“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
By Brad Phillips
You alone are LORD. There is none other besides You. The nations of the world are a drop in the bucket to You. Nevertheless, You are mindful of the nations. You raise some up, and You tear others down — for Your Own glory and divine purpose.
Oh God, we consider all You have done for our brethren in South Sudan. We consider the long road on which You have taken them. We are mindful of the tender condition of Your Church in that nation — a people once steeped in darkness and rebellion and ignorance towards You. And yet, You planted a seed of faith that has grown into a tender sapling amidst horrid persecution and oppression.
You have preserved Your Faith — Your Truth — in this wilderness of the world, and now You have established South Sudan as a separate nation among men. After a long war, in which Your enemies sought to snuff out the Light of Your Gospel, You gave the victory to the weak and humbled the strong.
Now, oh LORD, we beseech You, in Your mercy, to firmly establish the Republic of South Sudan upon a Firm Foundation. A Foundation, not built by human hands or wisdom, but on a Rock of Faith — Your Faith.
There is no other Name under heaven by which men and nations can be saved besides the precious Name of Jesus. We pray that King Jesus will reign in South Sudan and bring all things into subjection under His feet.
We ask that You strengthen the Church and empower Your ministers, through Your Holy Spirit, to preach the Word with power and conviction. We pray that You would protect Your people from enemies abroad and from spiritual enemies within… More here
You have probably heard that Iranian Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani has had his appeal overturned. Pastor Nardarkhani was arrested for apostasy in Iran over a year ago, and he was sentenced to death. But the high court said if he recants, he’ll be set free and the case will be sent back to lower court. (see http://www.mnnonline.org/article/15931).
I would like to encourage you to pray for Pastor Nardarkhani and other Christians in the Muslim world, especially during Ramadan which begins August 1.
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Pastor Nardarkhani is just one example of a Muslim whose heart has turned to Jesus, perhaps because of the prayers of people like you.
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“Guvernatorul statului american Texas crede că rugăciunea este singura cale de rezolvare a problemelor Americii. Ca atare el a cerut tuturor guvernatorilor americani și liderilor creștini să i se alăture într-o zi de post și rugăciune pentru țară, în această vară.
Potențial candidat la președinția SUA, Rick Perry i-a invitat pe toți guvernatorii și liderii creștini să se adune cu ocazia unei zile de rugăciune pentru America pe data de 6 august. Evenimentul este intitulat „Răspunsul” iar organizatorii îl justifică afirmând că „America este în mijlocul unei crize istorice”: „La momentul acesta America este în criză: am fost asaltați de criza financiară, de terorism, de o multitudine de dezastre naturale. Ca popor trebuie să ne adunăm și să-i cerem lui Iisus să ne călăuzează prin aceste încercări fără precedent și să-i mulțumim pentru binecuvântările libertății de care ne bucurăm din plin.” …” Continuare aici
“May 1, 2011…one of the most unforgettable days in recent history. It was the day when the United States announced to the world that special military forces successfully carried out the assassination of Osama bin Laden, the FBI’s most wanted terrorist, in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
His death has been considered an enormous victory for America’s decade-long war on terror. And while many believe that al-Qaeda may be plotting retaliation against the United States, there are millions of individuals overseas who are also at risk of becoming the victims of more ruthless attacks: minority Christians.
Many Christians in Pakistan have already suffered greatly in recent months, and more trouble may be coming their way as a result of bin Laden’s death. These believers, who already endure relentless harassment, physical abuse, and imprisonment, may experience greater persecution in the coming weeks and months simply because they are perceived by radical Islamists as being affiliated with the “Christian” West, or the United States…”Read more here
Burkina Faso (MNN) — Burkina Faso has a new government today, just 10 days after a military mutiny. It seems that the changes are bringing some calm back to the troubled nation. Easter weekend, the dawn-to-dusk curfews were briefly lifted, allowing the faithful to celebrate. A Christian radio network partnered with HCJB Global has been countering the chaos with the messages of peace, reconciliation, hope and encouragement through Christ. Pray for more opportunities to share this message.
Full story: http://www.MNNonline.org/article/15636