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Posted 5/5/16 at 6:18 AM | June Samuel

O Lord, Hear!

O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your Name. Daniel 9: 19

 Daniel through his studies saw that God would complete seventy years in the desolation of Jerusalem, so Daniel decided to pray. Daniel chapter 9

Today we see the decline of our society in everything that is God’s, and we come to pray. God knows what we are going to pray. While the word is on our tongue God knows. God does not have to wait until we are finished praying to act or to respond. At the beginning of Daniel’s prayer God sent forth his command.

“At the beginning of your supplications, the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:” Gabriel told Daniel Verses 21-23

God answered Daniel’s prayer by showing him His plan – what would take place in the future. God may surprise you in the way He responds to your prayer. God acted immediately even before Daniel could speak two words. God knew Daniel’s heart. God knows our hearts and He will respond accordingly to our prayers. FULL POST

Posted 4/28/16 at 6:20 AM | June Samuel

God Is The Authority in the Earth

God appoints the leadership in every country, island, state and jurisdiction in the earth. Are these leaders Christian conservatives? Look around the globe and answer the question for yourself. Whoever is in leadership positions around the world is there because God allowed it. God places people in leadership according to His Will and His purposes.

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, in his dream in Daniel Chapter 4, was told by the watchers in the dream, “in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.” Daniel reiterates the same truth in verses 25 and 32. God is in control in the earth. In verse 31, the voice was heard from heaven “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken the kingdom has departed from you! Verse 32: …… “until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses. “ Three times this truth is stated in this chapter 4 of Daniel. God is reinforcing this truth to us – even today - that He is the One who rules in the kingdoms of men. It is God who will, and has already selected the next President of the USA. God wants us to know that He promotes men and women and He removes them in accordance with His Will. FULL POST

Posted 4/27/16 at 11:55 PM | Daniella Whyte

God Is Enough (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 12)

Matthew 6:26-27 (NLT)
Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

There seems to never be enough. Some complain of not having enough time while others gripe about not having money. Not enough houses or cars, not enough knowledge or investments, not enough credit or enough good health. Not having enough often leads to worry. But worry never works.

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Posted 4/26/16 at 1:41 AM | Lena Burkut

The Influence of Religion and Faith on Health And Longevity

Do your religious beliefs and prayers help you to remain healthier and to live longer? Many people of all the various religions believe they do. Christians, in particular, believe in the power of prayer to help them and their friends in the times of health crises, and often it seems their prayers are answered when those afflicted with disease and illness recover. This usually leads to a great sense of confirmation and deeper commitment to one’s religious belief system.

Because of this writer’s dedication to humankind’s development of our God-given process of scientific inquiry, it seems relevant to investigate the influence of our spiritual beliefs on this aspect of our lives in as rational a manner as possible.

Numerous studies on the influence of religious beliefs and practices on health do show a modest, positive correlation on these factors, with religiously observant people in America living longer than those who do not attend church. However, rather confusingly, in countries where the people have very low life expectancies-- yet are nonetheless very religious-- life expectancies are lower, so, clearly, there are other factors at work here, because their religious beliefs don’t seem to be helping them. This can be explained by the fact that many impoverished people in these countries, while quite religious, do not have adequate nutrition, clean water, and medical care. Longevity is lower due to disease, political upheaval, economic destitution, poverty and other factors. Clearly, prayer does not help starving people live longer—though it may help them endure their suffering better. FULL POST

Posted 4/20/16 at 11:04 PM | Diane Castro

They Fought the Good Fight, They Finished the Race

One hundred twenty years of history were packed into Monday’s running of the most famous marathon in the world. More than 30,000 athletes ran and wheeled their way into history, with half a million enthusiastic spectators cheering them on at every step along the 26.2-mile route. With fluctuating temperatures ranging from the 40’s in the early morning up to around 70 in Hopkinton at the start of the race, and back down to around 50 at the finish line by the official close, runners had to deal with a variety of conditions, but the sun was bright and spirits were high.

For some it is a fun run—like the guys in tutus or the Elvis impersonator. But for many, it is a very sacred event. They run to overcome personal challenges, to honor a loved one, or to raise money for a cause that is dear to their heart. My friend Kristen Havey was running with the Race4Chase team, to support the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation, in honor of Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski. As Kristen explained, “The CMAK foundation is named after a talented runner and passionate little boy named Chase. Chase was my daughter Livvie’s age when his life was tragically taken as an active shooter entered his school on December 14, 2012. As both a teacher and a parent, the events on this day were heartbreaking for me, but the resilience of those affected was inspiring.” Kristen raised over $8,500 to help CMAK in its mission of serving children and families. FULL POST

Posted 4/20/16 at 5:35 PM | Daniella Whyte

The Lord Is For You (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 11)

Psalm 118:5-6 (NLT)
In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?

David was a man who endured great distress and danger and also experienced God’s great goodness and grace. In this verse, he encapsulates both of these experiences. He lets the world know that the Lord is the God of the weak and the weary and He listens to those who are intent on seeking Him.

God is for you. There is no problem too big or worry too small that God cannot handle. You must learn to trust what God says over what people say. In the darkest of times, when you feel no one is listening to you or can help you, God is right there. He will answer you and set you free.

Nothing is too big or too small for God to handle. People come and go but the Lord remains the same. Stop worrying about what people can do and align yourself with what God can do. If God is for you like He was for David, there is nothing or no one to fear. FULL POST

Posted 4/19/16 at 8:59 AM | June Samuel

Godly Sorrow versus Worldly Sorrow

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10

An example of Godly sorrow - Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54-62

And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times". So he went out, and wept bitterly. Matthew 26:75; Mark 14:72 Peter remembered; he called to mind what Jesus had said. He thought on Jesus' words and he cried profusely.

Peter recognized he had sinned against God. He was sorry for his sin - for his denial of the Lord Jesus - and he wept in repentance. The next time we heard about Peter? He is running to the sepulcher to investigate for himself - the empty tomb. Note in Mark 16:7 the angel said to the women, "But go, tell his disciples and Peter ..." Peter is restored in his relationship with the Lord Jesus.

I am sure Peter was there observing the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus. Peter went back and joined the other disciples. Most likely he told them or some of them his story - how he denied the Lord. Peter repented to God. He had godly sorrow.

An example of the sorrow of the world - Matthew 27:1-5 FULL POST

Posted 4/12/16 at 1:52 PM | Erica Doig

PATIENCE IN DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE.

When the plans we make for ourselves go in an opposite direction than what we would like, we can pray for clarity and guidance. We must remember that it is not about OUR purpose for our lives, but HIS purpose for our lives. He created us to fulfill SOMETHING in this world and who better to ask what that is, but the creator himself…

{feel free to read this prayer and adjust the words according to your personal situation}

Dear Heavenly Father,

My Lord, I’m at a state of shame currently in my life. There are many decisions that I have made in my life, which I know I cannot take back, yet am ashamed for having done. I will never know what my exact purpose is from you that you wish I seek out, but I can feel the Holy Spirit within me in certain areas that guides me to believe I have an idea. Your word says that where we spend and put most of our effort and time is where our heart’s treasures are. The free time of mine that I spend doing for others is, as you in, with kids. The pure happiness I feel, mainly comes from when I recognize that I’ve built someone up, taught someone how to do something they felt they couldn’t, encouraged someone who didn’t believe in something, restored hope in the idea of positivity in life. FULL POST

Posted 4/11/16 at 5:56 PM | Diane Castro

Can You See Beyond?

Think of someone who is hostile to the gospel—maybe a cynical scoffer or a hardcore atheist or a militant Muslim. What is your attitude toward these enemies of the cross of Christ?

Now suppose that God laid one of these people on your heart and gave you assurance that the person would eventually come to the cross and become a brother or sister in Christ. Would your attitude be different? How would you treat the person? What would you say to him or her? How would you respond to the person’s hostility? How would you pray?

Could you look into that enemy of the cross and see the lost sheep inside? And do you have the faith to look beyond the lost sheep to see a future fellow believer and citizen of heaven? Can you see past the person’s present condition—dead in trespasses and sins—and envision his future as a redeemed child of the heavenly Father, alive in Christ and taking his place in the family of God?

Now imagine for a moment that everyone who comes across your path—whether close family member, slight acquaintance, or anonymous stranger—is destined to be raised up with Christ and to become a son or daughter of God and fellow servant with you. Would it have a positive or negative effect on your relationships with them? On your love for them? On your witnessing to them? FULL POST

Posted 4/11/16 at 6:33 AM | June Samuel

God is Clothed With Majesty

Psalms 93:1: The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. ……

Our Lord God is clothed with majesty. When I think of majesty, my thoughts take me to one of the many portraits of the Queen of England – Queen Elizabeth II. In the portrait that I am seeing in my mind, the Queen is sitting in her royal robe with a blue band diagonally across her chest and a crown of jewels on her head. She definitely looks like royalty. The verse in Psalms 93 tells us, God is clothed with majesty. He is the majestic One. His majesty is like no other. I cannot begin to imagine how majestic God is. Psalm 29:4 says His voice is full of majesty. When the Queen of England speaks, her voice sounds dignified and proper with her British accent which adds to the dignity of her tone. God’s voice is as the sound of many waters.

Isaiah saw the Lord sitting on a throne high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Close your eyes and try to envision that scene. Isaiah did not tell us the color of the robe. It was the train of the robe that caught his attention. The train was magnificent, too magnificent for words, and it filled the temple. God is a magnificent God. He is a God of beauty. He loves beauty. Job37:22 says, “With God is awesome majesty.” The Psalmist David said “I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty”. Psalm 145:5. FULL POST

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