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Day Seven of Praying for our Children

Prayer for our Kids Day 7 – Justicejustice

“God, help my children to love justice as You do and to ‘act justly’ in all they do” (Psalm 11:7; Micah 6:8).

Justice – something we all want, preach, encourage yet it is hard to live out. We live in a sinful world where white lies aren’t a big deal, where so many believe that it’s okay to rob from the rich to give to the poor. It’s more important to look out for yourself, even if it hurts others, right? Wrong. God is just and we are all called to act justly.

According to dictionary.com, justice is the quality of being just, rightfulness, lawfulness or righteousness. Those are all strong, powerful words. It’s easy to talk about them, much harder to live them out. They apply to every area of life. Living rightful or righteous affects each and every choice we make. How we talk and act, how we treat people, or talk about people (or maybe how we don’t talk about people).

When I start thinking about justice and what it looks like in my life and the importance of living justly I am so thankful for the gift and power of prayer. I am so thankful that justice isn’t something I am left to achieve on my own. Jesus came before us and died for our forgiveness. Through the Holy Spirit we have His presence in us, to help, and guide us. It is achievable through HIM.

Guest Post- Rachel Theobald

Persecution in the U.S.? Hardly compared to Iran. Please read.

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is in prison in Iran for apostasy.  He is scheduled to be executed for not adhering to Islamic law, unless he recants his faith in Jesus Christ, he will be the first Christian executed in Iran since 1990. 

This is outrageous.  You can do something to stop it.  Presently a stay of execution has been ordered.  However, more pressure must  be put on the Iranian government in order to keep our brother in Christ alive doing what he was built for.  Please make your voice heard, both in Congress and before the throne of our Heavenly Father.

A Washington Post article concerning this situation can be found here.
Congressman John Boehner issued the following statement here.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide has this article regarding Pastor Youcef.
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback tweeted the following message: IRAN:Pastor Yousef #Nadarkhani is about to be executed for his faith.Please protest this! http://bit.ly/mQ0FDv

The following letter was written by Pastor Yousef Nadarkhanito his church in June 2010.  It was translated from Farsi to English.  Simultaneously, my heart was encouraged and distraught.  Encouraged because I believe in a big God who wants his word preached in such a dark place.  Encouraged because we can have a part in the saving of a life for the Kingdom.  Distraught because of the wickedness that dwells on our planet.  Distraught at how easy folks fall away in the U.S.A. from Christ, church, family, and relationships for much, much less compared to this.  Help us Lord.

Dear brothers and sisters, Salam

In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am continuously seeking grace and mercy to you, that you remember me and those who are bearing efforts for his name in your prayers. Your loyalty to God is the cause of my strength and encouragement.

For I know well that you will be rewarded; as it’s stated: blessed is the one who has faith, for what has been said to him by God, will be carried out. As we believe, heaven and earth will fade but his word will still remain.

Dear beloved ones, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few verses, although you might know them, So that in everything, you give more effort than the past, both to prove your election, and for the sake of Gospel that is to be preached to the entire world as well.

I know that not all of us are granted to keep this word, but to those who are granted this power and this revelation, I announce the same as Jude, earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered to the saints.

We are passing by special and sensitive days.They are days that for an alert and awake believer can be days of spiritual growth and progress. Because for him, more than any other time there is the possibility to compare his faith with the word of God, have God’s promises in mind, and survey his faith.

Therefore he (the true believer) does not need to wonder for the fiery trial that has been set on for him as though it were something unusual, but it pleases him to participate in Christ’s suffering. Because the believer knows he will rejoice in his glory.

Dears, the “ judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

Therefore those who are enduring burdens by the will of God, commit their souls to the faithful Creator. Promises that he has given us, are unique and precious. As we’ve heard he has said: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”

How can it be possible for a believer to understand these words?

Not only when he is focusing on Jesus Christ with adapting his life according to the life Jesus lived when he was on earth? As it is said ” O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.”

Have we not read and heard: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Many attempt to flee from their spiritual tests, and they have to face those same tests in a more difficult manner, because no one will be victorious by escaping from them, but with patience and humility he will be able to overcome all the tests, and gain victory.

Therefore in the place of Christ’s followers, we must not feel desperate, but we have to pray to God in supplication with more passion to help us with any assistance we may need.

According to what Paul has said: In every temptation, God himself will make a way for us to tolerate it.

O beloved ones, difficulties do not weaken mankind, but they reveal the true human nature.

It will be good for us to occasionally face persecutions and abnormalities, since these abnormalities will persuade us to search our hearts, and to survey ourselves. So as a result, we conclude that troubles are difficult, but usually good and useful to build us.

Dear brothers and sisters, we must be more careful than any other time. Because in these days, the hearts and thoughts of many are revealed, so that the faith is tested. May your treasure be where there is no moth and rust.

I would like to remind you of some verses that we nearly discuss everyday, (Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.) but as long as our human will has priority over God’s will, his will will not be done.

As we have learned from him in Gethsemane, he surrendered his will to the father, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

What we are bearing today, is a difficult but not unbearable situation, because neither he has tested us more than our faith and our endurance, nor does he do as such. And as we have known from before, we must beware not to fail, but to advance in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, And consider these bumps and prisons as opportunities to testify to his name. He said: If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

As a small servant, necessarily in prison to carry out what I must do, I say with faith in the word of God that he will come soon.”However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Discipline yourself with faith in the word of God. Retain your souls with patience. For there is no man that doeth anything in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly.

May you are granted grace and blessings increasingly in the name of Lord Jesus Christ.

Yusef Nadarkhani
Lakan Prison in Rasht
2/June/2010

67th Day-O, where’d my ‘A’ go? (Hab 1:1- Zech 10:12)

I went ahead and ripped through the rest of Zechariah and Malachi.  Hard to believe we knocked out that much reading in 67 days!  Quite an accomplishment with everything else going on in life.  Stay faithful friends and saints.  The riches of reading all of God’s words far outweigh any knowledge and satisfaction gained from watching Celebrity Apprentice.

 Just a few books to highlight and we are moving on to the New Testament~~

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thirty ninth day of 2011 B90X (Job 42:1- Psalm 24:10)

In reflecting on the issues of theodicy and the book of Job we finished today, I want you all to be sure and reread the paragraph from yesterday’s email beginning with the words, “Both Job and his friends believe…”  With so many raging debates regarding God and Evil, why is there evil?, the justice, fairness, and wisdom of God~ it is imperative for us to have an healthy view of this issue.  More times than not, these kinds of debates end in hurt feelings, unanswered questions, and even more questions than when the debate started.  The thing to remember is, how will any of these discussions draw me closer to Father?  If they don’t, then they should not be engaged.  Father wants us to trust Him.  As the writer in the synopsis from yesterday wrote, “The conclusion of the matter and the point the book intends to make is that the world is too complex for us to be able to have all the information that we would need to affirm that God is just.  We do have enough, however, to affirm that He is wise.  If we believe He is wise, then we can believe He is just.”  Our finite minds, even at the highest level of knowledge and intelligence don’t have a comprehension of all that the Triune God has, therefore, all the arguing and fixating on opinions and positions are such a waste of time and breath.  Stay innocent my friends.
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Day 38 (Job 25:1-41:34)

Job cries out to God.

Good Eventide Lords and Ladies~

 Just to clear up one point of confusion– the main point to Fellowship February is to strengthen the level of community at CRBC.  The idea is to spend time with someone, couple, or family from CRBC in order to create a higher level of friendship, love, and comradery. 

 A have to confess, I got to chapter 32 of Job and completely changed my mind about the book.  I was not to keen on it early on.  Probably the bad press Job’s three friends dish out.  Job’s friend Elihu is cut from a different bolt of cloth.  Then when Ch. 38 rolled around, I felt the size of a pea.  Jeepers.  What a mighty God we serve, eh?
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