Pray for Wisdom and Understanding

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Luke 24:45

45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.


Since we have been talking about prayer and the Bible and trying to focus on these disciplines as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ I thought this verse was very pertinent for us. This verse popped out this morning as I was reading in Luke and is a great bridge to our understanding of prayer and understanding God’s Word.

For many of us scripture can be totally foreign and difficult. In fact some passages are very deep. We must understand that God is key to unlocking scripture.

HE alone can reveal all scripture to us. So that we may continue to grow in our understanding of the scriptures.

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to…

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Brainstormed Ideas for Empowering Stewardship among Young Adults

Generous Stewards of God's Grace

1. Know who young adults are. Pay attention to them. Ask. Listen. Be willing to change, do differently
2. What motivates young adults?
3. Do we acknowledge “first gift”/commitment?
4. What is the mission of the church? How are resources devoted to achieving the mission?
5. Jesus did not ask for $ too often but did tell “stewardship stories”
6. “Pledging” versus “unpledged giving:” Is weekly offering out of sync with reality? Is “proportional giving” as a statement of faith more relevant?
7. Language of stewardship shift to thankfulness, gratitude
8. “Pledge” as promise? (Use word “promise” instead)
9. How does your gift make a difference? Tell the stories of impact each Sunday!
10. Ask questions about how young adults are in ministry, then tell the story using various media
11. Establish Stewardship Award
12. Work with other institutions / agencies / groups to promote stewardship
13. Promote stewardship as…

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Products Of His Great Love

Reaching the World with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him– 1 John 4:9

Think about it: God so loved you that He sent Jesus, His precious Son, to die in your place. His love pulled you out of darkness into His marvellous light where you reign and rule in life as a king. Now, nothing can separate you from that love (Romans 8:35-39), not even sin: “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin’s dominion) through His [resurrection] life” (Romans 5:10 AMP).

God loves you more than you can ever imagine! He never looks out for your faults. Rather, He follows you with His…

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Will You Wrestle with God?

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Will You Wrestle with God?

Jon Bloom / February 12, 2016
Will You Wrestle with God?What do you really need from God right now? What blessing do you want from him? How badly do you want it?

There are times when God only releases his blessings on us after a season of prolonged and even painful wrestling with him.

The Strangest Wrestling Match in History

In Genesis 32, Jacob is on his way back home to Canaan with his small tribe of wives and children after a 20-year sojourn in Paddan-aram. And he is scared to death, because his estranged brother, Esau, is coming to meet him — with 400 men (Genesis 32:6). This is no welcome party; it’s an army.

So after splitting up his household into two camps to try and avoid complete annihilation, Jacob, understandably suffering insomnia, intends to spend the night alone — no doubt in desperate prayer.

But a strange man…

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Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by: Priscilla Shirer

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Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic PrayerFervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Praying fervently is gearing up to do battle. Prayer works as an offense and a defense. Prayer releases all your external resources.

Before I go into what I like about this book, I want to express my concerns. Shirer is passionate about prayer and how as Christians we can underestimate what Satan can do. I do not dispute that, however, it can be too easy to say The devil made me do it. I don’t think that is what she is saying because her book is all about strategy It can be easy for us to lose sight on the purpose of prayer when we talk about strategy. Is what she saying something to look at. Yes! It is an expose of how we can lose our…

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