Battleships are dangerous & uncomfortable & involve hard work & sacrifice, while cruise ships are safe & luxurious & and involve entertainment & relaxation. Why in the world would anybody choose a battleship over a cruise ship? Let me tell you a quick story that shows this clearly. In 2010 I heard on the news… Read more
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3 NRSV Bible) Rodney Jones and Gerald Uelmen, in their book, SUPREME FOLLY, tell about Nancy Miller of Oroville, California who eagerly accepted an invitation to attend a “Neighborhood Watch” meeting at a neighbor’s home…. Read more
When I first received Jesus as my Lord and Savior back in Indonesia, I was so excited and fired-up that I would go to church everyday. Morning prayer at 5am, youth service, sunday school service, you name it! Even my dad joked that he would get me a house next to the church since I… Read more
Since childhood, I have known the name of Christianity. My grandmother is a Christian and she who first took me to church. My parents forbade me to be baptized, so until I was an adult I just so-so Christian (not serious). Going to church as I like, and mostly just skipped and always late. In… Read more
In 2006, I started my life in the US. I could come here because of my parent’s support. Once I got here, I lived with my uncle and relatives. I was happy living my life in America. I took an English course and hung out with many people without realizing that my spiritual life was… Read more
I am so grateful of God’s guidance in my life to this day. When I was still in Indonesia, my parents went to the US to start a new life. For 3 years I was left with our relatives in Indonesia. When they were in the US, they applied for the green card lottery and… Read more
Almost all my friends in Indonesia who came to New York and those who saw me and my kids on Facebook told me that we adapted very well. I thought to myself, it was right, but why I did not realize that? For the last two years in US, there have been a lot of… Read more
We surrendered our son, John Daniel Christopher Wilar to God on 15 April 2012, as a reflection of how grateful we are and how amazing our Mighty God is! A little story here. 12 weeks pregnancy, my Ob/Gyn doctor told me that my water sac (amniotic fluid) leaked and water went down very low to… Read more
In 2008, God called my husband home all of a sudden. Actually, I was not prepared, but I had to face the reality and realized that we could not bargain with God. We had to be ready if God called us home. We all are going there someday and no one is exempt. One thing… Read more
January 30th, 2011 was a special day for me because that was the day I was saved. Months prior, I started seriously seeking God. Not just thinking about God once awhile but to actually spent most of my time seeking God. As days and months passed, my longing and frustration grew stronger. It seemed that… Read more
Let’s Abandon the “Cruise Ship” for the “Battleship” of Following Jesus Christ
Battleships are dangerous & uncomfortable & involve hard work & sacrifice, while cruise ships are safe & luxurious & and involve entertainment & relaxation. Why in the world would anybody choose a battleship over a cruise ship? Let me tell you a quick story that shows this clearly.
In 2010 I heard on the news that a baseball legend had passed away, a man named Bob Feller. They called him “one of the greatest pitchers to ever play the game.” He was compared to iconic players like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio & so on. But I never heard of him. Bob Feller was like the “LeBron James” of his day – going straight from high school to professional athletic stardom. Except, Bob Feller was immediately dominant. He had by far the hardest fastball of his day. He led the league in strikeouts in his 1st full season and for another 3 seasons after that. He became the most famous baseball player of his day, even appearing on the cover of Time magazine. In fact, he led the American League in wins and in strikeouts every single year played from 1939 through 1947. Also he had All-Star games, a World Series title, and induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame to his credit.
So why is Bob Feller not a household name? It’s because Bob Feller didn’t play every year from 1939 to 1947. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. And the very next day, Bob Feller, with a $100,000 contract on the table (approx. $1.6 million today), walked away from baseball stardom, and joined the United States Navy. He served as a gunner on the battleship USS Alabama. He saw extensive action in the North Atlantic and in the South Pacific. He was gone from baseball for nearly 4 of his physical prime years. Bob Feller basically chose a battleship. He had a cruise ship life in his hands – the money, the fame… everything! And he freely chose the battleship. He recognized that the sacrifice of serving in WWII was far greater than any reward that could be found in baseball.
This is why someone would choose a battleship over a cruise ship. Because they understand what’s at stake, and they want their life to count for the most important thing. Does our choice say how much we value God? About what our salvation is worth to us? How much glory & honor does this choice bring to our Lord Jesus? 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV), “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. “
One of the things we are going to do when we get to heaven is serve God. So guess what God wants us to do while we’re here on earth? He wants us to practice serving. (Rick Warren) The Last Rain Ministry Church is not a cruise ship. It is a battleship. With a mission. And each of us has an important position to fill, a need to serve our church.
All hands on deck! Man your battle stations! The following ministries are available for signup:
P.S: Date is still to be determined for 2017 Battleship.
- Church Support
- Facility and Building Maintenance
- Public Relations and Media
- Sunday School
- Worship Leaders and Singers
The Ultimate Prayer
We can tell a great deal about a person by their final wishes, their concluding words or their last will and testament. They reveal what that person considers to be important. They demonstrate priority. Jesus’ ultimate prayer is one such revealing moment. Just before His betrayal, just before He died for the sins of the world, just before the most momentous event in history, Jesus Christ poured out His heart to His Father (John 17). Of all the subjects about which He could have prayed, why did He choose unity?
Did Jesus want to protect us? Was He simply desiring to alleviate some of the painful divisions in our lives? All of us have experienced the stress of disagreement, whether in the privacy of our families or the formality of the law courts. Some of us have even experienced it within the body of Christ. Was it this that attracted Christ’s compassion? Or was it something more profound?
I am inclined to believe that unity is far more precious to God than we can possibly imagine. I am not sure that Jesus could have prayed for anything else. God, after all, is one. His will must therefore include unity. All righteous unity on earth finds its template in Heaven. The heart of the message that Christ declared is reconciliation. God can no more bless disunity than He can bless unrighteousness. Equally, where there is unity, He commands blessing.
When the Early Church gathered together, they prayed in agreement, they shared everything in common, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. They were united. As a result the church grew exponentially. I think it was an answer to Christ’s ultimate prayer.
by Robert Fergusson
Source : http://hillsongcollected.com/leadership/the-ultimate-prayer-0
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When you consider your dreams and goals, do you ever think they look too big or too impossible? When we think limiting thoughts, it’s like building a box around our dreams. Doubt and unbelief limit what God can do in your life. That’s why it’s so important to meditate on the fact that we serve the God of the breakthrough! Like a flood, in an instant His favor can overtake you and change things. In an instant, He can open the right door. In an instant, He can cause someone to pay a debt. In an instant, you can be healed.
Don’t accept things in your life that are far less than God’s best. Be breakthrough-minded. No matter what’s happened in your past, this is a new day. New seeds have taken root in your heart. I believe the God of the breakthrough is about to visit your house, not with a trickle of favor, not with a stream of blessing. No, get ready for a flood of God’s favor, a tidal wave of His goodness.
Today I encourage you to release your faith in a greater way. If you don’t pray for that break through, it won’t happen. Dare to believe. He wants to give you something to talk about. He wants to give you some new landmarks so that in the future, you can look back and say, “I know that was the God of the breakthrough!”
Isaiah said: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to announce a day when the free favor of God profusely abounds.” Notice the word he used to describe God’s favor, profusely. That means “overwhelming, out of the norm, exceeding.”
Like Isaiah, I’ve announced that a flood of God’s power is coming—favor like you’ve never seen before. Instead of being overwhelmed by burdens, you will be overwhelmed by God’s blessings. But the real question is this: can you receive this into your spirit?
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