Each day, I almost dread turning on the TV or logging onto the internet. I see more and more tragedies, terrible fires in our northwest, killer hurricanes in the Atlantic oceans raging down on our coasts, earthquakes in various places and threads of war being discussed in the political realms.
Alternate lifestyles of all kinds are destroying God’s natural order and the “core family” in our society. Biblical morals are fading and being replaced with “anything that feels good in our own eyes” being OK and right. Sometimes I wonder if God came down like he did to Abraham in response to the evil of Sodom and Gomorra, He would indeed find much the same if looking for 10 righteous men. Many in our society serve the “God of Tolerance”, justifying their hate toward righteousness and biblical morality. The world and our nation still face the threat of terrorism from radical Islamists whose evil quest for murder and torture continues against those who believe differently from them. Continue reading “Prayer, Tuesday, September 26, 2017”
Today, I’ve been studying what the Bible says about Christians and their governments. The Bible does direct us in Romans saying this:
” Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respects; if honor, then honor.”
We are told to be subject to those in authority and to do good and right as far as government laws so that we will not be liable to punishment for wrongdoing. God has allowed the establishment of our Government and its laws and we are to comply with those laws. The Bible says we are to pay our taxes and what we owe and to give our respect to the governing authorities because if we do not, we rebel against what God has instituted. Continue reading “Prayer, Thursday, June 22, 2017”
The other day I was sitting in my recliner looking through my library of ebooks on my iPhone I have an iphone 7 plus and I love it because its large enough that I can read my books on it. My poor old ipad was getting so old and cracked that I almost couldn’t read my ebooks on it anymore. So I’m really happy to be able to use my iphone now.
As I was scrolling down through my lists of ebooks, I noticed one name “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. I remember loving reading this one a great while back and I opened it and began reading some parts of it again.
I really enjoyed reading about what Randy thought of Heaven and what the Bible indicates about heaven. Randy believes that Heaven will one day be basically the new, restored earth – an earth like God had originally intended it to be and that is where believers will be spending their eternity with God. Continue reading “Prayer, Friday, June 2, 2017”
Yesterday was my Mother-in-Law’s 90th birthday. She is doing very well for being 90. She walks better than I do and her mind is still active and pretty sharp.
Mel and I took her out for dinner last night to celebrate her special day. We took her to Cracker Barrel because there are lots of veggies for her to choose from as well as soups.
Esther is a lady that truly loves the Lord and I know where she will be heading when her life is over here. She has had a long life, but not all of us are granted 90 years here on earth. My own parents only lived until they were 67 and then passed. I won’t see them again until I see them in heaven. Continue reading “Wednesday, May 4, 2017, My Prayer for Today”
Today has been a different kind of Easter sunday for me. Mel and I moved from my home town, the town I grew up in last summer. We are loving it here in the gorgeous Ozark hills of Bella Vista, Arkansas. But it is definitely different from my home town in the delta region of central Arkansas. We have a new church, life is slower, we have fewer friends and acquaintances here, we have no other family (other than my mother-in-law who is in a nursing home here) anywhere near here.
Today I was thinking about my daughter and son-in-law who are on the mission field thousands of miles away from me in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. I love my daughter dearly and have prayed for her all of her life, as an infant, a toddler, a grade school child, in Junior High, Senior High, College, in her marriage and as a mom herself. Many years ago I read a book by Stormie Omartian about praying for your children. I remember I loved it. That was many years ago and now my lovely christian daughter and her family are serving on the mission field in a third world country. Today I was thinking about that book which I no longer have. (I gave away tons of hardcover and paperback books when I decluttered my home and went digital for my books). So I searched for her book and found this one “The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children” and downloaded it. I will be reading this new book and praying again for my adult daughter.
Our nation is so different from when I was growing up and even from when I was raising my now 29 year old daughter. We need to pray that our nation is still a place for raising godly children. Continue reading “April 6, 2017, Prayer”
Today my heart is heavy with worry for my nation because it seems that the security of our citizens has been compromised from within and many evil plans and plots are underway to undermine our elected President and his administration. What’s worse is this evil is being led by a former president and his minions in order to disrupt the government of our country. This puts every aspect of our government and all of our citizens in danger. This is my prayer focus for today. Continue reading “Special prayer for our nation today”
Today is Valentine Day in our Nation. A day that we celebrate our love for special people in our lives. But as I read post after post and news articles, one after another, I see that love is very far from the minds of many of those in our nation. There is a great lack of love and even civility towards our elected President, Donald Trump. In fact, the hatred shown is great and disturbing. Today my prayers are for President Trump and his administration and his leadership.
As American all across this country, prepare to sit back, relax, eat and enjoy the traditional Super Bowl football game, our nation continues to be attacked from within. Many of our own misguided citizens, those who live in darkness and ignorance of a Holy and loving God, continue to promote their ungodly and evil ideas. Many of our wealthiest citizens, those who have acquired their great wealth by living in this land of freedom and opportunity, fund evil organizations and violent ones whose objectives are to destroy the American way of life and the rights of conservatives and Christians who live in this land. Many persons who have taken advantage of our open borders and weak former President are even now plotting to destroy our infrastructure and our peoples. They will not be satisfied until every non-Muslim is killed in the most horrible manner and all references to the Living God of the Bible, are removed from our land, our laws, our history and our media. Continue reading “Sunday, February 5, 2017, Prayer for our Nation”
Today is a very special day for our nation. Our constitution provides for the orderly transition of leadership. The 20th amendment to our Constitution was ratified on January 23, 1933. Check out this link on the history of the 20th Amendment. These paragraphs are included in the article.
In order to ensure a smooth transition of power, there is a need for a period of time between the election and the swearing in of the new period. New presidents have to choose cabinet members and other key administration members, as well as get up to speed on security issues and simply began the task of physically moving a new team to Washington. For the old president, this time in office is referred to as “the lame duck” period, a term taken from Wall Street that used to refer to people who could not pay off their loans–persons, like the lame duck president, without much capital.
Before the enactment of the 20th Amendment in 1933, the new president was not sworn until the March following the election. This long delay caused problems. In the “secession winter” after the election of Abraham Lincoln, President James Buchanan watched as secessionists seized federal forts and arsenals. By March 1861, when Lincoln finally took office, the Civil War was nearly lost before it even began. Seven decades later, in the middle of the Great Depression, the lame duck period of president Herbert Hoover seemed far too long. Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt barely communicated and the country waited for decisive action from its newly chosen leader. In response, the 20th Amendment was proposed and adopted.