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Week of December 11, 2022

The Christmas season is such a fun time around our house.  It’s just Cindy and me, but she does a super-job of decorating the house for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday.  Then of course, I will have been thinking about Christmas and its meaning for several weeks.  (You’re then exposed to that, for better or for worse!) The result should be a heightened awareness of the season and all that it signifies.

But does it?  I wonder if we might not go into holiday overload and, before you know it, we’re surrounded by all the trimmings but we’re spiritually asleep.  There are open houses and Christmas parties, there are the decorations, and for those of you brave enough, there is, of course, the shopping and then wrapping presents for those we love.

And… we end up exhausted.  We’re so busy creating the Norman Rockwell Christmas that we don’t think about the Jesus Christ Christmas.  The danger is that it easily becomes Xmas.

How can we prevent that from happening?  We’re not far from “the Day” at this point, there are only a couple of weeks before we have to think about pulling all the decorations down and packing them away until next year.

Can that be right?  With Ebenezer Scrooge, shouldn’t we be keeping Christmas in our hearts throughout the year?  Obviously, the answer is, “Of course we should.”  But how?

I think it starts with remembering what’s important and what’s not.  It doesn’t matter if the tree is crooked.  It doesn’t even matter if you have a tree.  What matters is that Jesus Christ has come as the Savior of the world.  Frankly, if you’re talking to Him on a moment by moment basis (yes, I’m talking about prayer!), it will be hard to get your priorities wrong.

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Week of December 11, 2022

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

  • Pray for David Miller as he leads the Youth & Children Ministries.

  • David Miller requests prayer as he ministers on the Pioneer Middle School campus every Wednesday at lunchtime.

  • Pray for Susan Watkins as she grieves Jeff’s passing.

  • Elberta Johnson requests prayers for her family as they grieve the passing of her granddaughter in Canada.

  • Pray that this Holy-Day Season is used to remind us that Jesus is really the only reason to celebrate.

  • Pray for our leaders in all levels of Government.

  • Health Concerns:

  • Diana Harmon requests prayer for her brother, John, with cancer of the eye, and experiencing a lot of pain.

  • Pray for Jim Christie as he begins radiation treatments for cancer.

  • Oliver Chapman requests that the Lord will guide throughout the upcoming clinical trial that Oliver is schedule to be a part of.

  • There are several from our church family who are ill, some with COVID, some with flue, and others with colds.

  • John Martin requests prayer for the Lord to guide the surgeon as he undergoes back surgery on 12/12.

  • Dave Bauer requests prayer for Darlene.

  • Pray for Fred and Bea Burgdorf as Fred undergoes treatments for lung cancer.  

  • Cara Griffith requests prayer for her pregnancy.

  • Missions Prayer Needs

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

  • Hold the Howes up in prayer as Jeff is treated for leukemia.  Pray for peace for the entire family as they walk through this.

  • Pray for the Bamfords, missionaries in the Philippines, working in the village of Maraqat w/ the Isnag people.  

  • Pray for our Frontiers missionaries, working on evangelism and discipleship in Muslim countries.  

  • John Martin requests prayer for out-patient back surgery scheduled for 12/12/22.

  • FEBC is requesting prayer for new believers in Malawi as they grow in their faith.

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

  • Pray for Rachel Faust as she teaches 4th & 5th graders at Immanuel Mission on the Navaho Nation reservation in AZ.

  • Pray for Bill & Terri Valley as they seek to reach the Pacific NW in the name of Jesus.

  • Pray for Amy Brock-Divine as she sees God moving in miraculous ways through their work in Thailand.

  • Pray for Christians in Ethiopia where ongoing conflicts in the norther region as resulted in 1000’s of slain Christians.

  • Pray for the salvation of God’s people in Israel.

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