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Week of July 25, 2021

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A few years ago the church gave me a longer than normal time away so that Cindy and I could make a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Mediterranean.  We had the chance to visit Rome, Florence, Athens, and several Greek Islands.  It was an absolute blast and we still enjoy remembering that trip.  Thank you for allowing us to take it.

In many ways that vacation felt like heaven.  The Mediterranean Sea is a beautiful deep blue, the islands were clean, the people were friendly.  But there was one little glitch.  We were separated from our luggage in New York and didn’t see our bags again for three weeks.  What’s more, we discovered that people in the Mediterranean are smaller than we North Americans.  I could only find an item or two that I could purchase to wear.

We had a choice; we could focus on the frustration of not having the things we needed, or we could focus on enjoying a vacation that we will probably never be able to repeat.  Our enjoyment of the trip depended on our attitude.  That should not surprise us.  Even in the Christian faith our attitude is hugely important; Philippians 2:5-7 ~ 

5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

None of us do this perfectly.  How do we do it… at all?  By submitting ourselves to the Lord, by seeking Him in prayer, and then in the power of the Holy Spirit obeying as He leads.  (Did you notice, prayer is needed?)

How do we gain this kind of peace?  Let’s think about what Jesus said.  It is His peace, not ours, which we experience.  It is supernatural in nature.  But even as we find this peace coming from God, we find that we have a part in incorporating this peace into our lives.  We do not allow ourselves to be troubled by the temporary trials of this life.  What’s more, we do not allow ourselves to be made afraid.

How do we do this?  I believe it only happens as we keep our eyes firmly on Jesus.  We make Him our source of joy, of comfort, of security, we in fact, make Him all in all in our lives.  That is going to require that we begin to cultivate some important habits.  

One of those absolutely essential habits is prayer.  We create the habit of being in conversation with the One who promised us our peace.  We bring our hurts to Him, and leave them with Him, in prayer.

 

Prayer Requests For The Week Of  July 25, 2021

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  • Pray for the unspoken prayer requests within our church family. 

  • Larry and Vonnie Pratt request prayer for a VBS program they will be leading in South Dakota in August.

  • Pray that God will lead us through the transition we face as Christie Johnson steps down from working with the teens.

  • Pray for Claire Martin as she settles in for an internship with Disney World in Florida for the next several months.

  • Pray about where God would have you serving within His church.

  • Pray for the Pioneer School District children, teachers, administrators, and parents.

  • Pray for a spirit of national conviction, confession and repentance.

  • Pray for our leaders in all levels of Government; pray for wisdom, sensitivity, and where needed, salvation.

Health Concerns

  • Pray for Dana Chapman with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

  • Hold the family up in prayer during this time.

  • Gordon Foster request prayers as Wilma enters Hospice care.

  • Roy Byykkonen requests prayers for his physical and mental challenges.

  • Pray for Carolyn Vivian as she recovers from a broken shoulder following a bad fall.

  • Pray for those in our congregation dealing with dementia and mental illness.

  • Robert O’Connor requests prayer, Nikki, as the doctors seek a diagnosis for her illness.

  • Whickey Conway-Larson requests prayer for her cousin Bill as he goes takes chemotherapy treatments.  

  • Pray for Roy & Laura Howard as they continue with clinical trials for an experimental “T” cell infusion. 

Missions Prayer Needs

  • Pray for Centro Cristiano Cultural de Guatemala (CCCG) as they serve Guatemala in Jesus’ name.  

  • Pray for the Howes as they prepare to return to the Amazon basin to work with the Culina people group.

  • Pray for the Bamfords, missionaries in the Philippines, as they transition back to village life this month.  

  • Pray for our Frontiers missionaries in Muslin countries, now back in the field.  

  • FEBC requests prayer for the conversion of the people of India.

  • Pray for our InFaith missionaries, Larry & Vonnie Pratt as they serve the Lord through their puppet ministry.

  • Pray for Amy Brock-Divine, planting home churches and making disciples of Jesus in Thailand.

Pray for Christians in Nepal where the Church is rapidly growing in spite of anti-proselytism laws.

  • Pray for peace for the nation of Israel and salvation for its people.