I have just been reviewing some new material for our veterans ministry; This is a program especially designed to teach individuals with memory issues how to easily memorize biblical scriptures.
Below is a video by John Piper in reference to how important it is for us to know the scriptures. I personally do not agree with the Calvinist, nor their theology. But what John Piper is saying here is mainly common sense, not the Calvinist Doctrine.
Note: John Piper is only giving an endorsement, he is not affiliated with this memorization program, it was developed by the two time world champion of memorization.
Combat Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress, have serious issues with memory, Gulf War Veterans suffering from Gulf War Illness have a much higher degree of memory loss due to the many toxins which they were exposed to in 1990-91′.
Why Memorize Scripture – John Piper: http://youtu.be/lLQHP8vtWt4
On the website for the lesson(s) program, which I am greatly praying over purchasing, it is very clear that we fall into one of two categories;
1. We have our whole lives had problems memorizing anything.
2. It is scientifically, and medically proven the older we get, if we have lagged in using the part of our brains that control memorization, we will have an extremely hard time later in life training our brains to do well in this area.
“Faith comes through hearing; and hearing comes through the Word of God.”
In my calling from God our Father; Abba. I am above all things striving daily to be obedient unto His will, and not the will of this world. I am seeking your prayers not only first for my obedience, but secondly, that we, through Abba will be able to save lives of our nation’s heroes. who are struggling daily in their “War at Home”. I have a direct and personal connection to these men and women who wrote a blank check to this nation, up to and encluding the giving of their lives in military service.
What they did not sign up for, and so shamefully in no way deserve is their need for help, and our government turning it’s back on these volunteer warriors, ever day, all across our great nation.
Our ministry is simply introducing our troops to Jehovah-Rapha; “God whom heals”!
When I returned from Operation Desert Shield / Storm 1990-91′, I ran from my problems for five years, then I was “introduced” for a better lack of words to the VA Medical Center, over a period of years I seen many veterans die from their treatment, or lack of treatment.
Having been a Christian since 77′, I finally did what I should have done years before? I feel on my knees in reverent prayer to the Lord; Christ Jesus, my redeemer….”The Healer of Healers”, and He saved my life!
In turn, in 2010′ I surrendered unto His calling for me to enter His ministry to help, aid, and assist my Comrades in the only way to a truly better life, through Christ!
Note: I did not state in any way or form, that Christ has promised His followers that we would forever live under a dome of joy, without trials or tribulations, but quite the opposite. For once we surrendered our lives unto Christ, we have literally built a fire under Satan’s rear….and he and his league of demon’s have just declared you “enemy number one”! He and his wisdom in deception have placed a target upon you, your family, friends, and any, and every single thing in your life which has importance to you, but moreover the things which Satan feels he can break your faith with. Earthy things, as my former pastor and long time mentor referred to as “stuff”! We came into this world naked, and as Bro. Bob Pitman says, quote: “the first person we ever met, and hadn’t even been properly introduced slapped our bottom and we cried, and we are going out of this world naked, and most of us in tears.” (end quote). We own nothing, it doesn’t matter if you pick up beer cans for a living, or if your name is Warren Buffet, everything is the property of the Almighty God! The earth is his footstool!
I have been blessed by my trials and tribulations, this week in Connection Class; Dr. Mike Day said, quote: “you are coming out of a storm, in the middle of a storm, or you are headed straight into one”, end quote., and Amen Bro. Mike!
The moral of Bro. Mike’s example is, every time we come through a spiritual battle steadfast in faith in Christ Jesus we are stronger! And until the Lord calls us home, or we are living where the Rapture accrues (the second coming of Jesus), we will remain in spiritual warfare nearly daily!
So, I have made a salmon promise unto God, that I well knew, He owed me NOTHING, and I owed Him my everything. So many folks come up with this off the wall ideas or theology that God owes us our Salvation because we believe? That is the furtherist thing in this world from the truth, but it is what Satan would have you believe.
God loves every single person on the face of the earth the same, and that is called Agape LOVE, the highest form of all love. But this neither will save your soul. Salvation is… now listen closely, a “gift”, the most precious gift we could ever be offered, yes, offered. For this gift is offered unto every single soul in this reached world, and it is offered by Christ Jesus, by His most sacred blood which ran down that old rugged cross upon the hill of Calvary! But..we must afirm this “gift”, and we must do so by the repentance of our sins, crying out unto God, acknowledging that we BELEIVE with everything we are in that He sent His ONLY begotten son for God’s love of all men, brethren, listen to these verses, for this is ALL mans first step unto eternal life!
“For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that he might be just, and the just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
~Romans 3:23-26~ KJV
Please continue to pray for the souls of our military men and women still fighting the war at home. Love on them every single chance you get, and just try to lift up their day. For I assure you brethren, there days are wreched, form dawn to dusk, and I know that all they need to understand, and be made clear. The ONE thing that will help them through this day is, to; “LEAN ON JESUS!” If you have a friend, a family member, a coworker, or just someone in your community whom you care about? Please don’t wait until the shadow of the death passes over them, please don’t. I have lost so many so many beloved brothers in arms, not on only the battlefield, but ten times as many after returning home.
It will not cost anyone a red cent to reach out to us. Here am I Lord, send me.
Adam “Tracy” Smith; Co-Founder
Dying To Live
Veterans Outreach Ministries