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

     Acts records the expansion of Christianity among the Gentiles, but it also records pari passu the rejection of the same message by the majority of the Jews. This is the last instance of such a rejection recorded in the book, and this instance is therefore brought to a fitting conclusion by the quotation of one of the oldest Christian ‘testimonies’ from the OT – the passage from Isa. 6:9 f. in which Isiah, on his call to the prophetic ministry, was warned not to expect a favourable response from the people. The effect of his ministry, divinely ordained though it was, would be but to make the deaf still more deaf (there are none so deaf as those who will not hear), to make the blind still more blind (there are none so blind as those who will not see). The early Christian use of this passage as the OT adumbration of the general Jewish refusal to obey the gospel had the highest authority; the words were quoted in this sense by our Lord Himself, as the Synoptic Gospels and the Fourth Gospel alike testify.

     During this period the gospel was proclaimed freely in Rome through the lips of its chief messenger. The apologetic value of this fact was considerable. It is unlikely, Luke means to suggest, that if the gospel were illegal and subversive propaganda, it could have been taught for two years in the heart of the empire without let or hindrance, and that by a Roman citizen who had appealed to Caesar and was waiting under guard for his case to be heard. The authorities must have known what he was doing all the time, and yet they put no obstacle in his way. On this triumphant note, then, Acts is brought to an end. The kingdom of God and the story of Jesus are openly proclaimed and taught in Rome itself, under the complacent eye of imperial authority. “The victory of the word of God: Paul at Rome, the culmination of the gospel, the conclusion of Acts…. It began at Jerusalem; it finishes at Rome. Here, O church, thou hast thy pattern; it is thy duty to keep it, and to guard thy deposit.”

F. F. Bruce, Commentary On The Book of Acts, p. 533, 538f

     With all confidence, unforbidden. Yet not without a hungering desire for human sympathy, so characteristic of Paul’s royally endowed nature. The secret source of this confidence he has imparted in his Epistle of the Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Thus the Book of Acts, exemplifying Christian truth in action, fittingly closes with an account of the fulfillment of that promise of our Lord, which constitutes the close of the first Gospel, “So I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

Lyman Abbott, An Illustrated Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles, p. 262 (1876)

Sunday, August 18, 2019


 

PRAYER TIME ALONE WITH GOD

Beloved Lord God – Your Holy Spirit through… Acts 28: 23-31

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 Steve & Nopaluck Cable in Thailand.

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

×        Scripture Reading – Ezekiel 39: 12, 13

×        Lectio – Mystery – Matthew 4: 11

×        Acts – I Timothy 4: 1, 2

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, your will be done.

 

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 39: 14

×        Lectio – The Creation – Psalm 105: 4

×        Acts – I Timothy 4: 3

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

 

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 39: 12-14

×        Lectio–God, the Healer–Fruit of Holy Spirit—To Agape – Galatians 2: 20

×        Acts – I Timothy 4: 4, 5

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

×        Pray for the High School graduates of WLCF.  This week pray for Sydni Dalton, 2019 graduate.

×      WLCF Prayer Time for today – Donna Behlke and Jim Blair 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 39: 15, 16

×        Lectio – God’s Guidance – I Corinthians 13: 4, 5

×        Acts – I Timothy 4: 6

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

 

FRIDAY

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

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

§       Intercession–New Genesis Baptist Church, Pastor Stephano Hodge, Minneapolis, MN.

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

×        Scripture Reading – Ezekiel 39: 17

×        Lectio – Gospel of Matthew – Matthew 27: 1, 2

×        Acts – I Timothy 4: 7, 8

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

 

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 1: 13, 14

×        Acts – II Timothy 4: 6, 7

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

 

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 29: 35

×        Acts – II Timothy 4: 8

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, yours the Victory.