If seeds in the black earth
can turn into such beautiful roses,
what might not the heart of man become
in its long journey toward the stars?
—G. K. Chesterton
I wrote this post last week and scheduled it for today. However, as you must know by now, the people of Nepal and Kathmandu are in great need of prayer because of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck central Nepal this past Saturday, April 25th. Some of those affected include the Bridge of Hope centers that I refer to in the original post I wrote which follows this news release I received in an email from Gospel for Asia:
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal, less than 50 miles outside the capital city of Kathmandu, just before noon Saturday, killing more than 1,000 people in Nepal, India, Tibet and Bangladesh. The death toll is expected to rise.
Rescuers in Nepal are searching through the rubble for survivors. More than 1,700 have been injured, and hospitals are overwhelmed.
Gospel for Asia has 450 churches and 20 Bridge of Hope centers in the region. Some churches and some centers have been destroyed by the quake.
Between 30 and 40 of Gospel for Asia’s missionaries serving in Uttar Pradesh, an Indian state bordering Nepal, are headed toward the destruction to help.
This is estimated to be the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years.
Read the rest here. Beloved, thank you for praying about this.
I often post about prayer. There is nothing else like prayer. It blesses us and God to pray for others. Our hearts become one with those for whom we pray. And God uses our prayers for our good and for His glory.
At the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus preached the Beatitudes. This is one of them:
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. —Matthew 5:5
K. P. Kohannan is the founder and president of Gospel for Asia, and his wonderful book, No Longer a Slumdog, tells the story of how the children (the meek) of Asia have learned to pray. They daily use the power of prayer to affect their lives and those of their family and neighbors.
From the Gospel for Asia’s No Longer a Slum Dog site:
When you teach a child that the God who loves them unconditionally answers prayer, miracles can happen. Sagan and his friends learned of the power of prayer from watching their Bridge of Hope teachers. Soon they were praying for those in need, while watching God answer. See what happens when they hear of a young boy with a terminal condition in a neighboring village.
Beloved, please take the time to watch this 5-minute video. You will be touched by the faith of these little children that God is using to change lives in Asia. Click here to get a free copy of No Longer a Slumdog.
Doesn’t Spring feel like it’s taking forever to get here? In some parts of the country, it must seem like it’s still winter because the snow is still melting. Here in northern Arizona, our daytime temps hover between 50-60 but the ever-present winds make it seem much colder. No matter where we live in the U.S., I think we could all use a bit of Spring hope!
The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring. —Bernard Williams
Be strong and let your heart take courage,
all you who HOPE in the Lord.
A friend shared this with me in an email recently, and then I found it again at Inspire21. This is really good and very thought provoking.
— Author Unknown
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect Him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. Then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost.
He was stunned with grief and anger. “God, how could you do this to me!” he cried.
Read the rest here.
Beloved, please pass this on. You never know whose life may be in need of this today. The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.
By Anna Popescu
First published at Cataclysm Missions International (CMI) on April 15, 2015
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Are you one of many Christians with a disability?
Do you live with daily chronic pain and/or illness?
Do your circumstances or health issues make you feel as if you have no way to share your faith with others?
I have been living with several chronic pain illnesses for the past 15 years. In the first few years I was still able to get around fairly well. I still worked a part-time job, attended church and Bible studies, and socialized with friends every so often.
Fast forward to now.
My view to the world has shrunk so much! In my mind, I started out with a large picture window that to me feels about the size of a telescope lens. I am thankful to be able to make it to church most Sundays, go to a grocery store once a week that is less than 5 miles from my home, enjoy a manicure every three weeks and have a coffee get-together with some close friends every 2 or 3 weeks. Every few months I go visit my grown children who live a couple of hours away from me.
My days now are mostly taken up with sleeping or resting, which leaves little time for anything else. My husband and I are members of a biker church and biker ministry, and rarely go on ministry rides with him. How is it possible to share my faith with others when I am so house-bound?
Does this sound anything like your life?
It is very possible to share the Gospel with other people while still “stuck” at home. Those others could be living on the other side of the world from you. How exciting is that?
Take me for example. I may not be able to get out and do things to share the Gospel message with others, but I have a window to the world with my laptop, tablet and phone! I share my faith through social media.
I have a blog, a Facebook page, and I am also one of the administrators on our biker church’s and biker ministry’s Facebook pages. I also use Twitter and Pinterest to share my faith. I am currently learning how to use other methods of social media to increase my outreach. Twitter alone has over 150,000,000 active accounts per day. That’s 150 Million!
I recently shared this on Twitter (it’s called tweeting):
Never think your circumstances keep you from being able to share the Gospel with others. If you have internet access,
There are other social media outlets, but these three—Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest—will be enough to get you started for now. All three of these are fairly easy to learn and there are all kinds of videos showing you what to do. Here are a few to get you started:
Never, ever believe that you can’t be used by God to share His message because you cannot be out and about. By definition, being disabled is described as:
However, you are still able—as long as you have internet access and are willing to be used by God—to share your faith with the world.
A Bible Study by Jack Kelly
In this study, I’d like to take another look at Revelation 20-22 specifically for the purpose of clarifying the sequence of events that are contained therein. This won’t be a verse by verse study, but will focus on what I believe to be the way John wanted us to understand what he was telling us.
Let me begin by stating once again my belief that the book of Revelation is laid out chronologically for the most part. But there are places where John followed a particular scene to its conclusion and then back tracked to pick up the story where he left off. A good example of this concerns the account of the two witnesses. Their entire 1260 day ministry was compressed into 11 verses between the 6th and 7th trumpet judgments (Rev. 11:3-13) and yet it will actually span most of the Great Tribulation.
Many of us were taught that Rev. 20 gives us a brief look at the Millennium before describing eternity in Rev. 21 and the first part of Rev. 22. From the questions I get, it appears that lots of people still believe that’s what these three chapters are saying. But that can’t be correct and here’s why.
Those of us blessed with gray hair will really appreciate this wonderful devotional by Joni Eareckson Tada. Please visit her great site, Joni and Friends.
Gray hair is the splendor of the old. —Proverbs 20:29
Ernest Barkaway, a 90-year old Englishman, looked bright, sprightly and dapper in his woolen vest and British tam. He told me that when one of his kidneys was removed, he received a blood transfusion: “I watched the drops trickle through the tube, and I thought of all the people–male and female, English and foreign, black and white–who had given freely of their life blood for my need.” After a pause he wistfully added, “How much more Jesus gave freely of His life blood for my deepest need!” I could tell he had garnered much godly wisdom in his 90 years. He proved it with a poem he gave me…
They say that I am growing old; I’ve heard them say times untold,
In language plain and bold–but I am not growing old.
This frail old shell in which I dwell is growing old, I know full well!
But I am not the shell.
What if my hair is turning gray; gray hairs are honorable they say.
What if my eyesight’s growing dim; I still can see to follow Him
Who sacrificed His life for me–upon the Cross at Calvary!
Why should I care if time’s old plough has left its furrows on my brow?
Another house, not made with hands awaits me in the Glory Land.
What though I falter in my walk and though my tongue refuse to talk?
I still can tread the narrow way; I still can watch and praise and pray!
The robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise to seize the everlasting prize
I’ll meet you on the streets of gold and prove I am NOT growing old.
As I wrote the above, I learned Ernest Barkaway went home to be with Jesus. Write a note of encouragement or call an elderly friend today. Share Mr. Barkaway’s poem.
Father, reveal to me ways I can ascribe dignity and show respect to the elderly people in my life. May I never take lightly their struggles and trials.
Joni and Friends
Copyright © 2006. Pearls of Great Price by Joni Eareckson Tada. Published in print by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan