Prayer of Hope

A prayer of Hope in times of danger, distress, and terror.

July, 2016

I was feeling great sorrow and distress over the turmoil in our nation and world. It is obvious God has been pulling away as we have been pushing him out. The acts of terror, racial and police violence, and political uncertainty and division.

But, Christ is in me, the hope of glory! (Colossians 1:27)

In my Scripture reading and meditation today:

1. I prayed from the Psalms “I am weary from grief; strengthen me through Your word.” (Psalm 119:28)

2. I was both encouraged and challenged that when God had twice revealed plans for the ultimate destruction of Israel, twice he relented after the intercessory prayer and pleading of the prophet Amos. All is not lost, but we must plead and pray and repent! “‘Lord God, please forgive! How will Jacob survive since he is so small?’ The Lord relented concerning this. ‘It will not happen, He said.” (Amos 7:2-3)

3. I marveled in the hope of glory! “God’s mystery—Christ. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him.” (Colossians 1:2b-3)

So, have hope, do not be deceived and be thankful! (Colossians 1:4,7)

Pray

“O Lord, whose power is infinite and wisdom infallible… let us dwell in Your most secret place under Your shadow, where there is safe protection…

Help us to be entirely dependent on You for support, counsel, and consolation.

Strengthen us by Your Holy Spirit for every purpose of our Christian life.

In Jesus Christ’s name we pray – Amen!”

Prayer adpated from the “Puritan Prayers: Refuge”

Reading plan From the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings for Year C, Monday (July 18, 2016): Psalm 119:17-32; Amos 7:1-6; Colossians 1:27-2:7.

Education: “Vindicate the honor of God!”

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

Raise your children in the instruction and discipline of the Lord. Eph. 6:4

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

Teach God’s instructions to your children all day long. Deut. 6:7

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

Walk as children of light. Eph. 5:8

“Vindicate the honor of God!”

Magdeburg Confession

Education: Classical Education – NSA

Highlighting some key thoughts from “The Theology Pugcast” episode featuring Dr. Benjamin Merkle, President of New Saint Andrews College. [ https://crosspolitic.com/podcast/the-theology-pugcast-an-education-with-class-an-introduction-to-classical-education-w-dr-ben-merkle/ ]

Let children discover how to think, how to reason, and how to persuasively argue a position.

Let their curiosity and ambition thrive and not force them to conform to the common core.

When you are allowed to think, you are free. When you can think for yourself instead of being told what to think, then you are free.

Develop critical thinking and leadership skills.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/rom.12.2.esv

“Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭14:20‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/1co.14.20.esv

“The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth—

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:

“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?

If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them;

but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.””

Proverbs‬ ‭1:1-7, 20-23, 32-33


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Education Resources

“Instructing a Childs Heart”

Bible

Science, Creation https://answersingenesis.org/answers/

Homeschool Institute of Science
https://homeschoolscience.org

Logic https://answersingenesis.org/logic/

Noah Webster’s publication, An American Dictionary of the English Language, is an important work for many modern readers because it is contemporary with the American Constitution. As a reference tool it is invaluable to anyone studying the national documents and literature of the period. It will help the reader understand the meaning of words that may have changed with the passage of time. http://webstersdictionary1828.com

Environment
environmental issues, climate change, global warming. Christian perspective of stewardship.

The Cornwall Alliance seeks to enhance the fruitfulness, beauty, and safety of the earth to the glory of God, and the benefit of our neighbors. https://cornwallalliance.org

The Creation (us, water, air, whales, redwoods) groans for the revelation of the sons of man (Romans 8:22-24). This groaning began when sin entered the world (Genesis 3). The creatures and the physical creation, on which all life depends, are waiting for us…
http://www.reformedenvironmentalist.com

Duty to Protect – The Centurion

“Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.” – Saint Augustine

In “Acts 10, we find the dramatic first inclusion of Westerners into the church with the conversion a Roman soldier named Cornelius, along with his family and friends. This man was already follower of God, but in this passage the Apostle Peter brings him the message of Christ. Once again, this would have been an ideal moment for this warrior to hear that the arrival of Christ had so transformed the situation that, while soldiers were a part of the Old Covenant before Jesus, there was now no longer any place for them. Yet, Peter says none of this… To stand for justice in the face of wickedness by taking up the sword is not contrary to loving my neighbor but its fulfillment.“ (http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/08/christian-pacifisms-achilles-heel/)

“The Bible recognizes the fallenness of man: Human sin will lead to war, but the sinful impulses of even the best of us must be bound by principles, lest our passions seduce us to mirror our foes. When the clouds of war gather, those guided by God’s Word must make every effort to avoid the fight if possible. But, if and when it comes, war must never be seen as a goal or good in itself. We must never let our cause, even a just one, lead us to a place where we see in our enemy anything less than an equal – an image bearer of God yet tainted by sin.” (http://www.breakpoint.org/2019/09/leashing-the-dogs-of-war-war-and-christianity-part-two/)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelius_the_Centurion

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.

Memorial to the Lost Children

Memorial to the lost children of this now closed abortion clinic.

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 forgive their sin and heal their land.

— 2 Chronicles 7:14

“Heavenly Father, we cry out for Your mercy and ask You to remove the scourge of abortion from our land. Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of Your truth to our nation once again.”

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/cdn.40daysforlife.com/media/devotional/devotionals_fall2019_6-6.pdf

Duty to Protect – 2 Samuel 23

“Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.”

CS Lewis

“These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite; he was chief of the three. He wielded his spear against eight hundred whom he killed at one time. And next to him among the three mighty men was Eleazar the son of Dodo, son of Ahohi. He was with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there for battle, and the men of Israel withdrew. He rose and struck down the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clung to the sword. And the Lord brought about a great victory that day, and the men returned after him only to strip the slain. And next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the men fled from the Philistines. But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and struck down the Philistines, and the Lord worked a great victory.”

‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭23:8-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

King Stephen, who we reckon was responsible for Christianity in eastern Europe

In the year 1000 or 1001 Stephen, or István in Hungary, became the first King of Hungary. He is known for “broadly [establishing] Christianity in the region, and he is generally considered to be the founder of the Kingdom of Hungary.” (Wikipedia)

It’s generally thought that Saint Stephen was a good king that established a safe and orderly society based on the Christian faith.

He built and organized many churches; he built and organized many monasteries and religious communities; He built and organized many hospices or shelters for travelers, the sick, and the poor; He spread the love and teachings of the one true King Jesus Christ throughout his kingdom.

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.