Saturday, October 31, 2020
Friday, October 30, 2020
FASTING AND PRAYING FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD: OCTOBER 30, 2020
God's Blessings to the Saints and friends,
Many times we hear comments such as, "Are We There Yet?" or "Are We Having Fun Yet?"
Of course, it depends on where you are going if you are "there yet," and quite often it is our "frame of mind" that determines if we are having "fun yet." I wonder how many times Moses was asked those questions on the forty year excursion in the wilderness. Our frame of mind includes all aspects of our being, spiritual, physical. mental, emotional and so forth. With some things, we want to see the end result before we start, but that might take away "all the fun."
Should fasting and praying be "fun?" Fun is defined in the 1828 Merriam Webster dictionary as "What provides amusement or enjoyment." I think God must oft times "have fun" as He watches in amusement when we do things in a lukewarm manner or just outright disobey His commandments. The amusement might come from a situation where God tells us to take Route A and we take Route B and end up in a dead end or maybe a swamp. Or when we go to a wedding feast" and run out of oil before the Groom arrives. Don't we all think we are among the Wise Virgins?
However, our goal is the Kingdom of God on earth, Zion and we are obviously not there yet, but how are we making the journey? Could we have been in Zion long ago, like the Israelite's could have been in the Promised Land in a few weeks? DC 102 seems to indicate that it could have happened in the 1830's.
How about the "fun?" Let us look at it as enjoyment. In a fasting class some months ago, I asked the class if anyone really enjoyed fasting. One person raised his hand and said he enjoyed fasting because it is in obedience to God's commands. I then asked if anyone enjoyed going without food. No hands went up. We know there is a great difference between going without food and true fasting. Yes, fasting from food is a sacrifice, but we can find enjoyment in the sacrifice because it pleases God.
The same can be said for the difference between casual prayer and fervent, effectual prayer. Sometimes, casual prayer no matter where, when, or by whom can literally put us to sleep. Have you ever fallen asleep while saying your prayers or being in church? You don't want to suffer the initial fate of Eutychus in Acts 20:7-12.
My point this week is to try to look beyond the sacrifice to the enjoyment of pleasing our Heavenly Father who supplies all our needs. Plus, as the hymn says, "Never Be Discouraged. Go ahead, sing a verse right now. "Yes, 2020 has been a trying year and only God knows what will happen during or after the election next Tuesday. That is the beauty of it all, GOD KNOWS! Since He is the only one who knows the way, let us find greater "fun" enjoyment as we comply with His commandments. I am sure the Apostle Paul had a world of "fun" being chained in a Roman jail and getting to preach to all the guards and governors.
From: Barb Allinder
Antique Oak Dresser
Antique oak dresser for sale: $75.00
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From: Ron Gage
Couch and Loveseat
Both are used. Couch has electric recliners on each end.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
From: Barb Allinder
2014 Cub Cadet riding lawnmower with tiller attachment
This automatic LTX hydrostatic lawn tractor only has a total of 203 hours of use.
From: King, Jeffery A (Jeff)
Organ Recital - November 14
Jeff King will be giving an organ recital at the Outreach Restoration Branch on Saturday November 14, 2020 at 4:00PM. Selections will be arrangements on Hymns of Thanksgiving and Praise.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
From: Abigail Cool
Protect the Flock
Triumphant Zion Ministries Presents:
Protect the Flock
J. Abigail Cool
Waldo Restoration Branch Live and Live Streamed
November 14th, 2020
Providing healing resources, support, and hope for victims of domestic violence in the church and Prevention Education-Training for those who shepherd the flock.
"Many Christians cannot bear to acknowledge that spousal abuse is an enduring problem within our very own walls. Both individually and as a faith community, we are ashamed and humiliated to admit the presence of such a problem. It is far easier to deny, to minimize, and to conceal...It's time to stop sweeping spousal abuse under the carpet." (Catherine Clark Kroeger, Peace and Safety in the Christian Home, 2008).
One Shepherd's Call to Shepherds of All Faiths to Stand Up for Healing and Justice: by Ken Chitwood
What wasn’t ridiculous was the message I wrote to him: that before he goes off to save the climate and solve the refugee crisis and bring peace to the Middle East, he first needs to take care of priority number one—addressing sexual in his church.
Indeed, sexual abuse has plagued humanity for centuries. Even the Hebrew Scriptures contain tragic stories of abuse, rape, and incest. One of the historical books of these Scriptures relates how Amnon, the son of the famed King David, attempted to force himself on his half-sister, Tamar ().
The pardon sowed in the case of these injuries should not be for the abusers. They must be prosecuted and punished accordingly. Further, churches need to take the issue of abuse as a loud and clear call for reform and to no longer protect the abusers, but admonish them, provide support for the abused, and protect future generations from having to suffer similar mistreatment at the hands of ministers and leadership figures.
Our religious institutions must be remade into places of love, justice, and safety for people of all ages, genders, and dispositions.
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Monday, October 26, 2020