Why I Left the Apostolic Pentecostal Church

Why I Left the Apostolic Pentecostal Church.


Posted April 6, 2014 by GOCLAP in daily living

Is It Love Or Burden?   Leave a comment

Once upon a time, when cars were only for rich people and life had fewer commodities than today, there was a young eight year old boy named John who, from birth, had lived with crippled legs and feet. Unable to move about with much liberty, it was the task of his elder brother Matthew to carry him for half-an-hour to school every day where they studied together. Whether hot or cold, sunny or rainy, ten year old Matthew was always to be found with John on his shoulders.
Along the cobbled country lane which Matthew strode to bring young John to class, there lived an elderly couple who watched the two go by their cottage day by day. In summer they would give the boys cool lemonade to drink and in the winter, a hot potato for them to put in their trouser pockets so that their legs wouldn’t go numb with the bitter cold on the way to school. As they left the couple’s cottage, Matthew and John always remembered to say, “Thank you, sir. Thank you, miss.” Mrs. George was particularly overwhelmed by their constant thankfulness and jovial spirit. For her, the boys were like the grandchildren she had never had. “They don’t make lads like that anymore, Jack,” she said to her husband.
Although the words shared amongst the boys and the Georges tended to be sparse, on one snowy and dark December morning, Matthew looked a little downcast. His sniffles and sneezes and watery eyes showed that he had caught the cold. He blew his nose incessantly and at times had to let John down off his back to take the hanky out of his hand-held leather schoolbag.
Needless to say, the boys were advancing slower than usual. As they passed the old couple’s house, Mr. and Mrs. George offered the brothers a steaming cup of tea. But that day they had to refuse. “No thank you, miss. Not today.” School started at quarter-past seven. They had ten minutes to make a twenty minute journey. There would be trouble with the professor and trouble back home.
Recalling that cold winter morning, Mr. George felt compelled to ask Matthew a heart-to-heart question in the mid-June summer when John had to stay home with a bad dose of fever.
“Why are you alone today, boy?” Mr. George asked.
“It’s John, sir. He’s sick. He has to stay with mum. But he’s going to be alright. The doctor says he’ll be as fit as a fiddle next week,” replied Matthew.
“Boy, I’ve been meaning to ask you something. You carry your younger brother around on your shoulders all year round and I’ve never heard you utter so much as a word of complaint. At times, is the burden not too heavy to carry? Do you ever get tired of having to take care of him?”
“Sir,” answered Matthew, “John’s not a burden. John’s my brother.”
“Very well, boy. Off you go, now. Have a good day at school,” commented Mr. George.
As Matthew marched off into the distance, tears welled up in old Jack’s eyes. His stoic appearance had been overcome with floods of compassion and a tight knot in his throat. Mrs. George, coming from the kitchen, found him with his head bowed in the living room. “Jack, what is it?” she asked.
“He’s not a burden. He’s my brother,” replied Mr. George, “He’s not a burden. He’s my brother.”
For some strange reason, Mrs. George knew understood exactly what old Jack was referring to. She took her husband’s tear-stained hands to her lips, saying, “Dear, you have never been a burden for me. And I hope I have never been one for you. Where love is at work, all burdens disappear and count as nothing.”
Article written by Will Graham

Posted March 26, 2014 by GOCLAP in daily living

What if the missing Malaysian plane is never found?   Leave a comment

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The plane must be somewhere. But the same can be said for Amelia Earhart’s.
Ten days after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared with 239 people aboard, an exhaustive international search has produced no sign of the Boeing 777, raising an unsettling question: What if the airplane is never found?
Such an outcome, while considered unlikely by many experts, would certainly torment the families of those missing. It would also flummox the airline industry, which will struggle to learn lessons from the incident if it doesn’t know what happened.
While rare nowadays, history is not short of such mysteries — from the most famous of all, American aviator Earhart, to planes and ships disappearing in the so-called Bermuda Triangle.
“When something like this happens that confounds us, we’re offended by it, and we’re scared by it,” said Ric Gillespie, a former U.S. aviation accident investigator who wrote a book about Earhart’s still-unsolved 1937 disappearance over the Pacific Ocean. “We had the illusion of control and it’s just been shown to us that oh, folks, you know what? A really big airliner can just vanish. And nobody wants to hear that.”
Part of the problem, said Andrew Thomas, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Transportation Security, is that airline systems are not as sophisticated as many people might think. A case in point, he said, is that airports and airplanes around the world use antiquated radar tracking technology, first developed in the 1950s, rather than modern GPS systems.
A GPS system might not have solved the mystery of Flight 370, which disappeared March 8 while flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. But it would probably have given searchers a better read on the plane’s last known location, Thomas said.
“There are lots of reasons why they haven’t changed, but the major one is cost,” he said. “The next-generation technology would cost $70 to $80 billion in the U.S.”
Experts say the plane’s disappearance will likely put pressure on airlines and governments to improve the way they monitor planes, including handoff procedures between countries. Flight 370 vanished after it signed off with Malaysian air-traffic controllers, and never made contact with their Vietnamese counterparts as it should have.
And if the plane is never found, liability issues will be a huge headache for courts. With no wreckage, it would be difficult to determine whether the airline, manufacturers or other parties should bear the brunt of responsibility.
“The international aviation legal system does not anticipate the complete disappearance of an aircraft,” said Brian Havel, a law professor and director of the International Aviation Law Institute at DePaul University in Chicago. “We just don’t have the tools for that at present.”
The families of the missing, of course, would face the most painful consequences of a failed search.
“In any kind of death, the most important matter for relatives and loved ones is knowing the context and circumstances,” said Kevin Tso, the chief executive of New Zealand agency Victim Support, which has been counseling family and friends of the two New Zealand passengers aboard the flight. “When there’s very little information, it’s very difficult.”
Tso said the abundance of speculation about the plane’s fate in the media and elsewhere is not helpful to the families, who may be getting false hope that their loved ones are still alive.
It has been nearly 50 years since a plane carrying more than two dozen people vanished without a trace, according to a list of unexplained aviation disappearances tracked by the Flight Safety Foundation. An Argentine military plane carrying 69 people disappeared in 1965 and has never been found.
Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean, vanished over the Pacific with Fred Noonan during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Seven decades later, people are still transfixed. Theories range from her simply running out of fuel and crashing to her staging her own disappearance and secretly returning to the U.S. to live under another identity.
There is also an ongoing fascination with the Bermuda Triangle, where several ships and planes disappeared, including a squadron of five torpedo bombers in 1945. Studies have indicated the area is no more dangerous than any other stretch of ocean.

Posted March 19, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups

today’s inspirational piece 19/03/2014   Leave a comment

Rise from the fall,that’s not where you belong.Look straight,shoulders high,be strong.you’re alive!

Posted March 19, 2014 by GOCLAP in daily living

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SHAKING OFF   Leave a comment

by Anna Darlene Edmondson
“…forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” ( Philippians 3:13 NKJV)
When the great Chicago fire consumed the Windy City in 1871, Horatio Spafford, an attorney heavily invested in real estate, lost a fortune. About that time, his four-year-old son succumbed to scarlet fever. He decided to vacation in Europe with his wife and daughters. Detained by last-minute business details, he sent his wife and their four daughters on ahead.
Their ship met with disaster as it collided with an iron sailing vessel. Mrs. Spafford barely survived, while 226 people lost their lives, including their four daughters. Immediately booking passage, Horatio prepared to join his wife. At the precise place where the other ship had sunk, the captain called Mr. Spafford aside. “We’re sailing over the area where your daughters perished.”
Tormented, Horatio retreated to his cabin, but couldn’t sleep. Hours later, resolve entered his heart. He jotted down some thoughts. “It is well, the will of God be done.” This was the start of his famous hymn based on those words. Horatio Spafford’s hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul, ” continues to help countless souls “make it over.”
When loved ones go, the grieving process serves a healing purpose. I was fifteen when Dad died. Perhaps I lingered a bit too long in the lamenting stage. Last year, Mom passed, and I sought counseling to dislodge fear, anger, and self-hatred.
Climbing out of despair requires hope, determination, and reaching out to others in pain. Accepting tribulations and moving forward while comforting those in need proves healthy—like storing up precious jewels and treasures in Heaven where they last forever.
This helpful beatitude, “Imitation of Christ, ” was penned by Thomas A Kempis, a Catholic monk: “Blessed are they who are completely free to attend to God and who have shaken off everything that stands in their way.”

Posted March 10, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups


I John 2:15-16 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
What a waste when a teenager cries and you ask her, “Are you missing your family?” and she answers, “No, I’m missing the clubs I would normally go to tonight.” What has our generation of Indians produced when one sees the things that take them away from family, friends and community? A community that is supposed to bring us closer together, yet today there are so many distractions that take us away from the people God has placed us in. What a waste it is when the things around us take us away from the knowledge of God and His power and love. What a waste when all that is pure and honest is destroyed by the things that are placed before us – not for mere entertainment but to take us away from the happiness that God the Creator intended for us and desires us to have.
I’m afraid we are turning out to be a generation of weak and destructive people. Weak because we have allowed the distractions of this work to keep us from enjoying the full and abundant life God the Creator has for us. Destructive because we are allowing things like the world system to destroy a generation of our people who have forgotten what it means to be a family and a tribe. They look at the things that lure us away from the things of God and His desire for us. Whatever happened to family? Whatever happened to friends? Whatever happened to community? Maybe this is why John wrote, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world.” It is the world system that destroys – the desire to follow everything that our ancestors despised and tried to destroy. But we have nothing to worry about; for one day the road will run out and what will be left? John said, “The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
Robert Soto, Lipan Apache and pastor of:
McAllen Grace Brethren Church
The Native American New Life Center
Chief of Chiefs Christian Church

Posted March 10, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups

The “Son of God” Movie Is NOT What We Think–Do You Know The Voice of Your Master   Leave a comment

The “Son of God” Movie Is NOT What We Think–Do You Know The Voice of Your Master.

Posted February 27, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups

Amazing & Awesome Example of Bravery & Self-scarifice by Young Pakistani Student   Leave a comment

Amazing & Awesome Example of Bravery & Self-scarifice by Young Pakistani Student.

Posted February 13, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups

From Dilemma to Deliverance   Leave a comment

om Dilemma to Deliverance�
Down at the Red Sea,
One might feel cursed,
As the bright hopes of freedom�
Seem to cruelly burst.
An impossible obstacle before,
An incensed enemy behind,
The likely prospect of death.
Is seemingly all that is left to the mind.
Or at least in the eyes of those
Who could not see.
But he who had before beheld
A burning bush抯 strange light,
Had become fully persuaded
In his heart of I am that I am抯 might.
Troubled all around, the multitude did despair.
But one lifted up his eyes to heaven,
And lifted up his voice in prayer.
Surrounded, confined, and confounded,
He called on The One, The Almighty,
Who is magnificent and matchless.
And God did utter HIS decree,
Speak unto the people,
Tell them to go forward.
Stretch out your rod in faith.
And oh, what a way the Master did make.
The obstacle revealed an opportunity,
A step of faith, to take.
In the midst of the Red Sea,
A hallway, a sure path to freedom was paved.
And they played follow the leader and did rave.
From their enemy, from their despair,
From their bondage, they were saved.
Those once bound and burdened down,
To God their deliverer, freely sent praises up.
From Dilemma to Deliverance�
I Owe Jesus
By Larry Reed
source: http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=166224

Posted January 22, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups

Train poem by mike Bullock.   Leave a comment

In platform one there stands a train
It calls at every station
Takes it’s time along the track
Enjoying it’s duration
The driver is an expert
He’s taken years to learn
His knowledge stands him in good stead
Knows every twist and turn.
In platform two another train
It is a sleek express
Only stops at major stations
Dying to impress
When it gets to where it’s going
Things have been omitted
Hasn’t learnt the proper route
Because it weren’t comitted.
The moral of this story
Is like tortoise and the hare
If you let The Spirit guide
He’s going to get you there
If you jump the learning queue
By going your own speed
Your tower of Babel will collapse
A sorry mess indeed.
© 2009

Posted January 8, 2014 by GOCLAP in writeups

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