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October 31, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

1 Corinthians 15.1

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received
and on which you have now taken your stand.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

You have just got to love when the Word of God speaks, speaks to you and then dares to speak through you. Is it, however, a real dare for the Spirit to speak through you? Isn’t it rather that you dare to allow the Spirit to speak through you? How dare we allow the Spirit to speak through us! How dare we call ourselves mighty men of God! How dare we align ourselves with the gospel of Christ which we have received by the faithfulness of others who spoke faithfully to us with the greatest faith that we would, in turn, speak it ourselves to the present and future generations. Are you wondering about what it is I am saying? Are you feeling the challenge of my words? In fact, are they really my words which are challenging you or is it the Word of God which is challenging you. The Psalmist wrote “as deep calls unto deep.” It is the deep Word of God, the gospel of Christ, which is speaking into the depth of our being. Just as Jesus called into the depth of God’s mercy and love to release Lazarus and allow him to return to his family on earth as he was already free in heaven, so God called into the depth of the tomb where Jesus slumbered between heaven and hell and brought Him up through earth, for a little while, to sit with Him again at the right hand of the throne in Heaven. It is this same calling which the Word of God invokes in the depths of our being, through the dark recesses of fear and faith that the light of life, wisdom, be released to bathe our heart, mind and soul with power and goodness.

It is the Word of God whose depth the human mind cannot fathom that surrounds us with protection, production, proficiency and profit as a sea of faith in which the mighty men of God find themselves in the midst of life just as did the disciples. They drew their livelihood from it. They found their faith tested on it. They found their future through it. They were born again out of it. They became the captains over it. They were powered across it by the winds of faith, the Spirit of God, which set their sails full. Even in the doldrums which would arise and give no hope to the sails or in the storm when the sails would be filled with earthly wind that meant no good, the Spirit of God breathed over them and through them for life. It is the wind of faith which is our strength as mighty men of God. It was given to us when the gospel of Christ was preached to us and it is renewed within us when we hear it, listen to it, seek its wisdom and then share it with others. It is the gospel of Christ upon which we take our stand. It is like a solid rock which gives us our balance and security. It is not a millstone tied around our necks due to our sin so that we might be cast into the sea in judgment to die. It is a life preserver, life raft and ballast which keeps us afloat. We can take a stand on it and with it against the storms of life which come against each of us. It weights us only so that our feet can stay firmly planted in faith, hope and love.

It is this Word that I simply want to remind you of, the gospel of Christ which declares that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ of God who lived on earth as God’s mightiest men so that God’s men on earth shall live mightily confronting the throes of sin and the woes of those who wish to inflict suffering on others even bearing death as an opportunity to declare life that they might live as Christ who died to the world only to be lifted up from the pit of death into the height of life as only the Father can give and has promised so to do.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those who are leading God’s people in worship, praise and service today
* For those enduring earthquake (Western Sumatra), wind (Eastern Caribbean) and fire (Eastern
Sumatra
* For those suffering in the cholera outbreak in Haiti (threatening to worsen due to conditions
created by Hurricane Tomas) and whooping cough in California
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For the healing of broken relationships between nations; and the softening of campaign
rhetoric between candidates so that the focus is not the lesser of two evils but the greater of all
goods
* For the people of Hungary and the countries along the Danube being impacted by the toxic
sludge released in a dam breach and now the threat of a total collapse
* For all the young men and women considering the Armed Forces as their next vocational
decision that God’s armor will be the first they put on and the Bible as the first weapon in their
arsenal; in some instances protection against their fellow soldiers
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Thailand

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* Beautiful weekends
* The Word of the Lord

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Lord, let the Word live in these mighty men. AMEN.

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October 28, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Romans 5.1

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, let us be at peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

I listened as a student explained to me that he couldn’t do the writing assignment given to him because there was no way to answer the prompt. I asked him what the prompt was and he replied, “Describe a time when you have been at peace.” In that moment, I was moved out of my role as an instructional leader and teacher and invited into a place of humility. Before me stood one of just how many children and youth in the world who have not known a time in their lives when they have been at peace. I thought to myself that maybe he just didn’t know what peace was? The definitions and examples of peace rushed through my mind and each one was greeted with a possible real time experience for this student that would have demonstrated there was no peaceful experience in his life. I was startled by this thought being convicted that those peace-less experiences quite possibly included school. One of my responsibilities as an instructional leader is to create a safe and productive learning environment for students and faculty. Did I hear these words and warnings clearly?

As a teacher I responded that he could have answered the prompt in the negative. He could describe why he believed he had never known peace and what they meant in his life. He could have written about how his life would change if he had places where he could be at peace and enjoy the fruits of it. When I offered this way of answering the prompt he looked at me with surprise saying, “I can do that? No one told me I could do that. I thought I had to answer the question just like it was written. If I had known that then I could have written other stuff before and maybe even passed the test.” I was relieved as I saw relief and anticipation in his eyes. His body language changed from defeat to possibility. His words were no longer heavy but reached out to know more about the options available to him. We were able to make a plan for how to write from different perspectives. I explained how the composition would be read and scored. In a brief moment there was peace.

As an instructional leader I realized that we must always keep in mind the need to create peace with those who are not experiencing it. As adults that is true as well as for youth and children. If we always respond to those around us with our lack of peace or a lack of understanding as to what makes for peace then those who are even more burdened by the same will demonstrate this “peacelessness” and war will break out. But, I believe that as adults we are challenged to find our peace, remain at peace and be peacemakers. The places where we work, live and play should be zones of peace and peacemaking. I have seen plants grow in some pretty hostile places but generally their growth is stunted and severely limited. I have seen those same plants, while hearty and strong to survive in unhealthy places, thrive and prosper in safe and fertile environments. The moments of peace must multiply in strength so they can survive in hostile times and thrive in less hostile times.

As a mighty man of God I know that I must be at peace at all times. This requires a confidence and trust in my future. It is secure in Jesus Christ. But, do I always live as if I believe it? Am I still challenged by hostile times and hostile people? While I may know what is right and good do I always put that knowledge into action? Of course, not. I pray that I do more and more each day learning from my failures to be at peace to demonstrate the next time peacemaking. Success comes when I realize the value of this truth and the liability of forgetting it. Paul wrote to the early church “since we are justified by faith we can be at peace with God.” It is a corollary of the biblical teaching “If God is for us then who can be against us.” I know my failures, if I lived under the covenant of the law and sin, would remind me that I am at odds with myself and God. Some might just reject God at that point in the hope of finding peace by being absolved of accountability. It doesn’t happen because there will always be an accountability at some point in our lives and definitely at the very end of our earthly lives. But, since I live in the covenant of faith my failures are forgiven, lessons of righteousness taught and learned, and I can be at peace with a troubling world by living in peace with God who loves me, forgives me and strives with me to keep the peace of heart, mind and soul at all times.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For greater wisdom for school leadership and school board leadership
* For those suffering in the cholera outbreak in Haiti and whooping cough in California
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For the healing of broken relationships between nations; and the softening of campaign
rhetoric between candidates so that the focus is not the lesser of two evils but the greater of all
goods
* For the people of Hungary and the countries along the Danube being impacted by the toxic
sludge released in a dam breach and now the threat of a total collapse
* For all the young men and women considering the Armed Forces as their next vocational
decision that God’s armor will be the first they put on and the Bible as the first weapon in their
arsenal; in some instances protection against their fellow soldiers
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Tanzania

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* There is forgiveness of sins
* There is bright hope for tomorrow

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Lord, may the eyes of my heart, mind and soul be open to not only seeking peace but creating the vision of peace for others. AMEN.

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October 27, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Matthew 11. 3

“Ask Him, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect another?’”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

It seems strange to me for John the Baptizer who, according to the witness of the writer of John, had already testified to those gathered by the Jordan to be baptized “Behold, the lamb of God” to have his disciples inquire of Jesus “Are you the One?” John’s boldness had not only brought countless numbers of people into a ready position to receive the Messiah but landed him in prison on death row. His boldness now must have been for some effect as well.

1) Was he calling Jesus out? It is said that John and Jesus spent time together in the Qumran community studying, praying and preparing for the beginning of this spiritual revival. John was used to calling people out. He called Herod’s practice of incestual relationship out into the open. He called people out of Jerusalem into the wilderness to be baptized for the remission of sins. Jesus and John had shared the limelight but now John’s ministry was limited and the time for Jesus to “stand out” was nearing. Was John challenging the “real Jesus” to step forward?
2) Was he challenging his own disciples to make up their mind about who to follow and what to believe? John’s disciples must have been in a formidable number and zealous for the coming Messianic Age. The growing distrust of the Jewish authority and the rising presence of Roman authority had already created a hotbed of dissatisfaction. But, the Roman and Jewish authority was entrenched. It would take a solid commitment to a powerful leader to make the change that was needed to give hope to the people. Was he trying to build up the numbers of followers for Jesus in a spiritual revolution as well as revival?
3) Was he seeking out information for himself so as to validate his own mission and purpose? As he was nearing the end of his own life imprisoned by Herod who hated him it would not be unreasonable to wonder “Is it all worth it?” He knew the habit of leadership in the past when it came to prophets. Jesus would proclaim it as well when He taught about how a prophet was not welcome in his own home and Jerusalem had a penchant for killing prophets. It would seem strange to the outsider to want affirmation if the person had put everything on the line already. But, to the person waiting for the execution it might seem reasonable to want to know if something was true when the prospect of not seeing the fruit of the labor was inevitable.

What does that have to do with God’s mighty men?

1) Is he waiting to call out Jesus and let Him take the lead when it is each mighty man who has been called by Jesus to go out into all the world to make disciples of Christ? If there is a need for “signs and wonders” to be the proof then the proof might be missed if the sign of wonder, the believing disciple, waits to practice his faith.
2) Is he waiting for someone else to make up his mind for him? God’s mighty men must act on their own faith and what they believe to be true about Christ. He knows he is not saved by the acts of any man except the mightiest man of all, Jesus Christ, who has already enacted the promise of salvation by going to the cross in obedience to God’s law, call and grace.
3) Each mighty man must accept the reality that he may not see the fruits of his labor but it is not in vain. Earthly validation is nice but it pales in comparison to the rejoicing in heaven for each decision to fight the good fight as well as each victory that will be won because of the decision to battle against the evil of sin and the chains of death. His ministry should not be based on earthly applause and plaudits but on the satisfaction of following Christ and doing His will which is to love one another.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For the people of Sumatra after yesterday’s 7.7 earthquake, an18 foot tsunami and a volcanic
eruption with nearly 150 dead and over 500 missing
* For the crew members of the fishing ship Athena fighting to put out a fire consuming the ship
off the coast of France and Great Britain
* For God’s safe deliverance to heaven of Michele Kalina’s murdered infants discovered
yesterday in a living room closet and nearby landfill
* For those suffering in the cholera outbreak in Haiti
* For the healing of broken relationships between nations; and the softening of campaign
rhetoric between candidates so that the focus is not the lesser of two evils but the greater of all
goods
* For the people of Hungary and the countries along the Danube being impacted by the toxic
sludge released in a dam breach and now the threat of a total collapse
* For all the young men and women considering the Armed Forces as their next vocational
decision that God’s armor will be the first they put on and the Bible as the first weapon in their
arsenal; in some instances protection against their fellow soldiers
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Tajikastan

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For the day which the Lord has made so we can rejoice and be glad in it
* For the finding of missing keys

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Lord, fill each man today with the measure of strength and truth needed to meet the challenge of declaring that Jesus is the Christ. By their faith let others be won to know that salvation is theirs as well when they accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. AMEN.

October 26, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 29. 3

“The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over
the mighty waters.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

For the people of Sumatra along their eastern shore south of Padang, God’s voice must have been heard yesterday. A recorded 7.7 earthquake shook the island and ocean floor lifting up an 18 foot tsunami that wiped away at least one small fishing village. Brief reminders of similar events which now come to our attention as the multimedia world is able to bring previously unknown news to our attention flood our minds. What must it have been like in the early days of God’s creating of this world? Through the presence of the Holy Spirit God’s voice spoke over the deep and called forth the land masses. I have no doubt there must have been booming and rumbling filling the air as the land broke free from its constraint and began to move at His command. The steaming and rushing of water must have added voluminously to the created cacophony which was not only directed by God but narrated as well. When God spoke the earth listened. In good times and in bad, it was discerned God was speaking. God continues to speak into the world today but more than the earth must listen if there is to be hope. Who will respond when God thunders our attention and directs it to where it is needed? Who will admit to listening to God’s Word as He speaks in the earthquake, wind and fire? The earth is dynamic still to this day. Cyclones, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes demonstrate that creation is still very much indeed alive and well. God’s creative processes are still in fine working order. But, while the earth itself continues to respond what about the world of people who live on it? God’s mighty men live in awe of the power of God to raise up and level mountains. They are struck with wonder at the force of the wind and rain to change the landscape of familiar territory. They admire the calm and peace of the rainbow as God’s sign of covenant which could not be known except for the storm. But, it is for the mighty men of God to respond in service, prayer and charity when the voice of the Lord speaks and His Word acts. It is not enough to marvel at the works of His Hands! Our response should match the movement of heaven and earth and show the glory of God’s name and the honor to serve it with faith, hope and love.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For the people of Sumatra after yesterday’s 7.7 earthquake and 18 foot tsunami with 40
reported dead and nearly 400 missing
* For God’s safe deliverance to heaven of Michele Kalina’s murdered infants discovered
yesterday in a living room closet and nearby landfull
* For those suffering in the cholera outbreak in Haiti
* For the healing of broken relationships between nations; and the softening of campaign
rhetoric between candidates so that the focus is not the lesser of two evils but the greater of all
goods
* For the people of Hungary and the countries along the Danube being impacted by the toxic
sludge released in a dam breach and now the threat of a total collapse
* For all the young men and women considering the Armed Forces as their next vocational
decision that God’s armor will be the first they put on and the Bible as the first weapon in their
arsenal; in some instances protection against their fellow soldiers
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Syria

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For the day which the Lord has made so we can rejoice and be glad in it
* For the security of the people of Sumatra who are making their way past yesterday’s powerful
earthquake

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Lord, Holy Spirit, move us to do Your Will and accept the call to reach out at all times wherever we are directed. Bring healing and peace to the troubled people across the face of this globe and may the world bow down humbly in proclaiming You, Almighty God. AMEN.

October 25, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 29. 9

“The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in His temple all cry,
‘Glory.’”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Through several counties of central Texas, storms broke out in the warm, moist air and spawned tornadoes and tornadic winds damaging property and injuring at least four people. One couple found refuge in a Sonic freezer as baseball-sized hailstones feel outside. A seven mile swath was carved through Navarro county overturning semi trucks and railcars. For those who have experienced and seen the disastrous results of tornadoes the reality of shock and awe are undeniable. I remember seeing a trail through east Texas woods left by a tornado. It looked like a bulldozer had plowed its way through making a highway passage. It is a terrible scene and the sound of its coming fills heaven and earth. If the psalmist is correct and it is the voice of the Lord speaking in the midst of the storm, I wonder what God must be saying.

1) I am all-powerful. I can move heaven and earth with a blast of my nostrils. But, if I can move all this can I not also move those barriers that keep you from being able to come straight to me?
2) I am a God of choice. What may look random and indiscernible to us is a defiance of our ability to fathom the ways and works of God in total. We have a God-induced intelligence to dig deeply into the ways and works of the world but those of God are revealed only as God chooses. He has chosen to reveal Himself to us through Jesus Christ our Lord who did not take the world by storm but certainly left straight paths and rent curtains in His path from earth to heaven.
3) I am the Lord your God. The rumblings of the storm as it builds, draws near, pursues and then departs cause trembling in the hearts and minds of people. Those who fear and respect the storm are drawn together for safety and worship. Just as there are no atheists in foxholes there are none in freezers, storm cellars and prayer closets.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those impacted by the tornadic storms through central and north Texas and into Alabama
* For those in the Yucatan Peninsla bearing the brunt of Tropical Storm Richard
* For those suffering in the cholera outbreak in Haiti
* For the healing of broken relationships between nations; and the softening of campaign
rhetoric between candidates so that the focus is not the lesser of two evils but the greater of all
goods
* For the people of Hungary and the countries along the Danube being impacted by the toxic
sludge released in a dam breach and now the threat of a total collapse
* For all the young men and women considering the Armed Forces as their next vocational
decision that God’s armor will be the first they put on and the Bible as the first weapon in their
arsenal; in some instances protection against their fellow soldiers
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Switzerland

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For the day which the Lord has made so we can rejoice and be glad in it
* For a good time celebrating my daughter’s birthday

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Lord, we proclaim we do not understand Your ways, the works of Your design and all the choices You have made. We also proclaim gladness that You continue to reveal Your way, design and choices for us to be Your people as You are our God. Minister mightily in the course of the storms which threaten Your people without recourse. Where Your people respond with grace and love may Your Word be known. AMEN.

October 22, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Mark 10.16

“And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

There may be times when we just want to throttle our kids and give an extended meaning to laying hands on them. Too many children suffer terribly, tragically and sometimes fatally at the hands of parents, family members and strangers. It is a sad testimony to the times in which we live where life is respected so little that children are dispensable. I have worked long enough in the field of education to see how children are simply cast off by parents and guardians. If you were just observing the behaviors of these children it would be easy to say, “Wow, who could live with those kids!” But, easy means not taking the time to get to know “those” kids and the environment in which they were raised. I am not saying it is always the parents fault, parents struggle mightily as well. But, it is the lack of a significant third party that I believe fosters the failure of the family and the disposal of children as refuse of the world.

Who is that third party? Hopefully that phrasing will draw to the minds of God’s mighty men the trinity itself. God’s mighty men are agents of the third party- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In each of those families we can find nothing more and less than the children of the Heavenly Father. Agents of that Heavenly Father are blessed and charged with the responsibility of bringing those children to the Father’s Son to be blessed and restored to a healthy life. This is the hope of the Son, unlike the brother of the prodigal son, that there would be the restoration, revitalization and glad reunion of families. Agents of the Father’s Son are empowered and moved by the Holy Spirit to invoke that divine presence to heal the broken spirits of “those” children through the laying on of their own hands, the sharing of their own faith and the application of their own blessings.

It almost sounds like the question asked of Jesus “who is my neighbor?” It turned out to be the neighbor was anyone in distress. So who is the third party? It would be God’s mighty men. I challenge them to get involved in schools and with more than their own children. I challenge them to get into the less affluent parts of their communities and not be satisfied with drive-bys of concern. I challenge them to practice the laying on of hands to bless God’s children of any age and pray for their restoration, revitalization and reunion into the family of God.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For those who will lead God’s people in worship, praise and service
* For those being impacted by tropical storms and typhoons around the world
* For the healing of broken relationships between nations; and the softening of campaign
rhetoric between candidates so that the focus is not the lesser of two evils but the greater of all
goods
* For the people of Hungary and the countries along the Danube being impacted by the toxic
sludge released in a dam breach and now the threat of a total collapse
* For all the young men and women considering the Armed Forces as their next vocational
decision that God’s armor will be the first they put on and the Bible as the first weapon in their
arsenal; in some instances protection against their fellow soldiers
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of the Suriname

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For the day which the Lord has made so we can rejoice and be glad in it
* For the healing of diabetes

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Lord, today let the hands of these mighty men be full of blessing so great they cannot hold it all, so powerful they cannot contain it all, so wonderful they cannot keep it all. Let their hands share the blessings of life with your children in need through prayer, praise and service. AMEN.

October 21, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Lamentations 4.2

“How the precious sons of Zion, once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots
of clay, the work of a potter’s hands!”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

With the price of gold these days it would be easy to compare the value of a mighty man of God according to his weight as compared to being a pot in everyday kitchen use. I suppose we could find a consolation that at least the man of God still had some use. Should that be the goal of the mighty man of God? Should he settle for being a consolation prize or relegated to the tables of a garage sale because he has lost his use and purpose in the household of God? Does it sound suitable to become a hand-me-down instead of a lifted up? As Jeremiah lamented over what had become of Jerusalem and her people he didn’t even see the hand-me-down as a possibility for the inhabitants of the city of Jerusalem, nor the people of Israel. He had a vision of God working diligently over the potter’s wheel trying to fashion a semblance of restoration. In the corner of the potter’s house was a pile of discarded pots so flawed they served little purpose and were of little desire. Yet, God worked mightily to take the flawed clay and make something of value. God wanted His people to be more than flawed discards. God wanted His people to know value and purpose in their own lives. Can you imagine a lump of clay dictating to the potter what should be done with it? Yet, God’s people act as if they have that ability and authority to order God around as if He was their servant. Perhaps the vision Jeremiah had was a means of reminding the people their value came from who made them and put them into service. When they claimed to be a people of God their value was raised because He alone is the Master Craftsman. They were not merely pots made by human hands but treasures created by God and useful in God’s plan as containers of His Spirit and glazed with the glory of God. They were masterpieces meant for good. They had a purpose that brought honor to God and hope to others.
The question for God’s mighty men can be this: Whose are you and what purpose have you chosen to serve? Will you be worth your weight in gold or just a pot of clay that can be easily tossed aside for another?

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For the healing of broken relationships between nations; and the softening of campaign
rhetoric between candidates so that the focus is not the lesser of two evils but the greater of all
goods
* For the people of Hungary and the countries along the Danube being impacted by the toxic
sludge released in a dam breach and now the threat of a total collapse
* For all the young men and women considering the Armed Forces as their next vocational
decision that God’s armor will be the first they put on and the Bible as the first weapon in their
arsenal; in some instances protection against their fellow soldiers
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of the Sudan

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For the success God is planning for today
* For the healing God is manifesting today

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Lord, reclaim these pots of clay as Your own. Restore each one and uncover Your name which has been etched in their creation for all the world to see. May each man receive his value and worth by claiming his own purpose for which You have fashioned him. May Your Spirit fill them up to overflowing as they are lifted up to You in prayer. Hear the words of each man as they lift one another up so that Your glory can be known in a mighty way today. AMEN.

October 20, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 119. 73

“Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn Your
commands.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

I continue to find the phrase “self-made man” to be intriguing. It would seem to indicate that this particular person needed help from no one. They never read a book. They never had contact with a mentor or guide. They never asked for assistance or perspective. Whoever they were was a product of their own efforts. Of course, keep in mind, the phrase always indicates a high level of success in whatever they are doing and whoever they have become. It reminds me of a story about three scientists led to the throne of God by an angel who shared the news that they had finally proven God was no longer needed. God asked how they could prove such a statement. The scientists replied that they could create a human being on their own. God asked for them to demonstrate their claim. As the first scientist bend down to scoop up a handful of dirt God interrupted the effort. He said to the scientist “You must use your own dirt.”

As God’s mighty men, we recognize that it is God alone who has made us and formed us into who we are becoming. In spite of some of our efforts to the contrary, the truth about who we are exists solely in the work and presence of God. If it does not then we simply return to the dirt of the earth from which we came and are nothing more than that. Even the memory of who we were will fade. It is when we seek God’s wisdom as our creator and learn how we work best and what our true purpose is for that we become the kind of men God planned and desires. The boast of each mighty man of God is that they are “God-made men.” There is no shame in asking for help, read the instructions, seeking a mentor or helper and engaging in hard work; especially when it comes to being God’s men and doing God’s will.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For the healing of broken relationships between nations
* For families still dealing with eviction issues and the children who suffer because of it
* For the people of Hungary and the countries along the Danube being impacted by the toxic
sludge released in a dam breach and now the threat of a total collapse
* For all the young men and women considering the Armed Forces as their next vocational
decision that God’s armor will be the first they put on and the Bible as the first weapon in their
arsenal; in some instances protection against their fellow soldiers
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of the Sudan

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For wisdom and courage to work through stress
* For God’s love in spite of my failings

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Lord, reveal Your will to these mighty men of Yours for this day. Make of them all they can be and honor their decision to seek You out and to understanding Your plan for their lives with a blessing of wisdom and opportunity in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

October 19, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Nehemiah 1. 3

“They said to me, ‘Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great
trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been
burned with fire.’”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

How are the walls and gates that lead to the spiritual sanctuary which is your life? The body of the mighty man of God is a temple. The craftsmanship of this temple is not made with human hands but designed by God in the heavens. He is the creator, maker and sustainer of this grand design. Of course, there are some people in the world who would disagree and say human beings are the builders of this temple. The act of intimacy and the conception of children is not actually creating the temple. It is the putting in motion the plan of God. Human beings are, however, the stewards of the house of God in which His Spirit dwells. We are the keepers of the house and the attendants of the walls of reason which protect the vital interest which is in residence. We maintain the gates of the entry ways into this sacred house determining who shall pass through them into our heart, mind and soul. The enemy has waged an attack on the walls and gates of the citadels of God which are His people. Many are broken and burned down leaving the inmost being of His people exposed to the elements of depression, doubt and disaster. It is not good news because the body of believers is vulnerable to further attacks which can drive the people into the wilderness and allow the wilderness of sin to move in.

But, all is not lost. The Lord and Savior of God’s mighty men is a strong tower, the true gate and the impenetrable wall of faith, hope and love. Setting Him in place provides not only for the safety and security of the man of all who will find their dwelling place of security and prosperity there. Just as Nehemiah had a heart for God, God’s people and His dwelling place in Jerusalem, so should the mighty men of God share a similar heart and desire. It may not be in the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem or worship center in their own community that they show that heart and desire. It will always begin in their own lives as they seek God’s favor and blessing to begin in their own home and reach out from there to build up the community of faith, the body of Christ. It is the work which God asks each of His mighty men to do. As we work together there will be a blessing beyond measure and the sense of accomplishment will become a wealth that cannot be counted, established in the heavens and poured out for the goodness of all.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For the families of the 31 Chinese miners killed in a gas leak deep underground
* For families still dealing with eviction issues and the children who suffer because of it
* For the people of Hungary and the countries along the Danube being impacted by the toxic
sludge released in a dam breach and now the threat of a total collapse
* For all the young men and women considering the Armed Forces as their next vocational
decision that God’s armor will be the first they put on and the Bible as the first weapon in their
arsenal; in some instances protection against their fellow soldiers
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of St. Vincent, the Grenadines and the Windward Islands

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For being a dad to a wonderful daughter whose birthday I celebrate today
* For success in testing

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Lord, bless this house we pray. Make strong the walls, the gates and the tower of each of these mighty men. Let it become the home base out of which they will journey into the world in order to build up others into a mighty community of faith, hope and love in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

October 18, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Deuteronomy 7. 6

“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of
all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Handle with care. That should be the warning label on each of God’s mighty men but don’t read it the wrong way. Care should be taken when dealing with the mighty man of God. He is a treasured possession of God but he is not set on a shelf to be looked upon as if he were fragile. He is a chosen person called out from among his peers, neighbors and enemies but he is not kept at a distance from any of them as if he is untouchable. He is a member of the holy people of God saved by grace and made new by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. He is not cloistered and shut in but revealed and sent out. He does not wait until he decides it is time to act because he knows all time belongs to God. Instead, he readily inquires of the Lord “Here am I, Lord, send me.” Therefore, since the mighty man of God is all these things you must handle him with care. How you treat him is an indicator on how you want to be treated by God. It could be defining for all the world how you would treat God if He returned to earth in the form of a man again as He did over two thousand years ago in Israel. Take care when you are dealing with the mighty man of God for he is God’s agent of faith, hope and love. He will proclaim forgiveness to the repentant. He will invoke healing by prayer and the laying on of hands. He will comfort the afflicted with gifts of ease and plenty. He will visit the sick and abide with them in their time of need. He will make friends with the prisoner and mentor them into freedom. He will defend the fatherless, bind up the wounded and support the widow. He will demonstrate his knowledge of love by a willingness to lay down his own life for another. He will be measured by the golden rule “I will do for you as I would wish it done for me.” He will be known by the name which is above all names- Jesus the Christ. He should be handled with care as your life may one day depend on him just as God depends on His mighty men to minister with care to all of life.

PRAYER CONCERNS (share your needs and others in the comment section so that God’s Mighty Men can join prayer forces as intercessors of faith, hope and love)

* For families still dealing with eviction issues and the children who suffer because of it
* For the people of Hungary and the countries along the Danube being impacted by the toxic
sludge released in a dam breach and now the threat of a total collapse
* For all the young men and women considering the Armed Forces as their next vocational
decision that God’s armor will be the first they put on and the Bible as the first weapon in their
arsenal; in some instances protection against their fellow soldiers
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan
* For the support and encouragement of those who are seeking employment and the peace of
mind that comes from trusting the process of God’s creation of a new opportunity with the
promise of vocational resurrection in its season
* For Mission Waco and the people of Sri Lanka

PRAYER CELEBRATIONS (where we see Him at work in the world):

* For a Passover revelation
* For a powerful prayer partner

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

Lord, may the blessing which has been poured out upon these mighty men be made manifest in great abundance today. May their care be full and their hearts be free. May You be known by them, with them, in them and through them. AMEN.

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