by Barbara Collins
A friend of mine wrote on her Christmas card, “Can we save the economy of the country?” I replied, “No, we can’t save the economy of our country, but He can!” We must have a great revival sweep our country, particularly in what we call the “church.”
The “time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God, and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God.” I. Peter 4:17. Do we need a second Pentecost just like they had two in the Book of Acts, chapters 2 and 4? However, in the second one what they received was unique, like boldness.
In the first Pentecost, they had “one accord” (2:1) yet in the second one though they had grown into a “multitude of those who believed,” they were of “one heart and one soul.” In the second Pentecost, they also possessed great power and great grace. (4:33).
How did the second Pentecost begin? With prayer, just like the first one. Of the second Pentecost, it is written, “And when they had prayed... the place where they were assembled together was shaken. What happened? “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke with boldness.” (4:31). In other words, the great shaking brought a great boldness.
Of course, the threats that had come against them from everywhere caused them to ASK FOR BOLDNESS. Notice that God quickly answered their prayer. Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.” (Mt. 7:7). You can’t have a multitude of “one-heart and one-soul” people without a great submission. Those who said, “I did it my way” have shed their independence. Everyone whose goal has been control of others learned to yield.
Great giving preceded great fruitfulness and great generosity so much so they had “all things in common.” (4:33). In our lifetime, we’ve never seen all things held in common. Dare we pray for it? We may just as well get it just as these disciples prayed for boldness and God quickly and graciously granted their request. They didn’t have to “prepare” to speak, but they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Shall we ask for a third Pentecost?
by Charis R. Hart (this article is condensed from a longer version)
What is a Christian wife to do if her husband is addicted to porn?
Rise up, Christian wife.
YOU are his help meet!
Katharine Bushnell (1856-1946) wrote:
What is a "help meet"? Genesis 2:20 describes the purpose of the creation of woman. She is to be the man's "help meet"- ezer kenegdo in transliterated Hebrew.
The word ezer is used only twenty other places in the entire Old Testament. Fifteen of those are descriptions of God Himself coming through for you when you need Him desperately: often life and death situations with God as your only hope. Your ezer. If He is not there beside you… you are dead. Kenegdo means alongside, or opposite to, a counterpart. So, ezer kenegdo/"help meet" is a lifesaving partner. What God has called a wife to be, HE will equip her to be!
What does this have to do with porn use? Porn sows death. His very spiritual life hangs in the balance. Nowadays, porn use is at epidemic proportions among self professing Christians and even among pastors. Here are just a few statistics taken from a large collection compiled by Blazing Grace: [snip- see full article]
My husband of over 25 years is a Christian who struggled with porn use. Active membership in church did not bring deliverance, attempts to be part of male "accountability programs" did not bring deliverance. Deliverance came only when I stopped listening to all the messages coming from various corners of evangelical Christian subculture about the duties of a Christian wife, started seeking God deeply and rose to the Holy Spirit's challenge to be transformed into the keeper at home and the help meet which God has called and authorized me to be. Neither the church nor other male "accountability partners" are on the front lines when it comes to victory over the scourge of porn in Christian homes. I am convinced that the wife's role is key. Biblically, she is the only one on earth who is called to be her husband's "help meet"/ezer kenegdo and expressly given authority over his very body (see 1 Cor 7). [snip- see full article]
GWTW's word study on "help meet"/ezer speaks of this courageous MEET help who will firmly oppose her husband's unrighteousness:
Rise up, Christian wife. YOU are his help meet!
by Destiny DeLaRosa
For Destiny DeLaRosa, advocacy means helping women find solutions.
The reformed pro-life movement is not about shouting at frightened women. It's not about hate-filled debates or holding up signs containing graphic images at organized protests.
It's about helping women utilize resources that will allow them the option of choosing life for their unborn child, plain and simple. It's about education and assistance. It's about cultivating informed and well thought-out decisions.
As a member of this movement, I don't see myself as a baby sav-ior. My apologies if that offends you.
I have a heart for women – especially women who are feeling terri-fied, alone and desperate. These emotions are all too vivid to me. Nine years ago, at the immature age of 16, I became pregnant.
My universe imploded. [...to Full Article]
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