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Vital Verses – through May 2016

To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, April 10th:
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
– James 1:2-3 
 
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, April 17th:
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
– James 1:4-5 
 
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, April 24th:
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
– Psalm 1:1-2 
 
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, May 1st:
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
– Psalm 1:3-4 
 
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, May 8th:
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;6for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
– Psalm 1:5-6 
 
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, May 15th:
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
– Colossians 3:1-3 
 
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, May 22nd:
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger
– Ephesians 4:26
 
To be memorized the week before, and recited together on Sunday, May 29th:
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
– Isaiah 40:28-29
 
 
 
 
 


Prayer from Elder Bill Pritchett, on 4/10/2016

Father God,

We gather here this morning, in this room, to praise Your name. We gather here to worship You. We are overwhelmed by Your goodness, by Your grace, by Your faithfulness. You are our rock, our constant. We are thankful that when we call to You in prayer, that You hear our voice. That when we stumble, Your love for us has not wavered. We pray that when we worship You in song as we have been doing, that it is sweet to Your ears. We love You father, and while our love for You is not yet perfect, Your love for us is perfect. You love us not for what we’ve done, but for what Christ has done.

We are thankful for Your word, that it can be trusted and relied upon. We run to Your word to strengthen and encourage us. When temptation slowly presses in, we run to Your word, we run to You in prayer and that is what You want us to do.
We have many reasons to praise You, more than we even realize. We know You are good, We know that You tell us that You are working all things together for good. We can’t always see it, we don’t always know what it is, but we trust it to be true. But sometimes, You, in Your mercy, do show us a glimpse of how You are working, You do reveal Your goodness in our circumstances, and in those we rejoice. We praise when we are reminded that we can trust in Your sovereignty.

Father, as we give these gifts now, we do so recognizing that we may not get a glimpse of how You are using them, but we trust in You and how they will be used. It is humbling when we think about money given here, in Medford, Oregon, will be used to spread the gospel on the other side of the world, but that is how You’ve set it up.

Lord God, we love You, we rejoice at the sound of Your name, we are thankful for all that You do in our lives, we praise You…In Jesus name we pray, AMEN


How to Pray Aloud in a Group

In 2012, researchers at the University of Nebraska-Omaha asked 815 college students to identify their three greatest fears. Far more than they feared heights, flying, deep water, and even death, the students feared “speaking before a group.”

If public speaking is the general population’s greatest fear, public praying very well may be its Christian equivalent. And this fear is not restricted to ordinarily timid people. Even leaders sometimes have trouble leading in prayer.

Stonewall Jackson’s Story
 
According to S.C. Gwynne’s Rebel Yell, Stonewall Jackson’s pastor once urged more congregation members to lead in prayer during the church prayer meeting. Afterward, Jackson went to see him, explaining to the pastor his fear of praying publicly. “But,” Jackson said, “if you think it my duty… (To read the rest of this article, go to DesiringGod.org)