Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Request for One Heart

We have been asked to post the following invitation:

In the The Covenant, the Lord asks us 2 important questions:
Do you agree to assist all others who covenant to likewise accept this standard to
govern their lives to keep the Lord’s will, to succor those who stand in need, to lighten the burdens of your brothers and sisters whenever you are able, and to help care for the poor among you?
And do you covenant to seek to become of one heart with those who seek the Lord
to establish His righteousness?
Taken together, this includes efforts on our own part to help others come to be of one heart.

This issue goes well beyond the Guide & Standard mess. It affects many of us in many different parts of our lives:
And he also saw other multitudes pressing their way towards that great and spacious building. And it came to pass that many were drowned in the depths of the fountain, and many were lost from his view, wandering in strange roads. (NC 1NE 2:12)

In the hope of turning our focus in the right direction and perhaps bringing our hearts a bit closer together, I'm inviting anyone interested to participate in a general fast this coming Sunday, Jan. 14, and a united prayer at 2 p.m. MST on that day for the Lord to help us become of one heart. We can also keep a prayer in our heart throughout the day for the same purpose.

This can be an opportunity for those who feel they are ready to press forward to pause and show charity to those who are struggling with their personal stumbling blocks so that we can all move forward together with one heart.


A sister in the Covenant

2 comments:

  1. I posted this on guide and standard but I'll post it here for your thoughts: I'm not sure if everyone has taken time to listen to Denver's latest talk given on January 14th (it can be found on his website under downloads)? He said a few things that are worth considering. He said that he never gets answers from the Lord quickly and that real answers take careful, solemn and ponderous thought. So the answer received quickly by the lots group (and all others who received answers quickly) would fall under his definition of unacceptable/not the way the Lord works.

    Additionally - he said the Sermon on the Mount was the way to go. He answered the quandaries pretty succinctly in that talk and I recommend you all to listen to it.

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    1. Hi Anonymous,

      Because Denver was expressly forbidden from participating in the G&S, I believe his comments were intentionally vague and distanced from the actual events happening. As an example, here's a direct quote:

      “If a group of prayerful people spend months focused on a challenge, and then many hours together—and individually—discussing, searching, praying and looking to heaven for guidance, and then reach a conclusion they can all individually and collectively testify came from heaven, how can I adequately test their outcome without giving it careful, solemn, ponderous thought and take the time to test and retest the answer we get.”

      Depending on your filters, he could be describing the group of seven chosen by lots, or he could be describing the Aug. 5th group, or even other groups who have arrived at conclusions.

      Similarly, regarding the "quick answer" issue, was he calling out the seven? Or the nonmancaaf folks? Or others? You get to point the finger at whomever you choose.

      But the real issue is not trying to use Denver's words as proof someone is right or wrong. Denver's point was that we should all, each, individually engage in careful and ponderous and solemn thought and take time to seek answers. The idea that we can take no thought other than to ask--and expect to receive lengthy, detailed revelation in response--that's the problem. Denver took months before he even dared pray.

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