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Praise Be to the Lord Jesus

Hawa Ahmed was a Moslem student. One day, she read a Christian tract in her dormitory, and decided to become a Christian. Her father was an Islamic ruler, so she expected to lose her inheritance because of her conversion.

She was completely unprepared for what really happened: when she told her family that she had become a Christian and changed her name to Faith, her father exploded in rage. Her father and brothers stripped her naked and bound her to a chair fixed to a metal plate with which they wanted to electrocute her. Faith asked them to at least lay a Bible in her lap.

Her father responded "If you want to die together with your false religion, so be it." One of her brothers added "That will show that your religion is powerless."  

Although they had bound her, she was able to touch a corner of the Bible. She felt a strange peace, as though someone were standing beside her. Her father and brothers pushed the plug into the socket -- and nothing happened. They tried four times with various cables, but it was as though the electricity refused to flow.

Finally, her father, angry and frustrated, hit her and screamed "You are no longer my daughter." Then he threw his daughter out into the street, naked. She ran through the streets, humiliated and in pain. Shaking and tearful, she ran to a friend. People looked at her, curious rather than shocked. Her friend let her in, clothed her and gave her shelter.

The next day, her friend asked neighbors what they had thought when they had seen Faith running naked through the streets. "What are you talking about?" they asked. "The girl had a wonderful white dress on. We asked ourselves why someone so beautifully clothed had to run through the streets."

God had hidden her nakedness from their eyes, clothing her in a beautiful white dress. Today, Faith is in full-time Christian ministry.


Facts About the Bible

Longest Chapter -- Psalms 119
Shortest Chapter -- Psalms 117
Centre Chapter -- Psalms 118
Chapters before Psalm 118 -- 594 Chapters
Chapters after Psalm 118 -- 594 Chapters
Total chapters in the Bible -- 1188 (594+1+594)
Centre Verse -- Psalms 118:8
Psalm 118:8 -- It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
Most Comforting Chapters -- Psalms 23, John: 14
Love Chapter -- 1 Corinthians 13
Faith Chapter -- Hebrews 11
New Testament Formation -- Acts 2
Alike Chapters -- 2 Kings 19, and Isaiah 37
Longest Verse -- Esther 8:9
Shortest Verse -- John 11:35
Most Precious Verse -- John 3:16
Saddest Verse -- Mark 15:34
Grandest Verse -- Romans 8:11
Number of Authors -- 40
The Garden verse -- Num. 11:5
The Metal verse -- Ezek. 22:19
Word "God" occurs -- 4,370 times
Word "Jehovah" occurs -- 6,855 times
Word "Lord" occurs -- 7,736 times
English Bible published first-- 1380 A.D.
Divisions of the Chapters made first -- 1227 A.D.
Longest Word -- Maher-shalal-hash-baz (Isaiah 8:1)
The Greatest Word -- JESUS
Words appears only once in the Bible -- Reverend (Psalms 111:9), Eternity (Isaiah 57:15) and Grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5).

The system of chapters was introduced in A.D. 1238 by Cardinal Hugo de S. Caro, while the verse notations were added in 1551 by Robertus Stephanus, after the advent of printing.

A Bible in the University of Gottingen is written on 2,470 palm leaves.

According to statistics from Wycliffe International, the Society of Gideons, and the International Bible Society, the number of new Bibles that are sold, given away, or otherwise distributed in the United States is about 168,000 per day.

The Bible can be read aloud in 70 hours.

There are 8,674 different Hebrew words in the Bible, 5,624 different
Greek words, and 12,143 different English words in the King James Version.

A number of verses in the Bible (KJV) contain all but 1 letter of the alphabet:
Ezra 7:21 contains all but the letter j;
Joshua 7:24, 1 Kings 1:9, 1 Chronicles 12:40, 2 Chronicles 36:10, Ezekiel 28:13,
Daniel 4:37, and Haggai 1:1 contain all but q;
2 Kings 16:15 and 1 Chronicles 4:10 contain all but z;
and Galatians 1:14 contains all but k.

Father of 88 Children -- Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11:21)
God using barber on enemies -- Isaiah 7:20
Seven women want same man -- Isaiah 4:1
God had a wash pot -- Moab (Psalms 60:6-8)
Ancient Milk Bottle -- Judges 4:19
First left handed man -- Ehud (Judges 3:15)


Top Ten Ways to Inspire Other to be Their Best
By Michael Angier

We all know people who are inspiring. But just how does one inspire others? Here are ten simple ways you can inspire people to be their best:

1. Be a good example. People watch what you do more than they listen to what you say. Be someone worth emulating.

2. Care about others. People don't care about how much you know until they know how much you care. Ask questions. Take a genuine interest in people.

3. Encouragement. Everyone goes through tough times. When you support people and encourage them through these times, you'll
be inspiring them to see the best in themselves and in the situation.

4. Be inspired yourself. Look for people, ideas, environments and knowledge that you find inspiring and motivating.

5. Share from your own experience. You have more to share than you realize. Mine the rich experiences of your life and share your wisdom from your unique point of view. You may be the only one who can touch someone with your inspiring message.

6. Be vulnerable. Be willing to share your failures as well as your successes. Others will relate to you. They'll understand that they're not the only ones with challenges.

7. Tell stories. Facts tell and stories sell. They inspire, too. We learn best from parables and we all need to develop our own inspiring stories.

8. Be a good communicator. Increasing your ability to communicate effectively is a critical element for you to inspire others. Watch how you speak and what you say. Invest in your communication skills.

9. Challenge people. Many of us have had teachers who at times seemed more like tormentors than mentors. They challenged us to do our best, and we were better for it. Practice "carefrontation"--the careful and caring confrontation of others.

10. Read. It may not follow that all readers are leaders, but certainly all leaders are readers. Stay informed. Share what you read with others. Tell people about books that have inspired you. Share the knowledge.


The Devil's Beatitudes
This one will make you stop and shudder!

If the devil were to write his beatitudes, they would probably go something like this:

1. Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend an hour once a week with their fellow Christians - they are my best workers.

2. Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked - I can use them.

3. Blessed are the touchy who stop going to church - they are my missionaries

4. Blessed are the trouble makers - they shall be called my children.

5. Blessed are the complainers - I'm all ears to them.

6. Blessed are those who are bored with the minister's mannerisms and mistakes - for they get nothing out of his sermons.

7. Blessed is the church member who expects to be invited to his own church - for he is a part of the problem instead of the solution.

8. Blessed are those who gossip -- for they shall cause strife and division - that pleases me.

9. Blessed are those who are easily offended - for they will soon get angry and quit.

10. Blessed are those who do not give their offering to carry on God's work - for they are my ! helpers.

11. Blessed is he who professes to love God but hates his brother and sister - for he shall be with me forever.


Iraq in the Bible

Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But, do you know which nation is second? It is Rag! However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible. The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar and Mesopotamia. the word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The name Iraq, means country with deep roots. Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible. Here's why:

Eden was in Iraq - Gen. 2:10-14
Adam & Eve were created in Iraq - Gen 2:7-8
Satan made his first recorded appearance in Iraq - Gen 3:1-6
Nimrod established Babylon and the tower of Babel was built in Iraq - Gen 10:8-9, 11:1-4.
The confusion of languages took place in Iraq - Gen 11:5-ll
Abraham came from a city in Iraq - Gen 11:3l, Acts 7:2-4
Isaac's bride came from Iraq.- Gen. 24, 3-4, 10.
Jacob spent twenty years in Iraq - Gen 27:42-45, 31-38
The first world empire was in Iraq - Daniel 1:1, 2; 2:36-38
The greatest revival was in a city in Iraq - Jonah 3
The events of the book of Esther took place in Iraq - Esther
The book of Nahum was a prophecy against a city in Iraq. Nahum
The book of Revelation has prophecies against Babylon which was the old name of the nation of Iraq - Rev. 17, 18.

No other nation except Israel has more history and prophecy associated with it than Iraq.

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" Ps. 122:6; Their king, 1 Tim 2:1-4 "That they might be saved" Rom. 10:1; "Thy will be done on earth" Lk 11:4.

Pray for the people of Iraq. 1 Tim. 2:1; Their king, vs 2-4; That they might be saved"
2 Peter 3:9; "Thy will be done on earth" Lk 11:4.

If you would like to study this more go to the web site - http://www.logosresourcepages.org/iraq.htm.


Who Makes a Difference in Your Life?

You don't actually have to take the quiz. Just read it straight through, and you'll get the point (an awesome one) that it is trying to make!

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headlines of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

Easier?

The lesson:   The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.  They are the ones that care.
 


Unfailing Love

The story is told of an arranged marriage between "Saravanan" and a young woman named "Savithri". When Saravanan lifted the veil from his bride after the ceremony, he was shocked and disgusted. The woman's face had been scarred by smallpox.

After that, Saravanan had as little to do with his wife as possible. She tried her best to make him happy; she worked hard at home, hoping her husband would eventually accept her. But he remained coldly indifferent to all her expressions of affection. Savithri lived almost like a widow.

After fifteen years of this sham marriage, Saravanan began to lose vision in both eyes. A doctor told him he would go completely blind if he didn't have a cornea transplant. But the operation was expensive and there was a long waiting list.

Savithri began to work long hours in the evening making straw hats for extra money. One day, Saravanan was informed that someone's corneas had been made available for him. He rushed to the hospital to have the operation.

After he had recovered, he grudgingly decided to see his wife Savithri so he could thank her for raising the money. When he turned her bowed head so she could look at him, Saravanan gasped. She stared at him with sightless eyes, the corneas gone.

Overcome with emotion, he sank at her feet and sobbed. And then for the first time in their marriage he whispered her name: Savithri!

Jesus longs for a relationship with those who have been indifferent to Him for so long. He longs for us to finally whisper His name as our Savior. He was willing to sacrifice not only His eyes, but His whole body to suffer and die for our sins, paid our debt in full and rose again to become our Savior. If you are not sure you are going to heaven pray something like this right now. Dear God, I know I too have sinned and ought to pay the debt myself. I believe You that Jesus suffered and died for my sins, paid my debt in full and rose again. Lord Jesus, right now I believe on You and receive You as my personal Savior and trust you to give me a new birth and take me to heaven.

If you have already received Him as Your Savior and know you are going to heaven call Him by name, "Lord Jesus, thank you for saving me and I love you and present myself to You to use me for Your glory. In Jesus name.
 


Paid in Full

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. As graduation day approached the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study and told him how proud he was to he such a fine son, and how much he loved him. He then handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box. Inside was a Bible and on the cover the young man's name was embossed in gold letters. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your money, you give me a Bible?" Then the young man stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible behind.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He also had a beautiful home and wonderful family. Realizing his father was becoming very old, the young man thought perhaps he should visit him. He had not seen his father since that graduation day. But before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father passed away willing all his possessions to his son.

As the young man arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. When he began searching through his father's important papers, he saw the still new Bible just as he had left it years ago. Tearful, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matt. 7:11. "And if ye, being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father which is in Heaven, give to those who ask Him?" As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the same dealer's name, which had the sports car he had desired. On the tag also was the date of his graduation, and the words...PAID IN FULL.

How many times do we miss God's blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?

 

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