Showing posts from February 21, 2016

Prayer for the Addicted and Luke 11.14-28

Today I was pondering Luke 11.14-28 and Jesus releasing those trapped by devilish, dark and destructive powers. It brought me to pray for the addicted:
Lord Jesus, who has come to set the captives free; who through your cross and resurrection has disarmed principalities and powers, making a public spectacle of them and triumphed over them: set free these for whom we pray….that all may know that you are Lord of lords and King of kings, and that these may glorify and enjoy you now, hereafter and forever. Amen.

"Sai: Fundamental Training" (DVD) by Nicholas C. Yang. A Review

Sai: Fundamental Training - DVD Nicholas C. Yang YMAA Publication Center, Inc.
PO Box 480
Wolfeboro, NH 03894 ISBN: 9781594393495; $49.95; 1 February 2016 5 or 5 Stars
In martial arts weapons are a significant emphasis. The goal, in the end, is to become proficient in a broad spectrum of armaments and so to become fluid and flexible enough to turn anything into a weapon. The Sai (Chinese: chai) has a long history in short-range weaponry. Nicholas C. Yang has crafted a 4 ½ hour video to walk martial artists through the basic fundamentals of using double sai, teaching the sequence of the Chinese White Crane Double Sai, and carefully illustrating the martial applications of almost all of the various moves.
The DVD begins with a special presentation by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming on the history and principles of the double sai. Then Nicholas Yang takes over to explain and demonstrate solo moves of both blocking and striking. He next gives a sampling of partner training, and finally…

God's Pleasure (Psalm 147.10-11)

{This is what I presented to the Capitol Forum, a Bible Study fellowship that meets every Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Capitol}

God’s PleasureHis delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love” (Psalm 147.10-11).
20 verses. 20 groups of parallel statements describing, declaring, announcing and affirming that in all of earth’s story, throughout all of your life’s tale, God is the Hero! And then, smack-dab in the middle of this Psalm come two verses about God’s displeasure and God’s pleasure. Hebrew: chaphetz – delight; ratzach – pleasure!
No Pleasure (v.10): The “strength of the horse” and the “legs of a man” probably have most to do with war machinery, powerful soldering, the martial arts, or battle prowess. God has no delight (chaphetz) in what arouses our admiration; he has no pleasure (ratzach) in what arrests our attention; the things that swell us to fis…

"O Gracious Lord God" - 21 February 2016

O Gracious Lord God, you have loved us, and have chosen us to be a royal priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices. We come at your summons to serve you in a ministry of prayer and intercession.
O Gracious Lord God, who has called us out of darkness into your marvelous light; we rejoice that you are the rock of our salvation, the solid, firm, sure and steadfast rock! We pray for this congregation founded on the rock, Jesus Christ, that we may be firmly established in Christ, built up in Christ, filled with the love of Christ, moving forward in the work of Christ.
O Gracious Lord God, who has called us to be a royal priesthood and a holy nation; we pray for the leaders of your Church, for the minister, pastors, priests, Bishops and elders of the various churches here in Edmond; and we pray for Livingwood Missionary Baptist Church; Truelight MBC; Korean Nazarene Church; New Life Community Church; and Bethel Christian Center. That as sojourners and exiles they would abstain from the passion…