Missions and Missionaries

(Please pray for these Servants)

Jeff and Barb Chapman and family in Japan.

The Adamsons in the Ivory Coast.

Mark and Rachel Bermenderfer serving with TEL-China.

Jim and Cathy Fry and family and “Miracles can Happen Boys Ranch.”

Choices in Iowa City.

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Todd and Pamela Price and family in Bosnia.

Stacey Georgopulous with Intervarsity, NEIU on Chicago’s North side.

Allen and Joy Ann Goddard in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Aaron Strumpel in Louisville, Colorado.

David and Beth Robert in Argentina.

David and Claire in Europe.

Monica Padilla Trueman – Colorado Christian Services.

Kristi Brown with Cru in China.

 

 

Standing in the Gap

(Please pray for these Service Men)

Jeff Rothermel

Tom Tharp

Randy Snider

Kris Thoreson

Aaron Cornwall

Daniel Meyer

Corey Johnston

Luke Downey

Josh Meade

Scott Reynolds


Time Alone With God     

     What would convince a charismatic that the cerebral theological discourses that pass for sermons in emotionless orthodoxy can call people to genuine faith? What would convince those in a formal tradition that the faith of those who have responded to emotionally charged charismatic preaching is authentic?

     How Peter convinced Jerusalem church members who had been prejudiced against uncircumcised Gentiles becomes a model for us as we seek to sort through claims to God’s working which challenge our biases.

     Peter Encounters Criticism. The conversion of Cornelius’s household was a truly momentous event: the Gentiles also had received the word of God. The gospel had decisively crossed its last cultural threshold. The scope and level of the reporting also shows the import of this milestone. The church throughout Judea, even the apostles, head about it.

     From the content of Peter’s report we learn again that the real hero of the Cornelius conversion narrative is God, “the gracious prodding in the midst of human distinctions and partiality between persons.” Where distinctions born of racial, ethnic, class or gender prejudice stand as obstacles to the advance of the gospel, we can be sure that God will prod us to eliminate them.

     What then should convince us that God is at work even in ways that cut across the grain of our prejudices? A plain hearing of the facts and their interpretation, judged by the promises of God’s Word, is where we start. And when we keep in mind that salvation begins with the gift of repentance, our prejudices, which will always demand that the outsider meet certain performance standards, will melt away. In their place will come wonder and praise to God that his salvation has touched people whom we, left to ourselves, would not.

William J. Larkin Jr., Acts, p. 170, 172, 174

     From his hour dates the division in the Christian church; one party, the Judaizing faction, putting the rite of circumcision above the spiritual significance of the rite, the other accepting the teaching of God’s Spirit, and conferring baptism upon and extending Christian fellowship to the uncircumcised. In different forms the contest has reappeared in the Christian church whenever the external forms have been put above the inward spirit of religion. It is a noteworthy fact that, notwithstanding Peter was the first to extend Christian fellowship to the Gentiles, he subsequently drew back.

Lyman Abbott, An Illustrated Commentary on the Acts of the

Sunday, September 16, 2018                             Apostles, p. 132
PRAYER TIME ALONE WITH GOD

Beloved Lord God – Jesus and the Holy Spirit in Acts – Acts 11: 1-18

Select a day to fast from something unto the Lord.

Be sure to practice – Sabbath Rest (A Day).

MONDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession.  Clearing out.  Adoration, praise and worship.

×        Intercession – Salvation. Revival. The Men.  The Overseer/Vision Team.

×        Converge Worldwide Missionaries – All Converge Worldwide personnel need prayer in seven key life spheres: Emotional needs, Physical needs, Relationships with coworkers, Effective ministry, Family life, Relationship with God, Community relationships. Pray for Missionaries Drew and Sarah R with Global Partners.

×        Petition–Self–Purity before God. Blessed are the pure in heart. (Mt. 5:8).

×        Scripture Reading– Ezekiel 34: 7, 8

×        Lectio – Amen – I Corinthians 14: 16

×        The Acts – Acts 11: 19, 20

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, thank you for accepting us all.

 

TUESDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession.  Clearing out. Adoration, praise and worship.

×        Intercession – The pouring out of the Holy Spirit and for each of us to grow in Christlikeness.  WLCF – Outreach & ministry to the youth, parents, children, Nursery, Children’s Sunday School, families,  Sunday school teachers, VBS ministry, CYG ministry, Pine Lake  ministry,  Teacher Oversight Team.

×        Petition – Self – Experience the Real Presence of God. Blessed-…they shall see God (Mt. 5:8).

×        Scripture Reading– Ezekiel 34: 9, 10

×        Lectio – The Creation – Psalm 103: 7

×        The Acts Acts 11: 21, 22

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, thank you that you change us.

 

WEDNESDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession.  Clearing out.  Adoration, praise and worship.

×        Intercession – God’s healing touch to those around you (by name) – physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, ethically, morally, spiritually, relationally, societally, holistic healing.  Healer/ Deliverer Team.

×        Petition – Self –Fall deeply in love with God. First love, Passion.(Mk. 12:28-31).

×        Scripture Reading – Ezekiel 34: 7-10

×        Lectio–God, the Healer–Fruit of Holy Spirit—To Agape – Luke 11: 43

×        The Acts – Acts 11: 23, 24

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, thank you for your salvation.

×        Pray for the High School graduates of WLCF.  This week pray for Cathy Lambert, 2005 graduate.

×      WLCF Prayer Time for today – Clint Melick and Brenda Miller and families.


THURSDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession. Clearing out. Adoration, praise and worship.

×        Intercession – Revival.  Devotion to God at WLCF.  The women.  The communities we represent.  This Body of Christ – Staff –Pastor Mario Padilla, Breann Brown and all ministries. The Servant Oversight Team.

×        Petition –Self – Power – The Power of God to flow through us. (Ac. 1:8).

×        Scripture Reading – Ezekiel 34: 11

×        Lectio – God’s Guidance – I Corinthians 10: 10

×        The Acts – Acts 11: 25, 26

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, you are our Savior.

 

FRIDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession.  Clearing out.  Adoration, praise and worship.

§       Intercession–Hope Fellowship, Pastor Josh Underbakke, Ramsey, MN.

×        Petition – Self – Fill us with your Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18).

×        Scripture Reading – Ezekiel 34: 12

×        Lectio – Gospel of Matthew – Matthew 26: 18, 19

×        The Acts – Acts 11: 27, 28

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, you are our Lord.

 

 

SATURDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession.  Clearing out.  Adoration, praise and worship.

×        Intercession – Victory in our spiritual warfare. WLCF – Unity, Purity, Presence,

×        Passion, Power, Revival. Converge Worldwide – Scott Ridout.

×        PLCC – Mary Jo Lituiller, Roger Sutton, Diana Goodell. The Deacon Team.

×        Petition – Self – Seek God first (Mt. 6:33).

×        Lectio – I Timothy 5: 9, 10

×        The Acts – Acts 11: 29, 30

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, you are our Teacher.

 

SUNDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession.  Clearing out.  Adoration, praise and worship.

×        Intercession – God’s presence and the outpouring release of His Holy Spirit on us today.  Pastor Mario, Revival here at WLCF today. Revival of Christianity across the world. The Herald Oversight Team.

×        Petition – Self – Encounter God.  Hear His voice today! Open our eyes, ears, heart and mind to God, to Jesus.

×        Lectio –  All About God – Genesis 24: 2, 3

×        The Acts – Galatians 3: 11

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, the ground is level at the Cross.