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8 Exchanges at the Cross

 

My Aussie friend, Roger Williams, at Reality Revelations had the above video on his blog site. The video is 5 minutes long and well worth viewing, but what caught my attention was when Derek Prince spoke about the 8 exchanges which happened at the cross.

Prince said:

The cross is the center of the whole Christian faith. All the evil that was due us was thrust on Jesus. All the good that was due Jesus was made available to us. At the cross, 8 exchanges took place.

1. Jesus was punished that we might be forgiven.

2. Jesus was wounded that we might be healed.

3. Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness that we might be righteous with His righteousness.

4. Jesus died our death that we might receive His life.

5. Jesus endured our poverty that we might endure His abundance.

6. Jesus bore our shame that we might share His glory.

7. Jesus endured our rejection that we might have His acceptance with God the Father.

8. Jesus was made a curse that we might receive the blessing.

(This is a rerun from May 28, 2013)

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If We’re All Created In God’s Image, Why Must Gays Change? (Part 1)

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I recently read an eye-opening article by an ex-ex-gay entitled, To Straight and Back. The author, John Paulk, now a food caterer in Portland, Oregon, related his journey from being gay to being straight to being gay again. The article was framed around a recent statement by a possible Republican presidential candidate:

“I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.” (Texas Gov. Rick Perry, June 12, 2014)

John Paulk told how he became despondent and almost suicidal when he was in his mid-20s. He went to a campus pastor at Ohio State University and said, “God can’t love me because I’m gay.”

The pastor stated that God could love Paulk, but that God would not be pleased with him if he continued in his gay lifestyle. Young Paulk wanted to please God.

So, Paulk joined Exodus, a ministry that believed gays could be changed through strong determination and a relationship with Jesus Christ. He went through a year-long residential program called “Steps Out of Homosexuality.” The twelve-man group lived together, ate together, attended church together, and studied the Bible together.

At Exodus, Paulk met Anne, a former lesbian. They fell in love, were married, and had three sons.

The couple wrote a book: Love Won Out: How God’s Love Helped 2 People Leave Homosexuality and Find Each OtherPaulk became a manager and speaker for Focus on the Family’s Homosexuality and Gender Division and also Chairman of the board for Exodus International.

In 2000, all of this came crashing down, when John Paulk was photographed leaving a gay bar in Washington, D. C. He then dropped out of sight, hoping to protect his family and start a new business in Portland.

But Paulk couldn’t shake his loneliness. He went to a Christian therapist who told Paulk that he was “on a journey of self-discovery” and that he didn’t have to change fundamentally who he was to be acceptable to God. Paulk embraced the therapist’s words and became a gay again.

Paulk wrote:

As long as this widespread misunderstanding in the straight world about homosexuality persists, that it is a choice or a “lifestyle,” as Perry put it, not only will we never be fully accepted by society, some of us will remain unable to accept ourselves. It’s internalized homophobia: you hate what you are. It is a form of self-inflicted torture that has haunted me my entire life, and I do not want young gay women and men today to go through what I went through. I want to tell them—and Rick Perry: We are not broken, damaged, inferior or throwaways. We are created in the image of God—just like everyone else. (To Straight and Back, Politico Magazine, June 19, 2014.

My series is not written to criticize John Paulk − in fact, may the Lord bless him and his family − but it is written for us Christians to understand where gays are coming from and what we need to do.

(Continued in Part 2)

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29 Years Ago…

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I started a farm publishing company in Louisville, Kentucky, but from its shoestring beginning, it always needed more money. Hot Line, Inc. purchased the company in 1981. My wife, our two children, and I moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, in the spring of 1982, purchasing a brick home on Sixth Avenue North. There I managed the new Farm Blue Division for Hot Line.

After a year with Hot Line, I left and started a new publication, still chasing my dreams of being wealthy, as in stinking rich. But it all came crashing down in 1985 because I needed thousands of dollars to start a new publishing company and bail my family out of debt. Our financial resources were maxed out. My inner reservoir was empty and I was finished.

Our only untouched asset was a $125,000 life insurance policy on me. The solution seemed obvious: suicide.

Suicide posed no moral obstacles for me because I was an agnostic. No God equaled zero problems with eternal judgment after carrying out a final business decision. My plan was to enjoy the family for the weekend and commit suicide on the following Monday.

May 20, 1985, arrived with me figuring this was the end of the line. I was not jittery about the decision, but instead I finished up a few loose ends in the morning. I ate leftovers for lunch along with drinking cups of coffee. Later that afternoon, I drove downtown to visit an insurance agent.

Bill Sheridan and I knew each other, but we were not intimate friends. His son played on a youth baseball team, which I had coached the year before. Our relationship was built on after-game conversations, standing in parking lots next to baseball diamonds. He was not even my life insurance agent.

Why did I stop to see him that day? I do not really know for sure, but I think a business partner of mine, suggested I should see him for some reason.

Bill invited me into his office. He sat in a chair behind his desk while I sat in a chair opposite him. We discussed sports and the prospects for our son’s upcoming baseball seasons. In the middle of our conversation, he stared at me.

“You’re thinking about committing suicide, aren’t you?” he said, his eyes zeroing in on mine.

His words hit like a sledgehammer. How did he know? I told no one. It was my secret $125,000 payday for my family. Words fluttered around my brain, but failed to connect with my tongue. As I sat there, a vision played across my mind showing my old Chevy Vega ramming into a viaduct and killing me. I wept, and although attempting to regain composure, I could not.

“How did you know?” I asked through sobs.

“Oh, the Lord told me while we were talking to each other.”

His words shattered my unbelief because I realized that God was alive and cared about me. We continued talking and he gave me a book: Power in Praise by Merlin Carothers. Bill eventually shook my hand and said one more explosive comment before I left.

“I speak in tongues,” he said.

Walking to my car, I thought, this God-stuff is real. It’s not hocus-pocus tomfoolery after all. I wept all the way home.

I walked into our empty house and sat down on the loveseat in the living room, facing the fireplace. I began reading Power in Praise. Each page seemed to have been written with me in mind. After twenty-five pages, I put the book down on the coffee table and walked into the downstairs bathroom. I locked the door behind me. There I knelt on the floor in front of the bathroom sink, using it as an altar for my hands. My reflection in the mirror revealed a desperate man.

“Jesus, I’ve tried everything else and nothing has worked. I guess I’ll give You a try.”

Instantly, I knew Jesus was alive and now lived inside of me. I wept for joy, knowing He loved me. I worshipped Him and prayed verbatim Footprints in the Sand as a personal prayer, but I added a new twist for its ending.

“Lord, I’m never climbing out of Your arms because You’re always going to have to carry me. I’m too weak.”

(The above excerpt is from my memoir, The Hunt for Larry Who, Amazon eBook,  © 2014 by Larry Nevenhoven)

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Tuesday’s Prayers for America (5/6/2014)

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Because of man’s fallen and sinful nature, believers were not able to have intimate relationships with God in the Old Testament. Thus, a high priest ordained by God went into the Temple’s Holy of Holies every year on the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur,  with the blood of bulls and goats to atone for himself and Israel before God and His mercy seat. A thick veil separated the Temple’s Holy of Holies from the Holy Place, keeping all of mankind away from the presence of God.

The same moment that Jesus died on the cross, the veil was torn in two. The sacrifice of Jesus and His blood provided all of us access to God. No longer do we need a high priest to be our mediator or go-between person.

Today, I prayed:

Lord, help us American believers to accept the finished work of the cross and remove every go-between person, standing between You and us, so that only one mediator remains, the man Christ Jesus. (Based on 1 Timothy 2:5)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for America.

 

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Want to be a Christian Fanatic?

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The doctors told John Lake there was nothing they could do for his son. He was going to die. Lake ignored the doctors and sat down in a chair next to his son who lay in a coma on a hospital bed.

As Lake sat there, he said, “Death, you can not have my son. Devil, you can not have my son.”

Then, he set his face like flint and did not move for three days.

Doctors and nurses urged Lake to leave the room, but he ignored them. He understood spiritual warfare and he was there to win a battle, not to placate people.

After three days, his son threw his legs over the side of the bed. Father and son then went home.

John Lake’s ministry had over 100,000 documented healing miracles in Spokane, Washington, between 1914 and 1919. At the time, Spokane was called the “Healthiest City in America.” Lake often stated that he saw greater healing miracles during his missionary tour in Africa (1908 – 1913).

Most of us Christians would love to be like John Lake. So, why aren’t we?

If there was ever a man who walked in the revelation of “God in man,” it was John G. Lake. A man of purpose, vision, strength, and character, his one goal in life was to bring the fullness of God to every person.

He often said that the secret of heaven’s power was not in the doing, but in the being. He believed that Spirit-filled Christians should enjoy the same type of ministry Jesus did while living on earth, and that this reality could be accomplished by seeing themselves as God saw them. (God’s Generals, Roberts Liardon, Albury Publishing, © 1996 by Roberts Liardon, pp. 169)

Maybe we believers need to realize that the Healer named Jesus lives inside each us. Then, we can go out and allow Jesus to live through us to the sick and dying world around us.

But then again, someone might call us fanatics…like they did John Lake.

 

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Lord, Help me Love Democrats (Part 13)

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Let’s fast forward to the year 2000. I still did not follow politics, but I kept up with most of the prophetic words spoken by leaders in the Prophetic Movement. Bob Jones prophesied: “A burning bush will come out of Texas and be elected president of the United States.” Jones prophesied these words before George W. Bush had even entered the presidential race as a Republican candidate.

I began paying some attention to politics when Bush became the Republican nominee for president.

The contentious presidential election ended up being decided by the U. S. Supreme Court when it declared George W. Bush the winner of Florida. Interestingly enough, Bob Jones had prophesied Florida would be the pivotal state with the difference being a scant number of votes.

Like Paul Cain’s prophecy in 1992, Bob Jones gave specific reasons why the Lord was electing George W. Bush to the presidency. The Church needed to pray for President Bush and his administration for these divine reasons to be fulfilled.

The 2000 presidential election hooked me into following politics again. I listened to conservative talk radio when I rode in our vehicles, watched Fox News, read conservative websites, and followed the Prophetic Movement leaders.

The 2004 presidential race did not sneak up on me this time. I followed the primaries, debates, and the election as closely as possible. Many prophetic voices stated the importance of Bush winning the election was so he could fulfill his destiny as the “burning bush from Texas.”

President George W. Bush won reelection on November 2, 2004.

The years between President Bush’s election in 2000 and the 2008 presidential election helped set me up for my prophetic fiasco.

In the spring of 2008, I had a prophetic dream in which I saw the Lord’s hand on Senator Barack Obama. I felt the Lord would use Obama to help reveal sin to our nation’s inner cities. This revelation of sin would help set the inner cities free of four hundred years of spiritual abuse from demonic principalities.

But somehow I twisted this revelation into believing the presidential battle would be mainly over abortions, which is the number one killer of African-Americans. I prophesied on my Larry Who blog that Senator Obama and Senator Joe Biden, both pro-abortion candidates, would lose to Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin, both pro-life candidates, because God heard our prayers on abortion and was moving against the sin.

Everything seemed to be turning out as I prophesied until September 15, 2008. This was the day Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. The following day, the Federal Reserve authorized the $85 billion bailout loan to AIG. Financial news then swirled out of control. The headlines pushed McCain/Palin to the background and the Democratic Party to the forefront, with the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 being enacted. This act established the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP.

McCain/Palin wilted on the campaign trail and Obama/Biden won in a landslide on November 4, 2008.

(The above is an excerpt from my memoir, The Hunt for Larry Who, Amazon eBook, © 2014 by Larry Nevenhoven)

(Continued in Part 14)

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Tuesday’s Prayers for America (4/22/2014)

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The total number of illegal immigrants in America is estimated to be in the 12 million range with over 80% being from Latin American, mainly Mexico. My state of California is home to nearly 3 million illegal immigrants.

Okay, why is this happening?

The alien who is among you shall rise above you higher and higher, but you will go down lower and lower. (Deuteronomy 28:43)

One of the curses for disobeying God’s voice is that the aliens in a nation will be raised up above that nation’s citizens. Has that been happening here in America? Yes, in many ways, including employment, politics, healthcare, and more.

Remember: the aliens or illegal immigrants are not accursed, but instead, we Americans are the ones who are living under a curse because of our many sins before God. Thus, don’t blame the illegal immigrants for America’s problems. We Americans are the problem. We must repent.

How we handle the illegal immigrant problem in America will also determine the grace that God shows our nation in the future. We will end up reaping what we sow.

So, let’s be careful to extend mercy and love whenever we can to the illegal immigrants in our midst.

My prayer for America today:

Lord, help us Americans to see You within the illegal immigrants who live among us. So, that if they are hungry, thirsty,  poorly clothed, sick, or in prison, we would go to them and bless them as though it were You. (Based on Matthew 25:35-40)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for America.

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