America

“It is a land as dark as midnight,

a land of gloom and confusion,

where even the light is dark as midnight.”

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“The Bible tells us, ‘how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.’

“We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.

“We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.”


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“A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions. It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag. And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.”

“So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.”

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Prayer Power!

I have an exciting new story to tell this week about prayer and its power. If you ever doubted that praying matters, I can encourage you.

Last month, I decided I wasn’t doing enough to help children living in poverty. Providentially, an ad flashed onto the computer screen, displaying compassion.com, a website that gives donors the chance to sponsor a child in need – now I see this ad a lot, going to Christian sites and such, but this time, seeing it was an answer to my prayer of charity.

So I decided, with Kat’s support, we could work as a team, and we began praying for one child a day. By searching the children on compassion.com (they let you pick from a variety of details), we take the picture and bio of a child, and we print out the info to tape it into our prayer journals. Every night, we pray for God to provide the child a sponsor or help in other ways, like with education, health, and a good life.

21 days later, here’s our testimony to the power of prayer: Kat decided to search for these children again and could not find but 1 child! Some of them, like a 4 year old girl from Ghana, had been waiting over 300 days for a sponsor, so unless there’s another reason they might be gone, I imagine life is better in the lives of these 20 children. Is that not an amazing thought? For those of us tight on money, until God provides us with more fortune in our pocket, there is a way we can help!

Knights, the Crusades, and… Syria? Talk about Obsessed

It’s weird how when you’re obsessed in something, everything feeds your obsession, rather than distracts you from it.

While trying to figure out this week’s blog post, I passed time by reading news on Syria. Not much more about how the Aleppo residents are doing. So I moseyed to my home library in search for a book, any book, that would provide inspiration, and among an assortment of fiction, religious writings, technical books, and self-help, one called out to me: “Knights of the Crusades”, A Horizon Caravel Book, authored by Jay Williams, 1962.

This’ll give me material for my History category, I thought, but where do I start reading?

Lo and behold, as I flipped through it, the word “Syria” jumped off the page into my brain. No way! I checked the index to find out just how much Syria was a part of the Crusades, and as it turns out, oh yes, it does have something to do with that time in history, simply for being a neighboring country and main route to the main contention, Jerusalem.

In the 11th century, Muslims dominated Jerusalem. As the story goes, the Catholic pope decided it was time to gain the support of the masses and take back the Holy City in a religious escapade, with dreams that it would bring the entire world closer to God. There followed battle after battle, cities conquered, and crusaders named king over middle eastern lands, and can you imagine, in some unsettling way, it seems like the reverse of what is happening today. The Muslims have begun to thrive in regions of Europe, taking advantage, sometimes, of lenient governments. Not all Muslims are bad, true, and I wonder if the same was said about Crusaders a millennium ago.

Whether then or now, religion remains a strong influence on mankind. Early 1000s, Crusaders wiped out any people who got in the way of their religious victory. Modern day, jihadists do much the same, infiltrating their agenda within the hearts and minds of cultures, worldwide, slowly reaching higher heights. Yet people are harmed, voices are silenced, lives ended. How has time changed us, or does history fall victim to a cycle of sad fates?

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Prayer Petition December 5th-12th

Jesus says where two or three people come together in His name, He is there with them. We can come together, create unity, and make a real difference in the world, in Jesus name. Spread the word!

#PrayForGatlinburg #PrayForOakland #PrayForMichaelReed #RejoiceForEdinburgh

For where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them.” Matthew 18:20 CEB

A Prayer for the Children of the World

Yesterday was International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Tomorrow is Election Day for the United States of America. Soon, the US will have a new president.

My concerns are with the children of the world. What will happen to the next generation? How can US play a role in saving as many children as possible from poverty, homelessness, violence, and chaos? Who is the right person to lead the country I live in, which has been known to influence the world in good ways and bad ways, and is there a way to prevent war?

I say my prayer for this pivotal moment of time, in dedication to Christian youth facing trials of many kinds. (I regret not mentioning Europe in my prayer; I’ve read how Swedish people suffer, Germans suffer, French suffer; it seems persecution is global.)

Surely the Lord must have a plan to combat all the suffering, surely? Yes, he does. Jesus talked to us about why we suffer and who we are called to be. In a prayer He said to the Father, on behalf of all believers, He explained the plight we Christians face:

I have given them Your word; and the world has despised them because they are not products of the world, in the same way that I am not a product of the corrupt world order. Do not take them out of this world; protect them from the evil one.

Like Me, they are not products of the corrupt world order.Immerse them in the truth, the truth Your voice speaks. In the same way You sent Me into this world, I am sending them. It is entirely for their benefit that I have set Myself apart so that they may be set apart by truth. I am not asking solely for their benefit; this prayer is also for all the believers who will follow them and hear them speak. Father, may they all be one as You are in Me and I am in You; may they be in Us, for by this unity the world will believe that You sent Me…”

(John 17:14-21, VOICE)

Please close your eyes and pray with me:

How to Help the Victims of Boko Haram

The above image shows the map of Nigeria, most of it red, and bordering countries also in danger of Boko Haram. The red zones are where the militants have attacked.

I write this on October 2nd, 2016, Sunday evening, 5:16 PM: I check the US Census website, and it says there are over 7.3 billion people in the world. China has the world’s highest population, with over a billion; after India, United States ranks number 3, with over 300 million; and Nigeria is number 7, with 186, 053, 386 people. Honing in on Nigeria, imagine 75,000 children dying this year alone. Ok, that’s less than 0.1% of the Nigerian population, someone might reason. 1 in every 2,481 people. But that many deaths in one year make an enormous loss. The NBC article reporting the news claims it is so bad, that in some areas, malnutrition is killing up to 50 percent of the children. 1 in every 2 children. 1 in 2! Can you imagine a famine hitting so hard?

Food is scarce in areas where Boko Haram, a jihadist group, attack. Villages are raided, Read more

How to Pray for Victims of Al-Shabaab

The above image shows the danger zones where Al-Shabaab militants are located. Red shows their concentrated control.

Two weeks ago, I created a video promoting IDOP, the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church (November 6th, 2016). I asked for Christians to pray with me. However, there is a possibility some of you want to pray, but have no idea what to pray for. I mean, the thought might cross your mind: I have no knowledge about the people suffering. I don’t know how to emotionally connect enough to pray, and I don’t have time to learn more. That’s a natural thought process. We have lives. We are very busy.

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Offer: Get a Free Copy of “i am n”

Offer expires November 6th, 2016 at 11:59 PM CT

This year, The Voice of the Martyrs released a book titled “i am n”, full of stories about Christians who face bullies and persecutors. Some of these victims live in regions like China and the Philippines. Others live in territories where Islam controls the government, mainly North Africa and the Middle East.  Many of the people featured in the book were once Muslims themselves, but through divine calling, smuggled Bibles (illegal in some places), and the good will of Christians, they learned about Christ and converted.

“I am n” has 6 parts, 297 pages, and nearly 50 personal stories. You can buy the book at their website (currently for $16), and all the net proceeds will go to helping these victims, who, many have lost their homes, their freedom, or their loved ones, but not their hope in Christ.

November 6th, the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church, is approaching and we (Christians) need to come together in union to pray for the suffering in the world. If you genuinely want to pray for the persecuted and don’t know how, but you want to learn how to empathize with their situations, so your prayers can be more effective, we have an offer for you. We will send you a copy of “i am n” free of charge. We will pay for the book and the shipping costs. Contact us with the form below and tell us your name and address. We will send it to you as soon as we can. It is a one-time offer, meaning we will not misuse your address to continue sending you other mail.

“But dear friends, use your most holy faith to build yourselves up strong. Pray with the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love. Wait for the Lord Jesus Christ with his mercy to give you life forever.” Jude 20-21 (ICB)

#IDOP – International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Mark your calendar for the first Sunday in November. November 6 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, also known as IDOP. This day has been designated as a day to pray for the Christians facing oppression, whether from government or culture, especially found in Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Praying on IDOP is more serious than simply asking for world peace. If we want to use the word deplorable, let us use it to describe the conditions some face in hostile regions of the world.

If you are living in the free world, help me spread the word by sharing my video. You don’t have to do it on social media where there is a device between you and the other person; talk to your friends about it face to face. What we need to do is get each other involved to truly make IDOP bountiful and good for the ones suffering. We need to lift each other’s words up in prayer, saying things like “Amen!”, “Bless you”, or “Yes, Jesus” when a fellow Christian is praying. To put your hand on a friend’s shoulder also helps spur him on to have a more powerful meaning. (And when praying with non-Christians, you can talk to Jesus in your own mind, letting Christ know you want His attention.)

If you are not in the free world, or you do not feel safe to profess your faith, you can still pray privately on this day. Kneel down to God in an enclosed room, all alone, and cry out to him for deliverance. Embrace the ones you love, hug and kiss them, and say a prayer on behalf of others suffering, too.

God will hear our prayers on a mightier scale if we all pray together. I urge you, I cannot do this alone… well, perhaps I can, but the ones hurting really need more than just me for real change.

Honestly, God does not care how we say our prayers, or how eloquent we are. As long as we pray from our hearts, God hears us. So I petition that you remember to pray on IDOP for the sake of love. Revival. Peace. Pardon. Should any person be imprisoned or killed for sharing their faith? #StandWithThem

Writer’s note: I am not affiliated with or working for The Voice of Martyrs non-profit organization.  I only want to help shed light for the Christians suffering, as I have the freedom in America to do so. I support VOM through donation and also encourage you to do the same. Visit www.persecution.com for more information.