Greetings, Friends. Yes, the 2016 election is now history. Amazingly enough, also very historical. Franklin Graham led the charge to prayer with the 2016 Decision America Tour. We saw hundreds of thousands of men, women, boys and girls of all ages and races join hands and hearts to pray for our nation. We must keep on praying. We cannot give up praying for ourselves, our families, our neighbors and our leaders. We must learn to be good listeners for God’s voice. This happens only when we give Him time and attention. During the Thanksgiving vacation, you might have a bit of extra time for God. Don’t waste it. Here are four things we can do:
Are you tired of plodding through life? Like a plane on ‘automatic pilot,’ our prayers can be repetitive, predictable and even humdrum as we go through the motions. Do you ever wonder if God really hears your prayers? The remedy could be as simple as admitting un-confessed sin. Think about how it felt when you first found out how much God loved you! It’s good to be reminded of His presence protecting us even when we were not seeking Him. 3 John 1:9 says, “We love because he first loved us.”
I can’t wait for you to experience God showing you more of His power and presence. I am very excited to announce that my new book, Experiencing God Through His Names, will release at the end of this month at the annual CBA/ICRS in Cincinnati, OH.
Did you know you can order your own signed autographed copy of Experiencing God Through His Names before the book drops? Send an email here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is my prayer that you and I will journey together in study and fellowship as we get to know God in this way.
I have just returned from a mission trip to one of the poorest countries in the world – Africa. Extreme poverty is defined as living on $1.25 or less a day. Almost one in three people in sub-Saharan Africa go hungry, far higher than any other region in the world, with the exception of South Asia. Yet, in many ways Africans are wealthier than the late billionaire Steve Jobs. And the people’s contentment has nothing do with whether or not their stomach is full. On the contrary, their satisfaction has to do with their focus and attitude toward their Creator.
I’ve got remember to tell Paul, I thought. My daughter-in-law Megan’s face glowed, was great with child, in her last trimester. I listened intently as she excitedly explained the preparations for the baby’s birth. And then it dawned on me, oh yeah, Paul isn’t here; he’s in heaven with Jesus. October 17, 2009 was the day Paul was promoted to heaven, the day everything changed.
Today would have been Pastor Paul’s 59th birthday. How will I remember his life on this, another one of his birthdays? It’s the anniversary of the birth of Pastor Paul Giesbrecht. I’ve decided to spend the rest of my life remembering.
Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you for your support of my spring Africa trip to Kenya. We count on your prayers, so here are a few specific details about how to pray for Chosen Women: Training African Women for Life, Business and Ministry with Marnie Swedberg and Sharon Hurkens.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:3-4
Oh, I am so confused. I wonder what I need to do next. I thought I had a plan. I had figured out my purpose, which is supposed to keep me on track, but now something else seems more
With my coffee mug in hand and Bible in my lap, I’d been praying circles around family issues. All of a sudden, the sunrise interrupted my pathetic prayers announcing its entrance as warm hues of orange, pink, and red
I love sharing scriptural prayer helps. Here’s a wonderful prayer covenant from Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth.
Let’s pray it this prayer over ourselves, our families, our friends, neighbors and even our enemies.
Psalm 91 Prayer Covenant
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