A Matter of Perception:
We have been discussing perception. It is like looking at a drinking glass with water in it. Is it half full or is it half empty? It is a matter of perception.
A pastor friend told the story of a businessman who visited an Arab country for business. As he was preparing for his return home, his hosts asked him what he wanted as a parting gift. He said that he did not want anything but they insisted explaining that it was their custom and they would be offended if he declined. He casually replied, “OK, I’d like a golf club” and returned home ant thought no more about it. Some time later a man cane to his home advising him that he had been sent to give him his gift.  He took the businessman to a golf club and said this is your golf club. It had greens, a lake, a clubhouse and all the trappings. He expected a golf club, such as a putter or a nine iron. His hosts thought of a full sized golf club.

They said the same things, but had totally different meanings.

Many Christians fall into similar traps. God has said one thing and they take it a different way, most often clouded by thkeir denominational standards that are not always biblically correct. God’s language is a language of faith. There is no such thing as impossible with him, but many people talk and act as if the day of miracles has finished, God has stopped speaking to us and so on.

I previously mentioned Malachi chapter three. Here God clearly states, I am the Lord and I do not change (Malachi 3:6). By their conversation, professing Christians act as if God is dead. Malachi 3:1 states that God will send his messenger to prepare the way before his appearance. John the Baptist did that for Jesus who returned to heaven, promising to return. If somoene had to prepare the way for his first advent, is it not conceivable that someone, be it an individual or a type of ministry musy do likewise for his second appearing?

He promised to return and God is not a man that he should lie, but how many people talk about his return? What do many ministries major on? How many preachers do you know are telling you to make sure you are ready for his return? I must admit that few of us do, but we must. We must get back on track, because God is about to do a new thing. The second half of the verse I quoted states that the Lord will suddenly come to his temple.

Is he referring to a literal temple, like the Jews had, or is he speaking about the living temple, the Body of Christ on the earth, the Church that Jesus said he would build? Perhaps this is also a matter of perception, but I pick the latter.

Although God is speaking in Malachi to Israel, can we not also apply it to ourselves (christians)? We believe in certain parts like the tithing part, the blessing part and so on, but do we look at everything as one complete package deal? If we accept that God speaks to us, then we must be prepared for some refining!

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Hamas Sends CBN Reporters Threatening Texts

CBN News reporters in Jerusalem were among dozens of journalists working for foreign agencies in Israel who received threatening text messages over the weekend.

The senders identified themselves as al-Qassam, the military wing of Hamas.

One message warned: "Al-Qassam has chosen you to be the next Shalite...be ready."  Gilad Shalit, an Israel soldier, was abuducted and held in Gaza for five years until he was swapped for 1,000 terrorists.

Another message sent in gramatically incorrect Hebrew read, "If Gaza is attacked, then the life of the Zionists will be hell."

The Foreign Press Association said the recipients had apparently come from a "carefully selected data base set up by the military wing of Hamas."

 The FPA condemned the messages as "unacceptable" and called on the Hamas government in Gaza to ensure it doesn't happen again.

The text messages followed an Israel counter-terrorism raid in the West Bank city of Jenin over the weekend, in which a wanted Hamas member and two other Palestinians were killed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the terrorist had organized attacks in the past and was currently planning attacks on civilians.


Palestinian lawmaker calls for the massacre of the Jewish people.

The fierce debate over Israel took another turn when Yunis Al-Astal, a Muslim cleric and member of the Palestinian Parliament went on Palestinian television recently and openly called for a campaign of mass murder against the Jewish People.

He said, “We must massacre them, in order to break them down and prevent them from sowing corruption in the world. They are the ones who still spark the flame of war, but Allah has taken it upon Himself to extinguish it.” 

“Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “But who will be able to endure it when he comes? Who will be able to stand and face him when he appears? For he will be like a blazing fire that refines metal, or like a strong soap that bleaches clothes. He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross. He will purify the Levites, refining them like gold and silver, so that they may once again offer acceptable sacrifices to the LORD. Then once more the LORD will accept the offerings brought to him by the people of Judah and Jerusalem, as he did in the past. “At that time I will put you on trial. I am eager to witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars. I will speak against those who cheat employees of their wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people do not fear me,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “I am the LORD, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. Malachi 3:1-6.
To be continued… 

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