It’s Been Awhile! But I’m BACK!

Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer (Psalm 11:3)

View this email in your browser

E-Letter

Share

Tweet

Forward

+1

Share

FELLOW PRAY-ERS

Another Shot at Prayer Marshals


Join us as we encourage you to pray with us.
Just CLICK HERE.


A Free E-Book for You

My Understanding is not all of you have taken advantage of this free download. Please take this, FREE!
Just CLICK HERE.


Finally, We Need Your Help

In this 1887 Children’s book, Mark has turned it into a book that encourages prayer for children, as YOU pray with them one or two prayers in the morning and/or one or two prayers in the evening.

HERE’S WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP:

Let us know if this book works, having it electronically for you to share with your kids, or grandkids.

We are waiting to add Book 2 (The Old Testament) until we get your feedback.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Of course, we have plenty of additional resources for you to view. Many are from other authors but you can also purchase Mark’s works:

  • His Novels
  • His Prayer Made Alive series
  • His Prayer Classics, which include:
    • A Children’s book from 1887
    • A Daily Devotional from the 1830’s

Just click the icon below or simply CLICK HERE.

You can also find Mark’s KINDLE BOOKS HERE.


FINALLY

Zero pressure, but the following items may interest you . . .

MARK’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL


Uplifting, Short Videos

To see Mark’s YouTube channel simply click on the icon above, or CLICK HERE.

Many of these videos have matching posts with additional explanations and information on our website (http://markmirza.com/)


DONATIONS

Zero Pressure!

But if you would like to know how you can help, let us show you what we at Common Thread Ministries are trusting God for in 2018:

  •     Resources at Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $300.00 up to $450.00
  •     Support for the Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $1,000.00
  •     Empowering of Lay People with Support Material
    •     Recommended Donation: $25.00 up to $100.00

You may also choose to give to our 501c3 on a monthly basis, either as a personal donation, or a church giving to a ministry and/or missionary. We are blessed to have a number of folks that honor us with $25.00 per month up to $100.00 per month.

To give, CLICK HERE.


CALENDAR

Lots Going on Every Day!

Please take the time to check it out by clicking the red calendar box above. And, if you will, use it to pray for us as we continue to pray that God will open doors so that we can spread this message and spread it boldly.

Thank you for praying.


Mark S Mirza
Founder/Speaker/Writer for Common Thread Ministries
E: Mark@CTMPrayer.org
W: www.MarkMirza.com
F: MarkMirza
F: CommonThreadMinistries
F: ThePray-ers

T: @CTMPrayer
T: @ThePray_ers
I: CTMPrayer

Copyright © 2018 Common Thread Ministries, All rights reserved.
We encourage your prayer life when you have had contact with Common Thread Ministries

Our mailing address is:

Common Thread Ministries

850 Piedmont Ave NE #1506

Atlanta, GA 30308

Add us to your address book

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp

 

Supplementing Your Faith Sunday School Lesson Take Aways

head shot of Common Thread Ministries CEO Greg Nicholaides

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)

 

Mark S Mirza Signature

Prayer Focus – Results or Relationship

Featured image of mark making the video in this post

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,

 

Mark S Mirza Signature

If you are not receiving our E-Letters, please sign in by CLICKING HERE or the box below.

The Pray-ers E-Letters Sign Up Link

 

If you would like to see the E-Letters before you sign up for them, CLICK HERE or the box below. Our goal in these E-Letters is to encourage your prayer life.

The Pray-ers E-Letters View Previous

 

The book mentioned in the video is $6.99 and you can get it by CLICKING HERE or the picture below:

Prayer Made Alive, Praying Your Prayer Cards, Pauls Prayers

 

To get the book AND the downloadable prayer cards for $9.95, CLICK HERE or the picture below:

My Mistake: I forgot the Discount Code!  [Your Order Pre-Release Special] The Johnstown Tragedy

View this email in your browser

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

It was the worst loss of life in America before 9-11 (over 2200 people dead) and the question was, “Where was God” – “Does He Care?”

Order Mark Mirza’s newest book, The Johnstown Tragedy – God in Its Midst, and see heaven’s viewpoint of human tragedy.

50% Discount Code

Use Code:   Johnstown50%

From the author: “Little did I know that 1 1/2 years after I started writing this book, it would go to the printers the week my father passes away. The book talks about what people experience at death and in heaven. The writer is an angel, named Hael. He describes men and women’s backstories, and it will give you comfort and hope – all of the things that my family experienced with Dad’s passing.”

Author Mark Mirza tells about his latest book.

50%-Off Ends Soon
Premium bound, 384-page a Christian historical novel that presents the angel Hael’s comments on human tragedy.
50% off ends soon – Order now

Copyright © 2018 Common Thread Ministries, All rights reserved.
We encourage your prayer life when you have had contact with Common Thread Ministries

Our mailing address is:

Common Thread Ministries

850 Piedmont Ave NE #1506

Atlanta, GA 30308

Add us to your address book

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp

Supplementing Your Faith Sunday School Lesson Take Aways

head shot of Common Thread Ministries CEO Greg Nicholaides

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

Featured Image for the Renovate Conference

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,

Mark S Mirza Signature

Death – Destruction – And God in its Midst

Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer (Psalm 11:3)

View this email in your browser

E-Letter

Share

Tweet

Forward

+1

Share

THE JOHNSTOWN TRAGEDY

God In Its Midst

Below is a short video introducing our latest book.

You’ll need to CLICK HERE for

  • Lots of highlights,
  • Information on availability, and
  • Some of Hael’s backstories.

This Book Was 129 Years In The Making

This photo of the cover is an actual picture of the remains of Johnstown shortly after the flood. With over 2200 people killed, it was the worst USA disaster until 911.

The original 1889 book by James Herbert Walker was a fascinating description of the tragedy, using newspaper accounts and his own on-sight interviews and investigations.

Our 2018 book, written by the Guardian Angel, Hael, gives you a Christian view, and behind the scenes look at death.

Far from being depressed, you will be encouraged, and moved.

Click on the above photo of the cover, or CLICK HERE for details.

Below is the original book cover from 1889 and some of its accompanying pictures. To see them better, and to see more complete explanations of them, CLICK HERE.


 

FINALLY

Zero pressure, but the following items may interest you . . .

MARK’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL


Uplifting, Short Videos

To see Mark’s YouTube channel simply click on the icon above, or CLICK HERE.

Many of these videos have matching posts with additional explanations and information on our website (http://markmirza.com/)


DONATIONS

Zero Pressure!

But if you would like to know how you can help, let us show you what we at Common Thread Ministries are trusting God for in 2018:

  •     Resources at Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $300.00 up to $450.00
  •     Support for the Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $1,000.00
  •     Empowering of Lay People with Support Material
    •     Recommended Donation: $25.00 up to $100.00

You may also choose to give to our 501c3 on a monthly basis, either as a personal donation, or a church giving to a ministry and/or missionary. We are blessed to have a number of folks that honor us with $25.00 per month up to $100.00 per month.

To give, CLICK HERE.


CALENDAR

Lots Going on Every Day!

Please take the time to check it out by clicking the red calendar box above. And, if you will, use it to pray for us as we continue to pray that God will open doors so that we can spread this message and spread it boldly.

Remember our Men and Women’s Prayer Conference Calls.
Men: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 7 a.m.
Women: Monday, 10:15 a.m. / Thursday, 6:45 a.m.

  • All Times are Eastern
  • Call (641) 715-3680, Access Code 347361#

Thank you for praying.


Mark S Mirza
Founder/Speaker/Writer for Common Thread Ministries
E: Mark@CTMPrayer.org
W: www.MarkMirza.com
F: MarkMirza
F: CommonThreadMinistries
F: ThePray-ers

T: @CTMPrayer
T: @ThePray_ers
I: CTMPrayer

Copyright © 2018 Common Thread Ministries, All rights reserved.
We encourage your prayer life when you have had contact with Common Thread Ministries

Our mailing address is:

Common Thread Ministries

850 Piedmont Ave NE #1506

Atlanta, GA 30308

Add us to your address book

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp

 

Supplementing Your Faith Sunday School Lesson Take Aways

head shot of Common Thread Ministries CEO Greg Nicholaides

Dear Class:

 

Today we were blessed by what Mark Mirza shared with us on the subject of sin and how we need to take it more seriously because God certainly does.  Mark explained that praising and thanking God are quite different.  We praise God for Who He is and we thank God for what He does.  If we begin our prayer time with praise, it properly prepares us for how we should approach our Heavenly Father with our thanks and our petitions.  There’s nothing wrong with asking God to bless us and those we care about (God’s grace), but it’s important that we learn how to also ask Him for His mercy.  God’s mercy happens when He doesn’t give us what we actually deserve – His judgment.  Mark referred to Psalm 51 as a good example of how to pray for God’s mercy.

We also discussed the subject of spiritual warfare within the context of accountability for our sin.  Mark shared the key to understanding the true meaning of James 4:7Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”  The key to success in resisting Satan is in our submitting to God.  As a matter of fact, it’s impossible to simultaneously submit to God’s will and commit sin.

Please pray that God will continue to bless Common Thread Ministries in its mission of “Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer”.  If you were blessed today by what Mark shared with us, please thank him and pray for God’s blessing on him and his wife, Naida.  His email address is: mark@ctmprayer.org

Mark also presented this message a few months ago in Columbus GA. Here it is:



________________________________________________________

Note:

Please note that next Sunday, April 22, we will continue our study of 1 and 2 Corinthians with a focus on 1 Cor. 13 in which the Apostle Paul reminds us about the nature of genuine Christlike love.

 

Special Note:

Please consider attending a special event organized by The Friends of Israel  to be held on Sat., May 19 at In Touch Ministries.  It’s the Prophecy Up Close Conference that The Friends of Israel are conducting across America in which three future events in God’s prophetic calendar will be discussed – the Rapture, the Tribulation, and the Millennial Kingdom.  The conference starts at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm.  Registration is only $10 per person and includes lunch.  Go to www.foi.org/prophecy for details and registration.  InTouch Ministries is at 3836 Dekalb Technology Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30340.  Marie and I have already registered and hope to see you there.

 

 

???The Resurrection & April Fool’s Day???

Rebuilding the Foundations of Prayer (Psalm 11:3)

View this email in your browser

E-Letter

Share

Tweet

Forward

+1

Share

April Fool’s Day

CLICK HERE for the entire article.

You know, there are a lot of people that consider us FOOLISH for believing in God.

Below are just a few.

Quotes And Foolishness

I do not believe in God. I’m an atheist. I consider myself a critical thinker.
Seth MacFarlane

Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.
Richard Dawkins

I don’t believe in the afterlife.
Natalie Portman

Religion is the cause of all the problems in the world. I don’t believe in organized religion at all.
Gwyneth Paltrow

Religion is the worst enemy of mankind.
Bill Murray

By simple common sense I don’t believe in God, in none.
Charlie Chaplin

I’m not religious, I’m an atheist.
Daniel Radcliffe

If only I wasn’t an atheist, I could get away with anything.
Keira Knightley

I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly.
Albert Einstein

The Foolishness of God

Did you know that God also attributes FOOLISHNESS to Himself?

CLICK HERE for my post on this subject.

  • I give you 13 quotes by atheists
  • And you’ll have 10 videos of the foolishness we trust

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


FINALLY

Zero pressure, but the following items may interest you . . .

MARK’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL


Uplifting, Short Videos

To see Mark’s YouTube channel simply click on the icon above, or CLICK HERE.

Many of these videos have matching posts with additional explanations and information on our website (http://markmirza.com/)


DONATIONS

Zero Pressure!

But if you would like to know how you can help, let us show you what we at Common Thread Ministries are trusting God for in 2018:

  •     Resources at Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $300.00 up to $450.00
  •     Support for the Pastor’s Conferences
    •     Recommended Donation: $1,000.00
  •     Empowering of Lay People with Support Material
    •     Recommended Donation: $25.00 up to $100.00

You may also choose to give to our 501c3 on a monthly basis, either as a personal donation, or a church giving to a ministry and/or missionary. We are blessed to have a number of folks that honor us with $25.00 per month up to $100.00 per month.

To give, CLICK HERE.


CALENDAR

Lots Going on Every Day!

Please take the time to check it out by clicking the red calendar box above. And, if you will, use it to pray for us as we continue to pray that God will open doors so that we can spread this message and spread it boldly.

Remember our Men and Women’s Prayer Conference Calls.
Men: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 7 a.m.
Women: Monday, 10:15 a.m. / Thursday, 6:45 a.m.

  • All Times are Eastern
  • Call (641) 715-3680, Access Code 347361#

Thank you for praying.


Mark S Mirza
Founder/Speaker/Writer for Common Thread Ministries
E: Mark@CTMPrayer.org
W: www.MarkMirza.com
F: MarkMirza
F: CommonThreadMinistries
F: ThePray-ers

T: @CTMPrayer
T: @ThePray_ers
I: CTMPrayer

Copyright © 2018 Common Thread Ministries, All rights reserved.
We encourage your prayer life when you have had contact with Common Thread Ministries

Our mailing address is:

Common Thread Ministries

850 Piedmont Ave NE #1506

Atlanta, GA 30308

Add us to your address book

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp