Household Prayer 11/24/2020

“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 – #AwakeAmerica2020https://www.awakeamerica2020.com


Brothers, I’m praying this week for us fathers. In our family’s urban and SafeFamilies ministry activities over the years we have seen the devastation of fatherlessness in our community. A recent communication from the youth ministry at my church has me worried it’s happening in the church too! I pray we fathers of our CC community see our duty and responsibility to instruct, discipline, and disciple our children. I pray for wisdom, zeal, and joy for the work. God has ordained the family for this purpose, we should not neglect it and depend on the church to do it for us. Fathers, we will stand in judgement for this role, not youth pastors. I pray for us and for the men of God’s church. I pray for awakening, for revival, for zeal, and for joy among the fathers of the church in this regard.

Read Psalm 78, Psalm 127, Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:6-7, and ‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:4

Every day [faithful members of the church] are bombarded with false claims [“by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:14)] Without a firm conviction in God’s Word, they face these challenges unprepared. [The Saints] need the best training our churches can offer from shepherds [“and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:11,12) so that fathers are equipped to “bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)]

“We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. 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; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.”

Psalm‬ ‭78:4-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/psa.78.4-8.esv

Reform the Church and ReEnchant the World with God’s Truth and Grace!

Enchant (latin: encantio): to speak meaning into.

If the church is not reenchanting this fallen world with God’s truth and grace, then it is being disenchanted with the lies of Satan!

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Romans 10:14-15

Prayer, public witness of the church, and proclaiming God’s truth and grace.

Why are we here (in this sin fallen world)? 
To bear witness to God and His truth and grace. 
To make disciples of all nations.
Matthew 28:18-20

Why are we here (on the sidewalk outside an abortion clinic)? 
To bear witness to God and His truth and grace. 
To love the captive soul and to preach the good news!
Romans 10:14-15

What message are we sharing and bearing witness to? 
There is a God that created the heavens and the earth.
That we are sinners and justly deserve our due punishment.
But God is merciful and loving. 
Jesus is God the only begotten Son and He took our punishment upon Himself in our place.
Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death and securing the hope of our salvation.
We need only confess our sins, proclaim Jesus is lord and savior, and repent and we will be forgiven our sins and have life ever after!
Romans 3:10-18, 23
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
John 3:16-21
Ephesians 2:1-10

Leviticus 18:21; Matt. 5:17-19; Acts 2:37-41

Household Prayer 11/17/2020

“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 – #AwakeAmerica2020https://www.awakeamerica2020.com

Brothers, today my prayer thought comes from the book “By what standard? God’s world… God’s rules” from Founders Ministries. Chapter 1 is titled “Hollow and deceptive philosophies,” and walks through Colossians 2:6-10. So, my prayer is that by the education and instruction of our children we prepare them to live in and evaluate this world from God’s standard. I pray that our children will come to understand that the powers of this world seek to take us captive to godless ideologies, and I pray that they would be alert and rooted in Christ Jesus! Lord Jesus, bring them to a saving faith and fill them with the Holy Spirit.

Read Colossians 2:6-10

By What Standard? God’s World… God’s Rules” by Founders Ministries https://press.founders.org/shop/by-what-standard-gods-world-gods-rules/

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.”

Colossians‬ ‭2:6-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/col.2.6-10.esv

Reform the Church and ReEnchant the World with God’s Truth and Grace!

Enchant (latin: encantio): to speak meaning into.

If the church is not reenchanting this fallen world with God’s truth and grace, then it is being disenchanted with the lies of Satan!

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Romans 10:14-15

Prayer, public witness of the church, and proclaiming God’s truth and grace.

Why are we here (in this sin fallen world)? 
To bear witness to God and His truth and grace. 
To make disciples of all nations.
Matthew 28:18-20

Why are we here (on the sidewalk outside an abortion clinic)? 
To bear witness to God and His truth and grace. 
To love the captive soul and to preach the good news!
Romans 10:14-15

What message are we sharing and bearing witness to? 
There is a God that created the heavens and the earth.
That we are sinners and justly deserve our due punishment.
But God is merciful and loving. 
Jesus is God the only begotten Son and He took our punishment upon Himself in our place.
Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death and securing the hope of our salvation.
We need only confess our sins, proclaim Jesus is lord and savior, and repent and we will be forgiven our sins and have life ever after!
Romans 3:10-18, 23
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
John 3:16-21
Ephesians 2:1-10

Leviticus 18:21; Matt. 5:17-19; Acts 2:37-41

Election 2020 – Church Wake Up, Get Busy, and Rejoice!

“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 – #AwakeAmerica2020https://www.awakeamerica2020.com

I really enjoyed this analysis of the 2020 Election. Link below…

In particular, the call to Christians to “get busy!”

Some key points:

Build!

Be builders and makers.

“Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/jer.29.5.esv

Be fruitful!

Birth rates matter, and Christians have a mandate from God.

“Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/jer.29.6.esv

Establish Households!

I’m adding this as the broader collective of building, multiplying, and instructing from Genesis 1:27-28, Jeremiah 29:4-7 and Psalm 127.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.””
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:27-28‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/gen.1.27-28.esv

Instruct your children!

Prepare them to be the leaders, witnesses, disciple makers of the future! “Don’t be breeders for Babylon!”

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭127:3-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/psa.127.3-5.esv

“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 ‭6:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/deu.6.6-7.esv

“but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/mat.19.14.esv

“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

“Go and make disciples!”

They don’t mention it, and I think it’s probably because it should go with out saying, but Christians must be about making disciples. It isn’t a debatable matter.

“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 ‭28:19-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/mat.28.19-20.esv

Be joyful in the fight!

Our King has won! He is on His throne! We are His ambassadors in this fallen world. So rejoice! Even if it feels like we are losing some political or cultural battle, rejoice!

“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

Reform the Church and ReEnchant the World with God’s Truth and Grace!

Enchant (latin: encantio): to speak meaning into.

If the church is not reenchanting this fallen world with God’s truth and grace, then it is being disenchanted with the lies of Satan!

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Romans 10:14-15

Prayer, public witness of the church, and proclaiming God’s truth and grace.

Why are we here (in this sin fallen world)? 
To bear witness to God and His truth and grace. 
To make disciples of all nations.
Matthew 28:18-20

Why are we here (on the sidewalk outside an abortion clinic)? 
To bear witness to God and His truth and grace. 
To love the captive soul and to preach the good news!
Romans 10:14-15

What message are we sharing and bearing witness to? 
There is a God that created the heavens and the earth.
That we are sinners and justly deserve our due punishment.
But God is merciful and loving. 
Jesus is God the only begotten Son and He took our punishment upon Himself in our place.
Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death and securing the hope of our salvation.
We need only confess our sins, proclaim Jesus is lord and savior, and repent and we will be forgiven our sins and have life ever after!
Romans 3:10-18, 23
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
John 3:16-21
Ephesians 2:1-10

Leviticus 18:21; Matt. 5:17-19; Acts 2:37-41

Household Prayer 11/09/2020

“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 – #AwakeAmerica2020https://www.awakeamerica2020.com

“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://ministry.family.blog/2020/09/03/marx-vs-spurgeon/


Brothers, Let’s pray with ICHE this week for grace, energy, and endurance to pass on a Godly legacy. Pray that we, our spouses, the tutors, and all of our community’s families will continue into the new year with God’s grace and endurance instructing and discipling our children, shaping them like arrows to be launched into the future for God. https://iche.org/resource/blog/fill’er

Read Psalm 127.

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.”

Psalm‬ ‭127:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/psa.127.4.esv

Reform the Church and ReEnchant the World with God’s Truth and Grace!

Enchant (latin: encantio): to speak meaning into.

If the church is not reenchanting this fallen world with God’s truth and grace, then it is being disenchanted with the lies of Satan!

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
Romans 10:14-15

Prayer, public witness of the church, and proclaiming God’s truth and grace.

Why are we here (in this sin fallen world)? 
To bear witness to God and His truth and grace. 
To make disciples of all nations.
Matthew 28:18-20

Why are we here (on the sidewalk outside an abortion clinic)? 
To bear witness to God and His truth and grace. 
To love the captive soul and to preach the good news!
Romans 10:14-15

What message are we sharing and bearing witness to? 
There is a God that created the heavens and the earth.
That we are sinners and justly deserve our due punishment.
But God is merciful and loving. 
Jesus is God the only begotten Son and He took our punishment upon Himself in our place.
Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death and securing the hope of our salvation.
We need only confess our sins, proclaim Jesus is lord and savior, and repent and we will be forgiven our sins and have life ever after!
Romans 3:10-18, 23
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
John 3:16-21
Ephesians 2:1-10

Leviticus 18:21; Matt. 5:17-19; Acts 2:37-41

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 10/19/2020

“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 – #AwakeAmerica2020https://www.awakeamerica2020.com

Brothers, let’s pray for the larger Bethany CC community this week. For good health as we enter cold and flu season. Pray for successful logistics around the holidays. Pray for the fruit of the Spirit to dwell in our households and our community: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. And that our community and families would bear witness to God. (Gal. 5:22-24)

40 Days for Life Family Prayer Vigil
Friday Oct. 23 at Noon, Planned Parenthood
2709 N Knoxville Ave, corner of Knoxville and Hanssler Place.

Backup up plan in case of bad weather: meet at the Dobra’s and we will pray together, and try again on Friday Oct. 30.

Prayer, public witness of the church, and proclaiming God’s truth and grace. Also a good time for family instruction and discipleship!

Why are we here (in this sin fallen world)?
To bear witness to God and His truth and grace.
To make disciples of all nations.
Matthew 28:18-20

Why are we here (on the sidewalk outside an abortion clinic)?
To bear witness to God and His truth and grace.
To love the captive soul and to preach the good news!
Romans 10:14-15

What message are we sharing and bearing witness to?
There is a God that created the heavens and the earth.
That we are sinners and justly deserve our due punishment.
But God is merciful and loving.
Jesus is God the only begotten Son and He took our punishment upon Himself in our place.
Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death and securing the hope of our salvation.
We need only confess our sins, proclaim Jesus is lord and savior, and repent and we will be forgiven our sins and have life ever after!
Romans 3:10-18, 23
1 Corinthians 15:3-8
John 3:16-21
Ephesians 2:1-10

Read Romans‬ ‭10:13-15

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.””

Mark‬ ‭1:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/mrk.1.14-15.esv

“For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!””

Romans‬ ‭10:13-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/rom.10.13-15.esv

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 10/14/2020

“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 – #AwakeAmerica2020https://www.awakeamerica2020.com


Brothers, 2 prayer thoughts this week.

First, that our children would find their value and self esteem in God. I pray that our children understand that they are actually God’s workmanship, that they are actually created in Christ Jesus, and that God has actually created them for good works that God prepared for them! (Eph. 2:10)

Second, that we would not depend on the church to disciple our children, as good as church youth programs are, but I pray that we would discipline, instruct, disciple, and model the Christian walk with God in our lives before our children. (Eph. 4:1-6:4) I pray that they would see us carrying out the great commission as we teach them “to observe all that” Christ has commanded us. And I pray that God would use them in mighty ways for His kingdom in the future. (Matt. 28:18-20)

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/eph.2.10.esv

Teaching resource: “In an effort to combat America’s rampant biblical illiteracy, Family Research Council has launched the Biblical Worldview Series. The series debuted earlier this year and is currently comprised of four publications that explain in accessible, straightforward terms how Christians can think biblically about some of the most pressing and controversial issues they face today.” FRC.org/worldview


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 10/6/2020

“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 – #AwakeAmerica2020https://www.awakeamerica2020.com

This morning I was reading about “information warfare” for work. I thought about how Satan’s lies against God’s truth were the original information warfare. “Did God actually say…?” (Gen. 3:1)

So I wanted to pray that our children would be filled with the Holy Spirit and “the divine power to destroy strongholds.” That we would pass on our love of God and equip them through instruction so that they may “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)

Heavenly Father, help us by Your Holy Spirit, to be examples to our children in prayer, in love, in evangelism, and in our handling of God’s word. To instruct them and equip them for the work you have prepared for them. (Eph. 2:10)

Read 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”

2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:4-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/2co.10.4-6.esv

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 9/30/2020

“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 – #AwakeAmerica2020https://www.awakeamerica2020.com

Brothers, let’s pray for our families as we love and labor instructing and discipling our children.

Pray for our children, that they may receive the Holy Spirit so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith.

Pray that our children, our spouses, and we ourselves may have the strength “to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth” of Christ’s love.

Read Eph. 3:14-21

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

Ephesians‬ ‭3:14-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/59/eph.3.14-21.esv

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 9/22/2020

“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 – #AwakeAmerica2020https://www.awakeamerica2020.com

There are a few events happening locally and nationally. So lets focus this week on family and national revival.

Pray that a real spiritual and familial revival will take place in our homes, churches, and America even as the nation seeks to redefine God’s plan for the family. Pray for there to be an increased dependence upon God the Father as we lead our children spiritually, emotionally, physically and academically.

Read Ezra’s prayer of repentance, Ezra 9:6-15.

Pray that a real spiritual and familial revival will take place in America even as the nation seeks to redefine God’s plan for the family.

And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.–Ezra 9:8 (NKJV)

The living, the living, he thanks you, as I do this day; the father makes known to the children your faithfulness. –Is. 38:19

ICHE

Events This Week

40 Days for Life

Tonight, 9/22, is the kick-off for the fall 40 Days for Life prayer vigil!

Peoria campaign details here https://www.40daysforlife.com/peoria

Memorial to the lost children. Peoria 2019

Illinois United in Prayer

This weekend, Saturday September 26, there is a Illinois United in Prayer event in Springfield.
11:00AM – 1:00PM
Lincoln statue on east side of Capitol 301 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL
https://illinoisfamily.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/United-in-Prayer_flier.pdf

The Body of Christ in Illinois coming together in prayer, humility, and repentance as we seek spiritual awakening in our land, and revival in the Church of Jesus Christ. Establishing A Oneness in the Body of Christ, through prayer, that releases Kingdom Authority in Illinois.

Prayer March 2020

Pray for America from wherever you are as Franklin Graham leads a nationwide prayer march in Washington, D.C. The 1.8-mile march through the National Mall stops at key locations from the Lincoln Memorial to U.S. Capitol.

Date: September 26
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Starting Location: Lincoln Memorial
Distance: 1.8 miles

Together, let’s seek God’s forgiveness, healing and intervention in our divided nation.

Watch Live: Prayer March 2020 https://prayermarch2020.com/live/

Pray that God does not leave His church sleeping!

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 9/15/2020

“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 – #AwakeAmerica2020https://www.awakeamerica2020.com

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/