Praying for the Persecuted Church in Syria

MiddleEastern+Christians+SufferingWe pray for Christians in Syria suffering under the diabolical activity of ISIS. The ancient Church in Syria is witnessing the demolishing of church edifices, shrines, and remnants of her heritage in that land.

“The Islamic State has destroyed more ancient Christian sites — this time, a 1,500-year-old Catholic monastery near Homs, Syria.

The Saint Elian monastery housed the tomb of St. Elian, a third-century martyr who was murdered by his Roman soldier father because he refused to renounce his Christian faith.

ISIS bulldozed the building and ransacked the tomb as part of its ongoing campaign to destroy Christian heritage sites.” (CBN News)

Let us pray:

O FATHER, You who sent your Son Jesus, our Lord, to redeem us from the oppression of the devil, remember the suffering of Thy saints in Syria, and please, O God, deliver these dear women, children, and men—remembering, especially, the aged and the very young—from the unalloyed evil of ISIS and cause the leaders of the free nations of earth to use the power of the sword entrusted to them to destroy this inhumanity in our day; and, O Father, as we pray for the ancient Syrian Church, we pray for all peoples of that land, all religions, filled with those created by Thee, for deliverance from the savage and wicked blood-thirst of ISIS; and, as we pray, we remember our enemies and ask that by Thy converting power of love, the many who curse Christ today will be saved and called to preach Christ tomorrow, finding His love and grace to be infinitely more compelling than the hideous consequences of the these insane men who love death. We pray believing and we appeal to Thee, O God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—in Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Known and Unknown Soldier

   “Known only to God.” The plain words engraved in white marble denoting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are powerful in their brevity and simplicity. Yet this morning I conducted an internment service for a soldier who was known—Army Specialist Roman Portalatin, who served from 1971-1976. Yet his remains were unclaimed: no wife, son, […]

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How Shall We Then Minister in Times like These: The Vision of Saint Stephen and the Church Today (Acts 7:54-60)

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How shall we live as believers, as pastors and Chaplains, in days like these? How shall we as ministers of the Gospel conduct our ministries? How can the Church be effective in difficult days? Give attention to the reading of the inerrant and infallible Word of the Living God. 54 Now when they* heard these things, […]

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A Pastoral Strategy for the Church in Times of Cultural Crisis: The Message of Revelation 2:1-7 for Today

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Domestic problems and international crisis threaten the way of life: lawlessness, a crisis of trust in institutions; an uptick of domestic violence; disposing of babies with shameless inhumanity; an apparent devaluing of human life; a military spread too thin with global troubles spreading too quickly; more gross national debt than gross national product; citizen apathy, […]

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How God transforms Providence to Praise

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Here is a message for those who find themselves in a storm of life or for others who will invariably sail into one soon. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he foreknew, he also […]

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The Transforming Power of Prayer

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Psalm 90 is our text today at King of Kings Anglican Church. Pain can lead to prayer and prayer to providence and providence to praise. You and I have known this transforming power of prayer in our lives. When we have taken the pain of ill-health, shattered dreams, or the strained or broken relationships to […]

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Recommending “Takedown” by Dr. Paul Kengor

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Dr. Paul Kengor is a scholar of Communism and the Cold War. As a veteran Top Secret linguist from the Cold War I consider Kengor’s book, Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century, a preeminent chronicle on one fascinating chapter in the story of that struggle. Now Paul Kengor has written Takedown: […]

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Monod on the Good Life

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From devotions in Philippians 1:19-26 this morning I read Dr. Constance Walker’s (Duke University) translation of Adolphe Monod, Living in the Hope of Glory: the dying testimony of this noted French Reformed pastor. I drew from the wellstore of his testimony for my sustinence, today, and share some of his sermon preached from the sick-bed with […]

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Sunday Morning Rain

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 It is drizzling here. It’s funny how the Midwestern rain smells differently. I think the soft summer rain awakens the fertile earth in Iowa. The sweet, unmistakable aroma of the rich, dark soil mingles with crops, livestock, and old barns. A Sunday morning rain in Iowa is surely one of God’s surprising gifts. It has […]

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Preaching in August at King of Kings Anglican Church, Charlotte, NC

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I will be preaching each Sunday in August 2015 at King of Kings Anglican Church (ACNA) in Charlotte, North Carolina. We invite you to join in the worship of the Lord, our King of Kings, indeed, at 10:00 a.m. on the Lord’s Day. The parish site is here: http://www.kingofkingscharlotte.org/ .This gives me an opportunity to say […]

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