Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’
I haven’t forgotten about the “Questions about Hell” articles I promised. I’m still planning on it, but want to know what the next question to be answered should be. Leave your suggestion in the comments or email me.
I want to start writing sermons on a regular basis to get myself into the practice. And so here is the first in what I hope to be a regular flow of sermons-turned-article. As practice I’m going to start with the one I spoke to our youth group at camp.
Communicating with God
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand.”
He is why we are here. He created us, and He gives us purpose. Therefore communicating with Him is incredibly important. Something that should be noted about the verse above, is that we are compared to sheep. I owned sheep once. Sheep are stupid. Vulnerable. Completely dependent on the Shepherd. We ought to go to him for everything.
Today we are unable to communicate with God as we were meant to. We cannot hear him with our physical ears anymore (With the very rare exception). I find it important to give an overview of why and how we got where we are today.
6,000 years ago
God created the Earth. It was perfect. God then created man. We were perfect. God gave man a spirit, also perfect.
So, here in the beginning of time we have things as they ought to be. A perfect spirit, in a perfect body, in a perfect world. Zero separation from God. He was able to literally speak with Adam and Eve. They had no sin, and could therefore endure his presence.
We had no sickness, no death, and perfect communication with God.
But it didn’t stay that way. (more…)
“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)
In celebration of The National Day of Prayer, the pentagon invited Evangelist Franklin Graham to speak at an event.
But on Thursday the Army informed the public that he would no longer be allowed to speak at the event, because of a remark that he made 9 years ago.
What kind of remark, do you suppose, could prevent a Godly man from preaching at a prayer event? Especially after all these years?
He said that Islam was evil.
That’s it. That’s all he said. No death threats, no racist comments, no terrorist talk. He called a religion, that flew planes into the twin towers, evil. And that got him kicked out of the pentagon.
We are at WAR with Islam, and we can’t even throw a verbal attack at it. The army is using a LOT more than sticks and stones against them, killing many, and we are told “shh” when we use words.
Col. Tom Collins was the spokesmen who stated “Our message to our service and civilian work force is about the need for diversity and appreciation of all faiths.”
So, in other words, accept them as you blow them up.
If this country were half Muslim and half Christian, there would be instant civil war. And the Christians would not be the ones to start it. And I have proof! At this very moment there are Christians living in foreign countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. They are the ones being persecuted, not the Muslims.
If this country were half Atheist and half Muslim, we would still have war. Anybody who is not Muslim is to be killed in Jihad.
And this is not radical Islam, mind you. This is deeply embedded in their faith. I dare you to peak at the Koran, and you will see what I am talking about.
Oh, how this upsets me. They can’t just be anti-Christian anymore. They have to be hypocritical too. We can’t pray in school but they can kill Americans.
If you don’t believe Islam is evil, read this: http://www.nationpains.com/blog/?p=232
P.S I guess this means I’ll never speak at the Pentagon. Can’t say that I’m upset.
Earlier this year Principle Kay and Robert Freeman of Pace High School were cleared of contempt charges.
The ACLU headed up charges against them for having prayed in the High School.
Is this not a little ridiculous? Of course our Nation has lost sight of its heritage, but when was the last time you saw somebody take flak for their Islamic faith in a High School? Or Buddhism, or Hinduism, or even Witchcraft?
I am proud of Lay and Freeman. I am overjoyed that the Judge ruled in their favor. They have expressed pride in their faith, and shown they are not ashamed of their actions.
Remember to pray for those in their position. Pray for our students. Pray for our teachers. Pray for our High Schools. Pray in our High Schools.
Read and watch the full story here:
Keep me in your prayers. I will be preaching this Sunday.
Although I am excited about the particular message I will be speaking on, I am terrified of getting in the way. Pray that I keep a godly mind about me, and that I preach only the words God would have me speak. Pray that the words will be timely, and that hearts will accept it.
Pray that God will be ever-present in my thoughts.