Karen and I in front of a fireplace

Prayers needed this morning once again. Thank you for your prayers.
UPDATE: The Bible study this morning went GREAT! Yon was listening, did not interrupt, and heard some very clear presentation of who Jesus was and is. 

Once again, Karen and I appreciate your prayers as she teaches the Bible study at the senior center this morning. I am there as a pastor and to keep things on track, to keep things focused. Particularly, please pray for Yon to be convicted of his need for Jesus and for others to be able to concentrate and focus on the scripture. We are studying John 12:1-19. It should be a great study.

Also, please pray that the Lord would keep showing His plan and will with our car. It is still at the body shop, waiting on a part. We have a regional manager advocating for us, which reminds me of a very important point – when we sin, we have an advocate with God, Christ Jesus the Righteous.

Thank you, Jesus, for being our advocate and our friend, and thank you Dear Reader, for your prayers!

One more request please – my friend Jim is having a biopsy on his thyroid.

God be with you today.
Pastor John

 

Hands and feet pierced

“No signal” was the message, but the problem was a different connection – I had lost the connection to the remote.

The interesting thing was that it was an easy fix. All I had to do was to press the mute and the enter key at the same time. I did that, and it fixed the problem. Now here is the spiritual application.

When we don’t feel close to God, the important thing is to fix our connection by doing two things. We need to “mute” – be quiet before our God, and then we “enter” into His presence, spend time with Him, and re-connect to our Father, our God, our “Papa”.

He doesn’t like that missed connection either. We need to remember that He is in a relationship with us as well as us being in a relationship with Him. The way back starts with us being quiet and pouring our heart out to God.

“Connection restored!”

Hands and feet pierced

It is frustrating when people don’t communicate with us – very frustrating! However, that is not the case with communicating with God. That’s because Jesus is our intercessor, our great High Priest! Here are two scriptures that affirm this truth.

Hebrews 4:14-16 King James Version (KJV)

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

 

Damage from blow out on the interstate

After some delays and confusion, it looks like we will get our Rav4 from the body shop on Friday! Yeah!! Today, we bought four new tires at a tire shop directly across the road from the body shop. That’s really cool! Please pray this process has no more bumps in the road. Once again, thank you, Lord, for protecting us and providing in many ways!

Tomorrow (Thursday), the Classic Quartet from Brandon Baptist Church will be singing at Park Place Baptist Church. I will be singing two songs tomorrow as part of that concert. I will be singing “Healing Prayer”, which I wrote “No Hiding Place/My Tribute” medley (spiritual/Andrea Crouch). I will also be talking to others about the website.

Finally, I am getting close to finishing a new C.D. So far, it has 7 songs, along with a “musical blessing” and beginning and ending thoughts and reflections. I believe it will minister to seniors and others who need a soft place to land.

Thank you for your prayers for all these things!

Pastor John

Sometimes God gives us instructions, and we say “Yeah, I really need to do that. I need to get that done. I know, Lord, that I need to talk to that person, pray for them, forgive them. Remind me to get on that in the morning. Good night. Oh yeah, I almost forgot what I was going to ask. Can you help me get stuff done around the house? I am really behind on that – oh, and I could use some help in a lot of other areas too. Thanks for listening.” Oops.

I think that kind of prayer is missing something – obedience. We can’t expect God to answer our prayers if we are not doing what we know He’s already told us to do – pray, forgive, speak, be quiet, sing, whatever the Spirit has impressed on our hearts.

God is generous to listen to us, His children. Sometimes we need to be a little quicker to listen to Him. (Does anybody else find this writing to be as convicting as I do?) Lord, have mercy.

Until next time,
Pastor John

(Now what was it God was asking me to do? I know it was something.)