Thursday, August 27, 2009

Non-Change You Can Believe In

In today's world there often seems to be no pattern to many of the changes taking place. Taking a resonable approach, studying precedents, and long-range planning are difficult, and may even seem useless when the only consistent trend is totally unpredictable change!

How should a Christian react to the chaos of constant change? We can certainly begin by thanking God that even when everything around us seems to be in a state of constant change, He is the unchanging God. This is celebrated in the cherished hymn, "Great is Thy Faithfulness" whose words were inspired by the following scripture:

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." (Lamentations 5:22-23)

Take some time to praise God today that even though He is always doing something new in our lives, His nature and character never change. Now there's a non-change you can believe in!

Daily Prayer Focus

August 29 - Pastor's Families
August 30 - Sunday School Teachers
August 31 - CASA/DFACS
September 1 - Prayer Ministry Team
September 2 - "Club 56" Program
September 3 - Judicial System
September 4 - Missions to Asia
September 5 - Unity in Churches

Prayer Requests

By Marian Monk

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Accepting Your Assignment

The first days of school are soon followed by the first class assignments. In order to learn, students have to do more than just attend; they are expected to read, write papers, solve problems, complete projects, answer questions, and take tests.

As Christians and members of the body of Christ, God expects more of us than merely waking up each day or showing up at church. Each one of us was created to serve God. The Bible says, All of you are Christ’s body and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27, NLT) Each of us has a role to play and every role is important.

Today thousands of local churches are suffering because of Christians who are unwilling to serve. Paul wrote to the early church, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
(Ephesians 2:10, NIV)

Will you accept your assignment? Take some time today to pray and ask God to show you how He is calling you to serve Him.

Daily Prayer Focus
Aug. 22 - FUMC Church Staff
Aug. 23 - Fellowship Dinner
Aug. 24 - Gideon Bible Society
Aug. 25 – Staff-Parish Team
Aug. 26 - Shoebox Ministry
Aug. 27 - Congress
Aug. 28 - Missions to Africa
Aug. 29 – Pastor’s Families

Prayer Requests
  • More job losses
  • Recent college grads. looking for jobs
  • A family in crisis
  • Christians to respond to God's call to serve
  • Racial barriers to Christian ministry

By Marian Monk

Friday, August 14, 2009

Global Destiny, Individual Choice

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10a

Perhaps you are already familiar with this verse from Psalms that encourages us to allow for times of quietness and reflection in order to seek God and be able to hear His voice. God wants us to know Him, and even tells us that stillness is part of the pathway to know that knowledge. However, He leaves the choice of following that path up to us.

In contrast, the latter part of that same verse is as follows: "I will be exalted in the nations. I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalm 46:10b) The same God who gives us the freedom to choose whether we will know and worship Him individually, emphatically states that the destiny of all creation and nations will be to exalt Him.

Will you choose to spend some time in stillness today becoming better acquainted with the Lord of heaven and earth before whom every knee will one day bow?

Daily Prayer Focus

August 15 - Pastors
August 16 - Unchurched People
August 17 - Caregivers
August 18 - Lay Leadership in Churches
August 19 - Outreach to Families
August 20 - President of the U.S.
August 21 - North American Missions
August 22 - Church Staff Members

Prayer Requests

By Marian Monk

Friday, August 7, 2009

School Supplies

It’s that time of year when the store shelves are stocked with crayons, pencils, markers, paper, and all the other necessary school supplies. As parents, we want to make sure our children and youth have everything they need to be ready for their first days back in the classroom.

One of the best ways to make sure your children survive and thrive in school is to pray for them every day. As you send them off, lift them up to the Heavenly Father, who will go with them throughout their day. He will make sure that they have all the “school supplies” they need by caring for them physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

“For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom. You rule generation after generation.” (Psalm 145:13, NLT)

Daily Prayer Focus

Aug. 8 - Unity in Churches
Aug. 9 - Worship Leaders
Aug.10 - Healthcare Workers
Aug.11 - Evangelism Min. Team

Aug. 12 - Youth Cell Groups
Aug. 13 - Military/Soldiers
Aug. 14 - South American Missions
Aug. 15 - Pastors

Prayer Requests

  • A Friend in Christ - Lora
  • Davis Wallace & Family
  • New School Year - safety, wisdom, & peace for teachers & students
  • Pearson Martin, Derek & Shana
  • Friendship House Fundraiser - 8/27
  • Men's Spiritual Enrichment Weekend - 9/12-9/13
  • People searching for jobs & others affected by the economy
  • Community Women's Event - 9/25
  • Our government and community leaders - to seek God, wisdom, integrity
  • Support group starting for infertility/pregnancy and loss
  • Celebrate Recovery groups

By Marian Monk