Monday, December 13, 2010

Dear Congress Men and Women

Are these verses from the pen of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah fit for today...and tomorrow...and as long as there are politicians intent on imposing their perverse will on the heads of the people? You decide.

Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees,

and the writers who keep writing oppression,
to turn aside the needy from justice
and to rob the poor of my people of their right,
that widows may be their spoil,
and that they may make the fatherless their prey!
What will you do on the day of punishment,
in the ruin that will come from afar?
To whom will you flee for help,
and where will you leave your wealth?
Nothing remains but to crouch among the prisoners
or fall among the slain.
For all this his anger has not turned away,
and his hand is stretched out still.

(Isaiah 10:1-4 ESV)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Does Islam Know of This Verse? Do They Care?

Radical called...believe they are called to terrorize the world into believing as they believe and would destroy all who would disagree, debate, or depart from the faith.
Evidently they either do not know of this verse; or perhaps they misapply, misinterpret...or worse yet...ignore it all together.
Here is the verse as found in the Quran and Hadith: [Surah 10:99] "If it had been thy Lord's will, they would all have believed--all who are on earth! Wilt thou then compel mankind, against their will, to believe?"
Many in Islam cannot read and they trust those who tell them what is true when it may not be true. What would be the motive of submerging this verse from the hearts and minds of believers in the world wide nation of Islam? I do not know.
Blessings on all Muslims who read, understand, and live according to Surah 10:99. "Wilt thou..." e.c.

Monday, December 6, 2010

For a Time, a Final Post

Hello dear follower(s); It is with a heavy heart....sorry, wrong speech....Ahem: I have accepted the task of helping to write a textbook for freshman dental students; Christian Ethics for Dentists.
Many days I spend an hour or more thinking, writing, revising, etc., the content of each post. While I am working on the book and Power Point project I feel I need that hour in the morning. It's getting harder to clearly see the computer screen and by early afternoon I have to stop. Therefore, I feel compelled to pause a project that has gone on since 2008. Blessings to all who have read, commented, and connected from near and afar.
But I promise......there will be more....anon. Blessings. e.c.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Power of Prayer...Daniel 9 and 10

Earlier I commented on Daniel and his prayer recorded in chapter nine verses 1-19. It is a powerful prayer and in my opinion, represents an "ought-to-be" model of prayer for God's people in these end times. In verses 20-22 we read that Gabriel was sent in answer to Daniel's prayer. But there is a second answer, and that too is very interesting because of who comes to speak to Daniel. We read about that in chapter ten.
The scene takes place on the shore of the Tigris River: "I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude." [Daniel 10:5, 6].
If this description sounds familiar it is because it is. Listen to John in Revelation 1:12-15..."Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters."
What Daniel writes in verses 11 and 12 of chapter ten I find thrilling and inspiring: "And he said to me, "O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you." 'While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. Then he said to me.' "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words."
Daniel's words...his prayers...his humility and strong desire to understand were the key that brought the answers to his questioning. Is it any different for God's people today? Of course not.
If God's people will humble themselves in repentance, asking forgiveness for their self reliance and self righteousness, they will have what they seek as they plead for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit: "...I have come because of your words!"
Make it so, Lord. e.c.