Prayer is sacred. When we pray, we are talking to God, on behalf of ourselves or others. Offering to pray for someone is a promise not to be given, or taken lightly.
Insightful thoughts on ministry that makes the biggest impact for God’s Kingdom.
I woke this morning to the following highlighted on my Kindle app. I am not sure how it happened, but I believe God is trying to tell me something.
Lysa TerKeurst-What Happens When Women Walk in Faith:
“All along this ministry journey, I kept thinking God was looking for me to do great things for Him. But now I am convinced the Lord isn’t looking for a bestselling author or an arena speaker. He isn’t looking for people to dance in the limelight. He is looking for those souls who are willing to press close to His heart and hear the cries of the forgotten. He wants us to do great things with Him to reach the “least of these.” Ministry that makes the biggest impact is that which is done in the secret places, the hard stuff that is void of glory but full of guts.” (pg.181)
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Paul, to the believers at Corinthians, and to all of mankind:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes,what is in part disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
We attended a refreshing worship service yesterday morning, filled with beautiful music and a thought-provoking sermon about Joseph’s selfless courage as he consistently and without hesitation put Mary’s safety ahead of his own, time and time again. Joseph led a simple life and he was a righteous man, always striving to do what was right with regard to Jewish laws and following God’s calling on his life – he fully lived a Kingdom-minded life, in other words.
When Joseph first learned that his betrothed was pregnant, he decided that the best thing to do for her sake was to secretly divorce her, so that she wouldn’t be exposed to public disgrace. All he knew was that she was pregnant and the child was not his, and that her being single and pregnant would be less of a disgrace than being betrothed and pregnant by someone else. Before he could act on that decision, however, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, explaining that Mary was carrying a baby conceived of the Holy Spirit, and to not be afraid to take her as his wife. With this new knowledge, Joseph again, courageously, chose the path of righteousness and did as the angel commanded.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel – which means, “God with us.” -Matthew 1:22-23
May your Christmas be filled with the wonder of His love and the warm embrace of family and friends!