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The Power of our Example

May 6, 2021

“. . . Read it, study it, love it, live it. In it you will find a verse for every occasion. Hide them in your heart.” – Ruth Bell Graham

The Power of our Example from Anne Graham Lotz on Vimeo.

So that is the council that my mother gave me so long ago and it is one that has stood for a lifetime. . . And then for Mother to pass that to me, for me to pass it to Rachel-Ruth and Rachel-Ruth to pass it to Riggin and her other two girls — it’s a legacy of faith that will stand. It’s a sure foundation.

Our world is crazy right now and things are changing so fast. And what was right yesterday is wrong today. What was wrong yesterday is right today. It’s craziness. But God’s Word doesn’t change. And you can build your life on it knowing that God’s Word works. It’s true. He’s a gentleman. He doesn’t lie. He doesn’t mock His children. He doesn’t play games. He means what He says and He says what He means.

And He says that He loves you and wants you to know Him in a personal relationship. And that personal relationship is established at the cross. But then you develop it by spending time in His Word, reading it and applying it to your life, living it out in obedience and growing in your faith and your knowledge of Him.

And so on this Mother’s Day . . . God bless you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holy Week: Walking With Jesus

March 18, 2021

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.  John 3:16

Every year, I read through the Gospel accounts of what took place from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday as I seek to wrap my heart and mind around those days.  Once again, I am inviting you to join me each day for a brief reading of Scripture that helps give us a meaningful grasp of what took place in the life of our Lord Jesus during Holy Week.

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CELEBRATING PURIM

February 22, 2021

“‘Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord…” Jeremiah 29:12-14

Five centuries before Christ, a Persian official named Haman plotted to kill all the Jews living in Persia. When Queen Esther was asked by her Uncle Mordecai to intercede with King Xerxes on behalf of the Jews, she resisted in fear for her life. Mordecai famously replied, “Who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14) As a result Queen Esther did intercede, the Jews were saved when they were allowed to defend themselves, Haman was defeated, and Purim was established as an annual time of feasting and celebration.This year the Jewish holiday of Purim begins on Thursday, February 25, at sunset, and goes through sunset on February 26.

Once again, God seems to be stirring His people to turn to Him for deliverance from their enemies, both visible and invisible. Even though the event referenced in the following video took place February 21, I still want to share this with you. I am including also a link to the prayer that the Jews were praying that we can adapt as we pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

This is thrilling to me…

 

 

 

 

World Jewish Prayer video – click HERE

For written prayer – click HERE

 

 

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Those who honor Me…

February 4, 2021

Those who honor Me I will honor…1 Samuel 2:30

When Clyde Christensen was a quarterback at UNC, my husband Danny tucked him into our family where he became like a son to Danny, a little brother to me, and a beloved babysitter and friend to my three children. Clyde and his wife Debbie are pictured below with my two daughters, Morrow and Rachel-Ruth, over forty years ago!

After UNC, Clyde went into coaching and has been on staff with many NFL teams. On every team he established and led a Bible study while maintaining a strong witness with a sterling reputation as an excellent coach who truly loves his players.

He has honored the Lord his God, and is now being honored by God with favor as he is currently the quarterback coach for the Tampa Bay Bucs and Tom Brady. Danny would be thrilled beyond words to know Clyde is heading once again to the Super Bowl.

Two months before Danny moved to Heaven, he enjoyed another special visit with Clyde at The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coaches Camp.

The following article appeared in the Los Angeles Times this past week where Clyde mentions my father and my husband: https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2021-01-29/peyton-manning-clyde-christensen-stories

He and his sweet wife Debbie have my love and applause.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Prayer for our Nation – January 2021

January 22, 2021

**This prayer was originally posted on FOXNEWS 1.20.2021 – http://ow.ly/JPMw50DdGI8


There are times in prayer when I seem at a loss for words. This is one of those times. With all of the turmoil, confusion, anger, fear, division and upheaval as we transition to a new administration; with COVID keeping us confined and separated from each other, I know I need to pray, but how?  And so I have turned to the familiar prayer that Jesus taught us to pray, putting it into my own words:

Our Father.

You are seated on Heaven’s throne in glory, majesty, and supreme authority. You are in charge. You don’t make mistakes. You have promised that You will be with us, even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death.[1] You use hard times to get us to look up.  So we look up! Now! We turn to You! Thank You for Your promise that when we come to You through faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ, You will hear our prayer because we are Your children. [2]

We reverence Your name. Yahweh. Yeshua. Jesus. You have declared that at the sound of Your name one day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that You are Lord.[3] You have revealed that Your name is far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age, but also in the one to come.[4] You have been our Help in ages past, and You are our Hope for years to come. You are the God of our founding fathers. You are our God in whom we as a nation have put our trust.

We pray that You would exercise Your authority, fulfilling Your purpose on this earth…in this nation…so that Your will is carried out here as it is in Heaven.  Because we know Your will is good, perfect, and pleasing to those who live according to it.[5]  Your will works. All that is said and done outside of Your will is like chaff that the wind blows away.[6]

Now…with so many of us in dire financial need…with businesses shuttered and incomes shrinking…please. Provide for us. Give us what we need each day: food, clothing, rent, house payments, and other necessities. Protect us from this deadly pestilence. Restore health to those who are sick.

Many of us feel deeply hurt by others. In response, we choose to forgive those who have attacked us, slandered us, divided us, betrayed us, belittled us, wounded us and deceived us. We know that if we don’t forgive those who have sinned against us, You will not forgive us our sin against You. So we forgive one another. Now. As we do, heal our hearts.

We pray You would deliver us from any evil agendas and powers, either foreign or domestic, visible or invisible, that would seek to take advantage of us at this vulnerable moment. Protect us. Guard us. Defend us.  Keep us from giving in to temptation to believe the end justifies the means; to plot a course for this nation that is in opposition to You; to wound those who have wounded us; to seek revenge and retribution.  We need You now, more than ever.

Today we acknowledge that Yours is the glory and the power. You have the final word. You keep the books. You are the Judge of both the living and the dead.[7] One day each of us will stand before You and be held accountable for the way we have lived…what we have said and what we have done. Help us to live every day in the light of who You are with That Day on our minds.

In the name of the One who taught us to pray…Jesus.[8]

Amen

 

 

 

[1] Psalm 23:4

[2] John 1:12; 16:24

[3] Philippians 2:10-11

[4] Ephesians 1:21

[5] Romans 12:2

[6] Matthew 3:12

[7] 1 Peter 4:5

[8] Matthew 6:9-13

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