7 Days Without Prayer Makes One Weak


Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

James 5:16


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. For the third or fourth time in last year or so, this church -about one mile from my home in Greensboro NC- has put a smile on my face!

As we learned in the New Testament verse above, the ineffectual, unfervent prayer of an ungodly man availeth little.  In Luke 11 Jesus teaches us how to pray and reminds us of the doors he can open if we simply ‘ask’.  A praying Christian need not be weak, but should ‘renew their strength’ by waiting on the Lord.

  • Prayer does change things. Don’t go a whole week without praying to your personal Savior.  I am a living witness to answered prayers! Please strive to make prayer and praise a regular part of your spiritual life.

Pray for those impacted by Hurricane Irma and Harvey.  Pray for those killed or injured in the Charlottesville VA rallies last month (and their families). Pray for the 800,000 Dreamers (immigrants) whose DACA protection is now at risk.


But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strengthThey shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. 

Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

 



Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer (Luke 11)

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples. ”He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father,hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.And lead us not into temptation.’ ”

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacityhe will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Luke 11:1-10 (NIV)


 

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Christ’s Tomb: An Exit, not a Residence!

The Tomb where Jesus Christ was placed after being crucified:

An Exit, not a Residence

Pastor James A. Webster, Oak Ridge First Baptist Church

Preaching his 42nd Easter Sunday Sermon (4/16/17)


‘When Sunday Comes’, When Sunday Comes! / Daryl Coley with the Tri-City Singers

When Sunday comes, my trouble gone,
as soon as it gets here, I’ll have a new song.
When Sunday comes,
I won’t have to cry no more,
Jesus will soothe my troubled mind,
and all of my heartaches, every burden,
all of my misery, all of my crying,
every trial, every tribulation,
will be left behind,
when when when when
Sunday, when Sunday, ohh . . .
when Sunday comes.

 ~ Daryl Coley



An excerpt from video, beg. at 4:45:

(Choir: On Sunday) Lead singer: You see on Friday they took him and they stretched him high and stretched him wide.
(On Sunday) And all day Saturday there was no activity. They thought Jesus really had died.
(On Sunday) Oh! Sunday morning hey!
(On Sunday) There came a shaking, there came a rocking and a rolling.
(On Sunday) There was somebody that was guarding . . .
(On Sunday) They wouldn’t let anybody come to the grave, but I heard something going on on the inside.
(On Sunday) You see I heard that the Lord went to him and preached a revival, and then (Jesus) said “Everybody that wants to come with me, I’m going out of here with all power in my hands!!”


I hope you had a Good Friday and have a Happy Easter!



Just to behold His face, His saving grace.

Oh yes, I’ve got to see Jesus for me,

when Sunday comes.

Good Friday: It is finished . . .

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they

do not know what they do.”  Luke 23:34a

After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. 

John 19:28-30


 66 Assurance Way

Photo credit: Arby Reed/flickr (CC)

Jesus: The ‘Stranger’ from Galilee (Brenda Waters w. Tri-City Singers)

There is a stranger in town

He’s given sight to the blind

He is a great emancipator

He turns water to wine


 Do you know the man?  Do You?  Do You?


Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. 

For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD.  Psalm 117

‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’, He’s Coming Back / Al Green

I know that everything is gonna be alright

He’s coming back, like he said he would

Yeah yeah it’s gonna be alright

He’s coming back, for the true and good


We know that he’s the Beginning and we know that he is the End

There’s no one better if you really need a friend

So don’t you ever worry, cause He gave the guarantee

That he’ll return to take us home, and fulfill the prophecy


I know everything is gonna be alright

He’s coming back

Like He said he would

Get ready for peace, love, and happiness


Music video by Al Green performing “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”. (C) 1987 A&M Records