Thursday, August 07, 2003

There is a huge revival going on in Uganda Africa. The following excerpts are taken from the current issue of Pray magazine . “At 8am in the State House, people pray. The Parliament doesn’t want to discuss things until they pray. The Police are faxing prayer request to the judges. The crime rate is dropping --- down by 70 percent in some communities. At one point, AIDS in Uganda was at 33.3 percent. Today, AIDS has dropped to 5 percent.”

This revival came through devastation such as seen in few places in the world. In the 1970’s Idi Amin had upwards of 2 million people killed and all the Christian Church’s closed. A remnant of believers went into the jungle. They gathered in underground caves. In desperation they prayed, “Lord, we don’t know what to do. But You know.” These people prayed continuously. They prayed desperate, deep, consistent, groaning prayers, they never took no for an answer. They prayed, not for one month, one year, or five years, but until they got breakthrough.

Pastor Jackson Senyonga is a prayer leader and Senior Pastor at a 22,000 member church in Kapala, Uganda. This church has also planted 150 other churches. He is encouraging Americans to pray from desperation rather than waiting till devastation like they went through in Uganda.

Many statistics indicate that overall the Church in America is not doing very well.
• In proportion to the U.S. population, there are less than half as many churches today as there were in 1900.
• Roughly 4,000 churches are started each year while 7,000 die and close their doors.
• In 1991, 21 percent of all adults were un-churched. In 2002, 34 percent fit that description.
• The United States is the fourth largest un-churched nation in the world(behind China, India, and Indonesia)
• The average number of adults attending a Protestant church is 90. This represents a 10 percent decline from 1997 and 12 percent decline since 1992.

And what about the more subjective question of the church’s impact on society? Does anyone really believe that our culture is more like Christ than it was 10 years ago? Many Christians in America believe that we are in a “moral free fall” and that society is to blame. However I would agree with Henry Blackaby, who said, “If society as a whole seems to be getting darker and darker, it is not the problem of the darkness: the darkness is just acting like its nature. But it is that the light no longer dispels the darkness, and the salt no longer preserves. It time for the light to say, if things are darker, the problem is with us. Notice how 2nd Chronicles 7:14 begins by saying “If my people” Not if the unbelievers. "If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. "

Final words from Pastor Jackson Senyonga of Uganda,

“In America, we seem to want things quick, big and cheap. It’s the drive through mentality: “Give it to me now and super size it for 99 cents.” So we close our eyes and repeat with the pastor, “Lord Jesus, send revival.” We want it without obedience, sacrifice, inconvenience, or discomfort. But the Bible says to seek Him earnestly. Seeking means praying until you get an answer, disciplining yourself to keep on until you find what you’re looking for.”

Monday, July 14, 2003

The greatest among you shall be your S E R V A N T.

This is the way the verse should be read, I have often read it with the Greatest part in bold and the servant part in the background.

Friday, July 11, 2003

"Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also. And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers." Luke 11:45-46

Just as it was 2000 years ago, it is today. Lawyers, Lawmakers and Supreme Court Justice's make laws that are burdensome to the masses, but often they are exempt from them. I would not want to be the Supreme Court Justices on Judgment day and try to explain why they sided with the Child Molesters in California, Sodomites in Texas and the Abortion Docters in Floridia.

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Our founding Fathers were servant leaders. This is what is refreshing about George W. Bush, he is a servant leader. Bill Clinton claimed to be a servant, but his actions indicated he loved the position more than the people of America.
March, 23, 1775
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace [Jer. 6:14]. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle [Matt. 20:6]? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! Patrick Henry

It is interesting to note that the founders of the United States of America freely used scripture in their normal conversations. It was a part of their lives and it is the foundation on which this country was built.

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

"You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments: rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the universe." John Adams

"The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time." Thomas Jefferson

"As the Englishman Edward the Longshanks was oppressing Scotland in 1290 AD, the Great Hammer of the English, William Wallace stood up and yelled "Pro Liebertate"- "For Freedom"

Pray for freedom to worship in Iran and the rest of the Islamic Countries. May they take courage from former Freedom lovers who overcame all odds. Read about the Student Protests in Iran here.

Christian Resources for Iranian/Persian/Farsi Speaking People

Monday, June 09, 2003

I have been reading Rick Warrens, "The Purpose Driven Life". I highly recommend this book. Great Quote from Rick in the third chapter.

" From the Bible we can surmise that God will ask us two crucial questions:

First, “What did you do with my Son, Jesus Christ?” God won’t ask about your religious background or doctrinal views. The only thing that will matter is, did you accept what Jesus did for you and did you learn to love and trust him? Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Second , “What did you do with what I gave you?” What did you do with your life---all the gifts, talents, opportunities, energy, relationships, and resources God gave you? Did you spned them on yourself, or did you use them for the purposes God made you for?”

Thursday, March 06, 2003

If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, you are referred to as a Saint in the New Testament. Paul often addressed his letter to the church’s like this: To all the saints in Christ Jesus that are at Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi, etc. This is very important to recognize that the Holy Spirit working through Paul signified that when God looks upon us He see’s a saint. Not a sinful man or women, but a saint who is in Christ Jesus. We are the saints who are in the earth.

Now think about this. Heaven has streets made of gold, gates made of emeralds and pearls, the Seraphim and Cherubim declaring He is Holy. It is perfection. Think how beautiful this sinful earth is with it’s waterfalls, mountains, redwood forests and Canyons. Think about how much more beautiful heaven is. God has much to delight in His heaven, but look at where all His delight is.

Psalm 16:3 As for the Saints who are in the earth, They are the majestic ones in who is all my delight.

En Gedi Waterfall

Friday, February 28, 2003

" I urge, then, first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. I Timothy 2:1 & 2

Romans 11: 25-26 25. For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this mystery, lest ye be wise in your own conceits, that a hardening in part hath befallen Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in; 26. and so all Israel shall be saved: even as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer; He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Mt. Zion with Snow

Pray for the Leaders of Israel and the leaders of your country,

Israeli Government Leaders

1. Aiel Sharon – Prime Minister (Likud)
2. Ehud Olmert – Commerce and Industry, acting PM (Likud)
3. Shaul Mofaz – Defense (Likud)
4. Silvan Shalom – Foreign Affairs (Likud)
5. Benjamin Netanyahu – Finance (Likud)
6. Limor Livnat – Education, Culture, Sports (Likud)
7. Tzachy Hanegbi – Internal Security & Police (Likud)
8. Yosef (Tomy) Lapid – Justice (Shinui)
9. Efi Eitam – Housing and Construction(National Religious Party)
10.Avigdor Liberman – Transport (National Union)
11.Tzipi Livni – Immigration absorption (Likud)
12.Avraham Poraz – Interior and Communications (Shinui)
13.Danny Naveh – Health (Likud)
14.Yosef Paritzki – National Infrastructures (Shinui)
15.Zevulun Orlev – Welfare Services (NRP)
16.Israel Katz – Agriculture (Likud)
17.Benny Alon – Tourism (NU)
18.Yehudit Naot – Environment (Shinui)
19.Modi Zandberg – Science (Shinui)
20.Nathan Sharanski – Minister without portfolio (Likud)
21.Meir Sheetrit – Minister without portfolio (Likud)
22.Uzi Landau – Minister without portfolio (Likud)

Sunday, February 16, 2003

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Matthew 7:7


Pray BIG !!!!! We serve an awesome God, one who is able to do more than we could ever think or imagine. Ask God to use you in a great way to further His will on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Monday, January 20, 2003

" Matthew 28:19 & 20
19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."


If the original disciples had not obeyed this verse you would not be a Christian today. If you do not obey this verse, who will end up with a Christless eternity. Please pray that all Christians would catch the vision laid out in the above verse and obey it. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ states the following:

How You Can Help Fulfill the Great Commission
A Global Strategy

2. What is the Great Commission?
The Great Commission is our Lord's command take the gospel to every person throughout the world and to make disciples in all nations. It involves building and multiplying disciples in all nations so that they can, in turn, saturate their nations with the Good News and train other disciples to do the same generation after generation through the process of spiritual multiplication.

Christ did not commission us to Christianize all nations; He called us to disciple and evangelize them. Our responsibility is to preach and teach Christ's dynamic gospel; it is the Holy Spirit's responsibility to make our witness effective. With the responsibility, however, Christ also gave us everything necessary for success.

Go read the whole thing at “How You Can Help Fulfill the Great Commission”

Friday, January 03, 2003

"You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me, that you may have life. John 5:39 & 40

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This verse hit me a like a ton of bricks today. Many thoughts came to my mind about how sometimes I am not much different than the Pharisees searching the scriptures, trying to live Holy but being a sinful mess because I have not sought Jesus Christ. I need to be more like Mary and sit at His feet and listen and worship Him rather than like Martha busy with so many good things, but not the necessary thing. (Luke 10:38-42). Please understand me; I am saying we need to read the Word everyday; however we need to seek the One it is all about. We also need to pursue Holiness, just through the One that can make us Holy, not by our own methods.

Thursday, January 02, 2003

Heads up to those using blogger, sometimes after you post and publish your blog it will disappear if you change a setting on the same day. If you then add it back in about 2 days you will end up with 2 exact same blogs. Weird. I had to delete the second one, which was here.

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