© 2003-2020 The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod All Rights Reserved. David Fleming, “Ministry After Pandemic” — By Rev. 3 How had Jehoshaphat prepared the people to face crisis? The most sacred things will be represented in a ridiculous light to amuse the ungodly. If more praising of God were engaged in now, hope and courage and faith would steadily increase. “God was the strength of Judah in this crisis, and He is the strength of His people today. A very small amount of sarcasm and low wit, united with envy, jealousy, impiety, and hatred, is sufficient to excite the mirth of the profane scoffer. He then and there gave himself fully to the Lord, and he prayed that the Keeper of Israel would be with him in the land of his exile. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Stand. Dr. Adam Koontz, “Making Critical Decision as a Congregation” — By Rev. As part of its Making Disciples for Life initiative, this Bible study series from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod addresses these various trials in light of God’s Word and promises for us. He humbled himself, and the Lord exalted him to special honor.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 2 What must we remember about how God has delivered His people in times of crisis? But will the Lord degrade His law to meet the standard of finite man? …. He can move upon the hearts of statesmen; the wrath of the turbulent and disaffected, the haters of God, His truth, and His people can be turned aside, even as the rivers of water are turned, if He orders it thus. Tools. Paul Timothy McCain, publisher and executive editor, Concordia Publishing House, LCMS Stewardship Ministry: November 2020 ‘StewardCAST’ newsletter, Photo gallery: Hurricane Sally: A sprint becomes a marathon, Life Together News Digest – November 2020, Hybrid MDFL conference builds on past and moves forward, CUW offers new church ministries degree program, LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission webinar: ‘Developing Enterprise for Mercy’, ‘Free to be Faithful’ – Fall 2020 newsletter. “God has always wrought for His people in their greatest extremity, when there seemed the least hope that ruin could be averted. They will be denounced as visionary, unreliable, scheming, hypocritical—anything, in short, that will suit the purpose of their enemies. Note: “It was a singular way of going to battle against the enemy’s army—praising the Lord with singing, and exalting the God of Israel. Psalms 34:17–19; 50:14, 15. Dr. Rick Marrs, “Leadership Through Conflict” — By By Rev. The designs of wicked men, the enemies of the church, are subject to His power and overruling providence. Stick to your moral convictions and the vision you have for your life. © 2003 Reformation Herald Publishing Association, Roanoke, Virginia. It is the policy of Satan thus to turn souls from doing the work which the Lord has laid upon them.” Christian Service, 173, 174. He learned to govern by first learning obedience himself. I Samuel 14:1–23. II Chronicles 20:20–30. With earnest prayer to the Guide of their fathers, they agreed upon a sign by which they might determine how to proceed. Sean Daenzer, “Church Workers and Father Confessors” — By Rev. Todd Peperkorn, “Compassion Fatigue: Serving Our Lord Faithfully Without Burning Out” — By Rev. What was the final result? What did God promise through the prophet Jahaziel? Its terrible calamity had transformed him from a petted child to a man, thoughtful, courageous, and self-possessed.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 214. Note: “The world has gone astray from God, and its lawless state should strike terror to the heart, and lead all who are loyal to the great King to work for a reformation. Contact your Library Specialist for details on how to receive Crisis 101, and the entire Grace Library, online. He would serve the Lord with undivided heart; he would meet the trials of his lot with fortitude and perform every duty with fidelity. Note: “God had permitted matters to be … brought to a crisis that He might rebuke the perversity of Saul and teach His people a lesson of humility and faith. No; it is on the law of God that the last great struggle of the controversy between Christ and His angels and Satan and his angels will come, and it will be decisive for all the world.