California revival

February 13, 2015

California has birthed many movements in its 160 year history among which are: the Black Panthers, the Satanic church, the Hell’s Angels, the hippie movement, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and the music of the counterculture during the “Summer of Love.” California served as the epicenter of the American eugenics movement.
California also birthed many Christian Movements including the Azusa Street Revival, 1906-1915; Aimee Semple McPherson founded the Foursquare Church in 1927; Billy Graham scheduled a series of revival meetings in Los Angeles in 1949; Campus Crusade for Christ was founded in 1951 at the University California, Los Angeles; Kathryn Kuhlman’s healing ministry has influenced many worldwide healing ministries; the Jesus Movement was birthed in Santa Ana in the late 1960’s and early 70’s; the Charismatic Movement was ignited by Dennis Bennett in Van Nuys in 1960, the Catholic Renewal launched under Francis McNutt in Los Angeles in the early 1970’s, Rick Warren founded Saddleback Church in Saddleback Valley, and Bill Johnson leads Bethel Church in Redding.

Although not a complete list, California is a seedbed for future revival.  Therefore, it was with great interest that I read of revival breaking out in Los Angeles and Orange County high schools. 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.


Falling Ebola incidence–thanksgiving

February 2, 2015

From the WHO: Case incidence continues to fall in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Mali has been declared free of Ebola virus disease (EVD).
Each of the intense-transmission countries has sufficient capacity to isolate and treat patients, with more than 2 treatment beds per reported confirmed, probable and suspected case. The planned numbers of beds in each country has now been reduced in accordance with falling case incidence.
Similarly, each country has sufficient capacity to bury all people known to have died from EVD.

This article from the NYT discusses the reduction of the number of cases.

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

We thank You, Lord, for Your tender mercies in western Africa. Amen.


A Byzantine monastery and a time of Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014

On a recent trip, I visited the ruins of the Byzantine monastery of Kursi, situated east of the Sea of Galilee. The remains of the ancient monastery came to light accidentally, during construction of a new road, and they were excavated in the years 1971-1974. The site is now open to the public as a national park.

The location of Kursi, its architectural features and the testimony of early travelers identify it as the site where, according to tradition, Jesus healed two men possessed by demons. (Matthew 8:28-33) To commemorate the miracle, a monastery was built there. In antiquity, a paved road led from the monastery to a small harbor which served Christian pilgrims arriving in boats.

Our Father in heaven,
You are our strong Deliverer. We thank You for the deliverance of the Gadarene demoniac. We thank You for his witness to Decapolis and to us today.
Excavate the memories of bygone Christian leaders, homesteads, and churches in the United States of America, that we may give thanks for the saints who have gone before us. The words of Holy Scripture they read and the praises they sang are living and active. Your word shall not return to You empty, but it shall accomplish that which You purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which You sent it. Help us to uncover these wells of living words as we work to establish Your kingdom in the United States as it is in heaven. Amen.
Isaiah 55:11


A Prayer for Veterans Day (includes prayer for those currently serving)

November 11, 2014

This prayer was written by the Rev. Jennifer Phillips, and posted at TitusOneNine this morning.  It’s a great prayer in that in offers our thanks for those who have served in the past as well as praying for those currently serving.  Thanks Kendall for posting it!

Governor of Nations, our Strength and Shield:
we give you thanks for the devotion and courage
of all those who have offered military service for this country:

For those who have fought for freedom; for those who laid down their lives for others;
for those who have borne suffering of mind or of body;
for those who have brought their best gifts to times of need.

On our behalf they have entered into danger,
endured separation from those they love,
labored long hours, and borne hardship in war and in peacetime.

Lift up by your mighty Presence those who are now at war;
encourage and heal those in hospitals
or mending their wounds at home;
guard those in any need or trouble;
hold safely in your hands all military families;
and bring the returning troops to joyful reunion
and tranquil life at home;

Give to us, your people, grateful hearts
and a united will to honor these men and women
and hold them always in our love and our prayers;
until your world is perfected in peace
through Jesus Christ our Savior.

–The Rev. Jennifer Phillips


Altar of incense

February 7, 2014

From Wikipedia:

On this altar incense was burned daily at the time of the morning and the evening sacrifices. The coals used on this altar had to be taken from the Altar of Burnt Offerings. The incense used had to be made according to a specific formula (Exodus 30:34-35), and no other incense was permitted (Exodus 30:9). According to Jewish tradition, the incense was made by the Avtinas family, who closely guarded its secret.

The Talmud relates that the priestly family of Avtinas knew a secret ingredient — Maaleh Ashan — that had the ability to make the smoke from the incense rise straight up in a column.

Psalm 141:2 (ESV)
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Revelation 5:8 (ESV)
And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Revelation 8:3-4 (ESV)
And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.

We thank You, Father, for the golden altar of incense in the tabernacle, for the golden bowls full of incense in the throne room of heaven and the golden censer at Your altar. We thank You, Father, for the gift of prayer. Amen.


Magi

January 3, 2014

Rabmag is a Babylonian title–chief or head of the magi, or wise men.

Jeremiah 39:13 (NKJV)
So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard sent Nebushasban, Rabsaris, Nergal-Sharezer, Rabmag, and all the king of Babylon’s chief officers;

After Daniel interpreted the king’s dreams, Nebuchadnezzar promoted Daniel.

Daniel 2:48 (NKJV)
Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts; and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon.

The ancient Chaldeans studied the heavens. Daniel, as the Rabmag, most likely taught his students of the heavens about the coming King of the Jews.

Numbers 24:17-19 (NKJV)
“I see Him, but not now;
I behold Him, but not near;
A Star shall come out of Jacob;
A Scepter shall rise out of Israel . . .
While Israel does valiantly.
Out of Jacob One shall have dominion . . .”

We thank You, Father, for the star that shone on the stable in Bethlehem, for the spiritual authority of Christ Jesus, and for the establishment of His kingdom on earth. Amen.


December 4

December 4, 2013

Each of these events occurred on December 4 and provide one snapshot of American history. The first Thanksgiving by English settlers in North America is so beautiful. Yet it is in Jamestown that slavery is introduced in North America. The consequences of that corporate sin are still with us.

1619 – Captain John Woodlief led newly-arrived English colonists to a grassy slope along the James River and instructed them to drop to their knees and pray in thanks for a safe arrival to the New World. Thirty-eight men from Berkeley Parish in England vowed:

“Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrivall at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God.

1864 – American Civil War: Sherman’s March to the Sea – At Waynesboro, Georgia, forces under Union General Judson Kilpatrick prevent troops led by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler from interfering with Union General William T. Sherman’s campaign destroying a wide swath of the South on his march to the Atlantic Ocean from Atlanta, Georgia.
1915 – Ku Klux Klan receives charter from Fulton County, Georgia.
1969 – Black Panther Party members Fred Hampton and Mark Clark are shot and killed in their sleep during a raid by 14 Chicago police officers.
2006 – Six black youths assault a white teenager in Jena, Louisiana, US.

O Ancient of Days, the Living God,
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. Your kingdom endures from generation to generation. Your kingdom shall never be destroyed, and Your dominion shall be to the end.
We acknowledge the sins of our forefathers in introducing slavery on this continent. The place of first Thanksgiving became a gateway of death and destruction, hatred and fear.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
We leave our forefathers to Your perfect justice and mercy. We acknowledge our own sins of racism and indifference and ask for Your forgiveness.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
We call forth the Blood of the Lamb over any portals created in the time and land of colonial Jamestown. The Blood of the Lamb speaks to the angel of death, You must pass over.
May Jamestown become a portal of forgiveness. Oh, that the races in North America would give thanks to You, Almighty God, for one another. Amen.


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