Monday, May 30, 2011

Remember The Fallen

On this Memorial Day, we remember with profound gratitude all those soldiers who gave the last, full measure of devotion to keep our nation free. the words of the man whose public, and private, life embodied patriotism and devotion to America’s founding principles: John Wayne. Below are two recitations John Wayne performed on his full-length patriotic album, America, Why I Love Her.

Happy Memorial Day, fellow Americans!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ten Tricks Of The Devil

1. Satan tempts us to resent other people, especially persons we dislike, and to be jealous of others’ successes.

2. When we’ve decided to do something morally good, the devil will suggest we delay acting on our good impulses; he hopes we’ll later change our minds or forget what we were going to do.

3. Whenever we’ve done a good deed, Satan wants us to feel superior and self-satisfied; this sort of pride greatly lessens the value of our good deeds and spiritual achievements.

4. The devil will do everything possible to keep us from being humble, for he knows that humility destroys his influence over us and allows God’s grace to work within us.

5. If we resist Satan’s attacks by remaining humble, he’ll continue attacking us—by making us proud of how humble we are!

6. When we’re deciding what to do in a moral situation, the devil will try to make us afraid of what might happen if we do the right thing.

7. Satan wants us to deny our sins and refuse to admit our need for mercy; in this way we won’t seek God’s forgiveness, and our adversary will have an easier time drawing us more deeply into sin.

8. When we’re bothered by temptations, the devil wants us to believe they’re too powerful to resist and that they won’t go away until we give in; in this way he keeps us from holding out and using the grace God offers.

9. If we hesitate to give in to a temptation, Satan will try to convince us that it’s no big deal, suggesting that “everyone’s doing it,” or “it’s just a little sin,” or “God doesn’t really care.”

10. When we’ve sinned, the devil wants us to feel terribly guilty and afraid to ask God for forgiveness; in this way he can keep us imprisoned in our sins, and gradually gain control over us.

God, however, wants us to turn to Him and seek His forgiveness, no matter how terrible our sins might be. He is eager to be reconciled with us, and as Jesus says, “There will be more joy in Heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent” Luke 15:7

Friday, May 20, 2011

Not Even The Gates Of Hell...

"...upon this Rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." -- Matthew 16:18

Jesus is speaking in this verse, and he declares Himself to be the rock upon which the church shall be built. Jesus Himself established, built, and nurtured the Church. The Church does not belong to any human being--not a deacon or deacons, not the Board, not the Pastor or Priest, not the Bishop, nobody. It belongs to Jesus.

And Jesus said that even the gates of Hell would not be able to prevail over the Church.

After 2000 years, He has proved to be right. Emperors, Kings, Queens, false religions, and others have tried to stamp it out. Hostile political forces, such as Communism/Marxism have proclaimed its demise. Academics have declared that it is irrelevant due to the 'enlightened minds that reject any notion of deity.'

Yet the Church still stands, and in many areas of the world it is getting stronger. The more Christians are persecuted, the more the Church thrives.

Let this be a warning to certain forces in the Middle East and American politicians that support them. You will lose in the end.

We Pray: "O God of Might and Power, the forces of evil and oppression are gathering together in a dark global plume that threatens the very foundation of the nation, as well as the Church. We are thankful that your dear Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, has already promised that even the gates of Hell cannot prevail against the Church. Let us stand at the ready, O God, to be your spokesmen in a world where every single thing we hold dear is under heavy attack. And we humbly ask that You will quickly defeat these forces of evil and protect your people, the Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Israel's 63rd Independence Day

Why Pray For Israel?
1. Israel is still the apple of God's eye and His inheritance, close to His heart.
Psalm 148:14
2. God's faithful servants are moved to prayer and compassion over Israel's condition.
Psalm 102:13-17
3. God commands us to give Him and ourselves no rest until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.
4. God wants to give us the desire, anguish and gift of travailing prayer for Israel's salvation.
Rom.9:2-3; 10:1, 14
5. God commands us to seek the spiritual and physical good of the Israeli people and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
6. The Jewish people's acceptance of Messiah Jesus (Yeshua) will lead to life from the dead — world-wide revival of unprecedented magnitude.
7. Yeshua linked His second coming to Israel's national turning to Him.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

National Day Of Prayer

Psalm 107
1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.
4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle.
5 They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.
6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.
8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,
11 because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.
17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.
18 They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.
23 Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves.
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea[b] were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.
33 He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground,
34 and fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
35 He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs;
36 there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle.
37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest;
38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish.
39 Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow;
40 he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste.
41 But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks.
42 The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths.
43 Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the LORD.