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Widening Prayer Horizons

1 Timothy 2: 1-2 , I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Recently, I heard of a prayer group that prayed for certain African countries every month.  I am sure that Christ has put a country or more on your heart or individuals in that land to pray for.  With the wars, disasters, disease and killings occurring over there, it is hard to not to be somewhat detached and not feel the horrible emotion and suffering. 

Jesus knows our hearts and He gives us Bible verses to help us along the way.  2 Chronicles 7: 14 is one you will remember.  If my people, who are called by name, will humble and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  Pray that every day and you will soon have it memorized!

We pray for a different Mission in the bulletin each month.  Check the bulletin board for the latest news about our mission for updates.. Perhaps, praying with a friend about another country or a certain situation is the answer for you.  “When we pray in humility, turn from wickedness, and seek God, He hears us.”1

1Lawrence Darmani, Daily Bread, July 4, 2016

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April 2022

“How can I know for sure that I will go to Heaven when I Die?”

God wants you to be sure!  The Bible says: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1John5:13).  If you were standing before God right now and He asked you, “Why should I let you into Heaven?”  You may not know what to say.  Well, God loves you and has provided a way that we can know for sure where you will spend life forever.  The Bible states it this way: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

We have a problem that is keeping us from Heaven.  Our sinful nature keeps us from having a relationship with God.  We cannot save ourselves.  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that we are saved by grace and not by works because it is a gift of God so no one can boast.  We deserve death and hell.

God sent His only Son into the world to die on the cross and take away our sins.  He loves us that much!  1Peter 3:18 tell us: “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God.”  Then He arose on the third day proving He was God’s only Son.

When we are born again, we place our faith in Christ as His gift to us.  If you want to have that confidence that when you die Jesus has a place for you in Heaven, it can be yours.  There is nothing you can do–no good works.  It is all a gift from God.  To be sure of your future, just trust and believe what these scriptures tell you.  Jesus and our Heavenly Father have done it all.  Once again: For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  Just rest in that and ask Jesus to control your thoughts and desires.

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Friends

In John 15: 13-15 (NIV) Jesus said: “You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you

servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

Where do we learn how to be friends with Jesus?  He says: “Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV).  We can know that He “is our friend that sticks closer than a brother.” Prov. 18:24b (NIV).  These are promises from the Bible.  We are so thankful that Jesus died for our sins and rose again, the Son of God.

Talking to Jesus everyday really helps and getting connected with Christ-centered friends keeps you in touch with Him. 

So, what is the bottom line?  We need each other and we need Jesus.  As we read His Word, we learn the “master’s business.”  He has promised to always be with us.  He is right there while you are reading this devotion!! 

As Valentine’s Day approaches, remember Jesus Christ is the best friend you will ever have — please don’t forget that.


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What About This New Year???

What About This New Year???

Are you going to have a fresh start this year???  You want to so much, but will you?  Count on Jesus to help you.  Each morning before you get out of bed, ask Jesus to guide your day by His Holy Spirit and that He might be glorified in all that you do. The word glorified in the Bible verse; Psalm 29:2 says; “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name: Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.”  When it comes down to it, nothing else matters but to give Him glory and not ourselves. 

Oh, that’s not easy.  So, what am I to do?   

Start each day with Jesus (before you get out of bed).  Ask Him to help you.  Matt.7:7; Jesus said,   “Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.  Sometimes, we forget that we can ask the Lord.  He knows best, but we can ask.  Read our hand book, the Bible, and the devotionals we have at church are excellent daily books to get started.

 Take Jesus along as your friend and prayer partner.  There is always something going on at the store, on the TV or at your job.  Wednesday night Bible study is a chance to study the Word with others.  Other social outings provide opportunities to be a “light” for the Lord.  Remember to always ask Jesus to provide times for you to share your faith in Him – not for your glory but for His glory.

Well, this is a New Year.  Have fun as the year transpires.  It’s good to know that Jesus is with us “through it all.”  Remember the Holy Spirit is in you when you accepted Christ as your Savior.  He’s there as you visit with friends, watch TV, and in your secret thoughts.  Our Father loves us, forgives us and desires our fellowship.  Cherish His Glory as number one!  

*** If you are not sure that you know Jesus Christ personally, understand that God so loved the world that He sent His only Son (Jesus) to die on the cross for your sins and mine that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. Ask Jesus into your heart today.

*All scripture is NIV

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“Silent Night”

“Silent Night”

There was a little church, St. Nicholas, in Obendorf, Austria preparing for a Christmas Eve service.  The Assistant Priest, Joseph Mohr, sat down to practice the organ and not a sound would come from the instrument.  What could he do?  The organ would not play on that all important night of the year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Joseph knelt and prayed for inspiration from the Lord.

Not too long before, Mohr had visited a family with a newborn child and been inspired to write a poem with six stanzas entitled “Silent Night.”  He thought of this poem and then of his friend, Franz Gruber, a school teacher and guitarist at the church.  The priest went to Gruber’s home above the school with the poem in hand and explained the problem with the organ.  “Can you write music for the poem and play the guitar for the service tonight? “ Mohr asked Gruber?  The teacher smiled and assured the priest that he could.

Before the Midnight Service, the choir learned the words and the melody.  Franz Gruber played the guitar.  Every heart was blessed by the words musically expressing the story of Christ’s birth.  The less heard fifth verse continued full of grace:

                   Silent Night, Holy Night

                     Already long ago planned for us,

                    When the Lord frees from wrath

                    Since the beginning of ancient times

                    A salvation promised for the whole world.

                    A salvation promised for the whole world.

This stanza expresses the finished work of Christmas.  Jesus was born, he lived and taught us and died on the cross to save us from our sins – freed us from Satan’s wrath.  Then He arose from the grave as the victorious son of God to fulfill the Father’s purpose to redeem each one of us personally – the promised salvation for the world. 

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Today

Just stop and think. This moment will never come
again. Do we realize how important our days are?
Oh, we say, “My days are not of any importance.”
The Bible says, “Hebrews 3: 13 (NIV), “But encourage
one another daily as long as it is called “today,” so
that none of you may be hardened by sin’s
deceitfulness. “Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) says, “Jesus
Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Another verse about today from Jesus’
words from the cross to the thief stated, “Truly I tell
you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke
23:43 NIV).

So, today is significant. You don’t have to be doing
something profound, but keep your hearts and minds
on the Lord Jesus. You may say, ” I can’t do that
while I am working on a job in a plant or some
business project.” Ask the Lord to help you, because
He is a part of everything we do in this world.

Try it.

Yes you will not always remember, but keep
practicing His presence and you will be surprised at
His part in your “today” activities.

Thank you, Jesus, for reminding each of us that you
are with us every day! Amen

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Widening Prayer Horizons

October 2021     

1 Timothy 2: 1-2 , I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Recently, I heard of a prayer group that prayed for certain African countries every month.  I am sure that Christ has put a country or more on your heart or individuals in that land to pray for.  With the wars, disasters, disease and killings occurring over there, it is hard to not to be somewhat detached and not feel the horrible emotion and suffering. 

Jesus knows our hearts and He gives us Bible verses to help us along the way.  2 Chronicles 7: 14 is one you will remember.  If my people, who are called by name, will humble and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  Pray that every day and you will soon have it memorized!

Perhaps, praying with a friend about another country or a certain situation and praying with your spouse is the answer for you.  “When we pray in humility, turn from wickedness, and seek God, He hears us.”1

1Lawrence Darmani, Daily Bread, July 4, 2016

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Daughters & Sons of the King

Daughters & Sons of the King   Sept. 2021

Acts 1:8 (NIV)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

At a Bible study recently, we talked about how important it was for the pastor to visit the sick.  They were saying how easy it was for us as lay people to just make conversation and not talk about the importance of sharing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  We should expect the minister to read the Bible and pray.  What about us who are daughters and sons of the King?  Does that get us off the hook, because we are just church members?  Are we afraid to offend someone by sharing our hearts during a visit?  Of course, we must ask the Holy Spirit to guide the visit.  Are we worried that folks might not like us or be convicted about not knowing Jesus? 

Today, I saw a friend at the hospital and shared with him some of the good news from St Petrie.  As we were talking, another woman from Seneca joined our conversation.  Before Don left he shook her hand and asked if she went to church and if she had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  To his joy and mine, she answered “yes.”  She said that her family’s health was not going to keep her away from church much longer.

Matt 5:16 Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

        Let the Lord touch hearts and “be” in Him!

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Wrong Turn

Have you ever made a “wrong turn when travelling?”  Alistar Begg, a well -known radio pastor, talks about the time he was driving and the sun was suddenly setting in the wrong place.  How could that be?  He had followed the signs.  As it turned out, he had made an incorrect turn and was going the opposite direction to his dismay. 

How many times have we been going along following the right directions and ended going a wrong way?  Did we quickly correct our way and start heading in the right direction?  The question is: Do we always do a turn-a-bout in life’s directions when we are headed the wrong way?  Perhaps the “sun” was the son of God that had not been so important in our lives the last few weeks.  Life had gone pretty well and we had not “needed” those emergency prayers as often.

Then, all of a sudden something happened and we cried out to Jesus and said “help.”  He was there – always.  Jesus says,” Lo, I am with you always.” Matthew 28:20. 

Then, you can say thank you, Jesus, for being with me and saving my soul – sacrificing your life at the cross – rising from the dead — Son of God – forgiving my sins!  Help me stay close to you in the good times as well as the rough times.

                          In Jesus’  Name.  Amen

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Does Jesus Care?

Devotion for April 2021

On February 21st this year, Pastor sang the favorite hymn, “Does Jesus Care” by Pastor Frank E. Graeff (1860 – 1919)     which was written in 1900.  The story behind the hymn is as follows:

The Graeffs had a beautiful young girl.  As the custom of the day, ladies wore floor length  dresses.  Their home was heated with fireplaces or wood burning stoves.  Their daughter got too close to the fireplace and her long skirt caught on fire. The fire consumed her clothing rapidly; nothing could be done and she was burned to death.

Pastor Graeff was overcome with grief, as we can imagine.  His thoughts of turmoil and sadness reminded him of the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” written by J. Scriven 75 years earlier.  He found himself dropping to his knees. The Lord revived him and Pastor Graeff went on to be called the “Sunshine Minister” of the Philadelphia area.

Yes, Jesus Christ was his only hope and answer for eternity as He is ours also!

Chorus:  

Oh YES, He cares!  I know He cares.  His heart is touched

with my grief; When the days are weary, the long nights dreary; I know my savior cares.”

The information about Pastor Graeff was from the nickelnotesblogspot.com and the Family Bible Time –- you-tube.

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