Archive for August, 2010
“Father, I have a problem. It’s weighing heavy on me. It’s all I can think about, night and day. Before I bring it to you in prayer, I suppose I should pray for those who are less fortunate than me-those in this world who have hardly enough food for this day, and for those who don’t have a roof over their heads at night. I also pray for families who have lost loved ones in sudden death, for parents whose children have leukemia, for the many people who are dying of brain tumors, for the hundreds of thousands who are laid waste with other terrible cancers, for people whose bodies have been suddenly shattered in car wrecks, for those who are lying in hospitals with agonizing burns over their bodies, whose faces have been burned beyond recognition. I pray for people with emphysema, whose eyes fill with terror as they struggle for every breath merely to live, for those who are tormented beyond words by irrational fears, for the elderly who are wracked with the pains of aging, whose only ‘escape’ is death.
“I pray for people who are watching their loved ones fade before their eyes through the grief of Alzheimer’s disease, for the many thousands who are suffering the agony if AIDS, for those who are in such despair they are contemplating suicide, for people who are tormented by the demons of alcoholism and drug addiction. I pray for children who have been abandoned by their parents, for those who are sexually abused, for wives held in quiet despair, beaten and abused by cruel drunken husbands, for people whose minds have been destroyed by mental disorders, for those who have lost everything in floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes. I pray for the blind, who never see the faces of the ones they love or the beauty of a sunrise, for those whose bodies are deformed by painful arthritis, for the many whose lives will be taken from them today by murderers, for those wasting away on their deathbeds in hospitals.
“Most of all, I cry out for the millions who don’t know the forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ…for those who in a moment of time will be swept into Hell by the cold hand of death, and find to their utter horror the unspeakable vengeance of eternal fire. They will be eternally damned to everlasting punishment. O God, I pray for them.
“Strange. I can’t seam to remember what my problem was. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
(Taken from the Evidence Bible)
“Are not the Church in their present state a standing, public,
perpetual denial of the gospel? Do they not stand out before the
world, as a living, unanswerable contradiction of the gospel; and do
more to harden sinners and lead them into a spirit of caviling and
infidelity, than all the efforts of professed infidels from the
beginning of the world to the present day?”
“A revival of real praying would produce a spiritual revolution.”
“How often God visited the Jewish Church with judgments because they
would not repent and be revived at the call of His prophets! How often
have we seen Churches, and even whole denominations, cursed with a
curse, because they would not wake up and seek the Lord, and pray:
‘Wilt Thou not revive us again, that Thy people may rejoice in
“All it takes to make a preacher is a sermon – but it takes an altar
to make a man of God.” – B.H. Clendennen
“The great number of teachers is the reason of the multitude of sects,
for which we shall soon have no names left.” Jan Amos Comenius
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far
one can go.”
“The one thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from
history.” – Leonard Ravenhill
“Every Minister ought to know that if the prayer meetings are
neglected, all his labors are in vain.”
Thanks to http://www.SermonIndex.net
Anyone else tired of watching the world go down hill?
I wish I knew what to do about it. I can post all day long about why it’s wrong, but God’s already done that. It’s called a conscience. So if man is able to ignore God, surely they are able to ignore me.
I know that in the end days evil will abound. But where is the Holy Spirit? Isn’t that supposed to be overflowing as well?
Perhaps I know why it hasn’t been overflowing in my life. Or this country. In my video, The Passion Promise, Paris Reidhead is quoted saying “…are you using God as an end or a means?” I, for one, have been using Him as a means to my own end. I’ve been so distant from Him, because He hasn’t been anything more to me than a way to fix my life or this country. Maybe a little more. But not enough.
Even writing this out, I noticed that I called the Holy Spirit an it. I don’t think He likes that.
I’ve even started to write sermons based upon what I think the people need, and not what God wants.
There are so many people in this world, myself included, who are capable of declaring war on sin, evil, and the flesh. But instead of using the immense power given to us by God we raise our white flags almost proudly declaring peace with a world that hates Christ. Not for God’s sake, obviously, but for our own selfish desires and ambition.
Who are we that we should even consider our own fate when there are thousands of souls, within and without the church, over whom the Lord weeps? They will spend an eternity in Hell because I wont spend a minute in surrender sharing the gospel. Shame on me. I deserve a fate worse than theirs.
Who are we that we think we have the right to a comfortable life? We rub the name of Jesus Christ in the mud. He denied comfort and chose instead the most gruesome way to die after living a most humble lifestyle. There are 159,000 Christian slain every year, and I distance myself from them.
Who are we to call ourselves Christians? We use the word so flippantly. I don’t have the right to the word any more than I could call myself a U.S. Marine.
Perhaps nobody does. At least I see that now.
Soldier in Training
I haven’t been this angry in a long time.
In 2008 voters came together to decide the fate of same-sex marriage in California. 52.47% of voters wanted it restricted to only one man and one woman. With a lead of about 504,000 votes, it was an obvious decision.
But lately the government doesn’t care about the opinion of its people.
Yesterday, August 4th 2010, federal judge Vaughn R. Walker told the American people that He understands the constitution better than the rest of us. By stamping the ban as “unconstitutional” He essentially gave the millions of voters a pat on the head while saying “Silly people. Law is government.”
We don’t want this. We told them we don’t want this. We are the people the constitution defends, and it is instead being used against us because a judge fails to interpret it beyond His own nearsightedness.
I’m not going to argue about the morality of homosexuality. I already did that. But I want you to realize where morality comes from:
If there is a God, then it comes from Him.
If there is no god, then it is the opinion of the majority.
But there is a God, and He says no. And the opinion of the majority also says no.
It is a proud and arrogant thing for this judge to say otherwise.
Pray for Him. Pray for Him hard.