Judgment

Prayers for the Week: Judgment

Judgment

1but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.8And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” ~ John 8:1-11 (ESV)

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s prayers for the week post.  Today I’m feeling led to talk about something that affects us all, and something that it seems is more prevalent today more than ever.  That subject is judgment.

My friends, the world is out of control, and it seems like in one way, the way that everyone is judging each other is a big part of the reason why.  Democrats judge Republicans. Republicans judge Democrats. Someone does something, and everyone seems to judge them.  It seems like no one is exempt from this.  The other day, I noticed a person driving a car cut me off when there was no one behind me.  Then, that same car cut off someone else when turning left.  After that, the first thing that crept into my thoughts was how that person felt they were entitled to do those things, like they were better than I was or this other car was.  Right then, the Holy Spirit spoke to me, He said to me that I didn’t know all the details, that maybe there was some other reason that person did the things they did.  I immediately found myself stepping back on my judgment a bit.

Casting judgment is something that it seems like we all do.  The ultimate question, though, is whether or not we will work to cut down on the judgements that the world so expects of us.  Will we make the decision to move beyond the way the world sees things and instead put our focus on the things that really matter?

My friends, the subject of this post makes me nervous.  I truly hope that I’m not coming off as passing judgment by talking about judgment.  If I have done that, I am truly sorry for that, for it isn’t my intention to be doing that, and I hope you can forgive me.  My prayer is that all of us would take a moment before we speak — shoot, before we even think about speaking — and try to avoid those judgment calls that seem so prevalent in today’s age.  Now, please continue reading and praying with us for our prayer requests and praises.  We have some very hard prayer requests, so please give them every consideration and prayer that you can.

Prayer Requests and Praises

  • Pam starts us off with prayer requests for her family: Please keep my family in your prayers. We lost our dear, sweet 93 year old mama to cancer this morning at 1am. Thank you.
  • Mrs. Lucas asks for prayers for her friend Madge: Please keep my friend Madge in your prayers! She is a friend of almost 50 years! She is in Cardiac ICU at Duke following heart surgery on Monday! She is still on a respirator and she needs healing! Thank you!
  • My cousin Barb is calling for all the prayers she can get for her husband Tim.  It’s not looking good, but God is good nonetheless: Ok prayer warriors, it’s time to circle the wagons. Tim’s clinical trial was unsuccessful, and we are out of options. We started receiving hospice services this week. I don’t know how much time we have left, but I will cherish each minute. #CancerSucks
  • Torri has a prayer request for her friends who are getting married as well as for all those affected by the wildfires in California: My precious besty, Mary Catherine and her sweet fiancé Dylan lost everything they own yesterday in the horrible wildfires in Santa Rosa, CA. Losing everything you have would be hard anytime but especially hard as this is their wedding week. Pray for our dear friends and pray for us as we head out west tomorrow. So very thankful God kept them and our friends that were staying with them safe.
    He really does bring beauty from the ashes.
  • Jodi asks for prayers for California: Please keep our California friends in prayer! Many are being evacuated and possibly losing homes & property due to wild fires.Thanks!
  • Jodi also has a prayer request for her nephew: URGENT PRAYER, PLEASE! My nephew, Clayton, is a freshman at Texas Tech University, where there are currently 2 active shooters 2 dorms down from him. The shooters have killed a police officer. Clayton’s safe for now, on lockdown, but can hear the gunfire.UPDATE: Shooter (was 1, not 2) is in custody!!! Possibly 2nd officer killed, tho.
  • If you would please pray for Cindy’s Uncle Bud and Aunt Carol. Uncle Bud is the last of her Uncle’s on her mom’s side, and lately his health — and in particular his mind — has been deteriorating. We are worried that it is dementia. Please pray that God would heal him of this, that Uncle Bud would be okay visiting doctors if needed, and please pray for Aunt Carol and Uncle Bud both that they would have God’s Peace, Comfort, and Strength surround them. Thank you everyone.

Now, please close with us by praying the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples and us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

Prayers for the Week: Beware the Roaring Lion

8Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. ~ 1 Peter 5:8-11 (ESV)

Hello, and welcome to this week’s prayers for the week post.  This week has seen a lot of the roaring lion better known as Satan.  It is imperative to us all that we resist that roaring lion, that we resist Satan, and that we remember that with God by our side, no one can defeat us! Just remember, when you find yourself beset by tribulation on all sides, just pray to God and tell the roaring lion of Satan to get behind you in the name of Jesus! That will do the trick every time! Now, please continue reading and praying for our prayer requests and praises.

Prayer Requests & Praises

  • Rebecca and Sheila have a prayer request: I just got this message from Rebecca: Hey my prayer warriors! Please keep praying for Cordy’s Godfather Scott!! It has been a tumultuous week of highs and lows. Steps forward and backwards. He is not out of trouble yet. And I apologize if you haven’t heard much from us, we’ve been trying to balance everything else in our usually busy barely managed chaos of a life, and 2 trips a day to the hospital. And figure out a path forward. So please keep us all in your prayers!
    • This was the original prayer request for Scott from Sheila: I just added my friend Rebecca she needs our help ! Her husbands best friend & Godfather to her daughter, Scott, is in very critical condition. Scott is one of their families oldest and dearest friends. We would appreciate any and all love and prayers and positive thoughts sent his way. From what I understand he had a aortic dissection, which most people do not survive. After 9 hours of surgery. He now needs our help and prayers to recover.
  • Pam has a continued prayer request for her husband Ronnie: My husband Ronnie is in the hospital for the second time this week with his fourth anaphylactic reaction. Praying we get home today and have no more problems.
  • Jodi has a prayer request also: My friend Kimberly has had a mild stroke. Please keep her and her family in prayer! Thank you!
  • We met someone at dinner tonight, Deron, who has had a hard life.  Please pray for him, for God to watch over him.  Thank you!
  • A co-worker of Cindy lost a friend recently. His name is George. Please pray for them and for George’s family in their time of grief. Thanks!
  • Vonni has a prayer request for her friend Randy and more importantly for Randy’s son Brandon: PLEASE PRAY FOR MY SON BRANDON! He was involved in a near fatal car accident this morning on his way to work at Costco. He was run off the road on a blind curve. He lost control of his car and hit a tree. He is currently in Neuro ICU at Spartanburg Regional Hospital. He has extensive damage to his spinal cord. He is paralyzed from his chest down. He needs a miracle right now. Please help him receive one by keeping him in your Prayers and good thoughts. Bless you. A heartbroken Dad, –Randy
  • Lastly, please pray for the lost, for those that don’t know Jesus, for those that don’t know what to pray, and for those that are afraid to ask for prayers.

Now, please close with us by praying the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples and us to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, and Power, and Glory
Forever and ever. Amen.

Faith

My Word for 2016 is…

Word for 2016

Image source ©Love Our Crazy Life

My Word for 2016 is…

By Mike Ellis.

My friend Becca from Love Our Crazy Life has a great way to ring in the year.  Rather than make a lot of resolutions that may or may not be able to be met, she takes a word and uses that to drive her through the year.  You can click over to read what Becca’s word is, and I liked it so much that I decided to embrace a word of my own for this year.  More about that in a little bit.

The calendar year 2015 was one of the hardest I think I’ve ever had to endure, with so much sorrow and loss.  It felt like wave after wave of negativity was invading our lives, and that there would never be an end to it.  It came to a head on October 31, when I lost my job at UNC-TV, the place I had worked at for over 21 years.

Word for 2016

My Word for 2016 is FAITH.

So, after all of that, the word that I am embracing this year is the word that I should embrace each and every year.  That word, my friends, is FAITH.

Faith can move mountains, faith can drive us to great and better things.  Faith, quite simply, opens up our hearts, our minds, our soul, to the understanding that all things are possible through Him that gives me strength.  I am sorry to God and my family, that at times during last year my Faith has been lacking.  I am sure that many of you would say that is understandable, especially with all of the things that our family endured this year.  However, to me, that is not a good excuse.  To me, the realization I should have had all the time is that this isn’t about me, that all I need to do is turn it over to God, and He will take care of things.  To my thinking, employing your Faith in God opens up the possibilities, and the next thing you know, God is opening doors for you that He hadn’t shown to you before; that is the importance of Faith.

So to all my readers, all of my friends, all of my family, I hope you pay this forward.  Find a word, any word (hopefully one that is full of positive energy), and make it your word for 2016.  Use that word to drive your attitude, your direction, to help you with your outlook on life.  I think this will be helpful for me, and I think it will be helpful for you as well.

24Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. ~ Jude 1:24-25 (ESV)

Prayers for the Week – The Cross

Cross

The Cross is perhaps the most important symbol of Christianity.  The Cross, such a simple structure, is the point of our salvation.  Our lives, as sinful, as hurtful as they are, take on a new meaning when we believe in our hearts these wonderful facts:

  1. God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to save us.
  2. Jesus taught all of us how to live, and what is truly important.
  3. Jesus died for us so that we might be saved from our sin.
  4. Lastly, Jesus was resurrected, and, in being resurrected, conquered death.

It is a simple thing to believe, but it is also something that we have convinced is not as simple as that.  We have taught ourselves, or allowed ourselves to be taught, that it isn’t that simple.  We have allowed ourselves to believe that it isn’t God’s Gift to us, that we must earn our salvation.  That is not true or possible.  Salvation comes in believing that God sent His Son to die for our sins, and that Jesus died, and was resurrected from that death.  When we believe that and put our trust and faith in Jesus, we are saved.  After we are saved, if we have truly been saved, then our actions, our words, our deeds, will evolve over time, and we will act more like Jesus would have us act.  This is because when we are saved, God sends the Holy Spirit to us, and we are indwelt with the Spirit of God.

My friends, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, when you read these prayer requests, you are praying to God on behalf of these requests.  When you give God Praise for the good things that happen in our lives, you are thanking God for giving us those good things.  Thank you for choosing each day to read these and pray and praise with us.  If we can pray for you, please leave us a comment, and we will add it to our prayer post and pray for you.  Now, please pray with us this week.  Thank you!

Prayer Requests and Praises…

  • Prayers please for Decatur, Alabama police officer Josh Driggers and his family. Here is the press release:Press ReleaseOn February 4, 2015, Decatur Police Officer Josh Driggers went to his
    doctor after experiencing persistent headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Medical
    tests were conducted and it was revealed that Josh had a tumor on his brain.
    After initially scheduling Josh for immediate surgery in Huntsville, his
    physicians reconsidered and referred him to Duke University Medical Center.
    Josh and his family will leave for Durham, North Carolina on Wednesday.
    His surgery has been scheduled for Friday.Josh has been with the Decatur Police Department for almost five years
    and is married with two young children. In addition to his work as a patrol
    officer, Josh serves on the department’s Honor Guard. His condition came on
    suddenly, with very little warning. In addition to his concern about his
    condition, Josh is dealing with the financial impact it will have on his family.
    An account has been set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union under Joshua
    Driggers Love Offering.

    We ask that everyone remember Josh and his family and keep them in
    your prayers as they go through this difficult time. We will provide updates
    on Josh’s condition as we receive them.

  • Earlier this month, we had this prayer request on behalf of my friend Jodi:My friend Jodi has a prayer request for us. Here is what she wrote:Can you please add my friend Laura to your prayer list this week? Her brother Todd, to whom she’s always been extremely close, has been fighting cancer. They learned yesterday it has spread to his brain. He has been sent home with hospice care. Todd is Laura’s son’s favorite uncle, and this is very hard on him too (Sam, age 9). Thank you!Please pray with me:

    Heavenly Father, we hear daily of struggles that people are going through with that horrific disease — cancer. We really are at a loss to understand how these things invade the lives of Your people, but we also know that You have a plan for all of us. We take heart in Your Words from the book of Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” So we know that, despite the disease that Todd is fighting, we know that his life has a purpose, and it is a purpose that You have written for him. Please be with Todd, with his sister Laura, with her son Sam, and with all of their family. Please give Todd the Peace, the Strength, the Comfort, the Love that he needs. Please be with all of them and enfold them in Your Loving embrace so that they would know You are with them. Also, Lord, if it is Your Will, Lord, we pray for healing for Todd. Show us Your Power, Your Glory, and show us that all the medicine in the world means nothing when compared to what You can do. We ask all of these things in the wonderful name of Your Son Jesus with Thanksgiving. Amen

    Unfortunately, I learned from Jodi that Todd passed away. Please continue to pray for his family, for his sister Laura, and especially for her son Sam, who is missing his Uncle right now. Please pray that God will be with them all in the days, weeks, and months to come. Thank you.

  • Please pray for my Mom — her breast cancer surgery is on Wednesday the 25th.  Please pray for her, for her medical team, and for God’s Healing Touch on her.
  • My wife Cindy and I would like to give Praise to God for the news that our daughter Sophie received!  We learned that she was accepted for her school of choice for the fall!  She will be going to Vernon Malone College and Career Academy, and will be studying Simulation & Game Development!  Cindy and I are very excited for Sophie, and we give God Praise for this great news for Sophie.
  • Please pray for all of those that are participating in the season of Lent.  I have made a commitment to track all of my food on Weight Watchers — this is disciplining me.  Cindy has given up all soda during Lent, and others are doing their own Lenten sacrifices.  Please pray for all of us to be closer to God and the sacrifice that Jesus made for us during this season.
  • Date: February 20: Prayers urgently needed

    Here is an urgent prayer request for all of us!!
    She asked that it be forwarded ASAP to as many people possible:

    Dear Friend: Just a few minutes ago, I received the following text message on my phone, from Sean Malone who leads Crisis Relief International (CRI), We spoke briefly on the phone, and I assured him that we would share this urgent prayer need with all our contacts.
    We lost the city of Queragosh. It fell to ISIS and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back Kurdish Forces, and is within 10 minutes of where our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated its staff in Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover needed!!!.

    Please pray sincerely for the deliverance of people of northern Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians in this area.

    May I plead with you not to ignore this email? Do not forward it before you have prayed through it. Then send it to as many people as possible.
    Send it to friends and Christians you know. Send it to your prayer group. Send it to your pastors. Any one you can think of. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow Christians.

    In His Service,

    Beverly Bassett
    beverly@fbcmilton.org or prayerwarriorfbc@aol.com

    First Baptist Church
    6797 Caroline Street
    Milton, FL 32570

  • My friend Shannan has a prayer request.  We have no details, but we know that God knows all, so please pray for Shannan and for God’s Will in her life.

Now, please pray with me the words that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray:

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed by thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever.