- Created on 12 November 2013
Each day we should strive to be wise. Wisdom is the one thing we all strive to have. It is often referred to as a blessing that comes with age.
Read:Philippians 4:13 – "I Can Do All Things Through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me."
Most people know the basic things that they should pray for: Peace on Earth, the love, health, and wealth of their family and friends, their pastor, and so on. But people often forget wisdom.
When you pray for wisdom you should pray
Oh Mighty Power I pray for what is logical, what is true,
What is right and what is lasting.
It mirrors Your pure intellect!
I entreat You to grant me such Wisdom,
That my labors may reflect Your insight.
There is a beautiful Psalm that you should use when wondering what to do.
Proverbs 3: 13 – 18,
Happy is the man that finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
- Created on 11 November 2013
Psalm To Recognize A Friend
Man's spiritual life is set forth negatively and positively, inwardly and externally, figuratively and literally. Above all else, it summarizes all that is to follow in the rest of the Psalms, and, for that matter, in the rest of Scripture.
Happy those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked, Nor go the way of sinners, nor sit in company with scoffers.
The psalm views life as activity, as choosing either the good or the bad. Each "way" brings its inevitable consequences. The wise through their good actions will experience rootedness and life, and the wicked, rootlessness and death.
Do You Recognize The Truth?
- Created on 08 November 2013
Do you ever feel haunted by a past failure or a guilty conscience?
King Herod, the most powerful and wealthy man in Judea, had everything he wanted, except a clear conscience and peace with God.
Matthew 14: 1-12
Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus
and said to his servants, "This man is John the Baptist.
He has been raised from the dead;
that is why mighty powers are at work in him."
Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison
on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip,
for John had said to him,
"It is not lawful for you to have her."
Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people,
for they regarded him as a prophet.
But at a birthday celebration for Herod,
the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests
and delighted Herod so much
that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for.
Prompted by her mother, she said,
"Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist."
The king was distressed,
but because of his oaths and the guests who were present,
he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison.
His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl,
who took it to her mother.
His disciples came and took away the corpse
and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.
Herod had respected and feared John the Baptist as a great prophet and servant of God. John, however did not fear to rebuke Herod for his adulterous relationship with his brother's wife. He ended up in prison because of Herodias' jealousy. Unfortunately for Herod, he could not rid himself of sin by ridding himself of the man who confronted him with his sin. Herod's power and influence was badly flawed. He could take a strong stand on the wrong things when he knew the right. Such a stand, however, was a sign of weakness and cowardice. Where do you get the strength of will and heart to choose what is right and to reject what is bad?
The Lord gives grace and help to the humble, to those who acknowledge their weaknesses and their sinfulness, and who look to God for his mercy and pardon, wisdom and strength. His grace and pardon not only frees us from a guilty conscience, it enables us to pursue holiness in every area of our lives, in our thoughts and intentions as well as our words and actions.
- Created on 07 November 2013
Minnesota resident Edward Nathaniel III (pictured), a pastor of two churches who moonlighted as a school bus driver, was allegedly fired last week, after leading children in Christian prayer while driving, according to CBS Minnesota.
The 49-year-old minister worked for the Burnsville School District for two years as a driver and argues that he never force fed his praying ritual to his captive audience of elementary and junior high school students. Instead, he gave them a choice, "I ask[ed] the students would they like to pray, and if they like to pray, then they can lead prayer themselves and then I will pray," he said. "[On] a couple of routes, I had children that chose not to pray and that was fine."
Nathaniel's spiritual routine would last about seven minutes after the last child boarded the bus, "We start out with a song," he told Gawker. "Then each person will pray if they want to pray. If they don't want to pray, they don't have to pray. Then I will pray and ask them if they want to join me in prayer. Just give them something constructive and positive to go to school with."
Unfortunately for the pastor, his firing allegedly stemmed from the complaints the district received; Nathaniel's bus route is primarily made up of Muslim families.
Apparently, Nathaniel was previously warned about his evangelizing ways by the district. "The company gave me a written warning that you cannot pray on the bus," he said. "No parent complained to me, personally, so I just heard it from the district."
The district warning fell on deaf ears, though, because Nathaniel still felt compelled to pray with his students. "They are trying to take away every right the Christian has to express our Christian belief in this supposed-to-have-been Christian nation," he contends.
Does Nathaniel have a right to lead public prayer on a school bus?
According to ACLU legal director Teresa Nelson, who spoke to CBS Minnesota, the minister is in violation of the First Amendment and should absolutely not have led the children in prayer. "The school bus is a captive audience," said Nelson. "When he is driving the bus he is acting like a school official and he does not have the right to proselytize or promote religion in that context."
Meanwhile, Nathaniel is not taking his firing sitting down; he plans on continuing to fight the good fight by enlisting other clergy members to join in his prayer on school buses crusade.
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