Black People : Devotional Ministry

Discussion in 'Black People Open Forum' started by shaneak, Sep 21, 2001.

  1. shaneak

    shaneak Well-Known Member MEMBER

    United States
    Apr 6, 2001
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    Technical Support engineer
    I received this email today from the Harvest is Ready... and I wanted to share it with you all in hopes that it may give you peace as much as it did me...

    In Our Sorrow ...
    At this tragic time in our nation's history, 'Harvest is Ready' continues to send prayers
    to all those injured and to the loved ones of those killed in last Tuesday's
    cowardly attacks on our country.

    As we start to build and send our military forces ... Infinite Justice ...
    Pray for a hedge of protection, for the Mighty Hand of God to be
    placed on our forces, and our allies.
    We need to lift up all of the family and friends left behind.
    Pray for God to place a hedge of protection around our country.
    Pray for the enemy's hearts to soften and for them to see our forces as light
    into their darkness.
    Pray for our forces to show compassion when it is warranted.
    Pray for a mighty revival in our country and in our enemies countries
    for God's savings grace and sacrifices of His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,
    to be recognized as the one true triune God.

    "When a strong [man], fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are
    undisturbed. But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers
    him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes
    his plunder. 'He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather
    with Me, scatters.'" - - Luke 11:21-23

    I believe that President Bush had this scripture in mind when he said last night
    "Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." We are a nation united.
    Our President has spoken and has drawn the line in the sand.
    He stated that:
    "prayer has comforted us in sorrow and will strengthen us for the road ahead."

    We need to deligently be on our knees in prayer and fasting for our leaders to
    consult God always.
    Pray for our new cabinet created with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge
    as the leader of the Head Office of Homeland Security.
    Pray for the 19 nations that have joined forces with the United States, that through
    our witness, they will come to know the LORD.
    Pray for all nations to come to a love of our LORD.
    Pray for our enemies to come to know Jesus and most of all pray for OUR TROOPS
    and the young men and women that go forth in battle, that they go with a faith
    in Jesus Christ as their Savior.

    "We will not tire,
    we will not falter,
    and we will not fail."
    As President Bush stated we too should not tire, falter or fail in our covenant
    to pray the entire time this war is waged.
    Christians, unite in prayer for peace!

    We continue to thank and pray for the brave emergency workers
    who risked and, in some cases, have lost their lives in helping others.

    We know you join us in sending prayers and support to our leaders
    as they respond to this unprecedented attack on the
    United States of America.

    We are called to "love your enemies and pray for those who
    persecute you." -- Matthew 5:44.

    We are also told to "hate what is evil." -- Romans 12:9.

    Terrorism is evil - and I hate it! I have forgiven the terrorists and
    will pray for God to reveal Jesus to those who still remain. At the
    same time, I support all actions necessary to bring these terrorists to
    justice. However, as we seek justice, we must abandon all thoughts of

    "Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in
    the eyes of everybody. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room
    for God's wrath, for it is written: 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,
    says the Lord.'" -- Romans 12:17,19

    Certain actions and consequences are necessary to maintain a civil
    society, but not for the purpose of satisfying our anger.
    God is still on the throne and He will bring eternal judgement.

    Our responsibility is to be Jesus' ambassador
    -- II Corinthians 5:20 and bring the message of the gospel
    to a lost world through ALL we do.

    Think About It
    How do strong families provide stability for a nation?
    Did my parents teach me about Christ?
    How can I be a godly influence in my family?
    My nation? In this hour of need! ...

    Harvest is Ready -- September 21, 2001

    Stand Together

    Acts 10:1-8

    Cornelius [was] a devout man and one who feared God with all his household. --Acts 10:1-2

    A prominent senator was dropped from the "Green Book"--the list of Washington societal elite who are invited to special functions. Why? Because he never attended the events. Instead, he went home each night to be with his family.

    Then he discovered he had cancer. A difficult career choice faced him. The night before he announced his decision not to run for office again, he said to his wife, "You know, the only thing I'll probably ever be remembered for is that I loved my wife." To which she replied, "And what's wrong with that?"

    Families that are built on love, respect, and togetherness instead of social climbing or the pursuit of successful careers are a nation's hope for survival. And when their values reflect a love for Jesus Christ, they hold a special place in God's plan for the world.

    Cornelius was a Roman soldier who feared God even before he came to know Christ. God used him to spread the gospel to the Gentiles -- Acts 10:24-48. Rome could have used more families like his.

    God-fearing families provide stability to individuals and nations when adversity strikes. And there's everything right about that.

    Think About It
    How do strong families provide stability for a nation?
    Did my parents teach me about Christ?
    How can I be a godly influence in my family?
    My nation? In this hour of need! ...

    Close your devotional time by meditating on this thought:
    A nation is only as strong its families.

    "The Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man."

    Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
    Full of sorrow, trouble and woe
    It's then I have to remember
    That it's in the valleys I grow.

    If I always stayed on the mountain top
    And never experienced pain,
    I would never appreciate God's love
    And would be living in vain.

    I have so much to learn
    And my growth is very slow,
    Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
    But it's in the valleys I grow.

    I do not always understand
    Why things happen as they do,
    But I am very sure of one thing.
    My Lord will see me through.

    My little valleys are nothing
    When I picture Christ on the cross
    He went through the valley of death;
    His victory was Satan's loss.

    Forgive me Lord, for complaining
    When I'm feeling so very low.
    Just give me a gentle reminder
    That it's in the valleys I grow.

    Continue to strengthen me, Lord
    And use my life each day
    To share your love with others
    And help them find their way.

    Thank you for valleys, Lord
    For this one thing I know
    The mountain tops are glorious
    But it's in the valleys I grow!

    Have a blessed day!

    The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is
    the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who
    kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything

    If your problem is bigger than your GOD, then you are serving the wrong god
    ... remember that knees that bend don't shake!
    ~ Dr. P. L. Williams
    To join in support during this difficult time, a list of resources below
    for those seeking information on loved ones or how you can help.
    To give blood:

    --Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment with the
    American Red Cross near where you live.

    --Visit to donate blood in the
    New York area.

    To donate money:

    --The United Way
    Contribute to The September Eleventh Fund to help the
    victims of the attacks and their families and provide
    immediate support to established emergency assistance
    agencies. Call 212-251-4035.

    --American Red Cross
    Call 1-(800) HELP-NOW

    --Salvation Army
    1-(800) SAL-ARMY
    Friends and family who wish to check on passengers and
    flights may call:
    American Airlines, 1-800-245-0999
    United Airlines, 1-800-932-8555
    Red Cross WTC Victim Information: 212-604-7285
    WTC AON Employees: 203-863-6380
    WTC Morgan Stanley Employees: 888-883-4391
    Pentagon Employees: 1-877-663-6772
    Fire Department Employees: 718-999-2541
    Police Department Employees: 718-677-8238
    St. Vincent's Hospital: 212-604-7285
    Bellevue Hospital Center: 212-562-4141
    Coler Memorial Hospital: 212-848-6300
    Goldwater Memorial Hospital: 212-318-8000
    Gouverneur Hospital D&TC: 212-238-7000
    The Justice Department's Office of Victims of Crime has set
    up a phone line to provide information to families about
    victims and about services for survivors and their rights:
    Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims of these recent tragedies, as well as
    their families and friends.

    God Bless America!
    The hallmark of America is our ability to continue to press on in times of adversity and tragedy with faith and the resolve that out of our challenges will come our triumphs.

    Our finest triumph is the triumph of the American spirit that leads us individually to step forward with prayers, compassion and assistance in times of need. Our history is witness to this.

    May God bless our America and sustain our spirit.

    Please pray for everyone,
    and let's never forget
    our freedom is not free!!!

    Pray for Others:

    "We, as followers of Jesus, are sent into this world
    to be visible signs of God's unconditional love.
    Thus we are not first of all judged
    by what we say but by what we live."

    Love One Another
    Stand Together
    Fight this war, no matter the cost
    Pray for our children
    Turn our hearts toward heaven
    Seek to be one nation under God.

    God Bless and Guide You in your Christian Walk Today -
    Manny/Wings of Eagles Isaiah 40:29-31
    "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
    Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall';
    but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles;
    They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
    -- Isaiah 40:29-31
    "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble
    themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their
    wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive
    their sin and will heal their land." -- II Chronicles 7:14
  2. epiphany

    epiphany Well-Known Member MEMBER

    United States
    Sep 2, 2001
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    Raleigh, NC by way of Pittsburgh, Pa.
    thanx Shaneak.....

    Very comforting words....we need to pray without ceasing....

  3. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

    Feb 28, 2009
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    Thank you VERY MUCH for sharing this! :toast:

    It was a welcomed conviction, confirmation, and comfort!