Tag Archives: Pray

Does God Hate Haiti?

18 Jan

Two short extracts and links to blog articles addressing the Haitian earthquake. First, Mohler asks “Does God hate Haiti?

“Does God hate Haiti? God hates sin, and will punish both individual sinners and nations. But that means that every individual and every nation will be found guilty when measured by the standard of God’s perfect righteousness. God does hate sin, but if God merely hated Haiti, there would be no missionaries there; there would be no aid streaming to the nation; there would be no rescue efforts — there would be no hope.”

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Second, Dodson from Creation Project offers and expands upon these three pointers in “Responding to Haiti“.

“1. Go to God in prayer for the Haitians to encounter true, whole gospel relief and attention

2. Before putting God in the dock, remember that although we all deserve death, God has graciously given some of us life.

3. Respond intelligently and deliberately to the plight of the poor.”

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Single Guys Aren’t Busy

14 Jan

In a very interesting and thought-provoking article Bob Thune contends that unmarried men aren’t busy and can’t use busyness as an excuse for not being fully involved in their church.

“Two years ago at the Coram Deo men’s retreat, I made a statement that has lived in infamy: “If you’re single, you aren’t busy.” I was tired of single men using the excuse of “busyness” to avoid serving others and participating in the mission. Some of the single dudes took offense. After all, we have many single men at Coram Deo who are med students, law students, etc. They are busting their chops studying and trying to survive the pressure-cooker of post-graduate work. So isn’t “busyness” a valid excuse? My answer: no.
Most of us think of “busyness” in terms of hours devoted to a specific job, role, or task. In this sense, single guys who have actual jobs or who attend actual schools may be as busy as anyone else. But that’s not the criteria I’m using.
Instead, think of busyness as the amount of your time you control. When you are single, you are in control of your schedule. You decide what to devote your time to. When you are married, suddenly you’re no longer autonomous in your time management; you have to factor your spouse’s needs/wants/concerns into the equation. Once you have a child, things really change. Have more than two kids, and you rarely have a minute to yourself. Even your “free time” is devoted first and foremost to the other human beings who depend on you. Which means you play a lot less golf and a lot more peek-a-boo.”

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Another blogger commenting on this article wrote:

“it’s not a time issue, it’s a priority issue. So instead of using the phrase, “Oh, I just didn’t have time to get such and such done”, why not just be more honest and say, “I have chosen to not make that a priority right now”.

Would that be a more honest answer for when we aren’t as involved as we should be in church life? When we don’t pray as we ought or study our Bibles as we should?

Teach Us To Pray (EP CY Event)

23 Nov

Eastern Presbytery United Covenanter Youth Event primarily organised primarily for the young people of the Presbytery but feel free to invite others along. Everyone is welcome.

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Challenges concerning Prayer

8 Oct

A boy was visiting his Auntie in England for a week over the Summer, they had a good relationship, talking regularly about many things and enjoyed good laughs together. One night, when the Aunt was tucking her nephew into bed, she asked him, “Now I hope you are saying your prayers every night?” The boy replied, “Not every night Auntie”. “Well why not?” asked the Aunt. “Because there are some times when I don’t need any thing” replied the boy.

PrayerJust want to leave a few very simple challenges out to every one concerning prayer. As most of us are back into the swing of things, be it school, college, university, placements or work, i’m sure every one will have felt a few more pressures here and there on their time.

I was challenged recently, during these times, how committed to prayer are we? Are we still keeping regular times throughout the day of well managed prayer, or has it all got a bit messy? Perhaps saying a prayer before our meals is the only sort of prayer we can squeeze in these days.

Hopefully your prayers have not become like that in the story above, where we just fit in five minutes of asking our Father in Heaven of needs and wants for our lives. I would challenge you to consider the masterclass of prayer that Christ gives us in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:5-13), here we see a perfect example of how to lay out our prayers before God.

First we are to be thinking upward, praying to God in Heaven, and giving Him the praise and glory he deserves. Then thinking outward, praying for the work of His Kingdom, for evangelism and for the unsaved. Finally thinking inward, asking our great provider for our needs but also asking for help against the evil one.

Think on the description of prayer that Psalm 25:1 leaves us with, ‘To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul’. Let prayer become the cement of your life.

I’ll leave you with a quote from one of John Newton’s many hymns:

Thou art coming to a king.

Large petitions with thee bring.

His grace and powers are such,

None can ever ask too much.