Consider the Poor

Consider the poorFrom David:

The picture above comes from Lester Rosebrock on a trip to Ethiopia in 2011.  I was not on that trip, but I have been to Ethiopia since then and spent a fair amount of time there.  My dad talks about one of his experiences in Ethiopia in a previous chapter.  I included this picture and place primarily because there are many impoverished people there and it was a tremendous blessing to be able to give in a place with so much need.  I do, however, want to point out that just because a place or a people appear to be impoverished in the physical sense of the word, it does not mean that they do not have tremendous riches in other areas.

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Proverbs 29:18a

revelationthrutransformationLord, give me grace to receive your revelation (vision, knowledge, impartation and prophetic insight into what You have for me).  Also, give me grace to begin to expect and prepare for great things from You in me.  Show Yourself to me in such a way that it will bring transformation and transfiguration into and “according to the image of the One who created” me (Colossians 3:10).

Commitment. Consistency. Dedication. Devotion.

commitmentFrom David:

Often times I find myself asking and then forgetting, seeking and then becoming distracted, knocking and well you get the picture.  Giving up on the promises God has given me comes from a lack of commitment.  We all need grace to obey the following Scripture, to “ask and keep on asking,” to “seek and keep on seeking.”

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Prayer #25 Daddy Show Me…

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From David:

I have a 14 month-old son named Josiah who loves me to pick him up and spin him around.  Whenever he is tired or just woke up, he wants me to simply hold him while I walk around and do whatever I am doing.  Josiah likes this because he wants to be close to me and he likes to see things from up high, from my perspective.  Especially when he is tired, he would rather that I hold him because he gets the mobility without the propensity to fall.

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Prayer #24 Deuteronomy 28

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Hebrews 11:6 says that God is the one who rewards those who diligently seek and pursue him. My heart’s cry is to never stop pressing into God, seeking him and yielding to him. The first part of Deuteronomy 28 tells us some of what that reward looks like.  My proposal is that the amazing things listed there are actually side benefits of what (who) the true reward is. Continue reading

So You Lost Your Job…

2014 EIPPY AwardThe following is Dr. Richard Knapp’s contribution to the book Real Hope for the Unemployed:

Chapter 5

So You Lost Your Job…

I understand you have lost your job, perhaps recently or some time ago. I am sorry to hear it!  If it has been an extended ordeal, then I have been in your shoes and remember the shock it was to my system. I would like to offer a few suggestions, which may at least help you keep things in perspective, and assist you in getting a new job.

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Prayer #23b Proverbs 28:19-20

authentic construction workerProverbs 28:19-20  “He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough! A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.”

Lord, show me where I’ve followed frivolity instead of being faithful. Show me when to work and when to play. If the love of money has made me long for get rich quick schemes, please convict me so the enemy can’t take advantage of my idolatry.

Prayer #23 Conditions Part 2

He's a good dad!From David:

I am reminded of how God is a dad.  He is the best dad in the whole . . . well, everything.  I was recently listening to the audio version of the book The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom.  A repetitive theme in this wonderful book revolves around this idea. As the story goes, Corrie asked her dad a question that she was too young to need to know the answer of.  In his wisdom, her dad asked her if she would take his suitcase for him.  She said that it was too heavy for her and he responded by saying that like his suitcase, some things are too heavy for us to hold.  We have to grow older/stronger to be able to carry some things.

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Prayer #22 Protection

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Lord, I thank you for promising me protection from harm under every circumstance. Forgive me for times when I have allowed fear to overcome me, instead of looking to You. You are my strong fortress and my high tower in a time of war, and my refuge from every storm. When trouble comes, I will not give way to fear, but I will put my trust in You. Your right arm will uphold me. Every plan of the enemy to hurt me will fail, because I am the apple of Your eye. My mouth will speak of Your salvation from danger. You are my peace and I trust You to save me, in Jesus’ name, Amen.