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Dallas – My prayer on this day of shock and heartbreak: by Ravi Zacharias 

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As we mourn this week’s tragic events in Louisiana, Minnesota, and now Dallas, it is evident that we need God now more than ever. My prayer on this day of shock and heartbreak:

God, our heavenly Father, our minds go back to the day when Jesus knelt beside his beloved city and wept, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes” (Luke 19:42).

We sense so deeply the same reality. We weep for our cities even as we bury our dead. The sound of gunfire is the grim sound of what has already shattered our relationships. We are witnesses of distrust, revenge, and anger. We see no one to lead us and guide us. To whom shall we go?

Our differences seem to lead us even farther apart. Oh, Lord of miracles, do what only you can do to save us from ourselves. Give us men and women who will lead us to reconciliation. Give us leaders who will bind us up to heal our wounds, not those who will only incite more hate.

Give us voices that will bring hope and not despair. Please comfort the bereaved and give humility to the ones who are resistant to your ways. Give us pause so that we might sit back for just a few moments to look to you before we look at our impulsive solutions.

We shed another’s blood when we are without answers. You shed your own blood as our only answer. We kill, buried in despair. You rise, giving us hope.

You told Peter to put back his sword and you restored the one wounded. That’s what we long for. A reprimand to the one who would injure and a healing within the one injured. God of miracles, please do it again. We need you. Our nation needs you. Our leaders need you. Many a home today will not have a loved one returning. Without you we have no hope. With you all things are possible—even for beauty to come out of ashes. We pray for the day of unarmed truth and unconditional love. Please answer our prayer.

In the name of Jesus your Son, our only Savior, we ask this.

Amen.   

 ~Ravi Zacharias ~ 

Retrieved from : 

 http://rzim.org/global-blog/a-prayer-on-this-day-of-shock-and-heartbreak

The Simplicity That Is In Christ – What The Church Needs

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God in Christ made a way for us to Him and made the way simple and easy.

Too often we assume that since our problem seems complex that our answer must also be complex.

“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

(NKJV) II Corinthians 11:3

It’s ALL about Jesus.

It’s that simple.

Jesus paid it all

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Love God and Love People

“Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him  a  question, testing Him, and saying,“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 22:35 -40

Just Jesus

 “For I determined not to know anything among you accept Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (NKJV) I Corinthians 2:2

Jesus rules over all things everywhere

“For it pleased the  Father  that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 1:20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. (NKJV) Colossians 1:19 

“And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 1:18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (NKJV) Colossians 1:17 

Pretty simple.

Thank God for loving us so much and for making the way to Him simple.

https://christcenteredteaching.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/the-secret-to-revival-found-in-christs-high-priestly-prayer-that-the-love-you-have-for-me-may-be-in-them-and-that-i-myself-may-be-in-them/

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