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40 Days of Prayer – Day Thirty-Three

From Defeat to Victory
“I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.”
Joshua 1:3 (NIV)

Abraham Lincoln is widely recognized as one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country. He stood tall and strong in a very critical and decisive time in our history. We certainly would regard him as a successful man. But this man also experienced many failures throughout his life.

When Abraham Lincoln went off to the Black Hawk War, he was a captain. Through no fault of his own, he returned a private. That brought an end to his military career. His little country village shop “winked out” as he used to say. So he failed as a businessman.

As a lawyer to Springfield, Illinois, he was too impractical, too unpolished, and too temperamental to be successful.

Turning to politics, he was defeated in his campaign for the legislature. He was defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for Congress and in his application to be Commissioner of the General Land Office. He was defeated in the Senatorial election of 1854 and in his aspirations for the Vice-Presidency in 1856.

Finally, he was elected President of the United States and fulfilled his destiny and the destiny of a nation. Although maybe not as dramatic, Lincoln’s experience is the experience of many of God’s people. The enemy of our soul comes to us after repeated defeats and whispers in our ears, “You’re a failure!” He tells us we will never win, we are trapped forever where we are, and will never fulfill our God-given destiny.

The first chapter of Joshua tells the story of God’s people who escaped the cycle of defeat and moved into the new day of victory.

Pray Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Ask the Lord to encourage you in your walk with Him. In your prayer time, claim victory over evil for our church and for yourself.

40 Days of Prayer – Day Thirty-Two

The Corporate Anointing
‘’How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.”
Psalm 133 (NIV)

This Psalm was written on the occasion of David’s coronation as King over all of Israel. And what a struggle it was between the times he was anointed king by Samuel until the day of his coronation when he ruled over a united twelve tribes. It was David who united these warring tribes. David understood that harmony could only be achieved when they practiced the unity of their faith. These days of unity for Israel under David and later his son Solomon were without question the most glorious days of their history. Never has Israel possessed all of the land that God gave her except in these days. Even in our current time, Israel is but a shadow of what she was, despite her being in a united state. In fact, Israel will know no greater glory until Jesus rules in regal splendor from His throne in Jerusalem.

There is a message in these verses for the church. For as the people of God united under one king in the Old Testament, so the people of God must unite today under the King of Kings. As they experience great glory in this unification in the Old, so we will experience a greater glory in the New. As they experienced a tremendous victory over their enemies because of unification, so we will enjoy freedom from the enemy’s control in the New.

Unity is not uniformity. You can tie two cats’ tails together and have unity, but not peace! Seek ways to be harmonious.

Pray that Tates Creek believers will experience and demonstrate true unity of purpose. Pray that we will be one so that the world will be won. Ask God how you can help our church be unified.

Skipping Thanksgiving?

Do you ever feel like the month of November gets skipped? That Thanksgiving is just a stopping point on the way to Christmas? (I may or may not be one of those people that put up their Christmas decorations in November.)

We are discussing Creation this month during Jesus in the Park, and I think that is a great theme for this time of year. While I am always so excited to share the birth of Jesus with the kids, I can forget to really celebrate the basic and true fact that he made us, and the world around us! Listening to children pray is always entertaining, but sometimes hearing their short praises can be eye opening. Though “Thank you God for the sunshine”, “Thank you God for making it snow”, or even “Thank you God for my puppy” are short, they are perfect ways to give thanks!

Our November memory verse for Jesus in the Park is:

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” Psalm 111:1

Lesley Tipton

40 Days of Prayer – Day Thirty-One

Power For The Future
“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still’.”
Exodus 14:13a, 14 (NIV)

God’s power does not operate until we move beyond the realm of our possibilities. As long as we can do it in our own strength, there is no need for God to display His power. We must move beyond our abilities if a watching world will ever see the power of God. This feat is seen clearly in our text as the recently freed Hebrew slaves found themselves surrounded by impossibilities. Before them was a sea that could not be crossed. Beside them was a barren wasteland. Behind them was an enemy that desired to capture them and take them back to where they had been. In this difficult situation they had three options:
1. They could go back.
2. They could stand still.
3. They could go forward.

For the children of God, there is only one real option: Go forward! As we move forward under God’s direction and by His power, we must be careful. Around us are many roads that can only lead to defeat and death. Doctrinal deviation, isolation, cowardly compromise, and division are to be avoided.

Before us, there is a future. There is a land that flows with milk and honey. This future is as bright and powerful as the promises of God that we find in scripture.

Pray that Tates Creek Christian Church will not be afraid to move forward with God. Ask God to give you a promise out of His word to claim for our church. Pray about an area of your life that needs to move forward.

40 Days of Prayer – Day Thirty

How Much Is Too Much?
‘’She broke the jar and poured the perfume on His head.”
Mark 14:3b (NIV)

The story of the Bethany anointing is one of the few stories of Jesus’ life that is contained in all four of the gospels. So impressive was this event that it was indelibly written upon the disciples’ hearts so that they never, ever forgot this act of devotion. Mark uses it as a prelude to the passion events. It contrasts the hatred and rejection that Jesus was receiving at the hands of the rules and the people. This act of worship and devotion stood out as an act of love that the Lord deserved from all, but was only given by a few.

May this deed be received as a call to worship for us today. May this deed make us ask ourselves the question, “How much is too much?” This woman’s act set a standard of sacrifice, which none can better, but all can match. That alabaster bottle was very valuable. It was worth a year’s wages. Plus, it was to be saved for the most important occasion of one’s life. What is the most extravagant thing you have done for the Lord? What can we learn from this scripture?

• Real love is always extravagant.

• Extravagant love is always criticized.

• Jesus always comes to the defense of those who are criticized for being extravagant in their devotion towards Him.

Pray that the people connected to Tates Creek will love Jesus so much that they will be extravagant with the giving of their time, talent and treasures.

Sermon Outline, November 30, 2014, “Climb out of the Debt Trap”

Climb Out of the Debt Trap

Luke 14:28-30

Develop a Budget.

A Budget requires Discipline.

~ I Timothy 4:7-8; II Timothy 1:7

A Budget reflects Priorities.

Get Out of Debt.

The Bible speaks about Debt.

~ Deuteronomy 15:8

Develop a Plan to Eliminate Debt.

~ Romans 13:8

Invest Wisely.

Cardinal Rules of Investing.

~ Ephesians 5:15

Beware of High Risk Investments.

~ Proverbs 14:16

Take Advantage of Compound Interest.

Honor the Lord.

Honor the Lord with the Tithe.

~ Proverbs 3:9

Honor the Lord with the Offering.

~ II Corinthians 9:6-8

Honor the Lord with the Sacrifice.

~ Luke 21:1- 4

Gathering for Thanksgiving

With the approach of November, we look forward to the Thanksgiving Holiday! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because of its simplicity. Gathering together with our family this year will be much different since Dad has passed on. And yet, I am very thankful. I am most thankful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I know that Dad is with our Lord. Because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I know that one day our family will see Dad again and be together with the Lord forever. I know that Dad is no longer suffering and is at peace. I am also thankful for memories! I think about Dad every day. Many times, there are random things that bring him to mind. One of the things that causes me to remember Dad is someone in our first worship service who coughs just like Dad. I do not know who it is because I am sitting in the third pew. However, when this fellow coughs, I am so tempted to turn around to look for Dad. I am thankful for the random things that bring Dad to mind. I see those random things as blessings that trigger a memory. One Sunday morning, when a child was a little bit cross in the service, I saw the parent take the child out of the service. That random thing caused me to remember the Sunday morning Dad took me out of worship ~ but that was not a good memory! He gave me what I needed…..and deserved, but it sure wasn’t grace.

I am also very thankful for so many of you who continue to ask how my Mom is doing. She is doing well. She tries to stay busy. She tended a rather large garden this summer. She stays busy with church and church activities. She stays busy with her children and grandchildren.

Zella & I are very thankful for each of you here at Tates Creek Christian; for your kindness; your love; your prayers; your encouragement; your notes and cards; your hugs; your resolute commitment to our Lord and His Church; and your positive spirit about our Lord’s church here at Tates Creek Christian.

We are also thankful for the anticipation of a new granddaughter. Joel & Alecia are expecting a baby girl around December 9.

God is so very good to us all. As the Psalmist says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits” (Psalm 103:1, 2).

Tommy Simpson

40 Days of Prayer – Day Twenty-Nine

Discover Your Destiny … Like Joseph
“… when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.”
Genesis 45:27b (NIV)

Today’s story is about Andrew Singleton. He had an I.Q. of only 55. But his parents dreamed for him. They dreamed that he could somehow enjoy life as a teenager. Although he was enrolled in special need centers for most of his life, when he was 19, his parents put him in regular high school. He attended special classes there and endured a tremendous amount of pressure while adjusting to his new environment. His parents desired that Andy would be accepted and have friends there. Eventually, Andy did so well that he was able to participate in some mainstream classes.

On graduation day when Andrew’s name was called, his parents watched in amazement as the unbelievable happened. All 192 of his classmates rose to their feet and soon the entire crowd of spectators joined them. His classmates began to cheer for him and to call out his name. It was a dream come true.

When we get to heaven, we will also celebrate a dream come true. Until then, God will keep us revived. Jacob was living with a spirit of poverty until he saw the wagons. When he saw the riches from Egypt from a son he had thought dead, he was revived.

Pray that each and every one of us at Tates Creek will develop ownership of our God-given dream to eliminate debt. Ask God to revive the church leaders of this dream as they continue to work toward it-our pastor, the staff, the deacons and the capital stewardship leadership team. Ask God to revive you in an area of your life that needs it.

40 Days of Prayer – Day Twenty-Eight

A Prayer For Direction
‘’Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.”
Psalm 119:133 (NIV)

There are at least two essentials to the Spirit-filled life, prayer and the Word of God. As the old song says, “They go together, you can’t have one without the other.” Prayer finds its very foundation in the Scripture. You could not pray with purpose, conviction or direction without the revelation of God that you find in the Bible. Therefore, you must study the Bible and be a person of prayer.

In Psalm 119, almost every verse refers to the Scriptures. Verse 133 is a prayer for direction. The Psalmist here pleads for guidance from the Word of God.

Have you ever considered that God desires to guide every step you take? He desires to guide not only the big steps in your life, but even the mundane steps you take every day in the kitchen or your workplace. He will also guide you to the friend who needs encouragement, the neighbor who needs Jesus, and the co-worker who needs a witness of God’s love.

Thank God for guiding our church through Scripture and prayer to eliminate our debt and extend our ministry. Ask the Lord to continue to give our pastor and staff the wisdom and discernment needed to accomplish everything He has placed before us. Thank God for His guidance of your steps. Ask Him to continue to guide you by making the Scripture you read become alive and personal to you.

Thanksgiving…the Forgotten Holiday?

Recently I read a poignant post on Facebook regarding how many have seemed to skip over the Thanksgiving holiday to get on to Christmas. In fact, I posted recently that I feel like we are rushed into many seasons without taking time to enjoy them. Some examples include Christmas in July sales to get ready for the school year, Halloween (which I do not celebrate!) decorations out in late summer, Christmas decorations out in the big box stores by Labor Day, chrysanthemums out so early that the blooms are dead before October, and pushing Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving. Of course, this is a limited list and I am sure that as you read this you could add several more of your own. Well, there is one more that becomes a big aggravation to most of us; political ads at least a year before an election!

As many of you know, I lived in Florida and Arizona for over 18 years and I think I may have made it home to Ohio for one Thanksgiving celebration during that time. So, that meant I celebrated that special day with friends and those I considered my family in the local churches I served. Often, I was invited to another home to spend time with my friends and their family members. One year, I had an idea to invite many of my friends who had no family in Florida to my house. My parents were there. I purchased all the food and my mother prepared it. Those on the guest list included another minister and his wife, my best friend and his wife, a single man in my choir, and a retired opera singer for whom I provided piano accompaniment in her master classes. Several did not know each other, but they became my family that day. We celebrated as family and what we shared together as God’s family. I encourage you to savor not only the food, but the fellowship that we often take for granted in our family, our church and our nation. We are truly blessed.

Don Seevers

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