Thursday, January 24, 2013

Seriously... what are we to do about that?

Yes, the culture in which our children are growing up seems to be turning more and more away from the God who created this world & then revealed himself to us in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.  

What are Christians to do about that?  Worry?  Rage?  Complain?  Whine?  Cry?  Ignore?  Pretend?  Fret?

Psalm 37.8 - "Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil."  

So then... what?   There is much to do... but let's start with prayer.  

Prayer for Reformation & Revival.  

Saturday 8am - 4:30pm
Pastor Al Baker will be leading us
feel free to come & go as needed... or stay all day
coffee & light snacks available
RSVP to Bill by Friday if you'd like a subway sandwich for lunch

Pastor Baker will also be speaking at a Joint CE Class on Sunday morning at 9:30am.  Please join us for that.  

And if you need to remind yourself of the power that resides in Christian prayer, please ponder this quote from Paul E. Miller...  

“Deep down, we just don’t believe God is as generous as He keeps saying He is. That’s why Jesus added the fine print– ‘ask in My name.’ Let me explain what that means.  

Imagine that your prayer is a poorly dressed beggar reeking of alcohol and body odor, stumbling toward the palace of the great king. You have become your prayer. As you shuffle toward the barred gate, the guards stiffen.

Your smell has preceded you. You stammer out a message for the great king: ‘I want to see the king.’ Your words are barely intelligible, but you whisper one final word, ‘Jesus, I come in the name of Jesus.’

At the name of Jesus, as if by magic, the palace comes alive. The guards snap to attention, bowing low in front of you. Lights come on, and the door flies open. You are ushered into the palace and down a long hallway into the throne room of the great king, who comes running to you and wraps you in his arms.

The name of Jesus gives my prayers royal access. They get through. Jesus isn’t just the Savior of my soul. He’s also the Savior of my prayers. My prayers come before the throne of God as the prayers of Jesus.

‘Asking in Jesus’ name’ isn’t another thing I have to get right so my prayers are perfect. Is it one more gift of God because my prayers are so imperfect.”

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