Free Kindle eBook: Celebrating Advent & Christmas with Children

October 2, 2014

UPDATE:  Since downloading this book a month ago, I’ve had a chance to browse through it, so let me give a few more details. The primary focus and strength of this book is its recipes.  It gives more than 50 recipes drawn from Advent and Christmas traditions around the world: cookies, candies and breads, bread dough Advent wreaths, centerpieces, etc.  There’s information about celebrating St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucy (Lucia) Day, Epiphany…

Recipes come from Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, the Philippines, Greece, England (and maybe a few countries I’ve missed…!)

The readings and text are from a Roman Catholic perspective, but I think even many Protestants will appreciate this book in terms of the glimpse it gives into how Christmas is celebrated around the world, and the wonderful diversity of recipes it includes.  (Note:  I’ve not yet had a chance to TEST any of the recipes personally, but I’ve bookmarked several to try soon!)

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[note this book is no longer free, but is currently priced at $4.49 on Amazon in the U.S.]

I confess I don’t know this book.  I’m about to download it and check it out…. but Hey, it’s Free!  So definitely worth checking out if you have a Kindle or have access to the free Kindle App.  I have no idea how long it will be free.

Celebrating Advent & Christmas with Children (Amazon link)


Pray for Muslims during Eid Al Adha / Muslim Neighbors Need Jesus

October 2, 2014

This weekend is the biggest Muslim holiday of the year, the Eid al Adha, the feast of the sacrifice when Muslims remember Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son.  (The feast also celebrates the conclusion of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.) The exact dates of the feast may vary a bit by country as it depends on the sighting of the moon.  But in many countries the holiday will be celebrated on Sunday and Monday.

Yet tragically, Muslims do not know, understand or believe the full significance of that story of Abraham’s sacrifice, that it foreshadowed the Father’s perfect sacrifice of His Son Jesus for our redemption.

Please pray for Muslims in the coming days, that God would grant them revelation of Christ’s sacrifice and many would believe on Him.   And if you have Muslim friends, colleagues, neighbors, PLEASE consider visiting them and wishing them a good holiday, and letting them know you too rejoice in Abraham’s obedience to God and willingness to sacrifice his son, while praying for an opportunity to share about God’s perfect sacrifice…

Here are two prayer resources you can use in praying for Muslims around the world as they participate in the Hajj.  The Father knows those who truly fear Him and who are seeking Him.  May He open their eyes and hearts to His truth.

PrayerCastPray for Hajj video  #Pray4Hajj prayer campaign

Christar:  10 Ways to Pray for Muslims During the Hajj

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Also, I wanted to point people to a great and challenging short article at Christianity Today by Ed Stetzer:  Loving Muslims Enough to Reach Out.  Here’s an excerpt:

Muslims Neighbors Need Jesus Right Here

So, as we increasingly encounter Muslims in the West, and in other parts of the world, we meet a free people who have chosen Islam, either to continue in the faith or as new converts.

Islam is not ISIS and, where we live, Muslims are Muslims by choice—and they continue to be Muslims by choice.
You cannot hate a people and reach a people at the same time

So, I get the geopolitical issues. But, that’s not all there is. There are evangelism issues to consider.

And we cannot let the geopolitical realities undermine the gospel commands.

So, now the question becomes with resurgent Islam: Are we as eager to build bridges to reach Muslims as we are to build walls to protect ourselves from them?

Our Muslim neighbors need Jesus right here.

Please read the full article, and pray that we as the Body of Christ would grow in our love for Muslims and effectiveness in reaching out to them with the saving love of Jesus Christ.


“Prayer Diary” later today… for now you can check our Twitter feed

October 2, 2014

Hi all… no time to do a prayer diary this morning.  I don’t think I’ll be able to post again until evening my time as I have quite a few meetings.  But if you want some ideas of current prayer needs and prayer concerns, you could check our Twitter profile (@AnglicanPrayer) and see some Tweets I’ve retweeted this morning, or those bookmarked under the favorites heading.

There are updates from Canon White in Baghdad, praise about 19 new Bible Translations, news about Meriam Ibrahim etc., and some challenging quotes and exhortations re: prayer…  ENJOY!  More later.

 


Ebola

October 2, 2014

Isaiah 66:1-2 (NLT)

This is what the Lord says:

“Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.
Could you build me a temple as good as that?
Could you build me such a resting place?
My hands have made both heaven and earth;
they and everything in them are mine.
I, the Lord, have spoken!
“I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts,
who tremble at my word.

Yes, Lord, heaven is Your throne and the earth Your footstool.  Is not Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea part of Your footstool?  Bless those citizens with humble and contrite hearts who tremble at Your word.  Bless these nations–eradicate this plague and cleanse their land.  Amen.


Autism

October 2, 2014

Psalm 74:12-19 (ESV)

12 Yet God my King is from of old,
working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 You divided the sea by your might;
you broke the heads of the sea monsters on the waters.
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
15 You split open springs and brooks;
you dried up ever-flowing streams. . . .
18 Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs,
and a foolish people reviles your name.
19 Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild beasts;
do not forget the life of your poor forever.

O God my King,

Do not deliver the soul of your doves that suffer from autism spectrum disorders to the wild beasts, we pray.  Amen.


#PraytoEndEbola Day 4: Pray for Pastors during the Ebola crisis

October 2, 2014

NOTE:  SIM will host a livestreaming prayer event as part of the Pray to End Ebola campaign TODAY at 12 noon Eastern (16:00 GMT)  Please join in if you can at the praytoendEbola.org website.

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via email:

Please pray today individually, with a friend, in groups, as families, and as an entire Church:

Pray that God would intervene to end the Ebola crisis. Also, pray that pastors serving churches and communities impacted by Ebola would have wisdom in how to care for so many hurting families.

This year more than 6,500 cases of Ebola have been confirmed and over 3,100 people have died. As believers, we know God cares about the people of West Africa. When we pray, God will answer!

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. . . The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:14-16 NIV)

TODAY: Join Joshua Bogunjoko, SIM International Director, and thousands across the globe in a livestream prayer at 12:00 noon, Eastern Time. Go to www.praytoendebola.org at 12:00 EDT today to join a livestreaming of Joshua as he leads Christians all over the world in a moment of prayer for God to intervene to end Ebola.

Today at 12:00 Eastern Time, go to www.praytoendebola.org. Pass the word along! #praytoendebola

 

 


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