VIDEO Forevermore

Apr 17, 2011

Forevermore – Karla Faye Tucker (FULL HD)
full movie, (not clips), in high definition.
english subtitles.

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A divine love story for all eternity…

Based on a true story that rocked the world of capital punishment. An emotional journey that takes a convicted pick-axe killer and former prostitute from the depths of despair, to personal triumph on Texas death row.

Forevermore is a powerful story of love and forgiveness. Karla becomes a media giant, a poster girl for Christian restoration and Texas’ worst nightmare as the first woman to be executed in over 100 years. The race is on to save her life.

With the help of her new husband, prison minister Dana Brown, Karla walks-the-talk and faces the inevitable challenge of her execution by lethal injection. Many prayers and letters of support from around the world pour in as the clock ticks away to February 3rd and her appointment with death. With time running out, Karla and Dana seek solace in their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. From a 6 by 9 prison cell, Karla reaches out with a message of hope and love. This divine love story proclaims, like a mighty symphony, the majestic power of God to change a life.

Always Loved, Always Valued

 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Romans 8:35

We serve a God who loves us more than our work.

Oh, it’s true that God wants us to work to feed our families and to responsibly take care of the world He created. And He expects us to serve the weak, hungry, naked, thirsty, and broken people around us even as we remain alert to those who have not yet responded to the Holy Spirit’s tug on their lives.

The reason we exist is to be in fellowship with God.

And yet we serve a God who loves us more than our work.

We must never forget this because there may come a time when our ability to “do for God” is torn from us by health or failure or unforeseen catastrophe. It is in those hours that God wants us to remember that He loves us not for what we do for Him but because of who we are: His children! Once we call on the name of Christ for salvation, nothing—“trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword”—will ever again separate us “from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:35, 39).

When all we can do or all we have is taken from us, then all He wants us to do is rest in our identity in Him.

 

Father, help us never lose sight of the unconditional love You have for us, and let us hold on to that hope when our labor—and the fruit of our labor—are gone.

The reason we exist is to be in fellowship with God.

INSIGHT:Are you as convinced as Paul was that nothing can separate you from the love of God? Paul was raised with a belief that his compliance with Mosaic law gave him acceptance with God. Yet all of that changed when he discovered that the Jesus he hated was the God who loved him. Through a direct encounter with the resurrected Christ, he learned that the love of God is not earned, but accepted as a gift of grace and mercy (Rom. 4:4–5). It comes to us not because of what we have done for Him or others but because of what God in His mercy has done for us.

Facing Death Unprepared

Luke 23:32-43

God’s grace is revealed in His willingness to welcome anyone at any time into His kingdom, even at the moment of death. The repentant thief who hung on a cross next to Jesus had absolutely nothing to offer the Lord—no good works, no faithful service. He couldn’t even be baptized. In his utterly helpless condition, the only thing he could do was believe. But that was all it took, because faith is the only way to be saved.

Although both thieves began their crucifixion by hurling verbal abuse at Jesus (Matt. 27:44), as the torturous minutes passed, one of them had a change of heart. His railing against the Savior turned to rebuke of the other criminal, and then to defense of Jesus, admission of his own guilt, and a plea for a place in Christ’s kingdom (Luke 23:40-42).

What was it that turned this mocker into a believer? Even if he had little prior knowledge of Jesus, the crowd’s taunts supplied him with the information that he needed to be saved. Scornful onlookers accused Jesus Christ of being exactly who He was: the King of Israel, the Savior of others, and the Son of God. (See Matt. 27:42-43.) As the condemned man watched and listened, he turned in faith to the only One who could save Him: the One dying for him.

On the hill that day, one man died in his sin, one Man died for sin, and the other was saved out of his sin. There are only two responses to the inevitability of death. We can either accept or reject Christ’s substitutionary payment for our sin. How will you respond?

The Folly of Humanism

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” (Psalm 14:1)

Despite all their pretense of scientific intellectualism, those who deny the existence of a personal Creator God are, in God’s judgment, nothing but fools. The 14th Psalm, the 53rd Psalm, Romans 3, etc., all describe the inner character of all such people—whether they call themselves atheists or humanists or pantheists or whatever. This repeated emphasis indicates how strongly God feels about those who dare to question His reality. It is bad enough to disobey His commandments and to spurn His love; it is utter folly to deny that He even exists!

The Bible describes the awful descent from true creationism into evolutionary pantheistic humanism. “When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. . . . Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator” (Romans 1:21-22, 25).

Certain atheists/humanists claim to be moral people, though their criteria of morality are often quite different from those of the Bible. No matter how admirable their humane acts of “righteousness” may seem, however, they are guilty of the sin of unbelief, the greatest sin of all. “Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is” (Hebrews 11:6). With all the innumerable evidences of God’s reality as seen in the creation and throughout history, and then especially in the Person and work of Jesus Christ, it is utter foolishness to plunge blindly into eternity to meet the God whom they deny. HMM

Yes, “Pray without ceasing.”

Genesis 18:16, 17, 22-33

Genesis 18:17

One of the three was the Lord himself, who for the time had taken upon him a human form. It may be that Jesus, who was one day to be born a man, thus anticipated his incarnation. Truly, “his goings forth were of old.” What condescension was this on. Jehovah’s part that he would make Abraham his confidential friend! He is willing to do the same with us, for even now “the secret of the Lord is with them that fear him.”

Genesis 18:22

Two angels went to Sodom, but the third, the Lord of angels, staid to commune with Abraham, his friend.

Genesis 18:25

When we are favoured with close access to God we should use it for intercession on the behalf of others. Note the arguments the patriarch used. We also should bring forth our strong reasons when we plead. The Lord is moved with pleas like those of Abraham. Undoubtedly he saves wicked nations for the sake of the saints who dwell among them, and, indeed, all the saved are forgiven not for their own sakes but for Jesus’ sake.

Genesis 18:26-27

In our boldest pleadings we must not forget what poor creatures we are, and how condescending it is on the Lord’s part to let us plead with him.

Genesis 18:28

The Lord kept pace with his servant, being quite as willing to answer as he was to ask.

Genesis 18:29-32

There is a time to keep silent as well as a time to speak. Abraham had gone as far as the Spirit of the Lord guided him, and he did not attempt to go further.

Genesis 18:33

Had there been but the small remnant of ten, Sodom and Gomorrah would have escaped. See then how precious the saints are to a nation. They may be unknown or despised, but they are the salt which preserves the whole. May our family be a part of that good salt; parents, children, and servants, all being through divine grace numbered with the righteous. But we must first have salt in ourselves by possessing a living faith in the Lord Jesus; otherwise we cannot benefit others, for we are not even saved ourselves.

 

Our guilt might draw thy vengeance down

On every shore, on every town:

But view us, Lord, with pitying eye,

And lay thy lifted thunder by.

 

Forgive the follies of our times,

And purge our land from all its crimes:

Reform’d and deck’d with grace divine,

Let Britain yet arise and shine.

 

You’re Not a Spiritual Orphan!

John 14:18

Have you ever felt isolated or alone in this world? If you have, just remember—you are never alone! Imagine how alone the disciples felt when Jesus informed them that He would soon ascend to Heaven and leave them behind on the earth!

What do you think the disciples felt when Jesus told them this? They must have wondered, What will life be like without Jesus? How will we continue without the Master walking right alongside of us? But it was time for Jesus to ascend to the Father and to take His place as our Great High Priest.

It was natural for the disciples to feel sorrowful. To them, it must have seemed like the end of their wonderful encounter with the Lord and with the power of God. Living and walking with Jesus was more than they had ever hoped for in this world. With Jesus at their side, their lives had been filled with adventure, excitement, joy, victory, power, healings, and miracles.

Feelings of insecurity and uncertainty would have been normal for any human beings who found themselves in the disciples’ position. They had grown dependent upon the physical, visible presence of Jesus—something we’ve never experienced and therefore cannot fully comprehend. The thought of Jesus leaving this earth probably made the disciples feel spiritually forsaken and abandoned.

In the midst of these fears, Jesus promised His disciples, “I will not leave you comfortless…” (John 14:18). Today I want us to look at the word “comfortless” in this verse. It is taken from the Greek word orphanos, which is where we get the word orphan.

In New Testament times, the word orphanos described children left without a father or mother. In today’s world, the word orphan has exactly the same meaning. It refers to a child who is abandoned due to the death or desertion of a father or mother. Once orphaned, the child is deprived of parental care, supervision, and protection—unless that child is placed in the custody of a blood relative or a new guardian who assumes a parental role in that child’s life.

However, in New Testament times the word orphanos was also used in a broader sense to describe students who had been abandoned by their teacher. Just as children are dependent on their parents, these students were reliant on their teacher to teach them, to guide them, and to prepare them for life. But once the teacher abandoned them, they felt deserted, forsaken, discarded, and thrown away.

In both cases, the word orphanos is used to carry the same idea, whether it refers to children abandoned by their parents or students discarded by their teacher. It gives the picture of younger, less educated, less knowledgeable people feeling deserted by those they trusted and looked to for guidance.

Jesus was a spiritual father to the disciples. He knew they were completely reliant upon Him. They couldn’t make it on their own in the world without Him. This is why He promised them, “I will not leave you like orphans.”

 

Jesus’ words could be translated to express this idea:

“I will not leave you behind like orphans who have been deserted by their parents, nor will I desert you like an unfaithful teacher who walks out on his students and leaves them with no supervision or help….”

Jesus knew the disciples couldn’t make it on their own in the world. That’s why He sent the Holy Spirit into the world to be their new Guardian and Teacher.

You can’t make it on your own in this world either—but you don’t have to, because Jesus did not abandon you! He did not desert you, walk out on you, or throw you away. When He ascended to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to care for you, to guide you, and to teach you. Jesus did not leave you as an orphan in this world!

So meditate on this truth today, and let it sink deep into your heart: I’m not alone! I’m not a spiritual orphan. Jesus has given me the Holy Spirit to comfort, guide, counsel, and strengthen me in every situation of life!

MY PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, I thank You that I am not a spiritual orphan in this world. You didn’t abandon me or leave me to figure out everything on my own. You sent the Holy Spirit to be my Teacher and Guide. So right now I open my heart wide to the Holy Spirit, so He can be the Helper You sent Him to be in my life. I give You thanks for sending this divine Helper, and I ask You to teach me how to lean upon Him more and more in the course of my life.

I pray this in Jesus’ name!

MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY

I boldly declare that the Holy Spirit is my Helper, my Teacher, and my Guide. Everything Jesus did for the disciples, the Holy Spirit now does for me. He leads me, He teaches me, and He shows me everything the Father wants me to know. I am not a spiritual orphan! I am a child of God who is fully befriended, indwelt, empowered, and led by the Spirit of God.

I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER

  1. Can you think of a critical moment in your life when you felt abandoned and alone and turned to God for comfort and support?
  2. What are some of the ways the Father has comforted you in the past?
  3. Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to be your Comforter, Strengthener, and Guide?

 

Ever Have A Tough Time Accepting The Grace Of God For Life?

Do I have good news for you!

 

Consider a couple of classic failures and how God graciously dealt with them:

 

Abraham:

  • God tells him that his 90 year old wife is going to bear a child. (See Genesis 17:16)
  • Abraham falls on his face and laughs (literally “mocks,” “scorns”), saying, “Will Sarahbear a child?” (Genesis 17:17)
  • In the following chapter God says of Abraham: He “will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed, for I have chosen him.” (Genesis 18:18)

THAT IS THE GRACE OF GOD!

 

Sarah:

  • God names Sarah “Princess,” “You (Abraham) shall call her Sarah… “(Literally, Princess) (Genesis 17:15)
  • God tells Abraham that within a year Sarah will bear a son. (Genesis 18:10)
  • Sarah, who is within earshot, also laughs, “Shall I indeed bear a child when I am so old?” (See Genesis 18:12, 13)

Imagine: God names Sarah “Princess” with the full knowledge that she will soon mock His promise to give her a son.

 

THAT IS THE GRACE OF GOD!

 

It is obvious that God, in His great love and grace chooses and uses less than perfect people. People who are in the process of becoming.

 

So the next time you are inclined to write yourself off as an unqualified candidate for His grace, keep in mind blundering Abraham and Sarah, and God’s grace in dealing with them.

 

Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.” (Romans 5:20)

 

 

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