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 Featured Artist: Linda Kazmarek = "Believe" Posted on 10-1-2004
WOTR News Article imageNew Featured Christian Artist: Linda Kazmarek Her new CD is entitled "Believe" and it features the beautiful sounds of solo piano. Linda's fourth CD and first all instrumental CD includes three original compositions and a great variety of traditional, as well as praise & worship piano arrangements.

Here is the track listing for "Believe":
Believe, Above All, Jesus in the Morning/Give Thanks, Joyful, Joyful We Adore, Thee/ How Majestic is Your Name, Shine On Us/Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, Here I am, Lord, Here I am to Worship, Faith, The Old Rugged Cross, I Believe, Agnus Dei, Friends Medley, (friends, That's What Love is For, Place in This World), The Lord's Prayer, 88 Keys of Praise

Linda also has recorded three other CDs, two of which are dedicated to Christmas.

Click here for more information or to purchase music by Linda Kazmarek

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 Learning From the Past Posted on 9-24-2004
WOTR News Article When was the last time you read through the book of Deuteronomy? Has it been awhile? Maybe you should consider reading it again because it's a really good book filled with many valuable lessons for us today. One reason we know it's important -- When Jesus was being tempted by the devil in the wilderness after his baptism, He quoted 3 Scriptures and they were all from Deuteronomy. It seems like this was one of His favorites, and can I suggest that it should be significant for us too?

Today, I decided to start reading Deuteronomy again and I'm glad I did. The 1st chapter begins with Moses refreshing the Israelites about some of their history. He reminded them in verse 8 how they had been told by God "See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers--to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob--to give to them and their descendants after them." But they didn't listen. Why? Did they have any reason to doubt God? Hadn't He already proven to them that He was Almighty when He victoriously brought them up from their slavery in Egypt? But are we really any different? Are we sometimes quick to forget the victories that Jesus has performed in our lives? Do we doubt God, even when He has already proven His faithfulness to us?

They had the pillar of fire by night and the cloud of God by day (verse 33) to remind them of God's love and provision, yet they still had problems trusting and believing God. What blessings do we have and enjoy everyday that remind us of how gracious and trustworthy our Father in Heaven truly is? Even the simple things are there to remind us: The sun came up today, there is food in my kitchen, my heart is still beating Idea

Then in verse 19, Moses said "So we departed from Horeb, and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw on the way to the mountains of the Amorites, as the Lord our God had commanded us". They had passed through that dreadful wilderness, and yet they wanted to turn back instead of going on to the glorious land before them. It makes me think of us today. Right now, we're passing through a dark land. The Lord has liberated us from the slavery of the devil and is leading us to the promised land of heaven. But yet, sometimes we can be uncertain of where we're going and we begin to doubt. Satan tempts us to look back, and maybe we even think about turning. But yet Jesus, our loving Shepherd, continues to tenderly lead and gently nudges us back on track. He says "Fear not, neither be discouraged" (verse 21).

Even after the Israelites had sent out spies to scope out the land, they still hesitated to move onward. Moses said "Nevertheless you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the Lord your God" (verse 26). Why do we hesitate to follow the path that leads to everlasting life? Do we think that this world is better than heaven will be? How can we choose sin over Jesus when God's Word reveals the precious love of the sacrificing Savior and the beauties of eternal life?

Moses says that their hesitation boiled down to unbelief (Deuteronomy 1:32). Paul also commented on this in the book of Hebrews "So we see then that they could not enter in because of unbelief." (Hebrews 3:19) He then connected this situation with us: "Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it." (Hebrews 4:1-2) I find this very interesting. It was a lack of faith that kept them from moving forward, and Paul tells us that being unfaithful will also cause us to come short of what God has for us. I think the faith that Paul speaks of is not just a belief in God, but it is a total dependence upon God, which results in a very close relationship with Him. When we choose to let go of Jesus and go our own way, we are losing hold of that real faith and slipping into sin. The solution is simple: let's stay close to Jesus each day through prayer and contemplation of His Word! He won't let go of us, so let's not let go of Him Exclamation May God give us the strength to be faithful and to trust His leading all the way to the gates of heaven.

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 September 11th Posted on 9-10-2004
WOTR News Article It's been 3 years since the day that we'll never forget: September 11th 2001, a dreadful and almost unbelievable event.


Even as I look at the pictures now, I find it all strange and bewildering. What would drive people to commit such a violent act? Who would sacrifice their life for such a destructive and hateful cause? We know that sin is behind all acts of evil and violence. On that fateful morning, we received an "upclose and personal" view of what sin can do to our modern planet.

We live in dark and cruel world, though it does have it's bright moments, thanks to the light and love of God that brightens up our lives. People who don't believe in the Lord often try to make this world appear to be a "good" place, and mankind has done it's best to rid the world of villians and establish world peace, but all such efforts have fallen short. When September 11th 2001 apeared out of nowhere, we all were faced with the realities of planet earth. We saw that the our great enemy, not Osama, but the devil, is still using evil forces to accomplish his destructive plans.

The human race has built colossal structures dedicated to the exchange of money, but we know that these can't last forever; even if they aren't smashed down by terroists, they will eventually crumble to dust. We see that our trust cannot be placed upon the accomplishments and dreams of man. Only the eternal God can provide us with hope: the promise that Jesus will come again and bring us to a place that isn't stained by sin and evil, a place that isn't threatened by terroists, a place that doesn't crumble and errode away, a place free from pain and death, a place of peace where we will dwell with the Prince of Peace forever.

What were you doing on that day? Most of us will probably always remember where we were when we first saw or heard about the attack. The distress carried over into the evening as throngs of panicked people lined up at gas stations and gathered to watch the evening news, still shocked from the day's events.

Churches were suddenly a popular place to be and everyone was singing "God bless America". Whether it was genuine repentance or fear, people were suddenly motivated to come closer to God. If only they would have remained in that state of mind. According to the Christian Research Association: "While many turned to the churches immediately after the tragedy, there was no evidence of continued change in religiosity or church attendance." Isn't it sad that it takes a horrifc tragedy to wake people up? But yet time goes on, our world seems to be "normal" again, so why do we need God? Has the devil used this to make us even more drowsy than we were before?

At the time, I personally thought that this had to be the beginning of the end, and I think a lot of people around the world felt the same. And I'm sure that certain elements of 9-11 and it's results do have a part to play in the final events of planet earth. Take the Patriot Act and the increase in security for example: Because of the terroism, we have lost rights that would have never have been questioned otherwise. By 9-12-01, the governement had decided that a person can be tried and sentenced without ever being able to plead innocence, all for the sake of security. Is this just a coincidence? Will such a process as this be utilized by the Anitchrist power against those who stay true to Jesus? We already know that it will (Revelation 13).

Many have wondered: Where was God on Spetember 11th? We know where He was. The same place He always is: reaching down to help us even when we don't ask. At the time of the World Trade Center explosions, news reporters estimated that the death toll could be close to 50,000 people, yet under 3,000 people died. Yes, the loss of 3,000 lives is tragic, but it's a miracle compared to 50,000! There were only 266 people on those 4 planes, and yet they could have held 1000...

Why didn't the towers fall as soon as the planes smashed into them? Why did they implode instead of tipping over? Was God being merciful? I think so.

At the Pentagon, the explosion occured at a place in the structure that had been specifically modified to withstand this type of attack and the area was nearly unoccupied at the time of imapct. What a miracle of God!

And we know that God was hard at work in the hearts of those brave men and women who risked it all to save as many as they could. They were more concerned about the people in danger than they were about their own lives. Who put that inspiration in their minds? Our loving and compassionate Savior who laid down His life to save as many as would allow Him to.

Jesus promised in Matthew 28:20 "I am with you always, even unto the end of the world". He never promised that our lives would be free from trials and suffereing, but He did promise that He would be with us all the way! As the Man of Sorrows (Isaiah 53), He knows what it's like to suffer, and He is there in our time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16).

We may feel overwhelmed with problems at times, but we can say with the apsotle Paul:
"We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed" (2 Corinthians 4:8-9) God knows that we are waek and He can give us the help we need, when we need it. And let's never forget the future that God has provide for us through His son Jesus:
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."(Revelation 21:3-4)

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