Thirty years or so ago when I was wearing out Keith Green cassettes, I used to enjoy this song. Looking back, I really did not get it, really. After living the faith much longer it means a lot more to me. I hope it is your prayer and draws you closer to His love.
My eyes are dry,
My faith is old,
My heart is hard,
My prayers are cold.
And I know how I ought to be:
Alive to You and dead to me.
Oh, what can be done
For an old heart like mine?
Soften it up
With oil and wine.
The oil is You,
Your spirit of love.
Please wash me anew
In the wine of Your blood!
WHAT AN AWESOME TRIBUTE TO GEORGE W BUSH! PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE STORY NO MATTER WHAT YOUR PERCEPTION IS OF HIM. YOU WON’T REGRET IT…
For those of us who sometimes find ourselves having doubts about our former President, here is an excellent piece — worth every minute it takes to read it. This story is from Bruce Vincent of Libby , Montana who had gone to the White House with others to receive an award from the President.
I’ve written the following narrative to chronicle the day of the award ceremony in DC. I’m still working on a press release but the White House press corps has yet to provide a photo to go with it. When the photo comes I’ll ship it out. When you get done reading this you’ll understand the dilemma I face in telling this story beyond my circle of close friends.
Stepping into the Oval Office, each of us was introduced to the President and Mrs. Bush. We shook hands and participated in small talk. When the President was told that we were from Libby , Montana , I reminded him that Marc Racicot is our native son and the President offered his warm thoughts about Governor Racicot.
I have to tell you, I wasblown away by twothings upon entering the office. First, the Oval Office sense of ‘place’ is unreal. The President later shared a story of Russian President Putin entering the room prepared to tackle the President in a tough negotiation and upon entering, the atheist muttered his first words to the President and they were “Oh, my God.”
I concurred. I could feel the history in my bones. Second, the man that inhabits the office engaged me with a firm handshake and a look that can only be described as penetrating. Warm, alive, fully engaged, disarmingly penetrating. I was admittedly concerned about meeting the man. I think all of us have an inner hope that the most powerful man in our country is worthy of the responsibility and authority that we bestow upon them through our vote.
I admit that part of me was afraid that I would be let down by the moment — that the person and the place could not meet the lofty expectations of my fantasy world. This says nothing about my esteem for President Bush but just my practical realization that reality may not match my ‘dream.’
Once inside the office, President Bush got right down to business and, standing in front of his desk, handed out the awards one at a time while posing for photos with the winners and Mrs. Bush. With the mission accomplished, the President and Mrs. Bush relaxed and initiated a lengthy, informal conversation about a number of things with our entire small group. He and the First Lady talked about such things as the rug in the office. It is traditionally designed by the First Lady to make a statement about the President, and Mrs.Bush chose a brilliant yellow sunburst pattern to
reflect ‘hope.’ President Bush talked about the absolute need to believe that with hard work and faith in God there is every reason to start each day in the Oval Office with hope. He and the First Lady were asked about the impact of the Presidency on their marriage and, with an arm casually wrapped around Laura, he said that he thought the place may be hard on weak marriages but that it had the ability to make strong marriages even stronger and that he was blessed with a strong one.
After about 30 or 35 minutes, it was time to go. By then we were all relaxed and I felt as if I had just had an excellent visit with a friend. The President and First Lady made one more pass down the line of awardees, shaking hands and offering congratulations. When the President shook my hand I said, “Thank you Mr. President and God bless you and your family.” He was already in motion to the next person in line, but he stopped abruptly turned fully back to me, gave me a piercing look, renewed the vigor of his handshake and said, “Thank you — and God bless you and yours as well.”
On our way out of the office we were to leave by the glass doors on the west side of the office. I was the last person in the exit line. As I shook his hand one final time, President Bush said, “I’ll be sure to tell Marc hello and give him your regards.”
I then did something that surprised even me. I said to him, “Mr. President, I know you are a busy man and your time is precious. I also know you to be a man of strong faith and I have a favor to ask of you.”
As he shook my hand he looked me in the eye and said, “Just name it.” I told him that my step-Mom was at that moment in a hospital in Kalispell , Montana , having a tumor removed from her skull and it would mean a great deal to me if he would consider adding her to his prayers that day. He grabbed me by the arm and took me back toward his desk as he said, “So that’s it. I could tell that something is weighing heavy on your heart today. I could see it in your eyes. This explains it.”
From the top drawer of his desk he retrieved a pen and a note card with his seal on it and asked, “How do you spell her name?” He then jotted a note to her while discussing the importance of family and the strength of prayer. When he handed me the card, he asked about the surgery and the prognosis. I told him we were hoping that it is not a recurrence of an earlier cancer and that, if it is, they can get it all with this surgery.
He said, “If it’s okay with you, we’ll take care of the prayer right now. Would you pray with me?” I told him yes and he turned to the staff that remained in the office and hand motioned the folks to step back or leave. He said, “Bruce and I would like some private time for a prayer.”
As they left he turned back to me and took my hands in his. I was prepared to do a traditional prayer stance — standing with each other with heads bowed. Instead, he reached for my head with his right hand and pulling gently forward, he placed my head on his shoulder. With his left arm on my mid-back, he pulled me to him in a prayerful embrace.
He started to pray softly. I started to cry. He continued his prayer for Loretta and for God’s perfect will to be done. I cried some more. My body shook a bit as I cried and he just held tighter. He closed by asking God’s blessing on Loretta and the family during the coming months. I stepped away from our embrace, wiped my eyes, swiped at the tears I’d left on his shoulder, and looked into the eyes of our president. I thanked him as best I could and told him that me and my family would continue praying for him and his.
As I write this account down and reflect upon what it means, I have to tell you that all I really know is that his simple act left me humbled and believing. I so hoped that the man I thought him to be was the man that he is. I know that our nation needs a man such as this in the Oval Office. George W. Bush is the real deal. I’ve read Internet stories about the President praying with troops in hospitals and other such uplifting accounts. Each time I read them I hoped them to be true and not an Internet perpetuated myth. This one, I know to be true. I was there. He is real. He has a pile of incredible stuff on his plate each day — and yet he is tuned in so well to the here and now that he ‘sensed’ something heavy on my heart. He took time out of his life to care, to share, and to seek God’s blessing for my family in a simple man-to-man, father-to-father, son-to-son, husband-to-husbad, Christian- to-Christian prayerful embrace. He’s not what I had hoped he would be. He is, in fact, so very, very much more.
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Acts 17:28a – “for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’”
Consider the verse above… we all indeed do live, move and exist explicitly at the will of God. But when you seek God, do you look for Him in human made buildings or certain places of prayer?
Do you not know, that God can be found by those who seek Him. The only requirement is we have to willingly seek Him as He is! It is He Who serves us. He is very close to all of us. Some today would equate God and the universe as one. That cannot be, He is a personal God, He transcends time and space.
It is the same principal, that when you enter a dark room (even if you have never been in that room) you begin looking for a light switch. You grope around in the dark until you find it. And when you do, you grasp it to turn it on!
Now, lets read Acts 17:24-28 “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’”
So there it is, God is not constricted by place or time like us. He determined the exact place where you are, and He wants you to seek Him.
But did you see it?
He wants you to find Him, though He is not lost. He has put you right where that you are “in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him.” The same principal applies… when you find yourself in any circumstance far away from God, whether a believer or not. God is always very close nearby. It is those that “feel their way toward Him” (the NKJV uses the words “that they might grope for Him”) that find Him.
It is a diligent, loving pursuit of each of us. Always nearby, our heavenly Father is ready, willing and able to be found by those who seek Him. It really is that simple.Print This Post Filed under BibleStudies, CloserToGod | Tags: believe, bible study, Christianity, God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, longsuffering, prayer | Comments Off on God is Always Nearby
All religion, basically, is man’s effort to raise himself or make himself acceptable to God. Muslim, Hinduism, Buddhism even Mormonism and to some extent Catholicism require certain work or duty to become accepted. They all have their different tenets, but there is always something YOU have to DO to become acceptable to God.
This is played out in the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. After their eyes were opened to good and evil, they knew they were naked. They tried to cover themselves with leaves to hide their nakedness and make them acceptable before God. That was the first religious act.
But Christianity is different…
The Bible tells that there is none righteous and that no one seeks after God. (Romans 3:10-18) In fact it goes so far to say that we have all sinned. (Romans 3:23) It instructs us that the burden of death on the physical world is the result of sin. (Romans 6:23)
But there is a Remedy offered in the second half of Romans 6:23, where Paul speaks of a gift from God through one man Jesus Christ. If we step a few verses backward, it tells us that even though we were not yet born, nor even considering to stop sinning, that Jesus died for us. (Romans 5:8)
So there is nothing any of us can DO to please God. What condition are we left in if we then have no hope to please God?
Romans 10:9 offers the solution. It is to look upon yourself, and agree with God on your condition and the finished work of Jesus who took our penalties upon Himself willingly! A few verses later in Romans 10:13 it is declared "For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”"
The results of salvation are summed up in a few more verses. In Romans 5:1 we find we have been justified and have found peace with God. Romans 8:1 then explains that we have been removed from our former condemnation. A little further ahead in Romans 8:38-39 we read that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.
That is Christianity… we are justified by faith alone, through God’s grace alone in Jesus Christ alone!Print This Post Filed under BibleStudies, Christology, CloserToGod, Compassion | Tags: devotion, God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, prayer, religion, salvation | Comments Off on Is Christianity Religion?
Do you know what it means?
One detail that is never mentioned is that in Washington, D.C., there can never be a building of greater height than the Washington Monument.
With all the uproar about removing the ten commandments, etc., this is worth a moment or two of your time. I was not aware of this amazing historical information.
On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.., are displayed two words: Laus Deo.
No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably couldn’t care less.
Once you know Laus Deo’s history, you will want to share this with everyone you know. These words have been there for many years; they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America.
Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words. Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world.
So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say ‘Praise be to God!’
Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty-five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, Laus Deo ‘Praise be to God!’
From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major segments. From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l’Enfant – a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north, the Jefferson Memorial to the south, the Capitol to the east, and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.
A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution. So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who bother to notice.
Praise be to God! Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings. As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial stones share a message.
On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore ;
on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians;
on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God!
When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society. Praise be to God! Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy ‘One Nation, Under God.’
When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation’s capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look. You may forget the width and height of ‘Laus Deo ‘, its location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget its meaning, or these words: ‘Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.’ (Psalm 127: 1)Print This Post Filed under government | Tags: God, government, politics, prayer, washington dc | Comments Off on LAUS DEO
The headlines are all about the decline of America and how the Globalists are winning.
Progressives I talk to think all this activity is the bees knees. Continue reading »Print This Post Filed under BibleStudies, CloserToGod, Eschatology, government, news, prophecy, views | Tags: choice, choose life, End Times, globalism, prayer, progressive, sanctification | Comments (4)
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” -1 Timothy 2:1-2
Before it was recently removed by Facebook’s administrators, at least 730 people had the opportunity to vote in an online poll asking, “Should Obama be killed?” The results indicating how many people voted “yes”, “maybe”, “if he cuts my health care”, or “no” are no longer available because the question has been disabled, but the very fact that somebody would post a question of that tenor about the President of the United States is alarming.
Of course, it’s highly likely that a young Facebook user tossed up the question – a person with no appreciation for the seriousness of protecting the life of the President of the United States. When Secret Service shows up at this Facebooker’s door – with no chuckling involved – the gravity of making an implied threat on a president’s life should get pretty clear.
Unfortunately, there are those on the Left who truly believe that conservatives want Barack Obama dead. There are those who consider Obama-protestors to be a vast conspiracy of insane gun-toting bigots. There are those who believe that this Facebook poll-creator who suggested Obama should be killed is just one representing millions of homicidal right-wing nut jobs. The truth is that all conservatives in their right minds want Barack Obama to live and to live well throughout his entire presidency. The alternative is terrible to imagine.
Conservatives, and especially conservative Christians, should be praying fervently for Barack Obama. Whether or not he is leading well right now, whether or not Americans agree with his policies, whether or not his decisions themselves are good for America, President Obama desperately needs prayer for protection and guidance. His safety is in America’s best interest, and his harm would tear America up from the inside out.
President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Probably the most controversial thing about him prior to his assassination was that he was a Roman Catholic. He made some good choices and some bad choices as a president, but for the most part he was liked as a handsome young man with a nice young family. In 1963, the United States was still bound together in a common fear of the Soviets. For the most part, Americans still lived in solid family structures and had a basic sense of right and wrong. People lived in communities where folks all knew their neighbors and people kept an eye on each other’s children. Yet, even in that era, President Kennedy’s assassination tore the country up, stirring controversy and speculation that continues to the present day.
Today’s America is seriously polarized into conservative and liberal camps. The nuclear family is no longer a given, and many people may not even know the first names of their next-door neighbors. The Cold War is over, Gitmo is to be emptied, and Americans are currently minus a common enemy to keep us all united. If President Obama were to be assassinated, the resulting rage could easily create a very dangerous, violent firestorm. It wouldn’t even matter which people actually committed the crime, or what their true motivations were, one half the country would still blame the other half.
America needs a President Obama who makes good choices for the United States and leads the country well. We certainly have a duty to express our views to our elected officials and hold them accountable for their actions. We have the duty to tell them how we want them to vote on certain issues. But, whether we agree with them politically or not, we have a vital duty to hold our representatives up in prayer. And whether or not we agree with his policies, we all need to continue to pray for our President, and pray for God’s guidance and direction for him. Not only will his decisions affect us all, but he is – more simply – a human being for whom Christ died. After all, the ultimate battle is a spiritual one, and our greatest weapons are found on our knees.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Eph 6:12
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here is something to think about as you pray for our country and it’s leaders.
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We received this urgent message for prayer activism from our United States Reformation Prayer Network New York Apostle, Joseph Askins. The agenda to see that our rights as parents be greatly diminished or taken away is very serious under the following treaty. This only verifies the revelation God gave me that the “strongman” over America is in New York over the United Nations.
Please read this email carefully and take action as well as forward it to others.
God bless you,
The Obama administration is reportedly close to pushing ratification of the “UN Convention on the Rights of the Child” treaty (CRC). This is a call for prayer and action!
On June 1 and 2, Georgetown University Law School hosted a two-day symposium entitled “The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC): Why It Is Time to Ratify.”
This well-funded conference was held to organize a new coalition effort by American internationalists to seek ratification of the UN child’s rights treaty.
Click here to read entire article.
Ten things you need to know about the content of the CRC:
- Parents would no longer be able to administer reasonable spankings to their children.
- A murderer aged 17 years and 11 months and 29 days at the time of his crime could no longer be sentenced to life in prison.
- Children would have the ability to choose their own religion while parents would only have the authority to give their children advice about religion.
- The best interest of the child principle would give the government the ability to override every decision made by every parent if a government worker disagreed with the parent’s decision.
- A child’s “right to be heard” would allow him or her to seek governmental review of every parental decision with which the child disagreed.
- According to existing interpretation, it would be illegal for a nation to spend more on national defense than it does on children’s welfare.
- Children would acquire a legally enforceable right to leisure.
- Christian schools that refuse to teach “alternative worldviews” and teach that Christianity is the only true religion “fly in the face of article 29” of the treaty.
- Allowing parents to opt their children out of sex education has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
- Children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions, without parental knowledge or consent.
Please pray and call officials and let your voice be heard.
Call the White House comments line at 202-456-1111.
Call UN Ambassador Susan Rice at the United Nations at 212-415-4000, and dial 6 to leave your message. OR dial the Public Diplomacy Office at 1-212-415-4050 and leave a message.
OR dial her office directly at 1-212-415-4404. Again, you will need to leave a message.
This is not a message our officials want to hear, so speak courteously but do not expect a cordial reception.
The important thing is to get the message through. It is important that you make this call.
A decision by the President is imminent.
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the channels of water;
He turns it wherever He wishes.” (Proverbs 21:1)
Click here to read 10 more things you should know about CRC
Click here to visit the home page of ParentalRights.org
Everyone has said at some time “why should I pray? God already knows everything.” It is true that God knows the end from the beginning, but prayer is not for notifying God of some news you have. God desires fellowship with us and prayer His means of involving us in His purposes.
Consider Acts 12:1-12. Herod put James, the brother of John, in prison and had him killed. There was no record of anyone praying for James. ( Acts 12:1-2 ) He saw the Jews liked him for that so he had Peter arrested also. ( Acts 12:3-4 ) In contrast to James arrest, Peter’s arrest caused everyone to pray without ceasing. ( Acts 12:5 ) An angel came and set Peter free so Peter went to the prayer meeting ( Acts 12:6-12 )
Ephesians 6 talks about putting on the “whole armour of God” ( Eph 6:13-18 ) Most people see 6 pieces of armour, but there are actually 7. The first 5 pieces are mostly defensive, the next one is a short range weapon and the last is a long range weapon like a cannon. What is the seventh piece of armour? Eph 6:18 tells you “praying … in the Spirit”
Why the creator of the universe needs to involve us is a mystery, but that He does is an established fact. Please pray without ceasing. Please pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Please pray for his kingdom to come.Print This Post Filed under CloserToGod | Tags: prayer | Comments Off on Prayer is important to God