A Man Called Christian

My windows were wide open, but tears resonating from the house next door  hampered the refreshing molecules. I wondered… what kind of man makes a wife cry? The sobbing was an every night occurrence. He arrived home again and again, in the wee hours. She told me he worked late, but I doubted it.

He opened the door and kissed the kids goodnight while they stood at the mirror, brushing their teeth. Without a kiss for her, he told his wife he was going out back to work in the shop. “It relaxes me after a hard day’s work,” he claimed. She made dinner, so he grabbed the plate of food and headed to his hideout. The pain sharpened as a dagger twisted, once again, by his careless appearance. The back door slammed again and silence.

He locked himself away safely in the shed and pulled out a knife to snap off the top of a bottle buried in the chest. Whittling his world away, he hid his sorrows in the bottom of a longneck bottle. His state of mind included carving the names of his exes in the bottom of his soles so he could save himself from sin. Several hours later, he staggered to bed and slammed the door shut again. So, the screaming begun behind the blinds. It’s a horrible life for a wife to witness and endure, and only God could save the innocent from the terror of his conscience.

What kind of Christian man puts his family on a bus Sunday morning and stumbles to the shed for his own benediction? He opened another bottle for his personal communion. As he stared at the ground, he chuckled at the buried empties; meanwhile, a poor twenty-something mother of three, put on a face and filed into the aisle of a sanctuary. She has no money for the offering plate and seeks only the strength to make it home.

I ask God in heaven for His mercy. My heart is wrenched by a man named Christian who carves his past in the bottom of his boots. His days are numbered… he will soon discover if God doesn’t show His wrath first, then the bottle will. His wife bears a name she hates so much, and her three little ones will have to endure the legacy of their father’s misfortune. Are there prayers in heaven for a man who calls himself Christian? I wonder… 

The day will come when the blood he bled will be no more. Three little children will have to fend for themselves while their mother struggles to support their mere existence. Her sacrifice is to put on an apron and do her best every single day. The kids now sit on the porch and carve their past into the treads of their own little world. I watch and pray God will bless this mess – the man called Christian, now left beneath his unmarked tombstone. A coward at best, he carved his memory into his children, and his reputation branded them for life.

I have changed the names in this story. I ask God, in the name of Jesus, to save this family. God bless the innocent, abused wife who slaves her life away and waits for Christ’s return. She prays for the forgiveness of the hatred boiling inside her for a man she thought she knew named Christian.

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Allow me to ask you Christian women and men, does this resonate in your heart? Or does it familiar? Please use these verses to enlighten your soul and know you are not alone:

“Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” Colossians 3:19

“A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, but the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence” Proverbs 13:2

“Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways.” Proverbs 3:31

“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Romans 12:19

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught” Proverbs 3:24-26

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” Isaiah 61:1

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A Place of Peace

Finally, a moment of peace! After another torrential storm, I adjusted the patio furniture to find comfort again. My mind was disheveled from life’s stresses, but nonetheless, the sun returned as promised. Land lovers watched the sailors set sail from a forbidden shore. The harbor bustled once again with joy, as finally, a quiet time for wayward voyagers to relax was on their horizon.

In the green, lush woods, God protected His wildlife which took refuge in the limbs of the trees and fallen trunks. Their domestic search was long and hard to find a place they called peace.

Where I wonder, is your place of peace?

Thinking back, my mother found her peace in gardening, and my dad was quick to hit the deck and launch his thoughts sailing the waters of Maryland. My beloved brother dropped the convertible top of his Austin Healey, filled the tank, and left for hours traveling to find his peace. I have close friends who wade out to their waist in streams and cast their spinners to find their catch of the day. Others find peace in hobbies or maybe an overstuffed recliner with their nose buried between pages. My wife and many others discover harmony with sand between their toes. Jesus found peace in His long walks through the desert sands.

Many Christians find a place of peace in our Father’s house. It might be in a pew or listening to the steeple bells as the choir sings a beautiful hymn. Tranquility and contentment exude God’s presence in a church. Bible verses also bring us peace such as in Philippians 4:6-7:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The place of peace in my personal life is with Christ. Just as another brother, He’s never far from reach be it on my porch, in my home, or even my heart. When I stroll along the shores holding my wife’s hand, I know He is taking her other. If we focus on God, peace is never far behind in our life.

The Lord created a wonderful world, both on land and at sea, but I believe heaven is in your heart and soul. The true route to peace is through Jesus Christ. So, unclutter your world and unclutter your mind by surrounding yourself in His love, mercy, and forgiveness. I promise you – there will be no greater reward! Find a quiet place today and pray for your place of peace.

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The Last Ride

A somber mood lingers… one less life on earth begins their journey. The black hearse pulls up to the curb. As it latches closed, it makes a distinctive noise only heard by those who no longer exist. The driver waits for the breezeway gates to slowly open. In a dignified pause, the inherited remain to honor what’s left of an era.

So, the journey begins across a herringbone walkway. Winding along the cobblestones of the cemetery, it’s a poetic view. Memories of many others, awaiting their turn to be eternal with God, lie in peace. The limousine turns in through a wrought-iron fence where Wye oaks litter the lawn. Families follow in due respect, honoring protocol.

Pallbearers stand in line behind the hearse. The coffin is guided respectfully along a path of boxwoods to the final resting spot. It is empty of a body and soul which will soon return to dust. One day, God will make His grand entrance to take them home – away from the cold and damp, pain and suffering. But for now, they wait on the last ride to heaven’s gates.

What Does the Bible Say About Death?

Genesis 3:19

“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

Are you going straight to heaven or to the burning inferno after your funeral? Well, neither answer is accurate… at least not yet. The Christian Bible, in over fifty verses, compares death to a state of sleeping, a state of unconsciousness. One such verse is:

Ecclesiastes 9:5

For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten.

But many believers think the soul is an immortal entity which continues living after death. This is a pagan belief initiated by the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, and Greek philosophers. Then, the two Jewish sects, the Essenes and the Pharisees, adopted the same theory. The Jewish Encyclopedia states:

“The belief in the immortality of the soul came to the Jews from contact with Greek thought and chiefly through the philosophy of Plato.”

Later, Christianity absorbed Plato’s same hypothesis that our soul is in a better place than living in this fallen world. It certainly gives us hope, especially if we’re masked as an evildoer. But, according to the Living Bible, a soul living after death is incorrect. Let me explain why this not so and the answer is found in the Bible.

In the beginning, God formed man by dust and breathed into his nostrils to become a living entity. However, when death occurs, the body dies (returning to dust) and the soul ceases. If it lived on, this would make us immortal, and the Bible clearly states only God is never-ending.

1 Timothy 6:16

“…who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion.”

Eternal Life

It’s a marvelous Lord we serve for He promises us eternal life if we righteously serve Him while on earth. But, as deceased bodies, we remain in the grave, asleep, until the trumpets of the Lord sound and judgment day arrives for all believers. We will receive immortality when Jesus comes to take us to paradise.

But, those who fall short of living in God’s word will be raised to life in a separate resurrection called the “resurrection of condemnation.” I can only imagine how many will live to see this day.

Many unpleasant questions arise about death. As believers, though, we can be self-assured knowing God is preparing a better place for us, known as paradise in the Bible, for all who loves, praises and believes in Him, regardless of religion. He will perfect our hearts in holiness, and we will live on in His perfect grace and beauty. We will swallow death up in victory as we take the last ride!

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When Does A House Become A Home?

It is so gratifying to step over the threshold of a brand new residence. Odors from a completed punch list still linger, and in the misty sunset, the door opens to a different life. The placement of furniture and filled boxes may not be correct, but at least they found their way into the right room. It’s time to thank God for the blessings He so graciously bestowed.

As my wife and I entered the first night in our humble abode, nothing seemed comfortable. My worst fear was not finding the Coffee Maker for the next morning. But, at bedtime we embraced, sharing prayers, for it was God who made all this possible. We gave Him all the glory.

The days turned into weeks, and now a month later the newness is slowly fading away. Comforts of the dreams we prayed for are a delightful reality. God blessed our initiatives to find a location He planned for us a long time ago. We waited for His perfect timing and word to move forward.

Tonight, in the candlelight, when all is quiet, our heads shared the same pillow on our sectional. We agreed God anointed this house our home. My honey-do list keeps mounting, but its prayer and perseverance which gives me the determination. And so, I ponder… when does a house become a home?

This is a very loaded question, but let me say, good memories should reside in the four walls where you live; a nest which washes away the outside world. It provides for your basic needs and safety, also known as a house. But more significant than this, it should be a foundation based on God’s spirit – a place where He blesses your every intention. Now it becomes a home built on truth, understanding, and wisdom.

So do you live in a house or a home? Are your walls professionally decorated with a lack of the Holy Spirit, or can you feel God’s presence and abounding love when you walk in the front door?

Tranquility is the light brought to you from our heavenly Father when you allow Him to reside in your home. Glorify His honor and let your house become a home.

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“Unity in Diversity”

“Unity in diversity” is an old, prominent principle of many religions around the world.

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“‘A oneness of being’, namely reality is one, and God is the only true existence; all other beings are merely shadows, or reflections of God’s qualities.” ~ Philosopher Ibn al-‘Arabi (1165–1240)

The 5,000-year-old religion of Hinduism pronounces one unity among all of creation and a diversity in existence. Buddhists believe by honoring diversity and finding unity in it, this forms wisdom. Islam’s Quran upholds unity by encouraging respect and the dignity of all human beings–a moral consciousness of God.

As Christians, we gather to praise the son of God, Jesus Christ, as a brotherhood of believers bonded by a baptism of life. Grasping the complexity of this concept, we should realize the shade of your skin doesn’t matter. I may be light-skinned in the winter but in the summer it turns dark. You may be a practicing Catholic or Buddhist but who cares when we are one in God’s house.

You may remember the biblical stories of God bringing peace amongst the Jews and Gentiles. That was based on unity in diversity. He sent Paul to countries all over the world for twenty-five years. Because God proclaimed the Jews were His chosen people, the Gentiles became irate and slighted. Therefore, Paul planted God’s seeds to all nations:

We have a tendency to brand friendships by the length of their hair, the vehicle they drive in, the community in which they live, and the clothes they wear daily. This, too, is of no consequence. Why should we address such things of little importance for we, as a body of people is so much more in God’s eyes?

In the United States, the Pledge of Allegiance boasts it’s unity in diversity (one nation; under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all). We are a diverse mixture of many nationalities forming this great country. Unity? Some will dispute it because the political arena places a great divide between us, but nevertheless, we are one. It is what makes us stronger.

A man and woman, from very different backgrounds, join in marriage and develop a unity in diversity. They raise children forming the family unit. Though each personality is dissimilar, they should learn to love one another, live and work together in oneness. The family structure is a basic foundation of loving, unconditionally, in God’s divine grace.

I pray my thoughts may be heard – we are a family and world of God’s children. It is unfortunate many still reel from ramifications of previous generations – prejudices, hatred, and labeling our brothers and sisters. If we learned to remove the walls of division, the goodness in the world would have an everlasting effect. Brotherly love, my friends, is all it takes and forgiveness of those who trespassed our way of life. When you set an example, it brings others to eternal salvation. God needs leaders who gather together and heeds His words–unity in diversity.

Honor God, won’t you? The rewards are forthcoming. Christ was, and always will be Head of the Church. His words are anointed so let not the tongue be sworn to the sword. Christ is coming!

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The Ambiance of the Season

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Ah… the ambiance of a warm, crackling fireplace at Christmas! Stockings are hung by the chimney with care, hoping St. Nicholas will soon be there. But, if you live in a Scandinavian or a European country, do not hang those stockings too low for they will go up in flames! You see, one of the oldest traditions of Christmas is the burning of a Yule log, and it’s not just any old piece of wood.

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In the 12th century, Norway kicked off the pagan custom of burning a Yule log on the day of Solstice. Norsemen believed the giant ball of fire, known as the sun, rolled away from the earth. Technically though, it was only the shortest and darkest day of the year, but their superstitions ran rampant. So they cut down an entire tree and dragged it into their homes. Yes, the whole tree! Families shoved the largest end of the tree into the fire while the other end of the tree laid in the middle of the room. As the Christmas season progressed, they continued to push it slowly into the flames while singing, dancing, and feasting on holiday goodies. It was a celebration of the sun’s rebirth, so it was important those flames never ceased before the twelfth day of Christmas; it was bad luck.

Victorian Yule Log Christmas card c 1870

Through the centuries, this tradition of prosperity spread as far west as Ireland, as far south as Greece, and as far north as Siberia. Each country individualized the Yule log custom. In France, folks stored any remaining pieces of the cherry tree log at the end of the twelve days, inside their home to protect against lightning strikes. The UK appears to be cleaner about their holiday mess. They dry out an oak tree and strip the bark off before it comes inside to burn. Some Europeans scatter the ashes of the flames inside their home to ward off evil spirits, and others spread them around their plants to encourage blooming. In Holland, the Yule log is stored under a bed in the home as a safety against bad luck.

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Yule Winter Solstice Celebration

Moving away to a modern civilization known as North America, is there a doubt we commercialized the Yule log? Walk into Hobby Lobby or any craft store, and you will spend a lot of money on Yule log centerpieces or the supplies to make one. But like the French, I think it’s much yummier to whip up a rich, chocolate Yule log, Bûche de Noël, dripping in chocolate icing and filled with cream. I would much rather sit in front of the fireplace, celebrating the ambiance of the season, eating this sponge cake. How about you?

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Let us remember, as Christians, the yule we celebrate today is the reality that God became man in order to bring the man to God. Happy Holidays!

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Birth of the Christmas Greeting Card

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It’s the mid-1800s in the United Kingdom, and Sir Henry Cole had a remarkable idea to share “Good Tidings” among his friends. His friend, John Horsley, was the artist who designed that very first Christmas greeting card for him. He designed approximately one thousand cards to be given to special friends and family. The very first creation by him was not liked by many because it showed a child being given a glass of wine. But the idea progressed despite an even bigger problem – how he would get them to all his recipients?

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Image of John Horsley’s first Christmas postcard

Though delivering a package was costly, and the poor could never afford such an expense, Sir Henry created a “Penny Post” in town for folks to drop off their cards, thus, the creation of the post office. So, for about a Penny stamp, “Robin Postmen” (in tribute to the bird) distributed their mail for the holidays, even on Christmas day. As this tradition spread in 1860, Christmas cards were mass produced, and the postage dropped to a half-penny.

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Courtesy of United States Catalogue

The original cards were colorful with pictures of children caroling or nativity scenes. Some cards were decorated with snow scenes and red robin birds. This tradition expanded to America in 1849 as adopted by Louis Prang. He was a German immigrant that grew up in the printing business. He started the fad of Christmas cards in the United States.

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Louis Prang, courtesy of New York Historical Society

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The first known ‘personalized’ Christmas Card was sent in 1891 by the famous sharpshooter, Annie Oakley.

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First known Victorian Christmas card

In 1915, a poor, high school dropout named Joyce C. Hall gathered postcards and sold them to drugstores, bookstores and gift shops in Kansas City, Missouri. He soon realized what a lucrative business Christmas postcards was, so he purchased an engraving firm and mass produced the greeting cards in our country. This man was the founding father of the infamous company we’ve learned to count on for the holiday season – the original creator of Hallmark cards!

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I find it very interesting that the Christmas card industry gave birth to the post office. Who would have thought, much less in the UK?

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I hope as we pray for peace and joy this holiday season, God fills your heart with good tidings and cheer! Today, it doesn’t cost a cent to share those feelings with others. Have a wonderful love-filled Christmas!

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Combatting The Blitzkrieg Against the West [Video]

Fighting against evil in prayer

A Warrior in Prayer

I had intended to return to the series about the Left’s war on science this week.

Last week’s post was an interruption in that series. Part four will be coming soon, so be watching!

I have heard that the late Andrew Breitbart once stated that ‘politics is downstream from culture.’ If he is correct, the latest public display of vitriol by the Left is cause for serious alarm.

The fact is that the West is in a life and death struggle, a cultural war, which has dire consequences should the adversaries triumph. The question is, ‘How can such a triumph be avoided and the tide of this war be turned?’

I believe the solution comes in three phases, realization, comprehension and mobilization. First comes the opening of eyes, the realization that the Left has launched a cultural blitzkrieg against the West, and they’re not alone.

Realization: The Cultural Blitzkrieg

The first step is to realize the nature of the enemies of the West. Because there are two main opponents to be reckoned with, the leftists and Islamists.

It has become clear that Western culture is under attack by the Left in every arena. Moreover, the intensity and speed of this attack are accelerating at a rapid rate.

It is much like the initial attacks from Nazi Germany in 1939. A blitzkrieg is being launched against the values of the West by the Socialist Left.

The Left is aided in this campaign by a strange ally, militant Islam. Militant Islam is itself at war with the West and any culture which will not submit to Muslim rule.

This blitz is being waged by both groups against a common enemy, the West especially as expressed by America. The next piece needed to counter this is comprehension of the tactics employed by the enemies.

Comprehension: Enemy Tactics in the Culture War

BlitzkriegBlitzkrieg is of German origin and the word literally means “lightning war.” It was introduced in 1939 when Germany invaded Poland with overwhelming forces in a surprise attack.

The tactic was stunningly successful. So much so that scarcely two years later Germany had conquered almost all of Continental Europe and was poised to invade Great Britain.

Both the Left and Militant Islam have used tactics similar to the “blitz” in the current cultural battles. This has borne much fruit for their aim to dismantle the West.

Both groups have prepared for their assaults in a manner comparable to the Nazi military machine. The first step then was to build sufficient forces which could move rapidly to ensure victory.

The Left began its campaign decades ago in America by infiltrating the public education system. Since leftist philosophy is atheistic the key to accomplishing this was to remove anything in public education favoring reliance upon God.

This was achieved back in 1962 with two Supreme Court rulings.

On June 25, 1962, the United States Supreme Court decided in Engel v. Vitale that a prayer approved by the New York Board of Regents for use in schools violated the First Amendment by constituting an establishment of religion. The following year, in Abington School District v. Schempp, the Court disallowed Bible readings in public schools for similar reasons.

The removal of prayer and Bible reading in schools has fostered terrible consequences. This video is more than a decade old, yet no one would suggest things are better today in America.

Through the education system, the Left has built a substantial crop of soldiers for Socialism over the last 55 years.

Islamic Tactics

Islamic radicalThe Islamic tactics in the war against the West begin with the infiltration of the culture through immigration. Immigration became the maneuver to build up the needed forces for their own brand of “the blitz.”

One other factor unites the Left with radical Islam. Wittingly or not, leftists in Western nations have opened up the floodgates for Muslim immigration.

The consequences of allowing mass immigration of particularly Islamic origin is felt keenly in Europe today. It has resulted in:

chaos in Europe, including jihad attacks, Muslim rape gangs, attacks on women, no-go zones and Sharia patrols, the rise in anti-Semitism that even Angela Merkel attributes “to people of Arab origin,”

The cultural atmosphere favoring Islamic mass migration is now reflected in European law. In some places, if one is critical of this they can be legally considered mentally ill and ordered to be psychologically evaluated.

Until the current presidency, the immigration policies of the United States were headed in the same direction. Even so, in certain areas, the beginnings of a Muslim ‘blitz’ are being seen.

Radical Islam

The state of Minnesota has the largest Muslim population in America. A recent near-riot at a public event there is one example of many demonstrating the rise of Islamofascism.

 

 

 

…violent fights erupted during Law enforcement appreciation day when the park was full of police officers and other members of law enforcement who received discounted tickets so that their families could enjoy the amusement park. An estimated 263 police officers responded to the fights inside the park, according to witnesses.  “This looked like a targeted attack on law enforcement,” Hallberg added.

The response of local officials in Shakopee, MN, and the media was to avoid mentioning the Somali Muslim connection to this disturbance.

Moreover, just over two years ago an ISIS-inspired knife attack in a central Minnesota mall received national attention. This man was also a Somali Muslim ‘refugee.’

Mobilization: A Strong and Righteous Counter-attack

Leftists and Islamists are both poised to launch blitzkrieg-type assaults on Western society. The forces are in place almost everywhere including the United States.

Australia, the European Union, South Korea and especially Israel are also key states where the West is targeted by these hostile forces.

The question is, ‘How can this be turned back?’ How are these destructive and hostile camps to be dealt with effectively?

What must be understood especially by those who follow Christ is that we are engaged in more than a physical struggle. We are involved in far more than a culture war.

God’s Word reveals that our society is most of all in a spiritual war. 

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4 [ESV]

Perhaps the most powerful spiritual weapon is often the least used. That is the weapon of prayer.

The Powerful Weapon of Prayer

Praying handsI was a pastor for 20 years. Before that, I was involved in a men’s prayer group at our local church. Much to my chagrin, getting groups together to pray was a most difficult task.

I have heard it said that if you really wanted a church to yourself on Wednesday night, just announce a prayer meeting and you will get your wish. Sadly that is almost always true.

However, I also discovered that sincere prayer works. However, I don’t believe it works because ‘prayer changes things,’ as the saying goes.

It works because prayer changes us. It forces our attention beyond a list of requests to an encounter with God, and that is life-changing and miracle-working.

There is an abundance of evidence to support this, enough to fill entire volumes throughout the history of Christianity. A remarkable example of this is the story of George Mueller, who ran an orphanage solely using the power of prayer.

“The children are dressed and ready for school. But there is no food for them to eat,” the housemother of the orphanage informed George Mueller. George asked her to take the 300 children into the dining room and have them sit at the tables. He thanked God for the food and waited. George knew God would provide food for the children as he always did. Within minutes, a baker knocked on the door. “Mr. Mueller,” he said, “last night I could not sleep. Somehow I knew that you would need bread this morning. I got up and baked three batches for you. I will bring it in.” Soon, there was another knock at the door. It was the milkman. His cart had broken down in front of the orphanage. The milk would spoil by the time the wheel was fixed. He asked George if he could use some free milk. George smiled as the milkman brought in ten large cans of milk. It was just enough for the 300 thirsty children.

Mueller’s orphanage literally ran on this kind of schedule, and that example was the norm. Whatever was needed was prayed for and God provided it.

This began in 1836 and continued for almost 60 years. In that time over 10,000 orphans were cared for and 3,000 of them became ardent followers of Jesus.

A Modern Example of Prayer Power: 40 Days for Life

There is a modern example of a prayer campaign against abortion known as 40 Days for Life. The following video explains the power of prayer in this struggle and how it has been working.

Promo Video – 10 minutes from 40 Days for Life on Vimeo.

The campaign began in College Station, Texas in 1998 and went nationwide in 2007. I have participated with other Christian brothers and sisters in local 40 Days for Life.

We pray in shifts at the entrance to the Planned Parenthood clinic every hour of every day for 40 days. That is the goal at all 40 Days campaigns.

Today, this remarkable prayer power spans the globe.

Hundreds of cities in dozens of countries across all six populated continents have now hosted 40 Days for Life campaigns. …Many cultures. Many time zones. Many languages. But one shared language of prayer.

The results have been stunning, to say the least. Since the campaign became national,

40 Days for Life participants report 14,636 lives saved from abortion during a campaign. That’s the type of impact that led an ACLU spokesperson to describe 40 Days for Life as the “greatest threat to choice.”

Almost 100 abortion clinics have closed their doors because of 40 Days prayer warriors. Moreover, at last count 172 abortion workers have come to Christ, left their jobs and are now pro-life.

Faithful Prayer is Critical

Jesus last prayerFocused, determined petitioning of God is critical in today’s world. We have noted the threats from Islamists and leftists against the West.

The damage already done by these adversaries is significant. But it can be repaired and the enemies defeated if we start by connecting with the Lord, and keeping our leaders strong and wise through prayer.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. I Timothy 2:1,2 [ESV]

America is fast approaching an important mid-term election. I believe it is a duty for Americans and especially Christians to vote.

Yet, if we do not reach out to our Lord in prayer for His help and guidance voting is useless. Moreover, if we do not pray for our nation and her leaders we are relying on the unsteady wisdom of men to rule without His aid.

U.S. ConstitutionAmerica’s founders realized this early during the birth pangs of the nation. One such point of crisis came during the forming of the Constitution.

The 1787 Constitutional Convention became deadlocked over how states were to be represented. The dispute was so harsh it seemed as if the Convention would fail.

No one could see any solution until delegate Ben Franklin stood up and spoke.

We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. …I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel …I therefore beg leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessing on our deliberation be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business.

According to authors Peter Marshall and David Manuel, that speech was the factor which caused the delegates to strive with unity and complete the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

There is no better way to begin a nation than with dependence upon the Lord. We as believers need to be the first to recapture that discipline in our lives, our churches, and for America and the world.

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001
The Light and the Glory, Peter Marshall and David Manuel, Fleming H. Revell Company, 1977
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Unequivocal Confrontation

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It’s a sad day…. our land is divided and not by a river or earthquake, but by a disaster of biblical proportions. The Bible speaks of copulation pre-dating Christ Jesus where many men adhered to their weaknesses. In today’s society, women spar in retaliation as a victim in victimless situations. On this day, a gallant man of valor rides off into the sunset to battle another day of besieging quests.

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The deep red and fiery blue states are blurred in a multitude of collages. The headline news doesn’t scratch the surface as the story unfolds; it deepens like a fiction novel of Who’s Who. A script of unwritten measure is truer than life and Americans cling to the edge of their seats as though in a movie theater.

Political paid actors are poised in their best dressed, and the filth fills the air with a stench so surreal you can smell the money sifting through the fingers. Stephen King, are you listening?? Who wrote this playwright? Is this a movie made for television or is this forecasting our social future? Our obscure hearts intently fall to the intervention. The victims are the leading actors as the corpse of recollections escape the prison of captive algorithms.

The U.S. is in the clutches of Cadillacs and Lincolns lining the walkways. As the procession starts, someone is going to get buried when parliament votes. The pagans buy lottery tickets to see who wins the Powerball. Our country is jolted, rocked by an unequivocal confrontation.

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At the end of the day, shadows stretch across flawless lawns. The rank and file filter out, one by one, kicking off their muddy shoes. Oh God, save us for we have but one life to live! Was that Benedict Arnold echoing across the mahogany and walnut of the balcony, where no one gives a darn in the first place?

The broadcasters loosen their ties and try to predict the final quarter. Its 30-love, a net serve, and it’s all tied up at fifteen. I’m confused who taught them how to count from 49 to 51. There’s no rehearsing the coward’s “you’re out” number while the victims sweat. A nation full of integrity lies in an arena with no Pledge of Allegiance, nor prayer, only a lurking evil smirking at God, our Father. Where for art thou Oh Lord, as Satan rips another mortal to shreds? God save the Queen!


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