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"1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of...": “1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” http://dlvr.it/QQbtdg

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7 Attributes of True Holiness Isaiah Saw in His Vision of God's Glory: One of the most important passages on holiness is the revelation Isaiah had of the glorified Messiah. I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the Temple. Above it stood seraphim... And one cried to another and said, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory." And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out and the house was filled with smoke. So I said, "Woe is me for I am undone. Because I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the king, the Lord of hosts" (Isa. 6:1-5). Let us fix our eyes on Yeshua and desire to be holy as He is. There are seven attributes of holiness. 1. High and Lifted Up: There was something lofty and high about this vision of holiness. It is about living on a higher plane. It makes me think about a person riding in a helicopter who is far above the traffic jams of the morning rush hour. Isaiah realized that the person he saw in this vision had something more than he had. He thought to himself, "I want to be close to Him. I want to be with Him. I want to be like Him. I want to be holy." 2. Shining in Light: A being filled with divine presence shines with light. This is called the glory of God. To be holy is to be filled with glory. Holiness is glorious. The whole earth will one day be filled with the glory of God through the children of God. As we become holy, we are also filled with light. 3. Full of Power: Holiness is the opposite of worldliness. To be holy we have to say no to the world, the flesh, and the devil. But holiness is more than just a list of don'ts. After all, holiness existed before worldliness. To be holy is to come into the power of God. It is His ability. In this passage, His very presence shakes the whole building. 4. Splendid in Beauty: This holy and glorious figure is extremely attractive. Holiness is beautiful. The greatest pleasure of the world to come will be simply to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord (Ps. 27:4). This world is also filled with beautiful things. We can be drawn to the things of this world by the lust of our eyes. However, the beauty of the Lord in his holiness is more beautiful and more attractive than the things of this world. We have something better to look at. We can worship the Lord in the beauty of His holiness. (Ps. 96:9). 5. Spiritually Clean: When someone is holy, they are free from guilt and shame. They are not dirty on the inside. Isaiah, who was probably the cleanest person living on the earth in his generation, immediately felt unclean when he looked at this perfectly clean being. He felt unclean and asked to be cleansed. To feel dirty on the inside is a terrible feeling. Just to be free from that sense of uncleanness, to be clean in our conscience, is already worth more than any of the pleasures and lusts of this world. We are cleansed by the blood of Yeshua and by the fire of the Holy Spirit. 6. Morally Pure: Holiness is the highest level of purity. It is the highest level of morality. One aspect of holiness is to have pure motives. Many of us have decent and good motives, but even these are not really pure. Even when people do good things, there can be certain underlying selfish motives. To be really pure would be to have our thoughts and motives openly displayed for everyone to see. We can only have truly pure motives when we yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit within us, and act according to His motives. 7. Wholly Perfect: To be holy is to be perfect. Our father in heaven is perfect, and Yeshua calls us to be perfect like Him (Matt. 5:48). After we are saved, we enter into a process of being made perfect by the Holy Spirit. That is the process of sanctification. Through the promises of God, we cleanse ourselves both in spirit and body to become perfect in holiness (2 Cor. 7:1). Though we are not fully sanctified yet, we press on toward the goal of becoming perfectly holy (Phil. 3:12). Why We Believe in Yeshua "I choose life. I choose to believe in the good things. Even if it's a lie, even if I'm wrong. That's my choice. I'd rather die believing good than believing bad. And it's our choices that make reality. Now make a choice. What do you choose?" —Youval Yanay Watch more here! {eoa} Asher Intrater is the founder and apostolic leader of Revive Israel Ministries and oversees Ahavat Yeshua congregation in Jerusalem and Tiferet Yeshua congregation in Tel Aviv. Asher was one of the founders of Tikkun International with Dan Juster and Eitan Shishkoff and serves on the board of the Messianic Alliance of Israel and Aglow International. He and his wife and full-time partner in ministry, Betty, have a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew and unity of the body of believers worldwide. This article originally appeared at reviveisrael.org. http://dlvr.it/QQWMl6
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"Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication...": “Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” http://dlvr.it/QQTd8Y

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Does 1 Corinthians 13:10 Prove That the Gifts of the Spirit Are Over?: 1 Corinthians 13:10 says, "But when that which is perfect comes, then that which is imperfect shall pass away." Dr. Michael Brown has heard this verse used to justify cessationist theology, which argues that the gifts of the Spirit are not for today. He refutes that argument in this short video. http://dlvr.it/QQTRPx

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Bill Johnson: 'I Don't Want People That Have Power but No Character': Bill Johnson says he wants to raise up people who have both good character and supernatural power to live it out. He also addresses the issue of darkness, commenting that the proper approach to darkness is not fighting it but turning on a light. Hear his full thoughts in this short video teaching. http://dlvr.it/QQQC7r

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Banning Liebscher: I Empathize With Hurt People Who Have Left the Church: In the name of pursuing the Holy Spirit, some charismatic believers have hurt each other and the church, Banning Liebscher said in a recent interview. The hurt is often the result of enthusiastic believers who relay messages without preaching or teaching it in the necessary context. Liebscher says he empathizes with those hurt by such behavior. His comments about excess and abuse in both charismatic and non-charismatic circles were part of a larger conversation between Liebscher and Preston Sprinkle, starting around 32 minutes in. "It grieves my heart," says Liebscher, the founder and director of Jesus Culture. Liebscher says he's seen many people leave Bethel and misrepresent or change its message by presenting it without proper context—and that can cause rifts in the body of Christ. "They'd go back to their church, and they'd go back arrogant," Liebscher says. "They'd go back to their church with this thing like, 'Bethel's got a corner on the Holy Spirit, our church isn't hungry for the Holy Spirit, our church isn't going after God,' and all of a sudden these pastors—people are coming to our church and coming back, and what they're experiencing is people who think their church is dead and is not hungry." Liebscher says he responded by emailing pastors, saying that if any had questions about things they were hearing about Bethel, the pastor should contact the ministry and they could meet to discuss it. One pastor took Liebscher up on the offer. "I don't want to name names, but he was second in charge of a movement," Liebscher says. "He said, 'I'd love to meet.' So he came down, and we met. And that was one of the things he brought up. He said, Listen, 'It's just hard. Our people come back and they're all thinking like we're not hungry for the Holy Spirit.' And just to be able to sit there and go, 'Oh gosh, that's so not our heart, we're so sorry to hear that.'" The problem may not be leaders, he says; it's their followers and how they interpret the message. Often, the abusive person isn't the top dog in an organization. Rather, the person is three, four, or even five layers down and chooses to cherry-pick certain teachings to fit their agenda. "It's the same with our movement. We have a grace message, but I'm listening to some people that might come out—the younger guys that are layers down—and I'm like where are you getting what you're preaching? You can't just come and take that one thing and not have the context around it," Liebscher says. Later in the interview, he adds, "I don't know what to do about it at some level. I don't know who these people are that are doing it. ... It's a tough one to navigate. Like all of a sudden now we [would just be] a people that are trying to manage all of the people that—we don't even know they're doing it. [We] had no idea they were going back to churches and acting like their church isn't hungry anymore. That's not our heart." http://dlvr.it/QQPMYf

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How to Fight a Hostile Anti-Church Culture: Erik W. Stanley, senior counsel for ADF, says, "We see a culture that is bent on silencing the church in numerous ways." To fight back against this hostile culture, ADF is allying with churches to give them the resources they need. Watch this short video to find out more. http://dlvr.it/QQKpp4

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We Remember Don Nori's Life and Passion to 'Publish the Prophets': Don Nori Sr. had a single mission when he started Destiny Image Publishers in 1983: "to publish the prophets." He never varied from that vision, and now his son Don Jr. is carrying it on. Don Sr. died Tuesday at age 66. His funeral is Saturday in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Don and I had been friends since the mid-1980s. Even though some might say we were competitors in the publishing business, we were never competitive, and he was always honorable in all my dealings with him. (Destiny Image has also been a good customer with advertising for their books in both Charisma and Christian Retailing.) He left a great legacy, not only in the Christian publishing industry, but also in the kingdom of God. He would "publish the prophets" when no one else would take a risk on writers such as: * Bishop T.D. Jakes, who wrote the huge best-seller that launched his writing career, Woman, Thou Art Loosed. The book presented a vision of deliverance, freedom and empowerment for women that is absolutely timeless. * Tommy Tenney, who was unknown until he wrote God Chasers, a book you could not read without becoming deeply stirred to pursue more of God at any cost. The book gave generational permission to pursue His presence above all else. * Bishop Bill Hamon, whose books Don published before there was a stream formally recognized as the "prophetic movement." Hamon's initial books on the subject matter drew controversy, yes, but even more so, they gave believers permission to prophesy, operate as prophets and, later on, function as apostles. * Bill Johnson, who wrote a book published by Destiny Image called When Heaven Invades Earth that dared to suggest that all believers, filled with the Holy Spirit, could operate in lifestyles of signs, wonders and miracles. * Dr. Myles Munroe, whose radical message of rediscovering the kingdom reshaped how a generation understood the gospel. Yes, it's a gospel of salvation, but it's also the gospel of the kingdom. Don died unexpectedly after emergency heart surgery the same week he was planning a mission trip to Africa. Last week, six days before he died, Don mentored Larry Sparks, publisher of Destiny Image, at a restaurant near their Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, headquarters, by "lovingly confronting me with how a servant of the Lord could not help but see beyond where we were presently operating," Larry wrote in a touching tribute: One functioning in the New Testament office of a prophet ever hears the roar of the 'not yet,' and summons the body of Christ to cry out for, explore and, ultimately, enter these new realms. ... Don Nori was not simply interested in Christians getting to a 'place' with the Lord. Granted, the places we go to are important and play valuable roles in shaping us. For Don, that was not the end goal, though. Buildings, events, conferences—all good, but not the goal. He so yearned to see sons and daughters of God become the place of habitation for the Spirit's manifest presence. Book after book, message after message, one of the resounding cries of Pastor Don's heart was for the body of Christ to 'behold who you have become—and become who you already are!' He called us to really catch a glimpse of what we had become through the redemptive work of Jesus—sons and daughters of God and heirs of an increasing, advancing kingdom. Furthermore, Pastor Don challenged us to step out and actually live like the sons and daughters God said we were." In that last conversation, Don also counseled Larry "about identifying new authors, the prophetic pioneers and forerunners who are carrying a message that is, perhaps, slightly ahead of its time." Larry added: "I am grateful to serve as publisher for Destiny Image and do whatever I can to help steward Pastor Don's vision. I love the fact that since its inception, Destiny Image has intentionally pursued unknown authors who carried a message from heaven." The day his father died, I reached out to Don Jr. to give my condolences. He sent me his own wonderful tribute to his dad. "My father, Don Nori Sr., was a man filled with love for others. Love flowed into him, through him, and out again in a magnified way," Don Jr. wrote me. "He exemplified the love of Jesus. Loving God and others is what life is really about. No matter who you are or what you do, it comes down to whether you'll live a life of love or not. And there is a big difference between these. One is priceless and one meaningless. Jesus said that life's greatest command is to love God with all you are and to love your neighbor as yourself. Don Nori Sr. embraced a life of love. It is his example that taught me what real love is and helped me to become a loving person." The last time I saw Don Sr. was at one of the Christian galas the week of Donald Trump's inauguration. Interestingly, Don was one of the first people I personally knew who had supported Donald Trump. I even wrote about him in my book God and Donald Trump, quoting an op-ed I had invited him to write for Charisma online in October 2015. Someone had sent me link to a YouTube video in which several Christian leaders were praying for candidate Trump, including Don. I contacted him and asked if he would be willing to write about why he supported Trump. Even though it would be more than six months before I got on the Trump train, I felt our readers needed to know why these Christian leaders were backing the New York billionaire—who most people thought had no chance of winning the nomination, let alone the presidency. The words Don wrote were strangely prophetic: "We the people have found our voice, and we intend to use it to shape the conversation, not to conform to another's view of our country or our faith." He went on to list what he saw as evidence of Trump's belief in Jesus Christ, not because of the litmus tests many denominations employ but because of his simple faith. "He believes Jesus is His Savior, reads his Bible and prays every day. He is pro-life, wants to defund Planned Parenthood and will stop the persecution of believers here in America." He wrote that his favorite quote of Trump's was "Christianity is under attack. It's time for Christians to stand up for themselves. I'll stand up for Christianity." Don's family has put together a wonderful tribute video that is worth watching. I thank God for the life and legacy of Don Nori Sr. I hope when you read a Destiny Image book that blesses you, you will think of Don and thank God for him too. http://dlvr.it/QQKX6r

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George W. Bush: Mom Genuinely Believed She'd Be 'Wonderfully Received' Into Heaven: Barbara Bush was a woman of great faith, her son George W. Bush told Fox News the day after his mother's death. "She truly believes there's an afterlife, that she'll be wonderfully received in the arms of a loving God, and therefore did not fear death," her son says. "And as a result of her soul being comforted on the deathbed, my soul is comforted." In addition to her strong beliefs, Barbara Bush was also known for her passion for family. "With the passing of Barbara Bush, our nation has lost not only a former first lady, but also a great American ambassador of patriotism, charity, dignity and class," says Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. "In so many ways, she embodied the very best of us and we owe her a deep debt of gratitude for her years of faithful public service as well as her steadfast love of country and family. May her character and charisma remind us all that even in our contentious modern day, though we may disagree we should always be kind and gracious toward one another. My prayers and condolences are with the entire Bush family who has lost their singular, irreplaceable and beloved matriarch." Others also highlighted her family and patriotism in their tributes. "Barbara Bush wasn't called the Silver Fox for nothing. Beautiful, smart, elegant, tough, witty, this mother of all Bushes brought charm and grace to the White House and everything she touched or whatever setting in which she moved," presidential historian Craig Shirley says. "Through her years as both wife and mother to presidents of the United States, she stayed loyal and faithful to her family and to her country, bettering all she could through her actions and words. Her legacy is secure. Her monuments are her marriage to President George H.W. Bush and her marvelous children. The Bushes were born blood donors, welcoming all kindly, into their homes and their lives. My wife, Zorine, and I mourn the passing of this very great lady. RIP Barbara Pierce Bush." Cultural commentator Alex McFarland says, "Barbara Bush carried on the tradition of the first ladies before her and set the bar for those who came after. She had the great distinction of being only the second woman in history to be the wife and the mother of a U.S. president, along with Abigail Adams. Mrs. Bush's commitment to family and her deep love for the Lord shone through in all she did, and she will be remembered for her sparkling personality, her never-ending love for her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and for her service to this great nation." Southern Evangelical Seminary President Richard Land honored her devotion to her husband. "All of us in the Southern Evangelical Seminary family mourn the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush," Land says. "She was married to former President George H.W. Bush for 73 years, longer than any first couple in history. We will be praying for the family as they mourn their loss. She was a devoted wife, beloved mother and patriotic servant for her country. The 'Silver Fox,' the extremely apt nickname conferred on her by her husband, has left us, and we will miss her and her scintillating mixture of maternal support and acerbic wit." Watch the video to see George W.'s full interview. http://dlvr.it/QQJz1K
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