As Shots Ring Out: Hope despite Scary Times

On Friday, the 20th of November, shots rang out in a mall close to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Eight people were injured: one teen and seven adults. The people cowered in fear, afraid that this “reaction to an altercation” would do them in (source).

Meanwhile, those in Nigeria are being ran out of home and villages or being put under Boko Haram law enforcement, terrorists brandishing their weapons and scaring all who come into contact with them.

What do these two have in common? Violence and fear. It’s worldwide; people face it every day. This is not about guns—people felt the fear and oppression of men long before guns were created.

Jesus came to give life to the full (John 10:10). Satan comes to smother us with fear over anything and everything, while keeping those in danger hiding and under oppression.

But, without the use of ammunition and guns, swords and fists, our God fights for us. He fought the fight against sin and death at Calvary, and has given us victory after victory!

But, without the use of ammunition and guns, swords and fists, our God fights for us.

Friends, loved ones, please remember this truth: Though the times are scary, Jesus defends us—and tells us not to fear. He even gives us His Peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
(John 14:27, NIV)

He fought the fight against sin and death at Calvary!

Much about the future is unknown, but Jesus is faithful. May we remember that as we move into the Holiday season, COVID, and yes—even during shootings.


Do you know Jesus?

As stated above, Christ came that we might have life, and life abundantly. Learn more about what Jesus has done, and why it concerns you, here.


Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here, if you like to write out your prayers like me):

  • Those who were injured by the shooter on Friday.
  • Those who were scared and affected by the shooting.
  • Those who live under Sharia law
  • Those under Boko Haram

The Moral Failing of Carl Lentz

I come to you with a heavy heart tonight. I have learned about the recent accusations made toward one of Hillsong Church’s former pastors, Carl Lentz. Apparently, this man was fired by Hillsong’s lead pastor, Brian Houston, after “leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures” (source). Laura Lentz, his wife, was also on Hillsong staff and was fired.

This tugs on my heart so much. Moral failure and disobedience toward Christ has now deeply hurt Lentz’ family, as well as his church family. Guys, the world is coming to an end; things will only get more and more dark. But instead of gossiping and shaming Lentz for his sins, we need to be lifting up this man and his family—who are supposed to be the most important people in his life.

We need to be lifting up this man and his family.

My heart is heavy, but I know that we can give this to Christ. Please pray with me for this man and his family.

“Dear Lord Jesus,
It hurts my heart to see such destruction happen after such a moral failing. It reminds us that we MUST stay close to You as the world gets darker and darker, its morality becoming darker and darker by the minute. Please bring Carl and Laura closer to You through this experience, and repair the wreckage that has been done. Heal his family, Jesus, and bring about restoration where the enemy meant death and destruction. We give this family to You now.
In Your Precious Name we pray,
Amen.”

Let’s continue to pray over Hillsong, the Houston family, and everyone involved in this ministry. May Jesus uncover all that is in the dark, and bring all sin and evil to light, as only He can do.


Do you know Jesus?

Jesus Christ died for all people, to forgive the world’s sins (1 John 2:2). Learn more about His completely free offering of salvation and eternal life here.

HAPPY VETERAN’S DAY!

Thank you to every person who went to war for our freedom!
Let’s be praying for our Vets today.


Do you know Jesus?

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”
(John 15:13, NIV). Jesus showed us the ultimate expression of this passage when He came to earth to die for our sins. Learn more about Jesus, and His Mission, here.

Friend, are you feeling downtrodden today, like the world has no sense of justice? Read this from a commentary of Nahum:

“…At times it seems as thought the violators succeed– no whistles blow, no fouls are called, and the individual dictators rule. The truth is, however, that ultimately justice will be served in the world. God will settle all accounts.”

“Any nation that mistreats people who obey God will be punished, regardless of how invincible they appear.”
— Commentary on Obadiah 21

112: a Poem for Those Left in Captivity

Today, please pray with me for the 112 young women who are still held captive by Boko Haram. The public does not know their whereabouts; all we can do is pray for their safety, healing, and freedom. Please pray alongside me as I write this poem:

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Prayer Request: School in Kenya

I have gotten a prayer request through email, and I wanted to share it with all of you:

Please pray that God will provide all resources needed to build our
christian orphan school,Camp David Green Academy in Kenya.

Please pray with me that this Christian orphan school would succeed in being built and have everything needed to run well!


Do you know Jesus?

Learn more about Christ and how He is changing lives here.


Find a prayer sheet for this school here! Please pray…

  • That God would provide all that is needed to build the school
  • That every member of faculty and students would be blessed