The All Nighter

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Luke 6:12-16

How does the church in this day and age choose leaders? I’ve heard of the “faithful in little, faithful in much” principle (Luke 16:10), the Godly character and personality test (1 Timothy 3:2-7), congregational approval test (Acts 6:1-7) and a whole bunch of other assessments. It is indeed wise to ensure that the right person is put into the right role. Jesus picked out 12 special disciples (Apostles) to invest in heavily for 3 years to build His church. Out of the hundreds or thousands that followed Him around, these 12 were hand picked to be Apostles. So how did Jesus choose these Apostles?

Easy. He went to the mountain to pray and He prayed the whole night.

And why not? Since it is God who is able to see man’s heart and judge his character (1 Samuel 16:7; Jeremiah 17:10), what we really need to do is: ask Him. Well, Jesus did just that.

So what are we doing again?

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In the gap

Ezekiel 22:30
I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

One song really spoke to me awhile back: Sanctus Real – Lead me. It speaks volumes about the role of the man in a family. When a man doesn’t lead, it leaves the whole family hungry for love and leadership.

1 Timothy 2:8
I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.

I’m uber excited. Sara has allowed me to buy my first ever china. Wuhan 18 inch china cymbal I’ve picked for $135. It’s supposed to come into the mail in 10 days!

Talking about gap, a 10 day gap till I get to play my china is just unacceptable. If we have instant noodles for $1, we should have instant delivery for $1 as well.