Daily Updates, Information & Encouragement

Greetings, as we navigate this unique time,
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Encouragement and Updates

UPDATE: Friday, March 27, 2020

Psalm 9:9-10

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

 

Tested By Fire – C.H. Spurgeon

If we Christians did not sometimes suffer, we would begin to grow too proud and think too much of ourselves. Those of us who are elastic of spirit and are in health and full of everything that can make life happy, we are apt to forget the Most High God. Lest we would be satisfied and forget that all our springs must be in Him, the Lord sometimes seems to sap the spring of life. He seems to drain the heart of all its spirit and leave us without soul or strength for laughter. It is then that we discover what we are made of, and out of the depths we cry to God, humbled by our adversities.

In heaviness, we learn lessons that we never could attain elsewhere. Do you know that God has beauties for every part of the world and for every place of experience? There are views from the top of the Alps that  you can never see elsewhere. There are beauties in the depths of the alley that you could never see on the mountaintops. But there are also beauties to be seen in our Gethsemanes, and some marvelously sweet flowers are to be picked near the dens of leopards. We will never become great in divinity until we become great in suffering.

“Ah!” said Luther, “Affliction is the best book in my library.” May I add that the best page in that book is the blackest one, the page called heaviness, when the spirit sinks within us and we cannot endure as we would wish.

Those who have been in the chamber of affliction know how to comfort those who are there. God – I speak with reverence for His Holy Name – cannot make ministers, cannot make a Barnabas, except in the fire. It is there and there alone that He makes His sons of consolation. He may make His sons of thunder anywhere, but His sons of consolation are made in the fire. Who shall speak to those whose hearts are broken? Who shall bind up their wounds? Those whose hearts have been broken, whose wounds have long run with the sore of grief.

— C.H. Spurgeon, Beside Still Waters

COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike


Today’s Prayer

Psalm 67
Today’s Subject: Peace

God’s Way: Jesus said; Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Pray that as we face this pandemic, we are more aware than ever that we are not alone and Jesus is in us, the hope of glory. Pray that we would stay in constant fellowship with our Savior and grow deeper in our relationship with Him. Pray that we would not be fearful or troubled by the events that are all around us but that we would experience and exhibit the supernatural peace that is a gift from God. Pray that we would endeavor to be peacemakers.  Pray that during this time we would not be distracted from God’s love for us, but instead drive us closer and deeper understanding Him who is Love.  Pray we will live in His peace by trusting in Him and not ourselves.

God’s Salvation:   Prayer and thanksgiving that our peace is provided by Jesus Christ.  At the birth of Jesus, the angels proclaimed that the peace of God had come to earth.  Through His death, burial, and resurrection, we are afforded peace with God.  Pray that many would trust Jesus and know His peace as their Lord and Savior in the midst of this crisis. Pray for all believers to experience the peace of God that surpasses understanding. Pray that we may be light to our communities. Pray that we would be aware of those around us and in our circle of influence that don’t know Jesus and how frightening this may be for them. Pray that we have opportunity, wisdom and boldness to share with them our source of peace. Pray that they would want to know and except Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Pray that through this experience we all come out with a greater knowledge of who Christ is. 

God’s Praise: Pray that we would give Him praise knowing His mercy endures forever.  Thank You Lord for Your wonderful gift of peace. Praise God for the Holy Spirit that dwells within us and never leaves us. Praise God for the great love and compassion He has for all of us. Praise Him for His watch and care over the whole world and His sovereign power to direct our paths and to lead us out of this pandemic. Praise God for the plans that He has and His ability to take what was meant for evil and to bring good from it.

“God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your Way may be known on earth, Your Salvation among the nations.  Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You” Psalm 67: 1-3

UPDATE: Thursday, March 26, 2020

1 Peter 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

 

God’s Say-So – Oswald Chambers

He hath said…so that we may boldly say… — Hebrews 13:5-6
My say-so is to be built on God’s say-so. God says — “I will never leave thee,” then I can with good courage say — “The Lord is my helper, I will not fear” — I will not be haunted by apprehension. This does not mean that I will not be tempted to fear, but I will remember God’s say-so. I will be full of courage, like a child “bucking himself up” to reach the standard his father wants. Faith in many a one falters when the apprehensions come, they forget the meaning of God’s say-so, forget to take a deep breath spiritually. The only way to get the dread taken out of us is to listen to God’s say-so.

What are you dreading? You are not a coward about it, you are going to face it, but there is a feeling of dread. When there is nothing and no one to help you, say — “But the Lord is my Helper, this second, in my present outlook.” Are you learning to say things after listening to God, or are you saying things and trying to make God’s word fit in? Get hold of the Father’s say-so, and then say with good courage — “I will not fear.” It does not matter what evil or wrong may be in the way, He has said — “I will never leave thee.”

Frailty is another thing that gets in between God’s say-so and ours. When we realize how feeble we are in facing difficulties, the difficulties become like giants, we become like grasshoppers, and God becomes a nonentity. Remember God’s say-so — “I will in no wise fail you”. Have we learned to sing after hearing God’s key-note? Are we always possessed with the courage to say — “The Lord is my helper,” or are we succumbing?

— Oswald Chambers

COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike


Today’s Prayer

Psalm 67

Today’s Subject: Missionaries and Missions

God’s Way: Pray that our missionaries would rest in the Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ who lives in them.  That they remember it is no longer they who live but Christ who lives in them.  That they would take comfort in these truths and walk in them.  That they will hold to the words of Jesus that “greater works than these shall they do because He has gone to the Father”.  That they would allow the peace of God to rule in their hearts and know the love of the body who supports and cares for them as well.  That they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will for them in their calling and ministry.  Pray that we would be encouraged and steadfast in our giving in support of our missionaries. 

God’s Salvation:   Pray that a wide door for effective service would open in spite of their adversaries as they minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  That their speech would always be seasoned with grace.  That they would be given the wisdom to respond to each person they encounter in crisis.  Pray for those who are struggling with feeling alone or forgotten.  Pray that they will sense God’s active presence with them and in them. Pray that church financial support would not diminish because of escalating unemployment.  That God would grant His bondservants, the missionaries, to speak His word with all confidence, while He, God, extends His hand to heal and do signs and wonders in the name of Jesus. 

God’s Praise: That the Word of Christ would dwell in our missionaries richly with all songs and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with all thankfulness in their hearts to God.  Praise that we have been granted to share in the ministry of our missionaries.  Praise the Lord that they have been sustained.  Praise that our offering and support of missions will be a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 

“God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your Way may be known on earth, Your Salvation among the nations.  Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You” Psalm 67: 1-3

UPDATE: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

John 16:31-33

Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?
“Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Jesus’ Promise – Pastor Paul

Seated on a warm green hillside in Galilee, Jesus encouraged His anxious followers to…

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matt. 6:33

Our Lord’s desire for those seated on the slope that day (and for you and me His people today) is that we would recognize that our daily provision ultimately comes from Christ, not Costco.  If we will put our energy first and foremost into the work of His Kingdom (rather than the mad dash to stock our shelves with Challah and Charmin), we can be confident that our needs will be met day by day.

Let us remember that God is able to feed His people, whether it was with bread from Heaven as in the years of the Exodus, or by the wings of a Raven who fed Elijah through three years of drought, or by a mighty miracle when Jesus fed thousands with but a few loaves and fish.

Let us note that Jesus’ promise to meet our daily needs carries no caveats!  He didn’t say, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you—unless there’s a global pandemic,”  or “unless there’s a run on the market.”  No, Jesus’ promise to provide our daily needs covers every circumstance, condition, and coronavirus.  Therefore, during these trying times, may we be reminded that we can lean confidently upon Jesus’ promise to provide for our needs each day as we look to Him.

— Pastor Paul

COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike


Todays Prayer

Psalm 67

Today’s Subject: Our Leaders

God’s Way:  Pray for President Trump that He would do what is right and good for our nation.  That his package of aid for our nation would go through.  That the opposition who wants to use this time to advance abortion and foreign aid to our enemies, and to advance any ungodly causes during this time would not work.  That the President would be surround by godly counselors.  That God would give the presidents counselors wisdom and he would listen to them.  That God would thwart the plans of those who have evil intent, of those hate our nation, of those who want to see our President fail.  That God would turn their evil intent around on them.

For Governors that God would give them His wisdom from on high.  For Newsom: that God would only allow that which is good and right, that he would not put through any edicts that would oppress the people of California.  That God would give him wisdom on what to do with the homeless issue during this time.  That God would show him that our borders need to be closed to keep the virus from spreading and from further financial damage

For Local government officials hat our local governing authorities would be godly and make godly decisions.  That they would not be self-seeking but seek the will of God and do what is best for the people.   That they would not be afraid to stand up to do what is right and not politically expedient.  That they would not be motivated by greed or love of power.

God’s Salvation: Pray for all those aforementioned officials in their personal relationship to Jesus.  If they do not yet have that personal relationship, that they would begin to.  Pray that the Gospel of Jesus Christ would continue to go forth in power through all the news and the noise of the crisis.  Pray that believers are sharing Jesus in their conversations and in their actions.

God’s Praise: Praise the Lord for the governing authorities He has appointed, that we may subject to them, recognizing there is no authority except from God.  Praise the Lord for the many men and women who love Him and serve and are governing authorities for His glory.  Pray the Lord for God’s ministers attending to what is necessary for the good of the people. 

“God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your Way may be known on earth, Your Salvation among the nations.  Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You” Psalm 67: 1-3

Afternoon Prayer Points

We have decided it would be more efficient to combine the morning & afternoon prayer points into one post.
Starting with tomorrows Daily Devo/Update you will find the days Prayer Requests.
God Bless You!
Pastor Mike


Psalm 67
Today’s Subject: Finances and Economics

God’s Way:  Pray for the economic imbalance in our country and in the world that has occurred from this crisis.  Pray for the many business owners and property owners who have customers and tenants who cannot buy or pay their rent because of the crisis.  Pray we would not worry over our finances, knowing the Lord loves us and will provide for us and that He is faithful.  Pray that we would be wise in our personal finances in this time of crisis and beyond.  Pray our leaders will use wisdom beyond themselves to manage our financial crisis as well in this pandemic.

God’s Salvation: Pray for those unable to work as businesses are closed that they will be sustained in some way by the Lord.  Pray for the Lord’s deliverance for those suffering financial difficulties. Pray that even in struggles of finances and worry over businesses and sustenance, people would come to trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Pray that believers would demonstrate wise stewardship as a witness to the world.  Pray that Christians would lay up treasures in heaven.

God’s Praise: Praise God from Whom all blessings come.  Praise the Lord for His loving-kindness and mercy.  Praise the Lord for His mercies are new every morning.  Great is His faithfulness.  Praise Him in the storm, for He will deliver us.  Praise Him for His Presence.  He will never leave us or forsake us.

“God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your Way may be known on earth, Your Salvation among the nations.  Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You”  Psalm 67: 1-3

UPDATE: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Psalm 17:6-9

I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You From those who rise up against them.
Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
From the wicked who oppress me, From my deadly enemies who surround me.


They Shall Share Alike – C.H. Spurgeon

Are you sick? Has the vigor you felt in the bright days of health failed? Are you suffering pain, weariness, or exhaustion? Are you house-bound? Are you so restricted that there is little you can do?

You wish that you could serve the Lord. You dream of that pleasure, but you are denied the privilege. Willingly you would run, readily would you work, and gladly would you testify. You devoutly wish that you could do some personal service in your Master’s cause.

I want to encourage you with the reminder that that law of the Son of David is the same as the Law of David himself. You know David’s law about those who went to battle; some were incapable of action and David left them with the supplies. “You are weary and ill, he said to them. “Stay in camp and take care of the supplies while we go and fight.”

After the battle, the men who fought claimed all the spoils, saying “These people have done nothing but lie around the camp. They will not have a share of the spoils.”

But King David immediately said, “My brethren, you shall not do so with what the LORD has given us, who has preserved us and delivered into hour hand the troop that came against us. For who will heed you in this matter? But as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike” (1 Samuel 30:23-24).

The law of the Son of David is equally gracious. If sickness, age, or infirmity detains you, if you are unable to enter active service, if you would fight if you could, and if your heart is in it, you will have an equal share with the best and the bravest of those who, in the armor of God, encounter and grapple with the adversary.

— C.H. Spurgeon, Beside Still Waters

COVID-19 Crisis Prayer – Pastor Mike


May the Lord richly bless and keep you as you labor in the power of prayer. These are extraordinary times and they require extraordinary prayer. Through this pandemic crisis, we will be posting prayer requests with a theme to guide our prayers. Look for these requests to be posted here on the updates page each day.

As a basis for prayer, morning and evening, in the midst of this crisis, Psalm 67 provides us a template for prayer.

Psalm 67 (NKJV): God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.  Let the peoples praise You, O God;  Let all the peoples praise You.  Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!  For You shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations on earth. Let the peoples praise You, O God;  Let all the peoples praise You. Then the earth shall yield her increase;  God, our own God, shall bless us.  God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.

Psalm 67 is a psalm which has a heart to see God’s way, God’s salvation, and God’s praise extended throughout all the earth. This unique psalm will be our guide in praying for the current crisis morning and evening. We will supply a subject of focus for our prayers as intercessors praying together each day. The prayer request subject will be organized under the headings of God’s way, God’s salvation, and God’s praise for the daily subject.

May the Lord bless and encourage you in your fervent times of prayer.
Pastor Mike


This Mornings Prayer

Psalm 67

Today’s Subject: Finances and Economics

God’s Way: With God, we live and move and have our being. He is the source of all good things. He knows our needs before we speak them. He is more than sufficient to care for us and sustain us.  Psalm 65:9 (NLT) – You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The river of God has plenty of water; it provides a bountiful harvest of grain, for you have ordered it so.  We are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves. Luke 3:10–11 (ESV)  And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?”  And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”

God’s Salvation: When we look to Him, and cry out to Him, He will hear us and deliver us. He can purify our hearts and clean our hands when we submit to Him and trust in Him alone. He feeds His flock and makes them lie down in security. He is a loving and gracious God and He is willing that non should perish but, will save all who come to Him in humility of heart.  It is likely that competition for scarce resources will cause many disagreements, and there could be ensuing hostility and bitterness.  God calls upon His children to love others as we love ourselves. We must be peacemakers. We must seek the best for others. We must be willing to give.  Matthew 6:26 (NLT) – Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

 God’s Praise: God has given us the Spirit of Christ. We can move beyond our fears.  Psalm 133:1–2 (ESV) Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! Offer praises to the Lord for His love and provision for us. He is bigger than anything we could face, and He promises never to leave us nor forsake us. He is gracious and gives. We praise Him as we do not have to worry. He feeds the birds of the air and we are more valuable to Him.

“God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your Way may be known on earth, Your Salvation among the nations.  Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You” Psalm 67: 1-3