Prayer

Prayer is something I know most of us realize is important, but because of one reason or another, it is the one gift we only turn to when we are faced with insurmountable odds, or when a crisis has emerged. Prayer, however, is a beautiful form of language that connects us to God. It provides us with energy, life, and faithfulness and should not be neglected as we so often let it become. I would like to extend a thirty day prayer challenge for our church. My hope, however, is that this challenge does not end after thirty days, but that it will continue as a cycle every thirty days! Oh, and I’ve even thrown in an extra day for months that end on the 31st. The challenge is this: Day 1 – Our pastor Day 2 – Salvation of the lost in our community Day 3 – Our Children Day 4 – Our Finances Day 5 – Our Growth as Christians Day 6 – Our Worship and Prayer Life Day 7 – Opportunities for Evangelism Day 8 – Our Shut-ins/Persons who are unable to attend Day 9 – Our Marriages Day 10 – A Changed Church in/for Christ Day 11 – Boldness in Sharing our Faith Day 12 – Revelation of the Holy Spirit to Fall Upon Us Day 13 – Our Tutoring Program Day 14 – Our After School Program Day 15 – Inviting New/Old Friends to Church Day 16 – Our LMI Group Day 17 – Our Women’s/Men’s Groups Day 18 – Our Local Church Leadership Day 19 – Our Families Day 20 – Our Community...

Letter from Pastor Tim

Dear Friends, Grace and peace unto you this day! I hope you share my excitement about the opportunities we share together in worship and sharing our faith with the community we serve. In faith there are various ways we can be a channel of God’s love, and one of those ways is supporting our obligation of tithing. Meeting this obligation can and will be a challenging stretch for us, this I know, but one that is, I believe through faith, within our reach. Money itself is a lifeless thing, but when put to use by dedicated Christian groups, great things can happen. Great things can happen! In fact, we read in Malachi – “’Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this’, Says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.’ I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Malachi 3:10-12). Great things can happen! However, I am concerned about a trend I have noticed in our giving patterns. We have generously given in the past, but have we truly brought our whole faith into our giving? Our giving should be nothing less than an expression of love; a devotion of thankfulness to God. In return, God declares a covenant that blessings will...