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.

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

Mateo Oyarzun


Time Alone With God

     His teaching prompts the question, How did this man get such learning without heaving studied? He had not studied under a rabbi, nor had he been in a rabbinic school. He did not support his teaching by appealing to recognized teachers, yet his teaching made use of rabbinic-style arguments, as is evident later in this section. In the Talmud it is said that the person who studied the Scriptures and even the Mishnah but yet “did not attend upon Rabbinical scholars” is no better than an ‘am hā’āres—one of the “people of the land” who are cursed because they do not keep the law with the strictness of the Pharisees. This text from the Talmud is dated later than the New Testament, but the sentiment was current in the days of Jesus, and indeed it is reflected in this very story.

     Although Jesus has not studied under a rabi that does not mean he is on his own. Throughout the Gospel he is emphatic about his dependency on the Father. In this passage he agrees with the theory behind the rabbinic succession of teachers but says, My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. In saying this Jesus is claiming to be not just another rabbi, but rather a prophet whose teaching comes from God. Jesus is a disciple of God, not of a rabbi.

     They are observing the letter of the law, but do not understand what the law is really about, neither in its witness to Jesus nor in its goal of expressing God’s own love and mercy in the life of God’s people. Making a right judgment (hē dikaia krisis) is dependent on seeking God’s will and not one’s own. They lack this disposition; they are too shallow. They have no depth in themselves and thus cannot recognize God at work among them. God himself is the one who is dikaois (“right,” “righteous”), so their lack of right judgment is yet another indication not only of their law breaking but of their alienation from God.

     This call to right judgment is a challenge to each of us, for we are all guilty at times of judging by appearances. The only way to avoid such shallowness is to be united with God and to share in his truth about Jesus and about our own lives. This requires that we will God’s will, which means God’s will as God knows it, not as our prejudices and sins tailor it. To will God’s will is to have a purity of heart and a clarity of vision that come through death to self. Until we have found our own hear (which lies deeper emotions and imagination) and made contact with God there, we will be in danger of judging by appearances instead of with right judgment.

Rodney A. Whitacre, John, p. 182, 186f

Sunday, May 24, 2020                                                      

PRAYER TIME ALONE WITH GOD

Beloved Lord God – Gospel of John – Brothers, Crowd – John 7: 14-24 Jesus, Teaching!

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 Carol & Steve Smith in Cote d’Ivoire.

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

×        Scripture Reading – Ezekiel 47: 9

×         Lectio – But Now – John 15: 22

×         Message – John 7: 25-27

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

 

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 47: 10

×        Lectio – The Creation – Psalm 106: 21, 22

×        Message – John 7: 28-30

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

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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 – Ezekiel 47: 1-10

×        Lectio–God, the Healer–Fruit of Holy Spirit—To Agape – I John 4: 19

×        Message – John 7: 31-34

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

×        Pray for the High School graduates of WLCF.  This week pray for Kent Lewis, 2001 graduate.

×      WLCF Prayer Time for today –Michelle Jarrard and Brad Jenkins 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 47: 11, 12

×        Lectio – God’s Guidance – I Corinthians 16: 20

×        Message – John 7: 35, 36

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

 

FRIDAY

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

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

§       Intercession– Ridgewood Church, Interim Pastor Vince Miller, Minnetonka, MN.

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

×        Scripture Reading – Ezekiel 47: 13, 14

×        Lectio – Gospel of Matthew – Matthew 28: 5, 6

×        Message – John 7: 37-39

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

 

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 4: 11-13

×        Message – John 7: 40-42

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

 

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 35: 11-13

×        Message – John 7: 43 , 44

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication: Prayer thought for the day – LORD JESUS, we are Yours!