Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Five Minutes for Haiti

On January 12, Haiti, the poorest country in our hemisphere, suffered a 7.2 earthquake. This was extremely devastating.
Now Haiti has suffered a tremendous after-shock; a 6.2 earthquake.
There are people in Haiti who are still trapped in the rubble. There are people suffering from injuries. There are doctors that are having to operate outdoors, saving those that can be saved in time, passing others by. They are forced to make these difficult decisions just like war-time doctors have been forced to do in the past.
There is a major shortage of food and water. Many American troops are being deployed to Haiti. I even know someone personally who has just been deployed.
There are several things we can do to help the Haiti victims. But the most important thing we can do is pray.
So join me in a prayer battle!
I am making a promise to spend at least five minutes everyday praying just for Haiti.


Pray for the Christians in Haiti, that they will find their strength in God and be able to reach out to those in need.
Pray for those who do not have Jesus, that they will run to Him through this experience.
Pray for the people who are in Haiti to help - the American military, doctors, rescue workers, etc.
Pray that the practical needs will be met.
Ask God what else you can do.

I encourage you to even pray longer than five minutes if you feel led to. The Bible talks about God's heart for those in need. This is our chance to help them.
Who will join me for five minutes a day?

There are also several practical ways to help. I suggest visiting Samaritan's Purse. They are a reliable Christian organization doing a lot for Haiti right now.

Victory in Massachusetts!

Yesterday conservatives and liberals alike held their breath as a crucial election took place in Massachusetts.
The election was a senatorial one. Scott Brown was the conservative underdog, standing strong against government health care and government control. Martha Coakley was the liberal who promised to vote for the health care.
All the Democrats needed was one more liberal vote in the Senate in order to ram the health care bill through.
Sorry, Obama! The people cast their votes, and Scott Brown won the election! Even the most liberal state in the union stood up against blatant government control. Republicans and Democrats voted for Scott Brown, because, like the rest of us, they do not want government health care. Way to go, Massachusetts!
With all the protests and opposition, you'd think Obama would get the message. You'd think he would see that America didn't want government health care after all. But he still wants to force it through. Obviously, it's not about helping the people. For him, it's about gaining more control.
This just goes to show what can happen when the American people speak out. Praise the Lord that Americans everywhere - even in Massachusetts - are opening their eyes to see who Obama really is.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Urgent

A very important election is going to take place tomorrow, January 19. We should be praying very hard about this election. It would even help to donate a small amount of money - $5, $10, or $15.
Unfortunately, my blog is acting up a bit and I'm not able to post the complete article on here that I wanted to.
So I'm asking you to please visit my cousin's blog, 400 Things. The article is entitled Just ONE Man. Please click on the link and read the article. If nothing else, devote some time in serious prayer for this election.
Thanks!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Isaiah 1:17

Scroll to the bottom of this page and you'll see the daily Bible verse. This morning, when I saw that it was Isaiah 1:17, I was reminded of a powerful lesson I learned in Guatemala.
In Guatemala, one of our amazing team leaders was Paul. I'll never forget the devotions Paul gave. He had the biggest heart for missions that I've ever seen. He was passionate about "the lost and the least"; the people in third world countries that no one seems to think about - the kids being sold into sex trafficking that we seem to ignore. When he thought of these people, his heart would really, seriously hurt for them.
Many people will look at a guy like Paul and think, "Wow, it's great that he cares so much about all that. God must have really put missions on his heart."
But Paul wouldn't necessarily agree with that sentiment. He doesn't believe that missions are just for the select few. He believes that God has put missions on everybody's heart. And I'm inclined to agree.
When we're just walking in the flesh - doing our own thing - then of course, our heart may not feel like going on a mission trip, or even be concerned with the starving people half way across the globe. But when we give our life to God, He will replace our old heart with a new heart.
Have you ever heard the verse, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart"? When you really take time to delight yourself in the Lord, you'll become more like Him. You'll have His heart. You'll want to be about what God's about.
If you want to know what's on God's heart, just look in His word. You can't miss it.
"The Lord has told you what is good...to do what is right to other people, love being kind to others...." Micah 6:8
"This is what the Lord says: Do what is fair and right. Save the one who has been robbed from the power of his attacker. Don't mistreat or hurt the foreigners, orphans, or widows...." Jeremiah 22:3
"Religion that God accepts as pure and without fault is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help, and keeping yourself free from the world's evil influence." James 1:2
Jesus explains this best. Matthew 25:35-40, 46 says:
'I was hungry, and you gave me food. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was alone and away from home, and you invited me into your house. I was without clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.'
Then the good people will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you alone and away from home and invite you into our house? When did we see you without clothes and give you something to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and care for you?'
Then the King will answer, 'I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.....
'Anything you refused to do for the least of my people here, you refused to do for me.'
God has told all of us how to live and what to care for. God's heart bleeds for those spiritually lost, and those that the world would deem the least of society. It's our obligation as Christians to care for those people; whether they live in another country, or in our own town.
One morning, as we sat in the conference room of the Guatemalan hotel, Paul read Isaiah 1:17 to us.
"Learn to do good. Seek justice. Punish those who hurt others. Help the orphans. Stand up for the rights of widows."
He told us to never forget it. "Write it on your arm," he said.
God wants to give us the desires of our hearts. But first, He wants to mold our heart to His. Be about what God's about.
To know practical ways that you can help the lost and the least - for instance, the 25,000 children who died from hunger and malnutrition today, and the 25,000 children who will probably die tomorrow, visit this website: marked117.com.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

It's a...TEEN Party!

On April 15, 2009, concerned Americans gathered in every state to protest excessive taxation and many other crucial issues. Since then T.E.A. (Taxed Enough Already) Parties have grown and helped more and more people to become aware of the dangerous state of our nation.
It was at the last T.E.A. Party, on Veteran's Day, that a friend and I looked around and marveled that we were the only teens present. This disappointed us.
Make no mistake; all the adults in attendance definitely should have been there! If freedom means something to anyone, it means something to the adults of our nation; Americans who persevered through the Great Depression, World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War.
But the fact is, there is an entire generation of young Americans nearing the conversion from childhood to adulthood. There is an entire generation that will soon be voting, entering college, beginning careers, making money, paying taxes...and ultimately, shaping the country. Who does that generation include? Me. Teenagers. Kids. Youth. Within the next ten years, America will be our responsibility! So it's very crucial that the youth of today be concerned with their future...now!
It was at this time that a little idea sparked inside our brains.
"Hey," we said. "Let's make it our goal to get as many teens to the next TEA Party as possible."
We talked about it a bit - thought of some advertisement ideas that would appeal to teens. Then, another thought hit us.
"Why couldn't we co-host the TEA Party? We could stand on the steps of the courthouse right beside the adults. Some teenage speakers might keep the teens' attention better."
Then....
"Why couldn't we host the TEA Party all on our own? Why not make it a total Teen TEA Party?"
Now a Teen TEA Party is officially planned for Saturday, February 13, on the steps of the Cooke County Courthouse in Texas! What a way for teenagers to show that they are concerned with doing something really important!
We have a message for every teen out there, whether they already care about politics or not.
There are too many teenagers who could care less about politics, because they've never been told why they should care.
There are also a lot of teenagers who really do care about America and our future as a nation. But they aren't correctly informed. They've been told in school and by the media that the way to make a difference is to stop Global Warming. They've been told that President Obama is "cool" and he's going to whip the nation back into shape again. So the way to make a difference is to do what he asks us to.
And then there are teens who are aware of the truth, but they don't know what to do about it.
At the Teen TEA Party, we hope to reach all these people; those who don't care, those who care but are misinformed, and those who are informed but don't know what to do.
So, what's actually going to happen at this TEA Party? All we're doing is exercising our first amendment right, in a really fun, creative, "teenager" way. There will be skits, music, and food (including tea!) along with informative and inspirational speeches - all by teens. Teens at the TEA Party will learn why they should be concerned about certain issues and how they can help. There will even be an open mic, so that any teenager who desires to share their concerns or opinion may have the freedom to do so!
I'm praying that this will be a big success, and that our small group of teens in Cooke County, Texas, might inspire teens across America.
Are you a teen who cares about America? Do you wish more of your friends cared just as much?
You can do this too! Organize a Teen TEA Party for people in your area. It's not as hard as it sounds. You will have to put in some serious effort. But don't you think getting a bunch of teens fired up and motivated about America is worth it? I truly believe teens can change America. But it has to start somewhere, with someone like you and me. And if we don't do something, there's no guarantee that anyone else will. Even Dr. Suess agrees!
Unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.

P.S. Contact me for ideas on getting your own Teen TEA Party started!
Look for Liberty Davidson on facebook (please mention that you read my blog when making your friend request), or go to our facebook page, TEA Parties for Teens (North Texas).