August 7, 2008
Beloved of the Lord,
Please commit the following prayer items to the Lord on our behalf.
1. Tomorrow I am to officiate a wedding – please pray for the gospel message to be clear and powerful, and that the Holy Spirit will be working in the hearts of the lost.
2. Last Saturday our assembly engaged in more door to door work in Chippewa Falls , WI . There were several great opportunities with the gospel; one man phoned us to say that he had just become a Christian after reading the literature. What is exciting to me is that this man, and two other individuals that we had good conversations with, resulted from previously received gospel literature from our assembly (door to door work or the gospel booth at the state fair). This emphasizes the importance of seed sowing in our communities; the Lord uses sown gospel seeds to later ingather a harvest of souls to Himself. Please pray for Eric and Mary – we have already had a followup visit with Eric and he seems close to coming to Christ.
3. Major outreach on UWEC and UW-Stout campuses on September 4-5. We hope to have two teams on both campuses both days with the goal of handing out 6000 copies of The Bible: Myth or Divine Truth? booklet and answering questions about spiritual matters. In praise to the Lord, nine assemblies took advantage of the 50 cent per copy price offered for the second printing of this booklet (i.e. with a minimum order of 960 copies and paying shipping costs). I plan to organize a third printing in late October – if you have an interest please contact me.
4. Writing: I hope to have Exploring the Pauline Epistles released as a fully printable e-book in September to assist promoting Bible studies – it contains a study guide and teacher’s guide for each of the Pauline epistles, sorry I didn’t include Hebrews. I elected to go with an e-book format because of the length of the document (several hundred pages) and the ease in which individuals can download a copyright protected pdf file and print desired portions for specific Bible studies. I also hope to finish a study guide to Bill MacDonald ’s book Here’s the Difference, sometime in late October. I discussed this project with Bill some two years ago and he was excited about. Here’s the Difference is an excellent discipleship tool if you have not read it.
5. Health: Brenda has had a lingering attack of bursitis in both her knees (started in early July); she is presently about 80% back to normal. Kate has been strong most of the summer, but in the past week has started running a low-grade fever again. We do praise the Lord that she is getting progressively stronger – and are hopeful that she will eventually and completely overcome this mystery illness. Pray also for her safety she is in Alaska for a nursing program until August 17th.
6. Bike evangelism. Now that corn de-tasseling is over, the boys and I hope to get out several days in the remainder of August for bike evangelism.
Thanks for your prayers.
Peggy Smith was 84. Her sister, Christine, was 82. Peggy could barely see and Christine could hardly walk. But together, they changed Scotland. It happened in 1849 on the Scottish Island of Lewis, in the tiny village of Barvas. Their pastor longed for revival. He preached for revival. But nothing happened. Nothing, that is, until he visited Peggy and Christine and asked them to pray. Unable to attend church, they figured that was the least they could do. So Peggy and Christine began to pray for a movement of God. The sisters invited a few friends to join them for prayer. They extended their prayer gatherings to six hours, starting at 10 p.m. They prayed that evangelist Duncan Campbell would come to their little church for a one-night meeting. Campbell came for five weeks. He led four services every day, at 7 p.m., 10 p.m., midnight, and 3 a.m. The move of God was undeniable. Hundreds were converted. Saloons went out of business. Gambling ceased. Marriages were restored. And all of Scotland was changed.
It is amazing to see what happens when two sisters decide to really pray. Jesus said there is power in two or three coming together in prayer. He also said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:7). If you want to be a part of something big, you need to do three things. First, find a cause bigger than you. Second, find a buddy (or sister) to join you in prayer. Third, find the God of the universe on your knees. If you pray the way Peggy and Christine prayed, heaven will be moved, your heart will be changed, and your world will be better.
Praying for each other
- Ecclesiastes 4:10 “If one falls down, his friend can help him up, but pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up.” God gave us Sisters for support and strength!
- God has given us this responsibility:
“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” – Diane Mariechild
- Through fellowship and prayer, we can help each other reach the potential God has put before us.
Sisters in Christ: The Relationship that Never Ends
Servants of Christ
Involved in the work of the Lord
Sensitive to others’ needs
Teachers of the Word
Encouraging in times of difficulty and struggle
Respectful of different life experiences, talents, ideas
Sharing seasons of life and change together