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   

            God finds each of us as helpless as this man. The good news is that he desires to grant each of us life, not necessarily mere healing in this life, but eternal life beginning now.

            To be able to walk and carry his mat after thirty-eight years meant he received not just healing from his illness, but also strength and muscle tone. “Just as the thirty-eight years prove the gravity of the disease, so the carrying of the bed and the walking prove the completeness of the cure”. How gracious God is! In the power and the grace revealed in this healing we see the glory of God shining brightly.

            The opponents ask, Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk? On one level they are simply asking for his name. But on another level this question epitomizes their basic problem: nothing that Jesus does makes godly sense to them because they do not know who he is. The major question of this Gospel is Who is this fellow? One’s answer to that question makes the difference between eternal life and death.

            Jesus’ deeds, beginning with the miracle at the wedding in Cana, have revealed the glory of God, his gracious love. Thus they provide the evidence for Jesus’ assertion that his Father is working and he is working. The gratuity of God’s love becomes more evident each time he expresses favor to increasingly less-worthy recipients until it is seen clearly in Jesus’ healing of a man who, having been healed, betrays him. The rejection of Jesus by the invalid echoes the rejection by the opponents in that they themselves have been graciously offered divine revelation in Jesus. Instead of accepting that which is graciously offered them by Jesus, the opponents seek to kill him. Thus 5: 1-18 is pivotal because it brings to a climax the revelation of grace that began in these initial stories and because it also triggers the opponents’ hostility, which in turn leads to Jesus’ death, the supreme revelation of this same gracious love.

            The work Jesus sees the Father doing and the work he himself does is characterized by gratuitous love. But the opponents fail to recognize this divine love in Jesus and thereby show the depth of their alienation from God. Their rejection of Jesus, who reveals the Father, shows that they have never heard nor seen God, or else they would have recognized him in his Son. They are utterly unlike their gracious God who is revealed in Jesus. As Jesus himself says in what follows, “I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts”. They have grasped something of Jesus’ claim, but they reject it.

Rodney A. Whitacre, John, p. 120f, 124, 126

Sunday, February 16, 2020                                                                                                                                        

PRAYER TIME ALONE WITH GOD

Beloved Lord God – Gospel of John – John 5: 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 Ruth & Scott Miller in Canada.

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

                    Scripture Reading – Ezekiel 44: 1, 2

                    Lectio – Mystery – Revelation 17: 5

                    Message – John 5: 16-18

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

 

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 44: 3

                    Lectio – The Creation – Psalm 105: 42, 43

                    Message – John 5: 19, 20

                    Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, you are the Beloved Son of God!

                     

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 44: 1-3

                    Lectio–God, the Healer–Fruit of Holy Spirit—To Agape – I Peter 2: 17

                    Message – John 5: 21

                    Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, You give us Life!

     Pray for the High School graduates of WLCF.  This week pray for Bridgette Neider (Kirkpatrick), 1998 graduate.

        WLCF Prayer Time for today –Tonyia Polman and Hugo Ramos 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 44: 4

                    Lectio – God’s Guidance – I Corinthians 15: 9

                    Message – John 5: 22, 23

                    Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, You are the Judge!

 

FRIDAY

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

                    Confession.  Clearing out.  Adoration, praise and worship.

                      Intercession– Prairie Lakes Church, Pastor John Fuller, Osage, IA.

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

                    Scripture Reading – Ezekiel 44: 5

                    Lectio – Gospel of Matthew – Matthew 27: 43, 44

                    Message – John 5: 24, 25

                    Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, You give Eternal Life!

 

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, Cathy Sutton, Shane DaHean. The Deacon Team.

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

                    Lectio – II Timothy 3: 2-5

                    Message – John 5: 26, 27

                    Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, You have Life in Yourself!

 

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 32: 9, 10

                    Message – John 5: 28-30

                    Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, You Judge All!