let us pray

                               praying hands


Without giving any names, I am asking you to join me in going to the Father for these requests. Remember that we have full access to go to Him in prayer through Jesus. Lord, we pray for:

  •  a site member with a special needs daughter with multiple challenges of body, mind, and spirit. Pray for mom S. and daughter E.
  • a site member who has crisis level needs for housing. He is living in his shop, which is leaking. He wants and needs a small house of his own. It is the rainy season there and that makes things very difficult.
  • several site members with long term medical issues who are looking for relief, wisdom, and healing. My wife still has a cold. I am awaiting surgery. others have mobility issues and pain. Lord, please bring your healing and peace to all these needs. Let us hear the good reports so we give You the credit for answered prayers.
  • What do you want me (us) to pray for? To let us know, just “leave a reply” right below this post. (You must be signed in to make any comments.)

Thank you for your prayers for all site members. Let’s lift each other up and then look for how God is going to answer these prayers. 

Pastor John

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girl praying

In the past 24 hours or so, at least three prayers have been answered about this upcoming surgery. Here they are:

1.) The procedure (removal of three large bladder stones) was approved in one day. That was really fast!

2.) The PSA results came back quick. Normally it takes two weeks to get those results. However, the person who read the results “happened” to be there. As a result, the surgery will be much less invasive and much simpler, as will be the procedures before the surgery. Right now, my only instructions are “no food and water after midnight.” I can do that.

3.) The PSA was normal! That hasn’t happened for at least a couple of years! That is a huge blessing and answer to prayer.

I will keep you posted as things develop. For now, just let me say, “thank you for your prayers, and praise the Lord!”

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Celebrating 25 years

The urologist appointment today went well. After doing a couple of tests, Dr. Reddy determined that I needed to have surgery on Oct. 22. Please pray that they only have to do the simplest procedure and not have to do additional procedures that would prolong the recovery. I am praying that the Lord will have mercy on me and do the simplest procedure. Thank you for your prayers.

Please keep praying for my wife, who is trying to get rid of this nasty cold. Prayers for Karen would be appreciated. 

How Do You Serve The Lord With Gladness?

Please pray for the following prayer requests for members that are going through a rough time right now and need a dose of God’s grace.
1.) My wife and life partner, Karen, is battling a cold. It is getting better, but I pray this thing just goes away and stays away.
2.) Pray for Gerri, a site member’s good friend, who is suffering from dementia.
3.) Please pray for a site member that has a special needs child with some very challenging needs.
4.) Pray for site members who are dealing with sick family members, even while trying to deal with their own health issues.
5.) I have an appointment with the urologist tomorrow (Thursday), and I would appreciate your prayers.

Dealing with anger – a multiple layered problem we can relate to

I saw this picture on For Like Minds website and thought about all the layers that may influence or cause anger. The point being made is that anger is a normal response to mental illness, and I can understand that. When things are not working the way we want or expect them to, it can be frustrating. 

If you see something in the picture you can relate to, let that be an opportunity to talk it through with the Lord. He knew that feeling too. In all things, Jesus understands and is our great healer, transformer, and compassionate redeemer. 

(A reminder – to reply to a post, go below the post and look for “leave a comment.” I would love to hear from you.)

Aspects of anger

A graphic on anger

Site members and guests,

I would like to introduce you to a new ministry located originally in Oklahoma City and now has a branch in Yazoo City, MS. It is called My Brother’s Keeper of Yazoo City and is a ministry to the homeless, particularly those suffering from addiction. It is a one year program that gives clients housing, food, and whatever else they may need to get back on their feet, including spiritual support through Bible study. 

The website for this ministry is
https://www.mbkokc.com/yazoo 

(If you leave off the “yazoo”, it takes you to the home page of the ministry in Oklahoma City.) 

 

A root that we should never allow, and one to replace it

 

                                             Roots


When you are trying to dig up an old plant or dig around a tree, you will find lots of roots. Some of them can be thick and deep, and you wonder where it will ever end.

Hebrews 12:15 talks about roots too. It says, “See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Another translation puts that as “root of bitterness.” That kind of root, caused by dwelling on the events of the past, is hard, bitter, and tough. Unforgiveness causes the heart to harden. It is not good.

With the Lord’s help, we can and must lay that aside, but what do we replace it with? I think Eph. 3:17 gives some insight into that question. It says: “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” 

The more we focus on, dig into, and cling to the Lord Jesus and the love He has for us, the more we can release the hurt that feeds that root of bitterness. Eph. 3:17 says “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”

May God help us to become deeply rooted in Jesus’ love for us, and may God touch our hearts with His peace, mercy, and grace.

God bless you in your journey of grace today.
Pastor John

Two tricks of the enemy we need to be aware of and resist
   without guile                                       What this lamb needs to be aware of

Sometimes we get into a mess and we don’t know how we got there. All we know is that we somehow got into our own private battle and we have to figure out a way to cope with the battle scars and escape the flaming arrows of the enemy. The enemy? Yes, the enemy of our souls loves to lead us into trouble, and he is really good at it.  As I have been reflecting on this strategy, I notice (and I know from personal experience) that there are tricks he likes to pull on us that keep us going the wrong direction.

One of the things that we (and the lamb above) need to be aware of is isolation. If you ever watch any shows on the Animal Planet or other networks, you will notice that when a predator is after a herd of animals, it will look for the one that is separated from the pack. It is alone and it is vulnerable. Do you know anybody like that? Reach out to them. Are you in that vulnerable position? I urge you to reach out for support. Contact me. Call a prayer line. Write a prayer request on DAB friends or other support group. Stop and pray. Pour your heart out to God. I double dog gone guarantee that He will listen. You will not be alone. You may feel alone, but I promise you on the authority of the Word that God will we with you in the middle of your mess. If you are alone, isolated, vulnerable, tell someone. Please don’t let yourself be a lone ranger Christian that cuts himself or herself off from all support, both human and divine.

Secondly, the enemy will look for those that are weak. I am not talking about physical weakness. I am talking about those who are weak in faith, or weak in the Lord. Dear Reader, you and I need to prevent this weakness by stepping outside our comfort zone and doing things that will help us get stronger in the Lord. We need to eat (take in, absorb) His word. We need to drink of His love. We need to exercise our faith in Him and seek His leading and favor. And sometimes we just need to rest in His arms and let Him carry us and guard our souls.

I am here for you and I will listen. Others in this community are here for you as well. And I know God is there for you, even right now. Don’t let yourself crawl into your own hidden world. That is very dangerous!

You and I need to keep looking to Jesus, the Good Shepherd. We need to keep following Him, and keep walking with Him, one day at a time. And sometimes we just need to rest as Jesus watches over our soul.

Thank you, Jesus, for being the Shepherd of our soul that keeps us safe from the attack of the enemy. Jesus, you have the last word on this. I believe that last word may very well be … “not this one, devil. This one belongs to me!”

The story of two old batteries, a storage room, and a 36 year old water heater

 

My mother-in-law certainly lives an adventurous life, and I bet she wishes she didn’t! She is 82 years old and has lived in her house for over 50 years. God has protected her and it for all those years. They are both still in good shape.

She also has a storage room at the side of the house. It has been a catch all for many years. Today we cleaned it out and found old floor tiles, a box of nails, several flower pots, some old shingles, a few old paint cans, and two very old car batteries – and yes, an old but still working water heater that is 36 years old and still works great!

Now you need to understand that when that old water heater was put in 36 years ago, the code was a lot more relaxed than it is now. That means that it can be close to the ground. We were made aware of that when the gas company came to shut off the gas so the old pipes could be replaced. He also pointed out that in fairly close proximity to the water heater were two old batteries. We realized that they had to go. They shouldn’t have been in there in the first place, at least not that close to the water heater. We just didn’t realize.

So what do you do with two old car batteries? I had rememembered that in the past I could take them to Wal-Mart and get paid a “core fee”. To make a long story short, we stopped at four different places – Auto-Zone, Wal-mart, Big 10 Tire, and Exide Batteries. At Auto-Zone, they said they could issue a store credit for the batteries. That wasn’t going to help us, since we don’t shop there, so we went on down the road.

The next step was at a tire place, thinking maybe they also dealt with batteries. (We had already been to Wal-Mart, and they said they needed the receipt to show that the batteries had been bought there.) The tire place didn’t take them, but they did say there was a battery place across the road. That was the key piece of information that we needed. After a short jaunt across the road, we were able to turn in these two old batteries and got $8.00 a piece. That $16.00 will go a long way to help with groceries and maybe other needs.

Only God could have put all this together – two very old car batteries, a storage room that needed to be cleaned out, an old water heater that was well built and still works great, and some much needed cash. The batteries had been there for years, but the time for them to be “redeemed” was now.

God promised in Ezek. 36:26 that I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

So let’s tie this together. At just the right time, God reached down and took out a heart that was used up and broken and replaced it with a brand new heart, a heart filled that is now filled with the love and the blood of Jesus, who died for you. The world may say that we are used up, finished, and unfruitful. The world is lying and doesn’t know what it is talking about.

You are a Spirit filled child of the Most High God, totally transformed (and being transformed) in heart, well loved, and useful to the Kingdom of God. As Ps. 92:14 says, “they will still bear fruit in old age.”

Thank you, Jesus, for buying us back and making us new and alive in You.