Sunday, November 23, 2014

Prayers that change the atmosphere!

Hey, friends!  We have so much to give thanks for...and so much to pray for...let's use the power and privilege we have as His children and change this world!

Can prayer change a whole community?

Ferguson
The world around us often echoes with sirens and cries.  “Let’s pray about it,” sometimes feels like an escapist retort.  “Let’s do something about it,” seems futile.  The news coverage out of Ferguson, MO gave us a glimpse of the sad realities of crime and distrust.  Fear, rage and rampant crime escalated so rapidly the Governor activated the National Guard.  Private gun sales increased by 300%.  Fear feeds on itself, and the situation seemed poised for more tragedy.  There is another side of the story though!  An awesome reportfrom the Heartland Apostolic Prayer News offers us a different look—and inspiration for all our cities.
For the rest of the story, visit:  http://www.thebottomline.co/faith-religion/can-prayer-change-a-whole-community/

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Treasures and Trades



One of the writings for the week that you can read in full on The Bottom Line if you like.  Here's the intro:

treasure chestIn the 1970s there was a popular game show called “Let’s Make a Deal.”  After multiple small trades, the show concluded with an opportunity for two participants to trade their winnings for a mystery deal behind Door 1, Door 2 or Door 3.  It was a fun game with trust on the part of traders and integrity on the part of the organizers.  Traders often gave up personal items such as shoes or purses only to receive them back at the end—often with hidden treasures inside.  When traders won ‘zonk’ prizes such as a live lama or a person dressed in an animal costume, an option to take cash instead came with them.   Everyone left a winner.
We have that same potential in life:  assured winnings!  Every day offers us ‘trades,’ and none are small...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hidden Treasures


Reality TV
Reality TV is such an odd title for shows made for television. Immensely popular, they are not known to provide much ‘reality.’  Would you believe there is a glimpse of divine design to be seen in shows such as Junk Gypsies, Pawn Stars, Rehab Addict and even Super Nanny?  Their popularity sprouts from a place deep within us that calls us to uncover treasure.  In a world which chases recognition as a sign of success, a deep longing for intrinsic value to be recognized exists.  Reality TV shows that focus on restoration, whether transforming trash, rehabbing a shabby home or healing broken families, speak a truth we know in the depths of our souls:  true treasures are worthy of time and effort.  That deep longing within us finds its roots in the creation of mankind.
Travel back with me to the Genesis record of creation.  Each day of creation finds God assessing His work with “…and it was good.”   On that last day of creation, when He brought forth man, God said about the day’s work, “…it was very good.”  All of creation expressed the nature of God: 


To read the rest of the article, visit:  Reality TV Truth