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Getting On Top Of Being Down

As the construction of our ministry's headquarters progressed
from stage to stage, I enjoyed walking through the halls and the
rooms to see the progress. Of course, you had to look past a lot
of mess and clutter, and you had to use your imagination to see
what it eventually would look like. But the point at which I really
start to realize what God is doing is when I climbed this little ladder
to the catwalk that encircles the building above all the rooms below.
Before the ceiling goes in, you can just walk along that catwalk and
get the big picture of how far things have really progressed and the
scope of what God is doing there. There's a view from up there that
really provides an exciting perspective - much more inspiring than
when you're just standing in one of the rooms down below.




Over the last few years we have watched closely as the European Union has emerged as a growing world power. Europe's economy has grown steadily and can boast of a GDP larger than the United States'. The EU now encompasses more than 460 million people, stretching from the Mediterranean to the Arctic. Next year it will expand its borders east all the way to the Black Sea.

The foundations of this powerful alliance were laid in the aftermath of World War II, when much of Europe lay in ruins. In order to prevent another bloody war, steps were taken to unite the nations of Europe politically and economically. In 1951 six countries (Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Luxemburg, and the Netherlands) signed the Treaty of Paris - which created the European Coal and Steel Community. In March 1957 these same six nations signed the Treaties of Rome, which created the European Atomic Energy Community and the European Economic Community. These three multinational organizations were collectively referred to as the European Community. The six original members were then joined by the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Denmark in 1973, Greece in 1981, and Spain and Portugal in 1986.

In June 1993, a milestone treaty was signed in the city of Maastricht, Netherlands that made the Treaty of Rome obsolete. The Maastricht treaty established the basis for a common currency, a common judiciary, a common foreign policy, and a common military. So by the time Austria, Finland and Sweden joined in 1995, the European Community had transformed itself into the European Union.

In 2004, two years after the launch of euro banknotes and coins, the EU welcomed 10 new member states, bringing the total number of members to 25. Bulgaria and Romania have signed accession treaties and are set to join the EU next year. Meanwhile, Turkey, Croatia, Macedonia, and several of the Balkan states have also petitioned for membership.

Constitutional Struggles

While the borders of Europe expand, the battle over the new constitutional treaty continues. The current draft of the European Union Constitution is an enormous document (474 pages in the English version) that is supposed to streamline the government. All 25 nations were supposed to ratify the document before next month's deadline. However both the French and the Dutch have voted to reject the constitution.

The defeat of the constitution, particularly in France, catapulted the European Union into crisis mode. The French rejection has left many wondering what will happen next. Although Europe's politicians have been hesitant to admit it publicly, it is clear that the European constitutional treaty is dead in the water. So what happens next? The consensus seems to be that French and Dutch voters have done little more than simply delay the inevitable. Efforts are already being made to resuscitate the constitution - several of Europe's leaders have suggested implementing the changes by drafting a treaty that could be approved by national parliaments, effectively sidestepping around unpredictable national referendums.

The Rise of the Euro

Despite some setbacks, the European Union continues to grow both politically and economically. The value of the euro has risen steadily since entering circulation in 2002. Today the euro is challenging the dollar's position as the world's reserve currency, a privileged status that has been held by the dollar ever since the Bretton Woods agreement over 60 years ago. It has been suggested by some that the European Union may be the revived Roman Empire. Thus it is interesting to note that the introduction of the Euro is the first time since the days of Caesar and the Roman Empire that Europe has had a common currency, others have tried, most notably Napoleon Bonaparte, but none were successful.

At present, approximately two thirds of world trade is conducted in dollars and two thirds of central banks' currency reserves are held in the American currency - which remains the sole currency used by international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund. This confers on the US a major economic advantage: the ability to run a trade deficit year after year. US always spends more than it earns, whereas the rest of the world always earns more than it spends. A rapid move away from the dollar towards the euro could have a disastrous effect on the US economy.

The strength of the dollar is closely related to the fact that oil, the most important commodity traded in the world, is priced in US currency. The majority of countries that are oil importers have to buy their oil in dollars, which forces them to keep most of their foreign currency in dollars. However that could change.

In recent years the movement toward buying and selling oil in euros has been gaining momentum. Both the Iranian and Russian parliaments have recently discussed adopting the euro for oil sales. Russia has already entered into negotiations with Germany over the establishment of an exchange to sell oil futures in euros. Furthermore, statistics recently published by the oil cartel OPEC show that Russia has surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer of oil. Meanwhile, Iran has proposed the establishment of an international commodity exchange for the express purpose of trading oil, petrochemicals and gas in various non-dollar currencies, including euros.

It would seem that the European Union is positioning itself to surpass the United States as the dominant world power. We will continue to observe with anticipation the historic developments taking place in Europe. There are still many obstacles the European Union must face on the road to solidarity, but in the eyes of some they have already accomplished the impossible. The once impenetrable wall between east and west, communist and free, is now gone, and in its place is a growing economic and political force.
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A sales rep, an administration clerk and their manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a genie comes out in a puff of smoke.

The genie says, "I usually only grant three wishes, so I'll give each of you just one."

"Me first! Me first!" says the admin clerk. "I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world." Poof! She's gone.

In astonishment, "Me next! Me next!" says the sales rep. "I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse and the love of my life." Poof! He's gone.

"Okay, you're up," the genie says to the manager. The manager says, "I want those two back in the office after lunch."

Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.
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From The Voice of the Martyrs

NIGERIA Muslim Rioters Destroy 18 Churches - VOMsources/
Nearly 5,000 Christians were displaced and six were injured on September 20th, when Muslim rioters destroyed at least 18 churches, 20 Christian homes, and 40 Christian shops in Dutse, Jigawa state. After a Muslim young man made several unsuccessful advances on a female Christian, he angrily reacted by calling her a "fake Christian" who follows a "useless Jesus." She responded by telling the boy he followed "a useless prophet." Furious, the boy raised an alarm through the town, proclaiming a Christian lady blasphemed Muhammad. She was taken to the local police station and kept in custody to diffuse the potentially volatile situation. Pray this precious child will rest in her omnipotent Father's protection. Romans 12:17-18

INDIA Congregation Attacked for Second Time - VOMsources/
For the second time in three weeks, Pastor Vijayakumar's congregation of 30, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, was attacked on September 10th. Reappearing after their first violent attack on August 20th, a militant Hindu mob stormed the prayer and worship service. The frightened congregation continued to worship, even though the militants threatened there would be a blood bath the following Sunday if they persisted in worshipping Jesus Christ. Pray for God's protection on His people and the militant Hindus who sit in darkness will be brought into the glorious light of His kingdom. Psalm 36:9

INDONESIA Muslim Mob Reduces Church to Ashes - VOM sources/
Infuriated by reports that Christians were scheduling revival meetings at the Indonesia Evangelical Mission Church in Aceh province, a militant Islamic mob set the worship center ablaze on September 1st. Local Muslims from the town of Siompi, which was the first in Indonesia to implement Shariah law, reduced the building to ashes in an attempt to wipe out those in their province not bowing down to Allah.. Church members have moved their worship services to a local house, as they refuse to buckle under Muslim attacks. Give thanks to God for these Christians who are remaining faithful to Jesus. Psalm 33:20-22

PAKISTAN Teenage Christian Jailed on False Charges - VOMsources/
A young Pakistani Christian was jailed last week on suspicion of ripping book pages containing Quranic verses. He appealed to Punjabi police because the sole evidence against Shahid Masih, 17, was the testimony of a Muslim man already accused of the same crime. If convicted, Masih will serve a life sentence. Pray God will open the eyes of the authorities to the truth of Masih's innocence and he will be released. 2 Timothy 4:17, 18

INDIA Muslim Militants in India Attack Christian Missionary School - Compass Direct
Recently a mob of around 250 Muslim militants attacked the Good Shepherd Mission School in Kashmir state, destroying the boundary wall and damaging the school building and equipment. A national newspaper has named the Dutch missionary director, Fr. Borst, as one of a handful of people encouraging Muslims to convert to Christianity, and officials have attempted to expel him from India. Pray Fr. Borst and the students will rest in God's peace and His assurance for the future of the school.Matthew 6:34

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Pray those who receive Bibles will read them and want to know more about Jesus Christ. Pray they will find Christian fellowship and their lives will bear much fruit. Luke 8:15
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Sign of Octoberfest - The Beer Solution

The following was seen on a sign at a local Octoberfest event.

Do you have feelings of inadequacy?
Do you suffer from shyness?
Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor
orpharmacist about Beer.

Beer is the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about
yourself and your actions.

Beer can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that
you're ready and willing to do just about anything.

You will notice the benefits of Beer almost immediately, and with a
regimen of regular doses you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you
from living the life you want to live.

Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past, and you will discover
many talents you never knew you had. Stop hiding and start living with

Beer may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or nursing
should not use Beer. However, women who wouldn't mind nursing or becoming
pregnant are encouraged to try it.

Side effects of Beer may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting,
incarceration, erotic lucool illness, loss of motor control, loss of
clothing, loss of money, loss of virginity, delusions of grandeur, table
dancing, headache, dehydration, dry mouth, and a desire to sing Karaoke
and/or play all-night rounds of Strip Poker, Truth or Dare, and Naked
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Another False Messiah… Dr. Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda

Now comes another false messiah, Dr. Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda, proclaiming himself as “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords”. Sadly, this man is turning many people to his teachings. You can learn more about this false messiah at

People are hungry for a spiritual renewal around the world, and many are falling victim to charismatic speakers like this man, who preys primarily on the uneducated and uninformed, although the deception presented by this leader has also captured the attentions of many wealthy and influential business professionals, who are lavishing this false messiah with homes, businesses, cars, watches, and cash.

He says “sin no longer exits” and there is “no such thing as the devil”. He also claims “prayer is a waste of time” and the teachings of all other religious leaders are “a lie”. He is preaching a message of “freedom to indulge” so there is no condemnation. If you murder someone, you are guilty of a crime (according to the laws of the land); however, you have not sinned, as there is no longer any sin in the world…so God sees you perfect.

He is targeting primarily Hispanics in South America, Central America, Mexico, and the United States…but is also expanding into Canada and other parts of the world with his “own gospel”. He is a 60-year old former heroin addict and convict, a divorced father of four, born in Puerto Rico, who now lives in South Florida with his second wife. From a warehouse in Doral, he runs “God’s Government on Earth” from his church. He claims he will be president of the world in the largest government earth has ever seen.

This is a dangerous man, and those who follow him are being deceived. This pastor has launched a protest movement against other religions/denominations, and many of these have become violent of late. This is nothing more than a cult, and one that is causing great harm to the followers, who are being exploited for the personal gain of the leader.

CBS, NBC, Fox News, and International Media have covered the rise of this false messiah:

CBS Story

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Fox News:

Miranda’s own Spanish website,, also proclaims his Godship:

The Man Who Claims To Be Jesus

Followers Claim Doral Man is God On Earth

Jose Luis deJesus Claims There Is No Heaven, No Hell

Followers Believe All Other Religions Must Be Destroyed

His name is Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda; his followers call him everything from apostle to Dad, or simply Jesus Christ Man. De Jesus Miranda himself believes he’s the living incarnation of “Jesus Christ Man,” “the second coming of Christ.”

A follower of his believes “he is God, he is God.” She also lavishes him with money and gifts.

"I don’t have one Rolex,” de Jesus Miranda said, “I have 3 because they want to give it to me. It's like that woman that came to Jesus with the expensive perfume and put it on his feet. He didn’t reject it, so when someone gives me a watch or a gift, I receive it. I like them too, they're nice."

This self-proclaimed Son of God is a 60 year old former heroin addict and convict. The divorced father of 4 was born in Puerto Rico and now lives in South Florida with his second wife.

From a warehouse in Doral, near Miami, he presides over the "Creciendo en Gracia" or Growing in Grace Ministry which he also calls “God's Government On Earth.

As any other head of state, he is protected by a security detail that mimics the U.S. Secret Service.

In an interview with the self-proclaimed Messiah, CBS4’s Ileana Varela asked de Jesus if he was able to do some of the things Jesus Christ did like performing miracles, healing the sick and walking on water.

De Jesus said not necessarily. “My life is my church and what I’m doing worldwide,” he said.

What De Jesus is doing at more than 300 centers in Central and South America, Cuba and the U.S. is preaching a message of "freedom to indulge" because according to this modern messiah, there is no sin, no devil and no hell to pay.

De Jesus says, “It doesn’t exist. The devil was destroyed two thousand years ago."

It is music to the ears of his followers, mostly Hispanic men and women who believe they are God's chosen people, predestined for salvation no matter what they do on earth. They also believe all other faiths are false and must be destroyed, from Catholics to Baptists and Jehovah’s witnesses.

His followers have organized marches at which they destroy religious books and symbols. They also have a campaign aimed at disrupting other religious gatherings, sometimes with violent consequences.

“What disturbs me is that he fits into the typical mold of a cult leader, total complete submission to his authority," FIU Religion professor, Daniel Alvarez said.

Alvarez has a Masters Degree in Theology from Harvard Divinity School, and is among those who fear "Creciendo en Gracia" has the makings of a destructive cult.

“He destroyed my family,” said former member Regina Albarracin, who left the church about 5 years ago. Her husband soon followed but their son Alvaro remained to become one of the ministry's biggest financial backers, donating more than $1 million to the church.

Alvaro is not alone; many others have set up businesses in de Jesus' name that pour cash into the ministry.

"I know were going to be running the whole world,” de Jesus said.

A web entrepreneur and self made millionaire, Alvaro Albarracin left his wife and children for the man he calls Jesus. He has since remarried to another church member and rarely speaks to his parents who insist he's been brainwashed by the man "they" certainly don't call Jesus.

His mother, Regina Albarracin said, "You think he's Jesus Christ? No he’s the devil. You think he's the devil? Yes that's him."

Regina Albarracin is afraid for her son's soul, and Professor Alvarez says she should be. Most of these movements, he says, self destruct sooner or later.

"Lots of broken lives, lot of spiritual and emotional and psychological debris that will be strew on the path of the gentleman,” Alvarez said, “and the fallout will be inestimable for the lives of these people who get caught up in this kind of movement.”

Unfazed by the criticism, de Jesus continues to plan for the role he believes he is destined to play on the world's stage. “I will be president of the biggest government that this earth has experienced," promised de Jesus.
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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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