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(no subject) [Jan. 10th, 2006|12:05 pm]

1John 4:16: "And we have known and believed the love that God has in us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him."

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(no subject) [Oct. 15th, 2005|11:48 pm]
I'm offiicially a slave of myspace: www.myspace.com/aaron_the_levite
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(no subject) [Sep. 27th, 2005|09:09 am]
"Truly, then, God overlooking the times of ignorance, now He strictly commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day in which He is going to judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He appointed, having given proof to all by raising Him from the dead."
-Acts 17:30-31

"And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God draws near. Repent, and believe the gospel."
-Mark 1:14-15

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(no subject) [Sep. 22nd, 2005|09:17 am]
[mood |energeticenergetic]

I'm so exited about Way of the Master Radio!

I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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(no subject) [Aug. 16th, 2005|12:16 pm]
Books I am/will be/need to be reading:

-The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall

-Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill

-The Making of a Man of God by Alan Redpath

-Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

-What Did Jesus Do? by Ray Comfort

-The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

-Spurgeon Gold compiled by Ray Comfort

-The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

-The Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards

-The World's Greatest Preachers by Ray Comfort

And much, much, more...
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Adonai, drive me out of this pit... [Jul. 22nd, 2005|09:56 am]
Hebrews 9-13:
"Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh who corrected us, and we gave them reverence. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For truly they chastened us for a few days according to their own pleasure, but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness. Now chastening for the present does not seem to be joyous, but grievous. Nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who are exercised by it. Because of this, straighten up the hands which hang down and the enfeebled knees. And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way, but let it rather be healed."

"Before God uses a man, he will break the man." -A.W. Tozer.

My prayers are being answered as I write this right now. I asked God to use me, to break me if need be. What a dangerous prayer. All I know is that I'll never pray that again. From now on I'll cry with King David, "O Jehovah, do not rebuke me in Your wrath; neither chasten me in Your fury." I'm going through a horrible refiner's fire, and it seems my life is falling to pieces.
First of all, the medication. I was on Effexor Xr, and anti-depressant for about two years. Depression was never the problem, it was the result of the problem which I'll explain later. So there was no reason to actually take the medication. Especially when this is one of the newest and most powerful anti-depressants out there in the market today. Not to mention the most notorious. On January I started tapering off the medication because it didn't help me, and it was then that I discovered the reason for its notoriety: Brain shocks (yes) and tingling all over my body when I sleep, tinnitus (ringing in my ears) when I sleep, fatigue the entire day, trouble focusing eyes (I now use reading glasses), trouble concentrating, memory problems, liver problems, headaches, pressure in my eyes, dizziness and a feeling that my brain is moving, trouble getting my mouth and brain to function together, and emotional and psychological problems as well. I no longer feel like my brain is moving, but all the other withdrawal symptoms are there. Needless to say I've been in and out of the hospital since January. Doctors are baffled; they are biased, unhelpful, and most have no clue about the brain and the effects of these harmful medications, but still hand out meds like they were candy. I have forgiven my former doctor for perscribing Effexor, but it was hard. Thank God there are support groups over the internet where I found people going through the exact same thing.
Second, my social anxiety, and other phobias. I've struggled with low self-esteem since I was a kid. I was quiet and shy, since I came to this country at the age of 6. I think the culture change was among the problems that hepled trigger the social anxiety. I was very intelligent since my youth, but I started getting nervous about talking in front of the class when I was in my teens. I started withdrawing from people, finding it harder to make friends and socialize. I became depressed because I couldn't be social. With some people I could be myself, not shy, but with other groups I just couldn't talk or even project my voice (this is called selective mutism). This has been a problem and still is today, especially at church, which is one of the places where I found it hard to talk. I didn't have any close Christian friends, and because of this I backslid for a while. The Lord has given me the strength to endure and improve on this problem, though, and I have some Christian friends and have grown much in my walk with Christ.

Well, those two problems plague me, and I've noticed that when I have to do something for the Lord, my problems intensify, so I know it's a spiritual deal as well. And lately, both these problems have intesified much, and I have no doubt as to why. I asked God to refine me, to purify me with His Holy fire. I'm in a pit, I'm over a bottomless pit right now, hanging by a thread. And as if that weren't enough, I'm not doing too well financially; I turned in my financial aid form for college too late, and now I have to pay around $300 for classes. I also just got a $146 traffic ticket, I'm having some car problems, I have many, many bills to pay, and my dad notified me recently that he's going through financial difficulties as well. Talk about tiral by fire.

I put my complete trust in my Savior, though. I give all my burdens to Him, because He can handle them. I know that all things work together for my good, and that there is going to be an "afterward." I'm going to come out of all these trials humble but strong and bold in Christ, ready to do His will.
My life's dream is to be a preacher. I want to glorify God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. I want to stand in a soapbox in front of a crowd of angry hecklers and boldly proclaim the Gospel of salvation. I want to share the Gospel to everyone willing to listen. I want to be holy, I want to be disciplined. I want to get on my knees at 10pm and pray and weep and not finish until 5 in the morning. I want to resist all temptation, every time, everywhere. I want to keep God first in my life before anyone else, including myself. I want to suffer for the Lord. I want to draw men to Jesus through my actions. I want to have more concern for the lost. I want to love my neighbors more. I want to have eternity in my heart more and more every day. I want to witness revival in America, and in the world. But most of all, I want God's will to be done.
Not my will, but Yours, on earth as it is in heaven.

Reading back some of Leonard Ravenhill's quotes, one really hit me hard right now:

“We must do what we can do for God, before He will give us the power to do what we can’t do.”

Sometimes I feel like I can't go street wtinessing. But I've done it before, even with my problems. I have to, no I need to get back on the streets. At least I can leave tracts--I can even go one-to-one witnessing if I'm with another Christian. That's what I can do right now. God will give me the strength to do what I can't when the time is right.
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(no subject) [Jun. 23rd, 2005|09:06 am]
Revelations 1:13-18 And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands. And in the midst of the seven lampstands I saw One like the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the feet, and tied around the breast with a golden band.
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And His eyes were like a flame of fire.
And His feet were like burnished brass having been fired in a furnace. And His voice was like the sound of many waters.
And He had seven stars in His right hand, and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword. And His face was like the sun shining in its strength.
And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying to me, Do not fear, I am the First and the Last, and the Living One, and I became dead, and behold, I am alive for ever and ever, Amen. And I have the keys of hell and of death.

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(no subject) [May. 19th, 2005|03:16 pm]
Leonard Ravenhill is awesome.

“A popular evangelist reaches your emotions. A true prophet reaches your conscience.”

“The last words of Jesus to the church (in Revelation) were ‘Repent!’”

“A true shepherd leads the way. He does not merely point the way.”

“You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there’s a fire. Likewise, if your church is on fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it.”

“Your doctrine can be as straight as a gun barrel—and just as empty!”

“John the Baptist never performed any miracles. Yet, he was greater than any of the Old Testament prophets.”

“I doubt that more than two percent of professing Christians in the United States are truly born again.”

“Our God is a consuming fire. He consumes pride, lust, materialism, and other sin.”

“There are only two kinds of persons: those dead in sin and those dead to sin.”

[Concerning the darkness that has enveloped most of Christendom:] “When you’re sitting in a dark room, you can either sit and curse the darkness—or you can light a candle.”

“Children can tell you what Channel 7 says, but not what Matthew 7 says.”

“Some women will spend thirty minutes to an hour preparing for church externally (putting on special clothes and makeup, etc.). What would happen if we all spent the same amount of time preparing internally for church—with prayer and meditation?”

“Maturity comes from obedience, not necessarily from age.”

“What good does it do to speak in tongues on Sunday if you have been using your tongue during the week to curse and gossip?”

“Would we send our daughters off to have sex if it would benefit our country? Yet, we send our sons off to kill when we think it would benefit our country!”

“The only time you can really say that ‘Christ is all I need,’ is when Christ is all you have.”

“The Bible is either absolute, or it’s obsolete.”

“Why do we expect to be better treated in this world than Jesus was?”

“Today’s church wants to be raptured from responsibility.”

“Testimonies are wonderful. But, so often our lives don’t fit our testimonies.”

[Concerning one of the new “movements” in the church that was causing a stir among Christians:] “There’s also a stir when the circus comes to town.”

“My main ambition in life is to be on the Devil’s most wanted list.”

“You can’t develop character by reading books. You develop it from conflict.”

“When there’s something in the Bible that churches don’t like, they call it ‘legalism.’”

“We can’t serve God by proxy.”

“We must do what we can do for God, before He will give us the power to do what we can’t do.”

“There’s a difference between changing your opinion, and changing your lifestyle.”

“Our seminaries today are turning out dead men.”

“How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even have the strength to turn off your TV?”

“Everyone recognizes that Stephen was Spirit-filled when he was performing wonders. Yet, he was just as Spirit-filled when he was being stoned to death.”

“If a Christian is not having tribulation in the world, there’s something wrong!”

[Concerning the fixation that today’s church has with numbers, with growth at any price:] “The church has paid a terrible price for statistics!”

“Any method of evangelism will work—if God is in it.”

“Church unity comes from corporate humility.”

“You can have all of your doctrines right—yet still not have the presence of God.”

“Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me, saying, ‘Leonard, you took Me too seriously’?”

“If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified.”

“You can know a lot about the atonement, and yet receive no benefit from it.”

“If the whole church goes off into deception, that will in no way excuse us for not following Christ.”
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(no subject) [May. 10th, 2005|10:32 am]
God is so amazing. About a month ago an incredible opportunity arose. I wasn't working in the best of jobs at the time, but it still could have been worse.

Ever since watching Way of the Master I have been on fire for God, wanting to share the Gospel. I read many of Ray Comfort's books and have many of the CDs and DVds. Way of the Master teaches Christians about the importance of sharing the Gospel to people, and about the importance of doing it Biblically (not preaching a man-centered "hole in your heart" gospel or "God has a wonderful plan for your life," but first using the Ten Commandments to make people understand what sin is and "the exceeding sinfulness of sin," and then giving them the Gospel). Most people in my church are the comfortable Christians who definately need to be awoken, so I didn't get much support from them. I had my college group pastor watch some of the WotM episodes, but like most people of the modern church he didn't really agree with using the moral law to show people their sins (someone needs to read Spurgeon, Wesley, and Edwards). I didn't know the exact Bible passages which talked about the law at the time, so it was a no go. I just told him to read Romans, Galatians, and 1 Timothy, and the Gospels where Jesus gives the law to proud, self-righteous people. I was a bit discouraged for a while. It seemed like nobody cared about the lost! Oswald J. Smith hit the mark when he said, "Oh my friends, we are loaded down with countless church activities, while the real work of the church, that of evangelizing and winning the lost, is almost entirely neglected." I didn't know what to do. Weeks passed. I was too shy to go witnessing to people alone, so all I did was put Gospel tracts wherever I went. I would leave them in the bus, by payphones, at college, everywhere.

Weeks passed, then months. I prayed and prayed that the lord would open doors for me. Then, one night, I had a great idea. Why not contact the Way of the Master people to see if they're hiring? Well, my plan didn't exactly work out. Not the way I planned, at least. I didn't contact them...they contacted me! I was subscribed to their e-mail newsletter, and they e-mailed me the very next day, saying they were hiring. Right then and there, I applied. A couple weeks later I interviewed with them. They are about 30 miles from where I live, and I didn't have a car at the time. A friend of the family was still helping me find one. Well, I got hired, and the better news is that about three weeks later I got a car. It's so amazing. Stuff like that happening let's you know that's where God wants you to be.
Well, I'm at work right now and couldn't be happier. I don't mind the drive, and this is an easy job. Thank You Lord!
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(no subject) [Apr. 29th, 2005|09:04 am]

As usual, I'm posting a column from the Way of the Master website.  This one is so encouraging (and funny).  Kirk Cameron's courage never ceases to amaze me. Praise the Lord!

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