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November 30, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

John 18. 37

“You are a king, then? asked Pilate.
Jesus answered, You are right in saying I AM a king. In fact, for this reason I was born,
and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth
listens to me.
What is truth? asked Pilate and with that he went out again to the Jews and said, I find no
basis for a charge against this man.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

As God’s mighty men against consider the Advent and Christmas season they find the world still asking Pilate’s question, “What is the truth?” I remember a discussion similar to this when a four year old who was attending her grandfather’s funeral bounded down the stairs from the sanctuary to the fellowship hall excitedly proclaiming “I found him! I found him!” As her parents calmed her down a look of concern crossed their faces. They looked to me for help.
I asked what the problem was and they explained they had told their daughter that her grandfather had gone away. Now they were confronted with her reality that he had not gone away because she found him upstairs sleeping. What were they to do? They looked to me for an answer. I encouraged them simply to have an answer. In the absence of the truth, all God’s children are left to make of reality what they can based on what they know. The parents struggled for a moment as we prayed for the best answer. We took the little girl upstairs to the casket that was to have been closed before she ever had a chance to discover the truth. As she stood there anxiously waiting for her grandfather to wake up, her mother knelt down and said, “Your grandfather did wake up already in heaven. He didn’t need this body because it was too tired to go on to heaven. He has a heavenly body now and he is waiting until we all can come to be with him when it is our time to go.” The little girl looked at her mom and then her dad for a moment and then said “Okay” as she skipped away. Her parents looked at me with surprise. The only counsel I could offer is that she trusted in her mom and dad. If they had confidence in the truth then she would, too.

As God’s mighty men, we are commissioned with the truth and encouraged to have confidence in it. If we waver then the world wavers around us. If we are bold then the world is strengthened with us. What is the truth we are bringing into the world around us. Are they with us or are they left to decide on their own what is reality based on what they know? Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” He also said, “I was born to be a king and to testify to the truth about truth.” He is indeed the King of Kings and the truth of truths. God’s mighty men must know this, say this and live this. If they do, the world will be a better place and heaven’s door will receive far more visitors than naught.

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 proclaim the truth about Christmas.
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them; nearly 1500 people have died due to cholera with over 25,000 hospitalized
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people as another mass grave is discovered.
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan; add North Korea and South Korea as tensions mount with a threat of “all-out”
war
* 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 Uganda

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

* For the healing of wounded lives due to severe storms in Mississippi
* For the strength to accomplish all tasks ahead of us for the week
* For the season of “bringing to the Lord”

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

God, thank You for sharing the truth with us and the charge to not only live by it but to share it with the world. Bless these mighty men who will introduce others to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords today. AMEN.

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November 29, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 119. 73

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

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

The wisdom of God’s mighty men is rooted in the simple knowledge that each one is more than just a flesh and blood being. We have life. We have breath. We have the ability to procreate. We have senses which help us move through the world and experience its wonders and beauties. They also serve their purpose in guiding us through difficulty and dangers. But, that alone does not set us apart. Even the fact that we can communicate is not unique as all animals have those abilities. It is the reality that we can experience God as a being who wishes to communicate with us and be in dialogue concerning life that sets us apart. God has created in our brains the desire for knowledge and wisdom. He has fashioned the ability to understand and comprehend His Word far beyond living life by instinct. The more we live in the depth of His Word that more like God we can become until we are one with Him. This is the path of God’s mighty men. When they choose to follow Christ, God’s mightiest man, they can fulfill the desire and longing that they know inside them but could not explain by any other means than discipleship. Jesus told Peter that the truth he proclaimed when he was asked “Who do you say that I AM?” saying “You are the Christ!” was that deep truth which flesh and blood could not reveal. Seek to know that deeper truth and find the more in life that sets you apart from all others.

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 begin again
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them; nearly 1500 people have died due to cholera with over 25,000 hospitalized
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan; add North Korea and South Korea as tensions mount
* 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 Uganda

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

* For the safe travels of family and friends
* For the strength to accomplish all tasks ahead of me for the week
* For the season of “bringing to the Lord”

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

God, bless these mighty men with deeper truths and the strength and understanding to seek them out and to know them intimately. As You have set them apart for unique service may Your Will through them be done today. AMEN.

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November 28, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Luke 1. 16-17

“Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on
before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to bring back the hearts of the fathers to
their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous- to make ready a people
prepared for the Lord.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Christmas is for children- the children of God. Whether they are near or far, rich or poor, of any race or creed or nationality or socio-economic background, lost or found, they are the children of God. It is our Heavenly Father’s purpose that they should be able to return home to Him. He has provided the means, the power and the motivation for them to be brought back to Him. Regardless of their sins, their mistakes and the dark shadows of their lives, God has given us all the same light of faith, hope and love to bring us back into the circle of His righteousness and dwell there forever. God loves His children and wants them to receive all that is right, good and necessary for their lives. To help accomplish this purpose, He sent His own Son into the world not to condemn all the wrongdoers but that through Him we all might be saved. Jesus Christ is the mightiest man of God and through His might and desire to fulfill God’s will, all of God’s children have the opportunity to be brought back to God.

But, as we begin this Advent preparation let our eyes be drawn to another mighty man of God whom the mighty men of today are to emulate. This man is none other than John, the cousin of Jesus, who was known as “the Baptizer.” His purpose was to prepare the way for the people to meet God and for God in Christ to get to the people. He was the announcer and proclaimer of the will and the way of God which would be exampled by Jesus of Nazareth who was, is and forever will be the Christ of God, our Savior. It was his purpose to preach the good news of fulfilled prophecy. He was to bring all eyes back to the Word of God, in the Old Testament, as it laid the foundation for its fulfillment in the Word of God, Jesus Christ, about which our New Testament bears witness. It is the purpose of God’s mighty men today to do the say. They are to preach and teach the Word of God and assist God’s children to have the right spirit, heart and mind for Christ. They are to model the truth of Christmas and the true Christmas. It is all about Jesus and our salvation. Everything else should be laid to the side and all resources used to make the gospel available to God’s people everywhere. May it ever be so.

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 be leading God’s people in worship, service and praise the first weekend of
Advent
* For those who will be travelling back home this holiday season, for the return to normal
routines including schools with students already thinking of Christmas holidays; including my
own family
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them; nearly 1500 people have died due to cholera with over 25,000 hospitalized
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan; add North Korea and South Korea as tensions mount
* 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 Turks and Caicos Islands

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

* For a great weekend with family
* The beginning of Advent

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

God, may Your Word be alive in these mighty men of Yours as they bring back Your children into the light of life. May this be the Christmas of revelation and revitalization in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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November 27, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 107. 1

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

God loves us. His love for us endures forever. Through rain or shine, thick or thin, joy and sorrow, God’s love reigns supremely. God’s mighty men do not need to doubt the presence nor veracity of God’s love. It is up to each of God’s mighty men to receive His love with thanksgiving because it was given with assurance and without condition. Even though we do not deserve so wonderful a blessing, God gives it anyway.

His love endures forever and stands the test of time. Therefore, it is up to each of God’s mighty men to share His love with gratitude because there are many in the world who are now as the mighty men have been. Though God loves them, they do not yet know it until love is demonstrated with the same thanksgiving as it was first shared with them.

God’s love is eternal. His love brings faith, hope and charity into fruition. It bears life, peace and joy on our family trees whose roots are in Christ. God’s mighty men should bring the same into the world in order that prosperity may be realized and not just a dream. Give thanks, mighty men of God, for He is good and His loves is ours forever.

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 be leading God’s people in worship, service and praise the first weekend of
Advent
* For those who will be travelling this holiday season and for the many more who will not
* For those whom holidays bring more unresolved grief than liberating joy
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them; nearly 1500 people have died due to cholera with over 25,000 hospitalized
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan; add North Korea and South Korea as tensions mount
* 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 Turkmenistan

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

* For a great weekend with family
* The beginning of Advent

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

God, we thank You for Your love. Without Your love there is no hope for us. But, now hope springs eternal from the fountain of love which is Your heart that beats for us forever. AMEN.

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November 26, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Isaiah 66. 20

“‘And they will bring all your brothers, from all the nations, to My holy mountain in
Jerusalem as an offering to the Lord- on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and
camels,’ says the Lord. ‘They will bring them in, as the Israelites bring their grain
offerings, to the temple of the Lord in ceremonially clean vessels.’”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Where the season of Thanksgiving is a season of giving, the season of Christmas is a season of bringing. Isaiah heard the word of the Lord declaring the purpose of those called by God to serve His people. Their purpose was to go out and search through the land bringing God’s people home. They just didn’t load them up as cargo or herd them together as cattle. They gathered them as first fruits of a grain offering to be consecrated to the glory and purpose of God. Even the means of transporting them were to be consecrated so that all which came before the Lord was sacred and acceptable. As the mighty men of God consider what their purpose is in these days, should it not first be the gathering of those given to them for nurture, care and growth so they could be brought together before God and consecrated for good? Even in the gifts which will be bought, created and presented to those they love and are called to love there ought to be the purpose of bringing praise to God. (And I am not thinking of those expressions such as “O God, you shouldn’t have!”) So consider the following as you give serious thought to what you are to do this Christmas season:

1. Bring glory and honor to God’s name.
2. Bring of your best to the Master.
3. Bring the lost to safety.
4. Bring the homeless, fatherless and motherless home.
5. Bring to the lonely friendship and inclusion.
6. Bring to the war torn peace.
7. Bring to the prisoner a life of freedom.
8. Bring to each child the gift befitting the King of Kings with their future in mind.

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 be travelling this holiday season and for the many more who will not
* For those whom holidays bring more unresolved grief than liberating joy
* For the families and friends of the 29 New Zealand miners now declared dead
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them; nearly 1500 people have died due to cholera with over 25,000 hospitalized
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan; add North Korea and South Korea as tensions mount
* 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 Turkey

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

* For hearts filled with thankfulness and days committed to thanks giving
* The beginning of Advent

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

God, You have brought us so much and for all of this we are truly thankful. May this thanksgiving be more complete as we bring our offerings to You so that Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. AMEN.

November 25, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Isaiah 61. 1

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on Me [the Christ], because the Lord has anointed Me
to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to
proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

I pray for all of God’s mighty men, their families and those whom they will shepherd in this season of thanksgiving and preparation to receive again the renewal which comes in celebrating the advent of Christ. In these challenging economic times, I believe that we do have much for which to be thankful. Our celebrations are more simple. Our thoughts are more focused. Our hopes are more reasonable. Our charge is more clear. We do not allow our gaze to center of what we lack and how this year is less than years past. We turn our eyes to the gospel of Christ who spoke in a world that was far different than ours in every way except for one. In their day and in ours, Christ is present and visible. To the first century people and the twenty-first century people, it is through charity, faith, hope and love that Christ is best known. Perhaps this year our time of sharing gifts through receiving will be enhanced by this day of sharing through giving.

1) Give thanks to God from whom all blessings flow.
2) Give the peace of God to those who are troubled.
3) Give the good news of God to those who are overwhelmed by the bad news of the world.
4) Give the presence of God to those who are homeless, friendless and abandoned.
5) Give the word of freedom by making new friends of those in need and by supporting
colleagues and co-workers with words and works of encouragement.

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 be travelling this holiday season and for the many more who will not
* For those whom holidays bring more unresolved grief than liberating joy
* For the families and friends of the 29 New Zealand miners now declared dead
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them; nearly 1500 people have died due to cholera with over 25,000 hospitalized
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan; add North Korea to this list again with the report that enriched uranium is again
being produced and a virtual declaration of war against South Korea
* 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 Turkey

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

* For hearts filled with thankfulness and days committed to thanks giving
* A melding of hearts, mind and soul into one family of God
* The finding of three New Zealand teenagers lost at sea for 50 days: since 50 is the numerical
designation for jubilee, let the celebration be of God

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

God, receive our thanksgiving today. We offer it and ourselves to You for all that You have done to restore us to the best life any man can know. Thank you for not relegating us to days that are “as good as it gets.” Instead, let us remember these are the best days we can receive and give. May those who benefit from our choice to serve You find peace, love, joy and happiness in You and You alone. AMEN.

November 24, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Isaiah 5. 1-2

“I will sing for the One I love a song about His vineyard; My loved One had a vineyard on a
fertile hillside. He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines.
He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then He looked for a crop of
good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

All that effort for naught. Imagine all the projects you have put great energy to only to find disappointment and emptiness. Your best intentions and great design do not match the outcome. What a sense of despair and futility! How could anyone be filled with thanksgiving in a scenario such as that? But, that is the exact situation God found himself in when it came to the nation of Israel in the days of Isaiah. For all His best efforts to redeem Israel from the consequence of sin and sinfulness bad fruit continued to be the only result. What is to blame? Is it the fertile ground, the choicest vines, the mighty watchtower or exquisite winepress that is the reason for the bad fruit? Shall all fingers point to the master of the vineyard Himself? Or is it just a foregone conclusion that once the nature of the fruit changed from best to the best that exists now then all that is left is tainted fruit, sour grapes and hopes for what could have been?

Of course, the symbolism of the vineyard and the grapes drew the attention to nation of Israel and its people. Nothing in this world could suffice in bringing forth good grapes or good people. Of course, people are not grapes. The grape cannot decide for itself whether it is to be good or bad. It has not mind or will of its own only that which it was created with. Does that mean that man has lost his will and mind as well? At times it would seem to be the case given current circumstances. But, one advantage man has over the grape is the will to live and the choice to serve God. Since nothing in this world can redeem man and restore him to his rightful place in the unfailing garden of God then there must be another option. It is that option that gives us reason to be thankful and opportunity to act with thanksgiving.

That option is, of course, Jesus Christ. He alone can redeem, and for those who come to believe in Him, and has already redeemed man from the sour grapes of life and the threat of elimination as bad fruit. He does not wish for any of us to simple be known as the lesser of two evils or those who are “as good as it gets.” His desire is that each mighty man of God be full, fruitful and pleasing to God. Give thanks, mighty men of God, for the hope that is yours. You can choose whom you will serve and how you can serve Him best. You cannot make yourself the best fruit but through Jesus Christ our Lord you can have the taste of new wine!

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 be travelling this holiday season and for the many more who will not
* For those whom holidays bring more unresolved grief than liberating joy
* For the families and friends of the New Zealand miners now declared dead
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them; nearly 1100 people have died due to cholera with over 16,000 hospitalized
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan; add North Korea to this list again with the report that enriched uranium is again
being produced and a virtual declaration of war against South Korea
* 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 Turkey

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

* For hearts filled with thankfulness and days committed to thanks giving
* A melding of hearts, mind and soul into one family of God

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

God, receive our thanksgiving today. We offer it and ourselves to You for all that You have done to restore us to the best life any man can know. Thank you for not relegating us to days that are “as good as it gets.” May those who benefit from our choice to serve You find peace, love, joy and happiness in You and You alone. AMEN.

November 22, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Matthew 27. 7-8

”So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for foreigners.
That is why is has been called the Field of Blood to this day.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

There was a man of Kerioth, the region of Hebron, who came to know Jesus and believed in His promise to set the nation of Israel free. He wanted so very much for the nation he loved to be able to claim its rightful place in the world as the Chosen Ones dwelling in the Promised Land. They were a people of the promise but it always seemed as if the promise remained broken and the people never were free. He drew near to this teacher whose message was good news to his wounded and weary soul. This teacher spoke of the kingdom of God dwelling in their midst. He believed the truth of that teaching was made possible because the One who taught it was himself the Son of God. If the Son of God made the promise then how could it ever be broken. The day of their deliverance from unrighteousness and injustice was at hand.

However, as they entered into Jerusalem during the week of Passover and the crowds proclaimed Him “Son of David” with loud hosannas, this man noticed a different tact being taken by his beloved teacher. When they entered into the temple and he watched as the teacher proclaimed the appropriate sanctity of this “house of prayer” which had been reduced to a den of thieves, he thought the moment of revolution was near. But, when the turning of the tables, crackling whip and vehement proclamation was done, the teacher disappeared back into the crowd as one of them and returned to Bethany. Wasn’t Jerusalem now His home? His throne? His rightful place? Where was the rebellion?

This man of Kerioth watched as time and again moments of opportunity came and went. What was the teacher waiting for? Perhaps he was waiting for one of them to take the lead and show he believed in what the teacher was saying. So, he decided to take his stand and make his place as the agent of the teacher’s revelation. He would be the one who made the mark on the pages of history. And so he did for thirty pieces of silver paid by the chief priests and the elders. He thought that if he brought the teacher face to face with the leaders of Israel one and for all then the truth would be known. Little did he know that what he intended to happen happened just not in the way he desired. Now his plan failed. The teacher even granted him permission to follow the leanings of his own heart. He thought he was being faithful to the promise of God and fulfilling his commands. He now saw the innocent being led to slaughter. He tried to return the money to relieve his conscience but they wouldn’t take it. The deed was done and his place was sealed just as much as was the place of his beloved teacher. But, instead of claiming peace and hope for his homeland Keriath, Hebron, as had Caleb, it was only a potter’s field that would bear his title.

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 be travelling this holiday season and for the many more who will not
* For those whom holidays bring more unresolved grief and liberating joy
* For the cessation of illegal abortions; over 2000 fetuses were found in Thailand
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them; nearly 1100 people have died due to cholera with over 16,000 hospitalized
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people; especially after finding a mass grave which may contain the bodies of missing tourists
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan; add North Korea to this list again with the report that enriched uranium is again
being produced
* 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 Trinidad and Tobago

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

* The recovery of the Chinese miners and for the recovery to come for the New Zealand miners
* Compassion on the needy by family members providing a positive opportunity to others

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

God, no matter how great our intentions may sound, it is Your Will that shall be our solid ground. As these mighty men stand upon the solid rock may the words of faith, hope and love resound through heaven and earth with the power of deliverance and the truth of Your promise fulfilled. AMEN.

November 21, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Joshua 14. 15b

”Then the land had rest from war.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Hmmm, what is the secret of ‘war no more”? According to Joshua and Caleb it was faithfulness to God’s command and obedience to God’s promise. Joshua and Caleb were the only two men who entered into the Promised Land to see what awaited the Israelites under Moses’ leadership and returned with a faith-filled report. The other ten, if you remember, returned with a faith-empty report. Because of the lack of faith of the majority the Israelites were denied immediate entry through the hill country into the waiting promised land. Yet, Moses promised that very land to Caleb and his descendants. Forty-five years later, Caleb stepped forward to claim the very land promised to him. He received it because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly. What was it that he did?

1) He maintained his place before God as a mighty man of righteousness. He did not allow doubt to fill his heart, mind or spirit.
2) He obeyed God’s command to rid the land of all previous connections with faithlessness and things that opposed God.
3) He remained a man of his word with God by never letting his eye wander from the prize.

This did mean he struggled mightily to always do what was right but in the end he settled both his feet on the rock of faith.

This did mean he fought the good fight and waged war against sin and sinfulness. He also went to war but did not allow his determination to be compromised with half-heartedness. If it meant eliminating everyone and everything, then that is what he did.

This did mean he saw the whole picture before him- the good, the bad and the ugly. However, his focus was singular and fixed. He knew what was his because he knew whose he was. Keeping his eye on what God had promised by doing what God commanded, all else in the picture became a blurry background that didn’t matter. It was there but it was not his.

So, mighty men of God, when you feel as if you are engaged in a battle of wills, morals, ethics, commitments, relationships and allegiances remember Caleb. When you desire to be at peace in your life, your home, your family, your business, your pleasures, your community, your worship and in your relationships remember Caleb. Keeping to the command and promise of God will bring you the peace you desire not, as Jesus said, “as the world gives,” but, as Jesus said, “as I give.”

[Does anyone know which disciple came from the region of Hebron? His failure was a lack of peace.]

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 leading God’s people in worship, praise and worship this weekend
* For the cessation of illegal abortions; over 2000 fetuses were found in Thailand
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them; nearly 1100 people have died due to cholera with over 16,000 hospitalized
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people; especially after finding a mass grave which may contain the bodies of missing tourists
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* For the resolution of unrest in the Middle East with Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan; add North Korea to this list again with the report that enriched uranium is again
being produced
* 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 Tonga

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

* Great worship to come and an opportunity to serve in a mighty way
* Compassion on the needy by family members providing a positive opportunity to others

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

God, these have come to receive that which You have promised and commanded. May their faithfulness to Your call in their lives bring peace and establish them as peacemakers in the hill country of their lives. AMEN.

November 19, 2010

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Habakkuk 2.5

“Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay [when it
comes].”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Without thinking, most everyone anticipates that perfect sunset. We are awestruck as the colors change across the sky. We pause in wonder and reflect upon the feelings we experience in that very moment. The beauty of that sunset is inspires us to think about the deep complexities of the universe and the simplicities of our lives. But, it will be approximately another 24 hours before the sun sets again. The circumstances may be changed by weather and the particular pulls on our lives for that day. We might miss the next sunset or it particular spectacle may be hidden from our eyes. We have learned to wait for it. No matter how much we long for it and desire it, it cannot come until it is time to do so. But, when it comes- WOW!

Mighty men of God, the same is true for God’s favor and blessing upon your lives. It happens every day. Your lives are so touched by God that you have taken much for granted until it shows up missing. But, there is a yearning for that extraordinary blessing and favor that would put us over the top in our lives. It may seem so delayed that the belief it will never come creeps into the mind of that mighty man. That doubt weakens the mighty man. It will come when you wait for it patiently. What are you supposed to do in the mean time? Serve God. Serve God by serving others in their times of need. Be the agent of blessing and favor through whom God desires to work in order to effect the wonderful change in the lives of others.

When you do this, know this. When the blessing and favor happens in that wondrous and extraordinary way it will not come in part but in full. It will be so big you may not be able to take it all in. Enjoy the flood of God’s mercy and love. Until then flood the lives of those in need with His mercy and love. Discover the joy and peace it brings.

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 leading God’s people in worship, praise and worship this weekend
* For the cessation of illegal abortions; over 2000 fetuses were found in Thailand
* For those enduring in Sumatra still dealing with the trauma of the earthquake and volcanic
events with 240 reported dead due to the volcanic eruption and nearly 500 due to the tsunami
* For those in Haiti still struggling to put their lives together and for those who are assisting
them; nearly 1100 people have died due to cholera with over 16,000 hospitalized
* For the cessation of violence in Mexico and God’s banner of love and protection over all the
people; especially after finding a mass grave which may contain the bodies of missing tourists
* For all our troops stationed here and abroad defending the right of people to be free; especially
throughout the Middle East where the conflict is political and military but the solution remains
spiritual
* 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):

* Safe travels for all during the upcoming holiday season
* Compassion on the needy by family members providing a positive opportunity to others

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

God, while we wish for that blessing we believe we need now to come now, we will wait until we are ready to receive the fullness of all that You are preparing to give us and so that we will be prepared to receive it in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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