Counterfeit pathways to internal freshness we desire are advertised all around us, yet the real thing only comes one way. The truth of this verse is simple but profound. Our minds must be renewed, and this renewal has a singular source.
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Ask God to fill you with fresh faith, fresh passion, fresh enthusiasm, and fresh perspective, and then watch that freshness spill out into everything you do. During this 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer, take time to wait on God and watch as He brings freshness into your life! Romans ESV I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Isaiah ESV but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. FBC also supports U. Countries where it is illegal to be a missionary regularly send their citizens to the U. These U. The reduction in giving is going to impact how much we can give to our missionaries. The Missions Committee has the hard task of determining how and where to make cuts. These are gut-wrenching decisions.
These organizations provide opportunities to minister to different kinds of people in need. The most likely place we will have open doors and clear presentations of the gospel is with those who are nearest to us. Today, focus your prayer on someone near to you who needs the Lord. FBC has many families involved in foster care and adoption. This is an extremely challenging but equally important way to care for those in need. Pray today for the Legacy ministry at FBC, which supports the foster and adoptive care families.
Pray for all the families at FBC caring for foster and adopted children. We will look at our call to reach those immediately around us, those who are farther out, and those around the world. Pray that God is glorified and that we are challenged to go on the mission of Jesus wherever He has placed us. Our passage will be Acts This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.
John ESV. You might notice the signs in our lobby that say That All May Know. It is our theme for and it is based on these verses in John. Jesus commands us to love one another, because it is crucial for reaching the world.
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Our relationships with one another matter. The final purpose of the church that we will discuss in our series is making disciples. A disciple is someone who lives out the intention of becoming more like Jesus. This is the core of our assignment from Jesus: make disciples. Pray that FBC will be a disciple-making church. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Pray for their ability to connect well enough with the students to be an example. Pray for God to provide the right volunteers.
Pray for Wisdom: Pray for our Senior High team to show the students how to make Christ the center of their lives. Pray for Resources: As with the Junior High ministry, pray for the Lord to provide the right volunteers to disciple the students. Pray for Transformation : Pray that by the time our students leave high school, they have a heart for God and know how to walk with Him.
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Pray for Wisdom: Both ministries require extensive planning and execution and are run completely by volunteers. Pray for the leadership to wisely recruit and plan for the coming year. Pray for Resources : Both programs require volunteer and financial support.
AWANA needs more help every year. MOPS could dramatically increase in size with many non-Christians if we had more financial resources to pay babysitters. How this happens at FBC will change over time it always has. Pray for the wisdom to know how FBC should be glorifying God during this season.
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Tuesday — Deacons The earliest version of Deacons served the physical needs of the people within the church. Pray that this will be the case with our Deacons. Pray for Resources: Pray for the finances and volunteers necessary to help the Deacons care for the needs in the church. Pray for Wisdom: Each member of the administrative and facility teams continually seeks more effective ways to keep FBC functioning day in and day out.
Pray for their efforts to be fruitful.
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Pray for Resources: These staff members also try to accomplish everything necessary to run the church with fewer and fewer resources. Pray for greater fruitfulness with fewer resources. Pray that the Lord blesses these staff members with a glimpse of the life-transforming impact of their ministry. Friday — Leadership Families People in church leadership are under spiritual attack. Pray for Protection: Pray for the families of each group we prayed for this week. Pray for Resources: Pray that the church leadership will use their time wisely, not neglecting their families as they lead.
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Pray for Transformation : The top priority for church leaders is to disciple their families. Pray for them to see their families transformed to be more like Jesus. Pray for Wisdom: Pray for the wisdom to know who God wants us to minister to in light of the resources we have. Pray for Resources: Pray for the finances we need to run the church well. Pray for Transformation : Pray for the transformation of those who give.
Giving an offering is a powerful act of worship and trust. Ephesians —6 ESV 1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Monday — Life Groups Romans calls us to be transformed by the renewal of our mind. Pray for Wisdom: Pray for wisdom for our teachers as they select and teach material that will transform those in their classes.
Tuesday — Small Groups Ephesians 4 calls the church to unity. Pray for Courage: The oneness described in Ephesians 4 can happen only if people share openly, work through conflict, and are patient with and committed to one another. Pray for Resources: Pray that the Lord provides more leaders so we can add more groups.
Pray for their endurance as they work hard to guide the ministry. Pray for Encouragement: Pray that the men meeting together will be encouraged in their walk with the Lord. Pray for Resources: We have not had a single leader over the ministry since David Fisher retired. Pray for Transformation : Pray that the men of FBC will grow as godly leaders in their families, work, and the church.
Pray for Impact: Pray that the Lord would open doors for the younger believers in the church to learn from the Encore Ministry. Pray that the Lord will give them all they need to build Christ-centered relationships with one another. Pray for Transformation : Pray for the folks in our Encore Ministry to know the comfort and peace of the Lord better every day. Pray for Wisdom: These young men and women face multiple decisions about where they are going in life.