Praying Effectively For The Animals – Part Three

Pray For One Another

We started our prayer event by looking at James 5:16b and discussing what is meant by a righteous person and effectual prayer. Now we’ll discuss our study of the other part of James 5:16: “Confess your sins to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”


Religion has often confused the meaning of sin, fixating on certain perceived sins of others (some of which Jesus never mentioned!) while ignoring the most serious sin in oneself: the failure to love. Jesus provides the perfect definition of love – laying down our lives even for enemies, as he did – and said all the commandments could be summed up by loving God and loving others (Matthew 22:36-40). Continue reading

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Praying Effectively For The Animals – Part Two

In the first blog post of this ‘praying effectively’ series – based on our corresponding prayer event – we discussed James 5:16 and what it means to be a righteous person. Now, let’s examine our prayers themselves. Based on the translation, prayer should be effectual, fervent, urgent, insistent, continual, earnest. Our attitudes and persistence have a role in the powerfulness of our prayers! Even Jesus Himself took prayer seriously and prayed at length. Even He, in one of His healings of a blind man, had to persevere. Continue reading

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Praying Effectively For The Animals

Prayer of the Righteous

We’d love to hear from you throughout this blog series as we discuss how to pray effectively for the animals! [1] Of course, we also strive to partner with God in speaking and working toward their liberation from suffering. But when God gave humanity free will, we were also given ability to tap into God’s power through prayer. Christ wants His bride, the Church, to consent and take part in everything He wants to do for His creation. Continue reading

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Markings and Dag Hammarskjöld: A Secretary-General and the Path of Peace

“In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.”
Dag Hammarskjöld

Dag Hammarskjöld, secretary-general of the United Nations (1959). Location: United Nations, New York.
Wikimedia Commons

(Introduction written by Kathy Dunn)

We live in a world that is plagued by duality.  We can see signs of the beautiful and magnificent, the wonder of God’s beauty and intention in His created world.  Sometimes, this encompasses slight resemblances of the Shalom He intended, of peace and harmony. Yet less and less can we find this gentle life-giving ambiance.  Next door, we see the age in which we live whereby the natural world and workmanship of the Father’s hand is encroached upon, palpable by modern human dominion, squelched by human civilization that characterizes a world in which man is king. Continue reading

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Should Christians Care About Animal Welfare?

This week, we share with the Shepherding All God’s Creature’s audience an article by Timothy James Verret, Faith Outreach Volunteer for The Humane Society of the United States.  Timothy is a guest writer – we welcome him as a contributor on the SAGC blog, and are glad to have him share his wonderful penmanship!

Timothy loves the Lord Jesus and animals.  I love the cover photo he has on his Facebook page, which is the photo we will include here for his article!  We hope you enjoy his piece as much as all of us have, and will share it widely with others!


Timothy Verret Facebook Cover Photo

 “You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.”
 Psalm 36.6 (New Living Translation or NLT)

 I am a Christian and, in fact, very recently accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and every morning (sometimes, every second of every day), I turn over my life and will to Jesus’ Care and Control.  I also love God and I love humans.  And I love animals, sometimes referred to as nonhuman animals.  I have a great passion for animals, always have, and when I became a Christian, I had to ask myself the question:  “Should Christians care about animal welfare and do Christians, under the authority of Jesus whose mission is Love, Compassion, and Mercy to our neighbors, have a moral and humane responsibility to steward ‘creatures of the same God,’ i.e., animals?” (Creatures of the Same God is the title of Reverend Andrew Linzey’s book which details compassionate explorations in animal theology).  I thought to myself, “I just gotta’ know the answers to my question(s).  Continue reading

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Christian Animal Welfarists Challenged (Part Three)

The Lord is my Light and Salvation – 8tracks.com

We ended (Part Two) on the Predatory World with the thought that Jesus tells His followers that He Himself would become the instrument of healing for the world as He is lifted up as a symbol of evil – on the Cross: “As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life” (John 3 v 14).

On Animal Souls

A belief in ‘souls’ is a matter of faith, whether animal or human.  It can be likened to a faith in God.  Faith is faith and proof is not scientifically available.

I believe in the existence of animal souls because, to me, the scriptural evidence for them is conclusive.  In Genesis 1 v 21-24 the words ‘living creature’ are the Hebrew ‘chay nephesh’Continue reading

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Christian Animal Welfarists Challenged (Part Two)

The Lord is my Light and Salvation – 8tracks.com

We ended (Part One) on Creation with Greg Boyd’s suggestion that, whether you believe in the Young Earth Theory; or in Evolution; or in some other view; the important thing that we all can agree on is simply the fact THAT God created the world and all life – not HOW He did so.

On The Tree Of Knowledge

We acquire knowledge every day of our lives.  We are innocent of the quest of knowledge in the sense that we cannot live a normal life without learning more of the world around us, the people around us and of our own reactions to them – it is thrust upon us.  However, the setting of the Garden of Eden shows mankind with a choice; the choice of remaining within dependence upon God’s loving care, or a choice of disobeying Him and eating of the ‘Tree of Knowledge’, which was always within reach.  Having opted for independence from God, mankind is now left with the choices of what to do with his ever increasing store of knowledge.  Continue reading

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Christian Animal Welfarists Challenged (Part One)

The Lord is my Light and Salvation – 8tracks.com

Many people, animal welfarists particularly, have turned away from Christian churches, because they believe them to be insensitive to the needs of Creation.  In Christ all things are created and in Him all things are to be redeemed, but humankind, in its fallenness, has abnegated its God-given responsibility for a loving care of Creation and has instead instituted a self-centred tyranny.  Thus animals suffer such legal abuses as factory farming, vivisection, bloodsports fur/skin trading, etc.  As these abuses have escalated in recent decades, the churches have remained largely silent.  They have indeed failed to address Creation issues, though this situation is now changing and individual Christians are at last recognising the responsibilities of stewardship which we must bear. Continue reading

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How Losing My Faith Helped Me Find (Real) Faith – Part Three and Conclusion

Matters of the Heart
by Chris Kennedy
Compliments of CreationSwap

The second extreme view of faith, which is focused on works alone, often leads to legalism and self-reliance, with resulting self-righteousness. It can distract from the importance of what Jesus did on the cross, and from Him as the way, the truth, and the life. (Of course, belief-based faith can ALSO do this, as people’s beliefs often become their idols – their sources of life.) Putting faith in works alone can lead to not caring about or seeking truth. A popular attitude in modern culture is, “As long as I’m a good person, I’ll go to heaven.” Or, “Do good to others, and all paths lead to the same place.” But this in itself is taking only one stance out of many possibilities.

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How Losing My Faith Helped Me Find (Real) Faith – Part Two

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How Losing My Faith Helped Me Find (Real) Faith – Part One

There are so many people who, as a result of this fallen world, don’t have loving family members.  Today in the U.S. it is Father’s Day, and some of you reading may be missing your dads, or depressed that you never had a dad, or triggered over bad memories of abusive parents.  I love scripture like John 14:18 about God comforting us through hard days, but it was not truly comforting to me when I could not perceive God as a loving Father.  We have so many negative views of God, some taught by dysfunctional families, some by society, some by mistaken theology in our churches.  I will be writing about one area in which our view of God has been twisted – faith and salvation.  My hope is that it will be freeing and healing to you.  I encourage you to start trying to see God as the extravagant love of Christ crucified; it can be very paradigm shifting, life altering, and heart healing. Continue reading

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Messianic Time and Animals – Part Four and Conclusion

Photo by Marcello Newall

For those who have not read:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

THE SABBATH: GODS TIME IN HISTORY

As a tangible lesson of Messianic time and what it entails, in the Hebrew Bible we find the example of the Sabbath:

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six  days  the  Lord  made  the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.[19] Continue reading

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Messianic Time and Animals – Part Three

Photo by Marcello Newall

For those who have not read:
Part One
Part Two

LIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY

The Bible presents what is essentially a dynamic view of righteousness. We are shown an initial ideal in the first two chapters of Genesis and are later presented with the long journey back to that harmony and perfection which is reached in the last two chapters of Revelation. One consistent theme in the Scriptures is that as light and understanding increase so do God’s standards. God is willing to meet people where they are for a season, accommodating to their ignorance and weakness, but he is always leading them forward towards his ideal. Continue reading

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Remembering the Fallen at War – Human and Animal

Taking into captivity companion armored – an episode from the Swedish War, 1894
Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

In the United States, today marks the day upon which Americans will honor the fallen at war.  Yet, how often during this day of remembrance will people think also of the animals that were part of our wars?  I would say “served”, yet I hardly think that animals served at war, it certainly was not their choice; mankind used them in war to suit his needs.   So, I was happy to come across this website that honors animals in war – a memorial page for them!  On the “Stories” page is the following haunting, yet beautiful poem: Continue reading

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Messianic Time and Animals – Part Two

Photo by Marcello Newall

For those who have not read Part One.

MESSIANIC  TIME

 The radical contrast between the Christian and the secular view of time is both profound and startling. Whereas secular time varies between a view that sees history as an unending chain of death and sin and one that has placed its hope in a tepid notion of progress, Messianic time views the world as the theatre and stage of God’s victory over evil, and every moment as the moving towards its eschatological fulfillment in the Kingdom of God. Messianic time is above all based on the death and resurrection of Christ which have radically redefined history: Continue reading

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