Pastor's Thoughts

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Monday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - November 14

Dear Church Family –

“A crisis of the spirit demands an answer of the spirit.”

With the democratic party barely hanging onto control of the Senate in last week’s election, renewed fears are rising that the so-called “Equality Act” will be pushed through. The “Equality Act,” as it stands now, would be a grave threat to religious freedom.

Perhaps we should remember…

  • It’s only a fear. We haven’t yet seen what God will do.

  • God answers prayer.

We can’t read the Bible without being impressed with the power and pervasiveness of prayer.

  • There’s Joshua praying for more daylight and getting it.

  • There’s Elijah praying for fire to fall from heaven and it did.

  • There’s the church praying in the book of Acts and the place was shaken.

  • There’s the church praying for Peter in prison and he is miraculously freed by an angel.

It’s amazing.

Last night our Emmaus Church Elders and wives met to pray. We each brought a verse to share to fuel and guide our prayers. I’ve copied those verses below. Could I invite you to take one of these a day for the next week and turn it into prayer? Ask God to make these things true in your life, and in our church life. Ask God to make a difference in our world through us.

Phil 2:12-16

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life,

Ps 25:9

He leads the humble in justice, and He teaches the humble His way.

Acts 20:18-21

You yourselves know, from the first day that I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews; how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house, solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Tim 3:10-11

Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me!

Matt 12:33-35

Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.

Phil 1:9-11

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Thanks for praying! - Pastor Tim

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