“PRAYER”

“THIS, THEN , IS HOW YOU SHOULD PRAY: “OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME, YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD. AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE ALSO HAVE FORGIVEN OUR DEBTORS. AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM THE EVIL ONE.” MATTHEW 6:9-13 NIV DO YOU FEEL GOD IS SOMETIMES TOO FAR AWAY? DO YOU FEEL ALL ALONE? DO YOU WISH YOU COULD FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD? OUR FEELINGS OF BEING ISOLATED FROM GOD ARE OUR OWN. WHEN WE ATTEMPT TO GO IT ALONE, WE DISTANCE OURSELVES FROM GOD. WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES AND EVENTS TEMPT US TO TURN OUR BACK ON GOD, WE ARE THE ONE TURNING OUR BACKS. GOD NEVER TURNS HIS BACK TO US. GOD IS HERE…RIGHT WHERE HE ALWAYS IS. GOD’S ARMS ARE OUTSTRETCHED TO WELCOME US AT ALL TIMES. WHEN THOSE FEELINGS COME OVER YOU THAT GOD IS NOT PRESENT, NOT HOLDING YOUR HAND, NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT A SITUATION…THAT IS CLEARLY A SIGN TO STOP YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS AND RE-EVALUATE YOUR SITUATION. IT IS TIME TO PRAY. WHAT IS PRAYER? PRAYER IS A ONE ON ONE CONVERSATION WITH GOD. YOU CAN PRAY TO GOD THE FATHER, JESUS OUR SAVIOR OR THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO DWELLS IN YOU AS A BELIEVER. PRAYER MAY BE DESPERATE OR EXTREMELY PEACEFUL. AFTER ALL, YOU ARE TALKING TO YOUR BEST FRIEND WHEN YOU PRAY. GOD CARES MORE ABOUT YOU THAN ANYONE ELSE. WHEN SHOULD WE PRAY? NOW. GOD IS LISTENING 24/7. GOD IS NEVER TOO BUSY FOR YOU…AFTER ALL HE CREATED...

“A SKILLED HAWK . . . GOD’S CREATION

DID YOU EVER WATCH A HAWK IN FLIGHT? A HAWK FLIES NOT ONLY WITH AERONAUTIC GRACE BUT WITH PERFECTED SKILLS. HAWKS FLY MASSIVE AREAS TO FIND THEIR PREY. WITH WHAT IS CALLED DOUBLE BINOCULAR VISION, THEY CAN SEE NOT ONLY A MAGNIFICATION OF WHAT IS IN FRONT OF THEM, BUT WITH OVERLAPPING VISION THEY CAN SEE WHAT IS TO THEIR LEFT AND RIGHT, ALL AT THE SAME TIME. WITH VISION EIGHT TIMES GREATER THAN A HUMAN, ON A CLEAR DAY, A HAWK CAN SEE A RODENT UP TO A FULL MILE AWAY! AREN’T GOD’S CREATIONS AMAZING? JUST AS GOD CREATED DIFFERENT BIRDS, HE CREATED HUMANS WITH DIFFERENCES AS WELL. JUST AS GOD CREATED HUMANS OF DIFFERENT HEIGHTS, WEIGHTS, SKIN COLORS AND PERSONALITIES, HE CREATED US WITH DIFFERENT TALENTS. WHILE SOME THINGS WE MAY NOT DO WELL AT ALL, SOME THINGS WE CAN DO BETTER THAN OTHERS. WE HAVE GREAT ATHLETES WHO MAY NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO CREATE A GREAT RECIPE OR A SCIENTIST WHO CAN SPLIT AN ATOM BUT MAY NOT BE THE GREATEST PIANIST. SKILLS AND TALENTS ARE CREATED GIFTS FROM GOD. GOD MAY GIVE US A UNIQUE SKILL OR TALENT BUT IT IS UP TO US, INDIVIDUALLY, TO PERFECT THESE GIFTS FROM GOD. A HAWK HAS GREAT VISION AND FLYING SKILLS BECAUSE IT USES THESE GOD GIVEN ABILITIES EVERY DAY. WE BECOME BETTER AT THINGS WHEN WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE BLESSING GOD HAS GIVEN US. WE SHOW OUR APPRECIATION TO GOD BY USING THESE SKILLS AND TALENTS TO THE BENEFIT OF SOMEONE ELSE. WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU DO ESPECIALLY WELL? HAVE YOU SHARED WITH OTHERS...

“THE GREATEST GENERATION”

“REMEMBER THE DAYS OF OLD; CONSIDER THE GENERATION OF LONG PAST. ASK YOUR FATHER AND HE WILL TELL YOU, YOUR ELDERS, AND THEY WILL EXPLAIN TO YOU.” DEUTERONOMY 32:7 NIV READ DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 32 AND JEREMIAH 6:6-15. TOM BROKAW COINED THE PHRASE “THE GREATEST GENERATION”. HE WROTE OF A GENERATION THAT LIVED THROUGH YEARS OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION WHO WERE THEN STRADDLED WITH FIGHTING WORLD WAR II AND REUNITED TO BUILT A LEGACY. FAMILIES WERE TORN APART OVER THE LONG WAR WITH LITTLE COMMUNICATION. WHILE SOLDIERS FOUGHT THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY IN EUROPE AND THE PACIFIC, FAMILIES SUFFERED THROUGH RATIONING AT HOME IN SUPPORT OF THE WAR EFFORT. MR. BROKAW WROTE IN HIS BOOK THAT THIS WAS THE GREATEST GENERATION OF ANY SOCIETY. THIS WAS THE GENERATION THAT DID WHAT THEY DID BECAUSE “IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO”. SINCE THAT TIME, WE HAVE SEEN GENERATIONS DEVELOPING WITHOUT THAT SINCERE APPRECIATION OF ‘IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO’. WE NOW SEE PEOPLE LOOKING THE OTHER WAY WHEN SOMEONE IS COMMITTING A CRIME OR IS NOT DOING THE RIGHT THING. WE SEE OURSELVES MUCH MORE SELFISH. OUR DESIRES ARE FOR ‘WHAT WE CAN GET’ RATHER THAN ‘WHAT WE CAN GIVE’. ARE YOU A TAKER OR A GIVER? NOT SO SILENT GROUPS ARE VOCAL AND HAVE TAKEN TO THE STREETS IN SUPPORT OF ISSUES WHICH GOD HAS WARNED US. BIBLE BELIEVERS ARE BEING RIDICULED AND CONDEMNED WHILE THOSE WHO CLEARLY VIOLATE GOD’S LAWS ARE CLAIMING THEIR ‘RIGHTS’ ARE BEING CHALLENGED. THE SOCIETIES OF OUR WORLD ARE RAPIDLY ACCEPTING A TEACHING OF ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IS OK. GOD’S PROPHETS OF...

“STAND FOR SOMETHING”

I HAVE HEARD TWO DIFFERENT SAYINGS. BOTH SPEAK TRUTHS. ‘STAND FOR SOMETHING OR FALL FOR ANYTHING.’ ‘STAND FOR SOMETHING OR BE TRAMPLED BY THE MASSES GOING NOWHERE.’ NEITHER HAS THE RING OF VICTORY, DO THEY? IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE, WHICH GROUP WOULD YOU FALL INTO? IF YOU STAND FOR NOTHING, YOU CERTAINLY COULD BE A VICTIM OF FALLING FOR ANYTHING. WITHOUT CONVICTION, WE ARE DESTINED TO FAIL. ARE YOUR CONVICTIONS WEAK ENOUGH TO FALL FOR FALSE TEACHINGS? DO YOU HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS, BUT FAIL TO ACT? OR, ARE YOU PREPARED TO BE WEAK IN YOUR CONVICTIONS ONLY TO BE TRAMPLED, LITERALLY DESTROYED, BY THOSE WHO HAVE NO TRUE DESTINY? WE CAN ALL SUFFER FROM PEER PRESSURE FROM TIME TO TIME. EVEN WHEN WE KNOW THE RIGHT PATH, WE TAKE ON THE DESTRUCTION OF THE MASSES WHO LIVE FOR THE MOMENT AND HAVE NO FUTURE. BY FOLLOWING THE MASSES WE MAY FIND OURSELVES IN THE SCRIPTURES: “…WIDE IS THE GATE AND BROAD IS THE ROAD THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION, AND MANY ENTER.” GOD HAS A BETTER IDEA. GOD IS WITH YOU TO OFFER HIS STRENGTH TO STAND STRONG. HIS HOLY WORD IS A GUIDEBOOK OFFERING YOU HELP IN YOUR LIFE. GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOU. GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOU TO FULFILL IN THIS LIFE…A SPECIAL VICTORY JUST FOR YOU. STAND UP AND CLAIM YOUR PURPOSE. GOD WANTS YOU. GOD WANTS YOU TO PREPARE FOR A LIFE OF ETERNITY. IN ORDER TO ‘STAND FOR SOMETHING’, START EACH DAY SITTING. SIT FOR A FEW MINUTES EMBRACED IN READING YOUR BIBLE. PRAY AS YOU READ AND LISTEN CAREFULLY TO...

“TWENTY NAMES OF GOD”

HOW DO YOU ADDRESS GOD? DO YOU CALL GOD ‘THE MAN UPSTAIRS’, ‘HOLY LORD’, ‘DADDY’, ‘FATHER’, ‘HEAVENLY FATHER’, ‘LORD GOD’ OR ANOTHER POPULAR NAME? DO YOU HAVE A REVERED NAME OF OUR GOD? WHO IS GOD WHEN YOU SEEK HIM IN PRAYER? FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS MAN HAS HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR CREATOR. GOD’S SPOKEN NAME HAS CHANGED DEPENDING ON OUR RELATIONSHIP AND HOW WE FELT ABOUT GOD. GOD HAS NOT CHANGED. OUR OPINION AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS GOD HAS CHANGED. WE SEE STRENGTHS AND MARVELS OF GOD AND WE HAVE NAMED HIM FOR THESE STRONG CHARACTERISTICS. IN AN EFFORT TO UNDERSTAND GOD, WE HAVE GIVEN HIM HUMAN CHARACTERISTICS. AT THE SAME TIME, SCRIPTURE TELLS OF THE NAMES GOD HAS CALLED HIMSELF. AS WE GO THRU THE SCRIPTURES WE FIND MANY STRONG NAMES. OUR REFERENCES GO FROM GENESIS THROUGH REVELATION. HIS PEOPLE THROUGH OUT THE OLD TESTAMENT’S SCRIPTURE CALLED GOD BY THE STRENGTHS THEY SAW IN HIM. THESE NAMES ARE REFERENCED AND EMBRACED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AS WELL. GOD ABOUNDS IN STRENGTH. OUR WEAKNESSES GIVE US OPPORTUNITIES TO RELY UP0N THE STRENGTHS OF GOD. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE STRENGTHS OF GOD. AS WE GO THROUGH THESE WE CAN SEE JEHOVAH AND YAHWEH ARE OFTEN USED INTERCHANGEABLY. 1. EL SHADDAI, THIS IS GENERALLY TRANSLATED AS ‘GOD ALMIGHTY’ OR ‘LORD GOD ALMIGHTY’. GENESIS 49:24b TELLS US OF ‘THE MIGHTY ONE OF JACOB’. THESE WORDS ARE ALSO REPEATED IN PSALMS 132:2 AND 5. GOD’S POWER IS ALMIGHTY. 2. EL ELYON: THIS IS GOD’S RIGHT TO HIS LORDSHIP, OUR ‘MOST HIGH GOD’. THIS IS DERIVED FROM THE HEBREW WORD FOR...