MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Christ is Working Today

April 19th, 2018 Viewed 45 times, 1 so far today

In the last segment we discussed how Jesus was working at Creation and then through the Old Testament. In the New Testament we are introduced to the incarnation. Jesus, born of a virgin and under the law, came to live a sinless life and die on the cross– our punishment– so that we might live. Then He arose, appeared to the disciples, and then ascended on high.

The rest of the New Testament chronicles His disciples’ work at carrying out the mission He gave them– go into all the world and make disciples. He appears a couple of more times in visions, and then the Bible ends.

However, His work did not finish there, or even finish on the cross. Jesus is still active and working today!

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Jehoshaphat – Reliance on God

October 17th, 2016 Viewed 1095 times, 2 so far today
Map of the Levant circa 830 BCE

Map of the Levant circa 830 BCE (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was a teen I was very involved in my church’s drama/musical programs.  One of my favorites was “Fat, Fat Jehoshaphat” in which I played King Jehoshaphat.  During this play, the focus was on the passage that we are looking at today, and what part Jehoshaphat’s reliance on God had in his dealings with his enemies.

Jehoshaphat Attacked (2 Chronicles 19:1-2, 20)

After his alliance with Ahab, Jehoshaphat is challenged by a prophet of God. God asks him why he is a friend with the enemies of God. The wrath of God will be upon him, yet not to his destruction because he does seek the Lord.  We see this come to play out when the Ammonites, Moabites and Meunites come to attack.  Jehoshaphat gets advanced notice, and instead of calling up an army, like every other time, Jehoshaphat goes to God.

Once You’re Looking for It, You’ll See It Everywhere

July 9th, 2015 Viewed 1144 times, 1 so far today

Let’s say you are in the market for a new vehicle. You decide that you want a white van. Do you know what you will see when you are traveling around? White vans. Because white vans are on your mind you suddenly notice them everywhere. If evangelistic opportunities are on your mind—because you are praying for them—then you will see them pop up everywhere.

  Read more at How Praying for Evangelism is like Buying a White Van

May 15th, 2015

What is the difference between God saying “No” in answer to prayer and saying “Wait”?

Do You Know God’s Promises?

April 6th, 2015 Viewed 1286 times, 1 so far today

King David, the “man after God’s own heart” said that he meditated on God’s law day and night.  It was said that the reformers and preachers of the early revivals spent hours reading God’s Word and in prayer– sometimes going into the late hours and sometimes starting before the day had begun.

They all had something in common with Nehemiah– they had a thirst for and were constantly in God’s Word.  You can see it from the rest of the first chapter of Nehemiah::

Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’ They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” – Nehemiah 1:8-11a

Confession Comes First

April 2nd, 2015 Viewed 900 times

One of the things we learn about Nehemiah early on is that he has a close relationship with God– often going to him in prayer as a reflex.  In the first part of this book, he hears a report that his people are living in poor conditions.  Nehemiah is concerned about them, but rather than Nehemiah immediately getting on a horse, organizing a food drive, or trying to get things done under his own power, he turns to God, but in an interesting way.

How is it that a Person Praying at Commencement is an Establishment of Religion?

December 17th, 2012 Viewed 1672 times

Learning to PrayOne of the things that always baffles me every year is around commencement time.  How have we gotten to the point where we accept that a prayer in a single meeting is considered an establishment of religion?

I mean, the Congress of the United States opens with prayer, and they are the ones actually mentioned in the First Amendment as ones that are not to establish a religion!  How can someone, especially a student in a school, be interpreted to be establishing a religion?


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Gov. Rick Perry and Prayer

August 11th, 2011 Viewed 1415 times, 1 so far today

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Gov. Rick Perry is coming under a lot of fire, not just because he called for the people of his state to pray, but because he actually led a prayer service within the past week where Scripture was read and he prayed for President Obama.

Of course this has the usual suspects1 up in arms because under their illogical reading of the Constitution, if a Governor of a State believes in God, holds a service to God and prays for a current sitting President that magically means that all Texans—and thereby all Americans—will be forced, or feel forced, to believe exactly what Gov. Perry does.

Or they’re just doing it because they have nothing better to do with their time.


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“Thank You For My Smokin’ Hot Wife”

July 27th, 2011 Viewed 4397 times, 1 so far today
Prayer is the language

Prayer is the language (Photo credit: Lel4nd)

Pastor Joe Nelms decided that, rather than give an actual prayer, he’d pull lines right out of the irreverent prayer from the movie Talladega Nights to inject some humor into what’s normally a cookie cutter prayer.

Now, while I can tolerate the “smokin’ hot wife” and perhaps the racing cars types, it’s how he closed the prayer that makes me believe he crossed the line.

If You Could Hear Christ Praying…

May 3rd, 2011 Viewed 1010 times

“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.” (Robert Murray M’Cheyne p. 179)

HT – The Ordinary Pastor

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.