“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God.

Blow the trumpet (Shofar) in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.

Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. Let the priests, who minister before the Lord, weep between the temple porch and the altar. Let them say, “Spare your people, O Lord (Joel 2:12-17 NIV; 2 Chr 7:14).

We must get back to the simple truth of the gospel.  Rev. Billy Graham teaches four simple steps to living in Christ.  After 47 years in ministry I still find them helpful in reminding me what is important to God.

1)      We must KNOW GOD by recognizing the wonders of our creator and our need to be saved from our sins.

2)      We must GROW spiritually by being on our knees in daily PRAYER and BIBLE reading, which is our necessary for living in Christ.  To have a strong physical body and to develop our muscles we must eat properly, exercise regularly and get proper sleep.

3)      We must OBEY GOD by showing up for duty in the army of God. We will serve others before self, be pro-active against immorality and obey all the commandments of God.

4)       We will then want to WITNESS as Jesus commanded we do: “Go and make disciples of all nations and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you and surely I am with you always” (Matthew 28:19-20, NIV para.).

God will answer our prayers if we obey him and witnesses in words and deeds (as lights) in our everyday lives at home, in our neighborhoods, at work, and at play.  We don’t just go to church we are the church every day.

  • Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven. Help us to know you more. Forgive us for doing what we want to do or just what is comfortable to do.  Teach us to pray with power and read the Bible with understanding.  Help us to be true disciples of Yeshua (Jesus) and take up our cross daily and follow (obey) him. Yeshua said we would do even greater things then he did. Help us do what is right, go where you want us to go and be good witnesses for you everywhere we go.  Lord, as we repent and turn from our sins and the sins of our nation we pray that you will heal our land.   We ask this in the mighty name of Yeshua.   Amen.

By Dennis McKirahan (Mr. Shofar), Founder

Shofar Call International


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