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Sifting and Winnowing

Another great blog post by Karen. Perhaps we all need to go down to the Water for some sifting.

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Photo/KatenJordanMy heart pounded as I braved my re-entry into my writing space. I simply did not want to work on another uninspired blog post. Why, I didn’t know. But I knew I needed to identify the source of my resistance to what I’m passionate about—writing.

From my office chair, I scribbled a few forced phrases—those anticipated first and necessary words. The ones I demanded myself to write. It was a painful hour.

Even though they were interesting, they weren’t satisfying. And I grieved once again for inspiration that would give me life—meaningful thoughts flowing from a grateful heart. But the words I produced were stale and stodgy. Would anyone be blessed by reading them? I thought not.

The next morning, I awoke to another day of blank pages. So I confessed to my husband, Dan, “I’m really struggling with the blog posts I should have already written.”

“Why? What’s the…

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A Prophet Needed

Prophet NeededRead 2 Chronicles 27:1 through 28:27

The twelve tribes no longer lived in unity. They had divided into rival kingdoms: Judah in the south and Israel in the north. As separated kingdoms, they were often bitter enemies. One ruler, King Ahaz of Judah, had forsaken God, causing many in Judah to do the same. Therefore, God allowed the army of Israel to overrun the forces of Judah. However, King Pekah went too far. His army killed 120,000 Judean soldiers in a single day and took thousands more captive before returning to Samaria. The Israelites intended to make slaves of their own kinsmen, including women and children. They did not recognize their iniquity.

A prophet of the Lord named Oded was there, and he went out to meet the army when it returned to Samaria. (2 Chronicles 28:9).

God sent a prophet to point out their transgression so they would release the prisoners. Prophets were needed back then, and the Church still needs them today. Prophets are called and gifted by the Holy Spirit to help with spiritual direction, especially when problems arise. They confirm the will of God and edify the body of Christ with their words.

Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to raise up anointed prophets for ministry.

Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 28:5-15
—Charles Earl Harrel

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