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Prayer is Mightier than the Sword

I am going to make this post of my thoughts on Exodus 17:8-16 on the importance of prayer in case in the future I preach on it and research more nevertheless here’s my initial thoughts looking at the passage.  The passage overall purpose is prayer is important; its so important that prayer might be mightier than the sword.

The holding up of the hands is an action of prayer; see Psalm 63:4 and 1 Timothy 2:8.

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Aliens

As our world seems to be get more dark 1 Peter seems like a relevant book to study.

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Note: Last week I posted “” that was part of my sermon preparation for a retreat.  Some of you shared you would like to see the finished sermon outline. Here it is.

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1 Peter 1:3-12

Establish the need:  I do think our world will become more Post-Christian and with that I do think there will be an increase of Christian suffering both in the West and already the case outside the west.  Yet can we have joy in the midst of suffering as a Christian?

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various [b]trials, 7 so that the [c]proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which perishes though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and [d]full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith, the salvation of [e]your souls.

10 As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, 11 [f]seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories [g]to follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to [h]look.

Purpose: Today we want to see 3 S in regards to Christian joy in the midst of suffering.

In the midst of suffering…

  • You should have joy centered on salvation (v.3-5)
  • You should have joy knowing there’s a sufficient reason for suffering (v.6-9)
  • You should have joy knowing the spectacular prophecies of our Savior (v.10-12)

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Thought I share how my beginning steps for sermon prep is like.

This is part of my preparation for a retreat this weekend that I’m speaking for.

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This week I need to finish preparation for a retreat this weekend that I’m speaking for.  It will be on two passages from 1 Peter.  The topic will be on being Pilgrims/Sojournors in this world.  Its a joint retreat with another church.  I’m praying for the retreat to glorify God.  If you can, pray for my studies today and Thursday!  Been feeling extra tired lately.

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There’s a lot of discussions of root causes these days in politics, society, etc.

I think the root cause for many ills are spiritual.

Its the lack of thanksgiving to God.

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ISAF afghanistan

The news the last few days that have grabbed my attention is the Taliban take over of Afghanistan including entering into its Capital.  I think its safe to say it caught the US and the world by surprise.  The United States is trying to evacuate its citizens and have sent thousands of Marines and Army soldiers to help with that.  

These appear to be the first footage of the Marines arriving (I haven’t found anything else and I put some effort searching): 

There’s always a certain bounce with Marines’ movement. As I looked I can’t help but to think about how 70 percent of enlisted marines are 24 and younger with the bulk joining right out of high school which means most of these Marines are young enough to be the sons of the first wave of Marines that entered Afghanistan nearly 20 years ago.

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Cave To The Cross Apologetics

I was recently interviewed for Cave to the Cross Apologetics Show.  It is a podcast that touch on theology, apologetics and Christian worldview.  You can catch on Facebook, Twitter and Gab.

I’m interviewed by Patrick S, one of the host of the show.

What was the topic?  Prayer!

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Do you ever hear some mockers of the faith say that on the Great Judgment Day they will stand before God and bravely accuse God of wrong doing and God not being fair, or they wish to express blasphemy towards God?

Never felt comfortable when people say that.

But I don’t think it will turn out the way they think.

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This is a thought about Jesus I had this week.

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Rooted in Revelation

I was recently interviewed for Rooted In Revelation Podcast (Facebook page here).  It is a podcast that touch on theology, apologetics and Christian living.  This is hosted by Nate Burns.

What was the topic?  Prayer!

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When During the Day Do you Read the Bible?

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I am trying to work on my post refuting a Bible contradiction tonight but I need to finish it tomorrow since my eye is having a hard time.

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It began last week: My Comments on People’s WordPress keeps going to spam.  Anyone else have the same problem?

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R.C. Sproul. Does Prayer Change Things?  Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, March 14, 2019. 97 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

Have you ever wondered: Does Prayer Change Things?  Or have anyone ever asked you this question before and you don’t know how to answer it?  This book answers this question rather wonderfully.  It is not only biblical in the answer but also practical while also written in a vocabulary and style friendly for a general audience.

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