Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
  ~ about hope and faith

RSS Feed http://wpnet.co/index/rss.rss en 120 The Bible For Grown-Ups http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-bible-for-grown-ups.html RSS Feed

Most of us know some Bible stories, but very few of us know the story of the Bible. And it may be surprising to discover it’s a story that doesn’t actually begin in the beginning.

Run time about 39 minutes

Published on Oct. 8th. 2018 on YouTube
Part 2 and 3 is available on YouTube

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Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:00:00 +0100 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-bible-for-grown-ups.html Paul
Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence? http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/should-we-fear-artificial-intelligence.html RSS Feed

Four parts: Intro, lecture, discussion and Q&A's. The video starts after the intro. If you want to skip the discussion after the lecture skip to 1:38 for the Q&A ssession with Lennox.

Total run time is 2 hours and 9 minutes

Produced by "Ravi Zacharias International Ministries". Streamed live 9. Oct 2018 and published on YouTube

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Wed, 24 Oct 2018 03:00:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/should-we-fear-artificial-intelligence.html Paul
A Life of Love http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/a-life-of-love.html RSS Feed

"Engage is my attempt to equip and encourage people to explore their own relationship with God."

Run time about six and a half minute

Published on Jan. 25th. 2017 on YouTube

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Wed, 17 Oct 2018 03:00:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/a-life-of-love.html Paul
Believing Like Jesus http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/believing-like-jesus.html RSS Feed

Dallas Willard once said to Bart, “I love the way you talk about believing in Jesus. It would be so amazing if you believed like Jesus.” This significant moment propelled Bart into a tremendous search through the scriptures to discover what Jesus actually believed.

Run time about 35 minutes

Published via Vimeo Sep. 10th. 2018 on Simply Jesus

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Wed, 03 Oct 2018 03:00:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/believing-like-jesus.html Paul
The Word of God http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-word-of-god.html RSS Feed

"When we started calling the Bible the “Word of God” we unwittingly substituted a book and its principles for a vibrant relationship with Jesus and following his rules became more important than following him."

Run time about 14 minutes

For the full 7-part video lecture "The Jesus Lens – Introduction and the Gospels" go to, Life Stream.org

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018 03:00:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-word-of-god.html Paul
Rediscovering Wonder http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/rediscovering-wonder.html RSS Feed

Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." ~ Mat.18:3

Run time about 8 minutes

Published on Jul. 17th. 2012 on YouTube

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Wed, 12 Sep 2018 03:00:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/rediscovering-wonder.html Paul
From Atheist to Christian at Yale http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/from-atheist-to-christian-at-yale.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: A cool testimony. Reminds me a bit of my own experience meeting Jesus.

Run time about 48 minutes

Published on Dec. 24th. 2017 on YouTube

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Wed, 05 Sep 2018 04:15:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/from-atheist-to-christian-at-yale.html Paul
The Bible Tells Me So http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-bible-tells-me-so.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: This talk is a bit of a "meaty" and perhaps a controversial subject. I hope it will not stumble anyone's faith, and it should not be taken as an attempt to discredit the Bible but rather a way to put it into perspective.

To paraphrase a quote... "The bible is not simply God speaking to us, but rather God's peoples story about the Creator"! This helped me understand where he is coming from. In fact, if you look at the Bible in that way it will help put to rest some of the Bible critics who try to debunk the bible because it's inconsistencies.

Having said that I also want to add that God can and does use anything to speak to you - He takes us where where we are at and know what we need and can take.

In my formative years as a young Christian I memorized a lot of Bible verses, and time and again the Lord brought passages to my remembrance in order to guide me in my walk with Him.

Run time 1 hour and 18 minutes

Published on 17 Feb 2017

Published on Feb. 17th. 2017 on YouTube

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Wed, 22 Aug 2018 05:07:17 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-bible-tells-me-so.html Paul
Why Christian Character Matters http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/why-christian-character-matters.html RSS Feed

What does eschatology have to do with ethics? What does the new heaven and the new earth have to do with the world in which we live now? Ultimately, it means that love is not our duty but our destiny.

Run time 44 and a half minute

Published on May 18th. 2012 on YouTube

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Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:22:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/why-christian-character-matters.html Paul
Blunders of the Mind http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/blunders-of-the-mind.html RSS Feed

This song was originally composed and sung by "Stars and Beggars" in Copenhagen.

Run time less than 3 minutes

Published on Apr. 5th. 2013 on YouTube

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Tue, 31 Jul 2018 18:10:53 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/blunders-of-the-mind.html Paul
Satan's Tactic for Christian America http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/satans-tactic-for-christian-america.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: Some of this may be a bit over the top, but some also need to be said...

Run time about 48 minutes

Published on 29 May 2018

Published on May 29th. 2018 on YouTube

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Tue, 03 Jul 2018 23:03:52 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/satans-tactic-for-christian-america.html Paul
There Must Be Some Way Out of Here http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/there-must-be-some-way-out-of-here.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: Zahnd has come full scale round from the radical drop-out message of the Jesus Revolution, through a successful mega-church, and out on the other side against what he calls American evangelical cotton-candy religion.

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On the day of Pentecost Peter preached the gospel to people who belonged to a religion that had become corrupted by its compromised allegiance to a materialistic and militaristic empire. So Peter’s invitation was, “be saved from this crooked generation.” It's the same today.

Run time about 37 minutes

Published on Jun. 4th. 2018 on YouTube

For more of Brian's sermons you can go to Word of Life Church Archives

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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 04:22:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/there-must-be-some-way-out-of-here.html Paul
Partnering with the Holy Spirit http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/partnering-with-the-holy-spirit.html RSS Feed

This lady from Australia has her own unique style, which may not be to some peoples liking, nevertheless it's a sweet message and good reminder of staying in tune with Heaven.

Run time about 49 minutes

Published on Feb. 7th. 2016 on YouTube

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Wed, 06 Jun 2018 12:35:59 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/partnering-with-the-holy-spirit.html Paul
How Do I Know God Exists? http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/how-do-i-know-god-exists.html RSS Feed

Lecture at Saddleback Church (2009)

Run time 43 minutes

Published Sep. 4th. 2013 on youtube

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Wed, 16 May 2018 01:29:34 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/how-do-i-know-god-exists.html Paul
Lies we believe about God http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/lies-we-believe-about-god.html RSS Feed

What we think and say about God affects us more than we know. If we believe lies about God, those lies begin to run rampant and do damage to our souls.

Run time 49 minutes

Published Apr. 30th. 2018 on youtube

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Tue, 08 May 2018 22:24:34 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/lies-we-believe-about-god.html Paul
Heavenly Communication http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/heavenly-communication.html RSS Feed

“Lord, teach us to pray” ~ Luke 11:1



To cry out to the Lord in prayer is something that should come naturally to every truly born-again child of God. God expects each of His children, those who really know Him, to touch Him personally and make direct contact with Him, not just through somebody else’s prayers or faith. Therefore each of us must learn to individually make personal, intimate contact with the Lord through prayer, the heavenly link, the divine telephone between us and heaven.

Even though our “heavenly Father knoweth what things we have need of before we ask Him,”[1] He likes us to confess that we alone can’t solve all our problems and that we need His help. He likes us to be humble and willing to pray, to acknowledge His power and show our faith in Him by asking Him for help. Then, of course, He likes to answer, not only to remind us that we need Him, but also because He likes us to appreciate His help and to love Him for it — like a father.

The Lord loves to give us answers to our problems and questions and troubles, and He wants us to ask Him for His guidance. He says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”[2]

He even goes on to say, “For what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?”[3]

So don’t ever think you have to try to figure out all your problems and decisions yourself. Get down in prayer and get God’s answers. He says, “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”[4]

“Without Him, you can do nothing,”[5] but with Him, you can “do all things through Christ which strengtheneth you.”[6] So when you really need help, tell it to Jesus. “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. Cast all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you.”[7] Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” But there’s one condition to it — “come unto Me.”[8] When you come to the Lord in prayer and faith, and ask Him for the answers, you’ll get them.

This is what prayer is all about. It is not merely some kind of religious ritual, but a living relationship. As that dear hymn says:

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear.
What a privilege to carry,
Everything to God in prayer.

Oh, what peace we often forfeit.
Oh, what needless pain we bear.
All because we do not carry,
Everything to God in prayer.

~ Joseph M. Scriven (1820–1886)

The Lord’s shoulders are broad enough to carry any load — all the burdens put together, including His own.

Hearing from heaven

With many people, prayer is a one-way conversation, and they do all the talking. They pray, “Hear, Lord, Thy servant speaketh,” instead of like Samuel, the child prophet, who at five years of age said, “Speak, Lord, Thy servant heareth.”[9]

Prayer is not just getting down on your knees and speaking your piece, but letting God speak His, too. This is why each of us is supposed to know the Lord personally and be filled with the Holy Spirit and therefore be led by the Spirit individually, so that we can personally seek the Lord and find the answers for ourselves that we need for our own individual cases.

Each of us needs to learn to follow God and to hear from Him fresh every day. You can’t just get inspired once and let that do for the rest of your life. We all need to hear from God. It doesn’t have to be out loud; it doesn’t have to be with an audible voice. It can just be in that “still small voice”[10] that you feel inside of you — sometimes not even words, just an impression that you have. God doesn’t have to communicate in words; He can just give you a feeling or a picture or an idea.

His Spirit is like a broadcasting station, broadcasting all the time; you just have to learn how to tune in. If you’ve got an open channel and tune in, the Lord will fill you — your mind, your heart, your ears, your eyes. Jesus can speak anytime, anywhere, if you believe. And that thing you see or hear with the eyes or ears of your spirit will come from the Lord — and it will be such a comfort to you.

Quiet time

If you’re always hurrying and rushing around, fretting and impatient, you’ll never be able to focus your full attention — your eyes, your ears, your mind, your heart — on the Lord for the solutions to the problems, the answers to the questions, the best decisions for the situations.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God. In quietness and confidence shall your strength be.”[11] You’re going to have to get quiet by yourself — somewhere, somehow, sometime — if you’re going to hear from the Lord.

Every great man of God, from Moses to Jesus, had to retreat alone to his mountain for a while in order to have time to meditate, pray, and commune with God. Jesus had to get up at the break of day before His disciples got up and walk out across the hills or up in the mountain to get alone with God and get His orders for the day from His Father.[12]

If you neglect your fellowship with the King of kings because you’re so busy with the affairs of the kingdom, it can be disastrous to your spiritual life and communion with the Lord. You cannot do the Master’s work without the Master’s power and guidance. And to get it, you must spend time with the Master.

He’ll solve a lot of your problems before the day even starts if you listen to what He has to say. But if you go plunging into all your troubles and your work without stopping to talk to the Lord and get directions from your Commander in Chief, then you’re going to be like a soldier who’s trying to fight the war all on his own without listening to headquarters, with no guidance from the top.

We all need more quiet time with the Lord in rest and refilling, drinking of the living water of His Word and fellowshipping with Him in the communion of prayer. It totally renews you and completely refreshes you and gives you new vision and fresh inspiration, new strength, rest and peace and joy. For “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”[13]

“In all thy ways acknowledge Him”

Jesus told us that we should always pray. He said, “Men ought always to pray and not to faint.”[14] He also says, “Watch and pray,”[15] and Paul says “Pray without ceasing.”[16] Prayer is one way the Lord has of keeping us close to Him and in His presence continually, constantly dependent upon Him.

Prayer is like breathing — just breathing the Holy Spirit all the time, being in constant communication with the Lord.

He says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”[17] This is one of the most wonderful verses in the Bible to hang on to, especially when making decisions. We don’t have to know all the answers, we don’t have to lean on our own ideas or wisdom; we just have to lean on the Lord and His leadings.

Whatever you have to do, pray about it. The Lord is always right there with you. He says, “I’ll never leave thee nor forsake thee.”[18] He’s always there. So it’s never God who’s not there; it’s us who are sometimes not always there, when we run off someplace else and leave Him behind when we forget to pray.

He’s promised that if you acknowledge Him, He will direct your paths. He says, “You shall hear a voice behind you, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it.”[19] So ask the Lord about everything before you do it. Make sure it’s what He wants you to do.

Seek Him about everything — every problem, every decision — and He will never fail you or let you down!

Compiled from the writings of David Brandt Berg, originally published in 1984.
Adapted and republished on Anchor March 2018. Read by Simon Peterson.

Footnotes:

1 Matthew 6:8.
2 Matthew 7:7–8.
3 Matthew 7:9–11.
4 Jeremiah 33:3.
5 John 15:5.
6 Philippians 4:13.
7 Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7.
8 Matthew 11:28–30.
9 1 Samuel 3:10.
10 1 Kings 19:12.
11 Psalm 46:10; Isaiah 30:15.
12 Mark 1:35; Luke 6:12.
13 Isaiah 40:31.
14 Luke 18:1.
15 Matthew 26:41.
16 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
17 Proverbs 3:5–6.
18 Hebrews 13:5.
19 Isaiah 30:21.

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Wed, 02 May 2018 06:52:46 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/heavenly-communication.html Paul
What is Social Media doing to you? http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/what-is-social-media-doing-to-you.html RSS Feed

Social media are computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks. (Wikipedia)

Run time about 15 minutes

Published on Dec. 31st. 2017 on YouTube

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Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:16:09 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/what-is-social-media-doing-to-you.html Paul
Resurrection Evidence http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/the-resurrection-evidence.html RSS Feed

One comment read...
"People don't believe what they don't want to believe." He couldn't have said it any better. He just spent about 50 minutes laying out the evidence that he even said liberal scholars accept.

Run time about 1 hour and 15 minutes

Published on Sep. 14th. 2013 on YouTube via BiolaUniversity

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018 02:13:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/the-resurrection-evidence.html Paul
Why God? http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/why-god.html RSS Feed

Why believe in God? Is this like believing in the Easter Bunny? Isn't it illogical and improbable that there would be a personal being out there who created everything and loves the world and every living creature?

Run time almost 50 minutes

Published 12th. of March 2018 on YouTube

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Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:04:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/why-god.html Paul
20 Reasons Christianity Is True http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/20-reasons-christianity-is-true.html RSS Feed

20 reasons we can know and show Christianity is true.

Run time about 1 hour

Published Jan 18th. 2014 on youtube

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Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:44:00 +0100 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/20-reasons-christianity-is-true.html Paul
]]> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:06:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-3-600/is-the-end-near.html Paul Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence? http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/should-we-fear-artificial-intelligence.html RSS Feed

Four parts: Intro, lecture, discussion and Q&A's. The video starts after the intro. If you want to skip the discussion after the lecture skip to 1:38 for the Q&A ssession with Lennox.

Total run time is 2 hours and 9 minutes

Produced by "Ravi Zacharias International Ministries". Streamed live 9. Oct 2018 and published on YouTube

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Wed, 24 Oct 2018 03:00:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/should-we-fear-artificial-intelligence.html Paul
A Life of Love http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/a-life-of-love.html RSS Feed

"Engage is my attempt to equip and encourage people to explore their own relationship with God."

Run time about six and a half minute

Published on Jan. 25th. 2017 on YouTube

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Wed, 17 Oct 2018 03:00:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/a-life-of-love.html Paul
Believing Like Jesus http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/believing-like-jesus.html RSS Feed

Dallas Willard once said to Bart, “I love the way you talk about believing in Jesus. It would be so amazing if you believed like Jesus.” This significant moment propelled Bart into a tremendous search through the scriptures to discover what Jesus actually believed.

Run time about 35 minutes

Published via Vimeo Sep. 10th. 2018 on Simply Jesus

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Wed, 03 Oct 2018 03:00:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/believing-like-jesus.html Paul
The Word of God http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-word-of-god.html RSS Feed

"When we started calling the Bible the “Word of God” we unwittingly substituted a book and its principles for a vibrant relationship with Jesus and following his rules became more important than following him."

Run time about 14 minutes

For the full 7-part video lecture "The Jesus Lens – Introduction and the Gospels" go to, Life Stream.org

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Wed, 19 Sep 2018 03:00:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-word-of-god.html Paul
Rediscovering Wonder http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/rediscovering-wonder.html RSS Feed

Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." ~ Mat.18:3

Run time about 8 minutes

Published on Jul. 17th. 2012 on YouTube

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Wed, 12 Sep 2018 03:00:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/rediscovering-wonder.html Paul
From Atheist to Christian at Yale http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/from-atheist-to-christian-at-yale.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: A cool testimony. Reminds me a bit of my own experience meeting Jesus.

Run time about 48 minutes

Published on Dec. 24th. 2017 on YouTube

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Wed, 05 Sep 2018 04:15:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/from-atheist-to-christian-at-yale.html Paul
The Bible Tells Me So http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-bible-tells-me-so.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: This talk is a bit of a "meaty" and perhaps a controversial subject. I hope it will not stumble anyone's faith, and it should not be taken as an attempt to discredit the Bible but rather a way to put it into perspective.

To paraphrase a quote... "The bible is not simply God speaking to us, but rather God's peoples story about the Creator"! This helped me understand where he is coming from. In fact, if you look at the Bible in that way it will help put to rest some of the Bible critics who try to debunk the bible because it's inconsistencies.

Having said that I also want to add that God can and does use anything to speak to you - He takes us where where we are at and know what we need and can take.

In my formative years as a young Christian I memorized a lot of Bible verses, and time and again the Lord brought passages to my remembrance in order to guide me in my walk with Him.

Run time 1 hour and 18 minutes

Published on 17 Feb 2017

Published on Feb. 17th. 2017 on YouTube

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Wed, 22 Aug 2018 05:07:17 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/the-bible-tells-me-so.html Paul
Why Christian Character Matters http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/why-christian-character-matters.html RSS Feed

What does eschatology have to do with ethics? What does the new heaven and the new earth have to do with the world in which we live now? Ultimately, it means that love is not our duty but our destiny.

Run time 44 and a half minute

Published on May 18th. 2012 on YouTube

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Tue, 07 Aug 2018 14:22:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/why-christian-character-matters.html Paul
Blunders of the Mind http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/blunders-of-the-mind.html RSS Feed

This song was originally composed and sung by "Stars and Beggars" in Copenhagen.

Run time less than 3 minutes

Published on Apr. 5th. 2013 on YouTube

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Tue, 31 Jul 2018 18:10:53 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/blunders-of-the-mind.html Paul
Satan's Tactic for Christian America http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/satans-tactic-for-christian-america.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: Some of this may be a bit over the top, but some also need to be said...

Run time about 48 minutes

Published on 29 May 2018

Published on May 29th. 2018 on YouTube

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Tue, 03 Jul 2018 23:03:52 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/satans-tactic-for-christian-america.html Paul
There Must Be Some Way Out of Here http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/there-must-be-some-way-out-of-here.html RSS Feed

Editor's note: Zahnd has come full scale round from the radical drop-out message of the Jesus Revolution, through a successful mega-church, and out on the other side against what he calls American evangelical cotton-candy religion.

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On the day of Pentecost Peter preached the gospel to people who belonged to a religion that had become corrupted by its compromised allegiance to a materialistic and militaristic empire. So Peter’s invitation was, “be saved from this crooked generation.” It's the same today.

Run time about 37 minutes

Published on Jun. 4th. 2018 on YouTube

For more of Brian's sermons you can go to Word of Life Church Archives

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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 04:22:00 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/there-must-be-some-way-out-of-here.html Paul
Partnering with the Holy Spirit http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/partnering-with-the-holy-spirit.html RSS Feed

This lady from Australia has her own unique style, which may not be to some peoples liking, nevertheless it's a sweet message and good reminder of staying in tune with Heaven.

Run time about 49 minutes

Published on Feb. 7th. 2016 on YouTube

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Wed, 06 Jun 2018 12:35:59 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/partnering-with-the-holy-spirit.html Paul
How Do I Know God Exists? http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/how-do-i-know-god-exists.html RSS Feed

Lecture at Saddleback Church (2009)

Run time 43 minutes

Published Sep. 4th. 2013 on youtube

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Wed, 16 May 2018 01:29:34 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/how-do-i-know-god-exists.html Paul
Lies we believe about God http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/lies-we-believe-about-god.html RSS Feed

What we think and say about God affects us more than we know. If we believe lies about God, those lies begin to run rampant and do damage to our souls.

Run time 49 minutes

Published Apr. 30th. 2018 on youtube

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Tue, 08 May 2018 22:24:34 +0200 http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/lies-we-believe-about-god.html Paul
Heavenly Communication http://wpnet.co/tiramisu/tirsub-1000/heavenly-communication.html RSS Feed

“Lord, teach us to pray” ~ Luke 11:1



To cry out to the Lord in prayer is something that should come naturally to every truly born-again child of God. God expects each of His children, those who really know Him, to touch Him personally and make direct contact with Him, not just through somebody else’s prayers or faith. Therefore each of us must learn to individually make personal, intimate contact with the Lord through prayer, the heavenly link, the divine telephone between us and heaven.

Even though our “heavenly Father knoweth what things we have need of before we ask Him,”[1] He likes us to confess that we alone can’t solve all our problems and that we need His help. He likes us to be humble and willing to pray, to acknowledge His power and show our faith in Him by asking Him for help. Then, of course, He likes to answer, not only to remind us that we need Him, but also because He likes us to appreciate His help and to love Him for it — like a father.

The Lord loves to give us answers to our problems and questions and troubles, and He wants us to ask Him for His guidance. He says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”[2]

He even goes on to say, “For what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?”[3]

So don’t ever think you have to try to figure out all your problems and decisions yourself. Get down in prayer and get God’s answers. He says, “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”[4]

“Without Him, you can do nothing,”[5] but with Him, you can “do all things through Christ which strengtheneth you.”[6] So when you really need help, tell it to Jesus. “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee. Cast all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you.”[7] Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” But there’s one condition to it — “come unto Me.”[8] When you come to the Lord in prayer and faith, and ask Him for the answers, you’ll get them.

This is what prayer is all about. It is not merely some kind of religious ritual, but a living relationship. As that dear hymn says:

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear.
What a privilege to carry,
Everything to God in prayer.

Oh, what peace we often forfeit.
Oh, what needless pain we bear.
All because we do not carry,
Everything to God in prayer.

~ Joseph M. Scriven (1820–1886)

The Lord’s shoulders are broad enough to carry any load — all the burdens put together, including His own.

Hearing from heaven

With many people, prayer is a one-way conversation, and they do all the talking. They pray, “Hear, Lord, Thy servant speaketh,” instead of like Samuel, the child prophet, who at five years of age said, “Speak, Lord, Thy servant heareth.”[9]

Prayer is not just getting down on your knees and speaking your piece, but letting God speak His, too. This is why each of us is supposed to know the Lord personally and be filled with the Holy Spirit and therefore be led by the Spirit individually, so that we can personally seek the Lord and find the answers for ourselves that we need for our own individual cases.

Each of us needs to learn to follow God and to hear from Him fresh every day. You can’t just get inspired once and let that do for the rest of your life. We all need to hear from God. It doesn’t have to be out loud; it doesn’t have to be with an audible voice. It can just be in that “still small voice”[10] that you feel inside of you — sometimes not even words, just an impression that you have. God doesn’t have to communicate in words; He can just give you a feeling or a picture or an idea.

His Spirit is like a broadcasting station, broadcasting all the time; you just have to learn how to tune in. If you’ve got an open channel and tune in, the Lord will fill you — your mind, your heart, your ears, your eyes. Jesus can speak anytime, anywhere, if you believe. And that thing you see or hear with the eyes or ears of your spirit will come from the Lord — and it will be such a comfort to you.

Quiet time

If you’re always hurrying and rushing around, fretting and impatient, you’ll never be able to focus your full attention — your eyes, your ears, your mind, your heart — on the Lord for the solutions to the problems, the answers to the questions, the best decisions for the situations.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God. In quietness and confidence shall your strength be.”[11] You’re going to have to get quiet by yourself — somewhere, somehow, sometime — if you’re going to hear from the Lord.

Every great man of God, from Moses to Jesus, had to retreat alone to his mountain for a while in order to have time to meditate, pray, and commune with God. Jesus had to get up at the break of day before His disciples got up and walk out across the hills or up in the mountain to get alone with God and get His orders for the day from His Father.[12]

If you neglect your fellowship with the King of kings because you’re so busy with the affairs of the kingdom, it can be disastrous to your spiritual life and communion with the Lord. You cannot do the Master’s work without the Master’s power and guidance. And to get it, you must spend time with the Master.

He’ll solve a lot of your problems before the day even starts if you listen to what He has to say. But if you go plunging into all your troubles and your work without stopping to talk to the Lord and get directions from your Commander in Chief, then you’re going to be like a soldier who’s trying to fight the war all on his own without listening to headquarters, with no guidance from the top.

We all need more quiet time with the Lord in rest and refilling, drinking of the living water of His Word and fellowshipping with Him in the communion of prayer. It totally renews you and completely refreshes you and gives you new vision and fresh inspiration, new strength, rest and peace and joy. For “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”[13]

“In all thy ways acknowledge Him”

Jesus told us that we should always pray. He said, “Men ought always to pray and not to faint.”[14] He also says, “Watch and pray,”[15] and Paul says “Pray without ceasing.”[16] Prayer is one way the Lord has of keeping us close to Him and in His presence continually, constantly dependent upon Him.

Prayer is like breathing — just breathing the Holy Spirit all the time, being in constant communication with the Lord.

He says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”[17] This is one of the most wonderful verses in the Bible to hang on to, especially when making decisions. We don’t have to know all the answers, we don’t have to lean on our own ideas or wisdom; we just have to lean on the Lord and His leadings.

Whatever you have to do, pray about it. The Lord is always right there with you. He says, “I’ll never leave thee nor forsake thee.”[18] He’s always there. So it’s never God who’s not there; it’s us who are sometimes not always there, when we run off someplace else and leave Him behind when we forget to pray.

He’s promised that if you acknowledge Him, He will direct your paths. He says, “You shall hear a voice behind you, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it.”[19] So ask the Lord about everything before you do it. Make sure it’s what He wants you to do.

Seek Him about everything — every problem, every decision — and He will never fail you or let you down!

Compiled from the writings of David Brandt Berg, originally published in 1984.
Adapted and republished on Anchor March 2018. Read by Simon Peterson.

Footnotes:

1 Matthew 6:8.
2 Matthew 7:7–8.
3 Matthew 7:9–11.
4 Jeremiah 33:3.
5 John 15:5.
6 Philippians 4:13.
7 Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7.
8 Matthew 11:28–30.
9 1 Samuel 3:10.
10 1 Kings 19:12.
11 Psalm 46:10; Isaiah 30:15.
12 Mark 1:35; Luke 6:12.
13 Isaiah 40:31.
14 Luke 18:1.
15 Matthew 26:41.
16 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
17 Proverbs 3:5–6.
18 Hebrews 13:5.
19 Isaiah 30:21.

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Full life, long life, peace, happiness, favour, guidance, health, plenty, riches, honour, enjoyment, life, safety, fearlessness, sweet sleep, confidence, grace, promise of glory. - All of the above by keeping the Word and treasuring wisdom - not a bad deal :-)

1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She [wisdom] is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.

30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.

31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.

33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.

34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

King James Version ~ Published July 2015.

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Social media are computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks. (Wikipedia)

Run time about 15 minutes

Published on Dec. 31st. 2017 on YouTube

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