1. 09.15.07 Joint Prayer Across America
2. A Historic Week in Our Nation's Capital
3. "Sabboth and Our Nation Destiny"
4. Praying 1 Timothy 2:8
09.15.07 Joint Prayer Meeting Across America
General Petraeus has given his Iraq report. The Congress is responding. President Bush plans address the nation. The Lord has answered many of our prayers for our troops and Iraq. We must continue to "STAND IN THE GAP" & be His "WATCHMEN ON THE WALL." Would you take part in the Joint Prayer Meeting Across America this Saturday morning (8-10am Eastern, 7-9am Central, 6-8am Mountain, 5-7am Pacific)? Please E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for conference call number & access code and other details.
A Historic Week in Our Nation's Capital
This has been a historic week! General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker have testified before a Senate hearing on Iraq progress. In spite of their optimism for our troops and Iraq, many in the United States Congress are still calling for troop withdrawal. The President is prepared to announce to the nation his plans to reduce our presence in Iraq. Our veterans will converge upon Capitol Hill in support of our military and the people of Iraq. Please go to the following news and web links for the details:
Sabbath and Our National Destiny
A word submitted through Al McCarn of Alexandria, VA
September 8, 2007
Adonai Elohim has called the United States of America to a mighty redemptive purpose. We have aspired to spread the blessings of liberty and democracy in keeping with the vision of our nation’s founders, but in the past century we have come short in nearly every endeavor. We have experienced the frustration of compromise and defeat in World War I, Korea, Vietnam, our interventions in Latin America, in the First Gulf War, and now in Iraq and Afghanistan. Perhaps there is an underlying root cause that has kept us from completing the works our God calls us to do as a people and as a nation. As an answer, the Lord provides these examples:
He called Moses to free His people from Egypt, but came near to killing him because he had not obeyed the Lord by circumcising his son (Exodus 4:24-26)
He called Joshua to lead the people to victory in Canaan, but would not let the people advance beyond Jordan until they had obeyed Him regarding circumcision (Joshua 5:2-9)
He called Ezra to lead the people back to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple, but would not let them continue the work until they had turned from the sins of Solomon (I Kings 11:1-13) and put away the foreign wives who had opened them to the corrupting influence of their pagan practices (Ezra 9:1-4, 10:9-12)
He called Nehemiah to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that the city could be once again the spiritual, governmental, economic, and social center of His people, but would not let them finish the work until they obeyed Him regarding Sabbath (Nehemiah 13:15-22)
In each of these examples, the choice Adonai gave to His people was either to obey, or turn back and leave God to complete His work through someone else.
We are in the same place. We cannot complete the journey and finish the task because we remain locked in the sins of our fathers. We have not yet answered the call of the Almighty to come out of the deceptions of Babylon (Revelation 18:1-5). If we would advance beyond the half-measures and compromises of our past and fulfill our destiny, then we must humble ourselves before our God and obey His commandments. The first step He asks of us is to keep all ten of His commandments. We do well in keeping nine of them, but we fail in this one:
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (Exodus 20:8)
Adonai Elohim says to us:
“If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words, then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 58:13-14)
This is the beginning of obedience to the God Who made us. He calls with breaking heart to His people to ask Him what it means to keep Sabbath, and then to obey Him when He answers. It is only in this way, as we lay down our own priorities and that way which seems right to us in our own eyes, that He will show us His way, which is the only way to complete victory. Unless and until we begin to obey Him in this, our national destiny will remain unfulfilled, and He will complete His redemptive work through someone else.
Praying 1 Timothy 2:8
Lord on this solemn day and everyday,
we choose to pray with clean hearts,
without hatred and bitterness,
believing You will hear us as we continue to
intercede for the leaders of both America and Iraq,
our troops and the Iraqi people
who are in desperate need of your grace and mercy today.