We come to You in the Name that is above every name—Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Our hearts cry out to You. Knowing that You are a prayer-answering, faithful God—the One we trust in times like these—we ask that You renew our spirits, revive our churches, and heal our land.
We repent of our sins and ask for Your grace and power to save us. Hear our cry, oh God, and pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may walk in obedience to Your Word. We are desperate for Your tender mercies. We are broken and humbled before You.
Forgive us, and in the power of Your great love, lift us up to live in Your righteousness. We pray for our beloved nation. May we repent and return to You and be a light to the nations. And we pray for our leaders and ask that You give them wisdom and faith to follow You.
Preserve and protect us, for You are our refuge and only hope.
Deliver us from all fears except to fear You, and may we courageously stand in the Truth that sets us free.
We pray with expectant faith and grateful hearts.
In Jesus’ name, our Savior.
In a sermon, David Jeremiah, a cancer survivor, presented a hypothetical case: “What if an oncologist examined a patient and said to him, ‘Your blood pressure is perfect, and your cholesterol is at an acceptable level. Your skin is healthy, and your reflexes are good. Have a good day.’
“Then suppose the patient left and the nurse turned to the physician and said, ‘but doctor, you didn’t tell him the tests show he has cancer.’ The doctor replied, ‘Well, that is true, but I just didn’t want to ruin his day.'”
Our calling is to proclaim biblical truth, even when it may not be well received. That doesn’t mean being belligerent or confrontational for its own sake, but it does mean being faithful to present God’s truth with grace and confidence.
What a tragedy if, either out of fear or apathy, we fail to share divine truth and our people suffer because of our unwillingness to be faithful to our calling. Posted by Michael Duduit in Preaching Magazine
Giving is a heart condition… a matter of deep affection! As a Christian I do not view my giving as a response to a command or commandments. I see giving as a response to Jesus Christ. Let me explain. I realize people give for various reasons. I give because I love Jesus. I was not raised in church. As a result, giving for me has never been connected primarily with the church. Giving has always been connected to Jesus and His love for me and my love for Him. As a young man and a new believer, the church I attended loved me… I responded. I loved them back! But beyond that I was also exposed to people who loved Jesus… I responded to that as well. As I recall, virtually all of my early responses as a Christian were in response to how I saw Jesus. Simply put, I saw Jesus on a cross. I believed then as I do now that He died for me. How could I be anything less than generous to Him for ALL He had done for me? I have always viewed giving as a heart issue… a matter of deep affection! To this day Cheryl and I give first and foremost out of our love for Jesus Christ. Sure we give to support our church, the living breathing body of Christ. Yet this is not our primary reason for giving. Motivation means everything when it comes to giving. Search your heart… see where you stand. Then take a good look at the cross where Jesus died for you and then respond. I think I know what you will do… generously!
Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. “As strange as it may sound, there is such a thing as an “unforgiven” Christian. This is not a statement about ultimate destinies. To be “unforgiven” in this sense means that the channel of God’s grace is blocked from the human side. In particular, it means that you have chosen to hang on to your bitterness and to forfeit your daily walk with the Lord. You would rather be angry than joyful. You have chosen resentment over peace. Your grudges have become more important to you than the daily blessing of God. You would rather live with the “hidden torturers” than experience the freedom of forgiveness. If you are a Christian-a genuine believer in Jesus Christ-unless you forgive you will not be forgiven. Why? Because God has already forgiven your sins 100 percent by the blood of Jesus Christ. How dare you, then, be unforgiving to someone who hurt you? That’s really the issue. How dare you be unforgiving after what Jesus Christ did for you on the cross?”
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 ~ Last night as I ate the best $4.00 dinner available anywhere, I looked around! I saw, families, men, women, marrieds, singles, boys, girls even babies! I saw Grace Church! Later last night as I reflected on what I saw I thanked the Lord for His church. The Church is made up of all kinds of people… all makes and models 🙂 I am privileged to be a part of what the Lord is doing at Grace Church. Last night I talked to senior saints, teens and some beautiful babies! Thank the Lord for His church! My prayer is that you would be connected in The Family… The Church! Consider this… Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. Brothers and sisters let’s love what Jesus loved… HIS CHURCH! Honestly, it is not hard to love what I saw last night… it’s THE CHURCH… IT’S BEAUTIFUL… IT’S THE BODY OF CHRIST!
C.S. Lewis, “All that we call human history–money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery–[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” ~ Mere Christianity ONLY JESUS CAN BRING YOU TRUE HAPPINESS! ONLY JESUS! CELEBRATE HIM!
Soon after Paul’s conversion to Christ and Christianity, Luke wrote in Acts 9:11, “And the Lord said unto him (Ananias), Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth.” I have always found the last three words of this verse very interesting. Why? Luke writes about Saul, “Behold, he prayeth.” Think about it! How essential is prayer to you, your family, your church? Very!!! Through prayer we enter into the presence of our Lord… we magnify Him… we humble ourselves to do His will. Some things never change! Notice what Paul told his church friends at Thessalonica in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.” Brothers and sisters, let’s be known as a praying church! Let’s do this together!
NOT PERFECT… JUST FORGIVEN!
Alas! And did my Saviour bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would he devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?
Was it for crimes that I had done,
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!
Yesterday (Friday-4/10/15) morning I read these words, “Lauren Hill, who beat the odds by playing college basketball this fall despite her inoperable brain tumor, has died. She was 19.” This teenager lived life to the fullest. She was determined not to give up and she didn’t! Her view of life inspires me as a believer! I hope it touches you as well. The Apostle Paul also saw himself as a victor and not a victim! Like Lauren, Paul knew his time was soon. And like Lauren, Paul faced death knowing he would soon enter the presence of the Lord! Notice his claim, 2 Timothy 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I want to live today just as Lauren and the Apostle lived their last. No giving up or giving in, but with an eye to seeing Jesus! Live brothers and live sisters… Jesus is our HOPE!