Prayer For Lost Loved Ones

*Pastor’s Note: We all have loved ones that have either never made a commitment to or surrendered to the Lord, or are sitting on the fence so-to-speak, or in fact know the truth and are wandering from it. Let us not only pray for one another as Brothers and Sisters, but pray for one another’s lost loved ones as well.

Oh Heavenly Father, Almighty God;

Your wisdom and understanding are so far above our comprehension. Your knowledge of the human heart with all it’s secret places is so far above our imagination and yet, You tell us in Your written Word that You have no desire that anyone perish due to our own natural inclination and tendencies toward sin.

We rely upon that Word and upon Your desires AND perfect will towards us as Your Creation. We KNOW we are weak and lost without You and we need Your Holy Spirit to provide us the help to overcome our natural tendencies.

We recognize that You came to earth in the guise of Your Son, totally God in the Spirit and yet totally man in the flesh to bridge that gap that sin created in the beginning, causing us to be removed from a relationship with You as our Father. We thank You and glorify You for such an awesome Love that caused You to provide for us a sacrifice that we ourselves could never provide! We thank You for paying the debt that we individually owed and for the intercession on behalf of each of us individually.

We now come humbly and yet sincerely before You to intercede on behalf of those loved ones that as of yet have to surrender themselves to You and who have not yet acknowledged You as Lord of all. Some are sitting halfway on the fence not sure which way they will choose and we ask that Your Holy Spirit give them the nudge necessary to make a knowledgeable and yet faith-filled decision.

pp god's loveWe know that You alone KNOW all things and You alone have the wisdom and foreknowledge to know what it will take to get each individual to make a decision. We also know that Your Love, Your very Nature of Love, dictates that they make their own choice without force and yet we also know that You alone can open their spiritually blind eyes to at least SEE the truth of what You are offering to them freely.

Father, if there is any sin or hypocrisy in us that is hindering them and their decision, please forgive us in Jesus’ Name so that there will be no excuse and so that in the end, no matter what, You and You alone will be glorified.

We thank You on their behalf for hearing us and loving us enough to allow us the privilege to intercede on their behalf. We know that we ourselves have an Advocate, an Intercessor Who is ever standing on behalf of our needs. He is our Great Example and thus we come to You in Jesus’ most Precious and Holy Name. Let Your will be done here on earth and You be glorified in everything we say AND do!

Amen and AMEN!

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Sowing Seeds 9/20-26/2021

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*Pastor’s Note: These are what I posted on social media from September 20th through September 26th, 2021. The harvest is ripe and white, but we will keep sowing for the Glory of the Lord!

For Monday 9-20-2021
Brothers and Sisters, we only have to ask, seek and knock and our Father Who is in Heaven will gladly give to you as a son or daughter!
Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (NKJV) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’—โœ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ˜‡

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For Tuesday 9-21-2021
Brothers and Sisters, the “Golden Rule” also known as loving your neighbor as yourselves, one of the GREAT commandments.
Matthew 7:12, “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (NASB) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’—โœ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ˜‡

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For Wednesday 9-22-2021
Church, followers of Christ, you WILL know who is the Lords and who is not if you have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Matthew 7:17, “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.” (NASB) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’—โœ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ˜‡

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For Thursday 9-23-2021
Body of Christ, our Lord is the Head and when we follow Him and His leading He truly is the sure and solid foundation!
Matthew 7:24, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (NASB) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’—โœ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ˜‡

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For Friday 9-24-2021
Disciples, followers of Jesus, do you see and hear the multitudes surrounding us? Let us sincerely and fervently point them to the Great Shepherd.
Matthew 9:36, “And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd.” (NASB) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’—โœ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ˜‡

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For Saturday 9-25-2021
Let us pray and ask the Lord to send out workers. We have been given gifts to use, so let’s use them. And let us reply sincerely, “Lord use me!”
Matthew 9:37-38, “Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (NASB) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’—โœ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ˜‡

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For Sunday 9-26-2021
Bride of Christ, consider how much closer today the Kingdom of Heaven is than it was even back then.
Matthew 10:7, “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'” (NKJV) ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’—โœ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ˜‡

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I Know You Will Answer, O God


PROLOGUE TO PSALMS:
There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world then realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

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The Heart of Fools

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Proverbs 18:2, “A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.” (NASB)

Ecclesiastes 10:12, “The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up.” (NKJV)

Matthew 12:37, “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (NKJV)

1 Peter 3:10, For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.” (NKJV)

James 3:2-6, “For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.” (NASB)

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Avoid Foolish People

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Avoid The Actions of a Fool

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PROLOGUE TO DAILY PROVERBS:
There is a Proverb for EVERY day of the Month. Do you want wisdom. It is found here!
“Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.” โ€“ Proverbs 3:13-18.
Translation used for these daily Proverb Bible Verses will be:
New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ยฉ 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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Be Diligent, An Excerpt – Alexander MacLaren


Alexander MacLaren (February 11, 1826 โ€“ May 5, 1910) was an English non-conformist minister of Scottish origin. This Scottish preacher was known as the ‘Prince of Expositors’ and “the supreme example of the Protestant expository preacher.” He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of a merchant and lay preacher. The family moved to Edinburgh, where as a 12 year old, MacLaren accepted Christ and was publicly baptized. He was educated at Glasgow University and Stepney College, a Baptist college in London. He became thoroughly grounded in Greek and Hebrew and learned to study the Bible in the original languages. This laid the foundation for his distinctive work as an expositor and for the biblical content of his preaching. He became a much sought after preacher and accepted the pastorate at Union Chapel in Manchester in 1858. He was the pastor there for 45 years until 1903. After this he continued to preach and study the Word endeavoring to never veer from the path of historic truths.

โ€˜Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye
may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.โ€™ โ€” 2 Peter 3:14.

Peter is fond of using the word which is here translated โ€˜be diligent.โ€™ Hard work, honest effort, continuous and persevering, is His simple recipe for all nobleness. You will find He employs it, for instance, at least three times in this letter, in such connections as, โ€˜Besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue,โ€™ and so on through the whole glorious series; and again, โ€˜Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure.โ€™ So, then, there is no mystery about the way of securing the aim; work towards it, and you will get it.

Now, of course, there are a great many other considerations to be brought in in reference to the Christian manโ€™s means of becoming Christlike. We should have to speak of the gifts of a Divine Spirit, of the dependence upon God for it, and the like; but for the present purpose we may confine ourselves to Peterโ€™s own prescription, โ€˜be diligent,โ€™ and that will secure it. But then the word itself opens out into further meanings than that. It not only implies diligence: there may be diligence of a very mechanical and ineffective sort. The word also includes in its meaning earnestness, and it very frequently includes that which is the ordinary consequence of earnestness โ€” viz., haste and economy of time.

I would say, lastly, Make haste about cultivating a Christlike character. The harvest is great, the toil is heavy, the sun is drawing to the west, the evening shadows are very long with some of us, the reckoning is at hand, and the Master waits to count your sheaves. There is no time to lose, brother; set about it as you have never done before, and say, โ€˜This one thing I do.โ€™

And so let us not fill our minds with vain hopes which, whether they be fulfilled or not, will not satisfy us, but lift our eyes to and stay our anticipations on those glories beyond, as real as God is real, and as certain as His word is true. Let these hopes concentrate and define for us the aims of our life; and let the aims, clearly accepted and recognized, be pursued with earnestness, with โ€˜diligence,โ€™ with haste, with the enthusiasm of which they, and they only, are worthy. Let us listen to our Master, โ€˜I must work the works of Him that sent Me while it is day; the night cometh.โ€™ And let us listen to the words of the servant, which reverse the metaphor, and teach the same lessen in a trumpet call which anticipates the dawn and rouses the sleeping soldiers: โ€˜The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.โ€™

Alexander MacLaren Website: https://web.archive.org/web/20130414122520/http://www.apibs.info/alexander-maclaren-sermons-01.htm
Alexander MacLaren Website: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/2330
Alexander MacLaren Website: http://www.newsforchristians.com/classics.html
Alexander MacLaren Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alexander-MacLaren-Daily-297170660629744/

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Perseverance – Example Of

Matthew 10:22, “You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.”

Hebrews 10:35-36, “Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.”

They Showed It Can Be Done

When he first began playing his guitar and singing, Elvis Presley’s schoolmates derisively coined a term to describe its bad quality: “Elvised it.” Later the teenage Presley repeatedly drove a company truck past the Memphis Recording Service before scrounging the courage to record a song he had written for his mother.

Eighteen years elapsed from the time Columbus conceived his voyage of discovery and fulfilled it by weighing anchor in Palos Bay. Eighteen years of poverty, ridicule, and disappointment.

Elena Bonner typed and edited as her husband, Andrei Sakharov, wrote his memoirs, which they smuggled from the Soviet Union. As he wrote, the KGB often stole the writing. It would simply vanish. On one occasion, when he learned of a particularly severe loss, Sakharov “had the expression of a man who has just learned of the death of someone close to him,” Elena wrote. After a few days, however, he sat at his desk and rewrote the material.

Why then would we refuse our faith just because it makes demands on our time, talent, and treasure? Or refuse a new challenge because “we have never done that before”? Or get discouraged because we sang or taught badly, or it seems we are closer to our goals than we were years ago? If Christians have a talent for anything, it should be to finish what they begin. Jesus did.


Courtesy of Speakerโ€™s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright ยฉ 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLEยฎ, Copyright ยฉ 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Applicable Quotations

There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures. โ€“ J.G. Holland

Patience is the art of concealing your impatience. โ€“ Jones

There is not such thing as preaching patience into people unless the sermon is so long they have to practice it while they hear. โ€“ Beecher

You have received Christ; persevere in receiving him. You have come to trust him; keep on trusting him. You hang about his neck as a poor, helpless sinner; remain hanging there. Abide in him. โ€“ Spurgeon

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Love Is Patient

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Romans 5:3-4, “We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (NKJV)

Romans 8:24-25, “For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” (NKJV)

Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (NKJV)

Ephesians 4:1-3, “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (NASB)

Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)

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Hope Is Patience With The Lamp Lit

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