I was hacked! My web provider automatically put me on “lock-down” and thanks to K–, my site is now back up and running. A big “Thank you, thank you, thank you and God’s abundant blessings on you!!!”
This whole hacking system “they” have now sounds absolutely ridiculous. Apparently, our church website, which was also hacked was selling fake handbags. Given our economic state, selling handbags maybe isn’t such a bad idea, just not fake handbags…We are Christian after all…(I can see heads nodding in agreement…)
I also received the news that we are indeed closing our Downtown site. Oddly enough, when I read the email, I felt anxious and nervous. Two feelings I did not expect to have. I think that must be natural enough, when one’s future is up in the air.
It just kind of feels like there is too much up in the air right now. The news is awful. I almost dread going to the gym. Christians are being heavily persecuted in the Middle East. Not sure if this is something that is heating up, or if the media has just decided to show us what’s been happening for years…
One person said that God must “prepare them” for the persecution. I think there must also be an abundant measure of strength and grace given under such severe conditions.
And yet, I have to believe there must be some good that is coming out of it, that will come out of it. It almost feels like a test. Jesus told this parable:
“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” 6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” (Luke 18:1-8, NLT)
Maybe it is time for us to “get up in God’s face” and pray like CRAZY! Maybe our united prayers will quicken His return and bring justice to a world, that is in desperate need of the Perfect Judge, and in particular our Christian brothers and sisters, whose lives are at stake.
Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines “Faith” as: