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The great Christian author and C. S. Lewis famously said, “I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.”

 I can say “Amen!” to that.  Convinced that the DISCIPLINE, Discovery needs more than any is for everyone to engage in effectual daily prayer.  Some might challenge this by saying – “I’m saved, why do I need to pray every day?”  I’d like to give you multiple reasons why ALL Christians need to pray…

 1)     I need God.

I confess, when I need something I am driven to God in prayer.  Belivers might A job. Healing. Money for car repairs. Those sorts of things. But the more I pray, the more apparent my real need becomes: I need God. He is my source, my strength, my healer, my helper.

 2)     It clears my head.

Time and again I’ve come to God in prayer – not really knowing what to PRAY…. Yet as the pray starts – continues and concludes – my mind is at rest – my heart is at peace – and I truly feel the effort connected with God.  I know the truth of the verse, Isa 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,——- because I’ve experienced it.

 3)     It starts my day right.

Prayer is a wonderful discipline – and there is no better way to begin the day than thanking God for the peaceful rest during the night – and for waking us up.  If we begin the day with God in prayer – we will find that we can accomplish more with His blessing – be less stressed – and have greater zeal to serve throughout the day.

 4)  It ends my day right.

I have found no better way to go to sleep than to speak with God as I rest my head on my pillow – relieving the day – praying for others needs I’m aware of – then my own — most of the time I fall asleep before I finish my prayer…..

 5)  I become a better man as I pray.

Seriously, I shudder to think of the man I would be if I subtracted all the praying I’ve done over the years. Prayer makes me a better husband – father – friend – and CHRISTIAN…… I am nowhere near good enough or smart enough to go without prayer. Little by little, day by day, I become a more blessed, more joyful, more capable, more focused and more sensitive person than I was in days & years past.

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            Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in Rocky IV (1985). Adonis wasn’t born until after his father’s death and wants to follow his father’s footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and former friend of Apollo Creed, the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis. With Rocky’s help they hope to get a title job to face even stronger opponents than his father. But whether he is a true fighter remains to be seen….

             The Scripture for this weekend is 1 Cor 9:24-26 — Paul was either a great athlete in his prime – or he loved racing and boxing – because he mentions both spots in this text – it will be easy to tie the the Scripture to the movie and visa-versa…..Again let me challenge everyone of you to talk to your non-church friends about checking out Discovery regarding our Reel to Real series…

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Our “youth group” served along-side the Blue Ridge group last night (Wed) at the Food Bank.  Great to see the comradery occurring between our church and Blue Ridge…………….Ross Steelman – and Caleb Yoder – played competitive golf this week for their respective teams – Rock Bridge – and Harrisburg – and both young men  advanced to the next level of competition.  The church is very proud of your accomplishments and wish you the best at the next round……………Karen Tompkins has had her daughter-in-law and grandchildren spend a couple weeks with her — today her son Aaron drives in from Michigan to be with the family and will stay a week or so….Sure good to see them again……………Kent Faddis shot a video promoting the new Mizzou BioJoint Center at the University of Missouri – and the video has now achieved national acclaim —- WOW – bless you Kent – Good Stuff!!…………….This report is what super-hero’s are made of…..Bro Tom Detore is spending the next couple days driving to New England……Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday – he will run 3 marathons in 3 different states in 3 days…..Don’t be surprised if we see a pic of Tom running with a cape……Our prayers for safety in travel – and running and we know Bro Tom – God is with you……………..To grow spiritually – the Believer must be into God’s Word on a regular basis…..during the month of May – the church is reading the book of Judges – I will be reading Judges 7 today…………..

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·      Marcie Henderson entered University Hospital yesterday with chest pains and breathing issues – a barrage of tests today…..

·      Aaron Tompkins traveling from Michigan to Columbia

·      Tom Detore traveling from Columbia to New England

·      Continual growth both numerically and spiritually of our 7 D-Groups

·      Bold witness by Discovery to our community

·      Joy Weir – continued strength from broken hip

·      Rita Fleenor – complete healing after metal plate was placed in her wrist

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What – (All church Potluck)

Where – Discovery Center

When – May 14, 6:30 PM

 

            Sure you have heard the line – the world’s biggest decisions are made over coffee!!!!!   The point is this:  we need community — we need fellowship – and when you can bring those two together around a scrumptious plate of food – you have the best of both worlds.

 The next “all-church Pot-luck” will be held this Saturday evening at 6:30 PM.  Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite dish – whether that includes: appetizers, meat, vegetable, or desert,

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Mark 9:38-50    John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he wasn’t in our group.”

39 “Don’t stop him!” Jesus said. “No one who performs a miracle in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me. 40 Anyone who is not against us is for us. 41 If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded.

42 “But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell* with two hands.* 45 If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one foot than to be thrown into hell with two feet.* 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It’s better to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where the maggots never die and the fire never goes out.’*

49 “For everyone will be tested with fire.* 50 Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.”

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