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May 31, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Psalm 82.1

“God presides in the great assembly; He gives judgment among the ‘gods.’”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Our God reigns! He has not abdicated the throne. He has not abandoned His Kingdom. The enemy does not rule. Death has no victory, therefore our God is not dead. God’s mighty men must keep in mind that life is a marathon which comes in stages of ease and of challenge. There are times when it seems as if the odds are incredibly against righteous. However, there is a strategy in the battle for truth. If it is carefully and faithfully followed then the enemy will undo himself in places and the fall of it will be even greater. Equally so, there are those places in our own lives that we will discover the rewards of faithfulness as if we were alone the actor in victory. God does not desire to do everything for us. But, He desires that we are well equipped and provisioned for the ministry to which we are called. He desires that we become active participants in the will of God on earth as it is in heaven. Therefore, He does not want us to give up the throne in our own castles but allow them to be transformed into mercy seats of wisdom and justice. He does not want the enemy to rule in our homes. Death will have no victory because we are saved from death by Jesus Christ our Lord. Our God reigns in the hearts, mind and spirit of His people. They are not abandoned to fend for themselves. Neither are they to abandon those who are in great need. As the Father goes, so go His children.

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 wisdom to rule and the despotic, destructive leaders around the world surrender to love
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For those who are recovering from the aftermath of death and destruction left by tornadoes,
severe storms and flooding across the midwestern, southern and eastern parts of the United
States; for those still listed as missing at least a week after the tornadic storms
* For wisdom in creating American policy about Israel; may the foundation of wisdom be
biblical “Those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed.”
* For Mission Waco and the people of Lebanon

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

* For Mack’s leadership in providing service to a Memorial Day celebration honoring many
Local veterans
* For His Word on what and where our ministry is to be
* For God’s continued provision for medical bills and a new washing machine

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, we offer ourselves to You. May Your righteousness and mercy be our true guidelines in determining what we shall do, where we shall go and how we shall live. Rule and reign in and through each of Your mighty men so that this world will know of Your majesty and grace. AMEN.

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HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Isaiah 42.13

“The Lord will march out like a mighty man, like a warrior He will stir up His zeal; with a shout He will raise the battle cry and will triumph over His enemies.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

With God marching before us in the battle for life and truth no enemy stands a chance for victory. Those who will march with Him in this world do put their lives on the line for God’s sake. They are not forgotten. We give thanks for those who have laid their lives on the line for the sake of the gospel. We are able to enjoy the liberty of our salvation in the world today because of God’s mighty warriors who have fought the battles and stood guard as watchmen. God’s mighty men of today continue that service as they proclaim their faith before all the world. There is to be no covert operations. Those who battle for truth are on the forefront. They are not defeated. Though they may die in this world they live in the next because that is the promise kept by God Almighty.

Today, we remember those brave men and women who put their lives on the line to promote, provide and protect the liberty of life which this country represents. Some have survived to see the blessings of liberty and others have passed on to see their rewards. We are the ones who are blessed by their commitment to serve. Their witness stands as a challenge to all of us to keep up the battle for truth and for faith. Our prayer should be that all our service men and women stand behind the true Commander-in-Chief, Almighty God. He continues to march against the forces of evil and hell like a mighty man. Since we are created in His image it should become our desire to be like Him who in Christ became like us so that we might know the truth. Let our remembrances today honor the dead, the living but most of all honor God who raises the battle cry for faith, hope and love. He will lead His people in triumph over His enemies and theirs.

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 this Memorial Day in worship, praise and service
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For those who are recovering from the aftermath of death and destruction left by tornadoes,
severe storms and flooding across the midwestern, southern and eastern parts of the United
States
* For wisdom in creating American policy about Israel; may the foundation of wisdom be
biblical “Those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed.”
* For Mission Waco and the people of Latvia

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

* For freedom and for our freedom fighters and defenders
* For His Word on what and where our ministry is to be
* For God’s continued provision for medical bills and a new washing machine

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, hear the Amens of Your mighty men who answer Your call to battle for truth with faith, hope and love in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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May 29, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Jeremiah 35. 18-19

“This is what the Lord says, ‘You have obeyed the command of your forefather Jonadab, followed all instructions and have done everything he ordered; therefore Jonadab will never fail to have a man to serve me.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

The hope of eternal life has two expressions, one for life in this world and one for life in the fullness of God’s Kingdom. The ancient Hebrews believed that eternal life was what was passed on from generation to generation so that their name would survive for the day of God’s return to claim His people as His own from the throes of the world. The worse thing that could happen would be that an entire family would become extinct as there would be no one to carry on the name of the family. I still cringe to think about what it means to see species of flora and fauna put on the extinction list. They are never to be experienced again in this world. But, imagine the sadness we should experience when the same is true for a family, a village, a nation, even a world and especially for just one person. Yet, those who dwell in the midst of sin and never seek to escape its devastation in their own lives shall experience that same fate. Oh, they may survive to live in Hell for eternity but what life is that apart from the glory, majesty and love of God? When God comes to restore the wonders of His creation it will be experienced by those who gave themselves to God in faith, hope and love. Their reward is life in the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven. Did we ever stop to truly consider the unity of Heaven and Earth in Eternity? The holy connection that would be restored when Jesus returns to put evil in its final resting place? The promise given to believers, God’s mighty men and those who follow them, is that their name shall never be forgotten. Their name shall be written in the Book of Life to endure forever. Their generations will know them as blessed and give thanks to God forever. The prosperity of service which is bestowed on them by God will be in abundance. They will not die but live forever. Wow! All of that for remaining obedient to the commands, instructions and service of our Heavenly Father is more than we might deserve if our lives were simply “earth-based.” But, our lives are covered by grace which means we do not receive in full what we have deserved but instead receive in full what we cannot obtain on our own. That means even when we fall short, if we are obedient to God’s command and instruction and service to repent of our sins and seek to be as forgiving as we are forgiven then we shall be forgiven; our salvation remains intact. We know the blessing then which is ours in Jesus Christ but we must not forget the consequence of His blessing. The consequence is the keeping of His promise that there will never be a family who will not be lead by mighty man of God to guide them in worship, praise and service.

As we remember those who have given their lives in the service of protecting the ideal of freedom, liberty and justice for all around the world, let us embrace the reality that we are also protecting the right, privilege and responsibility of promoting the gospel of peace and prosperity to those same people we are fighting beside and against. If we fight to defend our country and right to live alone then we are falling short of our purpose. I, for one, do not wish our nation to perish forever because it has forgotten its God-given place in the history of humankind. But, as long as I and the mighty men of God around the country and the world bind themselves together then not only will this nation survive but so will many others to the glory of God. On this Memorial Day weekend, let us not just pause to remember the past but do something memorable that will not be forgotten in the generations to come. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord our God to the best of our ability and to the fullest of God’s capability in and through us.

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 this weekend in worship, praise and service
* For those who are recovering from the aftermath of death and destruction left by tornadoes,
severe storms and flooding across the midwestern, southern and eastern parts of the United
States
* For wisdom in creating American policy about Israel; may the foundation of wisdom be
biblical “Those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed.”
* For the salvation of those who are still lost without Christ that they may not be lost forever and
to those who will bring the ministry of Christ into their understanding
* For fiscal wisdom in our nation which highlights dependence on the prosperity of God in
heart, mind and spirit than in the providence of man in words and pocketbooks
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For Mission Waco and the people of Laos

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

* For peace on earth beginning with me
* For His Word on what and where our ministry is to be
* For God’s continued provision for medical bills and a new washing machine

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, by Your purpose and Your Word do we have life. We commit that life to be expressed in its fullest purpose of promoting eternal life and the means by which it can be gained by all people. Empower these mighty men of Yours to make today a memorable one! AMEN.

May 28, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Ephesians 5.1

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly beloved children.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

There is a cycle of life spiritually speaking. In our relationship with God as His mighty men we are also His mighty children. It has been said that the only difference between men and boys is the cost of their toys but in God’s eyes the only cost He sees was the price for our salvation. The price was the same for all people as Jesus died for all our sins. But, God’s mighty men are supposed to be “Daddy’s Boys.” Boys ought to idolize their fathers and emulate their character and nature. How many of us, when we were asked “What do you want to be when you grow up,” replied “I want to be like God.” Boys may not think about that desire but when they do they are on their way to becoming real men. Real men do not lament the fact that they now have grown up responsibilities and are no longer little boys. Instead they relish the opportunity to know that no matter what they will always be “Daddy’s Boys.” It is a privilege to encourage boys today to grow up to be mighty men of God. It is an honor to watch them encourage their children to become Christ-followers and mighty men and women of God. All the while the mighty men of God never grow up so much that they never need God their Father. They will never outgrow that beloved position in the family of God as His sons. The difference between men and boys is not who they are but what where they are in relationship to God and men. As imitators of God, the mighty men are witnesses to the truth that we should seek the blessing of being one of God’s children.

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 this weekend in worship, praise and service
* For those who are recovering from the aftermath of death and destruction left by tornadoes,
severe storms and flooding across the midwestern, southern and eastern parts of the United
States
* For wisdom in creating American policy about Israel; may the foundation of wisdom be
biblical “Those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed.”
* For the salvation of those who are still lost without Christ that they may not be lost forever and
to those who will bring the ministry of Christ into their understanding
* For fiscal wisdom in our nation which highlights dependence on the prosperity of God in
heart, mind and spirit than in the providence of man in words and pocketbooks
* For all our military personnel of the past and present for the service they render and the
sacrifices they have made and are making for the sake of our country and for the benefit of
others around the world
* For Mission Waco and the people of Kyrgyzstan

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

* For hope
* For His Word on what and where our ministry is to be
* For God’s continued provision for medical bills and a new washing machine

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, Father and Daddy, hear the prayer of Your boys as they call out to You. How good it is to know that You do not enjoy us from a distance but that You are watching over us all the time in the nearness of Your Spirit in our heart, mind and soul. Thank you for calling us Your Sons and teaching us how to be better fathers and men by revealing to us the right relationship through Jesus who loved to call You “Daddy.” AMEN.

May 27, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Daniel 12.10

“Many will be purified, made spotless and refined; but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

I look forward to the day when I no longer have to shake my head in wonder as to why the blessings of God can be so invisible to some people. I ache for those who would rather struggle through life than to enjoy the promise of God. I want to be wise enough to understand. I think that means I need to quit struggling through life and see more of God’s blessings that may be invisible to me. Change in my world begins with changes in me. I recognize this when I get so wrapped up in my work that I forget the people I work with. Could it be that I am enabling the struggle and creating blindspots for others by stepping in the way of their being blessed? I cannot dictate how God will bring healing and wisdom to others any more that I know how He will do it for me. What I do know is that I must put myself in a position to receive my healing and the wisdom that creates perfect peace. The best position to be in is on my knees in prayer and in service. Helping others helps me. It does not mean I seek getting help by helping others. It means that as I am helping others I am putting in action that part of God’s plan which helps me. It is as God designed. I must trust that many will be purified. I must accept that some will continue to be wicked. I must live to not be one of the wicked who lacks understanding of the mercies of God. I must live to be one with 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 this weekend in worship, praise and service
* For those who are recovering from the aftermath of death and destruction left by tornadoes
and severe storms across the midwestern, southern and eastern parts of the United States
* For wisdom in creating American policy about Israel; may the foundation of wisdom be
biblical “Those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed.”
* For the salvation of those who are still lost without Christ that they may not be lost forever and
to those who will bring the ministry of Christ into their understanding
* For fiscal wisdom in our nation which highlights dependence on the prosperity of God in
heart, mind and spirit than in the providence of man in words and pocketbooks
* 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 Mission Waco and the people of Kuwait

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

* For peace and forgiveness and renewed beginnings
* For His Word on what and where our ministry is to be
* For God’s continued provision for medical bills and a new washing machine

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, it seems as though there are days when I am far from perfect. I never want to be too far from perfect so I ask for Your forgiveness and for the blessing of Your Spirit to guide me into wisdom. AMEN.

May 25, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Isaiah 58.3b-4a

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

What we are as God’s mighty men sometimes are God’s mighty weak men. The spirit is willing but the flesh remains weak. The very thing we desire to be is too difficult for us to become on our own and in that desire to be strong we forget to actuate the very concept that will not only make us strong but keep us strong. We believe that if we just stay away from certain people, places, things and activities we will have solved our problem. The fact is that the problem is not beyond us it is within us. If we have a problem then we must learn to overcome that problem. But, we cannot overcome our problem by ignoring it; we must confront it. We cannot overcome our problem by putting away things for a season; we must deal with it in and out of season. This, I believe, was and is a problem with fasting. Fasting is really abstaining from things of the world for a season so that we are able to focus on the things of the kingdom that are meant for a lifetime. It ought to be a season of rehearsal for the real production. Whatsoever we practice by faith for a time ought to become that normal routine lived daily without thinking. The failure comes in the thinking that if I don’t do it for a little while then I will have gained enough collateral to pay off the past and future debt when I fail to be strong the next time.

The truth is that the debt has already been paid through Christ Jesus. The challenge is not to live so that I do not accrue further debt (we will continue to fall short somewhere in our lives). The challenge is to remember that we are “debt free” and thus empowered to live a life that promotes the same for others. In the days of Isaiah, as well as those before and after, were days of hypocrisy. One thing was said but another was done. We tend to look at things in the negative when it comes to hypocrisy and it is valid. We say we are good but then we do something wrong. We say we will hold to a commitment but then we break it intentionally or unintentionally. But, consider that when people say they are good, do good things but do not give glory to God it is hypocritical also. We should be doing all things for the glory of God. We should abstain from the ways of the world that say “draw attention to me” or “do right by me and all will be well with your world.” Our daily walk should be a fast of separating ourselves from the world and worldliness and becoming invested in the world and holiness. We cannot dare to live hypocritically without repentance and seeking forgiveness because that is a sign of weakness. We will fail at times and we will surely fall. But, we are not measured by how many times we failed and fell. We are measured by how many times we got up and continued to carry the cross of faith, hope and love for the glory of God. We must not say “I don’t think I can.” We must say “I know I can’t without Christ who strengthens me.” If we can do this then we are more like Christ than we know. He, too, fell carrying the cross to Calvary. He needed helped to carry His cross. He had already prayed to God for assistance to drink from the cup. He would pray for the strength of God to release the hold on his earthly life so He could be held in the hand of His Heavenly Father forever. He cried out “I know I can’t do this without God who strengthens me.” Be aware of the promise you have made, mighty men of God, to live life as a follower of Christ. Let your word be your bond. Let your life be a glory to God. Model the faith of one who without Christ would be overcome by weakness but in Christ is strengthened to complete the journey of 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 those in Oklahoma who were ravaged by tornados in the deadliest tornado season since
1953
* For those who are recovering from the aftermath of death and destruction left by a tornado
which passed through Joplin, Missouri, yesterday leaving at least 124 dead while there are still
many others injured and missing countless
* For wisdom in creating American policy about Israel; may the foundation of wisdom be
biblical “Those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed.”
* For the salvation of those who are still lost without Christ that they may not be lost forever and
to those who will bring the ministry of Christ into their understanding
* For wisdom from our governmental leadership as it pertains to policy concerning Israel and
Palestine
* For fiscal wisdom in our nation which highlights dependence on the prosperity of God in
heart, mind and spirit than in the providence of man in words and pocketbooks
* 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 Mission Waco and the people of Kosovo

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

* For peace and forgiveness
* For His Word on what and where our ministry is to be
* For God’s continued provision for medical bills and a new washing machine

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, we are weak but You are strong. Be our strength today and give us the blessing of assistance to overcome weakness with love; both the love we have received from You and the love we can then give to others. AMEN.

May 24, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Matthew 4.17

“From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.’”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

As we know the tribulation and end of the world did not happen last Saturday. Now the prophetic correction by Rev. Camping predicts it will come in five months. Regardless of the timing, which only God knows perfectly, the ministry of preaching repentance and reconciliation continues. As it should. When Jesus returned from the wilderness and His testing of perseverance and priority, Matthew teaches that Jesus began to preach. The heart of His message was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” To some the message meant that the end of Roman rule and temple abuse was soon to be replaced by the messianic kingdom come to earth from heaven. For others, the message meant the end of the then known world in great judgment and the restoration of the faithful chosen ones of God, specifically the Jews. Some saw the message as a moment in time when God would reclaim the earth as His own and others saw it as a place of eternal blessing which could never be removed. In fact, it was all these things and God’s mighty men of past, present and future must acknowledge this. But, Jesus preached repentance for far more than exalting followers and judging enemies. When Jesus declared that the kingdom of heaven was near He knew in His heart and mind the benefits and assets of drawing near to the kingdom. When He was tempted by Satan, the Accuser, in the desert beyond the Jordan, Jesus called upon the Word of God to establish His hedge of protection within the kingdom of God. In the kingdom of heaven, Satan had no authority and the folly of his arguments were self-evident. Beyond that truth, Jesus knew that the benefits and blessings of the kingdom belonged to Him, and to all believers, for the taking. He would never lack for anything and when His time in the desert was done the angels of the Lord came to ministry to Him. He had food, strength, knowledge and wisdom enough to serve His daily needs. But, if He had not committed Himself to the service of God and declare Himself to be a present resident of the kingdom of heaven then those blessings would have been beyond His reach. It did not mean that they were not present but that He would find that He could not grasp them.

As God’s mighty men we cannot live our lives as if the kingdom is just beyond our grasp. We are living beyond the moment of our baptism where we confessed that our sins cannot be forgiven without the blessing of God. We are living beyond the ceremonial washing which indicated that we were new creations and given the opportunity to live life differently. Some returned to their former lives believing they could do it right if only they had another chance. The kingdom was so close but they failed to grasp it. Others went forward believing their lives were limited in the kingdom as they were in the world. Opportunities and blessings remained in abundance but they lacked the insight and trust to gather in the harvest of God which was intended for them. Instead, they only gleaned from the perimeter of the kingdom instead of gathering the full harvest. As God’s mighty men we cannot be so short-sighted and short-armed. The blessings of God are within our grasp. We are richly blessed but the blessing is only known fully when we become a blessing to others sharing what we know and what we have with others who have eyes to see but still don’t see and ears to hear but still have a deaf ear to the the truth. Even as God’s mighty men we must repent of our own deficiency and reclaim our rightful place before God which is in the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

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 recovering from the aftermath of death and destruction left by a tornado
which passed through Joplin, Missouri, yesterday leaving at least 116 dead while there are still
many others injured and missing countless
* For wisdom in creating American policy about Israel; may the foundation of wisdom be
biblical “Those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed.”
* For the salvation of those who are still lost without Christ that they may not be lost forever and
to those who will bring the ministry of Christ into their understanding
* For wisdom from our governmental leadership as it pertains to policy concerning Israel and
Palestine
* Protection and safety for those impacted by heavy flooding in the Midwest and Southeast
United States
* For fiscal wisdom in our nation which highlights dependence on the prosperity of God in
heart, mind and spirit than in the providence of man in words and pocketbooks
* For all those impacted by wind, storm, water and war
* 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 Mission Waco and the people of South Korea

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

* For His Holy Spirit who knows exactly how to speak into our heart and mind to convict us of
our errors in judgment and teach us in the ways of Christ
* For His Word on what and where our ministry is to be
* For God’s continued provision for medical bills and a new washing machine

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, open our ears, eyes and mind to the very presence of Your Kingdom in our midst so that we see we are in the midst of Your Kingdom. Once we see it then we shall be able to take what is given so that is can be used to multiply the blessings for others. May Your Kingdom grow in us and around us with the abundance that You have planned for all Your children. AMEN.

May 23, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Ezra 9.13a

“What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, You have punished us less than our sins have deserved.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

Beyond the age old dialogue of “nature versus nurture” to explain why people act and react the way they do there is an older truth which stands as the very foundation of the entire treatise. It is because of man’s unwillingness to be obedient to God’s command that the ways of the world spiral beyond human control. When man surrendered his will to his pride and desire apart from God the authority he had over creation was diminished greatly. We end up being in competition with the power and strength of the world that is virtually unfettered and running wild. The nature of God in which we were first born was created with the purpose of nurturing us. But if the nature is corrupted and corruptible then the nurture is insufficient and ultimately counterproductive. As Paul declared concerning himself, “The good which I intend to do I do not and the evil which I desire to put away I did not.” This is the power of sin in our lives and in our world. Yes, sin has a power but it is not all-powerful. It has a power to separate us from knowing God’s love. It has a power to destroy the lines of communication of mercy, grace and forgiveness which is spoken visually, auditorally and tactilely through the presence of Christ in the world. It has a power to blind us to the hope of our redemption which is already a reality but questioned at every turn by those who fear losing their power to be corrupted and to corrupt.

But, those who are new creations are born into the nature of God’s kingdom and the nurture of His promise of love. The old has passed and behold the new has come. God’s mighty men, while still learning how to be perfected by the renewal of their lives and the transformation of their minds and therefore still falling short at times of God’s goal for their lives, are being nurtured by the truth of God’s love so that it becomes our nature. We are fortunate that God has not meted our judgment according to our sins. We are called to act accordingly and not treat others the way they “deserve” but the way God desires. We are called to nurture others with faith, hope and love so that the nature of man is born again into the kingdom of light and not darkness. In the words of Ezra, there is a remnant within us that God has redeemed. It may seem to be small but it is like a mustard seed in our soul that will grow into greatness and bear fruit for generations to come. This must become the nature of God’s mighty men so they can nurture God’s future generations into the goodness of life. It must become our willingness to be obedient to God even when it contradicts what the world says is true. The only world which knows the truth is the world of God’s love which is known through faith. It is in the midst of us.

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 recovering from the aftermath of death and destruction left by a tornado
which passed through Joplin, Missouri, yesterday leaving at least 89 dead and countless others
injured
* For wisdom in creating American policy about Israel; may the foundation of wisdom be
biblical “Those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed.”
* For the salvation of those who are still lost without Christ that they may not be lost forever and
to those who will bring the ministry of Christ into their understanding
* For wisdom from our governmental leadership as it pertains to policy concerning Israel and
Palestine
* Protection and safety for those impacted by heavy flooding in the Midwest and Southeast
United States; especially for the lower Mississippi through Mississippi and Louisiana and the
controlled flooding to be created in order to protect cities and refineries in the Baton Rouge
and New Orleans area
* For Michael Paul’s healing as he battles illness and for protection of his family so that it does
not spread; for Ella Hollingsworth successful surgery for the amputation of her foot and
preparation for prosthetic replacement
* For fiscal wisdom in our nation which highlights dependence on the prosperity of God in
heart, mind and spirit than in the providence of man in words and pocketbooks
* For all those impacted by wind, storm, water and war
* 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 Mission Waco and the people of North Korea

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

* For His Word on what and where our ministry is to be
* For God’s continued provision for medical bills and a new washing machine

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, thank You for not pouring out Your punishment on us as equates to the measure of our sins lest we be crushed under it until life is gone. Thank You for the measure of Your grace so that the burden of our sins is lifted up and our hope for life eternal can spring forth like a fountain flowing free and cool. AMEN.

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May 21, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Revelation 1.3

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

So there is a prediction that at 6 p.m. today in each time zone the end of the world will be experienced. In one way that prophetic utterance will certainly come true for at least 24 people and undoubtedly for countless others as “their” world will come to an end. However, as a mighty man of God and a believer in God’s Word, especially the Word delivered by His Son Jesus the Christ, if the world were to end at 6 p.m. today then the Word would have been a lie. Of course, we might not know it if it were to happen because all believers will be taken to Heaven and their only memory will be an everlasting joy of living in Heaven for what will seem to have been all their lives. But, I trust in the Word of God delivered to the Elder John on Patmos to be shared with the seven churches of Asia Minor and then through them to countless other Christ-followers. In that Word, there are many events which must occur first as portents of His Glory Divine and the ultimate demise of Kingdom Enemy #1. While there are signs and rumors of wars, devastation and desolation of all kinds none of them would seem to add up to meet the rubric established by Christ in His message to John of Patmos. Of course, as mighty men of God, we would should all live ready for the very moment we are in to be the last moment on earth for no one knows but God the day, hour and minute of Christ’ return to gather the faithful for their permanent residency in their house not built with human hands.

So, the question remains, “If it were today are you ready?”

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 this weekend
* For the salvation of those who are still lost without Christ that they may not be lost forever and
to those who will bring the ministry of Christ into their understanding
* For wisdom from our governmental leadership as it pertains to policy concerning Israel and
Palestine
* Protection and safety for those impacted by heavy flooding in the Midwest and Southeast
United States; especially for the lower Mississippi through Mississippi and Louisiana and the
controlled flooding to be created in order to protect cities and refineries in the Baton Rouge
and New Orleans area
* For Michael Paul’s healing as he battles illness and for protection of his family so that it does
not spread; for Ella Hollingsworth successful surgery for the amputation of her foot and
preparation for prosthetic replacement
* For fiscal wisdom in our nation which highlights dependence on the prosperity of God in
heart, mind and spirit than in the providence of man in words and pocketbooks
* For all those impacted by wind, storm, water and war
* 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 Mission Waco and the people of Kiribati

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

* For Paul’s fever breaking
* For His Word on what and where our ministry is to be
* For God’s continued provision for medical bills and a new washing machine

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, if it is today, Lord Jesus come; if it is reserved for a day yet to come thank you for the extra time to continue doing Your will on earth as it is in Heaven. AMEN.

May 20, 2011

HIS WORD FOR TODAY:

Jeremiah 6.31

“The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and My people love it this way. What will you do when the end comes?”

REFLECTING IN HIS WORD:

It is my fervent intention and strong prayer that God’s mighty men will most definitely keep a spiritual eye turned toward the events which happen daily around the world. There are so many opportunities to be drawn together for prayer and for service. Our call is to minister to those who have needs, great and small. Just as there is no great or small sin, only sin; there are no great and small needs, only needs. I would especially draw attention of God’s mighty men to be sure not to overlook the small things. Clustered together, small issues can become great problems. Equally, great problems are generally resolved by small solutions which are brought together to work for one purpose. The body of Christ is great, but Paul instructed the Church that it is made up of many members each serving their purpose for the body of Christ. When we work against each other or in so many directions that our focus is unclear then our effectiveness is diminished. Of course, that is what the enemy desires for the body. The enemy rejoices in the fact that the body is scattered even if it is doing good things. The further apart we are spread the less effective we can be. Therefore, I urge caution when it comes to having our attention turned this way and that. Listen carefully to those who say “look here” or “look there.” Be wary of those who say “here it is” or “there it is.” Be discerning when leaders say “this is the answer” or “that is the answer.” As a people, as a nation, as a Church, we must be one in spirit and in truth and pray that all things line up with the Word of God. As Jeremiah watched the downfall of his beloved Israel, he was seeing a foreshadowing of the end times. As bad as it was in his day, God asked him “How bad do you think it will be when it is the true end time?” I do not have an answer for that question except to say “I cannot imagine how horrible it will be for those who place their trust in the lie that there is no God or there are many gods.” I do not have an answer for that question except to say “I cannot imagine how horrible it will be for those who chose to be their own authority or to follow those who do not truly follow the authority of God.” What I can say is that I trust in God alone and He is true authority of heaven and earth. To say less is to be less and set myself up for the unimaginable when the true end time comes.

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 this weekend
* For wisdom from our governmental leadership as it pertains to policy concerning Israel and
Palestine
* Protection and safety for those impacted by heavy flooding in the Midwest and Southeast
United States; especially for the lower Mississippi through Mississippi and Louisiana and the
controlled flooding to be created in order to protect cities and refineries in the Baton Rouge
and New Orleans area
* For Michael Paul’s healing as he battles illness and for protection of his family so that it does
not spread; for Ella Hollingsworth successful surgery for the amputation of her foot and
preparation for prosthetic replacement
* For fiscal wisdom in our nation which highlights dependence on the prosperity of God in
heart, mind and spirit than in the providence of man in words and pocketbooks
* For all those impacted by wind, storm, water and war
* 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 Mission Waco and the people of Kiribati

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

* For safe passage through surgeries, diagnostic tests and anticipation of recovery
* For His Word on what and where our ministry is to be
* For God’s continued provision for medical bills and a new washing machine

ABIDING IN HIS PRESENCE THROUGH PRAYER:

O Lord, we will not become fatalists and cry out “It is the end.” You have put the end of life to rest and given us the beginning of eternal faith, hope, peace, love and joy. Be glad to see Your people coming together to demonstrate the truth of being mighty men of God as one in Christ. AMEN.

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