IN THE FIRE

50 people killed so far1. 200 missing. 125,000 acres and 7600 homes ravaged2. The wildfires in California are beyond frightful; they are devastating nightmares.

Thousands of lives—including celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Neil Young3— have been affected for the worst. People have lost everything; from treasured family heirlooms, to pictures, to expensive houses and cars. And it’s got me thinking.

In such an event, would you lose everything? I mean, everything that mattered to you?

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
(Matthew 6:19-21, ESV)

As we pray for the people literally going through a sort of hell on earth in the Campfire Fire, Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire, let’s remember the fragility of holding onto the material items in our lives for dear life– especially if they are getting in the way of a deeper relationship with Jesus. Those things can and will quickly disappear; but the things we do in putting Christ first will stay forever.

May the people affected by these fires come to know Jesus, and be given the resilience, strength and protection needed to go through such hard times.

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Do you know Jesus?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, ESV)

satan has done much to ruin people’s lives in this world; but Jesus came to give us eternal life, among other things. Learn more about Jesus, and how He gives eternal life, here.


Please pray for…

  • Those being affected by the multiple fires blazing in California. May they be kept safe, and may the number of fatalities not go up any more. Most of all, may firefighters be aided in stopping the fires!!!

Thank you for your prayers!!!

1 https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/14/us/california-fires-camp-woolsey/index.html

2 https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/state/california/article221585875.html

3 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/13/us/celebrities-lost-homes-california-fires.html

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Veteran’s Day Prayer

 

“Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for each man and woman who has followed the call of being in the US military. Thank You for making them the exact way that they are, and for empowering them to take on such a calling as being a soldier.

We pray now over those who are suffering PTSD from their time in war. Please bring them to You, and heal them of their wounds from war. We also pray that You would protect the soldiers currently out on the battle field; and that You would help those back from their tours get back into civilian living.

Thank you for the Veterans who have gone before us, and bless our troops today, Lord Jesus.

In Your Name we pray,
Amen.”

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BREAKING: PASTOR RICK WARREN IN HOSPITAL, PLEASE PRAY

BREAKING: Pastor Rick Warren was rushed to the hospital for an emergency surgery, according to Faithwire. It is reportedly for “an intestinal condition.” He is said to be alright, and should heal up well.

Please pray for Pastor Rick, his wife Kay, and his family! Thank you!

Learn more about Jesus here.

Just A Thought

“The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion[b] like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks[c]
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.”
(Psalm 29:4-10, NIV)

Reading this passage this morning, I was struck with how huge our God is. I have been realizing lately that sometimes I put things upon myself because I feel I am responsible for them—as if I were the Holy Spirit—when in reality Jesus is BIG enough to handle those issues that really have nothing to do with me.

Read the descriptions of God’s Voice. Our God speaks—and when He speaks, it is glorious. Majestic. Powerful. Mighty. When He speaks, we may not know it is Him at first, but we can trust Him to be clear with us.

May Christ show me and give me the discernment to know where to step in, and where to just let Him take care of it. He is Mighty; may we hear His Voice more and more on a daily basis, being careful to do His Will!


Learn more about Jesus, and His Saving work for all of us, here.


Please pray for…

  • Those who do not know Jesus. May they draw near to Him, and see how REAL, Mighty, and Majestic He truly is.
  • The Chibok girls—that they would experience His Power in their lives, whether in captivity or in freedom from Boko Haram. Our God is BIG, and nothing is too much for Him!
  • Leah Sharibu. That she would trust in Jesus through this, and would be freed soon!

Thank you for your prayers!!!

Elections Today: Remember Whose in Charge!

As we vote today for those in power, let’s remember the One who truly is in power!

“In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.”
(Proverbs 21:1, NIV)

Let’s pray, united in Christ, that our nation (and every other nation) would bow to Christ our Lord—and that He would return soon!

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PS: This post is in tribute to my cousin, who is in surgery today. Please pray for his health! Thank you!
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Learn more about this Sovereign, All-Powerful God, here.

 

Honoring the Officers involved in the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Shooting

While I put up the names of, and honored, those who were killed in the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Mass Shooting, I have not put up the names of the valiant officers that helped save and secure so many in the situation.

They are:

  • Daniel Mead
  • Michael Smidga
  • Anthony Burke
  • Timothy Matson
  • John Persin
  • and Tyler Pashel

These brave men risked their own lives and came out of the situation as heroes. Unfortunately, there are some in critical condition.

As we go about our days and weeks, let’s let our officers know that we thank them for their service. May those hurt and killed in this horrendous act of hatred be remembered and cherished.

Learn more about the officers involved, here.

Learn more about what we can do to support those hurt by this shooting here.


Do you know Jesus?

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
(John 15:13, KJV)

Learn more about the One who gave it all, for all of mankind, here.