Missions and Missionaries

(Please pray for these Servants)

Jeff and Barb Chapman and family in Japan, in the U.S.A.

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.

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.

 

 

Standing in the Gap

(Please pray for these Service Men)

Jeff Rothermel

Tom Tharp

Randy Snider

Kris Thoreson

Aaron Cornwall

Daniel Meyer

Luke Downey

Josh Meade

Scott Reynolds

Mateo Oyarzun


Time Alone With God

     All of the signs were revelations of who Jesus is and what he offers. The final sign, the raising of Lazarus, points most clearly to what has been at the heart of the revelation all the way through and what was emphasized in Jesus’ keynote address—that Jesus is the one who gives life. The irony, of course, is that he gives life by giving up his own life on the cross. A further irony is that by giving life to Lazarus, Jesus sets in motion his own death. The raising of Lazarus, then, is the final sign before the event that actually accomplishes what all the signs have pointed toward—the provision of life through the death of the Son of God.

     This request is very similar to Jesus’ mother’s request at the wedding of Cana. It prevents a need but does not dictate to the Lord how he should respond. In these requests we have a model of intercession that makes a need known to the Lord with humanity and a recognition that it is his will that should be done. Such humility and submission are key characteristics of true disciples.

     Jesus’ love for Lazarus and his sisters teaches us that our faith in God’s love, even in the midst of adversity, is well grounded. Even those especially dear to God must endure such things. “The one sick, the others sad, all of them beloved: but He who loved them was both the Savior of the sick, nay more, the Raiser of the dead and the Comforter of the sad” (Augustine In John 49.7).

     They should stick with Jesus even he seems to lead them into danger, for no matter what happens it will work out for the best, even as Lazarus’s illness will work for the glory of God. Here is a word of assurance and a call of all believers to take their bearings from God and not from their circumstances. To have faith in the Son of God is far more important than to have health and comfort in this life. Such faith leads to eternal life, as this miracle will symbolize. This faith is a progressive thing, for here Jesus is talking to those who have believed in him already, and yet he says this miracle is so that you may believe. Faith must be exercised in the face of each new revelation, and each new revelation is taking the disciples nearer to the ultimate revelation in the most extremely scandalous event, the cross—the ultimate revelation of God’s light and life and love and thus the ultimate manifestation of God that faith must grasp hold of. As god reveals more of himself and his ways to us we must likewise have a faith that both grasps firmly onto him as he is revealed in Jesus and also is able to be stretched and deepened. Faith enables us to rest in God, but God himself also keeps us on the move as we continue to grow closer to him for ever.

     Here is an incredible picture of faith. He is not following because he sees how it all fits; he is following out of loyalty to Jesus himself. He is a model disciple at this point. As Thomas follows Jesus into what he thinks is death he is answering the call, expressed in the Synoptics, that “if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.”

Rodney A. Whitacre, John, p. 277f, 281f

Sunday, September 20, 2020                                                         

PRAYER TIME ALONE WITH GOD

Beloved Lord God – Gospel of John – Sheep and Father – John 11: 1-16 Lazarus is Dead

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 Susan & Steve Sparks in Cameroon.

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

×        Scripture Reading – Daniel 2: 36, 37

×         Lectio – But Now – Romans 6: 19

×         Message – Baptism – Matthew 28: 16

×      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 – Daniel 2: 37, 38

×        Lectio – The Creation – Psalm 107: 7, 8

×        Message – Baptism – Matthew 28: 17

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, We can’t do this without You.

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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 – Daniel 2: 36-38

×        Lectio–God, the Healer–Fruit of Holy Spirit—Joy— Mark 4: 16

×        Message – Baptism – Matthew 28: 18

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, You are all to us.

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

×      WLCF Prayer Time for today – Cindy Braun and Bill Calef 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 – Daniel 2: 39, 40

×        Lectio – God’s Guidance – Romans 3: 21

×        Message – Baptism – Matthew 28: 19

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

 

FRIDAY

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

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

§       Intercession– The Crossing Church, Pastor Eric Dykstra, Elk River, MN.

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

×        Scripture Reading – Daniel 2: 41

×        Lectio – Gospel of Matthew – Mark 1: 16-18

×        Message – Baptism – Matthew 28: 20

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

 

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 – Titus 1: 12, 13

×        Message – Baptism – Deuteronomy 2: 40, 41

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, we love 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 41: 32

×        Message – Baptism – I Corinthians 12: 12, 13

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