“This is the truth I tell you . . .” (John 14:12 – Barclay)

The truth that Jesus told his disciples just a few hours before his death contains some awesome, and difficult to believe promises. Jesus declares that not only will the nascent church do the works that he has done, but because he is returning to the Father they will do greater works. Further, Jesus promises to do whatever the disciples ask in his name . . . .and if you ask me for anything I will do it (see John 14:12-14 italics added).

These promises seem too good to be true, but nonetheless they are in the gospel and deserve our attention. Within his lifetime Jesus never traveled outside Palestine, never wrote a book, or held an office. In fact, Jesus never did any of the things that we traditionally associate with greatness. Yet, Jesus remains the central figure of history. Regardless of one’s faith commitment, or lack thereof, it is difficult to dispute the fact that the itinerant preacher from backwater Galilee, in three short years, challenged and changed the world. To promise those of us who follow him that we will do greater things seems impossible.

Yet, it was the witness of those early believers who carried the gospel “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The ministry that Jesus started was carried to unbelievable heights by those who followed in his steps. Had Jesus not returned to the Father, the ministry would have been confined to his limited geographic sphere of influence. The greater things are the ministries in which we engage today in the name of Jesus and in the power of the Holy Spirit. We are called and empowered for greater things.

Jesus then promised his followers that he would do anything they asked, in his name. At first blush this promise does not seem to hold true in human experience. We have all prayed sincerely for things that did not happen as we wished. The loved one for whom we prayed healing was not healed. The job we wanted did not materialize. The child who ran away from home did not return. The young soldier for whom we prayed died in combat. And on it goes. Yet, Jesus said “whatever you ask in my name”. The point of the promise is in my name.

In Jesus’ name we ask only for the things Jesus would ask and in the petition we leave the outcome to Jesus. It is; in your name, your will be done. We pray and we keep on praying. And when we grow tired of praying, we pray again.

Oswald Chambers wrote: “Prayer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work. Prayer is the battle, and it makes no difference where you are. However, God may engineer your circumstances, your duty is to pray. Never allow yourself this thought, “I am of no use where I am,” because you certainly cannot be used where you have not yet been placed. Wherever God has placed you and whatever your circumstances, you should pray, continually offering up prayers to Him”.

To pray in Jesus’ name is the greater work. To pray in Jesus’ name is to pray as Jesus would pray. To pray in Jesus’ name is to absolutely trust God to work in every circumstance to accomplish the best possible outcome. To pray in Jesus’ name is to express absolute confidence in our relationship with God. To pray in Jesus’ name is to place our children, our dearest friends and loved ones in the tender hands of a loving Father and trust God’s love for the outcome. Prayer is work. Prayer may feel like a battle. To pray in Jesus’ name is to leave outcome of the struggle in the hands of a loving Papa.

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Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness,
Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve;
Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

You may be familiar with this 19th century hymn which reminds Christians that we are to be about the business of sowing and reaping. It is an old song and does not often find its way into contemporary worship. Jesus, however made frequent use of agricultural metaphors and planting and harvesting are frequently the subject of his parables.

Some of the most famous of Jesus’ parables are the Parables of the Kingdom. Jesus promises that the message of the kingdom will reproduce itself many times over what is sown, making up for the loss due to people never responding, people falling away because of persecution, and people distracted from kingdom business due to concern for riches or anxieties about the troubles of the world (Mark 4:3-9, 13-20).

In another parable (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43), Jesus contrasts the kingdom children with the children of the evil one – the wheat and the darnel (weeds that look like wheat until the time of harvest). The angels gather the wheat at the judgment, but consign the weeds to the fire.

Additional plant-parables include the seed growing of itself without any additional work required between planting and harvest (Mark 4:26-29) and the growth of the mustard seed, far beyond what its diminutive size would lead us to expect (Mark 4:30-32). (

In Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus instructs his disciples to take on the role of harvesting the crop. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

We as a community of faith, find ourselves at a moment in our history when we need to ask (pray) the Lord of the harvest to send laborers in the harvest. These words require little interpretation; they are abundantly clear. There are people all around us who need to hear the message of God’s love and be welcomed into the kingdom of God. The seed planted is the word of God. We are promised that the seed grows regardless of our efforts or the obstacles placed in its path.

The challenge for us is to be willing to pray for workers to enter the field and welcome people into the kingdom of God. It is the responsibility of those who claim the name of Christ to make that name known through our actions as well as our words. We are promised that there is a harvest, but we are responsible to reap that harvest.

We can change the name of our Sunday morning activities, change the time of worship, establish small groups, and paint bright colors on the walls. But if no one invites it is all wasted effort. If we are committed to Jesus Christ and love the church, then we will pray and become engaged in the business of bringing people to Christ.

Oswald Chambers wrote: The key to the missionary’s difficult task is in the hand of God, and that key is prayer, not work— that is, not work as the word is commonly used today, which often results in the shifting of our focus away from God. The key to the missionary’s difficult task is also not the key of common sense, nor is it the key of medicine, civilization, education, or even evangelization. The key is in following the Master’s orders— the key is prayer. “Pray the Lord of the harvest….”

How about it? How about the intestinal fortitude and the spiritual commitment to risk inviting someone to come to church or a small group? How about the courage of our convictions to risk rejection or ridicule? The promise is that there is a harvest waiting. The question of course, is; who will reap that harvest?

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“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So, Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt? (Matthew 14:28-31)

Peter. Always impetuous. Always wanting to be first. Defiantly proclaiming his allegiance only to fail the test by denying the Lord he professed to love unconditionally. Rising from defeat to become the rock on which the kingdom of God is built (Matthew 16:18).

Peter. The first one out of the boat. Peter. Taking a few tentative steps before realizing that he is in the midst of a violent storm and suddenly remembering that human beings can’t walk on water. Oooops!!! Watch that first step. It’s a doozy!

Peter. “Lord, save me!” Jesus raising him from the certainty of death. Jesus. Helping him back into the boat and challenging the depth of his faith.

First Baptist Church. Facing the storms of declining participation, rigid attitudes, and commitment to traditions above dedication to the Lord of the Church.

Jesus. Calling us to step out of the boat. Jesus. Defying at least one of us to take those first tentative steps into the storms of change.

When Jesus called the first disciples he did not explain himself or guarantee their future. Rather, he said simply, “follow me.” To a person they abandoned their jobs, families, and the security they knew for the yet unknown, cost of discipleship.

The boat is rocking on tumultuous seas. The Church no longer enjoys popularity and public affirmation. The Church is subject to the enormous pressures of society which encourage us to abandon faith on the altar of cultural norms. It is clearly much easier to stay in the boat. That sadly, is the choice most of us make. The winds of change blow and we cling even more tenaciously to the safety of the boat. The boat may be floundering, but it is still the security we know. In the boat, we have the lifejackets of tradition to bolster our objections to the frightening forces of change that attack us. Even when the boat breaks up around us we cling stubbornly to small pieces of driftwood, trusting that we will be able to make landfall and survive the viciousness of the storm.

Where there is no risk there is no vision. Where there is no risk there is no growth. Our call is to build the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. We cannot accomplish that task sitting safely in the boat, swathed in the comfort of our life jackets, waiting for the storm to pass by.

Stop nitpicking about the details of change. Names, times for worship, and the color of paint have nothing whatsoever to do with the content of the message. The message is always about Jesus! Jesus. Calls us and equips us! Jesus. Died for us and lives again for us. It’s about eternal life.

Beloved, it is time to step out of the boat. That first step will be a doozy. We will have many moments of fear and failure. Often, we will call out, “Lord, save me!” Each time the compassionate hand of our Lord will bring us once again to safety.

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In his book, For a New Generation, Lee Kircher tells of a Pittsburgh steelworker laid off due to the closing of most of the city’s steel mills. When Kircher asked him what he intended to do for a living the thirty-something ex-steelworker replied, “I am not changing careers. My grandfather was a steelworker, my father was a steelworker, and I am a steelworker. I’m waiting for things to come back around.”

This ostrich-like mindset insists “I’ll just bury my head, ignore reality, and wait for things to come back to the way they were” is an attitude that is too often prevalent in the church. It is entirely too easy to ignore declining numbers, increased financial burdens, and aging and apathetic congregations.

As my years increase I too find it comfortable to look back at the glory days when church attendance was an accepted reality. In my neighborhood, a person who didn’t attend church on a somewhat regular basis was an anomaly; now the opposite is true. Those of us who make worship a regular part of our life are the exception. Depending on which statistics you read Americans participating in worship on a regular basis may be as low as 20% (

It is tempting to bemoan the state of the church and hope, with the unemployed steelworker, that “things will come back around.” Let’s be honest, it ain’t gonna happen just because we wish it.

The church can be revitalized!!! People can be attracted to our ministries and our pews can be full. Small groups can be the locus of a renewed ministry that invites, welcomes, and encourages new persons in faith. The halls can once again ring with the joyous laughter of children and young adults.

We all give lip service to the need for revitalization, but we have to do more, much more, than merely talk about church renewal. We need first, to change the way we think about and do church. Yes, we need to get a new mindset. Just because a specific ministry was successful fifty, or even twenty years ago, doesn’t guarantee the same result today. Five years ago, we had an average Sunday school attendance of around 100, today it is 60. There is no value in asking “what happened?” The question is what changes do we make that will attract people to Sunday school, or alternatively, to small group ministries. Complaining about what we have lost is of no value at all.

This church is at a crossroads. We can continue to look back and wait for things to turn around, or we can change our mind and our attitude, be open to doing ministry in new and challenging ways. We are aging and graying. In ten years few of us will be able to sustain the level of activity that we now enjoy. It is time for significant, transforming change.

Isaiah has something to say about change: “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (43:18-19a).

We are challenged to perceive the new things God is doing. Some changes will be uncomfortable. The music will be too loud and we won’t understand the lyrics. People may come to worship who don’t dress in a fashion that we deem appropriate. Youth ministry will not look the way it did thirty years ago. It is imperative that we recruit young families; our very existence is incumbent on this. Change is coming. Change is the new thing that God is doing.

With all my heart, I pray that you will embrace the new things God is doing. With all the passion that is in my being I pray that you will pray for the renewal of our church.

This is a good church. God is not finished with us. Please look forward in eager anticipation to the new things God is doing. The future is amazing in God’s plan.

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The stories coming out of Manchester, England are horrific. Scenes of children and young teens mutilated, bleeding, and dying because of irreconcilable hated are printed indelibly on our hearts and minds. Amidst the death and destruction however are also the stories and images of those daring individuals who ran into the fray; gathering children and helping them to find their parents, first responders who ran headlong into the chaos with the purpose of saving lives. I was recently reminded of a quote from Fred Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

In this scene of hate-filled destruction there is a message for those of us who dare to call ourselves Christian. The message is that we are called to go into the fight not run away. It is the role of those who claim the call of Christ to be the helpers who run into the melee, not away from it.

To put it into more theological terms we are called to be bearers of light. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor do we light a lamp and cover it. Rather, we boldly step into the madness with words of hope and actions of grace and mercy.

There is absolutely no excuse for the hatred that breeds random violence. Someone must stand for peace with justice. Someone needs to run into the fight and declare, “no more!” Of course, it is much more complicated than simply shouting “stop!” But the children of God are called to be bearers of light in the darkness of brutal hatred. To bear the name of Christ is much more than a title or a statement of church membership. We call Lord the one who claimed to be the light of the world. It is impossible to claim Jesus as Lord and hide behind a veneer of pious, meaningless platitudes.

The Prologue to the Gospel of John states: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it (John1:5). The only way to overcome the darkness that surrounds us is to run into the fight, not only proclaiming peace with justice; but practicing peace with justice.

One is forced to ask the question, “how?” How do we bear the light of Christ’s presence in the midst of mindless brutality? What does it mean to practice peace with justice?

Luke 10 may be helpful. Having been asked “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus turns the interrogator’s question back on him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” The response: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus commends the response: “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
This begs the unspoken question, “If you know this why aren’t you doing it?” Hence, the lawyer feels the need to justify himself by asking, “Who is my neighbor?”

The answer is well known as the parable of the Good Samaritan. The story requires little retelling. Briefly, a traveler is beaten, robbed, and left for dead. Passing by the scene both a priest and a Levite hurriedly rush by the injured traveler. It is a Samaritan, an outcast and outsider, who crosses the road, applies first aid, and transports the victim to a safe place.

This well known story addresses the “how?” The answer is both simple and complex. Simply put, it means crossing to the other side of the road and doing the practical acts that save lives. It becomes difficult when we are faced with the reality of stepping into harm’s way to help a stranger. We find it easy to support and love those who are like us, but the parable is about an age-old enemy who dares to step into unfamiliar territory and offer aid and comfort to a potential aggressor. We don’t excuse the atrocity. We rise above it.

Boldly crossing into the enemy’s camp is incarnating what Jesus meant when he proclaimed, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27). We would like to be able to spiritualize that saying away. It isn’t practical. It isn’t safe. No, it isn’t practical and it isn’t safe. It is however the way of the cross. Sorry folks, but it is time to stop memorizing scripture without living it. It is time to examine the life of Jesus as it was actually lived; not as we wish it could be. If we can do this honestly, we find a teacher who was unafraid of his enemies and in fact, put himself in harm’s way when it could easily have been avoided. To bear the “light” is to walk into harm’s way to practice love for an enemy. Again, we do not excuse the atrocity. We rise above it.

This speaks to the phrase used above “peace with justice”. A form of peace can be enforced. It is possible to legislate or impose peace. The “Pax Romana,” the peace of Rome, is an example. The peace of Rome was enforced by the sword. As long as one obeyed the laws, paid taxes, and worshipped the emperor all was well. This may be peace, but it is not peace with justice.

Peace with justice is the peace that comes from loving God and neighbor. Peace with justice has to do with treating others better than they deserve. It is a far cry from the peace of Rome which is brutally enforced by martial law. Peace with justice is daring to cross to the other side of the road when the safe thing to do is keep moving. Peace with justice is comforting a frightened child or dressing an enemy’s wounds. Peace with justice rejects revenge in favor of reconciliation.

I would not presume to have the answer to the violence that plagues the world in which we live. Far better minds than mine have failed horribly at the task. One can however, be assured that violence begets violence, vengeance opens the door to greater atrocities. How naïve to proclaim, “all we need is love” but we need the light that overcomes the darkness. The light is found in running into the fight, not away from it. We run into the fight incarnating patience, justice, and mercy.

“In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

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I was recently in a denominational meeting where a major decision was to be made involving leadership and direction. The process leading to this conference had lasted for two years and at times been controversial and conflicted. During the meeting difficult, pointed questions were asked. The committee making the recommendation was challenged at various points as to process and outcome. At the end of the day a vote was taken and a decision was made.

Here’s the point I want to share with you. During this five hour meeting, there were no raised voices, no accusatory statements, no name calling, or derogatory remarks. In short, it was a difficult decision reached through prayer, compassion, and genuine love for one another. As I traveled home I reflected on the dynamics of that meeting and celebrated the fact that all though the decision ultimately reached was not unanimous; it was accepted and affirmed by all present.

I have a colleague who is a pastor in a conflicted and difficult parish. She has made every effort to resolve the issues and attempt to be a loving shepherd amid overt hostility. Ultimately, spiritually, emotionally, and physically exhausted she chose to resign. Quietly stating that she will probably never pastor again.

My heart breaks for communities of faith that sacrifice the love of Christ on the altar of selfishness and parochialism. I shed genuine tears for pastors who are caught up in loveless churches, who cannot see beyond themselves to recognize the kingdom of God in their midst.

Seminary enrollments are down, more churches close each year than open. Across many denominations there is a shortage of pastors. But still we choose to fight, hanging on to what we determine to be our “rights” rather than the kingdom principles of love, compassion, and grace. I wonder if God weeps over our brokenness, stubbornness, and just plain sinfulness. We should weep over the destruction we wreak on the kingdom of God.

As the first example indicates we can love, respect, and treat each other with dignity even when we disagree. We can reason it out in grace, not anger.

“Come, let us reason together” that’s what God says.

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In writing to the church at Philippi Paul begins with a prayer for the congregation, “I thank my God,” the prayer opens, “every time I remember you…” (3:1).

I want to take a moment and affirm to each one of you that I thank God for you every time you come to mind. It is difficult to be a leader in the church today. The church no longer holds a position of prestige in the community. In fact, it seems that more often than not the church is the scapegoat for all of peoples’ disappointments and frustrations.

Declining attendance, the closing of many houses of worship, and the failure of many new church starts to succeed makes it difficult to cast vision and dream the dreams of God.

However, I want to say, “thank you.” Thank you to all of you who freely offer your time to serve the church, often in unseen roles of quiet service. “Thank you” to those who continually lift your pastor and church staff up in prayer. “Thank you” to all of you who teach Sunday school, lead a small group, set up tables and chairs for special events, serve in the food pantry, provide special music, usher, make coffee, unlock the doors, take care of the building and grounds, prepare meals for children on Sunday evening, drive the van, pick up the trash, or any one of the myriad other tasks that are required to keep the ministries of the church functioning.

It is easy to sit back and criticize those who lead the church. The ugly words “clique” and “elite” get bandied about freely by those who do not step up and share in the tasks of ministry. To those who hide behind these words I want to challenge you to take a risk and actively join one of the “cliques” that you so gleefully condemn. When you make that effort, you will quickly discover that there are no such things as “cliques”. Ministry is open to everyone who chooses to be engaged. It is only a “clique” because we have refused to be involved.

This is an outstanding church! You need to know that. Many churches and pastors are suffering terribly because Christian people have forgotten whose church it is. Churches split; pastors are sacrificed because we have taken our eyes off Jesus and determined that it is “my” church. Guess what? It’s not your church. It’s not my church. It is Christ’s church. Anything that takes the focus away from Christ and places it on human endeavor is heresy.

You need to know something else. Your pastor loves you! Your pastor walks with feet of clay and thus is vulnerable to the same temptations and failures that plague you. Your pastor falls, makes mistakes, gets frustrated, and sometimes lets you down. But know this, your pastor loves you! “I thank my God every time I remember you…”

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For You I am Praying

I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone (1 Timothy 2:1).

There are sound reasons why I constantly remind you to pray for one another. The first of those reasons is that it is a biblical mandate. Prayer is not an optional task that we perform only on special occasions. Prayer is a fact of spiritual life. We cannot remain in Christ without the discipline of prayer. Jesus reminded his disciples that they cannot survive without being connected to him. The connecting tissue is the practice of prayer.

The second reason that I continue to push you in the practice of prayer is for the health of Christ’s body, the church. Before he went to the cross Jesus prayed for the unity of those he was leaving behind: protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one (John 17:11). When the people of God pray for one another there is unity and spiritual maturity in the body of Christ. The lack of prayer is equally obvious.

The words of Paul to Timothy call us to make supplications, intercessions and thanksgivings for everyone. The work of intercession is crucial to our personal spiritual development. It is critical to the life of the body of Christ.

In his book, Life Together Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes concerning intercession: “A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. There is no dislike, no personal tension, no estrangement that cannot be overcome by intercession . . .Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual and the fellowship must enter every day.”

As a first step in intercessory prayer I want to renew the challenge to each of you to find a prayer partner. When you establish a relationship with a prayer partner you will begin the practice of intercessory prayer. You will intercede for specific requests and in turn your prayer partner will intercede for you. It is a practical method of learning this form of prayer which will strengthen your personal relationship with God and with at least one other person.

Intercession is often defined as representing another person to God. It may be better understood as seeing the other person as God sees them. When we learn to see one another through God’s eyes we will find ourselves much less judgmental, a great deal more patient and understanding. When we see the other as God sees them forgiveness will be a matter of fact, not a legalistic task that we simply must perform.

When we pray in community we will experience both personal and corporate growth. It cannot be otherwise. We neglect the discipline of intercessory prayer to the detriment of our spiritual growth and the demise of the Christ’s body.

The old hymn states it quite simply: “For you I am praying, For you I am praying, For you I am praying, I’m praying for you.”

Below are five suggestions for establishing a prayer partner relationship.

1. Invite someone to join you in a mutual prayer journey.
2. Meet regularly. Once per week is preferable. You may meet in person or by phone.
3. Share what is happening in your life, at work or at home. Joys and concerns.
4. Maintain absolute confidentiality.
5. At the close of each session ask the question, “How can I pray for you?” As you become comfortable pray aloud for each other.

Prayer doesn’t change things. Prayer changes me. As I am transformed each day more fully into the image of Christ, my relationships are transformed, my thoughts become more fully the thoughts of Christ. Home life, work challenges, and social interactions are all transformed because of the practice of prayer. Ultimately, the body of Christ is transformed as each of us take seriously the requirement to pray daily for one another.

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Shhhh! God’s Talking

“Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand
Keep me safe till the storm passes by”

This morning I read a devotional taken from James 1:2-3 which declares: My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance;

This thought is echoed in 1 Peter 1:6-7: for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire.

If we are honest few of us would agree with James that we consider it joy to go through trials; or with Peter that we enjoy our faith being tested by fire. However, we must admit that testing is part of the human experience and try as we might cannot be avoided.

When we walk through the storm it is easy to forget the promises and presence of God. The storms often seem overwhelming; the problems insurmountable; the outcome despair and failure.

The prophet Elijah became so discouraged that he asked God to take his life (1 Kings 19:4). Rather than take his life God provided him with food, water, and rest to face the next challenge. Elijah’s work was not done. The current crisis would pass and Elijah would continue to do the work that God had called him to complete.

When the prophet arrived at his destination he was met with a physical storm of cataclysmic proportions; wind, earthquake and fire shook the place where he stood with a force so powerful even rocks were violently broken apart. But the Lord was not in the violence of the storm. It was when the storm passed by that the prophet heard the voice of God in the sound of sheer silence (1 Kings 19:12).

The wisdom and beauty of the contemplative life is that the contemplative waits in silence for the voice of God. The meditative life is one in which one is not intimidated by the sound and fury of the storm, but rather waits in silence for the voice of God. Sometimes the storm is so loud, so furious that God’s voice is drowned out by the cacophony of angry words and volatile tempers. In those explosive encounters the contemplative heart relies on the peace and presence of God regardless of the violence of the raging storm.

Those of quiet spirit and gentle heart understand the words of Isaiah: For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Do not fear, I will help you (41:13).

Storms may be intense, frightening; they may challenge the very faith we profess. But they don’t last forever. When the storm passes by. . .be still and listen. . .God is speaking.

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Prayers for You

Jesus’ words to his disciples on the evening of the Resurrection Day were, “Peace be with you.” As you read this my prayer for each of you is that the peace of God be with you. As you receive God’s peace I trust that you will pass God’s peace to another person.

A second time Jesus said, “Peace be with you.” But this time he followed it with the command, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When we have received the peace of God it is a requirement that we go forward to share that peace.

I pray that each of you will experience the peace of God, that your lives will be blessed by the presence of God and guided by the work of the Holy Spirit. It is my honor to pray for each of you.

The Lord bless you and keep you the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

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