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Long & Short Prayers

Prayer must always be from the heart.  A short prayer is said before you eat or as you meet a friend unexpectantly at the store or at work.  The line of communication stays open between Jesus and you.

Longer prayers are necessary each day with Jesus to talk things through along with reading the Bible and devotions.  Most folks like to do that early in the day, but some do it at the close of the day.

Luke 6:12 states: “Now it came to pass in those days that (Jesus) went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”  There may be a time when extra prayer is necessary to pray through a situation in your life or another person’s life.

Why should we pray?  Jesus cares.  He is God’s Son and He died for you, forgives your sins, rose from the dead and is alive!  He promises to be with you always.  He is as close as the mention of His name. Jesus is only a prayer away.

In Jesus’ Name.

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Favorite Verse

                                                               

 

 Favorite Verse                                                                                                                   February, 2020

Do you have a favorite verse that is meaningful or strengthens you through a
difficult time? Are the verse or verses a promise that help focus your
thoughts in the right direction instead letting you fall apart? God’s Word can
give you a clear path to change an old habit when you’re down in the “dumps”
and start a new road by letting the Word of God bring assurance and
hope. Sometimes, you have to say the verse several times along with a
prayer. Singing a familiar hymn can encourage your heart too. Just recently,
I was tempted to throw my hands up in discouragement. Then the Lord said,
“wait a minute – remember – what’s your favorite verse right now? — what’s
your favorite hymn? — keep going and remember – I am with you through
thick and thin …. (Hebrews 13:5: “for He said, ‘I will never leave you nor
forsake you.”)

I may think, “Well, okay, Jesus, I remember that you always stay close no
matter what! And, oh yes – I don’t always follow this thought pattern correctly
— so guess what?” ….. Jesus forgives me (1John 1:9) “If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.” Also, our heavenly Father” has removed our sins as far
from us as the east is from the west.” Psalm 103:12. You can’t help loving
Him more every day for those promises!

So, how about you? As imperfect as we are, Jesus still loves us and is our
Savior when we ask Him into our hearts. The perfect Son of God died for our
sins, rose again and promises to come back at the resurrection – wow, we will
be with Him forever and ever. Each day is a new day and has it’s challenges.
If I can just remember, “He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells
me I am His own, And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other – has
ever known!” There it is – another song! Oh, aren’t those hymns great?

So, remember those Bible verses. Keep them close to your heart. Your
favorite verse may change and the number of verses may grow. Just keep
walking in the “shelter of His arms.”

Heavenly Father: Help us put you first in 2020 for nothing else matters but
your glory in our lives. May we start everyday with you. Forgive us our sins
and let us be your witnesses each new day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Matt 7:7

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1950 Ford Pickup

1950 Ford Pickup

 By Paul Nash, Director of Home Missions, AFLC            January, 2020

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline,” 2Timothy 1:7

Floyd was a man who lived just a mile from where I was raised.  Floyd and his wife, Edna, enjoyed the simple life of farming, raising chickens, and life on the prairies of North Dakota.  Unable to have their own children, they enjoyed visits from the Nash family and we often got them to laugh along with our antics and jokes.

One day, Floyd came over to talk with me.  His trusty old 1950, Ford pickup with a Flathead V-8 was in trouble.  Floyd had replaced the distributor cap, the points and rotor, and even new wires and spark plugs; but it still would not start!   The engine was spinning over, but it wouldn’t start.  He asked me what to do?  Floyd replaced the battery and put on new cables from the battery down to the engine.  The engine was spinning over but it would not start.  He asked me what to do?  I suggested to Floyd that he put on a new fuel pump and filter.

Floyd went to town, got the parts, and put on the new fuel pump and filter, but the pickup would still not start.  At this point Floyd was exhausted and said, “Paul, here’s the title for the pickup you can have it.  I am tired of it.   I am frustrated, all you have to do is to figure out why it won’t run and the pickup is yours.”

Floyd’s mind was set and I wasn’t going to argue with him.  I thanked him for the offer and again started considering the options.  One day, I had my younger brother go with to look at the pickup.  While we were working on it, we realized the gas was not getting to the fuel pump!  The pickup hose in the tank had broken off and in spite of all the new parts; it couldn’t draw the gas up to the engine to run.

Aren’t we sometimes in the same position?  Do you ever find yourself unable to draw from the power that God wants to give us in our spiritual lives?  Usually, it’s because we haven’t taken the time and effort to spend time alone to feed our souls and cleanse our conscience so that we can be effective in running the race that Christ has put before us.

May I encourage you to make sure there are no roadblocks in your relationship with the Lord?  Are there broken relationships or besetting sins that are keeping God’s power from flowing into your life?  You have been designed to give honor and glory to the Lord, but you need His grace to be in His presence moving forward.

This true story was written by Pastor Nash who gave us permission to share this from one of his weekly newsletters, KNEE MAIL.  We sincerely thank him.                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lord Jesus: Help us to put you first in 2020 for nothing else matters but your glory in our lives.  Help us to start everyday with you.  Forgive us our sins and lead us to be your witnesses each new day.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen   ~cms

A Child Is Born

December 2019 Devotions

A Child Is Born

 

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;  And the government will be upon His shoulder and His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace .”

(Isaiah 9:6 NKJV)

 

Quote that verse as you go through the Christmas

Season. There are many things that take your mind off the reason for the season, but do they really need to distract you?

As you go shopping, decorate, bake, visit friends and enjoy all the activities for the holidays, just ask Christ to keep His birthday at the center of all these things.  As you enjoy your family, children or even grandchildren, remind them of how much you love them and how much the baby born in a

stable loves them.  Jesus protects them every day and He arose from the grave and promises to be in our hearts if we ask him.  Do you know folks who are miserable?  Well, life may not be fantastic all the time, but with Jesus it is worth it for we can know our eternal destiny.

Have a joyful, peaceful “Christ”mas.

We care so if you need a place to celebrate Jesus’ birth, visit us this December.
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