Thursday, May 16, 2013

God Moments

I can not tell you how terrified, encouraged, excited, doubtful, hopeful, adrenaline rushed, and any other extreme high/low emotion you can think of we have been in the last few weeks.

It's a RIDE!

Something I read - or someone said - recently has really stuck with me: It's the moments we are the lowest that Hope shines the brightest. How true this is! I believe in the power of Christ and His resurrection,   His ability to heal, comfort, provide, encourage, and just love. I truly do. But it never ceases to amaze me when those pinpointed moments come. It's just so beautiful.

This week has had several of those moments already. We've had cards mailed, calls made, connections given, Scripture supplied, prayers lifted, and those special #'s or verses brought up at just the perfect time. We are humbled and blessed.

I know I say this over and over, but this is truly our ministry: Yours and ours. We can't do it without you. That is the way God has told us to go. We are to rely on the provision of our brothers and sisters - our fellow workers for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

OK, I know that was a lot of clicking options. But I hope you picked one!
Thank you dear ones.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

National Day of Prayer: What I am NOT Praying For

1. America.
Though we gather in prayer, as Americans, we are not to pray only for America. I will be praying for "...a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb." Revelation 7:9
Christians are also not the only ones praying. Don't mistake this as a "Christian Day of Prayer". (1) (2)

2. That our government starts acting like Christians.
I'm praying that we will.
God never promised us a "Christian" nation. At least until Jesus reigns as king! We need to stop expecting non-Christians to act like they are. Even if they do, it gives nothing but false hope in their "goodness". We need to be the ones acting like Christians. That doesn't mean fussing and fighting about political stance - though we should stand up for our values. You want them to start passing laws you believe in? Then share the Gospel and disciple them.
With whom have you shared the love of Christ without condemnation and judgement?
Whom are you discipling right now?

3. That people start coming to church.
Sorry, pastors, but too many people in our society think it's enough to sit in church. Too many Christians refuse to share Christ because they can just "invite them" and let the pastors do it since it's "their job". Too many never mature beyond a Sunday service where they were "fed by the pastor".

I'm praying they come to Jesus.

Church is the natural step after true salvation. We want to be together in love and encouragement. I'm not saying it's not a good idea to invite people to church or that salvation can't occur there. We just need to stop acting like that's the only place it can occur in order to wimp out of our own obligation to Christ.

There is great power in prayer. Have faith, and know God will do great things for His Name. He desires all to come to Him, so just ask.... in prayer.