As I think about the tears and grief of the families in Newtown, Connecticut, I can't help but be reminded in this Advent season of the tears and grief of the families in Bethlehem whose babies were killed after Jesus' birth. And I can't help but think that Advent speaks directly into this horrific event.
I'm certain that Satan would do anything to blind us to the real issues behind senseless tragedies like this. But this is not a gun-control issue, and it's not an issue of… Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on December 16, 2012 at 11:25pm —
God remains our source of courage
when we're traumatized by terror.
When we're haunted by the headlines
and the violence… Continue
Added by Greg Asimakoupoulos on December 16, 2012 at 9:25am —
I’ve watched the influence of the church ebb and flow for the past 30 years, and I have to confess that in most cases, the message and energy behind a movement was much more impressive than the fruit it created. Maybe my expectations are high, but based on the time, money, energy, promotion and presentations strategy that’s flowed into the public arena in the name of…
Added by Timothy Burns on December 15, 2012 at 7:04pm —
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Added by International Prayer Connect on December 15, 2012 at 2:51am —
Slaughter of Innocence (Revisited)
Emmanuel (God-with-us), why? Is it Your will that children die?
That fear surprise our trusting hearts
and keep our faith at bay?
Of course we know that's not Your plan.
But ever since the world began
it seems that evil stalks its prey
and steals our peace and joy.
Please help us find the means to cope
amid this season of true hope
that calls to mind You came to earth
to know our grief and…
Added by Greg Asimakoupoulos on December 14, 2012 at 8:33pm —
Added by Eric Neale Moore on December 14, 2012 at 10:25am —
13 December 2012
Author - Jonathan Graf
In a recent interview with Outreach magazine, Washington D.C. pastor Mark Batterson hit the nail on the head in describing the difference between a praying church and one that does not really pray.
"Prayer is the difference between the best you can do and the best God can do. So… Continue
Added by Jonathan Graf on December 13, 2012 at 3:38pm —
Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin | RLPB 189 | Wed 12 Dec 2012 Continue
CHRISTMAS IN THE FREE WEST
- where repression looms as God is forgotten
by Elizabeth Kendal
Secularism essentially mandates the separation of Church and State. It ensures that the Church does not rule over the State (as happened when Popes ruled over states in the Middle Ages) and the State does not rule over the Church (as happens in totalitarian states even today). Traditionally…
Added by Ron Clough on December 12, 2012 at 1:23am —
When I realized December 12, 2012 was coming this month, I got really excited. Wow…12.12.12…so full of biblical significance. And it won’t happen again for another 100 years.
In a nutshell, the number 12 in the Bible always represents ORDER and INCREASE. Order is shown by God’s instructions to arrange the Israelites according to 12 tribes and Jesus’ selection of 12 original apostles. This theme extends all the way to the end of the book of… Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on December 11, 2012 at 7:05pm —
When God impresses upon our minds some pleasing thought, everyone is happy. What about when God sends a displeasing word? What about when we pray for health and illness lingers? What about when we ask God to send us to a particular place and God sends us elsewhere? What about when we intercede for God to perform some specific act and God does just the opposite? What about when we petition God for rain and no rain falls? Can we follow God when the response we get from our prayers is a… Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on December 10, 2012 at 7:18am —
As a child, I was pretty naïve about life. I grew up in a carefree, upper middle class, suburban family, not much different from Ozzie and Harriet or Leave it to Beaver. I always assumed I would have a fairly easy life, accomplishing just about anything I wanted, and accomplishing it in my own strength.
When I became a Christian at age 18, I was pretty naïve about the life awaiting me on my journey of faith. Surely the Lord would guide me to a wonderful life, full of His… Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on December 8, 2012 at 12:40pm —
Mark Batterson: What Happens When the Church Stops Praying?
By Mark Batterson
"I feel like prayer is the difference between the best you can do and the best God can do."…
Added by Phil Miglioratti on December 5, 2012 at 6:43pm —
Today I had a question burst into my brain when I was reading about Elijah on Mt. Carmel after the Lord had defeated the prophets of Baal.
He had just declared to Ahab (the king) that he should go down to his camp at the base of the mountain and to have something to eat and drink because he, Elijah could hear the sound of a heavy storm coming.
w that this was not possible because he went back up his mountain and bowed before… Continue
Added by Dale Hardy on December 5, 2012 at 10:07am —
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NIGERIA: THE TERROR OF JIHAD
by Elizabeth Kendal
As was reported in RLPB 187 (28 Nov), up to 20 Christians were killed and dozens wounded on Sunday 25 November in a twin suicide bombing at St Andrew's Protestant Church inside the Jaji military barracks in Kaduna. Investigations indicate that the bombers may have been residents of the barracks and might have built the bomb on site, which would…
Added by Ron Clough on December 5, 2012 at 7:16am —
I often wonder about the future of our grandchildren growing up in a society where apathy, and even hostility, toward Jesus Christ is prevalent today. We are living in a complicated world. An aggressive attack is being launched by using media, technology, education, social influences, and political pressures to desensitize…
Added by Lillian A. Penner on December 4, 2012 at 6:48pm —
Any thinking believer who is an observer of culture will have to admit that the nation is going in the wrong direction. In 1 Kings 18:36, 37 we find one of the greatest prayers in the history of faith. It is here that Elijah is taking on the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah. They had been shouting and praying and cutting themselves for almost an entire day. Likely they were exhausted. When it came near the time for Evening Sacrifice Elijah… Continue
Added by Dale Hardy on December 4, 2012 at 9:16am —
In January of 2010 many of the greatest prayer leaders of our time gathered for the National Prayer Committee meetings. These meeting were hosted by the Prayer Ministry at Central in Mesa, AZ.
In an effort not to let this moment pass without capitalizing on it we asked 25 of those leaders to share 15 minutes of their best stuff on prayer. The results are these podcasts. …
Added by Phil Miglioratti on December 3, 2012 at 4:17pm —
Not all times are equal. There is a growing awareness in these days that God is calling people all over the world to seek Him as never before. The challenges we are facing are far greater than the solutions any political system can offer.
Seek God for the City 2013 helps open the way to pray God’s desires and purposes for our cities with fresh, clear, confident… Continue
Added by Stephanie Tucker on December 3, 2012 at 3:30pm —
I don’t like blogs. I write content for half a dozen blogs on a regular basis, but I have to confess I only tolerate these 21st century publishing platforms. The source of my displeasure is that an ideal blog post, so I’m told, is 400 to 600 words, just enough space to make an unsubstantiated claim, or spout some cultural cliché. Like seeing and smelling the golden… Continue
Added by Timothy Burns on December 2, 2012 at 10:46pm —
Being old has its benefits. And I don’t just mean the senior coffees at McDonalds.
I’m old enough to know that “what goes around comes around,” and King Solomon had it right when he observed that “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). History really does have a habit of repeating itself, particularly if we… Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on December 2, 2012 at 8:57am —