In this life we have challenges. We may have personal challenges. It is a time of challenge at our church. If God cannot get us out, we are in trouble. God can! God will!
Psalm 3 is called a prayer of David and David mentions being pressed by many foes, but one enemy in part stands out as a lion.
We wake up each day in a world noisy with busyness and many demands for our time. We may be overwhelmed by events brought to us by the news, our boss, a family member, a physician, and the list goes on. We may desire a better circumstance for ourselves, family, even our church.
A person can be demoralized by great need. They may be apathetic about the necessity of praying. How can we avoid such realities? What use can prayer have in the face of governments, circumstances, other people, etc.? None, if God is not at work.
But what if praying matters? What if praying every day, really praying—would make a difference? What if making private praying and praying with others a main concern and changed things? PRAYER DOES MATTER!
I recommend you read Psalm 3. Here are verses 1,4 and 8. “O LORD, how my adversaries have increased! I was crying to the LORD with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain. Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people.”
God is as much at work in the public as he is in the personal. God responds to our prayers. Prayers are to be encouraged. Praying matters!
Prayer begins in a realization that we cannot help ourselves, so we must reach out to God. “Help!” is the basic prayer. If we don’t know that we need help, prayer will always be marginal in our lives, a matter of mood and good manners. But the moment we truly realize that praying makes a differ- ence, prayer becomes a priority.
If we are to have success in 2017, real and effective prayers are essential.
One more thing. Would you pray that something special would happen at our church—each Sunday, each month, this year?
Ages 4-7th grade. Re-starting January 8th.
A message from our Pastor:
The month of December is the most wonderful time of the year —Christmas Time!
This is a GREAT time of the year to invite friends, neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances to attend church with you. Sunday, December 4th, we will begin our Advent series of sermons. Christmas is about gift-giving. Maybe you will be searching for that ‘perfect’ gift for someone.
Christ set the standard for giving with His selfless love. Part of the demonstration of His love was not just in His coming, but the great distance traveled from heaven to earth. May we ever be mind- ful the reason for Christmas.
It is my prayer that our church services will be appealing to those you care about. Of course, the music will have a very “Christmassy” sound and the services will be special.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 11th. That evening we will have a special program at 6:30 pm entitled “Deck the Halls”. Christmas Eve we will also be a special service at 6:30 pm as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
Christmas Day is Sunday this year. Considering this, we are adjusting our Sunday schedule. There will be NO Sunday School on Christmas morning and our Morning Worship Service will begin at 10:30 am. We are expecting more visitors and we will focus our efforts on making those services very special. There are no evening activities on Christmas Day!
There are many other activities involving outreach and fellowship, and sharing the love of Christ in meaningful ways. The song declares—it’s a most wonderful time of year!
Christmas time can also be a time of great stress. How can we avoid this? I believe the best way is to put Christ into “Christ”mas. It is a time to celebrate His birth with those closest to us – our friends and families, including our church family. I encourage you to enjoy reading the Christmas story, pray for others, and involve yourself in the sharing of gifts following God’s example as He gave us His only Son.
I love how the Apostle Paul puts in Galatians 4:4,5—“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons”.
Are you redeemed? I am so glad I am redeemed! I look forward to seeing you as we celebrate our Lord’s birth together. Merry Christmas EARLY!
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