Issue #628 ~September 7, 2020

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"Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth."
Psalm 46:8

"He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire."
Psalm 46:9

Verse 6: "Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth."

Genesis 6:5 - 7: "The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, 'I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth - men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air - for I am grieved that I have made them'" (NIV).

Romans 1:28: "And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper" (NASB).

Revelation 20:11 - 15: "And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire" (NASB).

Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. says:"...Folly is a stubborn swimming against the stream of the universe...spitting into the wind...coloring outside the lines." (Charles Colson, How Now Shall We Live?, 17)

Verse 9: "He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire."

War has 3 tenses: (1) past; (2) present; and (3) future.

In the past it was the war against Assyria when God sovereignly intervened to provide an Israeli victory. In the present the battle is still going on with Satan and his cohorts.

Ephesians 6:12: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world-forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (NASB).

In the future war will cease at the battle of Armageddon when Jesus Christ comes back again to set up His kingdom.

I'm sure this is a prophetic picture of what it's going to look like when the Lord returns and the nations of the whole world are defeated at the battle of Armageddon.

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Praise: ...For the foundations of the earth are the Lord's; upon them he has set the world. He will guard the feet of his saints, 1 Samuel 2:8, 9 (NIV)

2.  Pray: "O Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? Deuteronomy 3:24 (NIV)

3.  Praise: Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Psalm 111:2 (NIV)

4.  Praise: And they sang the song of Moses the bond-servant of God and the song of the Lamb, saying, "Great and marvelous are Thy works, O Lord God, the Almighty; righteous and true are Thy ways, Thou King of the nations.
Revelation 15:3 (NASB)

5.  Pray: Requests from prison inmates continues to grow. Through your gifts, BTR sends a Life Recovery Bible with devotional and workbook in response to requests. If God leads you to be a part of this ministry send a check and mark Prison Ministry. Or give through the BTR website with a note Prison Ministry.
It is appropriate as we conclude our worship this morning to sing "Battle Hymn of the Republic":
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are store;
He hath loosed the fateful lighting of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never sound retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
O be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,
While God is marching on.

Glory! Glory, hallelujah! Glory! Glory, hallelujah!
Glory! Glory, hallelujah! Our God is marching on.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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