Fearsome Thought

 

 

What’s your take on the fear of the Lord?

 

  • Not buyin’ it – God is love
  • Makes God sound abusive
  • I fear God, doesn’t everybody?

I have it on good authority that fear of God is a good thing.

Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

Proverbs 31:30
A woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

The Bible. Wisdom and praise. It’s all good.

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Sheltering Refugees

 

Little Lebanon, population 4.4 million, hosts over a million refugees. 1 person in 6 is a Syrian refugee. Imagine the strain on resources.

 

Lord, provide water, food and safe shelter for all — refugees and Lebanese alike. We pray that the refugees will find work without taking a job from someone else. May the Lebanese and Syrians share the space in peace. May Christians demonstrate the love of Christ to their new neighbors, extending friendship and sharing supplies. May the newcomers be touched by their generosity. 

World Vision ministers in Lebanon. 

“We are working with communities to promote child rights and to keep children safe, while improving job opportunities for parents so they can better meet the needs of their children.”

 

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Hallowed Days

 

Are you annoyed when someone says “Happy Holidays” instead of “Happy Thanksgiving” or “Merry Christmas”? Think of it this way:

 

Happy holidays.

Happy holy days.

Happy, hallowed days.

 

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Hallowed Blessings

 

We bless God because he is holy.

God blesses us by making us holy.

 

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Hallowed Saints

 

All Saints Day. It’s a day to remember the dead. Many of us pay it no mind. 

Some people die for their Christian faith.

 

Revelation 6:9 (NIV)
I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.

It behooves us to remember them and ask,

Lord, in their circumstances, would I follow their example?

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Hallowed Fear

 

 

Hallowed Eve: we scare each other. 
We call it fun.

 

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

Holy God: we tremble at his power. We call it wisdom.

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Hallowed When?

 

Halloween, Hallowed Eve.

Hallowed means “holy.” What’s holy this week?

 

  • “Hallowed be Thy name”
  • Halloween? Hardly holy
  • Holy cow! Can’t we just have fun?

Per Merriam-Webster, holy means worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness.

God is holy. Today, tomorrow, this week and forever.

Revelation 4:8
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,”
who was, and is, and is to come.

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Safe Shelter for Street Kids

 

 

Hope Unlimited for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Brazil:

 

 

“Children come to Hope from the streets and slums of Brazil where they were abused, abandoned, and exploited in the worst circumstances imaginable . . . Once welcomed to Hope, each child becomes an irreplaceable member of our family. It is here, in serving the most vulnerable of the most vulnerable, that Hope transforms lives.”

Lord, they aren’t “street kids” to you. You know their names, you know their hurts, you know their hearts. Bring them hope, bring them to Hope. Amen.

 

 

 

 

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Prayer School – Lesson 2

 

Following the Prayer School series?

Here’s Lesson 2 – Hearing God

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Short Is Good

 

Better to understand a short Bible verse
than to read a whole chapter and not know
what it says.

 

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