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September 11, 2021
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Romans 1:16
Those of us who lived through the Attack on America, September 11, 2001, will never forget where we were at the time. I was at home when my daughter called me and told me to turn on the TV. When I did, I was stunned to see smoke billowing out of the first trade tower and heard the announcer saying a plane had flown into it! As I watched, I saw a second plane fly into the second tower…then to my horror the first tower imploded in a mushroom cloud of dust and ashes…then the second tower followed. I cried out, “No! No!” I knew that right on my TV screen I was watching people step into eternity. And I was struck with the conviction: “How many of them were not ready to meet God face to face because people like me had never shared the Gospel with them?” As a result, I recommitted my life to sharing the Gospel with whoever, whenever, however I could.
Fast forward twenty years. I had that same overwhelming horror when I saw hundreds of people running across the airport tarmac in Kabul, Afghanistan, clinging to the evacuation plane, climbing into the wheel wells, only to drop to their death when the plane took off! It was a graphic picture of people who were terrified and desperate to be saved. And the Spirit seemed to whisper to me that there were people all over the world who are desperately afraid and who need to be saved…spiritually. And so I have recommitted my recommitment to share the Gospel with whoever, whenever, however I can.
Please join me in this recommitment. Why? For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17
Praise God! There is a Savior, The First Responder, who is available to “evacuate” us from sin, judgment, hopelessness, hate, fear, despair, emptiness, futility, loneliness…and the list goes on. He lifts us up, giving us forgiveness, peace, hope, love, purpose…and His presence. He offers us eternal life through faith in His Son, Jesus. Yeshua. The Messiah.
One year before 9/11, my husband and I visited the Bowery Mission in Lower Manhattan where his father had preached the Gospel, and where Danny also shared the Hope we have in Jesus. Not knowing what would happen one year later, I am so grateful that we took that opportunity. Because people have asked me, “Where was God on 9/11?” The answer: He was right there.
The following video reflects on just one evidence of His presence during that terrible time.
August 17, 2021
While I am intensely preparing for my Cove seminar this weekend, I cannot shake the very heavy burden I feel to pray for Afghanistan. The following is a summary of how I am praying as I pour out my heart before God.
Creator of the Universe. Ruler of All. Lord of the Nations.
Are You not the Judge of all the earth? If my heart is broken…shattered…over what’s taking place in Afghanistan, what must Your great heart feel? So I come to You and plead Your mercy for Your people who are now hiding in basements, caves, any hole they can find, knowing that demonic forces will not stop until Your people are found and slaughtered. So I pray for Your people…followers of Jesus…to be supernaturally protected and delivered. Send Your angel armies to surround Your people, as You did for Elisha (2 Kings 6). Blind the enemy so they cannot locate Your people in hiding. Didn’t You teach us Yourself that when we pray, we are to pray that we would be delivered from evil? (Matthew 6) So. Deliver Your people. By any means. Please.
But if You do not, and if You allow Your people to be slaughtered, then I pray that You would give dying grace to each and every one of them. Men. Women. Children. Fill them with Your supernatural peace. Give them a vision of Heaven opened for them, as You did for Stephen in Acts 7. Open their eyes to see You, Lord Jesus, standing at the right hand of the Father, waiting to welcome them Home and give them a martyr’s crown.
And then I pray…yes I do… for the fullness of Your wrath to fall on the evil perpetrators, whether they are in Kabul or Tehran or Washington, DC. Holy God. Avenge Your people.
I know You hear this prayer. Now I wait to see how You will answer.
Even so, come Lord Jesus. Surely it’s time for You to be glorified in all the earth.
For the sake of Your great name,
May 21, 2021
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” John 20:19
You and I know that things look like they are falling apart. But they are falling into place at the feet of Jesus. He is getting ready to come back. But think of a person outside of that who has no idea what is going on. They just see the craziness. And it is scary. It would be as if I didn’t know Jesus – I would be terrified. And so we can just offer them peace . . . offer them shalom. . .
There are different ways God can give you creativity as you go through your day and offer shalom to people who are so afraid. And they need the Prince of Peace. They need Jesus in their lives.
So don’t lose your focus. I feel like the Lord keeps telling me to stay focused, to keep your faith rooted in the Word and look forward to your future because you are going home…
And so this is our prayer for you –
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
For more about God’s Word bringing you peace, download Anne’s devotional Bible Study – How to seek God’s Guidance
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
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.