October 4, 2012
The Lord hates evil in all its forms, and those who fear the Lord find nothing attractive in evil. When, in the beginning, the Lord created human beings, he left them free to do as they wished. If you want to, you can keep the Lord’s commands. You can decide whether you will be loyal to him or not. He has placed fire and water before you; reach out and take whatever you want. You have a choice between life and death; you will get whichever you choose.
We thank You for the gift of free will. At the upcoming election, we pray that the voters in this nation will choose to be loyal to You. May they choose life. We ask this in the name of Jesus, who is the Life. Amen.
October 4, 2012
I recently came across an encouraging and challenging reminder about the centrality of prayer in seeing spiritual transformation. Here’s an excerpt:
James Fraser was a pioneer missionary to the Lisu people in Western China. He would labor more than five years before seeing his first convert. It would be an accurate assessment to call him a “prayer missionary.” He understood the essential nature of prayer if the Gospel was to reach and change the world. He understood that anything lasting and eternally significant would be the result of waves of prayers that believed God to do something great for his glory. Fraser wrote, “Solid, lasting missionary work is done on our knees. … The Spirit must be continually maintained in strength by unceasing prayer, especially against the powers of darkness. All I have learned of other aspects of the victory-life is useless without this.”
The work of reaching and changing the world is, indeed, a work done on our knees. And, it is a work that takes on the nature of fierce and intense warfare. After all, one of Satan’s chief weapons is to cut off communication with God, communication that takes place in prayer. John Piper is certainly correct when he writes, “Prayer is meant by God to be a wartime walkie-talkie, not a domestic intercom … not for the enhancement of our comforts but for the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom.”
The full article is here.
October 4, 2012
“The princes of Judah are like those who remove a landmark; I will pour out my wrath on them like water. Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked by human precept.” (Hosea 5:10-11)
Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set. (Proverbs 22:28 )
Do not remove the ancient landmark, nor enter the fields of the fatherless; for their Redeemer is mighty; he will plead their cause against you. (Proverbs 23:10-11)
“You shall not remove your neighbor’s landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the LORD your God is giving you to possess.” (Deuteronomy 19:14)
Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. (Jude 3)
Lord Jesus, restore to the Church the faith which once for all was delivered to the saints. Bring to repentance all those who would remove the ancient landmarks of faith. Thank you.
Thursday: 105:1-22 * 105:23-45; Hosea 5:8-6:6: Acts 21:27-36: Luke 6:1-11
Friday: 102 * 107:1-32; Hosea 10:1-15: Acts 21:37-22:16: Luke 6:12-26
Notes from the Front Line
***** Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
What can I say, what words define?
What can one write before the artists brush touches the canvas?
Looking at the blank, white canvas, yet seeing the completed work of art.
Is that how God sees us as we fumble around blindly looking for the title and the artists name.
Do we even recognize the brush strokes?
Oh… now I get it….