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June 15, 2017
The light shines in the darkness… John 1:5
Words fail to express my horror, outrage, and grief over the shooting that took place Wednesday morning in Washington, DC when a gunman opened fire on Republican congressmen practicing for a baseball game. What has happened to our beloved nation of America? I think I know at least part of the answer–God is missing. Because we have told Him to get out of our culture, our government, our schools, our business, our marketplace. Therefore He is slowly backing away, taking with Him His protection, peace, and blessing. The impact of His gradual removal from our national life has never been as shocking to me as yesterday morning.
If we do not return to God…if we do not get right with God…if He does not return to us, then yesterday morning is just one tragedy of many more to come. But the Light shines in the darkness of hatred and violence and anger and evil. Could it be that this shooting is so stunning it will wake us up? Could the hidden blessing be that people would say, “Enough is enough! We need You, O God of our Fathers! Please return to us as we return to our faith in You.”
Which is why the following brief remarks given on the Senate floor by my dear friend Senator James Lankford are so powerful. I want to share them with you:
May 30, 2017
One of the …angels…showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.…He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits (200 feet) thick… Revelation 21:9-10, 17
On May 22, Salman Abedi detonated a bomb in the Manchester Arena that left 22 people dead and scores wounded. As devastating as it was, the horror was intensified by that fact that the 21,000 seat arena was filled with young people—mostly girls, some as young as 8 years of age. They had gathered for an Ariana Grande concert. The evil viciousness that plotted and carried out such an attack is incomprehensible to our western minds.
May 17, 2017
While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground…I opened my mouth and began to speak…Daniel 10:15, 16
Do you find yourself wishing that God would speak audibly to you like He did with people in the Bible? He spoke to the prophets, the priests, the kings, the elderly, the apostles, the early church, and even to young children like little Samuel. Sometimes, He spoke to the enemies of His people. But whenever He spoke, His voice was so clear to the person listening that there was no mistaking what He had said. How can you hear God’s voice today?
May 15, 2017
For the Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people. 1 Samuel 12:22
Dan and JoAnn Cummins are dear friends who have a passionate commitment to pray for and with our national leaders. The following article* gives a great perspective on the events of May 4th — the National Day of Prayer:
May 12, 2017
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60: 1-3
Our world is increasingly dark. Through the aid of traditional news sources, online and social media, the darkness seems to be growing more dense and pervasive. The result is a climate of Anger. Fear. Hatred. Persecution. Prejudice. Violence. Immorality. Danger. There is a spirit of oppression. Agitation. Uncertainty. As I have pondered the global condition, I’ve wondered if it really is worse than the 1st century A.D. when armies were mobilizing, nations were shifting, the people were cowering, and the men who were leading bordered on the insane… yet held absolute power.