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October 30th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Prayer for America

Posted in: Faith Talk

This prayer was written by a member of a prayer and fasting group that I belong to. It is a powerfully anointed prayer given under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Dear Father,

I thank You for the redeeming work of your Son, Jesus Christ. He truly is our Lord and Savior and has freed us from the bondage of sin and death. He who led captivity captive also brought healing in his wings. I claim healing and revival for America and I bind and loose the following things in our country in Jesus’ name, by his blood, and with the authority and the keys He has given me to do so.

I loose from America and Americans every old, wrong, ungodly pattern of thinking, attitude, idea, belief, motivation, habit, and behavior. I tear down, crush, smash, and destroy all strongholds associated with these things. I loose from America and her citizens any strongholds that have been justifying and protecting hard feelings against anyone. I loose the strongholds of unforgiveness, fear, and distrust from our country. I loose from her the strongholds of idolatry, distrust, and self-indulgence.

In the name of Jesus, I loose from America the power and effects of deceptions and lies. I loose from her the confusion and blindness of the god of this world—those things which have kept Americans from seeing the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I call forth every precious word of Scripture that has ever been preached or prayed or spoken in America that it would rise up in power within her people.

In the name of Jesus and by the authority He has given me, I loose from our country the power and effect of any hard or harsh words that have been spoken to, about or by her citizens. I loose from her all generational bondages and associated strongholds. I loose from her all effects and bondages that may have been caused by my sins and by those of other believers Father, in Jesus name, I crush, smash and destroy all generational bondages of any kind; I destroy them right here, right now. They will not bind this country any longer.

In the name of Jesus and by his blood I bind the strongman, Satan, and I take back every spiritual and material possession he has taken from America. I loose from her the enemy’s influence over her spirit and her people. I loose, crush, smash and destroy every evil device Satan may try to bring into the American sphere of influence today.

And Father, in your Son’s name I bind America to Your will for the life of this country. I bind the will of the American people to the will of God. I bind them to the truth and to the blood of Jesus. I bind their minds to the mind of Christ that the very thoughts, feelings, and purposes of His heart would be within their thoughts.

I bind America to the paths of righteousness that her steps would be steady and sure. I bind her to the work of the cross with all its mercy, grace, love, and forgiveness and dying to self.

Dear Lord, I thank You that You have not left us powerless or orphans but that in your gracious love and mercy You have given us you Holy Spirit to abide with us and enable us to pray in power and with confidence. I trust in your grace and redeeming love in America. I give You thanks for our country, and in Jesus name, and by his blood, I bind and loose these things. Thank You, Lord for the truth. And God Bless America!

Amen.



October 7th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Broken - Now Fixed

Posted in: Geek Stuff

I’ve been working on upgrading this blog and others and ran into trouble—natch. but I think I’ve gotten this one back up and functioning. Huzzah! This is my test post.

Update: Well it looks like the problem with editing is now fixed. I edited this post any way.



September 11th, 2008 at 10:21 am

9/11 Then and Now

Posted in: Thoughts

I wasn’t in the United States on 9/11. I was in Ireland trying to figure out where our bed and breakfast for the night was located. My mother and sisters and I were on the trip of a lifetime to see where our Irish ancestors had come from. We were due to fly out the next day. It was a day already filled with frustration when the convenience store clerk told me what was happening, and I didn’t believe him. It was just too incredible.

Today started out much like that day. Wrangling with Dell over why my computer order was canceled for the third time, but finally talking to someone who actually knew and straightened things out. Frustration…and then reading an email that a friend is now under mandatory evacuation for hurricane Ike, and once again, although not as dramatically, the minor frustrations of life pale in the face of life or death events.

Not thinking anything really profound here. Just that life is sure like that.

"When we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be." But for now, "for me to live is Christ and to die is gain." The now is pretty hard.



July 26th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Universities and Religious Freedom - fighting back

Posted in: Education

In California, the University of California system has denied admission to Christian high school students because the curriculum used in the courses required for admission was Christian based. Bob Jones, A-Beka, Alpha Omega…mainstream Christian K-12 publishers… did not meet the requirement that curriculum because they mentioned God and the Bible. This included literature and history courses, not just the science courses that you might expect. You can read more about it at WorldNetDaily.

Couple that case with another I just read about at National Review, and you begin to feel like those trying to marginalize Christians are attempting to take another giant step forward. So far, the Constitution has won out, but the fact that educational bureaucrats feel that they can get away with these things is disturbing. It suggests that the average understanding of the Bill of Rights is seriously flawed.

Here’s a portion of Richard Garnett’s post over at Bench Memos.

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in an opinion written by Judge (and famed law-and-religion scholar) Michael McConnell, issued its opinion in a case called Colorado Christian University v. Weaver. (Click here for more). In a nutshell, the decision and opinion are fantastic. The court held that the Constitution does not permit Colorado to discriminate against "pervasively sectarian" religiously-affiliated schools by excluding otherwise-eligible students who attend such schools from state scholarship programs. Along the way, the court read very narrowly the Supreme Court’s decision, a few years ago, in Locke v. Davey, which some have interpreted to allow governments to exclude religious schools from education-reform and – funding programs. That decision, Judge McConnell wrote, "does not extend to the wholesale exclusion of religious institutions and their students from otherwise neutral and generally available public support."



July 23rd, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Homeschool Amphibians

Posted in: Uncategorized

While I was gone on vacation, I posted the latest update to the Eclectic Homeschool Online. EHO has been my baby for a very long time. The current update is focused on unit studies. So, along with all the great  unit study resources already posted, I uploaded a new unit study devoted to amphibians. Certain topics seem to get the best resources. Frogs is one of those with a variety of online frog dissections, but there are also lots of other cool resources. This article has them listed for you.

Amphibians Unit Study

Or visit the Eclectic Homeschool Online home page for all the new resources.

You can get the newsletter that tells you about the updates scheduled for the 1st and 15th of each month at http://groups.yahoo.com/subscribe/eclectichomeschool