This lovely song by Carol Sampson is based on Isaiah 40:31, and reminds us to actively hand matters to the Lord and to place our hope in Him. There are so many situations we can apply this in. Soak and enjoy the music and the words and drink deeply from this precious well.
The Lord wants us to see this huge crisis from a spiritual perspective rather than just a worldly one. We know that the enemy is trying to precipitate war – but the Lord is longing to wage peace and to bring revival to North Korea.
We are praying here for more than a downscaling of tension, more even than the spiritual humbling of one man: we are praying for the work of God in the whole of the ruling power elite in North Korea – and the future of the work of the Kingdom on the peninsula. Continue reading
This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
The Lord gave Ros a burden to pray for Prince William when he was born which has continued on and off since then. His brother, Prince Harry, recently spoke about the crossroads he is at in his life. (See this one minute interview).
Let’s pray Prince Harry to move on into the next phase of his life, but on the principle that praying for one person along particular lines often opens the way for wider prayer, let’s make him the “hub” around which to devote time this week to pray for the many many people who are at one type of crossroads or another in their lives. Where would the Lord lead you?
Lord, bring to mind the people You would have us pray for. Show them the steps that they should take: whether to stay where they are or to “put out into the deep.” Confirm Your leading to them, prepare the path ahead and provide all they need for the next stage of their lives.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. But perhaps there is a key – that key is Russian national interest.”
Winston Churchill, October 1938
The Ukraine crisis started with differences, which became a conflict, which became a war, and which now risks becoming total war.
Churchill, who was undoubtedly one of the first international statesmen to recognise the post-war threat posed by the USSR, (and who coined the phrase “An iron curtain has descended across Europe” also wrote concerning Joseph Stalin’s tightening of his grip on the eastern half of the Europe that, “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” Continue reading
The cricket world has been shaken by the recent death of Phil Hughes in a freak accident to the head. I happened to be awake when they were showing his funeral in Australia yesterday. The Australian captain, Michael Clarke, gave one of the keynote addresses. He spoke so deeply from his heart and we both found both the occasion and some of the images he came up with profoundly moving.
Coincidentally, he referred to four of the cricket grounds that mean a lot to us: Karachi, (where we enjoyed a match many years ago between England and Pakistan on our one day off on a packed speaking tour), Lords, (where I preached at a funeral), Worcester (our local ground) and the Sydney Cricket Ground, (where Ros and Dom watched several encounters between England and Australia earlier this year).
May the Lord bring good things out of this sad loss too, and and use the deep unity that it has inspired amongst cricketers everywhere.
We thought you would find this information interesting concerning the Iron Dome missiles, which have protected so many Jewish lives themselves. Do pray for their effective use!
by Viva Sarah Press : Jul 17, 2014 : Israel21c.org
Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has been exemplary in intercepting Hamas’ rocket attacks from Gaza; here are some little-known facts about it.
Here are 15 facts you may not know about the Iron Dome system-(reprinted via Israel21c):
1. Iron Dome is the world’s only dual mission system that provides an effective defense solution for countering rockets, artillery and mortars as well as aircraft, helicopters, UAVs and PGMs. It can detect and intercept rockets and artillery shells headed for population centers within a 43.4-mile (70-kilometer) range. An Iron Dome defense system missile intercepts a rocket fired at Jerusalem from Gaza last Thursday. (Photo: A missile from the Iron Dome is fired in response to rocket attack from Gaza/by Flash90)
2. A toy car sold by Toys R Us inspired developers in building the Iron Dome. One of the leading developers recently told Hayadan, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s magazine, that due to schedule and budget constraints, some of the missile components were taken from a toy car he had bought for his son at a local Toys R Us store.
3. The Iron Dome system was designed to be operated easily by an average woman soldier 160 centimeters in height and 48 kilograms in weight, according to Hayadan.
4. Iron Dome can handle multiple threats simultaneously and efficiently. The system only intercepts an incoming rocket if it is deemed a critical threat. A unique interceptor with a special warhead detonates any target in the air within seconds. (Photo: Iron Dome intercepts a rocket attack from Gaza/by Flash90)
5. The cost of launching a missile from the Iron Dome at a threatening rocket has been reported to cost anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000. The rockets fired by terror groups at Israel are estimated to cost between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
6. It took less than four years to develop the Iron Dome system from an idea to the drawing board to combat readiness. In 2007, a year after the Second Lebanon War, then Defense Minister Amir Peretz chose the Iron Dome to be developed as Israel’s defensive answer. In March 2011, the Iron Dome was declared operational. In April that year, the advanced missile interception system successfully shot down its first Grad rockets fired by Hamas from the Gaza Strip at Israel.
7. When the Iron Dome system was chosen to be developed into Israel’s defensive solution against short-range rockets, many critics predicted it would never work. One of the project leaders said: “We knew that eventually our critics would get our response, which came in April when the first operational deployment destroyed eight out of eight rockets aimed at Ashkelon and Beersheba.” Indeed, the strange-looking battery contraption was hailed as the hero of Operation Pillar of Defense. Today, operators of the system report a best-in-the-world 90 percent success rate.
8. Israeli contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israeli company mPrest Systems designed and programmed the core of the Iron Dome management system.
9. Iron Dome operates in all weather conditions, including low clouds, rain, dust storms or fog.
10. Aesthetics were important to the designers and developers of the system. One developer told Hayadan: “I wanted the battery system to look super-modern and threatening, because it was obvious that within an hour of its use it would be featured on the likes of CNN and Al-Jazeera.”
11. During Iron Dome’s deployment, the IDF realized that it is also effective against aircraft up to an altitude of 32,800 feet (10,000 meters), according to a report by the Hebrew-language Flightglobal magazine.
12. Iron Dome is jointly funded by Israel and the US. Israel provided initial funding and development, which allowed for the deployment of the first two Iron Dome systems. In 2010, the US government contributed $205 million toward its development. In 2011, Haaretz published a report stating that Israel would invest $1 billion in Iron Dome batteries. In 2012, the American government approved another $70 million package for further R&D. In 2014, the US Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee agreed to provide $351 million for Israel to secure the Iron Dome system. (Photo: Iron Dome battery/by Flash90)
13. Iron Dome is the first of a planned three-part defense system—Iron Dome, Magic Wand, Arrow—that could be operational by the end of the year, according to Rafael. Magic Wand is designed to intercept projectiles with ranges between 70 kilometers (45 miles) and 300 kilometers (180 miles), like the large arsenal of Hezbollah rockets in Lebanon. The Arrow system is for longer-range threats from Iran. The three components will complete what Israel calls its “multi-layer missile defense.”
14. The developers of Iron Dome—from Rafael and the Ministry of Defense Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure—won the prestigious 2012 Israel Defense Prize for their technological breakthroughs in developing the groundbreaking system.
15. Two young Israeli innovators run Facebook and Twitter accounts following the Iron Dome’s successes.
Israeli hospitals continue to tend the Palestinian wounded.
Brian Mills and Ian Cole led important times of intercession in Macedonia last week at the event we featured in the last edition, where 500 delegates from 23 different European nations, plus some from elsewhere in the world were seeking the Lord fervently to break through in revival power in the Balkan region. They were led to ask forgiveness not only for historical hurts but also for the present-day hatreds that still exist in a region that is now been known for so long as powder keg.
Linda has this to say about their time there.
“28th June 2014 marks the 100th year anniversary of World War I in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The ‘European Trumpet Call’ took place in Skopje – the capital city of Macedonia – strategically timed to coincide in the same month.
The focus was on reconciliation between people groups and countries within the Balkans, upon which both the 1st and 2nd world wars have had long term and catastrophic effects, as well as for unity between the different Christian denominations.
A thousand of us gathered together as representatives of nearly every European nation to declare our unity in prayer for the healing of all European nations through symbolic acts of repentance and proclamation, so that the Gospel might be grasped and accepted through the love and unity of Christians. We particularly prayed for Macedonia, that it might become the gateway for revival and prosperity to other nations.
As a worship team we particularly warmed to Pastor Aleksander Sasha Vuletic (who has successfully planted three churches in Skopje) – a warm-hearted and generous man who offered us the type of hospitality St. Paul himself would have been proud of!
As the conference progressed, the worship team was able to play a more dynamic part in the sessions, and many of the delegates warmed to us. We were pleased to meet Prince Philip of Prussia, the great great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and a lovely Christian, who prayed for forgiveness on behalf of Germany concerning the origins of the First World War, thereby setting a Biblical precedent and showing us the power of being able to identify with the sin (and error) of our own nations. May the effect of the prayers continue in the heavenly places and play their part in touching the nations for Christ in these increasingly challenging days.”
Having featured Linda’s report from the conference in Macedonia, here is a beautiful track she wrote that we have called “Let nothing disturb you” – which feels like good advice in the light of the serious matters we have highlighted in this edition!
May the Lord lead your spirit far and wide as you play and pray it.
“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
“Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’
“They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name.” (Neh. 1:5 -11)
We have been following the story of Nehemiah as he prayed and fasted before the Lord on behalf of his people back in Jerusalem. In this Manna for the Soul we are going to leave the literal context behind, and pray for a matter that is on so many people’s lips around the country these days. There is no doubting how intensely people feel about this Continue reading
Given the wide influence that Hillsong churches now exercise, we were interested to read their vision statement way back in 1993, when they must have been much smaller. It’s lovely to to see how much of the original vision is now being fulfilled.
Hillsong Mission Statement 1993
The church that I see is the church of influence. A church so large in size that the city and nation cannot ignore it. The church growing so quickly the buildings struggle to contain the increase.
I see a Church whose heartfelt praise and worship touches heaven and Continue reading