Make Friends in the Way

Glen Canyon Dam, substation (left) and bridge (in front of the dam) as seen from the south, near Page, Arizona, USA, March 2010, by Adbar. Via Wikimedia Commons. Music: “Grand Canyon Suite – On the Trail,” by Ferd Grofé, performed by Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite; Gershwin: Catfish Row, Telarc, 1987.

What’s more important: reaching a destination, or getting along with others on the journey?

Amos 3:1-15, 9:11-12; Matthew 5:21-26; Acts 15:16-18

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Victory in Time

Scotland Forever! Lady Elizabeth Thompson Butler, via Wikimedia Commons. Music: “Regimental March,” Scottish National; Pipe & Drum Corps Military Band, Music of Scotland, IndieBlu Music, 1995.

Doing what we are trained to do is good. Doing it at the right time is even better – but how do we know?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11; Luke 7:1-10; 1 Corinthians 10:23-33

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Help Beirut

Did you see what happened in Beirut on Tuesday, August 4, 2020? If you saw it, do you understand the magnitude of what happened? There are many unanswered questions, but as of now we know – 

    • 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the port of Beirut ignited and exploded with the force greater than that of the nuclear bomb that destroyed Nagasaki, Japan in 1945.
    • Hundreds are dead, thousands are injured, and thousands more are missing.
    • 300,000 people are now homeless.
    • Lebanon remains gripped by endless unrest and disaster that has kept its people in fear, despair, and great need for a generation.
    • There is a way to help.

Dr. Nabil Costa of the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD) joined us on Prayer Surge Now!  this morning to tell us about the situation he and his colleagues are facing in Beirut. If anything, it is more desperate than what you see on the news. This is the time for God’s people to provide help as we can. This is a chance for us to come together across denominational, confessional, and ethnic lines to help those who might otherwise perish. LSESD has shared a short video to help us understand:

If you are moved to help, start right now by praying for the people of Beirut and all of Lebanon. Then go to the Middle East Bible Outreach (MEBO) website and give as you are able.

via Help Beirut – MEBO

Wrestling with A Gospel of Exclusion

“Did you volunteer?” Dmitrii Orlov (aka Dmitrii Moor), Bolshevik propaganda poster, 1920, via The British Library. Music: “The Internationale,” Eugene Pottier and Pierre De Geyter, performed by Zentrales Orchester des MDI

After a century and a half, Marxists are still very effective at captivating the minds and hearts of millions. Could God’s people learn something from them?

Exodus 20:7; Mark 9:38-42; Luke 9:46-49, 11:17-23

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Brains and Hearts to Choose Life

James Cagney (center) as Tom Powers, Beryl Mercer (right) as Ma Powers, and Edward Woods (left) at Matt Doyle. From The Public Enemy, © 1931 Warner Bros. Ent. (via IMDB).

God gives us a choice between life and death. Seems simple, but is it really?

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Proverbs 14:12, 16:26; Ezekiel 33:10-11; 1 Corinthians 7:12-20

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via Brains and Hearts to Choose Life