Songs of Worship, 1/31/2016

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

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Prayer Tip: Is Bitterness Draining You of Life?

Are you (any hint of) bitter?  “All bitterness is ultimately toward God.” (since at the very least, God allowed ‘it’.)

Ephesians 4:30-31 (NASB)
30  Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God… 31  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Bitterness towards people requires forgiveness….there is no other way to get rid of it – see vs.32.  It is actually self-destructive.  Someone has said, “Bitterness is like you drinking poison and hoping the other person dies.”  A big key in forgiving others is choosing to focus on how much God has forgiven you.

But what about bitterness towards God?  That requires surrender … which comes out of trust which comes by God’s grace which comes out of humbling myself.  Possibly the greatest statement of faith in the Bible was made by Job, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him…” (13:15)  Can you truly believe that God causes all things to work together for good? Rom. 8:28  He really is that BIG.

We can’t really comprehend the extent of the destruction caused by being bitter …. And not just to ourselves, through our bitterness ‘many (everyone around us) are defiled’. Heb. 12:15

It should be obvious that bitterness hinders/chokes out the effectiveness of prayer.  A bitter person cannot experience the repentance that God blesses. (Heb. 12:17)

Pray ‘search me, O God’ this week with the commitment to surrender and forgive and experience an unprecedented realm of largeness in your praying.

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
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Prayer Tip: Keep On Keeping On

“I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers make, and all the people those little prayers were destined to affect, and all the consequences of those prayers down through the centuries, we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.”  Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

When I read that quote, my faith is stirred and I am really encouraged to pray.  We live in such an ‘instant’ culture and age – we’ve come to expect fast food, fast travel, instant transactions, and what we want when we want it – no delays.  We so easily get discouraged and give up when we don’t see instant results to our prayers.

Purpose to walk by faith II Cor. 5:7.  Faith says, “Keep on believing, keep on praying, keep on listening and learning and loving the Father.  Keep watching for His answers.”

Ps. 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

Hab. 2:1  I will stand on my guard post And station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me,…

Luke 18:1  Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart.

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org

Songs of Worship, 1/17/2016

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Prayer Tip: Don’t Worry About Anything

‘Be anxious for nothing…’!  The Living Bible paraphrases it, ‘Don’t worry about anything…’  Philippians 4:6

What do you worry about?

Note this is not just a suggestion for happier living and it doesn’t include an ‘if you can’ clause.  This is a command.  How on earth…with the challenges of life…and the pain…and the mess…the suffering…the injustice…all the uncertainty…??

The verse goes on to tell us how, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

How do we not worry?  Pray.  Pray about everything.  And make requests, ask God for what you need.  But do it with a willful focus on thanksgiving.

What do you have to be thankful for?  For starters, He is the One who gives life and breath and all things to all people. (Acts 17:25)  Look around you.  Is there nothing you see that you can give thanks for?  (Note it doesn’t say feel thankful, you can choose to give thanks.)

Especially if you don’t feel thankful but even when you do, also thank Him for what you do not see – His unlimited love which is from eternity past to eternity future, His salvation which is so complete, His abiding presence, His promise of heaven when all this is over.  Thank Him for the good He is working on your behalf.  Romans 8:28

Pray with confidence, full assurance that He is and that He hears and that He cares and that He is well able to help.

Hebrews 11:6  … he who comes to God must believe that He is and thatHe is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

I’m praying you have a worry free (give the worries to God) and joyful week of giving thanks to our great Creator God.

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org

Prayer Tip: Lord, Teach Us To Pray

Wouldn’t it have been amazing to pray out loud with Jesus?  How would you pray?  What would you ask for?  The disciples got to do that at certain times when they were within earshot.  We get to do it all the time since the God-head actually lives in us.

Maybe feeling a little inadequate and certainly wanting to pray with greater power and effect, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them.

Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, ”uc” style=“text-decoration: underline;”>teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

Jesus answered them by giving them a model/outline by which to shape their prayers, what we call the “Lord’s Prayer”.  And then He follows that with an illustration about a person who makes an urgent request of a friend.  While the person comes and asks because of their relationship, the friend gives him what he asks for, not because they’re friends or because of how he asks, but simply because of his persistence in asking.  (Luke 11:8)

The best way to learn and grow in prayer is simply to pray.

“The great people of the earth today are the people who pray.  I do not mean those who talk about prayer; nor those who say they believe in prayer; nor yet those who can explain about prayer; but I mean those people who take time and pray.  They have not time.  It must be taken from something else.  This something else is important.  Very important, and pressing, but still less important and less pressing than prayer.”  S. D. Gordon

Let’s just do it; pray – and don’t forget the listening part.

OPPORTUNITies:

        Monthly: 1/2 Day of Prayer this Saturday Jan. 9    0800-1200 Plaza del Sol

        Weekly: Prayer and Intercession Class at the Plaza 1030 Sundays

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org