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May 23, 2016
…Fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience… 1 Timothy 1:18-19
In promoting The Daniel Prayer in multiple radio, TV, web and print interviews, I have urged people to pray as Daniel prayed so that Heaven is moved and our nation is changed. I have felt an urgency to warn people that if we continue to abandon God and His moral principles, He will abandon us. He will remove His hand of blessing and favor and protection, and give us over to ourselves. The hope is that if we truly rend our hearts in repentance of sin and return to Him, He will return to us. My words have been twisted and spun, provoking outrage. The following is a sample of one of the milder, more printable emails I have received:
The following statement is found in Anne’s comments … And that anyone and everyone, anywhere and everywhere, who trusts Jesus Christ to be their Savior will not perish in an empty, meaningless existence, then go to hell when they die. Believe in me or go to hell! That is a fear tactic, plain and simple, and it is not the gospel.
The statement quoted above is my paraphrase of John 3:16. It is the Gospel. (see my post, The Gospel I Believe, September 2014) In our Lord’s own words… For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Jesus went on to explain, For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. (John 3:17-19)
The darkness has descended. It is enveloping our beloved nation like a thick, oppressive shroud. The ignorance of God, His Word, His principles, His Gospel, His love, and His truth is stunning. Grievous. Surely Heaven must weep for these people that God loves and for whom Jesus died who are so deceived.
If you also are standing on the truth of God’s Word, I expect you are caught up in a similar battle—with family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and maybe even other church members. Jesus gives the basic reason for the battle…Everyone who does evil hates the light and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. (John 3:20)
Join me as we recommit to battle for the truth…to turn on the Light…from our knees. Let’s pray together…
Click here for Anne’s prayer – Prayer for the Battle
May 12, 2016
About the eleventh hour…He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ Matthew 20:6-7
Almost three years after the retirement age of sixty-five, on May 5th, I was named the new Chairperson of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, succeeding Shirley Dobson. I can honestly say I am honored, humbled, and very overwhelmed by the trust invested in me by the National Day of Prayer Board, Committee, and Shirley Dobson herself. I am now facing a new set of responsibilities, with a new set of friends and staff, under the glaring public spotlight.
April 13, 2016
Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found. Psalm 32:6
The Psalmist implies that there comes a time when God cannot be found. A time when God hides Himself. A time that I believe may have begun in America.
Our nation is in a mess. Why? Could it be because America is losing God’s blessing? His favor. Could our sin be provoking His judgment? Judgment that is not necessarily in the form of a nuclear dirty bomb, or another ISIS attack, or an economic collapse. But a Romans 1 judgment as God backs out of our national life and turns us over to ourselves.
March 8, 2016
…For I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed… 2 Timothy 1:12
Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. I’m using it as an opportunity to think about what it means to be an evangelical woman in today’s world.
An evangelical woman is one who believes in the evangel—the Gospel—the Good News that God so loves the world that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to make atonement for sin. And that anyone and everyone, anywhere and everywhere, who trusts Jesus Christ to be their Savior will not perish in an empty, meaningless existence, then go to hell when they die, but will be forgiven of their sin, be reconciled to God, and have eternal life—which is a personal relationship with God now, and a heavenly Home when they die.