A National Renewal Strategy

Our nation needs revival and renewal. What if we applied Hezekiah’s strategy for our own nation? FIRST – The Priestly/Pastoral Leaders:  The first call has to be for the priesthood, the spiritual leaders, to consecrate themselves. The King ordered the priests to get right with God, to rid their lives of anything that would be…

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Hope from Judah’s Past

When my son was much younger, he pointed out something and remarked with a gleam in his eye, “That’s bad!” I responded, “No, that’s good!” He shook his head, “Dad, you don’t understand – that’s bad, that’s ‘dudeish’ bad.” I remember saying, “I don’t know about the ‘dudeish’ part, but I do know that’s ‘good’…

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Praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Part 5

Note the promises of God in the face of such prayer. First, God will ‘hear’ as we discussed last week. Second, God will forgive wiping away the sinful record that demands punishment. The judgment will not come. The sins that have separated will be removed – and now hopefully, the relationship can resume. PRAYER: We…

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Praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Part 4

“…and turn…” The fruit of prayer is action. Humility is a starting place – but words are not enough. Now resolve must be demonstrated by transformed actions. ‘We’ must turn. Young’s Translation says ‘turn back.’ We are approaching some cataclysmic point. Thus we model righteousness and restraint, hoping the nation will follow. ‘We the people’…

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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…

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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…

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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 ……

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Solemn Assembly

Today, we minimize sin. Sin’s wages are deadly, but some conditions are abominable. At such times, God removed His people from the land that had been intended as a stage for the world to witness His relationship with Israel and come to know Him. Nations have purposes. John Adams believed that God had orchestrated the…

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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…

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Suddenlies

One may go for seasons when from a human perspective, nothing seems to happen. Then, suddenly things begin to unfold rapidly. In dizzying, head-spinning time, things change. In the 1964 Anchorage earthquake, in seconds, one section of 4th Avenue split open. Suddenly, the north side of the street dropped 11 feet. In another part of…

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