Preacher Michael Guglielmucci faked terminal illness

I’m deeply saddened to report that a hoax has been exposed in the Christian church. Preacher Michael Guglielmucci, who I have blogged about here, and who wrote the tremendous song “Healer” while allegedly suffering through terminal cancer, has admitted that he faked his terminal illness. This must be shaking the foundation at Hillsong Church and Planetshakers, where he ministered.

I’m praying for Mr. Guglielmucci and his family as he seeks counseling for this. But I’m hurting for all of the terminally ill people who were so inspired by his story, and who are now having to deal with this unfortunate reality. Of course, I’m happy he isn’t dying of cancer. But he has now hurt thousands of people with this lie.
Here is the news story – Click Here

Angels Sighted!!

I have a new blogging aquaintence. His name is Fred McKinnon, and he is also a worship leader. He has a tremendous blog and I have found myself visiting it often in recent days. But he has a guest blogger that has posted the most amazing account of seeing angels and being touched in a very personal way by the Lord! It moved me so much that it led me to post about it here so you all could go and read it! Simply AMAZING! Below are the links that will take you to the two blog posts. The story is long and is split into two different posts. But I promise you… if you are a Christian, you want to read this!

God’s richest blessings on you guys! Here are the links!

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Our Daily Bread devotional – True Trust

May 14, 2008
True Trust

READ: John 9:1-11

Neither this man nor his parents sinned,
but that the works of God should be
revealed in him. —John 9:3

If you didn’t know him, you might think Nick Vujicic has everything going for him. Nick has never had a sore arm. He’s never had knee problems. He’s never smashed his finger in a door, stubbed his toe, or banged his shin against a table leg.

But that’s because Nick doesn’t have a shin. Or a toe. Or a finger. Or a knee. Or an arm. Nick was born with no arms and no legs. Before you begin to feel sorry for Nick, read his words. “God won’t let anything happen to us in our life unless He has a good purpose for it all. I completely gave my life to Christ at the age of 15 after reading John 9. Jesus said that the reason the man was born blind was ‘so that the works of God may be revealed through him.’ . . . I now see that glory revealed as He is using me just the way I am and in ways others can’t be used.” Nick travels the world to spread the gospel and love of Jesus.

Nick says, “If I can trust in God with my circumstances, then you can trust in God with your circumstances. . . . The greatest joy of all is having Jesus Christ in my life and living the godly purpose He has for me.”

Can we say that? Can we look beyond our limitations and have the same trust in God that transformed a man with no arms or legs into a missionary for Jesus?

Dave Branon

Lord, shape my life as only You can,
Guiding each day by Your loving plan;
Take what You need and give what You will;
My life is Yours to use and to fill. —Branon

Trusting God turns problems into opportunities.

This morning…

Are you hurting this morning?

Are you wondering how much more you can take?

If you are, you are not alone. Many of us woke up this morning with heavy hearts, and tear-swollen faces, wondering how we are going to manage another full day of, what could be, more stress and more pain. To all of us who are feeling like the weight of the world is on our shoulders this morning, I offer life-changing words of hope. I would like to direct your attention to His Word.


Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

28Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

My prayer this morning is that we would all take the Lord’s “yoke” or “teaching” upon us, and that we would trust Him in everything He says to us through His Word.

Deep~

The Nevertheless Of Obedience

By Mark Rutland

We often labor under the burdensome illusion that all obedience must be joyful. “Be crucified upside down? Oh, thank You, Lord. Gladly, Lord. Ha, ha, what could be better?”

Don’t be absurd. There are places to which He leads or calls us, burdens He may ask us to heft and obligations so strenuous that they make no more sense to us than fishing in the daylight did to Peter.

It is, despite what they say, permissible to explain things to God. Apparently Jesus did not understand the situation, and Peter took pains to clarify it for Him. You can, too. God will let you talk.

“Lord, I know You said to invite my neighbor to church, but he is an atheist–a very disagreeable atheist.”

“Lord, I know You said to forgive my mother-in-law, but You have not met my mother-in-law.”

“Stand up and walk? Can’t You see, Lord, that my legs are twisted and useless?

“God is big. He is neither destroyed nor dissuaded by our objections, complaints and explanations. Tell Him all about it.

When you are completely finished, however, and He just sits there in the other end of the boat staring at you, a decision must be made. God will listen, but He will never argue. He just sits there trailing His finger in the water while He studies your face. He has told you what to do. You have told Him why it makes no sense. Now, what do you say?

The bridge between our discouragement and God’s will is “nevertheless,” and on the other side are the bulging nets of His bounty. The “nevertheless” of naked obedience unlocks more miracles than we can imagine.

When Peter pulled up the nets, they were miraculously filled. This is not to say that we should try to hold God to a bargain. “All right, I’ll obey, but these nets better be full!”

Nonsense! He speaks; we obey-period. Having said that, however, it must be added that obedience unlocks miracles. Frequently, the more unlikely the command, the greater the miracle.

Do not look at the sun on the lake or at the improbability of the catch. Look beneath the surface. See with the eyes of faith, and throw out the net. First comes “nevertheless.” Then comes the miracle.

There will come a point, sometimes an excruciatingly painful point, where we, in one end of the boat, will stare into the steady eyes of Christ as He sits calmly in the other end and summons us to acts of obedience, ministry or sacrifices that fly in the face of all natural reason. These will never be the mad impulses of the emotionally unbalanced. Some misguided soul with a religious spirit will occasionally wade out to his death and leave a note on the shore claiming God told him to walk on water. That’s the nevertheless not of faith, but of presumption.

When mature, seasoned saints have wrestled through and gotten a word from God, when they have said it all, argued with God, offered up all their objections and God is still steadfast, then only one word will serve to move from reluctance to action. Remember, you do not have to understand it or relish it, or even like it. You just have to cast the net anyway.

Been hearing from God for a tough and seemingly unrealistic task? Be of good comfort. You are in good company.

Moses was a speech-impaired octogenarian when God called him back to Egypt where there was a price on his head. Abraham was a married man with obligations when God called him to leave it all without even knowing the destination. David Wilkerson was the pastor of a rural church with no inner-city experience when God called him to work with gangs in New York City. And no one, not even a nun named Teresa, wanted to care for the filthy, terminally ill of India.

“Lord, Peter was different from us.”

“No, he wasn’t.”

“What about Joshua? He was different, right?”

“Wrong.”

“Paul?”

“Nope.”

“Elijah?”

“Just like you.”

“Well, why did they get all those miracles?”

“Because when I commanded, they answered.”

“What did they say, Lord?”

“NEVERTHELESS.”

When you are too tired, too old, too young, too impoverished, or too bound up by obligations to obey a calling of God, let Him hear all about it. Tell Him about your long, dark night of fruitless fishing. Tell Him that your back hurts and your arms are sore, and that, anyway, fish don’t bite in the daytime on your particular lake and that you are surprised He doesn’t know that. Tell Him all that.

Then look into His wonderful, calm, unruffled eyes and say:

“Nevertheless, at Thy word…”

Prayer Request

For the Christians who read my blog, I plead for your prayers tonight. My daughter Emily is in distress, and trouble. I will not go into details here, but it’s serious and could be life-threatening. Please pray for her. She is my baby girl and I am a crying father tonight.

Our Daily Bread – Daily Devotion

April 21, 2008

Long before the US professional baseball season begins each spring, team owners and managers are busy negotiating trades and contracts. They’ll pay large sums of money to get the athlete who will help them win the championship. When the season starts, all eyes are on the newly acquired talent to see if he was worth the cost. The ultimate measure of the player’s success is whether his contribution to the team is a good return on the investment.

In 1 Corinthians 6:20, Paul reminds us that we too have been “bought at a price.” The context paints a compelling picture of Christ’s great sacrifice. He liberated us from the cruel slavemaster of sin by buying us with the high price of His own life.

Getting a grip on God’s great and loving investment in us should motivate us to gladly consider making His sacrifice rich in dividends. How is that return on His investment measured? By living to bring glory to Him! Our eyes, hands, feet, thoughts, dreams, and desires have been purchased to reflect the wondrous glory of God’s will and wisdom. In other words, we are no longer our own.

Paul concluded, “Therefore glorify God in your body” (v.20). Living to reflect His glory is the return on investment that makes the Owner of our lives look good! — Joe Stowell

Redemption’s price our Savior paid
When all our sins on Him were laid;
He took our guilt, He bore our shame
That we may glorify His name. —D. De Haan

Our choice to bring glory to God yields a great return on Christ’s investment.