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Bonhoeffer stated to German Christians who retreated into piety, resigned themselves to evil and waited for God to do the rest: We cannot simply pray and then wait for God to do the rest. At the same time, we must not act to oppose the forces of evil without drawing on the power of prayer. It is not either is and.
Esther prayed and fasted 3 days, but then she acted.
In today's society people neither want to pray, nor do they
wish to act. It has become neither nor. Accusations against God are at an all time high, because the Church has been split up into small sections and is no longer the powerhouse it once was. Jesus tells us we area city on a high hill. If we imagine ourselves as tiny as a snowflake, put all those snowflakes together in united prayer and when God speaks the word "Go" we will avalanche onto those valleys of despair and bury them. But we must pray and listen for His timing and then go when He tells us AND we must be united. So Father, unite Your Church, Your bride. Make us one! Two brides argue over who is best in the Groom's eyes. Make us one, so the competitions cease.
Make this next generation wiser in You than ours. Give them hearts of excitement to serve You to the fullest. Make them strong in spirit to resist the forces of evil, because, let's face it, Lord, life here gets more compounded and confusing as the years go by. Wisdom and walking in the power of Your Holy Spirit are more than needed. They are DESPERATELY needed. Surround, protect, encourage, indwell and fill to overflowing us, our children and grandchildren and so on down the line as we seek Your face, Your will and Your direction for our lives and grant us the wisdom, talent and strength to accomplish it all. In Jesus' name...amen!!

Evidently in Greek grammar there is a "middle voice" which describes the subjects as participating in the results of an action. Philip Yancey says it reads like a description of prayer: We do not control the action; that is a pagan cocept...putting the gods to work through my incantations. We are not controlled by the action. That is a Hindu concept where we slump passively into the...fated will of the gods...
Rather we enter into the action begun by Another (our Savior) and find ourselves participating in the results of the action. I neither do it, nor have it done to me; I will to participate in what is willed.
This brought a thought to my mind: God doesn't just answer my prayers. God IS the answer to my prayers.
Lord, we tend to think that if we ask in the right way, ask with enough faith, behave in a certain fashion, etc, that You will answer our prayers. By this we actually mean that You will do our bidding. Forgive us in our ignorant presumptions. This is why the original disciples cried out for You to "teach us to pray." We so very often get it wrong. Yes, we are to bring You everything in prayer, but it is up to You what works to bring about the fruition of Your plans for our lives and what doesn't. We need to learn to trust that, but keep asking. This is a difficult concept, Lord. I won't whitewash it. We REALLY struggle with this, because we honestly get it in our heads that we know best. That is why prayer is so essential! It helps us hear from You what we need to be doing or not doing for our safety. It is like when Cagney and Kian were 3 and 4 years old and wanted so desperately to help Kpa put in the huge kitchen window. It actually would have been much easier to simply do it himself, but instead he got out a jack and some blocks of wood, lifted the window ends onto them and let the kids "push" the window into place. He did all the real work and extra so they could be a part of his plan. That is what You have done for us. YOU did all the REAL work on the cross and said, "It is finished." Now You invite us to "help." As we, our children and grandchildren mature in our faith, help us remember during those weary times that the heavy part is done and be grateful. Help us always have that childlike heart that wants to help, but remind us to ask You first what to do so we do not try to take charge and become unsafe in what we are doing.
Thank You for loving us so much!!

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Faithful Friends
Last Tuesday, while reading from Francis Chan's book The Forgotten God , I heard very quiet but very distinct words in my spirit, "I want you to drop out of choir."  Anyone who truly knows me will tell you that this should have made my eyes grow large and h...

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Eclipse No More
The solar eclipse has been an ongoing topic for months. Since two of our
children and one daughter-in-law are all teachers, it has been spoken
of possibly more in our homes than most due to lesson planning around
it. Then came the day when they announced...

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Transplanted: To Be or Not To Be
I have discovered something about myself; while I enjoy change within the confines of my comfort zone, I have a fear of having that comfort zone itself transplanted.  I woke in the middle of the night last evening with dread filling my being.  I realized th...

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Called People
If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face, then will I hear from heaven and heal their land.  II Chronicles 7:14 We read this and cry out for forgiveness and healing of our land, or country.  At least this is ...

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Husbands, Treat Your Wife Like the Treasure She Is


My wife is a treasure! She’s precious. In addition to all of the many personal qualities about Angie that make her awesome – such as her tender, sweet heart, charming smile and her beauty – there’s this, and it’s from the Bible…

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord.

– Proverbs 18:22 NLT

Here’s a blunt truth… when all a guy can talk or think about is how much of a nag or a burden his wife is, it tells us way more about him and his attitude than about her.

Let me open that up just a bit. Man, you have a choice to make about your own attitude. If you appreciate your wife, care for her, honor her, and choose thoughts about her that are good and positive, you’re going to enjoy God’s favor and marriage will be a rich and satisfying experience for you. But if you stay focused on yourself and your own wants, you’ll create a standard she can never meet.

The Dude’s Guide to Marriage
By Darrin Patrick

Dude, if you’re married, she’s a gift. God has been good to you – far better than you deserve, in fact. Therefore…

Cherish and value her, like a found treasure.
Honor and respect her as a gift from God.
Show her off by speaking well of her and refusing to talk about her faults to others.
Protect her and provide for her.
Desire her, pursue her, and be the first to show your affection for her.
Listen to her heart. Then listen some more, before responding.
Lead her, not because you get to be the boss, but because she needs and wants you to be in front spiritually.
Stare at her and remind yourself how good God has been!
Here’s a tip (from a guy who is still figuring all this out myself): Make your phone’s lock screen a picture of her pretty face smiling back at you.

All couples go through tough times, and there are times when we need to honestly confront the faults in our spouse, but our view ought to always ultimately be for her good, not for our own.

Remember, you’re responsible to God as a steward over every relationship in your life. And if you’re married, no other relationship is as important as your marriage. Someday, you’ll stand before the Creator God of the entire universe, whose name is Holy, and answer this question: How’d you treat the treasure – my daughter – that I gave you?

Photo by Alexis Arnold.

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I'm Brandon. I'm the Lead Pastor of Grace Hills Church in Northwest Arkansas, which my wife, Angie, and I planted in January of 2012. I previously served as a Pastor at Saddleback Church and still manage Pastor Rick Warren's online, global ministry to pastors, I also lead a blog about blogging, a blog about social media, and a blog about men's issues. And I've written a book - Rewired, which challenges the church to adopt social media to spread the good news about Jesus. I sometimes take on church website design projects and I coach pastors and leaders as well. I'd love to hear from you!

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