Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Thirst-Pat Dague

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God thirsts for us
I have always been drawn to the imagery of water in Scripture. Water flowing, filling, pouring out, baptizing, cleansing, healing. Without water, we become thirsty. How is it possible that God can thirst, we wonder, and yet we remember the words that Jesus spoke from His cross, “I thirst”. His was a desperate cry for souls, not just a physical need to be satisfied. The knowledge that God first loved us, and longs after us can barely be comprehended.

Spurgeon meditates on this God who thirsts for us:
“Christ was always thirsty to save men, and to be loved of men; and we see a type of his life-long desire when, being weary, he sat thus on the well and said to the woman of Samaria, “Give me to drink.” There was a deeper meaning in his words than she dreamed of, as a verse further down fully proves, when he said to his disciples, “I have meat to eat that ye know not of.” He derived spiritual refreshment from the winning of that women’s heart to himself. And now, brethren, our blessed Lord has at this time a thirst for communion with each one of you who are his people, not because you can do him good, but because he can do you good. He thirsts to bless you and to receive your grateful love in return; he thirsts to see you looking with believing eye to his fulness, and holding out your emptiness that he may supply it.”
We thirst for God
And then there is the longing we have for Him.

The Psalmist writes:
Psalm 63:1
O God, Thou art my God; I shall seek Thee earnestly; My soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh yearns for Thee, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Psalm 107:5-9
5 They were hungry and thirsty; their soul fainted within them. 6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. 7 He led them also by a straight way, To go to an inhabited city. 8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! 9 For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.

Psalm 143:5-6
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Thy doings; I muse on the work of Thy hands. 6 I stretch out my hands to Thee; My soul longs for Thee, as a parched land.

In his book “The Pursuit of God “, Tozer speaks to the inner desire of the Christian to drink deeply at the font of Life, to satisfy his longing for God. He writes of those in Scripture who were God-intoxicated, who lived their lives immersed in and consumed with God:

“Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they had found Him the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking. Moses used the fact that he knew God as an argument for knowing Him better. `Now, therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight’; and from there he rose to make the daring request, `I beseech thee, show me thy glory.’ God was frankly pleased by this display of ardour, and the next day called Moses into the mount, and there in solemn procession made all His glory pass before him.
David’s life was a torrent of spiritual desire, and his psalms ring with the cry of the seeker and the glad shout of the finder. Paul confessed the mainspring of his life to be his burning desire after Christ. `That I may know Him,’ was the goal of his heart, and to this he sacrificed everything. `Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may win Christ’ (Phil 3:8). 
Lord, we cannot comprehend fully the love that so longs and thirsts for us, the ardent desire that caused You to pour yourself out for us. Increase in us, we pray, a similar desire to love and serve You in the brothers and sisters You put in our path. Make us so thirsty for You that nothing else satisfies! In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Pat Dague of Transfigurations is the wife of Attorney Raymond Dague and the mother of Ryan and Kevin.

Monday, May 06, 2019

News links May 6, 2019

As ceasefire goes into effect, Netanyahu says Gaza campaign not over

Aircraft carrier sent to Middle East after indications Iran planned attack on US forces

82 Arrests in Huge, Eight-State Child Exploitation Sting

Tlaib And Omar Blame Israel For Sunday Attacks

Evangelical Anglicans demand answers after GAFCON criticism

Hellish hymns: For the first time ever, no hymns made it into the top 10 musical choices for funerals in Britain last year

Senate Dems Delete Embarrassing Poll Showing 70% Prefer Kavanaugh Over RBG

YouTube’s Sinister Pedophile Community Continues To Flourish

Saturday, May 04, 2019

News links May 4, 2019

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Navy to allow off-duty trans sailors to dress in accordance with gender identity

North Korea 'test fires short-range missiles'

Nikki Haley Blasts Ilhan Omar’s Anti-America Blame Game Over Venezuela

Free Speech for Some Week in Higher Education

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Friday, May 03, 2019

Spring garden 2019

Just practicing blogging a bit, so I don't forget how.....

“I think the greatest weakness in the church today..."

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“I think the greatest weakness in the church today is that almost no one believes that God invests His power in the Bible. Everyone is looking for power in a program, in a methodology, in a technique, in anything and everything but that in which God has placed it—His Word. He alone has the power to change lives for eternity, and that power is focused on the Scriptures.” ― R.C. Sproul, The Prayer of the Lord

News links May 3, 2019

Barna Research Confirms: Scripture Reading has Positive Impact

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U.S. health agency finalizes conscience and religious freedom rule

Democrat Rep. Defends Abortion: 'Some Kids Are Unwanted, You Kill Them Now or You Kill Them Later'

New York Times Admits Obama Admin Deployed Multiple Spies Against Trump Campaign In 2016

Student Stomps on Pro-Life Display Shouting: “I Had an Abortion, I’m Super Proud of It”

Florida teens stranded in ocean saved by boat named 'Amen' after desperate prayer for help

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Obama Program to Help Struggling Homeowners Blows Millions on Parties, Cars, Booze, Luxury Travel

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Slaughter Of the Innocents...More February 5, 2019

...Where, bishop, is your epistle expressing moral outrage at this gleeful slaughter of the innocents-one is forced to conclude that the “woke” Episcopal Church of 2019 stands firmly with Team Herod.

Google Yanks 29 Malicious Photo Apps From Play Store, But Not Before Millions of Downloads

Various Google Play 'Beauty Camera' Apps Send Users Pornographic Content, Redirect Them to Phishing Websites and Collect Their Pictures

Typhus Crisis In Los Angeles Worsens

Senate Democrats Block Bill Prohibiting Infanticide

Why Marie Kondo and Minimalism Are So Popular

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Ugandan delegates on their way to Gafcon 2018

Some of the Ugandan delegates on their way to #Gafcon2018

Monday, June 11, 2018

GAFCON 2018 News: June 11, 2018

Anglican Unscripted #401 - What to expect at GAFCON III
June 4, 2018

Stephen Noll: PREPARING FOR GAFCON IN SEVEN CONTENTIONS  ...I stated in this first essay that this vision is aspirational, that is, not yet realized. While I stand by that qualification, I want to add that it seems God may be running ahead in bringing that vision to reality. He is doing this partly by driving revisionism faster and faster to its outright denial of the faith. He is also doing so by gathering the church in a powerful way, far beyond “realistic” hopes.

We’ll see. I’m laying aside my contentious mantle for a couple weeks and looking forward to sweet fellowship with many fellow Anglicans in the Holy Land...

GAFCON Chairman Okoh's June 2018 letter ...Some 2,000 delegates will be welcomed to Jerusalem this month and many more will be able to share in GAFCON 2018 as it unfolds with reports through each day and live streaming accessed through the Gafcon website. We thank the Almighty God for the privilege of being able to gather in this city where the great events of our salvation were enacted, but it is not now necessary to go on pilgrimage to encounter the living God. Through God’s Word and by the power of God’s Spirit, every local church becomes the household of God and an anticipation of the heavenly Jerusalem.

This is why our conference matters so much for the many of you who are not able to attend in person, yet have a vital role to play. Our purpose is to see faithful Anglicans everywhere equipped and empowered so that the churches of our global Anglican Communion, from parishes to provinces, will be united in one gospel and with one voice will serve the purpose of our conference theme ‘Proclaiming Christ faithfully to the Nations’...

GAFCON vimeo channel

GAFCON Live stream: starts June 18, 2018

GAFCON's youtube channel