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Keep Praying For That Loved One!

Over the years, I've known faithful believers praying a long time for a non-believing loved one or prodigal son. It can be very discouraging to pray for years and see no answer. One might want to give up thinking "God doesn't care" or "doesn't hear your prayers." I'd like to share with you a few reasons to keep believing and praying.


1. God is still drawing people to Himself. Remember, His Spirit is still at work convicting people of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11). It’s possible your loved one is next. 


2. It’s the enemy who wants you to give up. Satan wants to discourage you, enticing you to believe there remains no hope for your loved one. Don’t give him that kind of power in your life.


3. God loves your loved one more than you do. Your love for them is deep, but God’s love is even deeper. That truth gives me hope. 


4. God’s calendar and clock are not the same as ours—but they are always right on time. His timing is always, always perfect—and we’ll forget about any perceived delay when He does indeed answer our long-term prayers.  


5. God sometimes takes His time responding to us because of what He wants to do in us.  We’re focused on our loved one, but God’s focused on us, too. He might be teaching us patience, trust, faith, and perseverance—all that will make us even stronger witnesses for those we long to reach. 


6. God may well be working in your loved one, even though you don’t recognize it. When God is doing His work, He’s under NO obligation to let us in on the details. He’s God; we’re not—and our job is just to trust Him as we wait and watch on behalf of our loved ones.


7. Some of us can speak of God’s amazing grace in the lives of our loved ones. Share your story of God's grace in your life. Those stories of God’s patience and faithfulness should compel us to keep trusting and praying for your loved one. 


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What If I'd ...

The older I get I often think back over my life and wonder "what if I'd..." Have you ever done that? I think of things like, "If I had went to a different college, or if I'd gone after this career or that one, or what if I'd moved to Alaska (or any other place) earlier in my life." It can be fun to think about those things, but every time I do, I realize that where I am today is exactly where God wanted me to be. I think that no matter what I would have done, God would move in my life in a way so that I'm here where He wants me.


In 1 Corinthians 7 Paul writes, "Let each one live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him." Now this is in the context of questions about marriage the Corinthians asked Paul, but this verse struck me. God called us to be His in our life situation and that's where He wants us. Now, He may move us to different places or put us in different life situations, but the one we were in when He called to Himself is where He wants to live and minister.


Practically, this means we should stay in the world where we live and work so we can be the light of Christ in our setting. It's easy for Christians to get caught up with church, Bible studies, and being around other Christians that we forget where we were living when God called us. He wanted us to be a missionary in our setting!


Praise God for where you are! Don't compare yourself to others or wish you had done this or lived there. God called you to live and grow at the very place you are and at this very time. Don't change your surroundings, let God work through in your surroundings.



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OJT

Wasn't our Easter Service outstanding? It was so nice to worship with the Good Shepherd Church and have a great fellowship time. I think I ate too much!


Have you ever wondered what Jesus did between the resurrection and the ascension? The Gospels give a few appearances after the resurrection, but not enough to cover the 40 days. According to Acts 1:3, "After he had suffered, he also presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God."


He spent time proving that He was truly alive in a convincing ways. That would have been a fun aplogetics class on the existence of God. He also spoke about the kingdom of God. After three years of learning and watching Jesus, He took them through an intensive training time. I think He helped them understand the parables, His teachings like the Sermon on the Mount, and how they will train others in building the church. After His ascension, they had everything they needed to begin a radical movement that changed the world.


As a Christian, we need training too. If the disciples, who spent three years of intensive on the job training, still needed more trainig, don't we need training ourselves. Ongoing learning is important for us to continue to grow in our faith and not become stagnant.


Let me encourage you to read at least two or three books about God, doctrines of the Bible, spiritual growth, or the church. Get involved in a Bible study that we offer or start one for yourself. I am here to assist you in any way possible. Just let me know!


To His Glory!

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