Intercessory Prayer

As I sat and prepared over the little free time I had this week, preparing for today’s sermon at Good News, I was convicted about my own prayer life. I poured over some of the prayers of the great men of the Bible and realized that I need to pray more. I need to intercede more on behalf of my fellow man the way that the great men of the Bible did. I would like to share what I learned this week so that you can be strengthened spiritually as well as being a tool for me to think through the sermon before I preach it later on this morning.

I came across a good quote this morning from a man named Soren Kierkegaard and I would like to share it because there is much truth to it and it is one of the essential Biblical teachings on prayer.

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Day camps begin today!

This summer, we have planned to lead 10 day camps in 5 weeks. If you do the math, that means 2 per week. Our desire is to reach close to 1,000 kids with the Gospel over the next 5 weeks. We have 2 teams going out per week. Most of the camps will be in villages. I will be leading one in the city next week. Three of the ten camps will be baseball/softball camps so please pray that God will hold off the rain over the next 3 weeks. I am excited about teaching God and baseball to the next generation. Please pray for us, our teams, and the children who will hear the Gospel. We have already had threats from the Mayor of one of the villages. We know that God is in control and will work all things for our good. Please pray for the Mayor of the village of Bacioi. Continue reading

Experiencing God’s Comfort

comfort_God As a church council, we have begun studying Paul’s second epistle to the church in Corinth. We are studying Kay Arthur’s, “Lord, give me a heart for You”. I just finished the first lesson today and I want to write a little bit on what we learned about suffering, which is not a fun subject, and the comfort that we receive from God while enduring difficult times in life. II Corinthians 1:1-11 is the main text for the lesson.

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Jonah Chapter 2: Cry out to God in your distress!

jonah_fish_distress In Jonah chapter 1, we learned that there are 3 types of people in this world; 1) those who are far from God’s presence 2) those who are running from God’s presence 3) those who are seeking after God’s presence. We saw the characteristics of each group and why they are the way that they are. The last group of people were desperate for help and they cried out to God in their distress. Continue reading

The portrait of a genuine Christian

Many people claim to be Christians in our world today. In fact, the stats say that there are around 2.2 billion professing Christians on planet earth at this very moment. Do you consider yourself a Christian? I would like to take a look at Saint Paul‘s epistle (letter) to the Christians in Philippi to see how the Word of God describes a genuine Christian. Continue reading

Do you love people and seek to serve them?

theworld As I wrote yesterday, there are several men of faith from the O.T. who loved people and did all that they could to help people who were running as fast as they could toward destruction by being disobedient to God. I would like to continue the list that we began yesterday and see what other truths we can learn from God about how to love people and serve them.

Nehemiah is the next hero of faith that I would like to look at because he loved his country and countrymen even though he was enslaved in another country. Nehemiah gets word of what life is like in Jerusalem and he is saddened. God begins to work in Nehemiah’s heart about praying for his people and going back to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall and restore the city. Nehemiah goes to the Lord in prayer to intercede on behalf of his countrymen and ask the Lord what he should do. Let’s look at the prayer to God from Nehemiah.

I said, “I beseech You, O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Your servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You; I and my father’s house have sinned. “We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. “Remember the word which You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are Continue reading

Do you care about people?

prayer1 I was preparing to teach a Bible study on prayer the other night and as I began to lay out the lesson plan I noticed a repeating pattern in the lives of the great men of faith in the Old Testament. They were men who cared deeply for the people around them and the people of the world. I would like to take a look at the lives of three men and the prayers that they prayed for their nation and the nations of the world.

Moses is the first person of faith that I would like to look at in the O.T. We see his prayer in the O.T. book of Exodus. Moses has been leading the people of Israel since delivering them from slavery in Egypt. Moses quickly found out that people are ungrateful and grumble and complain very easily. While following the Lord’s lead through the desert the people of Israel were disobedient to God over and over again. God had enough of their ungratefulness and was about to wipe them out. Moses began pleading with God on behalf of the people of Israel. Let’s see what happens as we read Moses’ prayer.

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