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Living without FEAR!

During this month of March we are hearing much about the coronavirus.  Fear and great concern has been elevated in our society.  This prayer is posted to aid you in praying about the health situation and the fears in our world.  Peace be with you.

Fear and worry are not of Your heart. 1 John 4 reminds us that perfect love casts out all fear, and we pray Your perfect love upon the hearts of all those who are burdened with fear of this virus.  Oh Lord,  we are aware that You are bigger than the threat of anything, even illnesses.  We ask you to comfort those who are living in fear, free them from the bondage that anxiety creates within.  Remind them You are still on the Throne and that You are still in control.   Rain down serenity that comes from only you, our Prince of Peace.  
Living God, be near all the doctors and nurses who are ministering to the sick.  Fill them with your Holy Spirit, that they may go forth in your strength, in your wisdom, and in your goodness to help those in need.
We ask all of this in your holy name, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Thanksgiving for our Provider

Thanksgiving for our Provider

    There are people who are truly thankful and never hesitate to voice their gratitude.  They give God the credit for all the blessings they enjoy.  How many things can you name off the top of your head--quickly--that God has given you?  Sadly, some people are never excited about what God is doing in the world.  Have you seen the enthusaism in a truly thankful person?  They thank God with a loud voice of praise!  
   We have received Jesus "outstretched arms" of welcome and love!  We have received Jesus forgiveness and everlasting hope!  With awe, we can see hundreds of gifts from our Lord Jesus.   The more we see God as our provider, the greater our trust in Him, and the greater the calm that enters our heart.  Start each day by expressing your thanks to God and experience peace.

 

   

What's Your Theme?

What's your theme?   (by Newsletter, Newletter)

 Disgusted by a tasteless dish, Winston Churchill once summoned a waiter, saying, "Take this pudding away.  It has no theme!"  Any good dish, book, movie or sermon needs a good theme.  So does a good life!  That's why a personal motto or mission statement is helpful.  William Carey's was "Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God."  Joan of Arc's was "God must be served first."  And St. Paul's was "to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:2, ESV).
 Pastor Curtis Nigh says, "If the heart does not have a noble or goodly theme, then it develops an anti-theme."  What noble theme can you live by as you live for Christ?

Pray for that person!

Pray for people in their presence.
   One of the most underserved needs of people in this world is for someone to bring their deep concerns before God.  Sometimes, it is impossible to change their circumstances, but if you can let them know that someone truly cares enough to treat their needs as important enough to bring before God, it may ease their burden or perhaps even change their perception of God.  When someone shares with you a worry or burden, as them if you can pray on the behalf right now.  If they say no, respect that and pray for their concern when you're on your own.  More often than not, however, you'll find that they say yes.  

With Benefits!

Do you use those deals that come with benefits?  Often travel packages bring benefits like--"stay 4 nights and get 2 FREE meals"!  Or the credit card company encourages you to charge $500.00 now and get 6 months of no interest charges.  Wow, we like those benefits!
   When was the last time you considered the benefits package you have received from the Lord?  Psalm 103:2 reads:
"Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits."  Benefits come from the Lord Jesus every day, and we do not deserve all his graciousness.  His benefits are too numerous to count!  Certainly no earthly package can bring us unshakable peace, holy guidance, and every little or big blessing.
   As humans we have the tendancy to get trapped into our gripes!  We focus on the high costs of food, delays in the traffic, or noise from our neighbors.  We might waste hours thinking about our frustrations.  Maybe we could try to let gratitude over-flow from our humble hearts and count those benefits from the Lord.
  When you start counting the benefits, share them with others.   Get others on the "new track" of praising, rather than on the path of gripes.  
   Prayer:  Change my heart, O Lord.
 

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Sunday Worship 8:30 AM & 10:45 AM

Sunday School 9:30 AM
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740-393-2576 

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Loving God our Father!

When you turn to the Lord Jesus you delight his heart!   You know the feeling when someone rushes forward to greet you with a smile and hug.  You feel so loved and acknowledged!   Perhaps that's how God feels when we call on his name in worship and prayer, acknowledging him as our heavenly Father and honoring him above all else.