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Praying for Open Doors

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Colossians 4.2-4 We began our 6 week By Name challenge l...

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By Name Prayer

Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers. - Sidlow Baxter As a church, our mission is to be disciples, who make disciples for the glory of God. Part of being a disciple and making disciples is praying for lost people and asking God to bring the kingdom of God to hearts were it doe...

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Most Important

This Sunday, we wrap up our series on prayer. In my conversations with those in the body over the last couple of weeks it has been encouraging to hear how God is challenging you and encouraging you during this series. My prayer is that we would not put prayer on the shelf when the sermon series is done. Instead I pray that this series fuels us for the days ahead to obey Je...

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Prayer Series

I wanted to draw your attention to a new sermon series coming up in a couple of weeks. On Sunday, February 10 we will begin a four week study on prayer. The series will end on Sunday, March 3. During that time we are inviting everyone to join a LIFEgroup beginning on Sunday, February 3. That first week will be a time of connection and fellowship. Then the next four weeks i...

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Elder-led Prayer

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15.5 As a church we must come to a conclusion that without Jesus we can do nothing. I believe when we understand this we will see the importance of prayer. When we pray we are acknowledging that it is by God's Spirit, not our abilities o...

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Prayer

Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. Matthew 9.36-38 Jesus wants His disciples to pray. Obviously He did on the above occas...

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The Thread of Prayer

The mission of God is big. He has called us to spread His name, His gospel and glory to those who are hopeless. This is humanly impossible. Jesus' disciples learned this truth in Matthew 17.14-21 when Jesus pointed out to them that the humanly impossible could be done if they had faith like a grain of mustard seed (17.20). Jesus had commissioned the disciples to do this...

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I Want You God, This Much

Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73.25-26). These words penned by Asaph speak of a hunger for God. Asaph, the writer of this Psalm, was a musician and song writer who God inspired to write His Word. His words here reflect an intens...

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An Awakened Hunger

Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73.25-26). These words penned by Asaph speak of a hunger for God. They reflect an intense appetite. Do you have a hunger for God like Asaph? Do you have a strong desire for the glory of God? As we begin...

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Prayer

I have mentioned in writing the last couple of weeks, Jesus' parable in Matthew 13.24-30 (explained in 13.36-43), which speaks of the wheat and tares. The obvious point of this parable is that the wheat that sprouted and bore grain is the sons of the kingdom and the tares are the sons of the evil one. Parables though, I believe, have many layers to them. The tares are a we...

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