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Letters To God Psalm
65:1-8 O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will
come. (Psalms 65:2)
Every year thousands of letters addressed to God find
their way to a post office in Jerusalem. One letter, addressed to “God of
Israel,” requested assistance in getting a job as a bulldozer driver.
Another said: “Please help me to be happy, to find a nice job and a good
wife—soon.” One man asked forgiveness for stealing money from a grocery
store when he was a child.
But were those heartfelt
requests heard by God? The psalmist said that God is the one who hears
prayer (Psalm 65:2). Whether we say our prayers silently, voice them
aloud, or write them on paper, they go directly to God. But He does not
answer every request as we would wish. Our petitions may be self-serving
(James 4:3), or sin may be blocking our fellowship with Him (Psalm
More than giving us what we
want, the Lord knows our deepest needs, and He wants us to discover the
joy of His presence each day. Because of our faith in Christ, praying
becomes our means of communion with God, not just a list of things we
want from Him.
In His wisdom, God hears
all our prayers. In His grace, He offers forgiveness for all our sins. In
His love, He gives us eternal and abundant life through His Son.
PRAYER Dear Lord, thank you for answering all my prayers.
Help me to be thankful for all you do for me. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY God hears more than our words—He listens to our
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Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…