THE NEW WORLD MAP
Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler’s new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history.
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Well before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese government had redrawn the map of Asia and the Pacific. Japan had occupied or annexed Indochina, Korea, Manchuria and Taiwan, in addition to swaths of coastal China. Attacking Hawaii, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia was merely the logical 1941 follow-up to more than a decade of Japanese aggression.
For prayer: Christians often suffer the most when national boundary lines change due to religious oppression or forceful land acquisition. Such actions echo Jesus’ words about “wars and rumors of wars.” Yet, even amidst terrible suffering and unspeakable atrocities, substantiated reports tell us of thousands of Muslims turning to God, calling on the name of the Lord, and becoming followers of Christ. We see “signs of the times” everywhere. Pray for the suffering Church and new converts.
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matt. 24:6-8)
“Nevertheless [God] did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”(Acts 14:17)
HUD WAR AGAINST THE SUBURBS
An African-American millionaire can buy a home in any expensive suburb. Color is no longer a barrier. Despite this progress, President Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development is accusing expensive towns of racism, simply because most minorities can’t afford to live there.
Westchester County, N.Y., has struggled under a federal monitor since 2009 to compel the county to comply with HUD’s demands for multi-unit affordable housing in expensive areas [shades of Marxism]. Hillary Clinton claims to be a warrior against inequality. But her adopted hometown of Chappaqua, an upscale Westchester village that one resident describes as “a little piece of heaven,” is battling HUD’s demands.
For prayer: Many loyal, patriotic citizens believe President Obama’s goals for America do not coincide with the ideals of the Constitution or free enterprise. While the Bible warns against pursuing riches, it does not condemn having wealth. This article is less about housing and more about redistribution of money. Government is to serve its citizens, not rule over them. When Americans are free to direct their spending, more money goes to charity, including to the Church and Christian missions.
“And [Jesus] said to them, ‘Whose image and inscription is this [coin]?’ They said to Him, ‘Caesar’s.’ And He said to them, ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.'” (Matt. 22:20-21)
DROWNING THE FISH
American generosity is the marvel of the world. The open heart, accompanied by the open pocketbook, is the American way to relieve the pain and loss of disaster.It’s how a wealthy society can spread largesse to those struggling with survival.
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Six of 10 American households give to charity. Americans gave $335.17 billion to charities in 2013. The largest source of charitable giving came from individuals at $241.32 billion, or 72 percent of the total, followed by foundations ($50.28 billion, 15 percent), bequests ($26.81 billion, 8 percent), and corporations ($16.76 billion, 5 percent). Americans obey the Biblical injunction to be their brothers’ keepers in hard times.
Prayer and Praise: Give thanks for America’s largesse of heart in leading worldwide giving to national and international emergencies and disasters. Much of this comes from hearts of faith informed by biblical instruction. As with all good causes, those with selfish motives can infiltrate, and some organizations are simply not run efficiently. Pray for those like The Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, and others, where practical help is accompanied by a clear Christian witness.
[Paul to the Ephesian elders:] “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” (Acts 20:35)
“He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.” (Prov. 19:17)
WHEN GOVERNMENT BURSTS ITS RESTRAINTS
America has reversed direction from its origin of limited government and unlimited economy. Today, America is increasingly defined by an expanding government and a retreating economy. The question now is: When we will recognize this reversal?
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America’s original perspective on government and the economy came from our Colonial past. Confronted with what they perceived as unlimited government – in the form of Colonial executive power and their exclusion from legislative power in the British Parliament – the Founders created a very limited government in the Constitution.
For prayer: In summary, this article asks, “Can an out-of-control government be restored to the original intentions of the Founders?” No one knows the answer. At present, the government consumes, and the economy is being consumed. Obviously, there is an endpoint at which both government and economy implode (note the situation in Greece). Many feel the only solution is a country reawakened by transforming revival. We ask intercessors to pray in unity to that end.
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim. 2:1-4)
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
DJ REFUSES A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR A GAY MAN
First there was the New Mexico wedding photographer. Then there was the Indiana pizza maker. Now there is the Maryland disc jockey.
The national debate about how to balance religious conscience protections and gay equality flared in the large, mostly liberal Washington, D.C., suburb of Montgomery County Friday, when Dani Tsakounis tried to help her brother hire Ultrasound Deejays for a party. An owner of the business told Tsakounis he would not provide the DJ because Tsakounis’s brother, a Silver Spring therapist, is married to another man and the birthday party they are hosting is for their 60-year-old roommate, who is also gay.
Intercessors know how to pray in this situation. We have been here several times before, though names and faces change. Our prayer is that a homosexual person or couple can hear and accept the straight person’s concerns and convictions and simply seek another vendor. The demand to seek agreement and compliance is neither honest nor fair. Please pray as you are led, not forgetting the obvious larger issues.
“But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.'” (Acts 5:29)
“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.'” (Dan. 3:16-18)