January 17, 2018

Prayer and Devotions

Hey Everyone! Well, this is my first post since the switch from my old blog! I had such an amazing week this past week at my friend’s church for teaching, fun and games and have  been encouraged is several things that I am sure will come across some more in later posts. As for today I wanted to talk to you about prayer and reading/studying your Bible. I have posted some before on these topics, but wish to bring out some different things in this post than I have mentioned in the past.

Prayer and our time in God’s Word is the means God has given us to develop a relationship with Him. Negligence  in prayer and in the Word is to neglect spending time with the God who saved us, our friend, and our creator. What things are they that would take priority over our time with the God of the universe? It is through these means that we are sanctified and made to be more like Christ. [Read more…]

What is it to Meditate?

Hey everyone! I have been reading through Thomas Watson’s book, Heaven Taken By Storm
and read through the section on prayer and meditation. If you’re like me you probably haven’t ever thought too much about what it means to meditate, but when you read in Psalm 1, “and on his law he meditates day and night” it is obviously pretty important to know what it means. I’ll share some of the thoughts from Thomas Watson on this subject.

“Thomas Watson says that meditation is a duty wherein the very heart and lifeblood of religion lies. You may be wondering what meditation even is, well Watson gives a wonderful definition of meditation being described as a holy exercise of the mind whereby we bring the truths of God to remembrance, and seriously ponder upon them and apply them to ourselves. In meditation two things are required: A Christians retiring himself from the world; meditation can not be done in a crowd and serious thinking upon God. This is not a few transient thoughts that are gone quickly, but a fixing and staying of the mind upon heavenly objects. [Read more…]

Bible Reading and Memorizing

Hey everyone! You may remember a couple of weeks ago for the daily scripture instead of posting a scripture passage I posted verses about a particular topic. Well, I’m doing that again and today that that topic is, Bible reading and memorizing.

Scripture:

  • “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” -Joshua 1:8

  • “But he answered, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”-Matthew 4:4

  • “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
    -2 Timothy 3:16-17

  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” -Proverbs 9:10

  • “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.” -Proverbs 119: 9-16

Quotes

  • “As sin lures the body into sinful action, we call to mind a Christ-revealing word of Scripture and slay the temptation with the superior worth and beauty of Christ over what sin offers.” –John Piper
  • “God’s Word must be so strongly fixed in our minds that it becomes the dominant influence in our thoughts, our attitudes, and our actions. One of the most effective ways of influencing our minds is through memorizing Scripture. David said, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You” (Psm. 119:11).” -Jerry Bridges

Big Scare With Peyton

Hi everyone, Wow! It was a crazy night last night with my brother Peyton. Last night he had a high temp and came into my parents room where my mom and I were talking out of his mind. When he turned to walk out of the room he nearly passed out, collapsing into the wall where he hit his head. When my dad got upstairs he was in the floor, disoriented and said he felt like he could vomit. When dad helped stand him up he started shaking involuntarily and nearly fell face first in the hall.  It was very scary. Thankfully our neighbor is a nurse and the EMT’s where here within 10 minutes. Thy think it was a simple fever and dehydration. Mom and Dad slept down stair, with him on the couch. Peyton is doing much better today. He seems to be getting over the stomach virus and just running a low grade fever right now. He is tired but seems much better this morning. Please continue to pray for his healing. Thanks so much!

VOM Weekly Prayer Update: Week 04/22/2011

Here is the weekly prayer updates from the Voice of the Martyrs email prayer letter. If you have never heard of Voice of the Martyrs check them out at http://www.persecution.com/. Please keep our persecuted brothers and sisters in prayer from around the world.

  • AZERBAIJAN–Unregistered Churches Banned from Worship
    Three religious communities in Gyanja, Azerbaijan, have been banned from meeting for worship. The worship bans were imposed in mid-March because the communities do not have state registration. Local sources said one of the religious communities was warned that “if they met for worship on the following Sunday or at any future date they would all be arrested.” Two buses full of police and riot police later arrived to prevent them from worshiping, but the church had already reluctantly canceled the Sunday service that day. The government, however, continues to deny its involvement in religious oppression. Babek Sadykov of the Gyanja Police said, “No one is being prevented from worshiping.” And President Ilham Aliev told a government-initiated World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue that “freedom of religion and freedom of conscience have been fully established in Azerbaijan.” Pray that believers will be encouraged to continue worshiping together despite opposition.
  • EGYPT–Copts “Terrorized” by Gang
    Since late January, Copts in Minya province have suffered repeated attacks from a large gang of thugs who target Christians. The first attack on a Coptic family occurred on Jan. 28. The family reported the assault to police but withdrew their allegations after receiving death threats from the gang. Then, on Jan. 29, the gang leader raped two Coptic women, threatening to kill their children if they took the matter to police. In another assault, gang members kidnapped a 30-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy; their families were forced to pay ransoms to secure their release. The gang has also reportedly imposed a nighttime curfew on Copts. Copts in Minya are dismayed that the police and army have not taken more decisive steps to detain gang members and their leader. Pray that authorities will take action to apprehend the gang members in Minya province.
  • CHINA–Pastor Arrested in Inner Mongolia
    VOM contacts in China report that one of their dear friends, a pastor, was arrested in Inner Mongolia Tuesday, April 12. The pastor, Jesse, was arrested along with four other leaders. His “offense” is that 1,000 university students attend his church. About 100 of the university students are also Bible school students who are taught by a VOM worker. Police have detained Jesse five times over the last year, and they had warned him and let him know they were watching him. Pastor Jesse and the four others are being held in a detention center where prisoners are usually held for at least 30 days. It’s not known whether he will be formally sentenced. A friend wrote, “We sent some clothes [to Jesse] but were not able to meet and talk to him. Please pray. The situation here is so bad.” Ask the Lord to encourage Pastor Jesse, and pray for his release. Pray that his church members will not falter in their faith but will grow stronger.