I was looking through the “jockey box” of our Cruze yesterday when I came across a slip of paper with data pertaining to the car’s shipment from the factory. I thought little of it until I read “Ship To LORD” on the bottom, which reminds me of how we came to own this car, a story of God’s faithfulness and desire to provide when we choose to accept and be grateful for what we have, and wait on His provision and timing…..READ MORE
This is from sermonsfortheworld.com:
|THE REAL CONVERSION OF DR. JOHN SUNG
(SERMON #1 ON DR. JOHN SUNG)
by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.
A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).
June 4, 2009 marked the twentieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. For six weeks in 1989, thousands of Chinese, mostly students, peacefully demonstrated against the Communist government, calling for more freedom of thought. Then, in the early hours of June 4, the government’s army opened fire on thousands of unarmed demonstrators, killing unnumbered thousands and leaving thousands more injured. Hong Yujian watched the violence unfolding in Beijing on television as an exchange student at the University of Pennsylvania. He said that the Tiananmen Square Massacre…
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I ran across a website called “Back to Jerusalem“. On their “About” page they state the following: “Many mistake the idea of Back to Jerusalem as a movement of the Chinese church to evangelize Jerusalem. However, Back to Jerusalem is the goal of the Chinese church to evangelize the unreached peoples from eastern provinces of China, westwards towards Jerusalem. The vision was birthed among the Chinese in the 1920s, and since that time, the churches of China have strove and even suffered persecution to fulfill what they believe is their integral role in fulfilling the Great Commission. Our organization partners with the church of China to not only evangelize the religiously oppressed areas of Asia, but to also train and send Chinese missionaries into the unreached regions of the globe, including Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu nations.”
They also illustrate what they call the 10/40 window
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Hab 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. There is a great multitude today who …Oh for the day of His appearance!
One of my favorite bloggers, Michael Boldea of Homeward Bound, has posted another article, Retrospective Wisdom, that should behoove many to make the time to read and ponder. Ultimately, there is nothing that happens that God doesn’t know about or allow.
I recently started re-reading the first draft of my third book on prayer and came across a passage that, although written some five years ago, is packed with a retrospective wisdom of sorts. I found this passage within the context of Solomon’s prayer to God, and it struck me so profoundly that I had to re-read it a few times to make sure it said what I thought it said.
When it comes to book writing, I’m like a kid who was gifted a trunkload of Legos and wants to build them simultaneously. I have about eight books in various stages of completion sitting on my laptop. Since we are almost out of the diaper changing watch the kids every waking minute so they don’t tumble down the stairs stage, I’ve decided it would be an excellent time to roll a few of them out since I believe they are relevant for the body of Christ.
This was the oldest of the manuscripts sitting idle, so I decided to begin with the oldest and work my way to the present.
I believe that these short paragraphs written well over five years ago will do much to clarify the situation we are currently living through. I know some will not receive it in the spirit with which it was intended, but I would rather contend with the reality before me than fool myself into believing something that is counter to Scripture.
Solomon realized instinctively what Paul would later verbalize in his letter to the Romans, that there is no authority except God, and God appoints the authorities that exist. Whether to bless a nation or judge a nation, God appoints its authorities, rulers, and kings. As creatures limited in understanding, oftentimes, we do not perceive or understand God’s plan in the appointment of a particular leader or a specific authority. One of the most common reasons we cannot see God’s plan is due to the underlying assumption that the leader or authority was appointed for our blessing rather than our judgment. We want to believe that God will bless us despite ourselves, but His word confirms the contrary.
When we open our eyes to the reality that God establishes rulers to both bless and judge, we come to understand why certain men are in power in certain nations.
In a nutshell, this is what the church must now wrestle with. We must come to terms with the reality that just because we happen to reside in America, we are no more special than those in Uganda, Romania, or Poland. God judges sin in the land, and no nation, people, or tongue has ever received a reprieve from judgment without repentance. It’s not as though we weren’t given time to repent. Instead of humbling ourselves, we squandered the time we were given. Even if a game goes into overtime, it doesn’t mean it will go on indefinitely.
The real tragedy in all of this is that the Church didn’t even bother to get off the bench as the clock was ticking down. They much preferred to mock and look down on those that though outnumbered, still tried their best to eke out a tie hoping to go into double overtime.
With love in Christ,