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HEY WMBI Listerners, July and August Healing the Heart Through Prayer Identical Conferences

July Healing the Heart through Prayer Training Conference
Use as a training conference or personal retreat
Monday through Wednesday, July 18-20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Bethany Baptist Church
6700 W. Gunnison Street
Harwood Heights, IL 60706

Do you carry personal pain?
Are you open to God’s healing work in your heart?
Are you willing to pray for others in need of God’s healing grace in their lives?
Training to Heal the Heart Through Prayer is a three day conference on the power of God’s grace to heal the broken areas of our hearts. You will learn how to soften your heart toward God and others, how to minister God’s healing grace to others, and how to walk with others from a place of emotional hurt to wholeness.

Healing the Heart through Prayer
A Spiritual Approach

Session One:  The heart is the heart of all relationships.

Session Two:  How pain and sin can damage our hearts.

Session Three:  Conducting our own personal heart exam.

Session Four:  Writing your heart’s autobiography.

Session Five:  Who damaged your heart and how did it happen?

Session Six:  What is your core pain?

Session Seven:  The importance of forgiving those who hurt you.

Session Eight:  Resolving our pride, moral failure and other spiritual issues.

Session Nine:  Drawing a roadmap for Bible-centered healing prayer.

Session Ten:  Using the Biblical Counseling Personal Evaluation for tough issues.

Session Eleven:  A day by day plan to continue healing for the heart.

Session Twelve:  So when am I ready to begin caring for others?

It’s training, but you are welcome to also use as a personal retreat.
Please join us for one of the training conferences this summer, expectant for God to work in your life through revival, repentance, and renewal, allowing you to reach out to others.
Conference notes provided
Lunch is on your own. Go out or bring a sack lunch.

 

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August Healing the Heart Through Prayer Training Conference

Monday through Wednesda, August 15 to 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Bethany Baptist Church
6700 W. Gunnison Street
Harwood Heights, IL 60706

Do you carry personal pain?
Are you open to God’s healing work in your heart?
Are you willing to pray for others in need of God’s healing grace in their lives?
Training to Heal the Heart Through Prayer is a three day conference on the power of God’s grace to heal the broken areas of our hearts. You will learn how to soften your heart toward God and others, how to minister God’s healing grace to others, and how to walk with others from a place of emotional hurt to wholeness.

Healing the Heart through Prayer
A Spiritual Approach

Session One:  The heart is the heart of all relationships.

Session Two:  How pain and sin can damage our hearts.

Session Three:  Conducting our own personal heart exam.

Session Four:  Writing your heart’s autobiography.

Session Five:  Who damaged your heart and how did it happen?

Session Six:  What is your core pain?

Session Seven:  The importance of forgiving those who hurt you.

Session Eight:  Resolving our pride, moral failure and other spiritual issues.

Session Nine:  Drawing a roadmap for Bible-centered healing prayer.

Session Ten:  Using the Biblical Counseling Personal Evaluation for tough issues.

Session Eleven:  A day by day plan to continue healing for the heart.

Session Twelve:  So when am I ready to begin caring for others?

It’s training, but you are welcome to also use as a personal retreat.
Please join us for one of the training conferences this summer, expectant for God to work in your life through revival, repentance, and renewal, allowing you to reach out to others.
Conference notes provided
Lunch is on your own. Go out or bring a sack lunch.

Register

It’s Never Too Late to Live Happily Ever After Marriage Conference

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Christian Life Church 3409 Grove Avenue Berwyn, IL 60402

No admission charged.
A love offering will be taken for For Keeps Ministries.

Free Lunch on site provided by Christian Life Center
Free Notes and Free Coffee Breaks

Three sessions with Dr. Bob Moeller teaching and a fourth session Question/Answer

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Do All Religions Worship the Same God? by Bob Moeller

It’s a popular bumper sticker.
It contains only one word “Co-exist.”
In large artistic lettering various symbols of the world’s great religion are all unified in an appealing call for informed tolerance and global religious harmony. The implicit message of this one word bumper sticker sermon is “Let’s all just get along because we all worship the same God.”
Who can argue with that?
While people of good-will and normal civility all should agree with the principle of religious tolerance and the practice of peaceful religious co-existence, must we embrace as well the subliminal doctrinal tenet that all religions are equal? That all religions essentially teach the same truth? That differing faiths are simply variant expressions of the same core cosmic Force we call sometimes call God?
To answer that question we as Christ followers we must first ask another question, “Is this what Jesus believed?” Did He teach that all roads lead to heaven? Did he preach the differing names for God were only a matter of semantics not substance?
If so then we as Christ-followers need to embrace and celebrate the powerful syncretistic impulses of our time. We should do on a theological level what Europe has done on a political level:  erase all our borders and announce we are all now members of one Union
But what if Jesus did not believe nor teach that we all worship the same God? What if He openly refuted the idea that all religions are the same? What if He warned that a different eternal destiny awaits those who believe anything they want to believe?
Well if Jesus rejected such ideas, then we as His followers must as well.
Regardless of how unpopular it may make us in the media, how sectarian and narrow-minded we may appear to the cultural elite, and how uncomfortable we may make politicians and theologians with a progressive agenda to drive, we must courageously resist and lovingly deny the mistaken notion that all roads lead to the same Paradise.
While such an important question is certainly deserving of a longer and more in-depth analysis of the teachings of Christ, let’s examine some of His more significant statements on the subject. We shall do our best to present them in context as well as from recognized and reliable translations of the Scripture.
Let’s start with what Jesus believed as a young child of twelve years old.
He was taken by his parent to Jerusalem for an annual religious celebration.  However on the journey back to Nazareth they discover their son is missing. That begins a frantic search that lasts three days. Finally they discover Jesus in the great Temple discussing, of all things, theology, Scripture and issues of faith with religious leaders, “Why are you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house (or about my Father’s business)?” (Luke 2:49)
Even as a child Jesus claims that He has a special relationship with the Father. He calls the Temple in Jerusalem “My Father’s house…” From that point onward He would never refer to any other place, structure, or building in such a unique and exclusive way.
Though the ancient world of His day abounded with other faiths, places to worship, and different deities such as the pantheon of gods the Greeks worshiped, the warring divines of the Romans, the Temple of Diana in Ephesus, the pyramids in Egypt the exalted Ra the Sun god, the mystery religion of Isis and Osiris, Jesus ignored them all. His focus was exclusively on His Father’s House in Jerusalem and the only Father He worshiped was found only in the pages of the Law and the Prophets.
As Jesus grew up He didn’t change His mind (though He said the day was coming when true believers would no longer worship the Father in Jerusalem alone but in spirit and in truth with Jesus as Messiah).
Did Jesus believe and teach we all worship the same God? Consider these statements made by Jesus during His three years of ministry:
“All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Matthew 11:27)
“6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14: 6-7)
42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me….44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.” John 8: 42-44
What do we learn from just these three samples of the teaching of Christ?
  1.        No one can know the true and living God except through Jesus Christ.
  2.        No one is accepted by the Father except through Jesus Christ.
  3.        No one can love the Father except if they first love Jesus Christ.
If all religions are equal in their expression of eternal truth, if all faiths ultimately drive us to the same God, if all doctrines ultimately support one cosmic expression of faith, then why did Jesus so vigorously disagree? Moreover, why did He ultimately offer His life as an atonement for sin if all other religions offer the same forgiveness and pardon albeit by a different method? If that’s true it would seem that the death of Jesus Christ was perhaps history’s most terrible and unnecessary waste of a life.
What did Jesus teach about the after-life? Did he believe we all will find ourselves in the same place regardless of the name we use for God or our understanding about the nature of salvation?
Unfortunately for our age, the message Jesus offers is far from reassuring universalism:
 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
“41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25: 31-34; 41.
Obviously, if popular thinking argues all roads lead to Paradise, Jesus suggest when He returns there are going to be some significant eternal detours.
While we need not denigrate anyone else’s religion for its apparent sincerity, moral virtues or desire for truth, if we are to follow Jesus Christ we must be intellectually honest and straightforward about what He teaches. Jesus taught that He and He alone on earth was the co-equal member of the Trinity:  Father Son, and Holy Spirit. He taught that He alone knows the Father is the only One qualified to reveal Him to us. He taught that at the end of the age He will separate the nations and peoples and only those who worship Him as Savior and Lord will enter the Kingdom of heaven.
There is much more than could be said on the topic.
But, just as driving west will not take you east, nor flying north will take you south, so will believing any religion you prefer ultimately bring you into a saving and eternal relationship with the God of Gods and Lord of Lords.
Only when we place our faith in Jesus Christ alone for His atoning sacrifice and glorious resurrection, will we come to know and enjoy an eternal relationship with the One true God and Father.
We live in a time where Christians face the intimidating pressures of political correctness, or the seemingly irenic call for theological unity to help end religious strife, or the seductive invitation to become a selfless citizen of the world committed to global religious harmony.
But, we must do what Christians in every generation have been called to do – follow Jesus Christ. That is the one road, indeed the only road that will ultimately will lead us to heaven.
by Bob Moeller

The Surprising Answer to Racial Reconciliation – The Holy Spirit

An Essay by Bob Moeller

Certainly we live in a time when people are searching for any means available to try and bridge the gulf that exists between various races in our society. Changing unjust laws, providing more economic opportunities, improving education, and engaging in more direct dialogue are all suggested. Each of these have merit – but all will ultimately fall short.

Why? As important as social change, mutual respect, and economic justice is to racial reconciliation they all fail to achieve the most important change of all – the change inside the human heart.

It is in the heart where suspicion, resentment and pride find their roots. If our hearts do not change toward one another in the end very little will actually have been accomplished.

The Bible offers a powerful answer and workable solution to the problem of unresolved racial reconciliation – it is the Holy Spirit.

In the book of Acts we are told the story of Peter who was a devout Jewish believer. He had been raised to believe that the non-Jews or Gentiles were outside the covenant of Abraham and Moses and therefore unacceptable to God. In the social practices of that day the Jews and non-Jews had very little to do with each other.

Then comes the Holy Spirit at Pentecost upon the followers of Christ. They were transformed men and women and began sharing their faith with other Jews in Jerusalem. Soon however, God was about to show them that wasn’t enough.

Everything that the apostle Peter had been raised to believe was shaken.

He was praying on a roof one day when a vision of a large sheet descending from heaven occurs. In the middle of the sheet are all the creatures he was forbidden from childhood to eat – pigs, snake, bats – you name it they were on the forbidden list.

But voice from heaven says, “Peter, get up and eat.”

That’s when the well-trained religious instincts of Peter kick into gear, “Surely not, Lord! (Imagine telling God He is behaving badly). I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

That’s when God drops the hammer on Peter’s prejudice, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

At the same time Peter is hearing all this three men arrive at the door – three Gentiles. These are not just any three men but representatives of the hated Roman Army. They have been sent by their captain  Cornelius to bring Peter back so he can share the Gospel with their leader. The Holy Spirit tells Peter directly these men are looking for you and you should go down and welcome them.

That’s when one of the most important moments in racial reconciliation occurs in the history of the church takes place. The Bible simply says, “Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.” (Acts 10:23)

Ultimately the answer to racial reconciliation in American society will be when believers, under the prompting, leadership and power of the Holy Spirit, welcome others different from themselves into their lives. The love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit will break down our suspicions, resentments, and most important – our pride and allow us to accept and love one another as we are.

Yes, there will be much past history and wrong attitudes to overcome and resolve – but it all will start to change when we welcome each other into our lives.

What a great opportunity believers in Jesus Christ have in this hour to show our confused and divided society that there is an answer to our divisions – it is none other than the Holy Spirit.

Compassion and Choices by Any Other Name is Still (Dare I say It? Murder)

by Bob Moeller, D.Min.

Surrounded by her friends and family, lionized for her “courage” by the media, and legally enabled by the progressive Oregon legislature, this last weekend a lovely young wife who suffered from brain cancer took her own life.

In our brave new lexicon of euphemisms the group who cheer-led on her self-death is calls itself Compassion and Choices (or advocates of assisted suicide as they were known in slightly more truthful times).

Doesn’t compassion and enlightenment demand we approve, if not honor this apparently rational, if not heroic, choice to end her tumor-induced seizures and migraine headaches? Isn’t her decision to end her life belonging to a morally elevated plane that we all need to arrive at soon? Aren’t there certain situations and circumstances that transcend traditional notions of morality, indeed require that we embrace suicide as the only reasonable and civilized alternative?

The answer is no – for three reasons.

1.            While taking our own life may end our suffering – it only increases the suffering of others.

As someone who has conducted and participated in their fair share of funerals throughout the decades, I bear witness to the profoundly diverse impact on the survivors that accidental and natural death creates versus deliberate and contrived death. I have come to believe, standing by the graveside, that the words “merciful” and “suicide” do not belong together in the same sentence — much less the same language.

As a grief counselor once said who was working with a family whose twenty-something son who had shot himself, “I know what the bullet did to your son, now let’s see what the bullet did to each of you.”

Indeed, suicide by whatever form it takes does something to those left behind. By its very nature whether it is pre-meditated, spontaneous or even state-sponsored, suicide always leaves a bullet in the heart of others. Though I, like millions of other Americans, did not know this young woman in Oregon personally, I am nonetheless today feeling actual pain and grief over her decision.

For though it was all but certain she would eventually succumb to her cancer she was still a human being.  Therefore by definition she had value and meaning to us all. Suicide turns a blind eye to the reality (indeed it must) of communal value. Those left behind in the human community, are always left to try deal with their own sense of survivor guilt that an intentional, premature and preventable death (even if for another 24 hours) inevitably raises.

Even strangers are left with an odd, nagging sense of failure – could I have done something? Did this have to happen? The reason we feel this way is due to the most basic and essential of all human traits – love. It is in our nature to love other humans because they are humans just like us.

I do not need to know the name and address of the child that dies of Ebola in Liberia to grieve their loss. I don’t have to have exchanged Christmas cards with the pilot of the experimental spacecraft that crashes to mourn his tragic end. I need only know all these people were once like me, living with hopeful dreams, a yearning heart, and the need to love and be loved. Am I wrong to feel their loss? What’s the alternative?  Do we really wish to live in a world where the self-death of others leaves us entirely unmoved – or worse yet, admiring?

2.            While taking our own life may release us from temporary pain – it does not release us from the ongoing responsibility our abandonment creates.

While the Oregon woman was not a mother, those parents who may choose to follow her example will leave behind children. Those children will one day ask, “How did Daddy or Mommy die?” If an honest answer can be given, assuming the child is of age to receive it, the answer must be something like, “Daddy (or Mommy) decided it was their time to die…But they were going to die anyway.”

“But didn’t he (or she) want to spend just one more day with us?”

“Well, yes, but they were having physical problems and a great deal of pain. They knew it was only going to get worse.”

While they might not ask it then, the time will come when the abandoned child, or teenager, or young adult will ask a most agonizing of question, “But didn’t they love us more than…themselves?”

Unfortunately, regardless of how noble sounding or apparently reasonable the motivations for committing suicide may be, they cannot free us from the responsibility deliberate abandonment creates. Even when death comes from natural causes children and others are often left to deal with the heart-breaking feeling of abandonment – how much more so when they discover death came by their parent’s deliberate choice.

It’s been my observation that healing and closure is much more attainable when children know that their parent did all they could to the very last hour to remain with them. Such self-sacrifice carries the implicit message, “You were more valuable to me than me.” Suicide sadly sends just the opposite message. Even adult children are often left to try and piece together the mystery of why they were of so little value to the person that helped them into the world – who then deliberately left them on their own to face it.

3.            While taking our own life may be characterized in soothing and appealing terms – it remains a euphemism for what civilizations for untold millennia have recognized as — murder.

I realize it is much too soon and much too close to this dear young woman’s death to engage in any form of brutal honesty. Indeed, showing restraint at this time is in order for the sake of all that’s decent and proper — except for one countervailing truth. The Oregon woman made a very public decision to make her death a very public statement. She clearly communicated that her decision to die by her own hand was one that others should consider emulating. The media, never one to waste a good tragedy, immediately jumped on her cover story to advance its version of progressive morality.

One can only shudder to think of the thousands of afflicted souls this day, impacted by the positive media endorsement of her suicide, who are wondering if they should make the same choice and end their own tormented existence?

Imagine the adolescent who was just spurned by their first love or who is relentlessly bullied on their way to school? How much suffering should they have to endure? What about the philandering middle-aged spouse who was just found out and now faces the humiliating loss of their reputation and family? Should they be forced to bear such emotional indignities? What about the aging retiree that just learned they have Parkinson’s? Should they be forced to sit idly by and watch their capacity to control their muscular functions degrade by the day?

The problem with justifying suicide is that there is no reasonable end to its application once the floodgates are thrown open.  Once murder by any other name is legitimized it quickly metastasizes. A generation before abortion on demand was the law of the land who could have imagined a day when “post birth abortions” became philosophically (and soon legally) admissible?

The late philosopher Francis Schaeffer warned of the perils of “death by someone else’s choice.” He foresaw in the 1970’s a future world where once murder was cleansed of its moral stigma sorrow and horror could only follow. Even if death is at our own hand, once we label it something other than what it truly is, the way is cleared to truly unimaginable consequences.

In conclusion, it is not for lack of compassion or enlightenment that societies have traditionally stigmatized and rejected suicide. It is because by they have recognized that by its very nature suicide is the antithesis of compassion and rational choice.

The bullet of suicide, regardless of the reason it is fired, mercilessly pierces the hearts of all. It is for that reason, and multiplicity of others, God said, “You shall not murder.” While the grace of God can forgive suicide, the act of taking our own lives is never to be celebrated.

 

 

Listen to Bob & Cheryl on Chris Fabry Live! (11-21) – Download the Free Personal Heart Exam

Bob and Cheryl joined Chris Faby on Chris Fabry Live! on Thursday, November 21,
for both hours. Chris’ backyard fence is syndicated and listened to around the world.
We were talking with Chris about our new book, Getting Your Husband to Talk to You and
mentioned our free heart exam inventory you can download at no cost right here. Click here

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