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Household Prayer 9/15/2020

“When God has something very great to accomplish for his church, it is His will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayers of his people.”

Jonathan Edwards – #AwakeAmerica2020

Pray!

Brothers, this week let’s pray earnestly for a vision of the majesty of God! May God make His presence known to us and our families in new and glorious ways, and May we be renewed with excitement to know God and to make Him known. May God grant us and our wives energy and wisdom to teach and instruct and disciple our children. All the more with reports of the unhealthy condition of American Christianity today, that our families may reform the church and reenchant the world with God’s truth and grace!

Read Psalm 78

“Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth!”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭78:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/psa.78.1.esv

Distressing “State of Theology”

AIG published a summary of the distressing results of the Ligonier Ministries “State of Theology” survey. They summarize as such…

“So 80% of evangelicals will say that the Bible has the authority to tell us what to do, and 90% claim the Bible is their highest authority, but these results show that they either (1) don’t actually believe that and/or (2) have no idea what the Bible teaches on various moral issues to allow it to guide their principles and beliefs! What a mess the church is in!” (1)

They made this observation among others…

“Parents, particularly fathers, have abdicated their role in discipling their families in the ways of the Lord, leaving it to the church . . . or simply not emphasizing or prioritizing it at all.” (1)

I would add to that observation that many churches don’t actually disciple and train, in other words, they don’t “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,” (Ephesians‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬).
https://www.bible.com/59/eph.4.12.esv

In case we might question this survey, here is another that confirms it…

“Last month, Arizona Christian University released a study called “The American Worldview Inventory, it’s a project led by George Barna. According to the report, nearly two-thirds of Americans believe having “some kind of faith” is more important than the specific faith a person chooses. And, almost 70 percent of those who gave that response identified as Christians.” (2)

Where to start?

“Ultimately, as much as this is a problem in churches, if we truly want to see generational change, we must start in the home with families. Ultimately, the spiritual discipling and training of children is not the job of the church. The church is to come alongside parents and families, supporting them in their God-given mission to train up a child in the way he or she should go. Parents—your family is your responsibility and it should be your first and primary one! Nothing is more important than discipling your children in the ways of the Lord, in his Word, and in the gospel!” (1)

https://youtu.be/gucKEX1ZeNs

I pray for revival, that the people of God’s church would confess and repent of complacency!

We have been told that we people are the chance result of impersonal chaos working its dark magic on the universe… The outcome of such thinking? Humanity is disenchanted…

But this is not the biblical account of man… God, the beautiful one, made the human race as his capstone work, his corporeal masterpiece (Ps 8:3-6; 27:4) … The imago dei marks out humanity as an enchanted race. Tragically, humanity disenchanted itself by following the anti-wisdom of the serpent…

If we have assumed… that our children learned what they needed to know simply by ecclesial and cultural osmosis, let us be clear that we may hold this assumption no longer. Now is not the time to play down our doctrine of mankind; now is the time to teach it with confidence and with joy, seeking to be witnesses to fellow sinners and guides to all God’s flock.

“Reenchanting Humanity: a theology of mankind” by Owen Strachan

1. “Distressing ‘State of Theology’ Results Released” https://answersingenesis.org/christianity/church/distressing-state-of-theology-results-released/

2. “Self-constructed, Build-a-Bear, Buffet-Style Christianity Is No Christianity at All” https://breakpoint.org/self-constructed-build-a-bear-buffet-style-christianity-is-no-christianity-at-all/

The Race issue, CRT, BLM?

I wanted to compile some resources regarding CRT, Critical Race Theory. Many good Christians feel compelled to support CRT and BLM because it is good to fight racism. Standing against racism and for justice are good things, however CRT and BLM are not compatible with Biblical justice and Biblical understanding of humanity and race. They are incompatible with Jesus’ redemptive work.

If you are a Christian, you must stop perpetuating the “race” lie. Stop using the terms as defined by unbelievers, and stop getting caught in the argument as framed by the world. Reenchant the argument with God’s truth and grace.

There is only one human race created in the image of God! Male and female he created the human race, and all humans are endowed by their creator with eternal value.

God has created us with beautiful and colorful diversity. Rejoice and praise God for our ethnic and cultural diversity!

So, where can you find CRT? “CRT is embedded in re-education programs euphemistically called “diversity training,” or “sensitivity training,” or “anti-bias training.” https://illinoisfamilyaction.org/2020/09/what-a-millennial-biden-voter-thinks-about-race/

Founders Ministries “A Brief Critique of Critical Race Theory”

https://founders.org/2020/09/07/a-brief-critique-of-critical-race-theory/

Founders Ministries “have been concerned about CRT, Critical Theory (CT), and Intersectionality (I) since I recognized that these godless and materialistic ideologies were making inroads into the evangelical world in general and the Southern Baptist Convention in particular. Founders has published dozens of articles on these subjects. We have addressed them in several podcasts. Our cinedoc, By What Standard?, deals with the issue more in depth.”

A major part of CRT is its presuppositions—which it demands you accept. These include:

  • Racism is engrained in the fabric & system of the American society
  • Power structures based on white privilege & white supremacy exist & must be overthrown.

These presuppositions are not to be questioned. They are asserted and acceptance is required. Otherwise, you are a racist and become “Exhibit A” for the first presupposition listed above...

The gospel provides full atonement in the once-for-all-death of Jesus on the cross. All who turn from sin and trust Him are justified instantly and completely. There is no need to do works—anti-racist or any other kind—in hopes of making oneself acceptable to some unknowable standard. Justification is by grace, through faith in Christ, without any works at all mixed into the foundation…

Any Christian leader who understands CT/CRT/I & refuses to reject them is not a trustworthy guide in the battle that is currently raging within the church and culture. Anyone who promotes any of these ideologies is either too naive to be a leader or has become complicit with the enemy against Christ.

https://founders.org/2020/09/07/a-brief-critique-of-critical-race-theory/

Household Prayer 9/8/2020

“When God has something very great to accomplish for his church, it is His will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayers of his people.”

Jonathan Edwards – #AwakeAmerica2020

To know God.

This week let’s pray that our families would come to know God in new and profound ways. That our knowledge of God would have an impact on our children’s education and understanding of His creation.

Read Psalm 19.

We have been told that we people are the chance result of impersonal chaos working its dark magic on the universe… The outcome of such thinking? Humanity is disenchanted… But this is not the biblical account of man… God, the beautiful one, made the human race as his capstone work, his corporeal masterpiece (Ps 8:3-6; 27:4) … The imago dei marks out humanity as an enchanted race. Tragically, humanity disenchanted itself by following the anti-wisdom of the serpent… If we have assumed… that our children learned what they needed to know simply by ecclesial and cultural osmosis, let us be clear that we may hold this assumption no longer. Now is not the time to play down our doctrine of mankind; now is the time to teach it with confidence and with joy, seeking to be witnesses to fellow sinners and guides to all God’s flock.

“Reenchanting Humanity: a theology of mankind” by Owen Strachan

Marx vs Spurgeon

“Karl Marx, an apostle of evil, and Charles Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers,” were evangelists with messages that couldn’t have been more different—and they lived in the same city at the same time.” https://founders.org/2020/09/02/karl-marx-vs-charles-spurgeon-an-epic-struggle-for-the-souls-of-men-in-19th-century-london/

Do not miss this article! Excerpts below.

“It is extraordinary to me that both Karl Marx (1818-1883) and Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) lived and worked in the same city at the same time. Both were, in a sense, evangelists contending for the souls of men with their competing visions of humanity. Moreover, each was at the height of his powers at the same time as the other. While Marx was preaching salvation through bloody revolution, Spurgeon, on the other side of the city, was preaching salvation through the blood and grace of Jesus Christ…

“It would be wrong to say—as many preachers do—that addressing matters of politics falls outside of the purview of the clergy. Of no other sphere of life do they say it. Regardless, Spurgeon certainly didn’t agree with this sentiment. Christianity isn’t merely an accessory to a man’s life; it should define it. Thus, a man’s politics are simply the outward manifestation of the convictions of his heart. Socialism, Spurgeon knew, was much more than an economic or political question. It is a spiritualquestion, if only because it denies the very existence of the spiritual. It is, as I have written elsewhere, atheism masquerading as political philosophy…

“It is very likely that the preaching of Spurgeon, and others like him, prevented the violent Revolution in Britain that Marx sought. Ironically, that revolution would come in the unindustrialized Russia of 1917, when Vladimir Lenin would, at the cost of millions of lives, implement Marx’s unworkable ideas. That is in no small measure due to the fact that there was no viable church to critique the undeliverable promises of socialism…

Household Prayer 9/1/20

Praying for our homeschool and Classical Conversations community.

A vision for homeschool 2020-2021

This week let’s pray for fathers to develop and communicate a clear vision for education and discipleship in their homes.

“He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭78:5-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/psa.78.5-7.esv

And let’s pray for our wives to let go of anxiety in their efforts, and find joy in trusting in God.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/pro.3.5-6.esv

Thanks to ICHE for prayer focus ideas.

Reformation Discipleship Group 2020

“Western civilization is the product of the Reformation. The Reformers threw open the windows of God’s light after a thousand years of spiritual and cultural darkness.”
The Barbarians are Here: Preventing the Collapse of Western Civilization in Times of Terrorism by Michael Youssef
https://a.co/aAyIr8F

Hope for civilization (highlights)

  • Find the faithful remnant in the church. (Eph. 4, Matt. 16:18)
  • Study and proclaim the pure Gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-8), contend for the faith against false gospels. (Jude)
  • Focus on Jesus. Reform society with truth and grace, not Marxist (anti-Christ) social justice. Reenchant the culture with God’s truth. (Matt. 4:18-30, Matt. 5:11-16, Matt. 28:18-20)
  • Fear God more than man.
  • Repent of timid lukewarmness.
  • Be about the business of making disciples that make disciples.

“So we must speak the truth, but we must always speak the truth in love. We must speak rationally, reasonably, with hearts full of love for those who are teaching falsehood. Don’t expect to be loved in return. Often, in their attempts to intimidate and silence us, apostates will accuse us of being unloving and even hateful.” https://a.co/29hwHt2

  • Reach the lost and equip the saints for the work of ministry. (Eph. 4:12)
  • The Gospel of the Kingdom must be proclaimed to the world. (Matt. 24:14)
  • Speak the truth in love. (Gal. 6:1, Eph. 4:11-15)
The Church in Babylon: Heeding the Call to Be a Light in the Darkness by Erwin W. Lutzer
https://a.co/5yok0Rt

“We have to change our church philosophy from telling to training.”

  • People, not buildings.
  • Community not crowds.
  • Training not just telling. True Jesus discipleship: “come follow me”
  • Prayer not programs.
  • Hard truths not just positive suggestions. (Acts 17:1-10, 1 Peter 4:14, 2 Tim. 3:12, Heb. 10:32-36)
  • Christ is head of the church! (Rev. 2:10)

Homeschool: Fear God

Fear God

Knowledge is a grace of God. It is a gift and kindness of God.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/pro.1.7.esv

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/pro.9.10.

Knowledge and wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. God must be acknowledged, revered, loved, and feared!

Rejection of God

What about those who do not fear God?

“Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, would have none of my counsel and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way, and have their fill of their own devices. For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them;”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭1:29-32‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/pro.1.29-32.esv

See if you can recognize our world and it’s knowledge from Romans 1:18-32?

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools,

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:18, 21-22, 24, 26-28‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/rom.1.18,21-22,24,26-28.esv

Forgetting God

I observe today a timid church that has no influence on the culture. A church that has forgotten its fear of God.

“For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them;”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭1:32‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/pro.1.32.esv

Complacency: Ease, prosperity, complacency

“For ease slaieth the foolish, and the prosperitie of fooles destroyeth them.” Proverbs 1:32 GNV https://www.bible.com/2163/pro.1.32.gnv

“For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them.” Proverbs 1:32 NASB https://www.bible.com/100/pro.1.32.nasb

“For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, And the careless ease of fools shall destroy them.” Proverbs 1:32 ASV https://www.bible.com/12/pro.1.32.asv

When life is good, easy, prosperous, we can tend toward fearing what might disrupt our comfort more than fearing the God of all comfort! What could disrupt our comfort? Man’s opinion of us and our beliefs? Being considered hateful and bigoted for standing on truth? Losing a job for our convictions?

What could we reap if we sow complacency and forget our fear of God?

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
‭‭Hosea‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/hos.4.6.esv

Love God!

This is why we homeschool! We want our children to know God!

We seek first God’s kingdom.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/mat.6.33.esv

We seek to obey God’s commands.

“”Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:4-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/deu.6.4-7.esv

Our children bear the image of God. Gen. 1:27

Render to God the things that are God’s. Matt. 22:21

Let the children come to Jesus and do not hinder them. Matt. 19:14

We seek to instruct our children to know, love, and fear God! To know Him and make Him known.

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/eph.6.4.esv

We rejoice with the saints at the wedding feast of the Lamb!

“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭19:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/rev.19.6-7.esv

Live for God!

For this purpose we homeschool:

To reform the church.

No longer walk as unbelievers do. Eph. 4:17

Put off your unbelieving way of life. Eph. 4:22

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind. Eph. 4:23

Do not be deceived by the sons of disobedience. Eph. 5:6

To reenchant the world with the grace and truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:18-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/mat.28.18-20.esv

The Cosmic Battle

You, mothers and fathers, your homeschooling households are on the front line of the Cosmic spiritual battle!

I do not mean this lightly. You are critical in the effort to reform a complacent church with the fear of God and reenchant a disenchanted world with the grace and truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, “who is blessed forever! Amen.” (Romans 1:25)

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:10-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/eph.6.10-20.esv

Pray! Awake America 2020

We are joining the Awake America prayer campaign! #AwakeAmerica2020

Visit AwakeAmerica2020.com

I will be capturing our prayers and devotional thoughts here through the rest of 2020, so bookmark this page to return and get updates.


Cry Out to God
“God’s people cry out to him for help… Like the Father of the Prodigal Son, God waits eagerly for His children to return to Him.” (1)
Read/Pray: Psalm 104 and 80

Repent and Return to God
“God calls His people to repent and return to Him or perish.” (1)We are the church. Each individual member of the Body of Christ, the royal priesthood. (Matt. 16:18, 1 Peter 2:9) “The full dimension of God’s love is experienced within the context of God’s people. God has fashioned His people into a living body of Christ–the church… The primary reason we need revival is that we have forsaken our love relationship with God–our first love. God’s invitation is for us to repent and return to our first love. His word to the church at Ephesus indicates that failure to repent is fatal. [Revelation 2:4-7]” (1)
Read/Pray: Psalm 81, 82

Pray for Revival
“God revives His repentant people by restoring them to a right relationship with Himself. God stands ready to receive His people when they return. He cleanses and forgives. He gives a new heart to serve Him and fullness of the Holy Spirit to empower them for His work. He restores the joy of being in the family of God.” (1)
“Revival means to restore or renew life. Revival is for God’s people who need a fresh encounter, a fresh love relationship with Him. Revival is God putting the plumb line of His Word right down the middle of His people. He calls us to repent and return to a holy love relationship with Himself. When we repent and return to Him, He turns our hearts back to Himself. He forgives. He cleanses. He restores life. This is revival. He gives renewed life. He is our life.” (1)
Read/Pray: Psalm 84-86

Pray for Awakening
“God exalts His Son Jesus in His people and draws the lost to saving faith in Him. When God has a people rightly related to Him, He is able to display His glory to a watching world. When a people experience the mighty power of God bringing wholeness to their lives, others will notice and want a similar experience of life. Spiritual awakening becomes a natural by-product of a revived people.” (1)
Read/Pray: Psalm 96-100

References:

  1. Awakening America Alliance Resource: The following excerpt is adapted from Fresh Encounter: God’s Pattern for Revival and Spiritual Awakening by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King
    (Nashville: LifeWay Press, 1993), 8-10, 22-23. Used by Permission, Cry Out America 2009.

We are also following the ICEJ Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative. Visit for more information https://us5.campaign-archive.com/?u=55a717a2b2&id=2b410af4eb

“This call to prayer is based on the following two passages that encourage us to cry out to the Lord and allow our prayers to ascend as incense before Him in the face of this modern-day plague:

“Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put incense in it, along with burning coals from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the Lord; the plague has started.” So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped. But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the tent of meeting, for the plague had stopped.” (Numbers 16:46-50)

and “and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.” (Revelation 8:4)

“There is a sense that through the coronavirus pandemic, God is summoning all mankind to call out to Him. His desire is for us as believers to draw near to Him, to examine our hearts, and to intercede for the people of Israel and the world.”

PRAYER POINTS
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH

A. Pray for Repentance

Let’s ask God to search our hearts – to test us and see if there be any sin in us. This is an important first step for any prayer effort. It causes us to test our hearts because we often choose comfort in this life over drawing closer to God on a daily basis.

Scripture to use:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24) 

B. Pray for Revival

Pray that Christians worldwide would turn to the living God with their whole hearts.
 

Pray that the unsaved would find Jesus – that this crisis would lead to great number of salvations.

Scriptures to use:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

C. Pray for an End to this Crisis

Pray for world leaders and local governments to make the right choices during this season. Pray that their every decision would create an effective outcome – helping to eradicate the spread of the coronavirus.
 

Pray that citizens around the world, would heed the sound advice being offered to them.
 

Let’s pray for those in the medical profession who are truly on the front-lines.

Scriptures to use:

“If My people who are called by My name will 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.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  (Timothy 2:1-4)

“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)

D. Pray for God to Protect and Heal His People

Pray for the protection and healing for the Body of Christ worldwide.
 

Pray for healing among the people of Israel. So far, Israel has a remarkable record in that only one person has perished from COVID-19. We are asking God that the scepter of death from this virus will virtually pass over the nation of Israel in a mighty sign that He is with them!
 

Pray for the protection of all those who turn to Him throughout the nations.

Scriptures to use:

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; ” (Psalm 91:9-10)

Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. (Exodus 12:13 13)

From ICEJ: https://us5.campaign-archive.com/?u=55a717a2b2&id=665612c81c


[Illinois] Statewide Day of Prayer
Written By David E. Smithhttps://illinoisfamily.org/faith/statewide-day-of-prayer/

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. …
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
~James 5:1316

Most Christians believe in the power of prayer, but, unfortunately, many fail to utilize it as often as they should. And how can that be when God tells us that our prayers are powerful and effective?

With so many families and communities affected by the COVID-19 crisis and the extreme sheltering orders that have been mandated over the past several weeks, prayer should become a daily (if not hourly) priority for us (1 Thess 5:16-18). We are very grateful to State Representative Darren Bailey‘s leadership in calling for a day to pray for our state, our first responders, and everyone who is experiencing loss as a result of the pandemic.

This Day of Prayer is an opportunity for people of faith across the state to intentionally pause and pray to the God of mercy and hope. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 3:12 that “the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their prayer.”

We have an amazing God who listens to the prayers of faithful and obedient believers. (John 9:311 John 5:15Jeremiah 29:12-13)

The Psalmist wrote:

I love the Lord, because He hears
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
~Psalm 116:1-2

We have a loving and merciful God of compassion who wants us to turn to Him and take shelter in Him as our refuge and our strength. He is our sure rock in the midst of any storm, the light that pierces every darkness, and an anchor of hope for those who contend with despair. We should embrace every opportunity to bring our appeals before Him.

Prayer Guidance Points:

Pray for Revival: We may not be able to see it now, but God is working good in this season of COVID-19 (Romans 8:28). Pray that people around the world would seek God during this pandemic and economic shut down. Pray that the lost would find great hope and eternal peace in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

For the Glory of God: Pray that this crisis would be a wake-up call to lukewarm believers and would-be seekers. Pray that God would draw people to Himself in a powerful way. Pray for the spread of the Gospel. In this time of great anxiety and uncertainty, pray that God’s people would be ready to meet the world with the comfort and hope that only the good news of Jesus Christ can offer.

For those in Authority: As they decide how to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, pray for President Donald Trump and his teams of health and economic advisors. Pray for Governor J.B. Pritzker and his advisors. Pray for local city officials throughout the state. May the Lord give them an abundance of wisdom and discernment so that the “stay in place” order will quickly diminish and life can get back to normal.

Peace: May God Almighty reach out to all those who fear that they are sinking beneath waves of anxiety. May they receive that courage, resilience, and healing grace that can only come from the Prince of Peace.

Greater Faith: Pray that through this we would better understand what it means to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7). Scripture teaches that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Tim 1:7). Pray for enduring faith during this season of heightened fear, anxiety, and confusion. Appropriate precautions should be taken, but Christians must continue to rely on God and trust His purposes and plans (Rom. 8:28).

Medical Workers: Pray for healthcare workers and first responders who are on the front lines. Pray for protection for their health and protection for the health of their families.

News Media: Christians should pray for those in the news media. Pray that reporters and journalists would accurately report updates about the status of the virus and not seek to peddle conspiracies, politicize the threat, or stoke fear where it is unwarranted.


Reformation Discipleship 2020

“Western civilization is the product of the Reformation. The Reformers threw open the windows of God’s light after a thousand years of spiritual and cultural darkness.”
The Barbarians are Here: Preventing the Collapse of Western Civilization in Times of Terrorism by Michael Youssef
https://a.co/aAyIr8F

Hope for civilization (highlights)

  • Find the faithful remnant in the church. (Eph. 4, Matt. 16:18)
  • Study and proclaim the pure Gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-8), contend for the faith against false gospels. (Jude)
  • Focus on Jesus. Reform society with truth and grace, not Marxist (anti-Christ) social justice. Reenchant the culture with God’s truth. (Matt. 4:18-30, Matt. 5:11-16, Matt. 28:18-20)

Where to start? If revival is to come it must start here.

“If God is God, then judgment awaits the church. Look at the state of our society. Look at the state of moral disarray our nation is in.”
Saving Christianity?: The Danger in Undermining Our Faith — and What You Can Do about It by Michael Youssef
https://a.co/hNgppNi
  • Fear God more than man.
  • Repent of timid lukewarmness.
  • Be about the business of making disciples that make disciples.

“Preacher after preacher, church after church, denomination after denomination—Christians are selling their spiritual birthright. So-called evangelicals have become ashamed of the evangelium, the Good News of Jesus Christ. They have sought friendship with the world, acceptance by the world, and praise from the world, and they have mutilated the Bible and diluted the gospel in the process. Instead of faith and boldness, they prize uncertainty, thinking that they are somehow “saving Christianity.” But as the apostle Paul writes, “If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?” (1 Cor. 14:8) https://a.co/4uFvt7t

“So we must speak the truth, but we must always speak the truth in love. We must speak rationally, reasonably, with hearts full of love for those who are teaching falsehood. Don’t expect to be loved in return. Often, in their attempts to intimidate and silence us, apostates will accuse us of being unloving and even hateful.” https://a.co/29hwHt2

  • Reach the lost and equip the saints for the work of ministry. (Eph. 4:12)
  • The Gospel of the Kingdom must be proclaimed to the world. (Matt. 24:14)
  • Speak the truth in love. (Gal. 6:1, Eph. 4:11-15)

Training not Telling

“We have to change our church philosophy from telling to training.”

The Church in Babylon: Heeding the Call to Be a Light in the Darkness by Erwin W. Lutzer
https://a.co/5yok0Rt

The Church that will survive in Babylon (highlights)

  • People, not buildings.
  • Community not crowds.
  • Training not just telling. True Jesus discipleship: “come follow me”
  • Prayer not programs.
  • Hard truths not just positive suggestions. (Acts 17:1-10, 1 Peter 4:14, 2 Tim. 3:12, Heb. 10:32-36)
  • Christ is head of the church! (Rev. 2:10)

Reformation Discipleship Small Groups

A Reformation Discipleship Small Group: The general covenant would be a group of 3 to 4 couples with a full discipleship focus to reform discipleship in the church and reenchant the world with the truth and grace of the gospel. When ready, there is a commitment from each member to start their own group with the same model and similar covenant.

This will be a discipleship group, so it will focus on “training not telling.” We will cover these general areas (not exclusive or exhaustive):

  • Unity of the faith: Eph. 4, Apostle’s Creed, Nicene Creed, 1618 Baptist Confession
  • False gospels and gods: Apologetics. Contending for the faith. Jude
  • Family Discipleship: 1 Tim. 3:1-13
    • Family worship
    • Providing: Finances, Eduction, Safety, Discipleship
  • Great Commission: Follow Jesus discipleship. Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 17
  • Spiritual Battle: public prayer. Matt. 5:11-16
  • Evangelism
    • Multiplication: Matt. 4:18-22

Each of these areas will include Bible study, example and practice by each household. We will be “doing” not just discussing. For example, for family worship we will discuss the key elements in bible study, then we will model how we do family worship and the resources we’ve found helpful, then ask each member to do the same. For evangelism we may discuss how we would witness to someone that holds to one of the false gospels or false gods including play acting, personal experiences, and conclude with some neighborhood outreach or service activity. For spiritual battle and evangelism we may discuss abortion and practice how we would share our faith and witness to an abortion customer or employee, then spend time in public prayer outside the planned parenthood. At a time determined by the leader when discipleship has been adequately covered, the group will multiply and each member form their own.

“The cosmos has a future. There will be a new Heaven and a new earth. Elements of the original cosmos will carry over, and that is really good news because the redeemed are included in what gets carried over. We live by the light of tomorrow’s sun, and that sun is the Lord God (Rev. 22: 5). This is the basis of our piety, the substance of our daily duties.”
The Household and the War for the Cosmos: Recovering a Christian Vision for the Family by C.R. Wiley
https://a.co/fEDNy11

“Another war was waged by a hero for a princess, and once she was won, she became a queen, but not of a little kingdom in the center of Italy. She became queen of the Cosmos. And the Bible ends with their wedding day. And they live happily ever after that. Here’s the coronation of the queen from Revelation 19: 6–8 and 21: 1–4:

The Household and the War for the Cosmos: Recovering a Christian Vision for the Family by C.R. Wiley
https://a.co/cfd6M7W

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage supper of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”—for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.””

Emergency Communications – AmRRON

Center Bluff – Central Peoria IL AmRRON Emergency Communications

Peoria IL Practice net on 146.420 every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 18:45

Peoria IL Practice net on 146.420 every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 18:45

The American Redoubt Radio Operators Network, AmRRON, “is a network of Preppers, Patriots and Redoubters who have volunteered to keep each other connected when other means of communications are unavailable or unreliable. AmRRON operators participate in >>scheduled nets<< to practice using non-conventional communications.” https://amrron.com/