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A Breath of Fresh Air
A Merry Heart
A Woman's World
A Word in Season
Acting Up
As I Imitate Christ
Cyber Walk
Faith Seekers
Golden Apples
Heaven Bound
Just Between Men
Take it to Heart
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The Joy of Family
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The Rhythm of Life
The Treehouse
Through Their Eyes
'Tis the Season
We Are the Church
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From the Editor-
Corinne Smelker
A Word In Season
Featured Article
Why Do I Want The Anointing?
By Cori Smelker

How many times have you asked, or prayed, "Lord, please anoint me?" I know I have. And yet, what is the anointing, why do we want it, and why would the Lord bestow it on us in the first place? Do I want the anointing just to look good? If so, why would He anoint me?

The anointing and the presence of the Lord are one and the same. Acts 10:38 says, "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him." (emphasis mine.)

We can see here His anointing equals His presence. "Oh, but that was Jesus, of course he was anointed" some people say. Let’s look at someone in the Old Testament who carried the anointing.

Genesis 39:2, "The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered and he lived in the house of the Egyptian master." (emphasis mine.)

Joseph was in the most godless environment possible; and yet even Potiphar sensed something different about this slave, and verse two was the key, "The Lord was with Joseph…" Verse three says, "…the Lord gave him success…" How did He give him success? Joseph was a slave, unable to own anything, he had no rights, and yet he was a success. What did Potiphar see? He saw the anointing, the presence of the Lord.

1. The Lord anoints us in order to do something.

Jesus was anointed to do good, heal the sick and free the oppressed. Joseph was anointed to be a great administrator so he could eventually become second in command, and provide for his family.

Why would God invest His anointing on us if we give poor returns? If you had a million dollars to invest and a person came to you and said,...

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Be Careful What You Pray For
By Kate Maddox
 
My Bible study group was doing a 9-week course on the fruit of the Spirit: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV.)

We were on week four — patience. This is a fruit that is not always found in my basket. In fact, it is very rarely in season at my house. It doesn’t take much to get me to lose my patience. My daughter can’t find her shoes when we are leaving the house. Someone cuts me off on the highway. There’s only one checker at the grocery store. Standing in line anywhere.

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Greatest Cause for Rejoicing
By Roberta J. Kittrell

"Rejoicing" is one of those words with which we "church people" have become quite familiar. Yet, I have found that many of us don't really know its full meaning. "Rejoice" and its derivatives appear in Scripture over 280 times, depending upon which translation you are using. Inasmuch as I know neither Hebrew, Greek, nor Aramaic, I resorted to searching English dictionaries and thesauruses.

One first encounters difficulty with the "re" of "rejoicing." The "re" infers "again." Further study shows that there is a verb "joy" which is defined as "to experience great pleasure or delight: rejoice"; and has two archaic meanings: to gladden or enjoy (Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary 1963).

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FEATURED SERIES
Word of GodDay One: "Our Father, who is in Heaven"
By Brian Thompson

Matthew 6: 9-13 "When You pray, say…"

Jesus did not simply say ‘pray this prayer’. He said ‘pray like this’. This is not a form to be followed just because it came from Jesus’ lips. It is a prayer of intense and concentrated power. It is not intended simply to tell us what we should pray. It also tells us how and why. Though its wisdom and depth mean you can use this prayer when you do not know what else to do, it is above all an education into what matters to God. It has His priorities and carries the perspective of eternity. Try focusing on one key element of this prayer each day and see what happens. It can condition what you bring in to your meeting with God, and also what you expect to come away with.

Probably the most remarkable thing about this prayer is how it begins. Its first two words unite the whole world of believers and the whole world of God. Remember who prayed this prayer first. If any one could claim a unique exclusive relationship with God it was Jesus. He knew Him in ways the disciples could not possibly understand: He was to God what no one else could ever be (until His death and resurrection). Yet He does not say ‘My Father.’ He says ‘our Father.’ At the doorway to this prayer we are invited into this shared relationship. We do not enter to Jesus. We enter with Jesus.

Because this prayer is born from a shared relationship, it encompasses ‘we’ not ‘me.’ When you pray like this you are stepping out into a world of friends, family and fellow-soldiers, each of whom stands with you on exactly the same ground, with exactly the same access and exactly the same right of approach to God. You cannot pray this prayer and stand alone.

The instrumentalist may follow his individual score and feel that the whole weight of the concert rests upon his shoulders. But the truth is he is a part of the whole and is surrounded by a huge chorus of instruments of different shapes, sizes and sounds, all working together.

Your one voice joins with every other voice that ever has — or ever will — reach out across the bridge of Christ’s workmanship on the cross and dares to say ‘Not any God...but a Father, and not just my Father...our Father.’ He is not just ‘Abraham’s God’... or ‘David’s God’... or ‘Samuel’s God’... or ‘Peter’s God’… or ‘Mary’s God’... or ‘Thomas’s God’... or ‘Priscilla’s God.’ He is not even ‘My God’... He is our God.

Everything He has ever been for any of them, He is for me. Anything He has done for any of them He can do for me. Anything He has done with any of them He can do with me. He is ours! On the gospel railway there is no First and Second class, all travel together. Honesty compels the admission that some know Him better because some travel more closely. Some are more gifted, some have a greater anointing and some will achieve more in the kingdom. But that only relates to what God chooses to do with us. What He chooses to be to us is the same for every one of us. To each and every one He is ...’Our Father’.

The moment I begin this prayer I am the same to God as any of His own. No one is loved more than me and no one matters more than me. I do not have to push and jostle to get His attention, nor sweat and struggle to win His approval. I am one of all the family, past present and future. And the moment I begin this prayer I cannot exclude any one of the rest of the family. Their needs are not less than mine, just as their cries are not louder in God’s ears than mine. Everything I have from God in Jesus is shared. I own nothing exclusively, I hold everything jointly, together with them. These two words govern both my relationship to God and my relationship to my brothers and sisters. Both the ones I know and the ones I have never met. And all these relationships depend, not on who I am, but on who He is. He is our Father.

Coming in June – Day Two, "May your name be honoured"
Brian Thompson is from England, married to Vi who is a teacher and has 3 children. He works as an IFA but would really like to finish his book! You can write to Brian through the Letters page of this magazine.