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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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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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
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.
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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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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