Isaiah1:17

The Grace and Mercy of God

Friday, May 27, 2005

Redemption

The Random House College Dictionary says that redemption is 1) the act of redeeming 2) the state of being redeemed 3) deliverance; rescue. 4) deliverance from sin; salvation 5) atonement for guilt 6) repurchase as of something sold 7) paying off, as of a mortgage, bond, or note 8) recovery of payment as of something pledged and 9) conversion or exchange as of paper money for specie.

By all accounts redemption is a good thing. We have been redeemed from our sins through the shed blood of Jesus. We have been delivered, and set free. We have salvation. That's a good thing wouldn't you say? How wonderful to know we have been rescued. Our debts canceled. Now don't you feel good? When was the last time you helped someone else feel good? When was the last time you said, "you know it doesn't matter what you did to me...I forgive you -- You don't have to worry about a thing - we're straight? Isn't it time you let somebody else off the hook for hurting or disappointing you? Why not try it today. Give someone a little grace, provide for them a way to be redeemed from the negative state they are in and help them through the redemption process. Ah-ah-ah I feel better now.

Redemption is a good thing. It is a very good thing.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Wailing Women

I believe it is time for women to come together and pray. Most people of faith know that prayer changes things, but when do we actually spend time in prayer? Our lives are so busy we get up and from the time we open our eyes until we close them to sleep, we are in a hurry.

We tend to put prayer on the back burner. Most of our churches have some time devoted to prayer but generally there are only a few people who attend prayer services.

I recently spoke with someone in Philly who told me she went to a church and during their service someone came up to pray. Instead of the quick minute most of us devote to prayer during our worship service, the person prayed for over an hour. We both agreed most people would have walked out if someone prayed that long during service.

Ask yourself...Would you have walked out or would you join in to pray for the extended time?

We need to pray more folks, we need to pray and seek God's face because this world needs it terribly.

Jeremiah 9:17-18 says, "Thus says the Lord of Hosts: consider and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for skillful wailing women, that they may come. Let them make haste and take up a wailing for us. That our eyes may run with tears, and our eyelids gush with water."

When was the last time you cried out to the Lord to help us live in a way that is pleasing to Him?

Two weeks ago our Wailing Women's group prayed from 9 pm to 9 am. That was a first for many of us but it was a wonderful experience. In fact it was incredible. If you would like to learn more about the Wailing Women intercessory prayer ministry let me know.

Lord help us to seek your face and pray more. We need you Father. We need you desperately.

New To This

Greetings to all,
I am new to this blog thing but very excited. I view this as an opportunity to do just what Isaiah 1:17 says, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

There are many people who need justice to prevail. There are many who are oppressed.

Who is willing to speak truth to power and stand up for those who need to be defended?

It's time to get it right -- its time to care about each other.