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Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory.
Christmas Day has passed. But Christmas goes on, doesn’t it? The glory of God and praise of His Son that reverberated in the night sky outside of Bethlehem so long ago continues to fill our hearts.
I first heard the following song of praise on a radio talk show before Christmas. I meant to share it with you then, but in the busyness of the day, I forgot. So thank you, dear Maudie Verzosa, for forwarding this link that reminded me to forward it to all of you.
November 9, 2016
And David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel. 1 Chronicles 14:2
God has established Mr. Trump as the 45th President of the United States…for the sake of the American people. God has kept the first part of His promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14…If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin and will heal their land.
The only possible answer for Mr. Trump’s dramatic victory is that God has indeed heard from Heaven. Just as certainly as He has answered our prayers for the national election, He will forgive the sin that we have confessed to Him. Because He said He would. Now it’s time to claim His promise for the healing of our land.
Please…join me in thanking God for hearing and answering our prayers.
Join me in giving God the glory for this remarkable, dramatic turn of events.
But don’t slack off in prayer. Double-down.
Pray for the healing and rebuilding of America.
Pray for Mr. Trump…that he would turn to God.
Pray that God would give the President-elect wisdom for decisions, courage to do the right thing, protection from danger, strength to govern after a grueling race, grace under the continued fire of opposition, and blessing upon blessing as he seeks to lead our nation forward and up.*
Pray that God would surround Mr. Trump with godly men and women who will offer encouragement, support, and wise counsel.
Pray that as God’s blessings flow, healing would begin.
Now is the time to recommit ourselves to focusing…not on a particular man or political party…but on the living God of our fathers who is our Hope and who alone can bring the healing America desperately needs.
Now is the time to pray! And keep praying…
* While campaigning for Barry Goldwater in 1964, Ronald Reagan was quoted as having said that in America there is no left or right. Just up or down.
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.