Prayer

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Prayer Thought: RED ALERT, RED ALERT, RED ALERT

Prayer Thought: RED ALERT, RED ALERT, RED ALERT “Praise is a declaration, a victory cry, proclaiming faith to stand firm in the place God has given you. Praise is a proclamation that the enemy’s intent to plunder you will not rock you. Praise declares that you will not be moved by the enemy’s attempt to snatch you away.” -Darlene Szchech (Singer-songwriter) If you can believe it, I once was a wee lad that went to preschool at the YMCA of Northwest Illinois. It was really great to be in the same place all the time where my dad worked. He …

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Prayer Thought: Pray for Patience…Yes I Just Said That!

Prayer Thought: Pray for Patience…Yes I Just Said That! “The Scriptures contain many stories of people who waited years or even decades before the Lord’s promises came to pass. What modern believers can learn from the patience of biblical saints like Abraham, Joseph, David, and Paul is that waiting upon the Lord has eternal rewards.”   -Charles Stanley I’ve been thinking a lot about patience lately. It is a virtue after all, or so they say. It’s also fascinated me that more times than not, when talking to someone about this topic, they will 9 out of 10 times say …

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Prayer Thought: How’s Your Posture?

Prayer Thought: How’s Your Posture? “Every instance of prayer is a confession in which I own my condition and embrace my need. Prayer decimates my independent self-surety; it puts my utter dependency before my eyes and calls me to cry out for the help that I am so often tempted to deny I need.” -Paul David Tripp How often are we tempted to go at this life on our own terms and without anyone’s help? How often are we able to justify our independence and self-sufficiency, regardless of how much of a mess we make of our lives? If we …

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Update with the Shipley’s in Norway

Update with the Shipley’s in Norway   What exciting things do you have planned for your ministry in the next few months? Currently, Mikaela and I (Derrick) have been planning and making preparations for the start of her Ceramics/Pottery Studio. Mikaela graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Ceramics. She has long wanted to use her passion for art by entwining it into ministry. Our primary goal with the Ceramics Studio is to build relationships with the local community in a genuine way. Our hope is that this would create opportunities to share the …

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Prayer Thought: Waiting is the Hardest Thing to Do

Prayer Thought: Waiting is the Hardest Thing to Do ‘”Wait on the Lord”’ is a constant refrain in the Psalms, and it is a necessary word, for God often keeps us waiting. He is not in such a hurry as we are, and it is not his way to give more light on the future than we need for action in the present, or to guide us more than one step at a time. When in doubt, do nothing, but continue to wait on God. When action is needed, light will come.” -J.I. Packer In a society that seems to …

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