Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Your Word declares that if we, Your people, who are called by Your
name, will humble ourselves and pray and seek Your face and turn
from our wicked ways, then will You hear from heaven and You will
forgive our sin and will heal our land. (2 Chronicles
We bow before Your sacred throne and humbly ask Your
forgiveness for the sin of idolatry! Your word demands; “Thou shalt
have no other gods before Me”, yet we have, under the banner of
pluralism and hedonism, embraced and worshipped the gods of
this world. Take us back to the God of
Through moral and spiritual compromise and complacency, we have
allowed our nation to conform to the ways of the world by turning
away from our spiritual roots found in Your Word. (Romans 12:2)
Our silence has produced a secular nation and all nations that forget
You, shall be forsaken. We ask that You hear our cry, for we need
You, in these desperate times, to lead us out of our politically correct
fog of constant confusion and take us back to Your moral clarity.
O Lord our God, King of the Universe, we confess that
cannot survive without Your presence. Your statutes founded this
blessed land and we look to You, Father God, to preserve it, for
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm
As commanded in scripture, we pray for all who are in authority
who govern our nation; may their decisions be led by the perfect
compass of your Holy Word which clearly discerns right from wrong.
O Lord our God, You have promised to raise up righteous leaders
into high places and to remove those who have displayed unrighteous
authority. We earnestly pray that You will once again exalt the
righteous and expose the deeds of the ungodly. (Proverbs
season of prayer, we unite in humble heartfelt hope and ask that You
forgive us and deliver us from the folly of our transgressions. Guide
and sustain our nation as we turn from our sin and return to You,
the God of our fathers. (Psalm 51:1-17)
The time has come to declare our trust in You to heal our land. (2
We pledge to exercise our God given rights of “life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness” in voting for future leaders from the county
courthouse to the White House who obey and honor Your Word.
(Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 119:44-48; Psalm5:11)
We pledge to vote the Bible in selecting those that will govern our
country. (Deuteronomy 16:18-20)
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, for You are good and Your mercy
endures forever. We petition heaven with our united prayers as we
seek Your blessing, Your peace and Your protection for
Chronicles ; Numbers -26; Romans ;
May the Lord our God, be with us, as He was with our forefathers;
may He not leave us or forsake us; so that He may incline our hearts
to Himself, to walk in all His ways... that all peoples of the earth may
know that the Lord is God and that there is no other. (1 Kings -60)
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
"Here, on the Cross, I will meet you."
Here, in suffering, I will meet you.
Here, in pain, I will meet you.
Here, in separation from the earth, I will meet you.
Here, in the loss of all worldly glory, I will meet you.
Here, in complete self-sacrifice, I will meet you.
Here, in the rejection of your own will, I will meet you.
Here, in perfect obedience, I will meet you.
Here, in the restraint of your members, I will meet you.
Here, when you are mocked and derided by all, I will meet you.
Here, when you are slandered by all, I will meet you.
Here, when in the eyes of the world you have utterly failed, I will meet you.
Here, in the affliction of your mortal body, I will meet you.
Here, in the abandonment which has come to you because of sin, I will meet you, and even in the depths of hades, I will meet you.
In death itself, I will meet you, and have met you, and will never for all eternity be parted from you who believe in Me Crucified and Risen from the dead."
O wonderful cross, upon whose branches hung the treasure and redemption of captive men, through you the world is redeemed by the blood of the Lord.Hail, O cross, consecrated by the body of Christ, whose limbs, like precious jewels, adorn your wooden timbers. Through you the world is redeemed by the blood of the Lord.O God, you willed that your only-begotten Son should suffer the cross to bring salvation to the human race.Grant us, we pray you,that just as we have come to know his mystery on earth,so we may deserve to receive in heaven the fruits of his redemption.Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,God for ever and ever.Amen
Monday, September 13, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
for long before her conception in the womb,
the one who was to be born of the stem of Jesse
was destined to be the Mother of God.
The one who is the treasury of virginity,
the flowering Rod of Aaron,
the object of the prophecies,
the child of Joachim and Anne,
is born today and the world is renewed in her.
Through her birth,
she floods the church with her splendor.
O holy Temple,
Vessel of the Godhead,
Model of virgins
and Strength of kings:
in you the wondrous union
of the two natures of Christ was realized.
We worship Him
and glorify your most pure birth,
and we magnify you.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
We are told it takes seventeen face muscles to smile but forty-three to frown. Laughter is the only tranquilizer yet developed that has no side effects. Our expression is the most important garment we wear. Yet, how many of us know fellow-Christians who never smile? They walk about with an eternal frown on their face. They are people one avoids. Undertakers on the job are happier looking than they.
In the parable of the wedding banquet (Mt 22:1-14),
We should remind ourselves of this wedding parable. Often the charge against the Church is it removes joie de vivre from life. Many argue the Gospels have them do the deeds which they dislike and avoid the activities which they want to perform.
Honestly speaking, I dislike those banal prints picturing
The conclusion is
His puckish sense of humor caused this young Asiatic Jew to use amusing illustrations, puns, and jokes. He spoke them with a full smile. It is a pity we don't have Him on video tape in living color. His stories raised a chuckle, even a giggle, on the part of His spellbound audience. His patter was homey and earthy. The Gospels tell us that
Early Christians got the point. They were called hilares. That is the Latin adjective from which the word hilarious comes. They possessed a "certain holy hilarity." They went about their lives with a bounce in their steps and a smile on their faces. They were fun people to hang around with. They behaved as though they were forever at a party. They attracted millions of converts. The latter wanted a piece of that party. Wouldn't you? (
The authentic way of finding joy is by focusing on the three letters of the word. J: place
Become pro choice. Choose to save life rather than destroy it. Choose to forgive rather than curse. Choose to smile rather than frown. Blessed are the joymakers.