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

     The incident is probably near the end of Paul’s ministry at Ephesus. A great disturbance arises concerning the Way. The gospel’s continued spread throughout Asia, not just Paul’s witness, is at issue here. Christianity is a way of life, a new belief system with a new Lord at the center, and a new set of mores and behavior patterns—in short, a new culture. Because every culture survives through the dynamic of coercive conformity, the presence of a new way, which claims to be “the Way,” will by definition create a disturbance.

     At the very center of each culture is a religion, whether sacred or secular, expressed in a set of myths of origin, power and destiny. These in turn spawn the culture’s worldview, which generates social structures and behavior patterns. Paul’s message here shakes Ephesian, indeed Greco-Roman, culture to its very core by showing one of its religious power centers, the Artemis cult, for what it is: nothing. In that sense it does mean the death of the culture, as it does for any culture today with its gods, whether they be a traditional pantheon of tribal deities or the media and educational icons of secular humanism.

     To have such divine majesty torn down would be quite a feat. Yet from what Demetrius has seen of the mighty advance of a gospel of repentance from vain idols, it is “a clear and present danger.”

     Demetrius’s appeal to economic, patriotic and religious motives for a defense of paganism against the gospel shows how interrelated are these cultural aspects. Any Christianity worth its salt will be a challenge to the pocketbook, the flag and the shrine.

     Paul again balances prudence and bravery, and so should all witnesses for Christ. When the church body functions with Spirit-endowed wisdom, there is a good source of guidance. There may be times when Spirit-directed personal conviction will override the church’s counsel, but the church’s word must always be received gratefully.

     A Clerk’s Clear Thinking (19: 35-41) The city clerk quieted the crowd. He is the head of the city executive, the annually elected chief administrative assistant to the magistrates. He also serves as liaison to the Roman authorities. Three assertions by the clerk show that the assembly is unnecessary, a fourth that it is positively dangerous to this free city’s well-being: (1) The Ephesians’ reputation as guardians of the temple and image of Artemis is safe. (2) These Christians’ reputations are unsullied. (3) The crowd can have recourse before regular courts and legislature. (4) The crowd is in danger of coming under the charge of rioting without cause.

William J. Larkin Jr., Acts, p. 280-285 (1995)

Sunday, March 24, 2019                                            
PRAYER TIME ALONE WITH GOD

Beloved Lord God – The Holy Spirit through… Acts 19: 23-41

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 Grant & Lindsay Morgan in Sweden.

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

×        Scripture Following Acts– I Corinthians 8: 1-13

×        Lectio – Amen – I Peter 4: 11

×        Acts – Acts 20: 1

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

 

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 Following Acts – I Corinthians 9: 1-27

×        Lectio – The Creation – Psalm 104: 19, 20

×        Acts – Acts 20: 2, 3

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, we are your servants.

 

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 Following Acts – I Corinthians 10: 1-33

×        Lectio–God, the Healer–Fruit of Holy Spirit—To Agape – John 15: 17

×        Acts – Acts 20: 4-6

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

×        Pray for the High School graduates of WLCF.  This week pray for Courney Evans (Braun), 2013 graduate.

×      WLCF Prayer Time for today – Karen Lathrop and Laurel Lewis 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 Following Acts – I Corinthians 11: 1-34

×        Lectio – God’s Guidance – I Corinthians 11: 30, 31

×        Acts – Acts 20: 7

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

 

FRIDAY

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

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

§       Intercession–Lincoln Park Community Church, Pastor Bill Ness in Duluth, MN.

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

×        Scripture Following Acts – I Corinthians 12: 1-31

×        Lectio – Gospel of Matthew – Matthew 26: 47

×        Acts – Acts 20: 8, 9

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

 

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).

×        Scripture Following Acts – I Corinthians 13: 1-13

×        Lectio – I Timothy 6: 11

×        Acts – Acts 20: 10

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

×        Scripture Following Acts – I Corinthians 14: 1-40

×        Lectio –  All About God – Genesis 26: 12

×        Acts – Acts 20: 11, 12

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, we are your Church Body.