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Thought for Today

The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.

Samuel Chadwick

So, make him tremble all the time. Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess 5:17)

Until next time…“May the LORD bless and protect you…May He give you Shalom.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

Bill

House to House

“[F]rom house to house, they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus was the Messiah.” (Acts 5:42 NET)

“[N]ot neglecting to meet together, … but encouraging one another. (Heb 10:25 ESV)

I had the pleasure of participating in an online ‘house-to-house” worship experience this morning. We may not have physically gone from “house-to-house”, but we were together “house-to-house.” We were each in our own house and various individuals led different portions of the service.

Hebrews 10:24-25 instructs us not to neglect meeting together, but rather to meet together to encourage one another. In Matthew 18:20, Yeshua promises that “where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them.” That includes even when we are together virtually via the internet—He was there with us all, in each home. There are many bad or not-so-good uses of the internet, but sharing a worship service is one of the best uses of it that I can think of, especially during COVID-19 days.

Whether you chose to worship on the seventh or first day of the week, let me encourage you not to skip your weekly worship simply because they are not able to hold service in the usual location. Father God is clear in His Word that the weekly Shabbat is an “appointed time.” The “church” is not the building. It is the body of believers who follow Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, as their savior and Lord. So, we can meet virtually as well as in person. If your assembly is not able to conduct online services, many are, so you don’t have an excuse for skipping out. No, sleeping in or cutting the grass is not a valid excuse. Find an online service and attend faithfully each week until we are permitted to meet together in person at our physical houses of worship.  Until then, meet house-to-house whether via a tool such as Zoom or via streaming on Facebook, TV, or some other medium.

Also, please continue praying that the Lord will remove this plague of COVID-19  from our midst.

Until the next time…“May the LORD bless you and watch, guard, and keep you; May the LORD make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you; May the LORD lift up His face toward you and give you peace (tranquility of heart and life continually).” (Numbers 6:24-26)

Bill

 

Want Revival?

Do you agree that we need revival, true revival, not just a few emotionally exciting meetings that are followed by the “same ol’, same ol” life?  As this article states, it must start with us–me and you–in our own lives! (how many times have we heard that and not acted on it?)  As the linked article says, it takes action/commitment on our part. This article was addressed to the author’s fellow students following a week of meetings at Bob Jones University, but it has universal application.  It is worth reading.  We Wanted Revival.

Until next time…May the LORD bless and protect you…May He give you Shalom.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

Bill

Thoughts on Prayer

A Thought for Today, June 21, 2016

Are you too busy to pray?  Roman’s 12:12 (niv) tells us to “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Here are some thoughts on prayer from  “Until the Hills: A Daily Devotional” by Billy Graham:

In the morning, prayer is the key that opens to us the treasures of God’s mercies and blessings; in the evening, it is the key that shuts us up under His protection and safeguard.

“God’s way of answering the Christian’s prayer for more patience, experience, hope, and love is often to put him into the furnace of affliction.”—Richard Cecil (1748–1810)

“Our prayer and God’s mercy are like two buckets in a well; while the one ascends, the other descends.”—Mark Hopkins, American educator (1802–1887)

My longtime friend, that great humanitarian missionary and man of prayer Frank C. Laubuch, said, “Prayer at its highest is a two-way conversation—and for me the most important is listening to God’s replies.”

“Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.”—William Cowper (1731–1800)

G. Campbell Morgan tells the following story:

A father and his young daughter were great friends and much in each other’s company. Then the father noted a change in his daughter. If he went for a walk, she excused herself from going. He grieved about it, but could not understand. When his birthday came, she presented him with a pair of exquisitely worked slippers, saying, “I have made them for you.”

Then he understood what had been the matter for the past three months, and he said, “My darling, I like these slippers very much, but next time buy the slippers and let me have you all the days. I would rather have my child than anything she can make for me.”
Some of us are so busy for the Lord that He cannot get much of us. To us He would say, “I know your works, your labor, your patience, but I miss the first love.” (Revelation 2:2–4)

Have a blessed day, as you lift your requests and praises of the moment up to your Heavenly Father.

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