7 Days Without Prayer Makes One Weak


Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

James 5:16


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. For the third or fourth time in last year or so, this church -about one mile from my home in Greensboro NC- has put a smile on my face!

As we learned in the New Testament verse above, the ineffectual, unfervent prayer of an ungodly man availeth little.  In Luke 11 Jesus teaches us how to pray and reminds us of the doors he can open if we simply ‘ask’.  A praying Christian need not be weak, but should ‘renew their strength’ by waiting on the Lord.

  • Prayer does change things. Don’t go a whole week without praying to your personal Savior.  I am a living witness to answered prayers! Please strive to make prayer and praise a regular part of your spiritual life.

Pray for those impacted by Hurricane Irma and Harvey.  Pray for those killed or injured in the Charlottesville VA rallies last month (and their families). Pray for the 800,000 Dreamers (immigrants) whose DACA protection is now at risk.


But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strengthThey shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. 

Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

 



Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer (Luke 11)

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples. ”He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father,hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.And lead us not into temptation.’ ”

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacityhe will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Luke 11:1-10 (NIV)


 

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Jesus: He’ll Do It for You, Suddenly

I want to tell you about a man named Jesus.

I don’t care what you need, he will do it – suddenly

It don’t take all day, all night,

but he will do it suddenly

 

I find the ad libs by Vanessa Bell Armstrong to be quite powerful! Backed by a great choir, this song’s ad libs alone give new meaning to the 3 scriptures cited below. The lyrics, to be featured in Part 2 of this post, are simple but powerful too.

The lead singer adds a vibrant dimension to “Suddenly” by the New Birth Total Praise Choir featuring Vanessa Bell Armstrong (Bishop Eddie L. Long, based in Atlanta GA).



Vanessa Bell Armstrong:

Now let me tell you a story, of somebody who needed a touch

They had issues, they had issues with God and they thrashed their way.  They thrashed their way through the crowd

They had to get through, but they knew, if I can just touch the hem of his garment

If I can just touch . . . I’d be made whole, yeah . . .

What you gotta do if you need a touch from the Lord?

Reach up! Reach up!  Yeah!

Touch Jesus, he’ll make you whole

He’ll change what it means to you. Yeah!

He’ll give you a new high

He’ll give you a new joy

Yeah, yeah, yeah!

He did it, he did it for me

When I looked around it was done

Yeah!

Hallelujah!

Yeah Yeah  Yeah Yeah!  Hey! 

Hallelujah!  Hallelujah! 

Glory! 

Thank you Jesus!



But your many enemies will become like fine dust,
the ruthless hordes like blown chaff.
Suddenly, in an instant, the Lord Almighty will come
with thunder and earthquake and great noise,
with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire

Isaiah 29: 5 – 6 NIV


To be continued

 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

Celebrate the Wonder / Howard Gospel Choir

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For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)


  • From an anointed Howard University choir

66 Assurance Way

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Who Can Renew You? (Isaiah 40)

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“To whom will you compare me?   Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.

Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars?  He brings them out one after another, calling each by its name.  And he counts them to see that none are lost or have strayed away. 

O Israel, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles?  How can you say God refuses to hear your case?  Have you never heard or understood?  Don’t you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth?  

He never grows faint or weary.  No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak.  Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up.

But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength.  They will fly high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40: 25-31 (NLT) [Emphasis added]


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Photo Credit: Art4TheGlryOfGod/flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

What Saith the Lord: Praise

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I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.

Isaiah 43:21

This people I have formed for Myself;
They shall declare My praise.

Psalm 34:1-3

I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.

Isaiah 25:1

Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago.

Psalm 148: 1-4

Praise the Lord!   Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!
Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!
Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
And you waters above the heavens!


 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way

  Photo credit: Dave King/flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Which Path Are You On?

For Christians, the ANSWER to the Question deborah ann sets forth, in the title of this poem (which I love!) should be easy.   The 5th Pillar of Christian Assurance is choosing the Right, Righteous Path.   Spiritual Empowerment (the 3rd Pillar) is the ability to STAY on the Lord’s Path of Holiness – and not ‘sight walk’.   Jesus is the Reason for the Season.   It is in him that ‘we live, move, and have our being’! (Acts 17:28)   Merry Christmas to all my Christian brethren.  Greg S.

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Road to Holiness by Luis Toro free photo 5622

There are many roads,
that are ahead of us
most will lead to doubt
some will lead to trust.

There are plenty of paths,
that we can choose to take
some will lead to heaven
most hold hell, as our fate.

They are countless avenues,
that we will come upon
most will bring us down
some will keep us pressing on.

There are many intersections,
that we will come across
some will lead straight to Jesus
most lead away from the cross.

There are many freeways,
each day to travel on . . .
but, there is only one highway
that will take us to God’s Son!

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Isaiah 35:8
King James Version

” And an highway shall be there,
and a way, and it shall be called
The way of holiness;
the unclean shall not pass over it;
but it shall be for those:
the wayfaring men, though fools,

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Jesus Is the Reason for the Season (Christmas)

Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

Isaiah 32:1-2


  • During the weeks leading up to Christmas, let us not forget the REASON for the Season . . .

“Jesus is the Reason, for the Season.
Yes,  yes he is, Oh yes he is, yeah!”



LYRICS


Kirk Franklin

  • “Jesus Is The Reason For The Season” (2007)