Tomorrow evening (Aug 7th) @ 7:00 PM we will gather at Discovery Center to pray. I’m trusting every who calls Discovery home has been planning on being part of this wonderful Prayer Gathering. Again – you are not required to remain for the 2 hours – you can drop in – pray for the church –the neighborhood- for Satan’s release of any hold he might have on our community and exit. As we have begun to see some wonderful blessings at Discovery – I’m sure they are in direct response to our coming together as a family and laying our needs before Him.
Ironically – or divine call – we gather for Prayer on Friday – then our Weekend Celebration Service will center on the Lord’s Prayer.
“Is corporate prayer important? Corporate prayer is an important part of the life of the church, along with worship, sound doctrine, communion, and fellowship. The early church met regularly to learn the doctrine of the apostles, break bread, and pray together (Acts 2:42). When we pray together with other believers, the effects can be very positive. Corporate prayer edifies and unifies us as we share our common faith. The same Holy Spirit who dwells within each believer causes our hearts to rejoice as we hear praises to our Lord and Savior, knitting us together in a unique bond of fellowship found nowhere else in life.
Prayer, then, is cooperating with God to bring about His plan, not trying to bend Him to our will. As we abandon our own desires in submission to the One who knows our circumstances far better than we ever could and who “knows what you need before you ask” (Matthew 6:8), our prayers reach their highest level. Prayers offered in submission to the Divine will, therefore, are always answered positively, whether offered by one person or a hundred.
Ex. 14:15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.
Moses was leading the people of Israel out of Egypt. God had just performed mighty works and shown his power on their behalf. He called Moses to lead these people, the Israelites, but, Pharaoh and his army were pressing down on them, just as God had told Moses they would (Exodus 14:1-4). At this point, Moses had a choice: move forward or stop and pray.
Often times we face these same choices in life. We feel as though God has called us to do something for Him and as we begin that journey, we encounter roadblocks just as the Red Sea was for the Israelites. But as witnessed here, when we come against barriers and opposition, we can stop and question what God has called us to do. We often mask this in more prayer rather than following God’s calling in our lives. Who knew the very sea that appeared to be their death sentence would actually be God’s instrument of victory? Our scope and perception is limited. Fortunately, we are called, guided, and equipped by a God without limitations. Remember that His ways are not our ways and that this is a good thing (Isaiah 55:8-9)!
Is God calling you to stop asking and start moving forward?
Sure you have heard the good news – the Doug Drage family will be moving to Columbia either late August or September 1st…..They will be living in the Sunrise Estates subdivision East of town……………Some of our youth are part of their respective Marching Bands….Kiki Marshall plays the flute in Hickman’s band and Madison Duff plays the trombone at Rock Bridge……………..Kennan Marshall though very young is playing on a football team in St. Louis. Still rejoicing over the healing God blessed him with a couple weeks ago after he dislocated his shoulder……the physician said he could not explain what occurred but in 3 days he was back on the field, after been old his year would be shelved because of the injury…………….Did you see the interview with Ross Steelman on Sports Zone last Sunday evening? Channel 8 was thorough – even had Kristen and Jimmy answering questions. They did show Ross putting – driving – and stating he would be on the Rock Bridge team this year……………Couldn’t be more PROUD of our young people who are using their God-given talents for good – and my prayer is that God will have them in position to share His grace and love with other students who do now know the SAVIOR………….. At the Sunday celebration service – it was so great to see the building more than half full – and see new families among us….Who do YOU know who could benefit from our ministry – message – and church. As God lays a burden on you to tell a friend about Discovery – please acknowledge that the Holy Spirit is moving in your life to advance the Kingdom of God…………….James 5:16 challenges us to PRAY one for another. Who have you MISSED seeing at church the last two or three weeks…..as you read these lines and that person’s name comes to mind — would you STOP and pray for them?……………. Hope to have the privilege to worship with everyone this weekend as we examine the Lord’s Prayer from His Sermon on the Mount…………..The curb appeal of our church is wonderful – thanks Jerry……………Did you know that last week Kevin washed the auditorium windows inside and outside. So blessed that our members take ownership and when they see want needs attention – do it – and give God the glory………….
Discovery is very proud of Kristen Yoder……a week ago she entered the United States Navy in Chicago. Kristen cannot have her phone – nor computer – but she can receive snail mail. Below you will see her address. Sure she misses church – he job – and friends…..you could be a strong encouragement by dropping her a few lines at:
YODER, KRISTEN, P
SHIP 11 DIV 317
3505 SAILOR DRIVE
GREAT LAKES, IL. 60088-3505
Kristen attended our Monday night D-Group – the each Monday night – each group member writes her a few lines of encouragement…..Join the crowd and lets get those encouraging letters flowing.
· Robert Keeton – recently has been struggling with ramifications of a cancer he had 2 years ago….terrible pain in rib area and back
· Jenn Faddis – stress fracture of the hip – 5 more weeks off her leg –
· Doug and Ross as they lead our Prayer Gathering this Friday evening
· Drage family as they move to Columbia – God will work out all the details
· All students and teachers as they go back to their respective schools – (safety, health, and a strong witness)
· Dan Detore – who is Tom’s brother. They will be giving Tom’s stem cells to his brother this week as he fights leukemia.
· Families living in the Northeast quadrant of Columbia to develop a hunger and thirst for righteousness and seek out the church for truth – hope – love – and salvation.
· We have 4 small church signs planted in round-a-bouts (east and southeast of the church) and one in front of our church. Pray that hundreds will see the signs – be encouraged by it and check us out…..
Our current series Being Christian has been great….baptism….Lord’s Supper….Bible….and this weekend Prayer…..
Being honest – we are more into prayer when we face the storms of life—-we are less into prayer as we frolic in the sunshine. Yet God’s Word challenges us to Pray Without Ceasing – 1 Thes 5:17. Jesus was a man of prayer – and He called His house a house of prayer. Prayer often changes our circumstances – but it’s purpose is to change US.
In Luke 11 – I find it interesting that the disciple did not ask Jesus to teach him to PREACH – or teach him to GIVE – or teach him LEADERSHIP —– he said – Lord teach us to PRAY!!!!! (Luke 11:1)
Sometimes when some of these HEAVY topics are discussed – we might think this is only for the preacher – or the leadership team. In 1 Pet 2:5 we find an interesting phrase – priesthood of all believers…which means God is equally accessible to ALL the faithful and every Christian has equal potential to minister for God. I need your prayers. I want you to pray. Together we are on equal footing as we minister and serve together…
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35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”