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/

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

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.

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.


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/

Knighthood Lesson: 3 types of dangerous men

Knighthood Lesson

Warrior Poet: 3 types of dangerous men

“In John’s line of work (and especially in his past) he encounters the most dangerous men you’ll ever meet. But there are different types of “dangerous”. In this video, John address three types he has seen most consistently. There are those who have malicious intent, and their counterparts who have an ingrained sense of duty to protect and defend others. But there are also several dangerous people who don’t often get recognized by society as such. John outlines four traits of the second type of dangerous man (or woman) which seem to encompass many underlying features of the Good and Dangerous.”

Dobra Family Code of Conduct

Honor, Modesty, Virtue, and Wisdom!

Honor High Moral Conduct. A sense of respect and what is right, just, and true.

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Romans 12:10 

Modesty Decent behavior. Having self control and not boastful. 

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”

Romans 12:3

Virtue Moral Goodness. Moral excellence; righteousness.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”

Romans 12:9

Wisdom Good Judgment. Power of judging rightly by experience and knowledge.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. . . Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares. . . whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. . . 

For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 

 He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. 

 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. 

 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 

Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. 

Proverbs 1:7, 20, 33; 2:6-11

MANHOOD

Reject Passivity

Real men, Knights of King Jesus, reject passivity. 

Adam was passive when Eve was being tempted by Satan in the garden (Genesis 3:5), and we are all living under the curse of sin.

Passivity is not taking action, not speaking out, not standing up for what is right when you should, and real men are not passive.

Accept Responsibility

Real men accept responsibility.

Unlike Adam, Jesus rejected passivity and accepted responsibility.

Responsibility is being accountable, trustworthy, and dependable to take the appropriate action. Men have a responsibility to be Protectors, Providers, Pastors, and Prophets.

Lead Courageously

Real men were designed by God to lead.

Adam did not lead his wife well in the garden.

Leadership requires the courage to set aside feelings, emotions, and personal desires and walk in God’s truth. Jesus did this after 40 days of fasting when tempted by Satan, “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Be gone, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’ Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.” (Matthew 4:10-11) Adam should have said the same thing to Satan.

The courage to lead with truth instead of surrendering to feelings or taking the easy way, always separates the boys from the men. 

As Kris “Tanto” Paronto says in his book The Ranger Way, “Leaders take the hard right, never the easy wrong.

Leadership comes from being responsible for other people, setting an example, and making tough calls under stressful circumstances… setting aside your own pride… [and staying] positive…

Take your responsibility seriously and act with integrity…

Good leaders do the right thing when no one else is looking, even if it may cost them something personally. That is integrity…

Leaders do what they need to do without looking for recognition or being asked to do it.

Follow Jesus, serve those you lead. Out of love, put others needs before your own. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

Expect the Greater Reward

Pursue eternal things! 

Jesus overcame death! He is the resurrected Lord! Our time on this earth is short, but it is not the end.

Live for the eternal glory gifted to us by the finished work of Jesus Christ, who is the joy set before us!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

BE A FORCE FOR GOOD!

Good vs. Evil, Jedi vs. Darkside, Spirit vs Flesh… there is a battle of good and evil.

Evil, the darkside

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  Galatians 5:19-21

Good, the Jedi

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Galatians 5:22-24

The Battle

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,  Ephesians 6:10-18


Disciple to apply the Christian Faith and Ethic through a Biblical Worldview to current issues!

Patriot’s Day – April 19, 1775

“Stand your ground; don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

Militia Captain John Parker, April 19th, 1775, the battle of Lexington, “the Shot Heard Round the World”

“The Lord is a God that loveth righteousness and hateth inequity, in whatever shape or character it appears. Injustice, oppression and violence (much less the shedding of innocent blood) shall not pass unnoticed by the just Governor of the world…

The truth of these sentiments hath often been verified in providence, and the proudest princes and the most powerful states have been taught by severe, by fatal experience, that desolation from the Lord awaits the impiety of those who do violence to His people and ‘shed innocent blood in their land.'”

(“The Fate of Blood-Thirsty Oppressors and God’s Tender Care of His Distressed People” by Rev. Jonas Clark, 1776. A sermon and eyewitness narrative of the “Shot heard round the world” at the Battle of Lexington, 1775)

“Today, April 19, is rightly identified as “Patriots’ Day.” In truth, April 19, 1775, should be regarded as important a date to Americans as July 4, 1776. It’s a shame that we don’t celebrate Patriots’ Day as enthusiastically as we do Independence Day. It’s even more shameful that many Americans don’t even remember what happened on this day back in 1775.

This was the day the “shot heard ’round the world” was fired. It was the day America’s War for Independence began.

Being warned of approaching British troops by Dr. Joseph Warren (who dispatched Paul Revere and William Dawes to Lexington and Concord with the news), Pastor Jonas Clark alerted his congregants at the Church of Lexington that the British army was on its way to seize the colonists’ weapons and to arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock. Both of these men had taken refuge in Pastor Clark’s home with about a dozen of the pastor’s armed men guarding the house. Other men from the congregation (around 75-80 in number) stood with their muskets on Lexington Green when over 800 British troops appeared before them at barely the break of day. The militia commander, Jonas Parker, told his fellow colonists, “Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

According to eyewitnesses, British soldiers opened fire on the militiamen without warning (the British command to disperse and the British soldiers’ opening salvo of gunfire were simultaneous), immediately killing eight of the colonists (including Parker), of whom at least seven were Pastor Clark’s parishioners. In self-defense, the Minutemen took cover and returned fire. These were the first shots of the Revolutionary War.

Again, this took place on Lexington Green, which was located in the shadow of the church house where those men worshipped each Sunday. The men that were guarding Adams and Hancock escorted them out of harm’s way shortly before the troops arrived. Without a doubt, the heroic efforts of Pastor Clark and his brave Minutemen at the Church of Lexington saved the lives of Sam Adams and John Hancock. And eight of those brave men gave their lives protecting two men who became two of America’s greatest Founding Fathers. But, mind you, Jonas Clark and his men are as important to the story of America’s independence as any of our Founding Fathers.

According to Pastor Clark, these are the names of the eight men who died on Lexington Green on that fateful April morning: Robert Munroe, Jonas Parker, Samuel Hadley, Jonathan Harrington, Jr., Isaac Muzzy, Caleb Harrington, and John Brown, all of Lexington, and one Mr. Porter of Woburn.

By the time the British troops arrived at the Concord Bridge, hundreds of colonists had amassed a defense of the bridge. A horrific battle took place, and the British troops were routed and soon retreated back to Boston. America’s War for Independence had begun.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, these two elements of our history are lost to the vast majority of Americans today: 1) it was attempted gun confiscation by the British troops that ignited America’s War for Independence, and 2) it was a pastor and the men of his congregation that mostly comprised the “Minutemen” who fired the shots that started our great Revolution.”

Note by Pastor Baldwin, Liberty Fellowship church in Montana
  1. “The Fate of Blood-Thirsty Oppressors and God’s Tender Care of His Distressed People” by Rev. Jonas Clark, 1776. A sermon and eyewitness narrative of the “Shot heard round the world” at the Battle of Lexington, 1775


Never Again!

“Israel will mark Yom HaShoah, its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day to honor the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Most Israelis are aware that it is held on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of April 1943, which took place during the feast of unleavened bread, and marked yet another difficult Passover in Jewish history.”
https://us.icej.org/news/headlines/when-god-says-never-again


Safety and Security – Duty to Protect

Militia: an army composed of citizens… called up in time of emergency. (Webster’s 2010)

There are four places in the American Constitution that affirm the Militia’s prior existence, and no law can alter it. The militia is all able bodied members of a community.

Article I, Section 8, Clauses 15 & 16:

[The Congress shall have Power To…]

Clause 15: [ ] “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;”

Clause 16: [ ] “To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;”

Article II, Section 2, Clause 1:

“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States…”

AMENDMENT II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Safety and Security – Duty to Protect

Family Safety and Security

Our Family’s Safety and Security
excerpted from “The Dobra Family Mission” 2010 Revision

Our King, Jesus, warns us that until His return we live in a cursed world and that we will have to face disaster.

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
Matthew 24:6-7

Jesus tells us not to be alarmed, that wars and natural disasters will happen. We think our family needs to be prepared. For God’s glory, we need to be prepared to weather the storm, to rebuild, to care for others, and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those in need.

Disasters in General: Natural and Man Made

Be Prepared for the Storm!

As Jesus warned, the world is wicked and cursed. We can learn from the story of Noah the great need for God’s families to be spiritually and physically prepared for disaster.

Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. . . Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood. . . I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark— you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. . . Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
From Genesis 6 (see also: Acts 11:27-30)

Be Prepared to Rebuild the Church!

We can learn from Ezra that God’s families need to be ready to rebuild God’s Church, to care for, build up, and encourage God’s people for God’s glory!

Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem. . . When they arrived at the house of the LORD in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God on its site.
Ezra 1:5, 2:68

Be Prepared to Rebuild the Community!

We can learn from Nehemiah that God’s families need to be ready to rebuild and defend their communities for God’s glory!

So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. . . Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work. . .” Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work.
Nehemiah 4:6, 11, 13-15

If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.
Exodus 22:2

Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.
Proverbs 25:26

Be Prepared to Care for and Share with Others

We should always be prepared to care for those in need and we should always be prepared to share our eternal hope with any one, but especially with those in great need and distress.

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”
From Matthew 25:34-40

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Hebrews 13:16

Do Not Fear!

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. . . The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
From Mark 4:35-41

Persecution

Jesus also warns His disciples that we will face persecution of one form or another because of His name. We should learn from our brothers and sisters in the underground church in restricted nations where they are violently persecuted today.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.”
Matthew 24:9-11

“Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.”
Luke 6:22

Proclaim the Gospel

Even in the face of persecution, the Gospel must be proclaimed!

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end willcome.”
Matthew 24:14

Endure to the end

Stand firm in the faith!

“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
Matthew 24:12-13

“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.”
Luke 12:4

We hope to live out our vision and mission to honor and glorify God and to leave a Godly legacy by being prepared, by rebuilding, by caring, and by sharing during good times and bad!

* See Safety topics in Appendix for more information.

** Read “Tortured for Christ” by Richard Wurmbrand for first hand account of persecution at the hands of the Nazis and Communists and the work of the underground church! www.torturedforchrist.com

Saint Valentine


Saint Valentine, or Valentinus, has an important story to share with us today!

Saint Valentine was executed for refusing to deny his faith after being arrested for secretly marrying Roman soldiers to their brides, defying an order from Emperor Claudius II that soldiers were not to marry.
(The Story of St. Valentine: More than Cards and Candied Hearts)

This is so relevant today! God designed and defines marriage. Yet, the devil continues to scheme through rulers and despots to redefine marriage. 

In the year 269 AD, Valentine was sentenced to a three part execution of a beating, stoning, and finally decapitation all because of his stand for Christian marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius’ daughter. He inspired today’s romantic missives by signing it, “from your Valentine.”
St. Valentine, The Real Story
By David Kithcart

Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
(Acts 4:18-20

National marriage week and Saint Valentine’s day! 

He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
Matthew 19:4-6