The challenge of allegiance

Our current series at Heights Church is “Living in Babylon.”

There are some reflections I have on the Book of Daniel that won’t make it into a Sunday sermon.

Here are some basic thoughts from Daniel 3 I posted our church site. 

Our most severe tests come when we don’t recognize the idol right in front of us and everyone bowing seems like the “patriotic” thing to do. I don’t refer to just our own time. I give the illustration of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Germany as well. He faced tough decisions concerning allegiance and paid the ultimate price for it.

There is a testing that will refine us in these days. We need to learn that the heat brings out the best. It’s not meant for our harm.

The days ahead can be the best for the American church. We need our eyes open.

 

refiners-fire

Living in Babylon

We’re beginning a new series this fall at Heights Church called “Living in Babylon.” As we are watching major cultural changes all around us, how do we stay deep in Christ? What are ways we can make adjustments and learn to bless our culture rather than curse the “fall of America?”

This podcast is an interview I did with Missy Hansen, a member of our church. She leads a community Bible study that is studying the Book of Daniel right now and while this interview is longer than my normal podcasts and it is well worth the listen. Take the time to soak this in and begin to process what is ahead for us as the Church in the United States.

Do NOT Quit

12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. (Dan. 10:12-13)

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)

Too many prayers are abandoned far too quickly. We do not know the war that may be going on in spiritual places where if we would just stay at it, victory would come.

The enemy has a vested interest in keeping you from prayer. He battles with discouragement, weakness, fatigue, doubt, and so much more. Anything to keep you from prayer. 

Do NOT quit. One more day. One more hour. You do NOT know… but if you quit, the results may be far too predictable: the answers may not come and the enemy robs the desire of prayer from yet another believer.

Persist in prayer. Heaven hears.