A Christian response to those who say they want more than “Thoughts and Prayers” after school shootings.

Do you want more than thoughts and prayers? Then get out of our way.

Matthew 23:37
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”

It seems that an increasing number of politicians and public figures say they are tired of hearing that “our thoughts and prayers” are with the families of school shootings. They say that more needs to be done. I agree.

Prayer is part of the solution. I believe in the power prayer. It moves the hand of God in the world and the heart of those who pray. We will continue to pray for the families affected by these tragedies. It is our right and privilege to do so. However, the same people that say they’re tired of our thoughts and prayers are usually the same people that are keeping Christians from doing more to help.

It is well-documented that the secular coup of the public school system has been disastrous. Public schools began in church buildings. The first school books were filled with Christian concepts and Bible verses. There has been a concerted effort to remove God from the classroom and public arena. In 1963 the Supreme Court established a prohibition on “state-sponsored prayer” in US schools. That decision has been the foundation of the continued effort to remove any positive influence of Jehovah and His Son in schools. The school system has been in decline since they kicked out the Bible and prayer. The US school system is now a mission field.

Some of you are jumping out of your seat right now citing the Establishment Clause. Sit back down. A nonsensical and unhistorical interpretation of the First Amendment of the Constitution has become the weapon of choice among the enemies of God to remove His influence from our government. Study genuine US history. This amendment was not added to protect the government from churches, but to protect the churches from the government. Christianity was not only allowed in American government; it was clearly preferred over other religions for much of our history. You don’t hear that very often do you?

We would tell children God loves them, but you insist on teaching them that there is no God.

God cares more for these children than we can conceive. He wants them to be protected. Yet, He has been (more…)

10 Proven Practices to Develop a Heart of Ministry in Children

Every parent wants their children to succeed.  Every Christian parent wants their children to follow the Lord.  How do we develop a heart of ministry service in our children?  Here are ten powerful tips.

Developing a heart of ministry in children

Child rearing is one of the most important jobs on the planet.  We only get one chance to raise our children.  Before we know it, they will be adults themselves.  I am not an expert on child rearing.  I have my hands full with my children.  My child rearing philosophy is simple.  “Obey God the best you can and beg Him to make up the difference.”  This article is born out of my personal search of the Scriptures to be a better parent for my children and to help the families of our church.  I hope it can help you as well.

I rebel against the idea that children and teens are expected to be petty and selfish.  I believe that children reared in Christian homes have the opportunity to be an example of what a believer should be.  1 Tim 4:12  A happy Christian, adult or child, will have a servant’s heart.  The heart of ministry is a vital component of Christlikeness.  May our children have a heart to serve God!

1. Seek Their True Salvation.

John 3:3   Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Every Christian parent wants their children to be saved.  Yet, (more…)

5 ways to Respond Appropriately to God’s blessings

Rendering Proper Praise

Our God is kind and generous! He blesses us with numerous benefits. How do you respond to these blessings? Your response matters to the Lord. Let’s see what God teaches us about King Hezekiah.

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2 Chronicles 32:24–26
“In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign. But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem. Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.”

Hezekiah was a good king. He brought revival to Israel and led the people to follow Jehovah again. The Lord blessed his obedience greatly. God won the impossible victory against the large Assyrian army and vicious king Sennacherib through the prayers of Isaiah and Hezekiah. 2 Chronicles 32:20-22 Furthermore, the Lord magnified Hezekiah in the sight of the people, protected him from his enemies and enriched him financially. Truly, we serve a generous and compassionate God! (more…)

Psalm 102 – A Prayer of the Afflicted

3 steps to overcoming the worst trials of life

Affliction is defined as “The cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness, losses, calamity, adversity, persecution” in Webster’s 1828 dictionary. There is a big difference between the effects of short-term trials and long-term afflictions. Psalm 102 will help your faith to flourish during the most difficult times of life.

The Cry of the Afflicted

Psalm 102:1–2, 24

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry come unto thee. Hide not thy face from me In the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: In the day when I call answer me speedily. I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: Thy years are throughout all generations.”

Affliction causes us to cry out to the Lord. Where else can you go when your heart is breaking? (more…)

Praying for Deliverance

Psalm 34:17

The righteous cry. The Lord hears. God states it as fact because it is a fact. The Lord hears your prayers! His boundless compassion is moved at your voice. His Father’s heart loves to deliver His children. Did you pray for deliverance today?

Praying for Deliverance

“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, And delivereth
them out of all their troubles.”
Psalm 34:17

Deliverance!  This is the goal of prayer.  We pray because we need God to do something for us or someone else.  We pray when we have a need that is beyond our ability.  Truly, one of the crucial attributes of prevailing prayer is urgency.  Desperation is a strong catalyst to pray.  It is easy to pray fervently when the house is being foreclosed, the car is being repossessed, a devastating accusation has been leveled, the cupboards are bare, or a loved one is teetering between life and death.  In these cases we cry out for deliverance with great passion and emotion because the need is so great.  Rest in the fact that God is greater than any problem you will face.  He can deliver you!
However, you need not wait until these terrible situations to ask God for deliverance.  Truly, we need God desperately every day.  Without Him we can do nothing!  Without Him we cannot move or breath.  Our very existence depends upon His gracious care.
The Lord can deliver us from ALL our troubles.  Take your smallest needs to Him.  Although you may not be aware of it, you need Him as much today as you would on your worst day.  Do you understand how much you need God today?  Pride tells us that we have life under control.  We aren’t doing so bad.  We deceive ourselves! Oh, how we need the touch of God every day!  Walk with Him daily.  Pray to Him in faith.  Be desperate for His favor in your life.  His deliverance will come.  He may deliver you from the storm or He may give you peace in the midst of it.  Either way you will know that there is a God in Heaven and that He has delivered you.