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Pray for Our Church 110311
Revelation 8 is so scary, I almost omitted it. Real life is so scary, maybe we don’t need the Bible to repeat the truth! But that sounds silly as soon as I say it. We need the Bible to tell us the truth and to lead us back to God.
What is scary about Revelation is that I can see most of it happening in the world today. For example, Chapter 8, verse 9: “A third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.” This sounds frightening like the repeated catastrophic oil spills, the most recent being last years BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico where the spilled crude oil turned the sea a dark, bloody red, and countless immeasurable death resulted for the creatures of the sea.
This week the world’s population reached 7 Billion and my first question is: Who will care for the orphans?
So much is happening and it frightens me, and should perhaps frighten all thinking adults. But in these times, all we have is God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit which inhabits our worship and our church. We today take the unusual step of asking you to pray for our church, both the greater global church, and also our small church in central Missouri. People used to pray for their church(es), but maybe have fallen out of the habit. In these times however, we need our church more than ever to protect us, to care for us and our loved ones. In times of stress and turmoil, the community of Christ is what we need. Weed Jesus, and each other.
Pray for our church and pray for the Peace of God.
1Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. O Lord, make haste to help me!
2Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek my life. Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire to hurt me.
3Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!” turn back because of their shame.
4Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”
5But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!
10While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho. 11On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. 12The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.
6Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets made ready to blow them.
7The first angel blew his trumpet, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were hurled to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. 8The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea. 9A third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. 10The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 11The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many died from the water, because it was made bitter. 12The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light was darkened; a third of the day was kept from shining, and likewise the night. 13Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew in midheaven, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!”
9And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit; 2he opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. 3Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given authority like the authority of scorpions of the earth. 4They were told not to damage the grass of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5They were allowed to torture them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torture was like the torture of a scorpion when it stings someone. 6And in those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them. 7In appearance the locusts were like horses equipped for battle. On their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces, 8their hair like women’s hair, and their teeth like lions’ teeth; 9they had scales like iron breastplates, and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing into battle. 10They have tails like scorpions, with stingers, and in their tails is their power to harm people for five months. 11They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon. 12The first woe has passed. There are still two woes to come.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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