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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Power of Prayer has a threefold Potential!


The Power of Prayer has a Threefold Potential!


We know God commands us to pray. We know that it is his will. When we pray, we are being obedient. Every time the church prayed in Acts, they received power and God received glory. When we pray and ask God to make us a praying individual or church that is a powerful thing.  

Visions come in many fascinating ways. God has always given me a vision for a praying church. I have always asked God to fill us to capacity spiritually, even though it is not on me to make that happen. It’s upon us to allow God to work in our lives because we know Christianity is not just a social club, but a life changing moment in our lives when Jesus Christ comes into our heart. Paul explained that simply as “we have become a new creation.” The new creation we have become leads us to relationship with God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Prayer is just a natural part of that relationship.

There are lot of definitions I could use but let me put it this way: Why is prayer so important? Because Someone prayed for you!  Someone cared enough to spend energy praying that you would come to know Jesus. You wouldn’t be here if someone hadn’t been praying for you or being an example of Christ in your life.

The vision we have here at Calvary is for a praying church that asks God how can we reach those who need Jesus by making someone’s day better through prayer. Making someone’s day better isn’t just about doing something for them, it’s much more.

The next step in being there for people is to pray for them. Evangelism and prayer go hand in hand.

1.   Prayer will help us fulfill the Great Commission…

 Reaching our community is simply praying for one person at a time. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus tells us, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

We are commanded to make disciples. That seems big, but the “we” is the church. The church’s task: goal, responsibility, and commissioning is to preach the gospel of repentance and forgiveness. We pray in the harvest…

This year was the first year I got cherries on our rainier cherry tree. That tree had sat there for three years and never gave us any fruit. Then one day Larry asks me if I had ever pruned the tree? Of course I hadn’t; so he prunes it and guess what? I get cherries.

When we are looking at the great commission it isn’t about us just witnessing to people, we need to pray for them as well. 

Jesus was speaking to His disciples in Matthew 9:37&38 “Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

The word “ask” that is used in the NIV; in the Kings James the word is “Pray therefore.” We are to pray to the Lord of the harvest for others to come into His kingdom.

The Greek word for prayer is Deomai, and it  Means…
1) to want to
2) to desire, long for
3) to ask, beg
3a) beseech
3b) to pray, make supplications, entreat

If we want to see the others come to Christ then we must pray for the Lord of the harvest to help us. I hope you will be a part of making that happen in our church and community.
You are Loved!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eye-Opening

'Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them.' Luke 24:15 NIV



As I was drinking my coffee this morning and reading in Luke following the crucifixion; Cleopas and his companion were on the road that led home to Emmaus. That’s when ‘Jesus himself came up and walked along with them.’ Their hopes lay buried in a tomb; their faith had turned to doubt. So what did Jesus do? He held a Bible study! ‘Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.’ (Luke 24:27 NLT)

Jesus knows that when you’re walking the road of doubt, you need to get into His Word and get it into you. I know you here that from me often, but it is true. When you get into God's word, three things happen:
(1) Your eyes will be opened. ‘Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him.’ (Luke 24:31 NKJV) There are things you will only see when God reveals them to you through His Word. That’s why Bible reading must be one of your highest priorities.
(2) Your heart will burn. ‘They said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us?”’ (Luke 24:32 NKJV) When you put God’s Word to work and begin to walk out its precepts, it will energize you and change your life.
(3) You’ll want to tell everybody. ‘They rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed.”’ (Luke 24:33–34 NKJV) You say, ‘But I’m timid, and not very good with words.’ When you truly fall in love, you’ll find a way to express it. So today look for an opportunity to tell someone what Jesus has done for you. Why don't you make their day better!

You are Loved!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Growing Your Hope

'Lord, where do I put my hope?' Psalm 39:7 NLT
The bible tells us to ask for more faith, because without faith "it is impossible to please God." Faith and hope go hand in hand. In Psalm 39:7 David asks the question, "where do I put my hope?" So if you find yourself in a place were you are asking that question:

 (1) Admit how you feel. That doesn’t mean sitting around wallowing in negativity; it means trusting God enough to acknowledge how you really feel. Pretending things are fine when they’re not, makes it harder to get back up. We all have down times. The Psalmist asked God to help him cope with despondency (Psalms 42–43). And at one point Paul was under so much pressure he ‘despaired even of life.’ (2 Corinthians 1:8 NKJV)

(2) Identify the source. Discouragement often comes on the heels of a setback or disappointment. Did something you set your heart on fall apart? Were your hopes unrealistic to start with? Did somebody let you down? Or is your dejection coming from a generalised feeling of burnout?

(3) Talk with a trusted counsellor. Solomon said, ‘…there is safety in having many advisers.’ (Proverbs 11:14 NLT) Don’t let pride prevent you from opening up to those who will listen empathetically and respond wisely. Talking to the right people can lessen your sense of isolation, and also pave the way for others who are hurting to do the same.

(4) Be open before God. He, not fate or circumstances, gets to write the last chapter. Maybe He’s trying to teach you something or redirect your energies. David said, ‘Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in You.’ When your hope is in God, He replaces discouragement with confidence so that what you’re going through can become a path to spiritual growth.

You are Loved!

Monday, October 13, 2014

When Prayer Is Hard Work (1)

Laboring fervently for you in prayers.' Colossians 4:12 NKJV

Paul writes, ‘Epaphras, who is…always laboring fervently for you in prayers.’ Sometimes praying for others feels like ‘laboring’. You have a hard time just uttering a few words even. Once you understand and accept that prayer won’t discourage you. You can smile and tell yourself, ‘This is the way the Bible says it will be sometimes.’

G. Campbell Morgan said, ‘A man may offer a prayer, beautiful in diction and perfect in the number of its petitions. But if it gives him gratification afterwards, that prayer cannot have been truly prayed.’ What did he mean? Simply this: you’ll feel good after you’ve prayed, but your goal isn’t to feel good about the fact that you have prayed, or that you felt particularly good during the process.

Observe: (1) Prayer is a duty. It’s like going to work. You do it because it’s a commitment, and because of the rewards it brings.
(2) Prayer is a discipline. The old–timers used to talk about ‘praying through’. Through what? Through fatigue, through fears, and every other form of resistance and distraction. When you enter the ‘prayer zone’, Satan will fight you at every turn. But when you stand in the name of Jesus, the powers of darkness will retreat and you’ll prevail (John 14:13–14).
(3) Prayer is a delight. It won’t happen every time, but if you’re faithful to the place of prayer there’ll be times when your whole being will be conscious that God is present, answering your prayer and giving you guidance. And even when the answer isn’t completely clear, you’ll leave His presence saying, ‘Now I have peace about it.’

You are Loved!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Practice Happiness [3]


'We wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our...Saviour, Jesus Christ.' Titus 2:13 NIV

The last segment in Practicing Happiness is that we must remember that Hope brings happiness. But also remember skepticism never can. You may be alive when Christ returns, or you may be resur-rected to meet Him in the air. Either way, Jesus is coming again! Don’t let doubters or false date–setters dull your sense of hope.

Ray Bakke shares this story: ‘I knew an old Glasgow professor named McDonald, who, along with a Scottish chaplain, was put in a prisoner–of–war camp. A high wire fence separated the Americans from the British, and McDonald was put in the American barracks. The Americans had a little homemade radio and were able to get news from the outside. Every day McDonald would take a headline or two to the fence and share it with the chaplain in the ancient Gaelic language, indecipherable to the Germans. One day news came that the German High Command had surrendered. McDonald took the news to his friend, then watched him disappear into the barracks. A moment later a roar of celebration came from inside. Life in that camp was transformed. Men walked around singing and shouting, waving at the guards, even laughing at the dogs. When the German guards finally heard the news three nights later, they fled into the dark, leaving the gates unlocked. The next morning, Brits and Americans walked out as free men. Yet they had truly been set free three days earlier by the news that the war was over.’ The certainty of Christ’s soon return sets you free to hope, to rejoice in the worst of circumstances, and to live with purpose. For God’s redeemed people, the best is yet to come!

You are Loved!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Practice Happiness [2]


'The Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.' Job 42:10 NKJV

Ever thought how helping others brings happiness? I read a story about a ragged looking child that stood looking into a candy shop window one day. A man came along and observed the scene, took him inside and said to the saleslady, ‘Fill a bag with every kind of sweet he wants.’ The boy couldn’t believe his luck. As he filled his mouth with sugary delights, his benefactor asked, ‘Is that good, son?’ He nodded in the affirmative: ‘Uh huh.’ Then the man asked, ‘Could I have some?’ Immediately the boy’s look of joy turned to fear, and clutching the bag he ran away shouting, ‘Mine, mine!’

Happiness doesn’t come by getting; it comes by forgetting yourself and living for others. Job, one of the richest men in his day, lost his health, his wealth, and his family. It’s hard to imagine, right? Then an amazing thing happened: ‘The Lord restored Job’s losses, when he prayed for his friends.’ (Job 42:10 NKJV) Job actually got back twice what he lost. How? By reaching out to others instead of dwelling on his own problems. And that principle still works today. Jesus warned, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.’ (Luke 12:15 NKJV) God blesses you for one reason: to make you a blessing to others. You’re not supposed to be a warehouse—but a clearing house. For every verse in Scripture that promises material success, there’s another that speaks of the dangers of hoarding. So Todays Thought is: helping others brings happiness, but selfishness never can.

You are Loved!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Practicing Happiness (1)



'Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.' John 13:17 NIV
Did you know that Holiness can bring happiness? The opposite is true with sin, it never can. Sometimes we find this hard to believe because for a season sin can look like happiness.

The story’s told of a mother saying to her son, ‘Be good, and have fun.’ He replies, ’Please make up your mind!’ How revealing! Today the word ‘holiness’ has got a bad reputation. Some see it as a list of all the things the church says you can’t do. Others recall those who claimed to practise holiness, but came across as rigid, joyless, narrow and judgmental.

So let’s define it: ‘Holiness is the whole of Christ in the whole of life.’ Furthermore, holiness vanishes when you talk about it; it only becomes attractive when you live it. ‘The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.’ (Proverbs 10:22 NKJV) The only thing that adds no sorrow is the blessing of the Lord.

James writes, ‘When desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full–grown, brings forth death.’ (James 1:15 NKJV) When we’re immature we think we can sin and get away with it, but as we grow wiser and more mature we know better. You’ll never meet a smoker who recommends his or her habit. And you’ll meet very few who shipwrecked a marriage, recommending an affair. The law of the harvest is: ‘...whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.’ (Galatians 6:7 NKJV) Sin destroys your capacity for happiness. A loving parent doesn’t want to see their children get hurt—and God is a loving parent. David, who tasted the bitter fruits of sin first–hand, wrote, ‘Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.’ (Psalm 29:2 KJV) Holiness is a beautiful thing when you fully understand and practise it.

You are Loved!