32 Hours: The Church In Haiti

I interrupt my 40-Day Blog fast to post this sermon from Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. While I have been away, I have been challenged to use the power of the blog to share links and giving opportunities which I have been made aware of. I have battled between giving in to the fast for something so important as the events in Haiti. Throughout this time away, I have been following and monitoring the progress of Pastors Mark Driscoll and James McDonald as they have launched “Churches Helping Churches” to respond to the devastation in Haiti.  I challenge each of you to watch the video below. It is one hour but will give you perspective on what is really happening in Haiti.

While I will continue my blog fast for the remaining 15 days, this video, this message, our opportunity and our calling is far too great. It goes beyond searching inside ones self (which is what my fast has been all about). It calls us to rise, pray, seek, serve, give and intercede for others. Lord help the people and the church in Haiti. As Casting Crowns so plainly sing it…”Until the Whole World Hears“.

Praying For Tiger

On Friday afternoon, I sat watching football with family and reading the ESPN ticker reporting the details of Tiger Woods “minor accident”. With each passing hour, the details were more and more odd. That little alarm in my head was ringing that something just didn’t seem right. The truth is that no one except the Woods family knows what happened that night. Maybe we should leave it that way.

The tabloids are all over this story. Each time I launch Google Reader, there is another news feed with details. This morning, Tiger released a statement to respond to many of the allegations. After reading it, I am challenged to do the only thing we can do for Tiger….pray. I can quickly begin to make assumptions based on what I am reading about things I have no knowledge of. Yet the one thing I know is that I can pray for Tiger and his family. My prayer will be much like this song.

“Love is not a fight, but it’s something worth fighting for” -Warren Barfield

May God move and work in the marriage of Tiger Woods. May He bring restoration and healing to their home.

Scary Stuff

jerA few years ago I found myself on a trip and without a book to read. I picked up “Jerusalem Countdown” by John Hagee in the airport bookstore and began to read. This book was written in 2006 and I read it not long after it was released. This isn’t a book review. If I remember right, I already did one. If you want to know, it was a great book. Scary stuff, but a great book.

For some odd reason last night as I was drifting off to sleep, I remembered a quote from the book. I remembered thinking that when I read it, I thought it was probably pretty prophetic and true. Little did I know how accurate this really would be. Buckle up folks, this is some scary stuff.

From the Jerusalem Countdown, Page 108-109.

It’s obvious to the nations of the world what Russia and the Arabs are doing, and yet the Western world is doing absolutely nothing to stop them. Why won’t America respond? Let me venture to say that after America’s extended war in Iraq, the next administration will probably be Democratic and will withdraw from Iraq, vowing to stay out of the Middle East in the future.

America as a whole wants short, high-tech military campaigns with shock and awe that end in Washington DC with massive parades down Pennsylvania Avenue on national television, such as we had in Desert Storm. Long, drawn-out wars of attrition, as in Vietnam, will be part of our past – not our future. When America sees Russia and the Arabs going into Israel, it will be simply a war above and beyond its national will to respond. Russia and the Arab nations will form one of the most impressive military forces ever put together. As Ezekiel says, “It will cover the land”.

Like I said, last night, for some odd reason that just came to my mind. So much so that I went looking for the book and that quote this morning to make sure I remembered it correctly. As I said, this was written and I read it nearly 3 years ago. Then I logged on to the internet this morning and was greeted with this…

Obama to world: Don’t expect America to fix it all.