Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

Random Thoughts

Posted: February 17, 2009 in Christianity
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It’s been awhile since my last post. I have been really busy and just wanted to take some time to share some random thoughts on the last couple of weeks. First, I am really excited about the new vision of our church. After reading the book, I am a huge fan of the Simple Church approach. I already find myself trying to figure out where my ideas would fit into the vision for the church.

The recent nomination by Pres. Obama of David Ogden for Deputy Attorney General also caught my attention this week. What a terrible pick for anyone who values family or even common decency. Mr. Ogden is a leading defender of the pornography industry in this country. He is against parental notification by 14 yr olds having abortions. He is against keeping children from being able to view porn in public libraries. He is against virtually any restriction on pornography claiming the First Amendment. Just what we need a champion of the porn industry as one of our top officials in the Justice Department.

I am also currently reading a book on the Word of Faith movement which I will review when finished. What has really struck me most about this group is where their faith lies. They do not place their faith in God, but in themselves. They believe God is powerless to act unless they speak words of faith. They look down on the sick and handicapped because they believe that they are in that state from lack of faith. I will share some more thoughts on this group in the days to come.

Lastly, I have a prayer request to send out. Many of you who read this know Mr. Richard Recob from the Men’s Fraternity program. Richard will be moving to Louisiana shortly for employment. He will be there for several years as part of a construction project. Richard will be separated from his family for this time as he works to support them. Let’s all keep the Recob family in our prayers during this time. Richard I know you read this, so let me know if there is anything that needs to be done for you or your family while you are gone. Through all things, glorify God in New Orleans. And never lose faith that God will take care of your family.

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There is always the question of why God allows people to suffer, especially children. We can never fully know what God has planned in those situations. We can however be assured that He is using the situation for a greater cause. We also know that He provides comfort to the families involved. With that being said, I want to offer some local situations where we need to pray. The reason I have gathered these names, began because of little Garett Chanley. His family used to attend First Baptist and are now attending Fellowship Baptist. In April it was discovered that he had a brain tumor. He is currently 3 yrs old and has recently had some setbacks. It continues to amaze me what great faith and courage his family shows on a daily basis. I have put a permanent link on the blog that details his progess. CaringBridge is a site that allows for the families to post updates and for others to leave messages to the family. Please pray for Garett and all the other local children listed below. If you have any others feel free to post them on the blog or to email them to me.

Garett Chanley from Otwell, IN  – http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/garettchanley

Brice King from Huntingburg, IN – http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/briceking. Brice was diagnosed in July 2007 with stage 4  neuroblastoma.

Laken Parsons from Huntingburg, IN – http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/lakenparsons. On April 25, 2005, Laken was diagnosed with infant leukemia at 3 mos. of age.

Gabriel Martin from Santa Claus, IN – http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/gabrielmartin. Gabriel has had a stroke, cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, seizures, and now a diagnosis of optical gliomas (tumors) behind both of his eyes, secondary to neurofibromatosis.

Courtney Blackgrove from Huntingburg, IN – http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/courtneyblackgrove. In May 2007 she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Ganglioneuroblastoma.

Jack Wolfe from Jasper, IN – http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jackwolfe. On December 31, 2007 Jack was diagnosed with an Ependymoma (brain tumor).

Obama President Now What?

Posted: November 6, 2008 in Christianity
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Sen. Obama has been elected President. What do we as Christians do now? We must honor his position as President. We do not have to agree with everything he does, but remember God has seen fit for him to be elected. So who are we to argue with God? God is in control of all things, so we need not worry. Prayer is very important at this time. We need to prayer for our President and our country. We need to pray that God changes the heart of Mr. Obama on issues where he is off. We need to pray for his safety and the safety of his family.

With that said, it was a historic night for our country. We will have our first African American President. As I listened to the acceptance speech, it was easy to hear the references to Martin Luther King Jr. Jesse Jackson sat in the crowd with tears running down his face. Some have taken shots at Rev. Jackson calling him fake. While not being a fan of Rev. Jackson, I do think he was sincere. He was close to MLK and saw what Dr. King dreamed about finally coming true. It was a night of fulfilled dreams for many in this country. We need to remember the many who have given their lives for a time like this to be possible. I don’t agree with much of Dr. King’s theology, but he stood up against what was wrong. Where are the Christians willing to stand against unrighteousness today? Let us be so bold in our faith that we are either loved or hated. People who we come in contact with should never be indifferent towards us. The issues we were so passionate about during election time, we should still be passionate about months from now.

God changes hearts according to His will. We need to pray that He will change the hearts of this nation back to Him. This country has asked for immorality to be allowed. God will eventually give this country the desires of its heart. If we don’t turn from our immorality, God will eventually give us over to it. He will set leaders in place who give the people what they want. We must press on. The battle just got a little harder. We must pull together and stand in the gap. Seek His face and He will guide us. And above all let’s remember Ephesians 6:12 –  For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,  against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.

Persecuted Christians

Posted: October 28, 2008 in Christianity
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How often do we think about our persecuted brothers and sisters? We take for granted the freedom we have in the United States. So many people here get to hear the Gospel, but yet reject it. In countries where Christians are persecuted, many never hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Nine out of ten of the world’s least evangelized cities are in Afghanistan, where 77% of the people are unevangelized. The number one least evangelized city is El Aaiun, Sahara with 82% of its people having never heard the Gospel.

Persecution is common in many of these same places. In Orissa, 70,000 Christians have been displaced. Christians have been leaving Mosul, Iraq because of persecution. 7 have been killed there this month. The enemy will do anything to try and stop the spread of the Gospel. They can kill Christians and they can bind Christians, but they can’t bind the Word of God. We need to be lifting these people up in prayer. November 9th is international day of prayer for the persecuted church. Many of these people can reach people with the Gospel that we will never be able to reach. Pray for these people daily.

Here is a link to a video of the underground church in Vietnam.

Prayer Vigil Reminder

Posted: September 24, 2008 in Christianity
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Just a reminder. The 40 day prayer vigil leading up to the election started today. To participate follow this link.

Today, I want to encourage you to begin thinking about the importance of prayer in the upcoming election. We are called to pray for our leaders, even the ones we don’t agree with. As we begin to prepare for another election, I encourage you to participate in the 40/40 Prayer Vigil. This is an event put together by NAMB and ERLC. This gives you 3 options as you prepare for the election cycle. First, is 40 days of prayer from Sept. 24 to Nov. 2. Second, is 40 hours of prayer from Oct. 31, 4pm to Nov. 2, 8am. Lastly is the option of combining the first two options together. The first option is easily done as an individual, where as the second option is designed for a church to do together. They have a breakdown of what to pray for on both of these options, click photo below for prayer guide. It is very detailed and has scripture reading that goes along with what you will be doing for the day or hour. Please take this seriously. Prayer should be as much a part of our lives as eating and breathing. Commit yourselves to 40 days of prayer for yourself, your church and your nation.