Great horn toads, during Katrina and Rita, I (sumner) caught myself giving God advice. How horrible! "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments and his ways past finding our! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Rom 11:33, 34.
Learn from Jesus
In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed," And he said, Abba Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt Mark 14:36. Dear people, this is one of the most awesome moments in all of history! Jesus knew what agony and suffering was ahead of him and said, "not what I will but thy will be done." If he had not gone through it, you and I would on our way to hell, right now.
Learn from Paul
He had a terrible thorn in the flesh. What is was does not matter. Paul said, "I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me" 2 Cor 12:8, 9.
Learn from God
God may have a bigger, much better plan that we do not know about. We must pray, "Not my will but thine be done." And daily pray what He taught us to pray,"Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" Matt 6:10. "All things do work together for good" for the born again child of God Rom 8:28. TRUST HIM. No murmuring! Make sense?
Dear people, I went through a life wrenching experience 50 years ago that just a year ago did I find out why! And now I shout THANK YOU LORD. God spared me a most unbelievable tragedy. It is not hard to say,"Thy will be done" when you have been through something I did and find out why.
Father, may we always want Thy will done rather than ours. In Jesus name. God loves you and so do I. ABC sumner
Turn Your Eyes Upon JESUS
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!
For weeks a six-year old lad kept telling his first-grade teacher about the baby brother or sister that was expected at his house. One day the mother allowed the boy to feel the movements of the unborn child. The six-year old was obviously impressed, but made no comment. Furthermore, he stopped telling his teacher about the impending event. The teacher finally sat the boy on her lap and said, "Tommy, whatever has become of that baby brother or sister you were expecting at home?" Tommy burst into tears and confessed, "I think Mommy ate it!"
In The News:
U.S. Pastor Shut Out of Iranian Trial, Unable to Address Charges
An American Christian pastor being tried in Iran for his religious beliefs was shut out of his own trial Tuesday, according to the American Center for Law and Justice. Tuesday was the only day for Saeed Abedini to present a defense, but both he and his Iranian attorney were barred from the courtroom as Iranian prosecutors brought testimony against him, attempting to force lay church leaders to testify against him before Iran's infamous "hanging judge." The ACLJ confirmed that one lay church leader was specifically questioned about converting to Christianity and whether Abedini encouraged the conversion, which he did. The court also asked for details on how Abedini -- a naturalized U.S. citizen -- had financed his multiple trips back to Iran to work on establishing an orphanage and whether any foreign funds were used. The judge told the lay leader to expect another summons within a month to return to testify against Abedini, said Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, on Tuesday. She said her husband had told her earlier that he would likely be held in prison "for a long time," and she added: "This testimony ... is further proof that Iran was just trying to silence the media and has no intention of releasing my husband anytime soon. We need to continue exposing Iran's violation of Saeed's human rights until my husband is safely back in my arms."
Andy Stanley Calls Obama 'Pastor in Chief' in Pre-Inauguration Sermon
Atlanta-area megachurch pastor Andy Stanley, who gave the sermon at the pre-inaugural church service, suggested during his remarks that President Obama should be called "pastor in chief" for his leadership following the Newtown shooting, the Washington Examiner reports. Stanley thanked Obama for his work after the tragedy when he spoke to mourners, then acknowledged Obama's influence and prayed that the president would "continue to leverage this influence for the sake of our nation and the sake of the world."
Americans Expect to Give Less in 2013
In an ominous sign for charities, Americans say they will pull back on their giving in the coming year, according to the 2013 Dunham+Company/Wilson Perkins Allen State of Philanthropy Study. Donors indicated that their giving in 2013 will revert to recession-like levels, with 27 percent of adults -- the same percentage as 2009 and 2010 and more than double the percentage in 2012 -- saying they would be giving less in the coming year. "Although Americans feel their personal economic situation is more stable, the findings from this year's study mirror the findings during the depths of the recession, which is not good," said Rick Dunham, president and CEO of Dunham+Company. "Our research has shown that charitable giving is at risk when there is uncertainty in the economy as people conserve out of fear for what the future might hold. With the uncertainty over the implications of what might be done during the debt ceiling negotiations regarding tax rates or deductions and the continued ambiguity around the effects of Obamacare, there is plenty for Americans to worry about, so we should not be surprised if there is a downturn in charitable support."
Egyptian Christian Leader Calls for Prayer in Wake of Revolution Anniversary
As the two-year anniversary of the beginning of the Egyptian revolution against the Mubarak regime approaches on Jan. 25, an Egyptian Christian leader reports "a split nation overflowing with too much frustration and anger, with hardly any positive or promising political or social development. The economy is a disaster, with our local currency's value diving deep down into the unknown." This spirit of frustration and anger "provides good soil for a major clash this Friday," the Christian leader says. "Words are spreading around about a second revolution, another eruption of anger, but this time it is directed against the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists, who have taken a strong hand on the reins of the Egyptian nation, acting as if they alone live in the country." Reports of planned organized protests in many of Egypt’s main cities are being circulated on the Internet and through satellite news programs. Prominent politicians, writers and society figures are urging Egyptians to go back to the street, proclaiming the rejection of the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists, and renewing the call for a civil state. The Christian leader notes that "there are several possible scenarios for Friday, the worst of which could be severe confrontations and clashes between the Islamic state and civil state supporters. The shadows of violence and turmoil are showing up again all over the scene in Egypt, leaving us with many concerns and anxieties. ... May the Lord have mercy on us and save Egypt from every evil. Please join us in prayer."