Simply Changed

Prayer changes things.

Prayer changes the storm.

Prayer changes me.

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Did Prayer Work?

Over the weekend, my Facebook news feed was filled with prayers. So what do you think? Did the prayers deflate Irma’s power?

 

James 5:16 (NLT)
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

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What’s God Thinking?

 

Floods, wind, fire. Is God judging America? What do you think?

 

 

  • Absolutely! We have it coming
  • He wants the people to turn to him—this will do it
  • It our opportunity to show how good we are
  • This is just the way weather works
  • All of the above

I don’t know what God is thinking.

All those things could be true. After all, God says:

Isaiah 55:9
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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Shelter of Biblical Proportion

As I drove to work, I listened to the top-of-the-hour news: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose, wildfires in the west, the earthquake . . . and the North Korean nuclear threat. “Disasters of Biblical proportions, ” the radio voice announced.

 

Disasters of biblical proportion call for a response of biblical proportion. 

Isaiah 6:5,8 (NIV)
“Woe to me!” I cried.“ 
. . . Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

All Christians, everywhere, saying,

Send me.

Send me to serve in a shelter. Send me to build new shelters. Send me to give my resources for shelter. Send me to my knees to pray for their shelter.

A response of biblical proportion. 

 

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Don’t Quit Studying

You might retire from your job.
Never retire from Bible study.

Psalm 1:2-3 (ERV)
They love the Lord’s teachings
    and think about them day and night.
So they grow strong,
    like a tree planted by a stream—
a tree that produces fruit when it should
    and has leaves that never fall.

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Simply Study

It doesn’t have to be the whole Bible.
It doesn’t have to be a whole book.
It doesn’t have to be a whole chapter.

It can simply be one verse.

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Good Reason for Study

“The Bible will keep you from sin,
  or sin will keep you from the Bible.”
Dwight L. Moody, 1837-1899

(this guy was so good at Bible study, the school he stated has been teaching the Bible for 130 years)

 

 

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Fix ‘Em

Can you tell the plot of every episode of your favorite TV show, but not the story behind Exodus? Do you know the words to dozens of songs, but no Psalms? Do you know the government regulations for your job, but nothing from Proverbs? Do you study your investment portfolio, yet not one thing about the mysteries in Revelation?

 

Deuteronomy 11:18 (NIV)
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds.

 

 

It’s fixer-upper time.

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Your Best Labor

 

 

How do you feel about Bible study?

 

  • Love it!
  • I’m good in a group; solo, not so much
  • I hate anything that involves study

God calls us to work hard at Bible study:

2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV)
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Your pastor’s sermon probably comes out of serious study. But if your week’s labor with God’s Word is limited to listening on Sunday, you aren’t “doing your best.”

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From Houston to Bidibidi

In the classrooms of my childhood, the United States was in the center of the world map. Let us remember that the center of God’s map is anywhere and everywhere there is need.

Our American hearts, prayers and deeds are with our own Texas-size clean-up job. But that’s not the only crisis in the world. Consider, for a moment, the one million South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. They are running, not from a natural disaster, but from man-made disaster. Per Samaritan’s Purse: “nearly daily acts of child abduction, rape, looting, forced marriage, and murder.”

Samaritan’s Purse is working in Bidibidi, in a desolated part of Uganda.  It is now home  272,000 South Sudanese refugees.

A million people whose homes are no longer safe shelters! Lord God, I cannot imagine. Guide Samaritan’s Purse and other groups who minister there. Give them the wisdom, workers and resources they need. May your Spirit hover over Bidibidi and other refugee camps, just as you sheltered the Israelite camps in Exodus.

 

Read about Samaritan’s Purse ministry here.
See USA Today’s photos from Bidibidi here.

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