Praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Part 3

“… and pray…” The word here is palal – to intercede. It is a courtroom term implying God as Judge. Here we act as an advocate for another, appealing in their behalf. First, we humble ourselves repenting; and only then can we represent the nation. The Douay-Rheims Bible says we, “…being converted,” ourselves having experienced…

Praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Part 2

“…will humble themselves…” The Septuagint substitutes ‘repent’ for ‘humble.’  Humility is the heart posture, repentance is the evidentiary action. Believers today are so resistant to repentance. Oblivious and in denial about our own sins, we comfort ourselves that they are less egregious than national wickedness. The problem is that a culture so far from Biblical…

Praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Part 1

In the midst of national turmoil, over the next several weeks we will discover how to use 2 Chronicles 7:14 as a template for a grass-roots spiritual initiative. First let’s review the passage: If My People…which are called by my name…will… Humble themselves (Repent). And pray (palal)… to represent, stand before in behalf of ……

Pray for America

There is a ridge along the Rocky Mountains and when raindrops fall, one centimeter right or left, north or south, one slight variation will determine the destiny of that raindrop – half of it may end up in the Pacific Ocean, the other half in the Gulf of Mexico – just the slightest little variance…

Unity and Brotherhood

If that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it (Jeremiah 18:8). Jonathan Edwards famous message, ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’ preached on July 8, 1741, was a call to the church to repent, an appeal for sensitivity…

Wrapped in Righteousness

Paul declared, “Not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to his mercy, he saved us” (Titus 3:5). We are not saved – by good works. Nothing you do can save you. Our righteousness, our best efforts are like “filthy rags” (Isa. 64:6). We have both an overblown sense of our goodness…

False Certainties

The Sinners’ Prayer – Where Is It In The Bible? How do you know you are a Christian? Listening to a television pastor as he came to the end of his broadcast, he leaned into the camera and said, “Now, if you are listening to this program and you are not a Christian, pray this…

The Power of One

Just this past weekend was the Super Bowl. The whole nation stopped to watch it. On each side of the football, men dressed in battle gear lined up to either advance or stop the movement of the ball, 11 on each side. Big men. Strong men. Men with war-paint, cleats and helmets. Six officials joined…

Living a Life of Integrity

Apologetics is the branch of theology that focuses on the defense of the faith before the uninformed world, before skeptics and unbelievers. A trained apologist has the ability to articulate a reasonable and compelling case, evidence for the veracity of Christianity. The theological discipline requires a great deal of complex and critical thinking that is…

Defining Sin

The Scripture, Old and New Testament, call the people of God, to reflect the holiness of the God they serve, “Be holy, for I am holy!” (Lev. 20:7; I Pet. 1:16) Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father…