This week, I would like to forward to you a message from Robbie McAlister, a friend of mine and a pastor and missionary who is in Greece, ministering at a refugee camp there. In this letter sent originally to my friend John Hopler, you will be touched by Robbie’s heart—his compassion for people and His love for Jesus Christ and His kingdom.
One aspect of being a disciple is being a good steward of all God has entrusted me with. These include my time, my personality, my strengths and abilities, my finances and the things I own. Stewardship can be defined as the management of my God-given resources for His glory and the good of others.
As we wrap up our series on prayer, I have added a blog by Tom Short to this week’s newsletter on Praying Without Ceasing. Enjoy!
We all believe that God answers prayer. We know He answers our prayers! Yet why is it that sometimes God does not answer our prayers in the timing or manner in which we ask? Do we lack faith? Is He angry with us? Am I asking something out of God’s will?
To make your life really count for the good of God’s Kingdom, and to bear fruit in your life that lasts for eternity, you must build your life on a rock-solid foundation that never shifts or falters – and that foundation is God’s Word. To build your life on the shifting sands of worldly wisdom, fame, riches or pleasures is simply a foolish choice to make.
Sometimes, we want to get even with someone who's done us wrong. We call this vengeance, which is such a common and natural human reaction. But to take our own vengeance is of the flesh (fallen nature) and we are to leave it to God (Romans 12:19). You and I should not be returning evil for evil done toward us, or as my mom taught me, "Two wrongs don't make a right."
When is the next time you will draw near to God in prayer? These eight blessings are awaiting you!
Here are some quotes from the Christian Quote website, compiled by fellow pastor John Hopler, that will hopefully stir your heart. These quotes relate to the importance (and the simplicity) of doing the Lord's will.
Praying for others (intercessory prayer) has powerful results! Why? Because we are taking our requests for others to the One Who loves us greatly and who has the power to answer any request we have.
This week, a member of our church told me that they went home after hearing this Sunday’s morning message on prayer and “prayed for an hour to the Lord.” But how do you spend an hour in prayer? Here are a few suggestions for what to include in an extended time of prayer.
The basis for answered prayer is to put your trust in the ONE who answers prayer. You will trust Him more as you know Him better! What are two key truths you must know and believe about God to be able to pray with power, and see mountains moved in your life? One, you must believe that God is willing to answer your requests. Two, you must believe that God is able to answer your requests.
The son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham said that it is important to remember all those who gave their lives for America, and pray for the country as a whole. "We should also pray for our national leaders. Regardless of whether we agree with our country's policies, we have a biblical mandate to do this," Graham wrote.
As a member of God’s family, you are precious to God and are loved by Him no matter what level of spiritual maturity you are at. However, God desires that you continue to grow to the next level of maturity, for His glory and your joy.
This Sunday, we celebrate Father’s Day. Enjoy these quotes regarding the high calling and influence of fatherhood.
Because of the sorrow in this world, mankind loves to escape. When things get tough, people escape to alcohol, drugs, sports, or the movie theater. Whatever will help us forget about the sorrow in this world, people seek in order to function in a world of sin. But Paul had another way for his young disciple, Timothy.
Our relationship to Christ is unlike anything else in the human realm. It can be described only by comparing it to relationships we are familiar with. It is like a deep friendship. It is like two people in love with each other, or like the love and respect shared by a parent and child.
On behalf of our entire church, school district and community, we are sincerely thankful for the tireless hours the Shooks have devoted to the Clothed With Love Ministry! We are thankful that this service to our local needy families will continue for years to come.
Many of us have been “humbled” by hard times and difficult circumstances and have still remained arrogant. “Being humbled” is not the same as humility. The former is what happens to us. The latter is what we choose to do with God. Humility is an act of our will, a choice to rely on God and not ourselves. James and Peter describe the results of pride and humility this way: “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5).
This Sunday, May 13, is Mother's Day. Please join us at Watermark Church this Sunday, as we celebrate all the mothers in our families and in our church. Enjoy these quotes complied by John Hopler in honor of our mothers!
Today is National Day of Prayer. In honor of this annual call to prayer for our nation, I am reposting an article by Tom Short, a campus preacher committed to turning the hearts of our citizens back to God.