The Philippines needs more vegetarian/vegan restaurants that serve good food.
The Mall of Asia (MOA) in Manila, Philippines needs a restaurant that serves tasty and filling vegetarian and vegan dishes. This is one of the largest malls in the world with hundreds of thousands of people visiting every day making it a great place to offer vegetarian food. SM Manila and SM Megamall have Bhodi vege food but nothing in MOA.
The Philippines needs more vegetarian/vegan restaurants that serve good food.
Freethought (written to relieve my mind):
As the mission of Christ advances so does the suffering. Success in missions cannot be separated from suffering. They are inextricably linked...(more to write)
The apostle Paul was one of the most successful missionaries in the history of Christianity and his suffering was in direct proportion to his success...(more to write)
If we as Christians want the Great Commission to be finished so that Jesus will return (Matthew 24:14) then we want full and complete suffering. We want to suffer as never a generation has previous to ours, for no generation previous to ours has finished the Great Commission. Our prayer must be "Let me suffer completely so that the unreached may hear the gospel. Give me suffering or I cannot be like Jesus. Give me suffering undiluted and in full. Do not spare for my crying..."
If Jesus is coming soon then so is a tsunami of suffering.
What are some benefits and reasons for fasting? The following is a list of my own observations from my own experience with fasting. Each point deserves an explanation but for this video I will simply list them without comment. Here are some of the benefits of fasting:
Food is often used as a tool to manipulate, sedate, medicate, and dumbdown. Food is often used maliciously to develop a sense of obligation and indebtedness. If you eat the wrong food you make yourself vulnerable and can compromise your defenses. This point cannot be overemphasized. Fasting however helps you secure the advantage and to maintain a position of power.
If you follow up your fasting with a plant based diet you will have a desire to be an athlete and develop your body.
The #1 reason to fast is to help you live a life of abundance, energy, and consistent health. That is why the #1 benefit of fasting is that it gives you a love for fruits and vegetables and makes it so easy and enjoyable to eat a plant-based diet.
Think about this: After all your fasting to obtain the benefits, don’t you want to maintain those benefits? Think about it my friend, you just made an investment by fasting and don’t you want to keep and maintain those gains? Of course you do, it’s about the gains and benefits. Go Fast.
In the recent blog post Secret History: How Adventists Ended the Civil War, we learned the real reason why the United States civil war came to an end in April 1865: because Seventh-day Adventists decided to fast and pray.
The civil war began in April of 1861 and the bloody conflict raged for four years claiming the lives of at least 600,000. With each passing year of the war the pressure and challenges facing Adventists grew to such an extent that there began official church wide calls to specific times of prayer and fasting in March of 1865. One church historian writes “Within six weeks Lee had surrendered, and the war was over. With the nation, Adventists rejoiced; many felt they had seen a direct answer to prayer.”
The inescapable conclusion from this amazing event is that God can and will intervene in this world to push back a tsunami of evil. But God will only do so if His people will fast and pray. If God’s church in this world neglects times of fasting and prayer the great evils in this world will only grow, magnify, and continue on in their destructive courses.
Arguably one of the greatest evils facing God’s church today is pornography. No explanations, citations, or statistics need to be given to support this. It is self-evident. If you are reading this article you are probably very well aware both the nature and effects of pornography.
The civil war and porn share many parallels:
Finally, both the civil war and spread of porn can be checked and stopped by the intervention of God.
The civil war continued unabated until Adventists decided enough was enough and they prayed and fasted. Well, enough is enough with this cancer of porn. Why do we wait any longer? The increase in ruined youth and families is not a default condition that we must sit down and passively accept.
When Phinehas saw how sexual temptation was bringing ruin to the Israelites that man jumped up with a spear and drove that spear through the very heart of the problem. Read Number 25:7-11. He did not sit around like a namby-pamby spineless wet noodle. Lest you think he was too radical or extreme in fighting sexual temptation remember that his act of resistance was greatly rewarded by God. The precedent has been set: God will reward any efforts made to fight sexual immorality.
Without delay we must have a conference of Adventist men who will meet for several days of fasting and prayer for the specific purpose of seeking God’s intervention to this great evil. Women also have problems with pornography and sexual addiction and can have a women's prayer retreat (It is not wise to have men and women praying together about sexual issues).
What would this conference look like? Ideally, this conference should consist of at least 40 Adventist men who are in good standing in their home church. They may or may not have porn addictions – doesn’t’ matter. We want men who will pray. The location should be a place that people would enjoy visiting. This conference should be as interesting and attractive as possible. (Personally I like the idea of having this at a beach resort with unlimited fruit and juice, or at a place in the mountains to go hiking.)
Would you like to drop a nuclear bomb on the porn industry? Would you be interested in cutting the head of this Goliath? Would you like to see God “vex the Midianites, and smite them”?
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Ironically, at the exact same time this couple was pulling a treasure out of their backyard I was completing a course on Seventh-day Adventist History. One day as I was reading from the textbook Light Bearers: A History of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church I came across the section about the civil war. That is when I read that Adventists believe they brought an end to the civil war.
Stop! Say What!?
Yes, Seventh-day Adventists are convinced that they are the reason that the civil war came to an end.
Now someone who has even a rudimentary understanding of the history of the civil war would immediately consider this statement to be totally absurd and preposterous. How did this tiny group of Sabbath keeping Christians have anything to do with stopping what “was incontrovertibly the bloodiest, most devastating conflict in American history”?
The civil war presented many dilemmas to the Adventists. The top two challenges being the difficulty of evangelism in a time of war and the challenges of Adventists facing the call to fight. While initially there was optimism that the war would be over quickly, the “tightening coils of war during the next three years” strangled all hope. Every year it was becoming harder and harder. With President Lincoln’s call for 300,000 more soldiers the Adventist church faced certain extinction. Uriah Smith would describe the situation “…The mind of the nation is so absorbed in this dreadful contest that it is almost impossible to call attention to religious subjects…” and with an additional draft of soldiers “The cause would be crushed. We are thus brought, as it plainly appears to us, to a place where if the war continues, we must stop. We repeat it, The war must stop, or our work in spreading the truth, must stop.”
During this time of great pain and desperation Adventists were forced to stop and adopt a different strategy: they would fast and pray.
On January 31, 1865, James White wrote “…we recommend that the second Sabbath in each month be especially set apart to fasting and prayer in view of the present terrible war…” A month later on February 21 another call was issued by the General Conference Committee for more fasting and prayer from March 1-4.
What happened after Adventist humbled themselves and prayed for just four days?
Adventist historian Richard Schwarz delivers this amazing statement “Within six weeks Lee had surrendered, and the war was over. With the nation, Adventists rejoiced; many felt they had seen a direct answer to prayer.”
Another Adventist historian Arthur Spalding wrote “In His inscrutable wisdom, having permitted the cup of woe to be drained by the nation, having purified His people of selfish thought, and bound their wills to His, God put forth His hand and touched the machine of war, and lo! It stopped, and there was silence. Scarce a month had passed when, on April 9, Lee surrendered at Appomattox, and on April 26 Johnston capitulated at Durham. The war was over.”
Wow! What an amazing answer to prayer! Praise the Lord!
However, it is impossible to read this story and not ask the following questions
1. What is God not doing today because His people do not fast and pray?
2. What great victories are we missing because we will not spend focused time in prayer?
3. Why are the “prayer warriors” a bunch of old ladies that meet once a week? Why are our youth not trained to pray?
4. Why do we all attend church but do not go to prayer meetings? Why does only %1 of the church go to prayer meetings?
5. Why do people wait until they are in pain and desperation before they fast? Can’t great victories be obtained when we are well and “doing just fine”?
6. Why do many churches have no prayer meetings at all?
7. Why are people that fast often labeled as radicals, weirdos, and extremists?
This has to be one of the most amazing stories in Adventist history. That God would respond to a few days of prayer and fasting in such an extraordinary way is very motivating and encouraging.
Fasting and Prayer is the Saddle Ridge Hoard of the Seventh-day Adventist church. It is a treasure of immense wealth just sitting in the ground ignored and despised. It looks like an old rusty can with no value but it’s full of gold!
Fasting and prayer is a nuclear bomb. It is a weapon of mass destruction that can be used to greatly advance God’s cause in the world. Why is there such resistance to something that is so effective? Daniel, Moses, Elijah, Jesus, Jehoshaphat, Samuel’s mother, Anna, Paul, John the Baptist and many other Bible heroes would testify to the efficacy of fasting and prayer.
Do you think that we are not in a time of war? You are wrong. There is a war right now to stop all missionaries from entering unreached areas with the gospel of Christ. There is a war to obscure the gospel so that billions of Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists can never learn of Christ. There is war upon men, a war upon women, and war upon youth. Every day and from every angle the church of Christ is under attack. Many argue that we are losing more ground than gaining and unless there is divine intervention we face certain extinction.
But what if Adventists came together for a few days of prayer and fasting? Why does it have to be boring? Why can’t there be a few days of unlimited fruit and juice in a nice setting in the mountains or on a beach somewhere? Where is the rule that says fasting and prayer must feel like hell? Where are the ideas to make fasting and prayer desirable and attractive?
What if today we could set aside a time to attack a very real enemy? Can you think of some? I can. Personally, I really hate pornography. I really hate how this worldwide cancer is eviscerating the souls of youth and the bonds of families. Unlike physical enemies on the field of war, porn is everywhere and seemingly impossible to stop. But God can reach his arm down in to this world and cause such destruction to the pornography industry that they should hardly recover. As if God is glad this is happening and we must sit here and accept it! This is a call to arms! Read how Adventists Destroyed the Porn Industry.