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#05 – Air Date 2/18/2018
This Weekend – One never knows the impact of a story until it’s told. This story produced a response from people that I wasn’t expecting. It produced feedback from people who had never responded before. Maybe it will speak to you about what really is important in your life. You won’t know for sure until you listen to this story, told by a woman by the name of Evelyn Burch of Martinsburg, West Virginia.
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THE CHURCH, HIS BODY
#2 – Air Date Week of 2/19/2018
Making the Ask!
This Week – It’s not often that people tell me after hearing a message, “I’ve never ever heard what you said about the subject of prayer, which you said today.” That’s what happened when I gave this message from Ephesians 1. This passage spoke to people in a profound way about the praying in their lives that happens or doesn’t happen. There must be a reason for that, listen and decide for yourself.
Monday (2/19) – We begin with the lyrics of a song writer, Larry Bryant who wrote a song called, “Shopping List”. It’s a humorous tune about prayer, but with serious overtones. Most of your prayers and mine, simply a list of things we want, need, or think we need. Think about your recent prayers, were some of them “lists”? Were most of them?
Tuesday (2/20) – We begin with the first of five “bullets”. 1) “Faith and love rumors.” Most conversations in a marriage or a family are “gossipy”. We share about what we have heard about other people. The other people talk about you and me! Paul begins by saying, “I’ve heard about your faith and love for other people.” What a compliment! What do people hear about us? Do they hear rumors of love or rumors of hate?
Wednesday (2/21) – The second bullet point from the text is this: 2) “non-stop thanks”. Paul continually thanks God for the people of Ephesus. Does anyone pray that way about you or me? Thanksgiving in our prayers is paramount! The next bullet has to do with 3) “wisdom and revelation” that God gave the people of Ephesus. Wisdom is seeing life from God’s point of view. Revelation has to do with what’s going on in your life where the Lord convicts of what you do, what you say, and what you think about!
Thursday (2/22) – The fourth bullet point is: 4) “enlightened eyes.” Paul prays for the people of Ephesus to have their eyes enlightened, to see what they normally wouldn’t see. Like what? Like sin that is in their lives and in their families. I pray for enlightened eyes every time I speak! My guess is the Lord may be opening up your eyes to see that which you haven’t for years!
Friday (2/23) – We close with a powerful story dealing with slavery in Africa. I saw people with tears in their eyes in all three services when they heard that story. Perhaps you will react the same way. The fifth bullet point is this: 5) “incomparable power from God”. The ultimate blessing in prayer is seeing His power, not ours! Answered prayer is God’s power displayed!