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A Mother’s Day Prayer from Elder Bill Pritchett

Father God,

We thank You for this beautiful day. Thank You for this opportunity to gather together in this building to worship You. Thank You for Your provisions of this place where we can meet.

On this Mother’s Day we continue to say thank You. Some in this room were blessed with godly mothers, some are blessed by being married to these godly mothers, and some are blessed by being a mother. Thank You Lord for these women in our lives that do so much, often with very little appreciation or recognition. Lord, in praying this, we also think of those who had painful relationships with their mothers, who find it hard to celebrate this person, others don’t have a mother, and for some the loss of their mom is still so painful. Some still ache over the fact that they so desperately want to be a mom, but thus far that has not happened for them. Whatever the emotions of this day are, we trust in You and in Your sovereignty and Your grace. Where we are struggling to know how we should feel, we pray that You guide our hearts. Where there is bitterness, we pray that You pluck that out. Where there is joy, we pray that all of these point us back to You. You are our portion, we will hope in You, You are good. You are what we need and where our strength comes from.

Lord God, we come here today and we are tired, we are weak, we are broken, we are sinners. Sinners in need of a savior. Help us to repent of our sins and follow You, to rejoice in You Jesus as our savior. So Lord, for those of us that are weak, we pray for Your strength in our lives. We can get frustrated with people around us, so we pray for patience. Lord, we pray for Humility as we think on You and the grace that You have shown us. Guard our hearts from the pride of thinking that our relationship with You is because we are so good. Lord You are so good, You are holy and just. As we continue on with this worship service, let our awe of You be increased as we sing. Our understanding of who You will be increased as we open Your word. That our unity as the body of Christ be strengthened as we encourage one another.

Lord, on this Mother’s Day, we celebrate moms, but in so doing we celebrate You who put those moms in our lives. When we think highly on these women, we know that You provided, and continue to provide, the strength that they demonstrate. You show them grace and give them the strength to show grace to others.

Thank You Lord, for the mercy that you show us, for the adoption that we needed, and for the love You demonstrate constantly. It is in Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN



Brink Report

Pastor Sam writes:
 
The Brink Southern Africa team met last week on Thursday and reflected on the following which we are thankful to the Lord for the recent mission to Malawi. We want to thank you for praying with us and for reaching out to this hungry and humble nation. We say hungry because we have not seen anything like it, even from our countrymen. They are hungry for the pure word and we believe and see it is bearing fruit wherever the Lord is leading us in this ministry. The testimonies from pastor Banda and Gibson informed us there is change taking place in leaders’ marriages as a result to the teachings from Brink. Then fluency of culture which normally oppresses the women is still evade the but in the few we have reach, these testimonies show there is change taking place… 
 


Forgive Much: A Communion Meditation from Pastor Jim

“Forgive Our Debts, as We Forgive Our Debtors”

What kinds of things do you and I say about our sins? Do we say,

“They’re no big deal.”… “Time will erase them.”… “I didn’t really mean to do or say that.”

But, we need to realize sins are “a big deal” and “time does not eliminate them” and “sin does come out of your and my heart and mouth.” Then other questions arise, like, “Who will deliver us from this body of death and these sins? And, does it matter how we view these sins?”

Let’s go to the One who can thoroughly forgive and hear what he says to those earnestly seek his forgiveness.

In Luke 7, we hear Jesus, who understands and recognizes the seriousness of sin and the sincere repentance of a sinful woman (like you and me). He points out her humility and… says to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears (of sorrow) and wiped them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment.”

Who delivered her from her body of death… from her sin? Well, Jesus does and he goes on to say,

Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”  And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.  Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”  (Luke 7: 47-48, 50)

Jesus can see the fruits of her (and our) great forgiveness and can see the truly repentant life by how she (and we) forgive others.

“He who is forgiven little, loves little.” The converse is true too. Jesus pointed this out by declaring, “She loved much.” Thus, “He who is forgiven much, loves much.”

Thus, one of the signs your and my sins are forgiven and we have saving faith is that we love and forgive others because of Jesus’ forgiveness.

Think on these things. 

This same Lord Jesus, who forgave this woman, on the night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and after giving thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way also Jesus took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

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Father, you see our great need and are not ashamed of us. We are crippled and afflicted by weakness and sin, but your Son rushed to rescue us. He took on the weakness of our human bodies and entered our sin infested world in order to live the life we could not live. We praise Jesus for seeing the needs of those around him, like this woman, for loving her and us in our brokenness, and serving us with pure compassion, clean hands, and a perfect heart. He forgave much and demonstrated his great love. Change our little, unloving, unforgiving hearts to forgive like His.

In the Savior’s name,

Amen