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October 13, 2016
…When the day of evil comes…stand your ground, and after you have done everything… stand. Stand firm then… Ephesians 6:13-14
It’s breath-catching, heart-breaking, and soul-searing to watch our nation implode morally and spiritually. The mental picture of the Twin Towers on 9/11 collapsing in a cloud of debris and dust comes to my mind as I pray for America.
It is not buildings that are collapsing today. It is us — our nation.
What can God’s people do?
We can humble ourselves, seek God’s face, and pray. Yes, we can!
We can fast. Yes, we can!
We can turn from our wicked ways. Yes, we can!
We can return to the Lord our God. Yes, we can!
We can plead for God’s mercy to hear our prayer, forgive our sin, and heal our land. Yes, we can!
And we should do all of the above!
But I believe it’s also time for something else. It’s time to take a stand against evil by applying our Biblical values not only to our worldview, but to all we say, do, or think, which includes the way we vote.
In the Old Testament book of Esther, God’s people were threatened by an evil decree. Queen Esther fasted and prayed. But if she had done nothing else she would have insured the triumph of the wicked. Instead, she acted on what God laid on her heart. She stepped into the situation, encouraged by her uncle, who exhorted her, Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14)
As a result of the action Queen Esther took after her prayer and fasting, the evil was exposed, but it was not defeated. So her action alone was not enough. God’s people themselves were called to get involved. Each and every one of them were called upon to resist the evil that was threatening. They answered the call, stood up to the enemy, and the tables were turned. (Esther 9:1) God’s people won the victory over the evil.
Like Queen Esther and God’s people of her day, I believe it’s time for you and me to take a stand against the evil that has come into our nation. Evil that defies God in rebellion against His Word and against His principles. Evil that is trying to destroy the very fabric and foundation of our nation.
This November we have the privilege of taking a stand the American way — at the ballot box. Make it your priority to know the candidates you are voting for, from the Presidential race to the Senate races to the governorships to the judicial races to every other contest on the ballot. Go to the polls on November 8th and vote your Biblical values.
Nothing less than God’s blessing…or judgment… is at stake in our nation.
September 12, 2016
…All this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to Your truth. Daniel 9:13
As I look back on 9/11, I vividly remember—in fact, I will never forget—watching that awful day of terror unfold on my television screen. Viewing the destruction, I embarked on a roller coaster of emotions, weeping for days in horror as I listened to the stories of death and loss and inconsolable grief. Then I would be momentarily uplifted by the stories of almost superhuman heroism, strength, compassion, and sacrifice. Only to be plunged back down again by scenes of memorial services that unveiled the raw grief of family, friends, co-workers, and fellow responders.
I believe today, as I believed then, that the attack on America was a harbinger…a screaming warning shot across the bow…a 10-bell alarm… if not to all of our nation, then certainly to the church–to those of us who call ourselves by God’s Name. Christians. I believe it was a clarion call to wakeup, to return to God, to repent of our sin and recommit to living our lives for the glory of His Name and for the Gospel. But instead of waking up, we became inclusive, tolerant, and politically correct as we compromised the Truth so as not to be offensive or divisive. The result 15 years later? Just as the twin towers imploded before my eyes, I am watching as our nation implodes morally, spiritually, and in just about every other category.
I recall Dr. Henry Blackaby’s words as he mused out loud, If 9/11 doesn’t wake us up and put us on our knees as we return to God in repentance of sin, what will it take? The answer to that question brings a chill to my spirit. Which is why, once again, I am falling on my knees, asking God to search my heart to see if there is any wicked way in me, then asking Him to, Give ear, O God, and hear; open Your eyes and see. I do not make requests of You because I am righteous, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! Please! Heal our land! For the glory of Your Name. (Daniel 9:18-19—my paraphrase)
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
One year ago today my family was joined by approximately 1500 friends as we celebrated the life and legacy of my husband of forty-nine years, Danny Lotz. It was an unforgettable service that honored my husband and brought glory to God. Every day I meet people who were either physically present or who watched the live-stream online. The comment I get most often is one that I heard again this past Sunday, “Anne, I’ve never felt such an overwhelming sense of the presence of God as I did during that service. I could have sat and listened for hours.”
As I reflect on all that took place one year ago—including discovering Danny unresponsive in our pool, to the decision made in the ER to put him on life support, to the decision two days later to take him off life support, to the planning and then the executing of his celebration service, to the burial the next day, to my life now as a widow—the verse that brings me the most comfort at present is Philippians 1:21…For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. While I’m not sure of all that is involved in the “gain”, I know one thing that it means is that Danny is better off today than he was a year ago. And the primary reason he is better off is that he is at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8)
Thank you for your thoughts, your prayers, and your many emails, texts, posts, and cards expressing your support. As a result, God has given me one blessing after another—blessings that are carrying me through as I make it my goal to please Him. (2 Corinthians 5:9)
For those of you who may want to reflect once again with me on Danny’s life and legacy, the following is a link to the Celebration Service — CLICK HERE.
August 12, 2016
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God… 2 Timothy 1:6
Three days before our God Speaking initiative came to a close, I spoke with a family friend whose wife died a few weeks after my husband, Danny, moved to our Father’s House. Our friend shared how difficult it was for him, after a hard day’s work, to go home to an empty house. While I know…I know… that grief is a journey we all have to travel for ourselves, I also know that God promises to walk with us. So I told him about God Speaking, suggested that he start with Day One, then forwarded the link to his phone. Two days later he texted to say what a difference listening to God’s Word had made in his evenings…and that he had shared God Speaking with his grown children so that they could all be “on the same page.”
July 30, 2016
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make you way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8
One Christmas my husband, Danny, and I bought our then three-year-old daughter, Morrow, a red tricycle. I kept reminding Danny that he needed to put it together before Christmas morning, but he procrastinated until late Christmas Eve. When he pulled the pieces of the tricycle out of the box, he said that they looked simple enough. What could go wrong? He held up the handlebars, a seat, and three wheels with the comment that anybody could put them together.