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Should We Pray for Revival? –

Ours is not the first generation to recognize the spiritual declension among us, or to see the need for God to awaken his church and touch our land. From the saints of the Old Testament to leaders in our time, prayer for revival has marked believers who understand the need for the Spirit surpasses our ability and intelligence.

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 3 in 4 in U.S. Still See the Bible as Word of God –

PRINCETON, NJ — Twenty-eight percent of Americans believe the Bible is the actual word of God and that it should be taken literally. This is somewhat below the 38% to 40% seen in the late 1970s, and near the all-time low of 27% reached in 2001 and 2009. But about half of Americans continue to say the Bible is the inspired word of God, not to be taken literally — meaning a combined 75% believe the Bible is in some way connected to God. About one in five Americans view the Bible in purely secular terms — as ancient fables, legends, history, and precepts written by man — which is up from 13% in 1976.

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7 Biblical Tests for Christians and Music –

Christians disagree about music style as much as any other issue in the body of Christ. More than likely, you’ve experienced this firsthand. As I’ve already written, conflicts over music have been common through out church history. Christians have listened to and enjoyed all of kinds of music. But should they?

In seeking to determine what is the right music for a church, it’s important that we use biblical principles in our evaluation. That’s not always easy—the Bible doesn’t contain music notes. God never gives us His musical preferences.
While it may be difficult, I do believe it’s possible to evaluate musical preferences using God’s word. The following seven tests each relate to biblical principles that we can apply to our music to determine its suitability.

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Salvation Before the Cross – Answers In Genesis

How were people saved before Jesus Christ died on the Cross? The answer is easy, once you realize that nothing happens by chance—the solution was already in place even before the world began.

The Bible record presents two dominant themes: promise and fulfillment. Over and again we see God promising and then, true to His word, fulfilling. Even at the very beginning, when the fall of man first brought sin and death into the world, God graciously promised that one day Christ would step into history, as a “lamb . . . foreordained before the foundation of the world” (1 Peter 1:19–20), to shed His blood to save a fallen humanity.

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GREAT RESOURCE – Proverbial Thought (

Proverbial Thought is a collection of commentary and personal reflection on the wisdom of each and every individual proverb through the entire book of Proverbs. However, the commentary and personal reflection contained in this work are in no way exhaustive. For that matter, even if we were to attempt to plumb the depths of Proverbs, “the world itself could not contain the books that should be written” (John 21:25). It is up to you, the reader, how to use this book (and the ones to follow). You could use it as a devotional, reading an entry a day as you seek to start your day in the wisdom of the Lord. You could use it as an additional commentary as you study God’s Word for a lesson or sermon. You could even use it to gain insight into that occasionally difficult passage that has you stumped. But no matter how you use it, always make sure to first ask the Holy Spirit for enlightenment when you study Scripture.

The election is over! All of the political ads have run and the votes are in. Last night a man was proclaimed President of the United States! Whether you liked the outcome or not. It’s over! Done! Finished!

So as a Christian, what do we do now?

Here are three things that I believe that Christians need to be doing:

1. We need to humbly pray!

II Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

We need to be praying for our President! Whether the person you voted for or not won, we must pray for our elected officials!

2. We need to turn back to God and away from our wicked ways!

America has turned its back on God. While most people were focused on the presidential race that was happening last night, there were several states that legalized gay marriage. This is contrary to the Word of God. We must turn back to God and cry out for his grace and mercy!

3. We need to be “Salt and Light” in this world. Matthew 5:13-14 says,

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

God did not tell us that if one party’s representative was the President of the United States that we did not have to spread His glory to the ends of the earth. He did not tell us that if the person we voted for got elected then we were exempt from our jobs as christians.

No, God told us to be salt and light in this world! Why, so that our good works can glorify God in heaven!

So, now that the election is over, now that all of the ads are no longer and a president has been elected, what do Christians need to do?

WE NEED TO ACT LIKE CHRISTIANS FOR THE GLORY OF GOD! We need to share God’s love with this dying world and we need to complete the mission that was given to each and everyone of us that asked Jesus Christ into our lives and that is to “Go and make disciples of all nations…”

We all know who “them” are! We all have “them” in our lives – whether we want them there or not! No, I’m not talking about your in-laws, they are our enemies.

They are the people who cures us, persecute us and when it comes right down to it – they hate us!

This past Sunday in our children’s ministry, I talked to the kids about Matthew 5:43-44:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

We played a game called “Name that Villain” and I had different Disney characters that had a villain or enemy that they were facing. In each and everyone of the movies, the villain did not like the main character at all.

  • Scar (The Lion King) tried to kill Symba
  • Jafar (Alladin) tried to get rid of Alladin so he could marry the princess and take over the kingdom
  • Lotso (Toy Story 3) tried to keep Woody and Buzzlighter (and the gang) in the room where they were treated bad by the small children
  • Cruella D Vil (101 Dalmations) simply wanted to turn the little puppies into a fur coat

So, who is your Scar, your Jafar, Lotso or even your Cruella D Vil? Who is that person that just gets under your skin because of the way they treat you. Who is that person that  is always rude to you and you just want to make a fist and deposit it into their face?

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5, that we are to love our enemies and then pray for them!

WHAT? I can hear the excuses that are coming out of my head as I write this, “but Jesus, you just don’t understand what this person has done to me”; “there is no way in the world that I could pray for them, much less love them”; or “not even Jesus could love this person!”.

Jesus did not give us a list of qualifications for us to look at in order for us to see if we should love our enemies or not. He did not write out and say, “Well, if this person treated you THAT way, then you don’t have to love or pray for them”. No, Jesus simply said for us to LOVE OUR ENEMIES AND PRAY FOR THEM!

Warren Wiersbe points out three things in the following verses:

  1. This love is a mark of our maturity – it proves if we are “sons and daughters of the Father” (v.45)
  2. It is Godlike (Romans 5:10) God loved us when we were his enemies
  3. It is a testimony to others – as Christians, God expects us to live on a much higher plane than the lost of this world

So, can you see your “them” in your head? The next time you run into them, love them. The next time they persecute you or curse at you, love them. The next time they treat you bad or make fun of you, love them.

Love them and pray for them, that is what God did for you because he wanted to see you as His child.