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The fulfilment of all desire

I have met Ralph Martin when he came to Poland with John Wimber. They were the main speakers at the conference in Warsaw, where about 3, 000 believers (Catholics and Protestants) gathered to hear about Jesus' love and power operating in our times. 15 years later, I've just finished Martin's book "The fulfilment of all desire".

by Ralph Martin

YOU MUST READ IT

This is not a book only for those who think that they are called to a "life of prayer" (by the way, how else we can communicate and fellowship with God Himself?). It is not only for those who recognize an intercessory role as their primary function within the body of Christ. It's not only for those who identify themselves as evangelicals or charismatics or mystics or emergent church.

It's for those who:

  • desire to acknowledge that there is a depth to the knowledge of God, which we, in our "instant society" are lacking profoundly
  • those who are experiencing hunger for God
  • those who love challenges
  • those who believe that inspiration of the past generations can be valuable
  • those who want to go deeper in understanding the ways to reach their Creator
  • those who need biblical proof that all of these mystics are right
  • don't understand why things are happening, when they laid down their whole lives to Jesus
  • those who struggle with prayer life
  • those who are tired of seven-points-to-successful-prayer
  • those who are searching for the ancient truths spoken in a modern language
  • those who love God Himself above everything else, who burned the bridges, who know that there is nothing else to come back to, but are apprehensive of stepping into the unknown
  • those who want to become saints ( and I am quite serious about that one)

If you were struggling while reading "Fire within" by T. Dubay, this is "easier to read" version for the same subject - prayer.

WARNING

You will be messed up for some time, possibly for life...

You will discover (if you don't know yet) that the whole body of Christ should be greatful to the Catholics for their wisdom...

You will wonder why no one told you these things before, and how come all of it is in the Bible...

You will discover something about yourself that someone else already knew hundreds years ago...

You will feel that you are a part of something bigger...

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The conquest of the Bride

"The conquest of the Bride" is the title of 12th chapter from "Heart from Heart of the World" by Hans Urs von Balthasar. H. U. von Balthasar, a Swiss theologian, was called "perhaps the most cultured man of our century" by pope Benedict 16 and one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. His writings, over 1,000 books and articles, were based upon theological studies of the Scriptures and the works of the church fathers. I am enjoying reading some of his books during the last year or so, and found this excerpt on CERC. Read the whole chapter here or download it from my "I share" files (in the sidebar). Here are few fragments, an oracle of God to His church-Bride. It's dogmatic and transcendental substance coexists with the lyrical, but meaningful finesse of revelation, reaching to the depths of God's heart and revealing His anguish and desires.

 by januaryman

You will be a sign of contradiction among the peoples, and no one will even as much as whisper your name, O my Church, without shuddering.

Over you men will have to part their ways, for many will love you and squander everything for you, but very many will hate you, and these will swear an oath not to rest until they have exterminated you from the land of men. And you will be despised like no man or thing, except myself, has ever been despised on earth. They will stand in line for the privilege of spitting in your face, of wiping off on your garments the mud from their shoes.

Your administrators stingily dole out through well-run pipe-systems and institutions the precious liquid of my grace. The bark of the tree which once blossomed in the wild has now turned to cork. You have become such an established household that even the catastrophic storms of the times, and persecution rattling at your gates and windows, can hardly awaken you from sleep, and a slap in your face can elicit from you but an embarrassed smile. Disgrace covers the length of you, all the more poignantly as you try to deny it, pretending nothing is amiss.

It is with you, my Body, that I am forever fighting the great, apocalyptic battle.

The inglorious weakness with which, in this century of collapse, you stand before the world unable to transform it: this weakness is already a part of the mystery of my own inglorious weakness, for when was I ever strong enough to renew the face of this exterior world?

Bind yourself to me so irrevocably that I will be able to descend to hell with you; and then I will bind you to myself so irrevocably that, with me, you will be able to ascend to very heaven.

And so, in spite of everything, you will be my sign among the nations. To them you will remain a very implausible thing, so much so that they will daily prophesy your death. And you will indeed die after a fashion. But see: we live, you and I, for I have died once, and whoever eats of my death will live eternally and I will awaken him on the Last Day — - and each day is the last.

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one nation under Obama

(rather graphic drawing below) National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) called for the party to unite behind Mr Obama.

"Sen. Obama has a fully pro-choice record, and we are confident that as president he will be a champion for women's reproductive rights."

On this page of NARAL you can watch a short video explaining the reasons why they decided to promote Obama as their candidate: Senator Obama has 100% record on voting for women's reproductive rights, while Sen. McCain has 0%.

In Sen. Obama's own words: (full statement here)

"I have consistently advocated for reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President. I oppose any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's ruling in this case.

Mrs. Clinton is disappointed that she did not get the NARAL endorsement.

In the past, Sen Obama voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (he was for an option: baby born alive during abortion procedure will not be helped and will be left to die). He also opposed the Supreme Court decision that finally upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (he was for partial abortion - after baby's body is delivered, and it's head is still in the birth canal, the abortionist sucks baby's brain out). He says this is ok:

As charismatic, uniting and charming as Obama can be, I can not believe that people in this country can be so naive or plainly deceived to follow him as the one who will bring the better tomorrow. What will it cost us? This can't be ignored or put as number 6. on the list of issues which are crucial. So we might become better of, than in the "Sicko" documantary, we might have cheaper gasoline in our cars, we might feel better, believing again in a sleek persona leading us to trust again in "one nation"... but it's not gonna be a nation "under God".

If you are a Christian, and you are thinking about voting for Mr. Obama as your Commander and Chief, please send me a note, how can you justify that...

Last news: Catholic arcbishop Naumann, asked Kansas governor Sebelius to refrain from Communion for abortion support. Simply saying, one can't belong to Christ, if one is consistently pro-abortion. Communion in Catholic church is receiving the life of Christ Himself and one has not only confess his sins, but also needs to have a contrite heart and pursue the process of satisfaction for the sins committed, if it's possible (if you have stolen, give it back), in order to be able to receive Communion. Mrs. Sebelius wants to be pro-abortion and wants to receive Communion. Not possible.

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Adoption not abortion

I watched "Lake of Fire" last night. Over 150 minutes of controversial, extreme, disturbing, intense, unsettling, provocative and revealing opinions, pictures, scenes from life, dialogues, criticism, discussions, demonstrations, concerts. Both "sides", pro-life and pro-choice are pictured, although from a narrow (in my humble opinion), "media -minded, picked to provoke" perspective. It does not depict "pro-life" movement justly, concentrating mostly on one organization. The power of black and white images depicts the reality in a sobering way.

In this documentary you will find a lot of "talking heads". Somewhere there you will hear moving testimony of Norma McCorvey (legendary Jane Roe from Roe vs. Wade ). You can read about her story on CNN here. There is one very bizzare scene from a concert of some wanna-be-music-band, where one of the women is singing basically naked (at about 1h 20min into the movie, for about 4 minutes if you want to skip this part). After somewhat strange appearance, one of the band members shares:

"How many babies are there now who are not loved, who are not taken care of...and we do have abortion... and we still have them... all these people who are against abortion, if they want to take all those babies, bring them up and love them... that would be wonderful... in the perfect world that would be the most beautiful thing, but... as it is, it's not gonna happen...these fundamentalists are the same people who a lot of times are bigots, they would never have a black child in their home...why are they not adopting all the kids out of the orphanages... I see homeless pregnant women on the streets... go and pick one up... take her home, take care of her."

Later on, another woman continues in a similar way:

"If they would care, they would do something different. They would be by the doors of the orphanages, and they would go in there and literally take every child in there home with them. If they really and truthfully care, instead of standing outside the abortion clinics, intimidating women, they would take these women in their arms and say: come home with me, let me give you shelter and time to think."

This raises a very serious question, which must be addressed. At IHOP-KC we have a few families who are literally doing just that: adopting babies, which were ones considered to be aborted, but had found families ready to take them in, or adopting children who are already placed in the orphanages. I am full of reverence toward those who have been given grace to serve in this capacity. They are the ones who are becoming the voice of the church, according to James1:27 (NIV), accepting the responsibility of an "adoptive family" to those who otherwise would be neglected or killed :

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

The very end of this documentary is worth sitting through the whole 2.5 hours. You have to see this to the last minute. It will change you.

Caution: vivid graphics, scenes with nudity. Absolutely only for adult audiences.

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