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 prevailing philosophies of the West’s post-Christian era—secular humanism’s scientific empiricism and the New Age pantheistic type of postmodernism—are remarkably similar to the Epicureanism and Stoicism Paul encountered at Athens. Paul’s speech becomes a model for how to witness to the educated post-Christian mind, even as it spoke to Theophilus and his fellow seekers with their first-century pre-Christian minds.

     Epicureans, atomic materialists, viewed reality as an endless chance combining and dispersion of atoms. They would find the concept of bodily resurrection laughable. The Stoics, materialist pantheists, identified the divine as the principle of reason pervading all and, in the form of fate, governing all. Because of either their cyclic eschatology (belief that there were periodic conflagrations of the universe after which history simply repeated itself) or their later adoption of the Platonic concept of the soul’s immorality, they could not conceive of resurrection.

Results: Mockery, Curiosity, Faith (17:32-34) For the Greeks, and especially the Epicureans, resurrections simply didn’t happen.

     No wonder some Areopagus members, especially Epicureans who saw death as merely a dispersal of atoms, respond to Paul with mockery. And modern empiricists respond to such incredible claims in the same way.

     The Stoics seem to respond to Paul with jaded curiosity: We want to hear you again on this subject. Though at other times during his missionary witness Paul was able to capitalize on people’s genuine curiosity, Luke does not tell us whether Paul ever had opportunity to take the Areopagites up on their request.

     Procrastination leaves people in their unrepentant state, facing only certain judgment. They must embrace the Savior now if they are to be rescued from wrath later, when he comes to Judge. Postmoderns who delay commitment must watch out lest they procrastinate all the way to the judgment seat of Christ.

William J. Larkin Jr., Acts, p. 251, 253, 260f (1995)

    

Athens, although she had long since lost her political eminence of an earlier day, continued to represent the highest level of culture attained in classical antiquity. The sculpture, literature and oratory of Athens in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. have, indeed, never been surpassed. In philosophy, too, she occupied the leading place, being the native city of Socrates and Plato, and the adopted home of Aristotle, Epicurus and Zeno. In all these fields Athens retained unchallenged prestige, and her political glory as the cradle of democracy was not completely dimmed.

F. F. Bruce, The Book of The Acts p. 348 (1977)

Sunday, February 17, 2019                                              
PRAYER TIME ALONE WITH GOD

Beloved Lord God – The Holy Spirit through… Acts 17: 16-34

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 Jeff & Barbara Chapman in Japan.

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

×        Scripture Reading– Ezekiel 37: 18, 19

×        Lectio – Amen – Philemon 25

×        Acts – Acts 18: 1-4

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

 

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 37: 20, 21

×        Lectio – The Creation – Psalm 104: 10, 11

×        Acts – Acts 18: 5, 6

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, we need you to guide 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 37: 18-21

×        Lectio–God, the Healer–Fruit of Holy Spirit—To Agape – John 14: 31

×        Acts – Acts 18: 7, 8

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

×        Pray for the High School graduates of WLCF.  This week pray for Samantha (Smith) Buchheit, 2011 graduate.

×      WLCF Prayer Time for today – Tony Giamba and Charlie Goodloe 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 37: 22

×        Lectio – God’s Guidance – I Corinthians 11: 23, 24

×        Acts – Acts 18: 9-11

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

 

FRIDAY

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

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

§       Intercession–Laotian Church of Peace, Pastor Phou Littana, Minneapolis, MN.

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

×        Scripture Reading – Ezekiel 37: 23

×        Lectio – Gospel of Matthew – Matthew 26: 42

×        Acts – Acts 18: 12, 13

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, you are the 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, Diana Goodell. The Deacon Team.

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

×        Lectio – I Timothy 6: 8

×        Acts – Acts 18: 14, 15

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, belong to 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 25: 22, 23

×        Acts – Acts 18: 16, 17

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