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Praying with Perception in 2012

“Forget the former things; do now dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43.18 New International Version).

By Grant McClung

There is a desperate need for perception in our day.

Through mass media and the internet there is a knowledge explosion and information overload. The “haves” in the industrialized, “developed” world with stronger economies are afforded the luxuries of accessibility to literature, education, travel, and exposure to life experiences – including leisure and recreation – that broaden their interaction with a global environment and widen their knowledge, if not their wisdom. In short, this generation knows, sees, and experiences more — but understands less.

Most definitions of “perceive” use descriptors like “awareness,” “understanding,” “apprehension,” “comprehension,” “discernment.” A “perception” is insight, knowledge, or intuitive judgment. As a word, “perceive” is derived from the Latin word percipere – “to seize:” per – “thoroughly” + capere “to take.” Therefore, when insight or wisdom is “perceived,” it is “seized” and “thoroughly taken.”

In Isaiah 43.18 God does not invite a consideration but commands Israel – and us – to forget former things, flee a fixation on the past, focus on His current work, and firmly seize – thoroughly take hold of and embrace – what He is beginning in a new season… Full article here

Source : http://www.faithnews.cc

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Urgent Prayer Called For Egypt

The Church of God International Executive Committee and World Missions leadership is calling for all churches to have special prayer this Sunday, February 6 for Egypt.

“Egypt is in turmoil and facing the potential of destructive unrest,” stated Douglas LeRoy, general director of World Mission. “We are asking all churches in our denomination to set aside time for prayer to cover our 75 churches, 5,000 members, and Egypt the country in your prayers. The Church of God has been in Egypt since 1946. We also maintain a training facility, part of a previous YWEA (Youth World Evangelism Action) project. This is not a time to withdraw in fear, but a time to proclaim the hope of Christ.”…full article here

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