An Excellent Prayer Resource: 30 Days of Prayer for ISIS

April 14, 2015

Pray_ISISThanks to a Tweet from Christar (@leastreached) I’ve just discovered an excellent prayer resource to help the church intercede for ISIS.  Yes, I know that sounds startling!  But as the introduction to the site says:

Yes, This is About ISIS – Because Jesus Loves Them

There is no room in God’s Kingdom for hate. That’s why we thank you for taking the first step in bathing ISIS in God’s love by joining us in prayer! We believe that God’s heart is to bring ISIS members into the knowledge of His love and grace.

For those who heeded ACNA Bishop John Guernsey’s “Adopt a Terrorist for Prayer” exhortation (see here) during Lent, this would make a good follow up.

In addition to the online daily prayer guide, you can also sign up to receive daily prayer emails.  There is also a downloadable PDF prayer guide.

The 30 day prayer guide is divided into 3 main themes of 10 days:

  • Days 1-10: Prayer according to Paul’s life
  • Days 11-20: Prayer through the fruits of the Spirit
  • Days 21-30: Prayer for specific places ISIS is present

Each entry includes Scripture passages, suggested prayer points, and often links to worship songs that tie in with the daily prayer theme.  The entries for Days 25 – 30 focus on specific cities where ISIS is active, including maps of each city.  It’s really quite an amazing resource…  I’m thankful for whoever had the vision and creativity and boldness to compile this!

Please join in this prayer effort, and share this with other intercessors!

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A related prayer resource:  Adopt a Terrorist for Prayer.  I especially like their page How and What to Pray for Terrorists

CCM Classics for Easter – Steve Green: I Know that My Redeemer Liveth

April 14, 2015

New Young Messiah

I love Handel’s Messiah.  And I love classic CCM.  Put the two together and you get the wonderful New Young Messiah project released in 1993.  Thankfully it’s still in print – available for purchase at both Amazon & iTunes.  The artist list is just about a “best of” list of classic CCM performers:  Steven Curtis Chapman, Wayne Watson, Steve Green, Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, Twila Paris, BeBe & CeCe Winans, First Call, 4Him, Phil Keaggy….

One of the best tracks on the album is Steve Green’s rendition of I Know that My Redeemer Liveth, taken of course from Job’s famous declaration:

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
    and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
    yet in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see for myself,
    and my eyes shall behold, and not another.

(Job 19:25-27, ESV)

Handel combines the truth from Job, with that from 1 Corinthians 15: 20-22

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

Here’s a YouTube of Steve Green’s fantastic performance of this song.  ENJOY! – and REJOICE!  This is not just a nice song.  These words are TRUE!:

Easter Quotes: NT Wright – The Message of Easter

April 14, 2015

“The message of Easter, then, is neither that God once did a spectacular miracle but then decided not to do many others nor that there is a blissful life after death to look forward to.  The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it.” (emphasis added)

— NT Wright (Surprised by Hope, p. 252 – 253)

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