Prayer Marshal – Other Prayer Groups to Join

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Prayer Groups to Join

(ALL TIMES EASTERN)

MEN’S GROUPS:

  • Mon., Wed., & Fri., 7:00 am

WOMEN’S GROUPS:

  • Mon., 10:15 am
  • Thur., 6:45 am

LOCALES (Wed. Morning):

  • Atlanta, 8:00 am
  • Savannah, 8:30 am
  • Columbus, 9:00 am
  • Augusta, 9:30 am
  • Dublin, 10:00 am

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER (Thur. Morning):

  • For the State of Georgia, 8:45 am

Other Prayer Groups

We would like to encourage you to pray for various groups.

If you are interested, we will start these for you:

  • Praying for Schools
    • In General or Specific Schools in Your Town
  • Light-Houses of Prayer
    • Back-Porch or Roof-Top Praying, Depending on Where You Live
  • Prayer Walking
    • Your Prayers will Come Alive
  • Praying Specifically for Your Church
    • We’ll Help You, Help Your Church

Conference Calls Participation

Dial In Phone No. (641) 715-3680

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Prayer Marshal – Praying for the Lost

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TEAM: PRAYING-FOR-THE-LOST

You will:

  • Pray for the Lost by Name.
  • Pray for YOUR PARTICIPATION with the Lost.

PRAYER DAY AND TIME:
2nd & 4th Tuesday each month
8:00 pm
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Prayer List & Guide

Print this prayer list to GUIDE YOUR PRAYING for the lost.

For example: Notice “Gosp” above. If you have never shared with them that you are saved, ask the Lord for the opportunity to do that.


Your Prayer Participation

Note, the following steps in praying for the lost are the steps that YOU ARE TO PRAY for God to give you. We want YOU to participate:

  • Pers, You’ve Met Them
  • Know, They Know You’re Saved
  • Soc, You’ve Socialized Together
  • WV, You Know Their Worldview
  • Bib, You’ve Shared Biblical Point/s of View
  • Gosp, You’ve Clearly Shared the Gospel
  • Invg, They’re Investigating Christianity
  • Bec, They’ve Become Saved
  • Chu, They’ve Joined a Good Church

Conference Call Participation

Dial In Phone No. (641) 715-3680

Access Code 347361#

Conference Call Prayer Number

 

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Supplementing Your Faith Sunday School Lesson Take Aways

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Dear Class:

 

We continued our study of 2 Samuel with a focus on 2 Samuel 7 in which God promises that David’s royal dynasty would be the earthly pattern for a greater everlasting kingdom.  From David’s line would come the Messiah.

Like me, have you ever made a promise you didn’t keep?  You meant it at the time but something came up and you decided to blow it off.  There are many promises in Scripture that God has made.  In each promise, God pledges that something will (or will not) be done or given or come to pass.  These aren’t casual promises such as we often make; these promises of God are rock-solid, unmistakable commitments made by God Himself.  Because God is faithful, the recipients of the divine promises can have total confidence that what God has promised will indeed be realized (Num. 23:19).

We know that the promise God makes to David to establish his throne forever (2 Sam. 7:16) was realized with the first coming of the Messiah and will be completely fulfilled with the second coming.  It’s unlikely that David fully understood what God had promised him, but it’s clear that David believed that God’s promise would be fulfilled (2 Sam. 7:29).  As believers, that’s how we’re expected to receive God’s promises.  Although we don’t have all the details of how and when God will deliver on His promise, we know that He will.  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” Rom. 8:28.

Note:

Please note that next Sunday, July 1, we continue our study of 2 Samuel with a focus on 2 Samuel 8-10 in which we see that although David subdued the enemies surrounding the nation of Israel, he showed kindness to the only surviving descendant of King Saul and to the family of an Ammonite king who had died.

 

 

Reaching The “Big-Time”

Well, Kind-Of

Umm, Maybe, A Little

Actually, Not At All

But it is a Fun Photo

Have you been to the Ark Encounter yet?

Go! And see if you can be luck enough to get your photo taken!

First of 3 Photos from the Ark Encounter in Central Kentucky

We’re in here somewhere:

Second of 3 Photos from the Ark Encounter in Central Kentucky

Alright, that’s still a little tough to see. How about here?

Final of 3 Photos from the Ark Encounter in Central Kentucky

Thank you to my good friend Mark Looy of Answers in Genesis that pointed this out to me.

But seriously, GO TO THE ARK ENCOUNTER.

And while you are there, get up to the Creation Museum too.

Let me give you some advice:

Ark Encounter

  • Get there at 8:30 am and you’ll beat the crowds and go completely thru the Ark in 3/4 of a day.
  • If you’re lucky it will rain while you are there (think about it).
  • Until they change it, you can see the above photo/s here: https://arkencounter.com/things-to-do/

Creation Museum

  • Plan on a day and a half to see it all
  • Don’t miss the planetarium. They designed a BRILLIANT way for you to get a good sense of the size of the universe. It is well, well done.
  • As you enter the museum, you’ll walk through the “Hall of Dinosaurs” which was the motivation for my short story, “Sterling Meets A Pterosaur.” It’s a free short story you can download from MarkMirza.com.

Blessings friends (And thank Mark Looy for the heads up)

 

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Jeremiah and The SBC

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SUBTITLE: UNITY IN THE CHURCH

 

BEING JEREMIAH

Let me just pretend to be Jeremiah for a moment and stand at the gates and make an observation or two. (Jeremiah 6:27) You decide if it is from the Lord or not.

Whether you have won or lost, have you considered that there is a judgment involved here? And if there is a judgment, could it be that God is judging us for not relying upon Him? (1 Peter 4:17)

Ray Stedman back in the ’60’s made a great observation when he exegeted 2 Corinthians 10:5 and said, and I’m paraphrasing, “in the church, we pattern ourselves and decision making like they do in Washington D. C., to our shame.”

This is not rocket science my friends. We say, “well, if I were running the show. . .” or we say, “well now that I am running the show. . .” And I don’t see that in Scripture. I’m not saying, “don’t be involved.” In fact, I believe that whatever your involvement, you should do it with excellence, because you are doing it as unto the Lord. (Colossians 3:23)

CHRIST’S BODY

The truth is, this disunity has given me an opportunity to speak openly, on a subject that I have only nibbled at for a number of years, Unity In the Body of Christ.

Let me switch gears now, from the SBC to the church in general. AND, I’m NOT speaking about the world, I expect the world to act like the world. It is the Body of Christ which concerns me.

And I want to ask you, Does the Body of Christ, and its lack of unity concern you?

THE POLITICS OF DISUNITY

Consider recent elections: November 2016, November 2012, November 2008, November 2004, etc., and of course, now at the SBC Annual Mtg, June 2018, the same thing has happened. What am I talking about? The evil one’s ability, by his deceit, to stick his hook into our mouth, and let his AGENDA, his schemes, designs, devices, plans, intentions, etc. drag us ANYWHERE he wants us to go. I see this happen regardless of which side of “the-win” we are on.

Again, I am NOT talking about the SBC in particular, although the shoe surely fits. I am speaking to the Body of Christ, as a whole, especially as it is impacted by our politics.

We have nearly ZERO unity within the church today! And I believe the reason is real simple, “Our Pride!”

THE REALITY OF DISAGREEMENTS

My focus is not whether we’re Republican or Democrat, whether we’re a Calvinist or a non-Calvinist, nor whether we speak in tongues or not, or immerse or sprinkle.

My focus and concern is your identity, and whom, or what, it is in. I am grateful that the evil one’s deceit has finally placed a spotlight on this. We are not finding our identity in Christ.

Let me tell you what I see in politics, both in the church and in Washington D.C.

OUR PRIDE

Our pride causes us to see “bad-people” associated with, what we believe are “bad-ideas.” And on the flip-side, our pride has blinded us to feel attacked by people because they disagree with us. Our pride takes our eyes OFF what we have in Christ, and places it ON our theology, our politics, our differences, our disagreements,  our, our, our. Do you see the problem?

Friends, Our Pride. . .

Has caused us to put our identity in our ideology, rather than in Christ.

It doesn’t matter the issue! We constantly prove that we in the church are no different than the world. Just look at our focus! Just look at what comes out our mouth from our heart. (Matthew 15:18) And if this be true, then why would ANYONE want our Jesus?

UNITY IN THE BODY

My goal is not to change your mind on your ideas, political or theological. The Holy Spirit has your address and He will contact you if and when He wants to. (I suspect He already has, but that is a message for another day)

My goal is not to win an argument with you. My goal is that we would have unity in the body, in the midst of disagreement. Does that last statement seem oxymoronic to you? At first glance you may think so, but I think God is big enough to allow unity in the midst of disagreement, but only when WE SUBMIT ourselves to Him, without us playing the Holy Spirit for others.

You want an action point to prove my seemingly oxymoronic statement? I’ll give you three:

  1. Start thanking the Lord for your opponent. (Ephesians 5:20) Forget about “why” you can thank Him, for him. Just start “blindly” doing what He says to do.
  2. Go to the Lord and ask Him where YOU have not followed His Son, relative to your opponent. (Romans 15:5) I’m not saying reach out to them and become their buddy, just do what He says to do in this verse. And,
  3. Accept the truth that your “opponent” is not your opponent, for your struggle is not with flesh and blood. (Ephesians 6:12) This will become an unwelcome barometer for you.

Let me put this last statement (point #3 above) into terms that we can ALL understand. I say this all the time when I am in churches, so my wife knows that I preach the following, okay! I always say, My wife is nearly perfect. She really is. There are only a couple of things I want to see “fixed” and they aint a big deal.  She even agrees! Nevertheless, I have had to come to the disappointing conclusion that the reason my wife is wired the way she is has to do with God. You see, God knows there are things in MY LIFE that I WOULD NOT DEAL WITH if Naida were “fixed.”

Do you know why those people are in your life that you disagree with? Remember, God already has their address and He knows how to fix them if and when He wants to. They are in YOUR LIFE so that you will deal with YOUR ISSUES and rely upon God to deal with everyone else, which may include Him using you, but not at the cost of unity in The Body.

Again, I’m not saying don’t get involved, and I reiterate, whatever you do, do it with excellence.

BACK TO JEREMIAH

Let me finish this by metaphorically standing at the gates of our churches, as Jeremiah did in Jerusalem long ago, and say what I think Jesus would say, in light of John 17:21, “The way they will know that I came from the Father, has nothing to do with your ability to parse doctrine.  The way they will know that I came from the Father, has nothing to do with love. I’ll bring that up in a couple of sentences. The way they will know that I came from the Father is if you have unity. And you DO NOT have unity. No wonder people do not want Me as their Saviour. They know you, and they see the disunity, in your home, in your church, in your denomination! Why would they want to be a part of that? They already have that kind of disunity in their world, every day of their life!”

My friends, go back to my three action points above. I believe they will change your life for the rest of your life.

Blessings,

 

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Spiritual Warfare Treatise

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Well, the Beginning of a Treatise

Many of you know that my second Historical Christian Fiction novel (what a mouthful) in The Pray-ers series is going to focus on Spiritual Warfare.

I want to share with you a few sentences that Dr. Dale, the modern day track coach says at the beginning of his series on Spiritual Warfare:

Spiritual Warfare has been so marketed that the things that God uses to prepare us for the future are considered spiritual warfare!

  • Acts of God, are considered spiritual warfare.
  • The difficulties He brings into our lives so that we can be a Godly example to others, are considered spiritual warfare.
  • The challenges that come our way that would strengthen our faith muscle, if we let it, are considered spiritual warfare.
  • The opportunities God gives us to comfort others, because he has first comforted us, are thwarted because we look at the situation, the difficulty, the challenge, as spiritual warfare.

Spiritual Warfare has been marketed so that we are calling God’s actions on earth and His sovereign work in our lives, spiritual warfare.

You may find this a concern, and I fully understand that. But please allow Dr. Dale to challenge your thinking.

He is challenging mine!

 

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Prayer Focus – Results or Relationship

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Which Prayer Focus is Yours?

Have you ever considered the question?

I think the church needs to be awakened to what prayer really is to be focused upon!

Take a quick listen to this 92 second video.

So, look at your prayers later today or tomorrow.

Ask yourself what your focus is when you pray.

And if your focus is “results” then own that, admit it. And ask the Lord to change your prayer focus.

Do you believe that your prayers are already “relationship” driven? Praise the Lord! And ask Him to give you a deeper sense of intimacy with Him.

I often give the following testimony:

I remember asking God to teach me what “Intimacy with God” meant. I told Him, “Lord, I understand intimacy with my wife, but what does intimacy with You look like?”

 

It felt like the Lord was silent for 3 years. And then it dawned on me (3 years after I started praying for it), my love for prayer was the answer to my prayer for intimacy.

 

God gave me a love for prayer, as an answer to my prayer for greater, deeper intimacy with Him.

He will answer your prayer too, and you will be on your way to having “relationship” focused prayers rather that “results” focused prayers.

So, what are you going to do? Remember Dr. Charles F. Stanley’s first life principle, “Intimacy with God, His highest priority for you life. . .”

Make it you highest priority also.

NOTE: I didn’t say that you are NOT to ask God for things, after all He says through James, “we do not have because we do not ask.” (James 4:2e) I’m merely saying, don’t let “results” be your focus.

Blessings my friend,

 

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Supplementing Your Faith Sunday School Lesson Take Aways

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Dear Class:

 

Today we continued our study of 1 and 2 Corinthians as we looked at 2 Corinthians 1-2.  In these chapters, Paul helps us understand why God allows His people to suffer.

Our Heavenly Father is the “God of all comfort”.  Comfort is found not in the absence of pain but in the midst of it.  Many Christians who are hurting believe that their walk with the Lord isn’t what it should be because of the suffering with which they’re dealing.  Being comforted has nothing to do with being comfortable.  Being comforted has everything to do with being strengthened.  When our Lord prayed for the cup of suffering to be removed, He was so physically and emotionally exhausted that an angel was sent to strengthen Him (Luke 22:43).

It’s OK to pray that God will remove our pain, our sorrow, our grief.  But He doesn’t always remove these things when we ask Him to because they serve a purpose that we don’t immediately understand.  What He does promise to always do however is to come alongside us in the midst of the suffering.  When we feel His presence at such times we have access to supernatural strength, and it’s His strength which sustains us and prepares us to be a comforter for someone else who will experience the same suffering.

“God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters.” – J. H. Jowett

Note:

Please note that next Sunday, May 6, we will continue our study of 1 and 2 Corinthians with a focus on 2 Cor. 3:1-5:10 in which the Apostle Paul challenges the Corinthian church to maintain a focus on demonstrating the gospel through what they say and do.

 

 

Columbus GA Renovate Conference

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Church Renovation Conference

I’m very excited to participate in this. Thank you Jimmy Blanton for asking me.

In addition to a breakout session I will lead the folks in a National Day of Prayer, final event on Thursday.

Tuesday May 1st to Thursday May 3rd I will have a booth and be speaking at a couple break-out sessions.

Mark’s Schedule

Below is my Break-out session speaking times and date.

Schedule of my speaking at the Renovate conference

You’ll need to register at www.RenovateMyChurch.org

 

Blessings,

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