. Praise gladdens the heart. Worship strengthens the soul.

631. True worship is reflected in positive actions.

632. Our actions reflect our true worship.

633. Thanksgiving brings forth praise. Praise leads on to worship.

634. With thankful praise, I worship my maker.

635. The freedom to worship is not truly appreciated until it is taken away.

636. God gives us praise and worship so they may be returned to Him.

637. Worship is available to all, but only availed of, by some.

638. True worship is a way of life.

639. Freedom in worship sets us free!

640. Worship is a gift made to be returned to the sender.

641. More worship, worship more.

642. One person’s curse is another’s praise.

643. Praise is an attitude, not an emotion.

644. Praise blesses both the giver and the receiver.

645. Worthy worship works wonders with worshippers wellbeing.
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GREAT NEWS FOR africa arise'!

For months now, we have been searching for suitable premises for a large shop and sorting/storage area. We have had 2 agreements fall over, one through Council parking regulations and another where the prospective landlord's lawyer thought (correctly!) we didn't have enough assets to cover the rent.

The poem under 'A DAVID MUSING' refers to the latter part of the wait and the journey it has taken me on.

However the Lord knows best! For in the last 10 days, a better deal than we could ever have hoped for (2-3 times the space with good exposure at a lower price and with 3 months rental holiday!) has become available. In hindsight (a wonderful thing!) the rejections and turn downs have been the best thing that could happen. Funny that! Although it is not funny at the time!

A real lesson in learning to trust Him more!

The premises are part of an old wool store, where bales of wool from New Zealand's 40 million sheep (or rather, some of them) used to be stored before shipment overseas. Not sure where they go now!

The photo is an external view before renovation. It is big. Our part is 1250 sq. m. (13,500 sq. ft.) out of a total area of 8,000 metres.

The shop will provide quality second hand goods for the poor, and others, locally, while providing funds for the sending of clothing and other items to Africa. This is a huge project for which the Lord has to provide, as He has already done with the premises. He may even want to provide through you! If you feel led to partner us in this way, you can contribute through the link below, or, using a credit card, through the Donations section at the end of PGIM, under the Ministry Donation section. All contributions received will be used for 'africa arise' developments.

I just praise and thank the Lord for what He has done through this time of waiting, both for the project, and in me!

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FROM YOU - TO ME - TO YOU

Hi David,

To set the record straight, Pluto was in fact de-classified as a planet in August 2006.

Blessings,
Shaun Gouws

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/08/060824-pluto-planet.html


FACTS FOR FUN
LAST WEEKS QUESTION: What controversy involving Pluto occurred in
1999?

ANSWER: In January 1999, misleading reports appeared in the media
that suggested Pluto was about to lose its status as a planet and be
reclassified as a minor planet or even an asteroid. The furore was caused
by a suggestion to include Pluto in a specialised listing of ‘Trans-
Neptunian Objects’, a group of smaller objects that have been discovered
in the outer solar system beyond Neptune's orbit. These objects are
similar to Pluto, though drastically smaller. Astronomers did not intend to
imply that Pluto was not a planet by suggesting its inclusion on the list,
but the assumption that Pluto was being ‘demoted’ caused an uproar
anyway and the International Astronomical Union had to issue a
statement confirming that Pluto remained our ninth planet. (Mickey and
Donald were so pleased not to lose their good friend!)

(Facts written before 2006. Oops! My excuse!)

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CRANWELL'S CARTOON

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. 2 He said:
“In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
From the depths of the grave I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
3 You hurled me into the deep,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers swept over me.
4 I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight;
yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’
5 The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you brought my life up from the pit,
O LORD my God.

7 “When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, LORD,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.

8 “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.
9 But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
Salvation comes from the LORD.”
10 And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. (Jonah 2:1-10)

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LAUGHING AT OURSELVES

***Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused***

*** "Those who can't laugh at themselves leave the job to others." ***

645. REVIVAL?
A church is starting a revival just down the road from my home, Their ad came out in the paper which read;

Revival, Evangelical Methodist Church,1906 Gihon Road, Parkersburg, Rev Brian Hammond,evangelist, September 7-10, 10:45 AM Sunday, 7:00PM evenings, Special Sining Each Service.

[I hope they meant Singing. Either way They're sure to get a crowd.]

644. SHELL
A man was driving to work when a truck ran a stop sign, hit his car broadside, and knocked him cold. Passersby pulled him from the wreck and revived him. He began a terrific struggle and had to be tranquilized by the medics.

Later, when he was calm, they asked him why he struggled so. He said, "I remember the impact, then nothing. I woke up on a concrete slab in front of a huge, flashing 'Shell' sign...and somebody was standing in front of the "S"!

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FACTS FOR FUN

LAST WEEKS QUESTION: Where and when was the first underground
train line opened?

ANSWER: The City and South London Railway opened the world's first
deep-level electric railway on December 18th, 1890, running from King
William Street in the City of London under the River Thames to Stockwell.
(Does the underground ever run overground?)


THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: : Is it true that turtles don't age?

Answer Next Week.

SOME FUN FACTS

293. JOB CREATION
Unemployment was so high in England in 1634 that Charles I compelled the demolition of a newly erected mechanical sawmill because it threw so many sawyers out of work. (Many have tried it before and since with the same results. I’m sure there are mechanical sawmills in England today, aren’t there?)

294. JELLY BRAIN!
A bowl of lime Jell-O, when hooked up to an EEG machine, exhibited movement which is virtually identical to the brain waves of a healthy adult man or woman. (Put our brains in the limelight.)

295. CHILDLESS
A ‘nullipara’ is a woman who has never given birth to a child. (The ‘PC’ people will have to get to work on this one!)

A WORD PUZZLE FOR YOU

Make another word from this word using all the letters.

SAPIENS

Answer at the end of A David Musing

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BIBLE QUESTION - PAUL

19) Paul was sent to preach to these people:

A - Jews
B - Romans
C - Muslims
D - Gentiles

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IF ONLY I'D THOUGHT OF IT!

"""OTHER'S SAYINGS TO ENLIGHTEN, AMUSE, OR BEMUSE"""

!!!!!!! God can mend all broken hearts. You just have to give him all the pieces.

!!!!!! A person who asks a question might be a fool for five minutes, but a person who doesn't ask, is a fool forever...

!!!!! A best friend is like a four leaf clover... hard to find, and lucky to have.

!!!! A friend is someone who reaches for your hand but touches your heart.

!!! A coincidence is when God performs a miracle, and decides to remain anonymous.

!! I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.

! Our eyes are placed in front because it is more important to look ahead than to look back.

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MORE BIBLE RIDDLES

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Q. How are rollerskates like the fruit in the Garden of Eden?
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A. They come before the fall!

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PETS RULE

43. THE BOSS
A man goes into a pet shop to buy a parrot. The shop owner points to three identical looking parrots on a perch and says: "The parrot to the left costs 500 dollars".

"Why does the parrot cost so much?" the customer asks. The owner says, "Well, it knows how to use a computer."

The customer asks about the next parrot and is told "That one costs 1,000 dollars because it can do everything the other parrot can do plus it knows how to use the UNIX operating system."

Naturally, the increasingly startled man asks about the third parrot and is told "That one costs 2,000 dollars." Needless to say this begs the question "What can IT do?"

To which the owner replies "To be honest I have never seen it do a thing but the other two call him boss!"

44. AT THE AUCTION
One day a man went to an auction. While there, he bid on a parrot. He really wanted this bird, so he got caught up in the bidding. He kept on bidding, but kept getting outbid, so he bid higher and higher and higher. Finally, after he bid way more than he intended, he won the bid - the parrot was his at last!

As he was paying for the parrot, he said to the Auctioneer, "I sure hope this parrot can talk. I would hate to have paid this much for it, only to find out that he can't talk!"

"Don't worry." said the Auctioneer, "He can talk. Who do you think it was who kept bidding against you?"

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BIBLE TRIVIA

HYSSOP.......

is frequently mentioned in the Bible but there is no plant today native to the Middle East of that name! Possibly was the herb marjoram, which is fragrant and comes from Syria.

Adapted from: '1001 Surprising Things You Should Know About The Bible' MacGregor & Prys

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34. 10 GOOD REASONS MARRIAGE WORKS

(1) It's safer: Marriage lowers the risk that both men and women will become the victims of violence, including domestic violence.

(2) It can save your life: Married people live longer and healthier lives and the power of marriage is particularly evident in late middle age. Nine out of 10 married men and women alive at 48 will make it to 65 against six out of 10 unmarried men and eight out of 10 unmarried women.

(3) It can save your child's life: Children lead healthier, longer lives and tend to stay out of trouble if parents get and stay married.

(4) You will earn more: Men today tend to think of marriage as a consumption item but a vast body of scientific literature suggests that for men especially marriage is productive - as important as education in boosting earnings.

(5) You'll be richer: Married people not only make more money, they manage money better and build more wealth together than either would alone.

(6) You'll tame him/her: Marriage increases sexual fidelity. Cohabiting men are four times more likely to cheat than husbands and cohabiting women eight times more likely to cheat than wives.

(7) You'll stay sane: Marriage is good for mental health. Married men and women are less depressed, less anxious and less psychologically distressed than singles, the divorced or widowed.

(8) It will make you happy: Overall, 40 per cent of married people, compared with about 25 per cent of singles or cohabitors, say they are "very happy" with life in general.

(9) Your children will love you more: Adult children of intact marriages keep more regular contact with their parents than do those of divorced or cohabiting couples. And they are far more likely themselves to marry for life.

(10) You'll have better sex, more often: Despite the lurid Sex in the City marketing that promises singles erotic joys untold, both husbands and wives are more likely to report that they have an extremely satisfying sex life than are singles or cohabitors.

SOURCE: Maggie Gallagher, 'The Case for Marriage'

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WAXING LYRICAL

Another lesson God gave me on Bowentown Beach.

THE PATH
In desperation now, I looked all around,
There must be a way out of this mess I am in.
A faint track there, my eyes have found,
Is named ‘Repentance’, for forgiveness of sin.

This path appeared difficult at first glance,
Through bushes, and damp, long grass,
But it was the only way my life to enhance,
If in the end, my test I was to pass.

So I found my way back to the path of life,
Grateful that Jesus made a way through the cross.
Having left the path where wrong was so rife,
In the sewage pond, He would no longer me toss.

He said, "My son, you made a mistake,
It wasn’t really your heart to go that way.
But I came to forgive mistakes you make,
Take care now, not to deliberately stray."

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A DAVID MUSING

WAITING (CONCLUDES!)

Wait for a time,
Then a little more,
Seeking a rhyme,
What's it all for!

I want it now!
Not next week!
You do know how!
To me now speak!

God, all is in your power,
Don't let my life go sour!
I already know what is the best!
No need to put me to the test!

Still nothing happens this week!
"Just wait for Me my son,
Rest in Me, let Me to you speak,
One day, all will be done."

Tuesday comes around,
A new deal awaits.
Found common ground,
With Christian mates.

Full of promise,
Full of hope.
Surely can't miss!
Nope! Nope! Nope!

Wednesday now,
Sign a deal!
We know how!
It's a steal!

Then get a call,
Deal does fall!
Lord I give up!
Hand You the cup.

Agony is inside,
It I can't hide.
What now can I do?
But give it to you.

It's Friday afternoon,
Speak to another man,
Another deal soon?
Yes God, you can!

Wait, wait; wait, wait,
No more, bull at a gate.
God, your will be done,
I'm at peace - your son.

Another deal done,
Contract written.
End of the fun.
End of the mission.

Given to his lawyer,
We're nearly there!
Need go no further,
No need to despair.

The lawyer says no,
No place now to go!
It has fallen over,
Home again Rover!

This time peace does reign,
Getting upset is no gain.
It's in the Lord's hands now,
Just needs to show us how!

Monday comes, another deal.
Great rent, it's a steal!
At last, something now, to us to show,
But is it the best, must wait to know.

Two weeks more,
Before we hear,
A deal in store,
Or a bum steer?

But now peace reigns,
God makes the gains.
It's all up to Him,
The battle to win.

Nothing to do but only wait.
Easier now for David Tait.
As I trust Him even more,
For what He has in store.

Wednesday, a call out of the blue,
Sounds too good, to be true.
New on the market that very day.
Maybe for this, has been the delay.

An offer on Friday,
Now wait some more,
Hear on Tuesday,
If not before.

'Just rest in me, my son,
In my time, it is done.
Trust me more and more,
I will open the door.'
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The days pass.
Am at peace.
Nothings fast,
With a lease!

Late Thursday afternoon,
Could it be so soon?
An agreement comes,
Have done their sums.

It is all we requested,
Bar one point or two.
Our prayer is answered,
'It's God's gift to you!'

Friday morning,
Points included,
No more waiting,
Signature added.

Deal is done!
Now the fun!
Getting started,
Waiting departed.

Thank you so much Lord!
We are in one accord.
It surely has to be of you,
Deal's too good to be true!

Lord, as I now muse on what I've learned,
I see that more of you, I have discerned.
Now know I can always rely upon You in all You ask me I do,
Just need to wait, to rest, to fully trust, yes, it's true.

Photo is of the inside of the building - before renovations!

Until next week...

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU BLESS GOD.

His servant and yours

David Tait

Today's 'Word Puzzle' Answer: PANSIES

TODAY'S 'BIBLE QUESTION': Gentiles (Acts 22:17-21)

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