A life of unanswered prayer Accustomed to silent years of disappointment I expect failure and not success: How can I hope in You? As the Psalmist sang: “By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept. How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” Where O Lord is your victory? Where is you mighty hand? Where is the sign of your favor and love? Yet my trust in You is unbroken. You give me faith in your goodness, No matter what happens to me. My faith for the future is broken, my hope is crushed. I looked for your salvation, Your mighty works on the earth, And my eyes have grown weary with waiting. My heart is overcome with sorrow Because of the sins of the earth and the death of the innocent. Why do you remain silent? Where is your power and why is your justice not on display? Where are you when we cry out to you for deliverance? Lord, we are without power or strength We cannot redeem the earth. Our voices are stilled, our tongues are mute. When we speak, they do not listen. If they hear, … Read more
Herod murders babies in Jerusalem, Pharoah orders the murder of all the male Hebrew children in Egypt. When God is about to send deliverers, Satan motivates worldly powers to destroy that generation. We are living in a time such as this when the shedding of innocent blood is considered a good thing, and corrupt rulers and perverted courts oppress the people. How should we respond? Praise God (Anyhow).
Our national motto, E Pluribus Unum, is a Latin phrase meaning: Out of Many (people), ONE (people). What calls us together from many people out of diverse backgrounds, nations, cultures, and yes, even races, is the dedication to a shared ideals stated in the Declaration of Independence: “That all men are created equal with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” There are forces right now trying to destroy our union and divide us into warring tribes with no shared goal or vision for the future; no shared ideals. They want to divide us along racial, economic, social and political lines.
A different take on the end times: the Great Tribulation happened in 70 AD, and the meaning of the Desolating Sacrilege, & Dispensationalism
Reconciliation sometimes requires confrontation. It can be an act of love to confront someone with their behavior, rather than ignore it, excuse it, or become indifferent to them. Confrontation can be an act of love.
I have been the only “white-boy” pastor in an all-African American church. I was born a gentile, but by faith I am also a son of Abraham. I am grandfather to my Hispanic grandchildren. I have a mixed-mutt Anglo-Swede-German-Celtic and who-knows-what-else of a heritage. I have brothers who are Asian and Native Americans. Our church is a beautiful melting pot of multi-ethnic souls. In the world, there are only two races of mankind. However they are not races based on skin color or ethnic origin. The two races of mankind are those who in God and those are not. If you are in Christ, we are of one blood and we share God as our Father. We are blood brothers in Jesus. We are family. We are one. Historically, there has always been hostility between peoples of different tribes, tongues, religions, and colors. In Israel, in the Temple, there was a low wall called a “soreg” beyond which no non-Hebrew could go on pain of death. Within the wall, closer to God’s Holy Presence, only the covenant people could go. This wall created hostility between Jews and non-Jews; it was an exclusion zone that created a second class of citizens. … Read more