Each Sunday, your child will learn the Bible and how it relates to Jesus in an age-appropriate way.
History holds the names of world-changers. Men and women whose efforts have left an indelible mark upon those of us who remain. They have forever affected society — some for good, others for ill. They came from different circumstances. Their lives ended in various ways. Their mark remains whether we recognize their names or not. Some inspire us. Others revile us. Moses the Deliverer. Alexander the Great, conqueror of the known world. Joan of Arc the defender of France. Mohammed, the Founder of the Islamic religion. Harriet Tubman, the engineer of the Underground Railroad. Gotama Buddha, the architect of the Noble 8 Fold Path. George Washington, the father of our country. William Wilberforce, God’s tool in England to break the shackles of slavery. Adolf Hitler, the madman destroyer. Vladimir Lenin, the organizer of the Communist Party. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose “Dream” moves us to this day. Jim Jones, just the mention of his name evokes images of death and destruction. The list goes on and on recording the names of those who have left their mark for good or ill. Throughout history there have been the notable and the notorious, but there has never been one life to bring such constant change to each new generation as the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Transcending the ages with His timeless message of forgiveness and salvation for all that would trust in Him. He was and remains…One of a kind.
Commitment is key. No matter what it is that we are talking about there is no greater determining factor than our commitment. I’m not talking about commitment by coercion. I’m not talking about commitment by convenience. I’m not talking about commitment by compliance or conformity. I’m talking about commitment to excellence! I’m not talking about one of those half-hearted commitments that causes you to show up when you feel like, give it your all when there is something to gain, or follow through only because of pressure. I’m talking about commitment to excellence! I’m not talking about one of commitments made because of duty because duty won’t do. I’m talking about commitment to excellence!
In 1907, the great preacher E.M. Bounds wrote these powerful words which are still challenging the hearts of God’s people to this day. God’s plan is to make much of the man, far more of him than of anything else. Men are God’s method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men…What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use–men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men–men of prayer. (Preacher and Prayer, E.M. Bounds, 1907, p. 5,7)
I was in Denver for four days last week. I wasn’t there on vacation or for sightseeing, even though I did see some awesome sights like the snow-capped Rocky Mountains at the end of July. I will never understand how that can happen no matter how many times I see it!
I have been thinking about marriage and the troubles that are plaguing so many marriages these days. I have felt compelled by the Lord to come before you and reassure you that you can experience fulfillment in marriage. I know that seems na?ve to many people, absurd to others, but I am convinced that God has fully intended for us to experience fulfillment, even awe, in our marriages. It seems that every indicator is pointing in the opposite direction. I read an article in New Man Magazine, the magazine produced by Promise Keepers, about a very disturbing new business in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Let me read an excerpt from the article.
The popularity of prayer has skyrocketed in recent months. Prayer, talking about prayer, writing about prayer, exploring patterns of prayers and the like have become more prevalent than Tiger Woods’ fans at a golf tournament. Prayer has truly come to the forefront of our society today as more and more people are talking about seeking God’s intervention in their lives. There are newspaper articles on the topic of prayer. We see images of people praying to God on television shows like “Touched By An Angel.” We hear folks who have gone through tragedies talking about how they prayed for God’s help. Prayer has become such a hot topic that there are now folks who are talking and writing about the personal benefits of prayer.
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