January 1, 2020

Brethren pray for us.” 1 Thessalonians 5:25

Last year I began my January newsletter with the following words… “This week we start a whole new year”. Wow; it seems like both yesterday – AND – a lifetime ago, that I stood on the threshold of 2019, peering into the unknown.

Now we enter 2020, and as I’ve said before, though we know not what the year shall bring, we know that God’s sovereignty rules over all – Psalm 103:19. Fact is our experience teaches us that there will be much that is routine and expected, but just as certain is the fact that we will face disruption; the unexpected and uninvited. And, that disruption will challenge us; our peace and our pursuit.

Some of that disruption will be exhilarating; some will be irritating if not downright agonizing. Indeed, 2020 will hold both what we seek as well as what will be a surprise; for good and for ill…

Therefore, because we enter a realm of uncertainty (by faith), I want to begin by reaching out and upward, to God. I want to begin by asking Him for His grace and guidance as well as every manner of help we will need to succeed in serving Him, as we seek to honor our Savior and His Lordship through this ministry and our personal lives.

Please join me, then, in praying for our staff and fellow members…

  1. For opportunity – that God will open gates to opportunity and hearts to receptivity of His love and truth – as we share the gospel and disciple men. 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  2. For protection from the Evil one and his minions so that sin or sinister events won’t take us out of the battle and off the field of ministry. 2 Thessalonians 3:2,3
  3. For health and strength – spiritually, emotionally, physically, intellectually, relationally and materially; so we can advance the gospel and serve God’s kingdom. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
  4. For growth and fruit – that our work will bring eternal results. John 15:1-7
  5. For the resources we need to do the work – human resources, material, logistical and financial. Philippians. 4:19
  6. For Joy, so that no matter what we face, we may have the supernatural gift of God’s joy in whatever circumstances; as well as His peace. Philippians 4:4-7
  7. That in all things we would be faithful to give to the Lord what He and His kingdom deserve and that we don’t substitute the things of this world (neither its fears of false offers) for the heavenly inheritance that awaits us. Matthew 6:33, 34 & 22:15-22; Philippians 3:17-21

For Follow up – here’s some verses to consider…

The Warfare We Face

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:18-20