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Bro. Oren has been talking about the power of prayer this month. Prayer is so essential to Christians, not only because it’s a way to communicate with God, but because it is so powerful and helpful in our walk with Christ. Life is full of difficulties and roadblocks but through prayer we ask our Lord for help and direction and we know we are never alone. Prayer works through faithfulness, with a willingness to turn it over to God and then a persistence to keep on praying knowing God will fulfill everything in His own way and in His own time. This week Bro Oren talked about Nehemiah and his persistent prayers about helping Jerusalem. God led Him to help build back the walls around Jerusalem even though he had so much adversity. Through prayer, Nehemiah was able to persevere and carry out God’s plan. Today, it can be so easy to give up but we also need to be persistent in prayer. We know God is great but sometimes we can be a little impatient. God’s way is not our way, but we can’t give up on the power of prayer.
We have lots of people we know in our church and community who need the power of prayer. Pray for those who are fighting cancer and other sickness in their life. Pray for their families as they try to cope with the difficulties of seeing their loved ones struggle. Pray for each other as we deal with everyday stress and problems common to us all. We need to feel compelled to pray and help each other. Remember those who are dealing with death in the family and people facing surgery. Pray for Mark Stover’s granddaughter, Kelsey, who is going in for heart surgery in February. Remember Pastor Steve Grace and his family as they face cancer in their life as well as Bill Whitaker, Judy Phillips and Tammy Weyrauch, Weldon Sanders and Hubert Welton. God hears our prayers and He knows each need before we ask, talk to Him.
Sunday afternoon was our nursing home services at 2 p.m. We appreciate everyone who came and helped out with that ministry. On Sunday night Jan 30, there will be fellowship after the evening services so we hope you make it for services and food afterwards. Women’s Ministries meeting will be at the home of Faye Case at 7p.m. on Feb 1.
Our youth and adult Bible study both happen on Wednesday nights. Bible study is at 7 p.m. and our youth meet at the youth ministry building at 6:30 p.m. We saw some highlights a couple weeks ago of our young people who attended the two-day “Extreme” ministry held this year in Branson. They had some inspired speakers, great music and some rededications to live for Christ. How awesome is that! We welcome anyone who wishes to come to either youth or Bible study. Invite someone to come with you as well.
Sunday school is a great place to learn more about the Word of God and how it can help us in our world today. There is lots of different classes to choose from and one for every age. Check it out!
Have a great week and remember the power of prayer as you go about your daily routines. Give praises, be thankful, repent when we fail, pray intercessions for others and be committed to Him in all ways. As Bro. Oren told us Sunday, “get real” when we pray. Simple, honest and heartfelt love for God and for others is essential. See you Sunday.