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Prayer Request from Dan and Marilyn Wilson. Missionaries who are in the areas that are being attacked by ISIS are asking to be showered in prayer. ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own.
Prayer Request from Dan and Marilyn Wilson. Missionaries who are in the areas that are being attacked by ISIS are asking to be showered in prayer. ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But not the parents. The UN has withdrawn and the missionaries are on their own. They are determined to stick it out for the sake of the families even if it means their own deaths. They are very afraid, have no idea how to even begin ministering to these families who have seen their children martyred. Yet he says he knows God has called them for some reason to be His voice and hands at this place at this time.
Even so, they are begging for prayers for courage to live out their vocation in such dire circumstances. And like the children, accept martyrdom if they are called to do so. These brave parents instilled such a fervent faith in their children that they chose martyrdom. Please surround them in their loss with your prayers for hope and perseverance.
One missionary was able to talk to her brother briefly by phone. She didn't say it, but I believe she believes it will be their last conversation. Pray for her too. She said he just kept asking her to help him know what to do and do it. She told him to tell the families we ARE praying for them and they are not alone or forgotten -- no matter what. Please keep them all in your prayers.
This came this morning...Just a few minutes ago I received the following text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all of our contacts.
"We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!"
Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians across this region. May I plead with you not to ignore this email. Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible. Send it to friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer group. Send it to your pastor and phone him to pray on Sunday during the service - making a special time of prayer for
this. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.
Thank you for all your prayers !!!!
Dr. Becky Peters Professor of Education
Director of Lutheran Teaching Programs,
Colloquy, & Lutheran Placement
Concordia University Irvine
Capitalism Explained. This Is So Accurate It Hurts.
TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.
AMERICAN CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States, leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public buys your bull.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when the cow drops dead.
FRENCH CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.
JAPANESE CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create clever cow cartoon images called Cowkimon and market them worldwide.
GERMAN CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat only once a month, and milk themselves.
BRITISH CAPITALISM: You have two cows. Both are mad.
CANADIAN CAPITALISM: You have two cows. Come to think of it, they look more like a pair of moose - in fact, yes they are. One speaks French, one speaks English. One fights to create a new country, the other won't let it. They both play ice hockey rather well.
ITALIAN CAPITALISM: You have two cows, but you don't know where they are. You break for lunch.
RUSSIAN CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 12 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.
SWISS CAPITALISM: You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you. You charge an outrageous fee to others for storing them.
CHINESE CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim full employment, high bovine productivity, and arrest and detain without trial the journalist who reported the number of cows.
NEW ZEALAND CAPITALISM: You have two cows. That one on the left is kinda cute...
Have to have some fun now.....
To understand and pursue the high calling of God in Christ, we must understand that we will constantly be given choices. Those who are given to fatalism will have a hard time comprehending this, much less liking it, but it is true and is actually very much a part of every Christian life. This is why the Lord put the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden. It was not to trip up Adam and Eve so they would sin, but there could be no true obedience unless there was freedom to disobey.
To understand and pursue the high calling of God in Christ, we must understand that we will constantly be given choices. Those who are given to fatalism will have a hard time comprehending this, much less liking it, but it is true and is actually very much a part of every Christian life. This is why the Lord put the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden. It was not to trip up Adam and Eve so they would sin, but there could be no true obedience unless there was freedom to disobey. There can be no true worship unless there is freedom not to worship. Every step of our growth in the Lord requires making the right choice.
We are told in Hebrews 11:25-26 that Moses chose to suffer affliction with the people of God “considering the reproach of Christ greater than all of the treasures of Egypt.” Moses had a choice. We see in the story that he had many choices. Possibly the most important choice leading Moses to his calling was to “turn aside” to see the burning bush. How many miss their calling in the Lord because they are not willing to turn aside from their daily agendas and routines to see something of God?
The point is, this walk is voluntary and requires continual choices that get more difficult as we grow. The Holy Spirit who has been given to us will not do it for us. He is “the Helper,” not “the Doer.” Walking the path to the high calling means growing in faith, wisdom, understanding, responsibility, and authority. This is training for reigning.
Reading the Book of Acts, we see that the apostles were not led around by the hand, but they had authority to make choices. We repeatedly read phrases from them like, “I have decided…” Little children must be led by the hand, and the immature in Christ want a word for everything they do. But as we mature, this becomes less necessary.
The word “apostle” means “sent one.” Apostles were sent out with authority because they were wise enough and mature enough to make good decisions. When they made one, or were about to make one, that would lead them to a place He did not want them to go, He would give them a dream or vision to correct this. But in general, they made the decisions about where to go.
Therefore, as we mature in the Lord, we are given more responsibility. There can be no true authority without responsibility. Even though we have Him with us, He wants us to mature beyond just getting orders from Him. He wants us to have His heart and His mind so that what we decide is what He would decide, and is done through us.
As we grow in Him, we must learn to recognize the great privilege it is when He does not give us specific instructions, but gives us a choice because He trusts us. He is seeking to have us grow in faith and wisdom, as much as knowing His voice.
RUSH: Mrs. Clinton -- apparently, obviously clear here -- is gonna get away with violating all kinds of national security. The latest thing that she's guilty of here -- and it's a felony. Andy McCarthy wrote about this today at National Review Online. (shuffling papers) Let me find it here. What it is, Obama issues an executive order, number 13526.
"In the first year of his administration (December 29, 2009, to be exact), President Obama issued Executive Order 13526, entitled 'Classified National Security Information.' It explains that information is deemed classified if its disclosure would cause 'damage to the national security.' Beyond that, whether the classified information is categorized as 'top secret,' 'secret,' or 'confidential' depends on how serious the damage would be.
"With that as background, the order makes clear that there is one category of information that is automatically deemed classified: information from foreign governments. Section 1.1(d) of the executive order decrees: 'The unauthorized disclosure of foreign government information is presumed to cause damage to the national security.'" I'm sorry; guilty! There is no way Mrs. Clinton can say that this did not happen with these e-mails that she has or has not released.
Divine favor is one of the guarantees of genuine revival, which Duncan Campbell has described as "a person or community saturated with the presence of God" -- an accurate description, for when God breaks into a life, or a community, there is nothing else that matters, except Jesus, the glory of Jesus, the name of Jesus. Revival is not some emotion or worked up excitement; rather it is an invasion from Heaven that brings a conscious awareness of God.
God’s Word comes alive. A study of revival shows that every visitation from Heaven has brought with it a new interest in God’s Word. Great doctrines that were forgotten, or neglected, come to light: justification by faith, the forgiveness of sins, the work of the Spirit, the authority of the Bible, and the hope of the Lord’s return, and so on.
God’s Church comes alive. Christians cease to be passive and assume their true leadership in the family, the church, and the country. They become the "salt" and the "light" in contemporary society.
God’s work comes alive. Evangelism and foreign missions have followed every major revival, ever since the days of Pentecost. All this, and more, is the evidence of divine favor. This is what Habakkuk meant when he cried, "Revive Thy work in the midst of the years, in...wrath remember mercy" (Habakkuk 3:2).
God’s Fellowship- "Then I will...forgive their sin." Unforgiven sin is the most serious condition in human experience For the unregenerate, it means ultimate Hell; for the believer, it means barrenness and uselessness here on earth, and shame and loss at the judgment seat of Christ. By the same token, forgiven sin is the ground of true fellowship with God. The Apostle John reminds us that "if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).
REVIVAL by Pastor Robert K. Teske
Tomorrow: Part 2Q: The "What" of Revival
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