Anyone who is having troubles should pray. ... When a believing person prays, great things happen. -James 5:13,16 NCV

for those who are grieving

Last Wednesday we lost Mike Erich our dear friend and prayer blogger. We rejoice that he is at home with the Lord as we grieve this loss. Please join me in praying this prayer for his wife, his family and his friends. And for all who are grieving today.

You are our shepherd Lord. You meet all of our needs.

We lift those grieving to you today.

We thank you for meeting all of their needs.

We pray that you would comfort them and hold them close to your heart.

We praise you that their need for rest is met in you Lord.

Please lead those in pain in ways that would restore their soul and help them grieve.

We are confident of your presence with those who are grieving.

May your love be felt by those who travel through this dark valley of sorrow.

And this we ask for our friends - that goodness and mercy will follow them all the days of their lives and that they will live in your house forever.

Amen

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In Christ

Father, remind us of who we are in Christ. Remind us of our position as dearly beloved children, and of our union with Christ. Help us to live out the reality of who we are and of whose we are. Amen

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DIRTY CARPET

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Dear Lord, sometimes a pretty scatter rug covers a stained and dirty carpet.  The dirt is pretty well hidden, but it's still there.

  There are times in my life, Lord, that I put a pretty good deed over an attitude I'm trying to hide, or a sin unconfessed.   I know you see everything, so how silly of me to try to hide something from you. 

 Forgive me for having spiritual scatter rugs... Cleanse and clean my heart, wipe away every unkind attitude and make me clean.  You are my gracious Lord, and I love You.  Amen.







Amen

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Blessings


Psalm 16:11 (NLT)
      ”You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”

Father your blessings are so graciously lavished on us and are so well stated in this Psalm. You show us the way of life, you give us the joy of your presence and you encourage us with the pleasures of living with you forever. Little wonder David would say: “…..My cup overflows with blessings.” Psalm 23:5 (NLT)

Thank you Father for the quality of life you provide for us that gives us such purpose, meaning and hope. We are truly blessed and it is all because of your goodness. God is good! Thank you that we know that as a fact, we experience that as a reality and we share that with others out of gratitude for all you do.

Indeed, praise God from whom all blessings flow. Amen!




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Turn to Him

What is something you can release to God today? Don't let the chaos of stressing about something or someone make you forget to turn to the only One who holds every answer.

Dear Father, 

Thank You,  that we have Your word to turn to and Your promises to rely upon. You promised never to leave us. Your Spirit is in us who believe interceding when we don't know how to pray, to lift us up, to give peace in times of anxiety or discouragement. We rejoice and celebrate Your love and goodness to us. In distress, we can call to You and You fill us with Your hope and courage and strength to keep going. Just take one more step. And one more step.

Your Spirit guides us into all truth. Lead us in the way we should go. We seem to try to get ahead of ourselves and You. Help us when we do that - lead us. We need Your wisdom for the days ahead in the decisions we make, and draw upon You for each new day. 

In Jesus name we pray, Amen

"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

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The Mad Theologian's Final Prayer Post

Lord,

May you receive Mike into your arms based on your Son's sacrifice in Love. May you comfort those Mike left behind, particularly his wife Sonia. May Sonia be ministered to by you in a special way now and in the coming years. Lord we thank you for your brilliant servant Mike and all the things he has taught us about living and dying well serving you.

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Amen

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This week, Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, just a little after noon, the Mad Theologian's faith became sight. 

Mike Erich passed away at home after a long battle with cancer with his wife at his side. Mike was a brilliant man that will truly be missed at home, at church, and by all those who knew him. Mike was man of deep conviction about the things of the Lord and particularly God's Word which he diligently studied and wrote about. For Mike it has always been about the love of God shown to us in Christ's death on the cross and resurrection where we can find salvation. This is salvation offered freely. The Grace of God in Christ says come give me your sins and I will give you my righteousness. It has never been about what we can do to please God, but rather what God has done to save us. Mike's deepest desire for all people would be that they find salvation in Christ.

Now Mike is with the Lord and I think he would want us to be of good courage. In fact, if he could, he would probably tell us about his move from earth to heaven with A Touch of Humor. I know he would definitely want us to "see" the Bible to understand his absence. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 "6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil."

Since becoming a believer in Christ Mike has had it as his highest value to follow and please Christ. And he has done well. Mike is now with the Lord, -and that is a good thing. If you are a follower of Christ then be of good courage, the absence is painful and yet short. Soon we all will get a chance to join Mike and please the Lord. Yesterday Mike's faith became sight.

Finally, if you are not a believer in Christ, Mike would tell you "Come." Come and follow Christ today.

Mike, we love and miss you and look forward to our reunion with you in heaven standing in the Grace of Christ.

Jared Jenkins


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He loves us....

Father, It is so humbling that You love us and that You care about our joy! May we fully appreciate that You love us in this way. Help us to understand just how much You love us so that when others see us, they see You! Help us to live in such a way that they see Your love in us and through us. Help us to guard our joy and not allow others to steal the joy that Jesus died to give us. Thank you for showing us the Father's love!

"For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and believed that I came from God" (John 16:27)

Amen

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