Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Little brothers and sisters of Jesus

Hebrews 2: 11 So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters(NLT)

I have two big brothers. One is Jesus and the other is Walter. By their very nature, they both enjoy looking out for and over me.

I am thankful for big brothers, (most of the time). Today, being Halloween is just another day the Lord has made, so let us rejoice in another day our big brother has made for us to enjoy.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Be thoughtful

Proverbs 25: 18Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow.19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.

Prayerfully notice the thoughtlessness in the American Political Campaign ads. Think about the families and the people who love the political candidate that is being attacked with a less than honest assessment of their record. Not telling the whole truth is a less than thoughtful act.

May the Lord help us regain the spiritual discipline of being thoughtful in all we are and do, in Jesus name, amen


 


 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Be thoughtful

Every relationship can be nurtured by simple, thoughtful gestures. Be thoughtful to God, others and life.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Prayer

A God thing begins somewhere, and most followers of God believe it begins with a humbled heart in prayer. Our country has problems bigger than any politician can solve. Our country needs leaders whom humble themselves to God.

Thanks to our General Secretary of the Assemblies of God, James Bradford, for providing this guide for prayer called the 7:14 Prayer initiative. I customized it for an hour of prayer beginning at 7:14. Feel free to customize it even further.

"The 7:14 Prayer Initiative

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV


 

7:14-7:24

"If my people…will humble themselves"

  • Repent of spiritual coldness, indifference, prayerlessness, and disobedience in our lives and churches
  • Seek for authentic humility and dependence on God to mark our way forward


 

7:24-7:34

"If my people…will pray"

  • Pray for God's hand of guidance to be on our nation's leaders at national, state, and local levels
  • Seek God for a powerful spiritual awakening in our nation that could bring millions into the kingdom of God


 

7:34-7:44

"If my people…will seek my face"

  • Hunger for God to pour out His Spirit in our churches with miraculous power and evangelistic effectiveness
  • Ask God to do whatever it takes to turn people back to Him and encounter Jesus in our nation


 

7:44-7:54

"If my people…will turn from their wicked ways"

  • Repent of unholy affections and ungodly behavior in our personal lives and our churches
  • Seek God to turn back the sins of immorality pornography, abortion, materialism, prejudice, and injustice in our nation


 

7:54-8:04

"I will forgive their sin and will heal their land"

  • Pray that God's people will turn out to vote and do so with the mind of Christ
  • Seek God's direction in the selection of a president and of persons to fill the other national, state, and local elected offices


 

8:04-8:14

Thanksgiving and Listening