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National Day of Prayer

Posted in Apps, Atheist, Bible, Celebration, Christian, Church, Community, Country, Culture, DC, Devotion, Digital, Election, Faith, Family, God, Government, HIstory, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2015 by BigPhatPastor

NDPThis year I am torn more than ever regarding the National Day of Prayer.  I know it is a huge nationwide event that brings out people and congregations in droves to events all over the nation.  I strongly encourage people and congregations to gather publically and pray for their friends, their families, their communities, and our nation and its leaders.  However, isn’t that what the body of Christ is supposed to do anyway?  And do it daily?

I am torn because some view the National Day of Prayer as the only day to engage in prayer.  Prayer is one of the most valuable assets that the body of Christ has today.  If that is true then shouldn’t the body of Christ be gathering together, even across denominational lines, to pray for people, communities, and our nation…regularly?

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for praying together and in public.  I  am just all for it more than just one day a year.  Why aren’t there monthly or quarterly prayer events going on across our nation on a regular basis?  Why is it usually when tragedy strikes that we see a call to prayer?  Why does it have to take a Tsunami, an earthquake, or a questionable action by a civil servant, or a city in mourning to bring the body of Christ together to pray?  I am not trying to be cynical, but perhaps if we held more prayer events than protests or more prayer events other than to pray against a politician all of our cities and our nation would be in better place.

As I write this, yes, I am trying and have tried to coordinate cross-denominational prayer events for the National Day of Prayer (for those who are wondering if I practice what I preach, lol).  And yes, I am aware that multiple congregations are already engaged in doing regular prayer events with their congregations and with other congregations across denominational lines.  But God help us, literally, if we ever get to a point where we feel like we are praying too much.  This year we are trying to add the following to our local prayer events and if possible perhaps you and your congregation can do the same if it is not being done already:

-Quarterly or regularly scheduled cross denominational pray events

-Public prayer events and prayer walks

That being said, what are you praying for and who will you be praying with for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 7th of this year?

Put A Bandaid On It…

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So a few months ago I pulled a tendon in my left arm.  It took forever to heal because I kept going right back out and doing the thing that caused the damage in the first place, #dagorhir (you’re going to have to Google it).  After weeks of it not healing I finally took a few weeks off from sparring and gym workouts to let it heal.  Then I gradually re-engaged in both #dagorhir  and gym workouts.  It took time but it healed. 

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So what do you think I did when I pulled a tendon in my right arm a few weeks later (this was after a pulled abdominal muscle and a few thumb smashes…#dagorhir)? I went right back at it without allowing time for healing.  Of course once I finally took a few weeks off it began to heal; I am still in that healing process.

I look at our nation now and I see a nation that needs to heal, from wounds of lost loved ones, from wounds of lost trust and confidence, and from wounds caused by hatred and bigotry. This nation, we make up this nation, need time to heal.

Over the Christmas weekend take some time to heal.  Step away from the keyboard.  Don’t respond to any flagrant posts or tweets. Ignore the rants and tirades and spend the weekend with family and loved ones.  We all need time to heal.  #merrychristmas.

We Can Still Give Thanks…

Posted in Bible, Christian, Church, Community, Culture, Evangelism, Faith, Global, God, Government, Jesus Christ, Leadership, Life, Prayer, Real Talk, Spiritual, The Church with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

In a week that should be capitalized with a time of giving thanks and praise to God for His blessings we as a nation are again divided over human hurts.  If nothing else, the events of this week in our nation  confirm how much this nation and this world needs the peace that only Jesus Christ can bring.  We need that peace so we are not fearful of people because of their race, or what clothes they wear, or what position of authority they hold. We need that peace so that hate is no longer one of the most powerful weapons on the planet.  We need that peace because it reveals the truth that every single life is precious to God and should be precious to His people.

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Now more than ever we, who are the Church, should pray for a spiritual awakening  across the nation: that the Gospel would be communicated across the full spectrum of American society and that people of all ages, races, backgrounds regardless of political affiliation or economic situation would be drawn to Jesus Christ and receive His life, His salvation, and His peace…and we should give thanks that we live in a nation that allows us to do so freely #givethanks

It Ain’t Over

Posted in Christian, Church, Country, Culture, Election, God, Government, Jesus Christ, Political, Real Talk, The Church with tags , , , , , , , on November 12, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

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Just because the elections are over doesn’t mean our prayers should stop.  No matter who is in office, whether we voted for them or not, that elected official, from the local magistrate to the congressman or senator, will need the prayers of the people in order to govern justly.  Please pray that the Church, the body of Christ, will deepen its commitment to prayer and never cease to call upon God to guide this nation and its leaders. #amen!

#proudtohaveserved

Posted in Bible, Community, Country, Digital, Faith, Global, God, Government, Military, Pastors, Real Talk with tags , , , on November 11, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

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Today as we support, encourage, and remember our veterans and their families past and present, I pray we also remember the morals and characteristics that this country was founded upon and that many gave their lives and are giving their lives to defend.  If we forget that then we forget them. #thankaveteran #stillservinggodandnnation #pastor

Don’t Let Fear Steal Your Vote

Posted in Bible, Christian, Church, Country, Faith, God, Government, Jesus Christ, Leadership, Life, Pittsburgh, Political, Prayer, Real Talk, The Church with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

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Sadly, many people are going to go to the polls this week and vote based on fear: fear of decreasing income and/or fear of increased taxes; fear based on the race or gender of the individual voting and/or the race or gender of the candidate running; fear of a party losing political power or of a party gaining it.  Don’t let fear steal your vote!

I pray that we as Christ followers would go to the polls ready to vote based on faith, not fear: faith in the one who saved us, who provides for us, and who is able to, and has done, exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ask or imagine.  Praying that we as Christ followers would seek His face first and then vote according to the prompting of His Holy Spirit. #amen! #whomshallwefear

Election Day!!!!

Posted in Christian, Church, Devotion, Election, Faith, God, Government, HIstory, Jesus Christ, Pastors, Real Talk, Taboo Topics, The Church, worship with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2014 by BigPhatPastor

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Today as you are making final decisions to cast your vote in the upcoming elections please pray that we, as Christ followers, remember that when the United States declared its independence from Great Britain it was a unanimous decision based on knowing God as “Creator” and “Supreme Judge of the world” to whom we were accountable, and with the expectation of His “divine providence” in our success as an independent nation as was declared in the Declaration of Independence.  Pray that today and going forward we, as Christ followers, are united again in seeking the will of our Creator for His divine providence for our nation. #amen!

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