The most powerful weapon in our Christian Arsenal is Prayer.  

           Prayer is not only a privilege and a blessing, but through prayer our hearts are strengthened and encouraged. Through prayer the atmosphere of our homes and our hearts change. Through prayer God brings our hearts into alignment with His. And through prayer God works in surprising and incredible ways. 

One of the best investments we can make is taking time to strengthen our prayer life. 

           1. Know who you are. 

      When we surrender our hearts and lives to the Lord, everything changes.  We are now children of the God (Psalm 82:6). We are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20), and we are joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). 

     This places us in a position of unspeakable privilege. A position of authority (Mark 3:15). When we know who we are and Whose we are, we can pray from that vantage point, knowing we have the relational right to ask in faith.

           2. Know God is always listening. 

     There’s nothing worse than spilling your heart to someone who is not giving you their undivided attention. But we not only have God’s heart, we have His ear. Jesus, speaking to His Father, said, “Yes, I know You always hear and listen to Me” (John 11:42). As Christians, we are assured that He always hear us.

           3. Pray God’s Word. 

     The most powerful prayers we can pray include Scripture. If God’s Word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12), and it accomplishes the purposes for which God sends it (Isaiah 55:11), then praying Scripture is the wisest and most potent weapon in our prayer arsenal.  One of the ways to do this is by personalizing Scripture. “Spread Your protection over ________.” (Psalm 5:11)  “Show ______ Your unfailing love in wonderful ways.” (Psalm 17:7)

            4. Write it down.

     In our Prayer Session Tuesday afternoon – each of us had a sheet of paper – with 3 words on it – Illness —–Relationships —— Other….we spent much time thinking over the church and jotting down issues we wanted to bring before the Lord – and we took the paper  home with us to continue to pray over these points throughout the week. 

            5. Know He knows you.

     I love that when we pray, we aren’t bowing our hearts before a distant God who knows nothing about us. The truth is that the very hairs on our heads are numbered (Luke 12:7). That’s an intimate picture of how well our FATHER knows us, down to the tiniest detail. 

     We can pray real prayers. Raw prayers. Angry prayers and desperate prayers. We can pray from the depths of our being knowing we are known, valued, and loved to the highest degree.

This coming Sunday evening from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Feb 12) will be our next Evening of Prayer……
May each of us ask this important question……”what is more important in my life as well as the life of my church than gathering with God’s people and praying His blessing and His will upon us”? As always stated – this is a “drop-in” prayer service…..some stay the entire 2 hours — most stay 15 minutes of less. The early Church were men/women of prayer – they prayed 10 days then the Holy Spirit fell on the Day of Pentecost – 3,000 were baptized……the church gathered for prayer upon hearing Peter was in prison – and God miraculously released him back to them…..Eternity will reveal what our prayers accomplished as we seek to change the spiritual landscape in North East Columbia……

Last Tuesday evening, Bro Doug and I attended a meeting at Derby Ridge. This was the 3rd meeting of concerned leaders and members of northeast Columbia. Our goal is to let the residents of northeast Columbia know we are here- we are available- and we care. Mike Tripp 2nd ward counsel man attended the meeting. There were close to 50 in attendance….it was covered by KMIZ….obviously we are starting small —- but we plan to attend the next meeting February 21….
What could you do? You could pray that God would use us as He desires. People understand the issues – though I feel they are treating a symptom – knowing it is a heart issue – a heart for JESUS — but we’ll work with them and seek ways to bring Jesus into the equation.
ALSO – I will be meeting with a representative of Love INC – next Tuesday at our church…..there is a new program called ForColumbia 2017…..There are about 30 churches involved in this ministry — seems like something BIG is going to occur in Columbia on April 29…..Once I find out the details, I’ll bring them to your attention.

·      2 Chron 7:14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

·      With the above information – please pray for our Republic – all leaders – and God’s will

·      Sylvia Ryan’s former Pastor’s nephew — we sent the prayer chain last evening – don’t know any more – in an Atlanta hospital — on a business trip from New Jersey — tumor found on his pancreas as well as multiple tumors in his liver

·      Our school age youth – will be safe in their classes – witness to their unsaved friends – and see their time in public education as a mission.

·      1)  Great turn out this Sunday evening for our prayer gathering…..2) God will move mightily as our prayers go up – the answer comes down

·      Sylvia who attends our Tuesday prayer session has a burden for her cousin in Colorado — physically as well as spiritually.  Her name is Joanie.

·      Doug is looking for a part-time job – and Jackie for full employment – please intercede in their behalf

·      Continued growth – spiritual/numerical for all 7 D-Groups

·      Kristin Yoder – (U.S. Navy)….on the ship – headed to South Korea – later to Australia – then back to Hawaii – then home 

The date of February 14 was known, at one time, as St. Hugs Day. However, it became more commonly known in the Anglican community as the Feast of St. Valentine. Historically, St. Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year 270 A.D. It was during this time that there was a war on Christianity and those who were imprisoned for practicing Christianity, were normally executed, as was the case with St. Valentine. During his life, he ministered to help the Christians to escape this persecution, and to provide them the sacraments, such as marriage, which was outlawed by the Roman Empire at that time. The story of St. Valentine says that he would “remind them [Christians] of God’s love and to encourage them to remain faithful Christians,” Saint Valentine is said to have cut hearts from parchment, giving them to the soldiers and persecuted Christians, a possible origin of the widespread use of hearts on Saint Valentine’s Day. In today’s world, we see it more as a day of buying cards, candies and presents. But to remind all of us the origins of this martyr, who died for his faith to God, the following Bible verses to help us mark this day, which has its origins in Christianity, rather than a card company and flowers.

 

          1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.

          Genesis 29:20  So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her

          Colossians 3:14  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

          Ephesians 5:33  However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband

Discovery’s next Saturday Night Fellowship will be February 18th at 6.30 pm. Directly after the service we will have a “Valentines Mystery Dinner”. There will be a display and signup sheets in the foyer. We are gonna have so much fun!

   

I’ve found that cynicism is the elephant in the room that nobody really wants to talk about.   Taboo #3

        2 Cor 6:1-10 As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.”  Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. 10 Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.