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2020 the Year of Double Blessings
Last year in 2019 we heard from God that it was going to be a year to sow. At first, when we hear something like this, it doesn’t seem very exciting. Now, looking back over the year, we can see that the investment we made sowing into the things of God, into our families, into church and into our community were worthwhile and many of us have seen great results.
Our Senior Pastors, Dan and Jessica Roth, have encouraged you, members and friends of the Rock Church and World Outreach Center, to fast during a part of January. This is because they have done it themselves, and so have the other pastors and leaders, at the “top of the year” for several years with many beneficial outcomes. So you might be thinking, “What is fasting, why should I do it, and how?”
Parenting Your Teen
Ps. Richard Villanueva
“Why did you do that!?”
“I don’t know?”
“You don’t know why you thought it was a good idea to _____?” Feel free to enter your kid’s crazy situation here.
How can we learn to understand the teens and pre-teens in our life? Actually, I think the real question is: “How do I get them to do what I want them to do?” This stage of life can create a huge amount of stress for parents, grandparents, and anyone who has a problem with trying to have a decent conversation with someone who refuses to take the airpods out of their ears. But, I think it can be done! We can begin to understand our teens (maybe not fully, but we can begin, at least!) and I think that understanding will create a sense of peace and compassion. These two ingredients are part of the foundation for discipleship and ministry that God has called us to have with the teens in our lives.
How to Pray for the Nations and the World Around Us
At a time when the sins of God’s nation, Israel, and His city, Jerusalem, were so multiplied and pervasive, that they cried out for the wrath of the God of justice, He sent a stunning word to His prophet Ezekiel. And I sought for a man among them, who would build up the wall, and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found no one. Therefore I have poured out my indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. (Ezek. 22:30-31) Read the first 29 verses if you have the stomach to see how evil their culture had become: people, priests, and princes.
Consider this picture: I can see the Sovereign LORD of history, the eternal God of justice, crying on His throne because He is looking for a reason not to punish the people He loves, even though they sorely deserve it. One intercessor, sensing His heart cry and calling for mercy, would have brought an extension of grace for the entire nation! But there was not one in the earth.