Reflection, Sam Tanas

My wife and I were thrilled to have our daughter home from college and we began to remember the day we opened the Bible and decided to name our two children, Rachel and Rebekah. This memory led me to re-read Genesis 25:21 and God gave me a new thought: “Isaac married at 40 years old and he prayed for Rebekah. He prayed to the Lord every day for 20 years for his wife and not for himself, because she was barren. Then the Lord in his faithfulness granted his prayer.” The one thing that I want to learn, and do, is not to work or earn more material stuff but it's how to pray. Isaac learned to do this, that is why he was successful. In Romans 4:20-22 God had promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations and He would bless his children and all the earth through his descendants. Abraham and Sarah as well as Isaac and Rebekah lived with the inability to produce children until God intervened. This taught me that the enemy will fight you the hardest and the greatest in the area that God wants and intends to bless you the most. The place where God wants to use you will always be the place where you will find the greatest challenge from the enemy.

Reflection, Steve Perrone

If you are like me, you are deeply concerned about the direction our nation has taken over the years. There seems to be a complete disregard for things close to the heart of our Lord. What is the right response of a Christian? Clearly it is to pray, for our nation and our leaders. It is also to trust the Lord that in his sovereignty he is working things out according to his perfect plan but as I read scripture I see that wisdom teaches that we should be prepared as Christians for the possibility of difficult days ahead for we who believe. Our confidence cannot be in government, in Wall Street or any other man made form of salvation. Kathy and I have made choices to prepare our family for any future potential, cataclysmic or otherwise. If our nation enters a season of great peril we want to have the resources to not only provide for our own but for those the Lord brings to us. If you would like to chat about this with me, I welcome the conversations.