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Archive for September, 2011

The following e-mail was sent to us from a dear Christian sister in a Muslim country asking us to pray for her and her people:

“If I represent the Muslim world to you then my friends let me tell you that we are a burdened people. As Christians we have hope, but those who do not have Christ, the hope of Glory in their lives, are torn and broken. Their faith in the Holy Man is dwindling and their hungry bellies are rumbling. Their tired heads are heavy from thinking too much and their weeping has endured for a very, very, long night. When will their morning come. Our Day Star shines bright and dispels the darkness and the physical toil of this life, and we know why nature and time groans. But my friends, what about those who do not know what it is to enter and intercede in an eternal place?

What about those people? Nothing is more important than healing their souls and leading them to the only Physician who can heal their wounds – Jesus.

Please pray for us. Bombs, in fact, another one in Peshawar, went off just as I began to type this to you. Floods, hunger, malaria, dengue fever, are every where. Every time I write about this I feel like a dripping tap. But, believe me, this is no dripping — this is an outpouring of trials on our people and our lands. Pray for us to be the light of Christ in the midst of so much suffering.”

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Who do you seek to please? God or yourself?

In all that you do, ask this question: Is this pleasing to God? Or am I doing it to please me?

What you do for God will have eternal value. What you do for yourself will fade away.

As a human being, you were created to please and glorify God. You were created by Him and for Him!

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16

May Hebrews 13:20 &21 be our prayer:

Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

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New York City Police Department Approves Saturday Prayer Vigil at Ground Zero After Mayor Bloomberg Bans Prayer, Clergy and Public Expressions of Faith from 9/11 Memorial Service – Faith leaders and New York City clergy to hold public prayer service at Ground Zero on Saturday, September 10. Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition states, “In the dark days after 9/11, millions of Americans turned to God in prayer for strength, comfort, guidance and assurance. This was especially true for those who lost loved ones. During the past 10 years, it has only been faith in God and prayer that has enabled so many to move forward and rebuild their lives and protected America from another major terrorist attack. Therefore, it is extremely troubling for Mayor Bloomberg to exclude public prayer and expressions of faith from the 9/11 Memorial Service. In response to this tragic decision by the Mayor, we felt it was imperative to have a public prayer service at Ground Zero during the 9/11 weekend.”

Rev. Rob Schenck, President of the National Clergy Council, adds; “On September 11, 2001, millions of Americans did the most important and natural thing in the face of such an enormous tragedy, they prayed. In the days following, they went to church to pray, to remember, to grieve to cry. Pastors around the nation spent countless hours comforting the bereaved, assuring their flocks, engaging in acts of compassion and speaking words of hope. The absence of both at this weeks 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero may seem like a reasonable situation to some, but it will only compound the pain and loss for some many others. Our intention is to address that need in the hearts and minds of so many affected by the pain of that infamous day.”

Early this summer, construction workers at “Ground Zero,” came together for a ceremony for the installation of the September 11 cross at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, in New York. It was discovered upright in the ruins following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

It may not be politically correct to acknowledge God in our public ceremonies. But, people such as these construction workers felt compelled to pray and recognize God as their “refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

From one side of the world to the other, we have all been affected
by the shocking events of September 11, 2001. We come before You to ask Your forgiveness, and blessings on our nation — Forgiveness for how quickly we depart from seeking You, once the clouds of trouble and tragedy dissipate. We gathered without resistance during the smoke and ashes of 911 to come before You in prayer. But now, some feel that we are all right – we can do it alone – we don’t need to acknowledge You anymore. Oh, how tragic and sad that is for us claiming to be “One Nation Under God.” Forgive us, and help us to turn back to You, Lord. You have promised that if we will humble ourselves, and pray and seek You, and turn from our wicked ways, that You will hear from heaven, and will forgive us of our sins and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14). And we ask for that healing, particularly now, as we look back on the tragic events of 9/11. May Your healing continue throughout our land. Then, we pray for Your continued blessings on our nation. Bless us, as You have — in so many ways. We have so many freedoms to worship and praise Your Holy Name! We thank You for Your hope — hope for the present, and hope for the future. Amen.

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“Nepal is a land-locked nation bordering India, China and Bhutan,” says Ann Buwalda, executive director of Jubilee Campaign USA, and that Christians are facing difficulty practicing their faith in this predominately Hindu nation. Buwalda says that in a traditional Hindu country, if you leave Hinduism, you are subject to criminal punishment. In Nepal, she says, that had been the law before 1990; but, although the law remains, somewhat, in the statute book, it was not applied after 1990. “The fact that similar language is now arising again, both in the constitution and proposed criminal code, is quite alarming,” says Buwalda.

Pray for our brothers and sisters in Nepal who face tremendous persecution for their faith ib Christ. Also, pray for the nation and it’s people, that they would become more open to the hearing of the Gospel.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

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Labor Day 2011

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.                         1 Corinthians 15:58

As our nation prepares to honor laborers in the workforce, dismal news appeared from Washington, DC. The U.S. Department of Labor, issued it’s August 2011 jobs report, stating that there were no new jobs created in the U.S. last month. The unemployment rate held steady at 9.1 percent. It has been above 9 percent in all but two months since May 2009.

Economists reaction, simply stated – “Disturbing! There is no other way to describe the August employment report. The economy added exactly zero jobs over the month, the first time that precise number has occurred since World War II. Worse, the totals for both June and July were revised downward sharply.

Jobs are precious. Laboring for Christ is even more precious.

Yes, it is disappointing to receive news that our economy is hurting. Perhaps, you’re even being affected personally – you’re out of a job; lost your home due to a foreclosure; or are struggling through some tough economic times financially.

Our Lord tells us that we are not to give up, to be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding,” for we do have work to be done, if we are a child of God – our labor for the Lord.

God promises us that He does know and cares about our situation. In fact, Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:25, how we are to  respond:

…do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

And then He says in verse 33:

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

On this Labor Day, may we be in prayer for those who are struggling to put food on the table. Pray for those who are unemployed and are searching for jobs, that as they seek work, that they might be drawn closer to God, the ultimate Provider!

Also, pray for our nation and our economy. Pray that lawmakers, and others who have influence and decision making responsibilities regarding our economy, that God would given them much wisdom – Wisdom to do the right thing, for everyone, not thinking of their own special interest groups, or filling their own pockets.

May God be with our nation, not only on this Labor Day – But, everyday!

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