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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: A Day at the Spiritual Spa

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And now, the Last Word:
Bonus quote:  What if everything is an illusion and
nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for
my carpet.

Woody Allen
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Dear Friends,
Our brief time in Kabul, Afghanistan was filled to the brim with times of united prayer with the international Christian
community and local believers in the city. We met with Koreans and Chinese, the international Christian fellowship
of those associated with the humanitarian organizations and also with a small group of nationals who follow the
Lord. It was such an anointed and blessed time in spite of its brevity and I believe that many were greatly
encouraged by the messages our ministry team of five brought to them. Thanks for standing in the gap for this
nation. It is at a crucial point in its history.

We arrived in Pakistan last night and will be facilitating two prayer seminars for local believers in Lahore and
Karachi. Will you please join us in prayer once again for His breakthrough? Pakistan is one of the most
geopolitically strategic nations on earth. We need to keep President Musharraf especially in our prayers. The
radical Islamists would like to eliminate him and have tried repeatedly to kill him. Three more attempts were made
on his life after he returned from his recent visit to the USA.

Also, the prayer movement needs to be greatly strengthened. It is growing through such initiatives as the Global
Day of Prayer which has drawn several thousand Christians of all denominations to pray together on Pentecost the
last two years. However, the real need is an ongoing united prayer movement that will cover the nation with 24/7
intercession every day and hour of the year. Only in that way will we begin to see the major transformation that
needs to happen here in the political, economic and religious realms.

The Lahore seminar begins Monday
(Today, Oct. 30--Editor) and runs through Tuesday. We will then fly to Karachi and
begin the second seminar there, Nov. 2-4. May we ask you to pray for our team of facilitators and for all the
participants during this coming week?

1. Please pray for the breaking of oppression from caste that makes Christians afraid and unwilling to take initiative
spiritually. They feel nothing can ever be done through them. They are also a tiny minority in a sea of Muslims.

2. That believers would realize the authority they have in Christ and use it. There are many strongholds that need to
be dealt with, both within the church and outside it. Pray that they will become like David's mighty men of valor,
arising to take risks in faith and do exploits for the Lord.

3. For unity among all followers of Christ and all denominations in the nation.

4. For the discrediting and overthrow of radical elements that want to destabilize the nation and take over the
government. This would be a huge international security threat since Pakistan already has a full panoply of nuclear
weapons unlike Iran which is still developing its nuclear capability. Let's pray that the moderates will be able to stay
in power.

5.    For a supernatural breakthrough for the nation and the prayer movement this week and beyond.

Our team appreciates so much your supporting us in this way.

Warm greetings from Pakistan,
John Robb

    Dear Friends,
    John Robb of the International Prayer Council and his team have left Afghanistan and are now in Pakistan.
    If you feel so moved, you may aid the group's cause by adding your prayers to theirs.
    (Note: His message has been abbreviated..--Editor)

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Come enter your heart of silence...be still.

Can you hear?

Can you see?

Can you feel?

Do you see what I see? I see you...

in all your beauty....

I can see your seeds of possibilities,

seeds of hope, seeds of dreams....

It's time to nourish them with love and

encouragement and let them grow and

live the life they were meant to live....

You have inside you a sacred garden.

Lissi Kaplan
Artist and author
From 'The Power of a Teacup'
Regan Books, 2003
Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment and look at all beings
with eyes of compassion.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Vietnamese Buddhist monk and author;
one of the best-known Buddhist teachers of the West
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Deep peace of the running wave to you,

Deep peace of the flowing air to you,

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,

Deep peace of the shining stars to you,

Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.

Amen.

Gaelic Blessing
Rest. Rest. Rest in God's love. The only work you are
required now to do is to give your most intense attention
to His still, small voice within.

Madame Jeanne-Marie Guyon (1648-1717)
French mystic and advocate of 'Quietism'
To maintain our soul in a state of peace, it suffices
to perform all our actions in God's presence.

St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
Bishop of Geneva
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The gaps are the thing. The gaps are the spirit's one home, the altitudes and latitudes so dazzlingly
spare and clean that the spirit can discover itself like a once-blind man unbound. The gaps are the
clefts in the rock where you cower to see the back parts of God; they are the fissures between
mountains and cells the wind lances through, the icy narrowing fiords splitting the cliffs of mystery.
Go up into the gaps. If you can find them; they shift and vanish too. Stalk the gaps. Squeak into a gap
in the soil, turn, and unlock--more than a maple--a universe.

Annie Dillard
American author
"In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the
house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there."
(Mark 1: 35) In the center of breathless activities, we hear
a restful breathing. Surrounded by hours of moving, we
find a moment of quiet stillness. In the heart of much
involvement, there are words of withdrawal. In the midst
of action, there in contemplation. And after much
togetherness, there is solitude. The more I read this nearly
silent sentence locked in between the loud words of action,
the more I have the sense that the secret of Jesus'
ministry is hidden in that lonely place where he went to
pray, early in the morning, long before dawn...
...In solitude we can listen to the voice of him who spoke to us before we could speak a word, who healed
us before we could make any gesture to help, who set us free long before we could free others, and who
loved us long before we could give love to anyone. It is in this solitude that discover that being is more
important than having, and that we are worth more than the result of our efforts.

Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest and author
From "Out of Solitude"
Ave Maria Press, 2005
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Do not speak--unless it improves on silence.

Buddhist saying
Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the
clouds, look at the stars...and if you have eyes you
will be able to see that the whole of existence is
joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy
for no reason; they are not going to become prime
ministers or presidents and they are not going to
become rich and they will never have any bank
balance. Look at the flowers--for no reason. It is
simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.

Osho (1931-1990)
Indian spiritual teacher
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Students achieving Oneness
will move on to Twoness.

Woody Allen
Director, Actor
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