Pray In The New Year – The Godfather

Seriously? Praying in the New Year with The Godfather?

The Godfather Part 2 Title

DECEMBER 26
RENT HEARTS

Movie . . . Godfather II

  • Michael Corleone grips Fredo by the cheeks and looks into his eyes and says, “Fredo, you broke my heart.”

    • We look at a broken heart as something to stay away from, something to run from, as Fredo did.

Read Today’s Verse:

Psalm 51:17 (HCSB) The sacrifice [which is] pleasing to God is a broken spirit. God, You will not despise [or turn away] a broken and humbled heart.

Background for Today’s Prayer:

Does God hear your prayers?

  • 1 Peter 3:7 tells us that if there is anything between you and your spouse your prayers will be hindered.

  • Proverbs 28:9 tells us that sin keeps our prayers from being heard.

  • As we begin this new year, let’s get serious about sin in our lives.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Lord, as we come to You, thinking about this new year, Oh Lord we want You to hear our prayers. So Father, show us where our hearts need to be broken before You. Lord, we know that the sacrifice You want is a broken, a contrite, a humbled heart. Lord we know that You will NEVER turn aside a humbled heart. Thank You for that promise Father.

A Glance at Tomorrow’s Prayer:
Indiana Jones and what does it mean to Choose the Lord?

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TAKING SIN TOO LIGHTLY 

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Pray In The New Year – Indiana Jones

Seriously? Praying in the New Year with Indiana Jones?

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DECEMBER 27
CHOOSING GOD

Movie . . . Indiana Jones

  • The guardian of the Holy Grail says to Indiana Jones, regarding the Nazi who chooses what he thinks is the cup of Christ and drinks from it, “He chose poorly.”

    • With all of the choices you will make in 2017 let the first one be the best choice not a poor choice.

Read Today’s Verse

Joshua 24:14-15 (NASB) “Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Background for Today’s Prayer:

So if you are going to live for the Lord this year…

  • Do you have any gods, any idols?

  • May I suggest one that perhaps you’ve never thought of as an idol, as a god, in front of God Almighty?

  • How about worry?

  • Let me suggest that anything you worry about you’ve made an idol before God,. How?

  • By worrying about it, rather than trusting the God you’ve chosen, God Almighty

TODAY’S PRAYER

Lord, we recognize that there are idols we have in our life and one of those is “worry.” Lord, this is a sin, an idol, a god, that our fathers and mothers have served, in some cases, for generations. Lord, we do not want to serve the god of worry in 2012. We choose You, by taking those thoughts captive, when they enter our minds. Lord, we do not want in our lives the idol of worry or any other idol, sex, money, self-righteousness, nothing Lord, but You. We choose You Lord.

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Santa Clause and what does it mean to Seek God?

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Pray In The New Year – The Santa ClausE

Seriously? Praying in the New Year with Santa Clause?

The Santa Clause Title

DECEMBER 28
SEEKING GOD

Movie . . . The Santa Clause

  • Tim Allen gets into trouble because of the fine print on the Santa Clause business card.

    • In scripture there is no “fine print” because God Himself says that when we seek Him, He will let Himself be found.

    • We don’t have to “hunt” for Him and “hope” that we will find Him. We are assured that we will find Him.

Read Today’s Verse

Jeremiah 29:13 (NASB) You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart

Background for Today’s Prayer:

As we start the new year, are you committed to seeking Him?

  • Often we do not seek Him because we fear where He may lead

  • Dr. Charles F. Stanley, recalling his days at seminary, talks about friends of his who would not go to Missions Conferences because they feared God would call them to go over seas and become missionaries.

  • Do not let fear keep you from beginning this year by seeking Him…with, I might add, your whole heart.

TODAY’S PRAYER:

Lord, so many verses talk about seeking You. Forgive us Lord for not regularly seeking You. Your word promises that when we seek You we will find You, just like it says about wisdom, that if we seek wisdom, we will find it (Proverbs 8:17 and James 1:5). Lord we pray that this year will be a year where we seek You with all our heart and watch You bless us by opening Your word to us. Forgive us Lord when we let our wants and our fears get between us and seeking You.

A Glance at Tomorrow’s Prayer:
Blazing Saddles and what does it mean to Love God?

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Pray In The New Year – Blazing Saddles

Seriously? Praying in the New Year with Blazing Saddles?

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DECEMBER 29
LOVING GOD

Movie . . . Blazing Saddles

  • Slim Pickens rides up to his other outlaw cowboys and says, “What in the wide, wide, world of sports are you doing?”

    • And that’s my question to Christians, “What in the wide, wide, world of sports are you doing?”

    • We need to focus on one thing, loving God, whatever that looks like in your life and wherever that leads us.

Read Today’s Verse

Matthew 22:37 (NASB)  And He said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’

Background for Today’s Prayer:

So far this week we have:

  • Asked God to break our hearts,

  • Given up our idols, including fear.,

  • Determined to seek God, who promises to let Himself be found by us.

  • But, how do we make sure that these have not just been, what we might call academic decisions?

  • Simple answer…. “LOVE!” Our love for Him is the way He asks us to demonstrate our decisions.

TODAY’S PRAYER:

Lord, we so often give You “lip-service” but this verse arrests our heart. Father, how can we love You with all of our heart and all of our soul and all of our mind? Lord this is so difficult to understand, but we trust You to give us the grace to, in fact, love You completely. Lord show us this year, how to in fact love You with all of our heart and all of our soul and all of our mind.

A Glance at Tomorrow’s Prayer:
City Slickers and what does it mean to Glorify God?

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Pray In The New Year – City Slickers

Seriously? Praying in the New Year with City Slickers?

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DECEMBER 30
GLORIFYING GOD

Movie . . . City Slickers

  • Jack Palance holds up his index finger to Billy Crystal and then tells him that the secret to life is “One Thing” but that you have to figure out that “One Thing” for yourself

    • But as Christians, is there one thing?

    • And if there is, do we have to figure it out?

Read Today’s Verse

1 Corinthians 10:31 (AMP) So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.

Background for Today’s Prayer:

Unlike in the movie, Christians have a clear direction.

  • Think about this, when you pray, do you find yourself going to God, wondering what He wants you to do?

  • If so, then begin that journey with our verse

  • Begin this year with a commitment to glorify God in absolutely, positively, everything you do.

  • How do we pray about it? Like this…

TODAY’S PRAYER:

Lord, Your word is so clear, our role here on earth is to bring glory to You. Oh Lord, let that be the question we ask ourselves about every single thing we do, or think about doing, every time I answer the phone, every time I get in the car, every time I speak to my spouse, or my kids. Lord, allow me to have a keen sensitivity to be honoring to You, bringing You glory in ALL that I do. Thank You Lord.

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The Great Escape and what does it mean to Pray and not Sin?

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Pray In The New Year – The Great Escape

Seriously? Praying in the New Year with The Great Escape?

Pray in the new year movie, The Great Escape

DECEMBER 31
PRAY OR SIN

Movie . . . The Great Escape

  • Steve McQueen looks up at his colleague who has just been killed and decides to get the information outside the camp, get himself recaptured, and then give up his freedom, for the rest of his colleagues.

    • What are you willing to give up for other Christians?

    • You are on the precipice of a brand new year and I cannot think of anything better to decide, than to pray. Will you?

Read Today’s Verse

1 Samuel 12:23a (HCSB) “As for me, I vow that I will not sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you. . .

Background for Today’s Prayer:

Just like in the movie, sometimes a commitment is costly.

  • When was the last time you promised to pray for someone, but didn’t?

  • Have you ever considered praying for that person’s request even though the need is over?

  • I know it sounds odd, but remember, God is outside of time?

  • Have you ever asked God to rehear your prayers afresh?

TODAY’S PRAYER:

Lord the verse above is sobering. I rarely consider it sin when I do not pray for someone I promised to. Lord, would You create in me a desire to make prayer my foremost spiritual discipline this year. And Lord, while I am praying, let me leave a legacy of praying, to those around me. Let them see me pray with my Bible open. Thank You Lord.

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Who Are You Encouraging?

Encouragement Posts

Encourage, encourage, encourage!

Yuk!

I’m not trying to be ugly, but the truth is, sometimes it takes all you have to encourage someone else, right?

WELL THAT’S NOT WHAT I WANT TO DISCUSS!!!

Below are some ways that I encourage, using FB, TW & IG. I trust they will
encourage you, to
encourage others,
encouragingly.

My editor will be grumpy with that sentence.

Facebook Encouragements:

FB encouragements

If you like this encouragement CLICK HERE for a 3 minute video abut focusing on the Lord, not get directed.

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FB encouragements

Family, not always an easy to be intimate with are they? How much more difficult to have intimacy with God. If you liked this encouragement, CLICK HERE for a two and a half minute video.

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FB encouragements

Praying to the God of Hope. If this encouragement challenges you CLICK HERE for a short post and a 2 minute video. It’ll bless you.

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FB encouragements

I have a few posts on politics, but let me give you this one on racism, CLICK HERE.

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FB encouragements

If you want to confidently pray for others’ salvation, CLICK HERE.

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FB encouragements

Sometimes I encourage through humor. If you like this, you maky like a couple of other short videos. CLICK HERE for some eclipse humor and CLICK HERE  for some dinosaur humor.

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FB encouragements

Forgiveness? What do you do with that? Well, you could skip over it, OR, you can CLICK HERE and challenge yourself to listen to a 30 minute message of mine about Taking Sin Too Lightly.

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FB encouragements

Politics. It ain’t over!. If you liked this encouragement, you may like these two posts. CLICK HERE for Politics in the Church. And CLICK HERE for an argument to Blame God.

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Twitter Encouragements:

TW encouragements

If you didn’t listen to the video on Taking Sin Too Lightly, you may want to now. Just CLICK HERE even though it is a 30 minute message of mine.

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TW encouragements

Do you trust Him? Maybe, by the way you pray, you are actually calling God a liar? CLICK HERE for a two and a half minute video that will challenge your prayer attitude.

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TW encouragements

Not only should we pray for mercy, but we can also pray and not worry. CLICK HERE for a great 3 minute video on not worrying.

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TW encouragements

Sometimes my reading of scripture prompts me unto real seriousness, like fasting. CLICK HERE for my short post and two and a half minute video on fasting.

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TW encouragements

I love Answers in Genesis and the Ark Encounter. CLICK HERE for some AIG cartoons

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Instagram Encouragements:

IG encouragements

Is Romans 8:28 true? CLICK HERE for a very short post walking you through that concept. And CLICK HERE  for a longer post which looks at an ugly.tragedy, making the same argument. Or you can CLICK HERE to see that God’s plans aren’t always “clean and neat.”

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IG encouragements

Do you want to help your kids sleep well? CLICK HERE for a short little volume of children’s prayers. But if you really want to encourage them, CLICK HERE and you can get it electronically.

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IG encouragements

Humility, CLICK HERE to read this short post where 82 children demonstrated humility in a way that would put us to shame.

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IG encouragements

Deal with sin? Yuk! Again, I would remind you, to see my video on Taking Sin Too Lightly, just CLICK HERE even though it is a 30 minute message. Forgive me. I’m not trying to push this.

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IG encouragements

CLICK HERE for my short post, “You Pray Too Much” and the accompanying 2 minute video encourages you to let the Word of God direct the way you pray.

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IG encouragements

If you pray with me you know how important praise is to me. CLICK HERE for a one and a half minute video on praise and Revelation 5:8.

 

Blessings my friends (and while we’re at it, be a blessing to others).

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Jeremiah and The SBC

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SUBTITLE: UNITY IN THE CHURCH

 

BEING JEREMIAH

Let me just pretend to be Jeremiah for a moment and stand at the gates and make an observation or two. (Jeremiah 6:27) You decide if it is from the Lord or not.

Whether you have won or lost, have you considered that there is a judgment involved here? And if there is a judgment, could it be that God is judging us for not relying upon Him? (1 Peter 4:17)

Ray Stedman back in the ’60’s made a great observation when he exegeted 2 Corinthians 10:5 and said, and I’m paraphrasing, “in the church, we pattern ourselves and decision making like they do in Washington D. C., to our shame.”

This is not rocket science my friends. We say, “well, if I were running the show. . .” or we say, “well now that I am running the show. . .” And I don’t see that in Scripture. I’m not saying, “don’t be involved.” In fact, I believe that whatever your involvement, you should do it with excellence, because you are doing it as unto the Lord. (Colossians 3:23)

CHRIST’S BODY

The truth is, this disunity has given me an opportunity to speak openly, on a subject that I have only nibbled at for a number of years, Unity In the Body of Christ.

Let me switch gears now, from the SBC to the church in general. AND, I’m NOT speaking about the world, I expect the world to act like the world. It is the Body of Christ which concerns me.

And I want to ask you, Does the Body of Christ, and its lack of unity concern you?

THE POLITICS OF DISUNITY

Consider recent elections: November 2016, November 2012, November 2008, November 2004, etc., and of course, now at the SBC Annual Mtg, June 2018, the same thing has happened. What am I talking about? The evil one’s ability, by his deceit, to stick his hook into our mouth, and let his AGENDA, his schemes, designs, devices, plans, intentions, etc. drag us ANYWHERE he wants us to go. I see this happen regardless of which side of “the-win” we are on.

Again, I am NOT talking about the SBC in particular, although the shoe surely fits. I am speaking to the Body of Christ, as a whole, especially as it is impacted by our politics.

We have nearly ZERO unity within the church today! And I believe the reason is real simple, “Our Pride!”

THE REALITY OF DISAGREEMENTS

My focus is not whether we’re Republican or Democrat, whether we’re a Calvinist or a non-Calvinist, nor whether we speak in tongues or not, or immerse or sprinkle.

My focus and concern is your identity, and whom, or what, it is in. I am grateful that the evil one’s deceit has finally placed a spotlight on this. We are not finding our identity in Christ.

Let me tell you what I see in politics, both in the church and in Washington D.C.

OUR PRIDE

Our pride causes us to see “bad-people” associated with, what we believe are “bad-ideas.” And on the flip-side, our pride has blinded us to feel attacked by people because they disagree with us. Our pride takes our eyes OFF what we have in Christ, and places it ON our theology, our politics, our differences, our disagreements,  our, our, our. Do you see the problem?

Friends, Our Pride. . .

Has caused us to put our identity in our ideology, rather than in Christ.

It doesn’t matter the issue! We constantly prove that we in the church are no different than the world. Just look at our focus! Just look at what comes out our mouth from our heart. (Matthew 15:18) And if this be true, then why would ANYONE want our Jesus?

UNITY IN THE BODY

My goal is not to change your mind on your ideas, political or theological. The Holy Spirit has your address and He will contact you if and when He wants to. (I suspect He already has, but that is a message for another day)

My goal is not to win an argument with you. My goal is that we would have unity in the body, in the midst of disagreement. Does that last statement seem oxymoronic to you? At first glance you may think so, but I think God is big enough to allow unity in the midst of disagreement, but only when WE SUBMIT ourselves to Him, without us playing the Holy Spirit for others.

You want an action point to prove my seemingly oxymoronic statement? I’ll give you three:

  1. Start thanking the Lord for your opponent. (Ephesians 5:20) Forget about “why” you can thank Him, for him. Just start “blindly” doing what He says to do.
  2. Go to the Lord and ask Him where YOU have not followed His Son, relative to your opponent. (Romans 15:5) I’m not saying reach out to them and become their buddy, just do what He says to do in this verse. And,
  3. Accept the truth that your “opponent” is not your opponent, for your struggle is not with flesh and blood. (Ephesians 6:12) This will become an unwelcome barometer for you.

Let me put this last statement (point #3 above) into terms that we can ALL understand. I say this all the time when I am in churches, so my wife knows that I preach the following, okay! I always say, My wife is nearly perfect. She really is. There are only a couple of things I want to see “fixed” and they aint a big deal.  She even agrees! Nevertheless, I have had to come to the disappointing conclusion that the reason my wife is wired the way she is has to do with God. You see, God knows there are things in MY LIFE that I WOULD NOT DEAL WITH if Naida were “fixed.”

Do you know why those people are in your life that you disagree with? Remember, God already has their address and He knows how to fix them if and when He wants to. They are in YOUR LIFE so that you will deal with YOUR ISSUES and rely upon God to deal with everyone else, which may include Him using you, but not at the cost of unity in The Body.

Again, I’m not saying don’t get involved, and I reiterate, whatever you do, do it with excellence.

BACK TO JEREMIAH

Let me finish this by metaphorically standing at the gates of our churches, as Jeremiah did in Jerusalem long ago, and say what I think Jesus would say, in light of John 17:21, “The way they will know that I came from the Father, has nothing to do with your ability to parse doctrine.  The way they will know that I came from the Father, has nothing to do with love. I’ll bring that up in a couple of sentences. The way they will know that I came from the Father is if you have unity. And you DO NOT have unity. No wonder people do not want Me as their Saviour. They know you, and they see the disunity, in your home, in your church, in your denomination! Why would they want to be a part of that? They already have that kind of disunity in their world, every day of their life!”

My friends, go back to my three action points above. I believe they will change your life for the rest of your life.

Blessings,

 

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Dust On The Bible

Video Still of Jerry Tucker Singing Dust On The Bible

Some Music is So Rich

I teach that you should pray with your Bible open as often as you can. This wonderful song, played by my friend tells you why.

CLICK BELOW for a short music video on NOT opening your Bible.

The video’s points:

  1. Dust on the Bible?
  2. Then expect a storm in your soul
  3. Pray with your Bible open
  4. And watch the storm receed

My friend Jerry Tucker is singing. He and his brothers have a CD with a number of wonderful songs, much like this.

Contact him at s.tucker@windstream.net – He’ll need your address, and if you can give them $10.00 for their CD, they’ll appreciate it.

So seek Him. He’s already given you victory. Live it, in Him.

 

Blessings,

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Praying For Miracles

PRAYING FOR MIRACLES:

God Does Miracles

God does Miracles, NOT because you are praying about it.
God does Miracles because God WANTS to do miracles.
You’re not praying to coerce God to think your way and do your will, your miracle.
You are praying to allow God to coerce your thinking to His ways and His will, and therefore His miracle.

John 15:7

This is the essence of John 15:7.
When you abide in Him AND you let His words abide in you,
HIS WORDS CHANGE YOUR WILL
and then the last one third of that verse becomes true, “whatever you ask you receive.”

Whose Will

Why does that occur?
Simple!
Because you are praying HIS WILL not your will.

Abide in Him

Often, especially when we want a miracle
We Begin by praying our will,
but over time
God changes our will to His will
as we abide in Him AND we allow His words to abide in us.

Love you guys,

 

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