As I wrote yesterday, there are several men of faith from the O.T. who loved people and did all that they could to help people who were running as fast as they could toward destruction by being disobedient to God. I would like to continue the list that we began yesterday and see what other truths we can learn from God about how to love people and serve them.
Nehemiah is the next hero of faith that I would like to look at because he loved his country and countrymen even though he was enslaved in another country. Nehemiah gets word of what life is like in Jerusalem and he is saddened. God begins to work in Nehemiah’s heart about praying for his people and going back to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall and restore the city. Nehemiah goes to the Lord in prayer to intercede on behalf of his countrymen and ask the Lord what he should do. Let’s look at the prayer to God from Nehemiah.
I said, “I beseech You, O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Your servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You; I and my father’s house have sinned. “We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. “Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are Continue reading
I was preparing to teach a Bible study on prayer the other night and as I began to lay out the lesson plan I noticed a repeating pattern in the lives of the great men of faith in the Old Testament. They were men who cared deeply for the people around them and the people of the world. I would like to take a look at the lives of three men and the prayers that they prayed for their nation and the nations of the world.
Moses is the first person of faith that I would like to look at in the O.T. We see his prayer in the O.T. book of Exodus. Moses has been leading the people of Israel since delivering them from slavery in Egypt. Moses quickly found out that people are ungrateful and grumble and complain very easily. While following the Lord’s lead through the desert the people of Israel were disobedient to God over and over again. God had enough of their ungratefulness and was about to wipe them out. Moses began pleading with God on behalf of the people of Israel. Let’s see what happens as we read Moses’ prayer.
The other night at church I taught a lesson on prayer based on the need for deliverance from temptation. As we learn from the Word of God, we all (humans) will be faced with temptation every single day and we must realize this fact and be ready for the battle. In this article I would like to explain how we can be prepared for temptation and have victory over temptation every single moment of every single day. The prayer for deliverance comes at the end of Jesus Christ’s model prayer as outlined in the 6th chapter of the Gospel of Matthew which was given by Christ in the “Sermon on the Mount”. Before we can enjoy deliverance we need to take a look at the previous 5 points in the model prayer. Continue reading
I have been listening to the speeches that former vice president Cheney and Mr. O gave earlier this morning and I am so glad that Mr. O has finally opened himself up to a public “butt” spanking by Mr. Cheney. Listening to the talking points has been great because frankly, Mr. Cheney, stomped Mr. O in the ground. It is odd that Mr. O decided here in the last minute to schedule a speech on the same day that Mr. Cheney had planned much earlier to give his speech. Now Mr. O is on the defensive (finally). Mr. Cheney makes great since in his argument. Mr. O just uses the same old tired liberal “talking points” without any real substance. Mr. Teleprompter cannot stray from the talking points and make a logical argument while Mr. Cheney just carved up Mr. O like a Thanksgiving turkey. Go Mr. Cheney. I am glad that Mr. O is finally being challenged and as we will see, he cannot win this battle just like he cannot take criticism. I want to see how Mr. O will respond to the “butt-whipping”. I also want to see how the liberal talking heads handle this disgraceful defeat that Mr. O took.
If you have read any of the teachings of Jesus Christ then you will be quick to admit/realize that Jesus Christ hates hypocrisy. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ then you probably (should) hate hypocrisy as well. Those who do not follow Christ fall into the trap of hypocrisy very easily. You do not have to be religious in order to be a hypocrite (contrary to popular belief). The mass media spent an entire election cycle praising Mr. O for being a courageous black man running for the highest office in the land. It was such an historic event, blah blah blah. The problem is that there was another black man who had already run for president in the past and also had his hat in the pot during the 08 campaign. I refer to the African American conservative Alan Keyes. It is odd that he got no love from the liberal mass media (who loved the African American Mr. O). Would someone please stand up and scream hypocrites! Mr. Keyes is a conservative and stands for family values, Christian values, the right to life, etc. and for that reason he got no love from the media. The race card is applied only when it benefits the liberal point of view, unfortunately. Maybe Keyes and Palin will run in 2012 and then it will be a truly historic event. Palin as President and Keyes as Continue reading
If you watched or heard Nanci Pelosi speak the other day during her lie fest then you probably felt as awkward as I did. I felt bad for the people in the audience whom she thought were dumb or naive enough to believe her. She is acting like a typical liberal dem. Lying is their forte (N.B. W.J. Clinton comes to mind). I suppose that she will cease with the “we won” victory chant that she has been flaunting over and over. Just let the liberal dems be themselves and they will screw up royally eventually. I am waiting for Mr. O to make his royal mistake (he has already made many but we will not see the consequences for a while). Just sit back and enjoy the meltdown.
I remember how the “left” had nothing but criticism for Sarah Palin during the 08 Presidential elections and one of the more often used quotes by them was, “this woman would only be a heartbeat away from being the leader of the free world, could you imagine if that were the case?”. I was offended by the blatant dishonesty in the liberal mass-media as they pushed for their man Obama. I agree with Sean Hannity that “journalism is dead” in the US. Well, the liberals won the election and the whole “heartbeat” away scenario seemed to just vanish into thin air. Now I ask myself, “Joe Biden is only a heartbeat away from being the leader of the free world, can you imagine that world?”. I cannot yet it is odd that although Joe is the backside of many jokes about his big mouth and incompetence, no one in the liberal mass media connects the dots of him (Joe) being president if, God forbid, something were to happen to Mr. O. Can we say double standard? Where is bathtub boy (a.k.a. Keith Olbermann)? Where is Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews? The left is just being the left, unfair and unbalanced. I wonder if they will prop up Pelosi or let her take the fall in order to divert from Mr. O’s problems? We can only sit back and enjoy the show.
As I prepared to teach this lesson on the dangers of pornography I was shocked to see the devastating effects of pornography and the statistics about pornography. I have known that porn was wrong for a long time (even before becoming a Christian I knew that porn was dirty). As I began to grow in my faith and knowledge of the Word of God I learned that the Bible speaks on the subject of pornography. I was pleased to find clear teaching against porn and why it is a bad thing. As I looked at the stats on porn I was just reminded of what the Bible says. Here are a few stats that I have accumulated through research on the subject of porn. Continue reading