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Iraq in Bible History

1. The Garden of Eden was in Iraq.
2. Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, was the cradle of civilization!
3. Noah built the ark in Iraq.
4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq
5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq!
6. Isaac’s wife Rebekah is from Nahor, which is in Iraq!
7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq.
8. Jonah preached in Nineveh – which is in Iraq.
9. Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel.
10. Amos cried out in Iraq!
11. Babylon, which is in Iraq, destroyed Jerusalem.
12. Daniel was in the lion’s den in Iraq!
13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in Iraq also as the fourth person in the Fiery furnace!)
14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the “writing on the wall” in Iraq.
15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq.
16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq.
17. The wise men were from Iraq
18. Peter preached in Iraq.
19. The “Empire of Man” described in Revelation is called Babylon, which was a city in Iraq!

Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But do you know which nation is second? It is Iraq! However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible. The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia. The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The name Iraq means country with deep roots. Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible.

No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated with it than Iraq.

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A few years ago the Assemblies of God established a “Decade of Harvest”. Soon we discovered that a “harvest” involves more than: A Proclamation, A Banner and Printed Goals

(Humor) Someone has said, If you want to be successful: You must attend a Church Growth Seminar, and visit the Holy Land

In recent years we have seen a great Church Growth Movement featuring people like: Dr. Peter Wagner, author of, “The Pentecostals are Coming”, Dr. Win Ern, Dr. George Barna, Dr. Elmer Towns and many more. Church Growth Principles and Publications are in great demand. I have attended some of these seminars and they were helpful in giving us a new focus.

But in the Book of Acts the Bible gives us ten things that must be in place for church growth to occur. Let’s take a quick look at God’s list:
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This church in the New Testament was an “Every Member Church”. By this I mean that the church was made up of members that were loyal. Every member should consider himself a vital and important part of his church.

First every member was in attendance – “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1).  They had one purpose – united fellowship as they remembered the exhortation of Christ (John 17:20-21).  They were all present; a growing spiritual body needs every service.
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If A Child…

If a child lives with criticism, He learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility, He learns to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule, He learns to be shy.

If a child lives with shame, He learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with tolerance, He learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement, He learns confidence.

If a child lives with praise, He learns to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness, He learns justice.

If a child lives with security, He learns to have faith.

If a child lives with approval, He learns to like himself.

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, He learns to find love in the world.

…Author Unknown

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From the first time I saw you,
And for every moment until this day,
In whom you are and all you do,
You are beautiful in every way.

God blessed me with a mate,
My lover and my friend to stay,
One from which nothing could separate,
You are beautiful in every way.

In a God called ministry to which we said yes,
You stood by my side without dismay,
While others you influenced to do their best,
You are beautiful in every way.

Even though it’s not Linda anymore,
It’s Lyn that we speak of throughout the day
Or it may be Mom, or Grandma that we adore,
You are beautiful in every way.

There are some, who have gone ahead,
Whose lives you tendered their every day,
Mom, Dad, Pa and Ma — they all have said,
You are beautiful in every way.

Those three boys and their partners in life,
And gorgeous grandchildren even in play,
Have seen in your strength and also your strife,
You are beautiful in every way.

We have seen the influence of His love, your Savior dear,
Through you, The Spirit has impacted our lives today,
Often we have said it, but someday from Him you will hear,
You are beautiful in every way.

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Things have changed over the years. When I was a young boy living in Tennessee my Dad was one of the first to purchase what then was the state of the art in electronic media a large vacuum tube radio with a battery larger than most car batteries today.

Very few families owned one and they would gather at our home to listen through the static to the first variety shows, radio dramas, Grand Old Opera, heavy weight boxing championships, the Lone Ranger and the news; with only a handful of stations available. There was a sense of magic in hearing voices coming from the other side of the country and even across the ocean, at times.

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Two new surveys from The Barna Group indicate that things are changing dramatically in the religious landscape, indicating that the number of churches and adherents to Pentecostal perspectives and practices has grown significantly in the past two decades.

A decade ago, three out of ten adults — compared with 36 percent today (80 million adults) — claimed to be charismatic or Pentecostal Christians. (For the survey, this included people who said they were a charismatic or Pentecostal Christian, that they had been “filled with the Holy Spirit” and who said they believe that “the charismatic gifts, such as tongues and healing, are still valid and active today.”) Although just eight percent of the population is evangelical, half of evangelical adults (49%) fit the charismatic definition. A slight majority of all born-again Christians (51%) is charismatic. Nearly half of all adults who attend a Protestant church (46%) are charismatic.

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