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Praying For Others
Matthew Pifer | Date: 3-6-14, 12:03 pm | Category: The Word with Friends
Read I Timothy 2:1-3
The very hairs on your head are ALL numbered (Matt. 10:30).
If you have hair
or don't have hair they are all numbered. Our God is a God of order,
organization and details. He cares about even the hairs on our heads. He cares about every little thing and every big thing in our lives- as well as the lives of those around us. In I Timothy 2:1-3, we are called to pray for others- not just a quick "check in the box," but to truly pray for them.
do you pray details for others? This is called intercessory prayer.
Do you pray for the people you pass on the highway, the people you pass
on the street? Do you pray for your coworkers, your boss, your job,
your spouse, kids, friends, pastor, church family? Remember, every one
has been specially designed by God and is loved by God. Challenge:
pray for these people TODAY! Pray past the circumstances that brought
them your way and see them as the wonderful "human stuff" that they are
as God's creation. In God's eyes, there are no
stereotypes--ONLY his magnificent creation.
True prayer is NOTHING BUT LOVE.
The Lost Sheep
Matthew Pifer | Date: 3-5-14, 11:01 am | Category: The Word with Friends
Read Luke 15:1-7
Jesus was surrounded by tax collectors and "sinners" as he taught. He spoke of authority, he spoke of God's Kingdom- and he taught like no man had ever taught before. Everywhere Jesus went there was a crowd, because everybody knew there was something special about him. He didn't speak exclusively to the "righteous" or "lovely" crowd- he spoke to sinners; all sinners (something that was unheard of for a religious leader in his day).
In our passage today, Jesus was surrounded by the "unlovely" crowd. The religious leaders who opposed him saw this as a problem and thought, "if this man is friendly with these kinds of people, surely he isn't from God." You see, their traditions had them avoiding these people at all costs. They couldn't touch the unclean, and don't even get them started on those traitors...the tax collectors. But Jesus came with something more, something different. He came to reach the lost, to bring salvation, and to establish God's Kingdom. Notice his response to them; if a shepherd loses even one of his sheep and finds it- there will be a celebration. In other words, if even one sinner turns to God, there will be a celebration. God's love for us is immeasurable, and we matter so much to him that if even one person turns to him- it is worth celebrating.
My challenge to us this morning is this: which person in the story are you? If you are the sinner- there is forgiveness for sins, but you need to turn to God. If you are the Pharisee- you have been missing out on it all. If you have been avoiding the "unlovely," or being uninviting at church, or even looked down upon those who do not fit your standards- it is time to wake up and listen to the words of Jesus. If you have been like Jesus, keep going, because doing his Kingdom Work is what matters the most, and we can share in the celebration when one lost sheep is found.
Which group/person in the story do you think you have been? Why?
Heaven celebrates when even one lost sinner is found; how do you respond to the fact that every repentant sinner matters so much?
Prayer: Pray that you would be more like Jesus in this story. Don't let traditions or our world get in the way of being like Jesus in this story.
Praise God...For Even The Little Things
Matthew Pifer | Date: 3-4-14, 12:22 pm | Category: The Word with Friends
READ PSALM 107
End the grumbling! Praise the Lord! This Psalm (a long one
but with a great truth) basically details a number of the ways God’s people
(the redeemed), lived…and live! It’s a detailing of the many ways we struggle,
and then, cry out to the Lord. I think that’s a polite way of saying we
grumble, complain, whine or voice or voice our frustration (What’s the deal
God? Why this or why that?).It’s an
easy habit to fall into to, and along with it, becoming frustrated, angry, or
bitter to the point of having it consume us. Along with all the situations the
Psalm details, it shares this constant; God’s care and provision. In all of the
circumstances; God met needs and provided. He does that today too, for me and
you. Not always how we want, or think He should, but he does. Think about it; I
can’t name one person I know who won’t eat a meal today, or have a warm place
to sleep – can you? God is so good, and we are so blessed. Vs. 43 (the last
verse) shares a powerful truth that’s an attitude changer; “Whoever is wise,
let them heed these things, and consider the great love of the Lord.”Let those words soak in…and give thanks to
God for all He has blessed you with.
Prayer: Offer up a prayer for simple things, maybe even
things you take for granted; your car, your bed, a favorite chair, a shovel or
snow blower. Thank God for pouring out blessings in the common, to give us rich
blessings we fail to even see from day to day.
Out of the Wreck I Rise
Matthew Pifer | Date: 3-3-14, 11:36 am | Category: The Word with Friends
Read Isaiah 43:1-4a
was one that I clung to as I went thru all the nasty stuff you go thru when you
fight the cancer battle.Is there a
battle you are going thru right now? Whenever you go thru any battle in life try
not to be afraid but cling to this promise from God.He will not let anything overwhelm you.You may have to go thru the pain of whatever
your battle is but God will not let it sweep you under, He will not let it burn
you up and He will never leave you alone in it.When the pain, the exhaustion, the loneliness, the disappointment seem
to overwhelm you – give it to God.He
alone can carry you thru the junk in life.He alone can bring you peace, joy and relief because you are “precious
and honored in His sight and because He loves you”(4b)! Being deeply loved by
Him gives me strength.When I am
exhausted, He carries me close to Him.Just
remember that when you give it over to Christ then “Out of the wreck I rise” every
Are You Discouraged
Matthew Pifer | Date: 3-2-14, 12:25 pm | Category: The Word with Friends
Read Isaiah 40:21-31
discouraged?Discouraged by the world
around you; discouraged by things happening in your life right now; discouraged
by the unending snow (as C.S. Lewis puts it “always winter, but never
Do you not
know? Have you not heard?We serve a
POWERFUL GOD!Just look around you at
nature.Who brings out the starry host
one by one and calls them by name (vs. 26), Who is going to bring us the much
anticipated springtime (hurry, hurry God!).Who causes the sun to rise and shine so beautifully as it did last
week?He is the Creator of the world
from end to end.He and He alone gives
us strength when we are weary, power when we are weak, hope when we are
discouraged. He carries us close to His
heart when we can’t take another step.God will never grow tired and weary of us and
whenever we start feeling discouraged. look to the all-powerful Creator who
gives us all good things.Bookmark these
verses, and actually all of chapter 40, in your Bible to read whenever you
start feeling discouraged and he will cause you to “soar on wings like eagles;
run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint”!
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