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Revival and Reformation Pt. 17: When Faith Fumbles, Fourth and Goal

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[You can listen here while following the manuscript below]
Revival and Reformation Pt 17 2 Chronicles 16 When Faith Fumbles, 4th and Goal!
Rightly, Lord, your true word both disturbs the comfortable, and comforts the disturbed. Show us the secrets of our own hearts this evening, and apply your medicinal salve for Christ’s sake. Amen.
Consistency is not a normal human tendency. Blind spots, quirks of character, inabilities to see our own double standards – this is the normal human condition. And the same continues to haunt us once we have been brought into the family of God. In 2 Chronicles 16 we see an example of when Faith Fumbles, 4th and Goal and it reminds us “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10.12).
Chapter 16 is in the context of 14-15. Keep in the forefront of your mind 14.2 and 15. 17: God’s own description of Asa’s overall life and actions flavors even the final story with God’s mercy! But also this final chapter reminds us that

Congregational and Pastoral Prayer - 10 August 2014 PM

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Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright” (Psalm 20.7-8 NKJV). We give you heartfelt thanks, our God, for you take pleasure in your people and adorn the humble with victory (Psalm 149.4); you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield (Psalm 5.12).

Lord, our God, who desires not the death of the wicked; convert those who hate your people without a cause, and turn the hearts of those who persecute your Christians. Protect the poor and the innocent against the oppression of unjust men. And grant your maltreated people patience under the cross, and preserve them in the true faith unto their life’s end (Adapted from, “Reading the Psalms with Luther,” 130)! O Lord, hear our prayer.

We beseech you on behalf of this congregation; as well as Covenant Life Family Worship Center; Crest View Baptist Church; Crestwood Baptist; Cross of Calvary Bapti…