By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—-from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities—-and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. Early this morning, Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord.” (Genesis 19:23-27)

Abraham was conscious that God knew all his actions. This phrase, ‘before the Lord’ is frequently used of persons acting in the consciousness of God’s presence in their lives. Many people have thrown in my face the fact that God did not punish other cities doing the same things that were going on in Sodom and Gomorrah. My answer is: ‘No, not yet.’ God made an example of Sodom and Gomorrah, in the hopes that others would see what He did to them and change their lives. God can punish any time He desires to, but He always seeks to leave room for people to repent of their sins and seek His forgiveness. One day we will all stand in judgment, and I strive every single day to repent of anything I have done, known and unknown, so that I may enter the kingdom of heaven and into eternal life. What are you doing?


Precious Abba, today we recognize the gift of standing in God’s presence, sometimes we realize and sometimes we do not, but it is in those times when we feel His Presence, that gives us the courage of hope to continue to walk each day in His will and do the very best that I can for those around me. When we pray, He moves near us and hears our prayers. Today we continue to pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen


All Christians have the same boss!”


I will rejoice with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’ Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. That is where the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, to praise the name of he Lord according to the statute given to Israel. There the thrones for judgment stand, the thrones of the house of David. Prayer for peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love’ you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’ For the sake of the house of the Lord our God. I will seek your prosperity .” (Psalm 122:1-9)

This hymn celebrated Jerusalem both as the site of the annual pilgrimages and as the place on earth where God ha chosen to reside. The city’s peace was dependent on the people whom God place there. They had to pray for her peace. To pray for our town and our worship place is one way to pray for God’s presence with His worshiping congregation.


How good and pleasant it is when brother live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” (Psalm 133:1-3)

God’s presence, symbolized by the worship place at Zion, unifies His people and provides blessing. Congregational prayer can praise God for His presence by exclaiming over its good results. Although not always attained in reality, the ideal family relationship is that of oneness of purpose and action. This is true not only for the immediate family but also for the family of God.


We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” (1st John 4:13-16)

Those in Christ know they live in God and He lives in them because of the gift of the Holy Spirit. We as Christians are the ones who bear witness that God sent Jesus Christ as the world’s Savior and who confess that Jesus is the Son of God. We who are focused on Christ live in love because we live in God who is love. We know and rely on God’s love revealed in His Son. To be in Christ, then, is to be in God and to live a lifestyle characterized by divine love.

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