Luther

Hey ya’ll –

Well, I never saw a movie preview – never really even knew this movie was out – but watched it last night and was left in awe. I’m speaking of the movie “Luther”. (see www.lutherthemovie.com ) This is an epic on Martin Luther that was released on DVD and VHS somewhere around 11/30 from what I’ve been told. Some of the men at the prayer retreat I attended were talking about so we rented it at our local Blockbuster.

All I can say is that I think every Christian should watch this. What an incredible story. I’m saddened at the total ignorance I had regarding the history around Martin Luther. I knew he was the person who started the Reformation, but that was about it. I learned a lot – granted, I have no way of knowing how much of this movie was fiction and how much was fact … but the overall theme was incredible.

I was compelled by one scene in particular where one of the ministers was leaving a festive party prematurely. Martin Luther caught up to ask him why he was leaving – he’d just gotten his copy of the Bible in his own language … he as eager to get back to his people and share it. Martin Luther cautioned him that there was not yet any protection established for him and all he cared about was letting others share his experience of reading God’s Word for himself for the first time. Later, he was burned at the stake for it. Am I that desperate for the Word?

I’m so grateful for the pioneers, prophets, and people of God who have blazed trails before us. If I could share one tiny ounce of the passion, purpose, and boldness that these soldiers of the Kingdom had, I’d be doing good. Lord, help us all.

For the Kingdom,
Fred

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Hey Ya’ll –

No sneak preview of music today … just a reminder … “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”.

From YahooNews/Reuturs:

GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian security forces took up positions across northern Gaza on Friday with orders to curb militant attacks against Israel as part of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s plan to halt violence and revive peace talks.

OK, I must confess that I’m not nearly as educated as I should be on the Israel/Palestine issue. I know the bloodshed and fighting goes way back to the Old Testament. At the same time, I know that God wants Jerusalem to live up to it’s name … to be a city of peace.

I was praying and studying the Word of God this morning – there have been some financial issues occurring with us that I’m not happy with and since I believe that God’s will for us is to be prospered and blessed, I figured it was time to hunker down and try and get to the bottom of what might be causing some of this financial frustration. I began to review some of God’s promises to me about prosperity. [ok, no name it and claim it flames, please – I’m not freaking out, but I’m just believing God’s Word and promises to me!]

One of the first things that I read was this reminder from Psalm 122:6. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you”. It seems nearly every translation uses the word “prosper” (which certainly is not limited to finance, but includes it). NIV uses the word “secure”.

Shall I pray for the peace of Jerusalem for no other reason than my desire to “prosper” and to check that off my “to-do” list to make sure I qualify? Certainly not. Do I fear that in spite of this, that may be more closely related to my true motive? Yes. Still, I choose to PRAY for the PEACE of Jerusalem today. And I pray that God would allow me to discern and learn his heart for the situation so that my prayers would be selfless and that my heart would truly be with His people in Israel.

I noticed yesterday that Vice President Cheney commented that Iran was at the top of the list of “trouble spots”. One thing he said was that he was concerned that Israel “might well decide to act first to eliminate any nuclear threat from Tehran.”. Israel has defended herself with preemptive strikes in this manner before. Still, imagine the conflict. God’s command to us is for sure – we need to pray for Israel. Pray for Jerusalem. May she be protected and may she be guided with wisdom and integrity. And may this apply to the physical, geographic Israel, but also to all of spiritual Israel, the chosen people of God, His children. Amen.

For the Kingdom,
Fred