some thoughts in response and some testimonies

Three thoughts this evening.

In response to my questions in my last post, as far as how or biases affect our prayers, I think it’s safe to say that they do.  But thank goodness the Lord Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be THY name. THY kingdom come, THY will be done on earth as it is in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9-10ff).  HE is Lord, we are not.  We must submit our own wills and ideas to God – which can be a challenge.

My second thought has to do with Jesus, revealing Himself as the Messiah, for the first time ever, to a Samaritan woman (John 4).  She was an outcast amongst outcasts.  And yet when the woman said, “I know that the Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ).  When he comes, he will tell us all things” (John 4:25).  Jesus responds to her and says, “I who speak to you am he” (Jn 4:26).  How amazing that He chose to do that to that particular woman! 

Here is a modern-day version of John 4:1-26, as performed at Urbana ’09 in St. Louis last month:
http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8478313&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=0a7ac2&fullscreen=1
Theatre: Laundromat: 2am from Urbana 09 on Vimeo.

My third thought are two testimonies that were shared at Urbana ’09.

The first is a Korean-American pastor and missionary to Japan, who had to work through deep-rooted bitterness and anger toward the Japanese.  He challenges the listener to love without reservations because we ourselves are loved undeservedly [by God].

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8508657&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=0a7ac2&fullscreen=1
Michael Oh from Urbana 09 on Vimeo.

And the second is a Rwandan man sharing about the 1994 genocide and how the Lord challenged him to forgive and seek reconciliation.  He reminds the listener that we have an example in Jesus Christ who forgave his enemies while on the cross.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8478094&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=0a7ac2&fullscreen=1
Testimony: Antoine Rutayasire from Urbana 09 on Vimeo.

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