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11 of 40 Days of Prayer for America 10.8.12

Target: Court System
Psalm 2:10 “Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling.’

Founding Father Quote “While we are using the means in our power, let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the Universe, who loveth righteousness and hateth inequity.
-John Hancock, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, President of Congress

Prayer: Father, our judicial system has become prolific in spreading unrighteousness throughout our nation.  Your Word says that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.  Our nation is in a state of turmoil, because we have been unfaithful to follow Your commands.  Because of our foolish choices, we now have men and women with no regard for your Word in seats of judgment.  We have allowed the laws of our land to become perverted by these rulers, when we should have spoken up during local, county and national elections.  Forgive us for our silence.  We humble ourselves, Lord, and ask for Your merciful intervention.  If we are to survive as a nation, we need to change the ungodly policies that are currently in place.  Though we deserve Your judgment, we are asking for a full pardon.  We have become a nation who has turned her back on You.  We ask that, like David, You renew a right spirit within us, that you return us to the one true God of our forefathers.  May the judges and attorneys that walk the hallways of our courthouses put You first.  May the lawmakers put You first.  May Your outstretched arm once again cover us as a shield.  And may Your blessing be upon our lawmakers as they take us back to a country that is one nation under God, for the people and by the people.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

B90X2012- Refuge

I have to admit that I was a few day behind in my reading.  With all of the work that we did on the church Living Room and working on my best Mephibosheth, the days melded into one another.

The story of Mephibosheth is a short one Biblically, however the information surrounding the events of his life are prolific.

In catching up with my reading, I found myself deeply entrenched in the story of Saul and David.  It was sooooo cool reading the Psalms David wrote quickly after he managed to elude Saul and his army.   Unless you are super-privy to which Psalm is written when historically and chronologically, one can just read through the Psalms and not really pay much attention.

As I read the historical account then bounced to the psalmist account of the same incidents, I found the correlations fascinating.

There was a word which seemed to pop up in Psalms more than any other word, not by empirical evidence, just familiar sacredness.  The word and idea was “refuge.”

Refuge has its origins in the cities established and set-up by God as safe-havens for anyone killed someone else and needed a ‘safe’ place to hang out until the evidence and ‘trial’ took place.  As long as the action was accidental and not deliberate, the murderer was safe.  More can be read about them here.

I think that David was using the word to describe Father as one who is a place of shelter, protection, or safety, not necessarily a city of Refuge.  However, the pictorial reference is nice.

The point is that regardless of where we are in life, the only true and real place of shelter, protection, and safety is in God.  He is our only safe and secure hope in life.

LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue
me,

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Day 69. (Matt 5:1- 15:39)

Just a little reminder- Daylight savings time change this Saturday night.  Unfortunately, an hour loss of beauty sleep as we move our clocks ahead an hour
 
This Sunday- Refugestarts.  Yes.  We will be commissioning Pastor Caleb a.k.a. Pastor K-lub, Pastor Chone, or PK.  If you have families in your sphere of influence who have 6-8th graders, not fully planted in a local church community, give them a shout, invite them to church, meet them on Sunday morning, introduce them to PK, have a great time, and head to Castle Cafe afterwards for some awesome Chicken Fried Chicken and cracklin’ gravy.  We are so looking forward to this.  Folks have been praying.
 
Matthew- Just when we thought we were getting away from the Old Testament when we saw the New Testament starting…. wrong-O.  We started the book of Matthew with all sorts of names from the Old Testament, references to the Exile, and major references to men like David and Solomon.  And that is all just in the first half of the first chapter.

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Sixty-sixth day of B90X (Amos 9:11- Nahum 3:19)

Who says there isn’t anything good in the last twelve books of the Old Testament?  It is packed full of many verses we see on calendars, daily scripture flip charts, and encouraging verses of the day.  Yah sure there is some of the difficult stuff we don’t understand because of culture and when it happened, but who doesn’t like “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in him,” (Nahum 1:7)?  That is hopeful material!

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Day 24 B90X (2 Sa 22:19- 1 Ki 7:37)

Good morning Saints~

Thank you for sharing some of what Father is doing in your lives and hearts because of the challenge to read the Bible or fast something to start the year.  I know that Father worked something special for each of you.  Remember to continue praying for each other.  Without the detail of prayer, anything we did would have been an exercise in futility.  Otherwise our time of prayer and fasting really would have merely been a diet.
 
As I have spent the past several days working through Saul and David, the level of bloodshed has appeared greater this go round than times past.  David’s nephew, Joab, the high ranking general in the duty of David, is a ruthless dude.  He is fiercely loyal, cunning, unfalteringly obedient, and quite a warrior.  Joab was more of a highlight for me, however, killing by others as well, was more dramatic and impacting.  I have asked Father about the level of killing and think I come to some conclusions.  See if you agree.
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