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Hi, All!

 

Our text from this last Sunday was Ephesians 1:15-23. You have the opportunity to listen to the sermon here on our YouTube channel.  Or you can even watch it from our new website!

 

In the Ephesians passage, Paul speaks directly to the contents of his prayer for the believers, and because our Tuesday emails are our prayer emails for the week, I thought some further reflection on what he prayed for would be helpful.

 

Here is E. K. Simpson commenting on verses 18-19 (from the NIV, bold emphasis mine):

 

“The apostle offers three signal petitions for these sheep of Christ ingathered from the heathen pale.

The first is that they may recognize fully the hope of the call they have obeyed, fraught with such ample benedictions is reversion. Let them realize its mighty compass and entrancing vista. Heaven lies ahead of them and they are to be made meet for it, commingling in its holy joys and bearing the image of their chosen King.

Secondly, he prays that they may appreciate the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saint. Christ has taken His people to be His everlasting portion, and the cost of His purchase must endear it to Him as well as to them. He has wound bonds of love and gratitude round them that can never be snapped asunder. They are wondrous trophies of His reclaiming and upraising power, a spectacle to angels of beings brought back from exile at a tremendous outlay and reinstated after grievous rebellion in unshaken fealty to their true sovereign.

Thirdly, let them reflect upon the exceeding greatness of the Lord’s power to usward who believe. The dethronement of self and enthronement of Christ in them has already yielded proof of that. What less than an almighty arm could thus reverse the bent and bias of a sinner’s character for good and all? They bear the impress of divine workmanship; but the pattern is still incomplete; they are in the making, yet not left to manufacture themselves into full-sized saints unaided; for the working of the strength of almightiness, put forth in bringing them from death unto life, is of the same wonder-working efficacy as that which raised Christ from the dead and has seated Him on high.”

 

May the Lord let our prayers reflect these petitions this week!

 

Matt


 

Consider coming together with others from our body
for prayer at

7:30 am tomorrow,
and every Wednesday morning.

 


. . .  But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor
to the part that lacked it,  
that there may be no division in the body,
but that the members may have the same care for one another.  
If one member suffers, all suffer together;
if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.


 - I Corinthians 12:24-27

 

How wonderful that we have the honor and privilege to care for one another in this body!  One way that we are able to care for one another is by rejoicing with others as they see God move.  We also care for one another as we shoulder prayer burdens alongside one another.  
 
We invite you to send praises and prayer requests to
Matt (manthonyxp@gmail.com) or
Terry Hall (ministrycoordinator@cfbible.org)
for inclusion in this Tuesday church email. 


We look forward to seeing our God move in and among us!



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~ Sunday's wedding of Anastasia Hall (Eric and Terry's youngest) to Matt Guensch was a beautiful testimony to God's love and care for His own.  May God be glorified through their lives as a couple!
 

~ Church ministry looks different right now, and we pray that it can normalize as this year goes along. But even though it's different, the mission still remains: we are to preach and share the gospel. We need to continue to be fully aware of the urgent need for the lost to hear about Jesus.

To help us all be praying together for God to save the lost, let's pray for four people to put their faith in Christ through the ministry of our church - however God would have that happen. Whether we see those salvations through an individual's ministry, one of our larger gatherings, a child from one of our families, a YouTube sermon someone stumbles across, or some outreach we organize.  How wonderful and joyous it would be to see one turn from their sins and turn to Jesus! Let's pray that God gives us the opportunity to worship in joy and thanksgiving at least four times this year! Please, Lord Jesus!

 
Great, free resources are available at church
to help guide us through difficult life situations.

These are located in a rack on the wall near the main church office.
Feel free to look through the titles and take any which may be helpful to you or someone you care for.
 
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