April 28, 2010
1. Global Impact Celebration (GIC): Pray for the events that begin tonight (04.28.10) and continue through Sunday (05.02).
2. Missionaries and their travel. Join me in praying for our Missionaries who have traveled from various places (overseas and from throughout the U.S.). Pray for their families — some will be leaving their families behind while here at the GIC…and pray for their return travel.
3. Workers Needed: Join me in praying that God will call missionaries from our church. Jesus said: “Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (Matt. 9:38)
4. Mission Offering: Pray for God to burden our people to give. Many of our special mission projects are funded through the Spring Mission Offering. Pray for the ministries listed and pray for God’s provision.
5. Meeting Place: Our “Southside” Hispanic ministry is looking for a new meeting place for worship services and weekday ministries. Pray for God’s direction and provision.
April 21, 2010
1. Global Impact Celebration (GIC) Team: Pray for staff in the Missions Office and the team of volunteers who are finishing the details for the upcoming GIC. Starts next Wednesday (Apr 28h).
2. Music Ministry Preparation: Pray for the choirs and “tech” teams who are preparing to lead our worship services during the GIC. Pray for the special worship services on Wednesday, April 28th and Sunday, May 2nd.
3. Missionaries traveling to Calvary. Join me in praying for our Missionaries who will be traveling from various places (overseas and from throughout the U.S.). Pray for their families — some will be leaving their families behind while they come to our GIC.
4. Travel and Speaking: Pray for us (Pastor and KK) as we continue our ministry in Arkansas, MO, and TN– speaking for Pastor’s Conference, Mission Conference and…
5. Final Meeting (Great Commission Resurgence Task Force): Pray for wisdom as we finalize our report and prepare for the Southern Baptist Convention in June. This will be our last meeting and it is very important. (www.Pray4GCR.com )
April 14, 2010
Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. (Col. 4:2)
1. Global Impact Celebration (GIC): Final preparations are underway for the upcoming GIC (Apr 25th-May 2nd) Pray for wisdom and strength for the Calvary Teams who are hard at work; pray for joy and strength for the Mission Partners who will be joining us; and pray for openness in the hearts of our people who will attend.
2. Celebrating Personal Faith: At least 15 people will celebrate Personal Faith in our services this Sunday. Many others are in the process of responding. Pray for leaders as they counsel others individually; pray for many to know the conviction and courage required to follow through in this public following of Christ.
3. Vacation Bible School (VBS) Preparation: Pray that God will raise up multiplied numbers of workers to serve, wisdom for leaders as they prepare, and hundreds of children and families to respond to the opportunity.
4. Travel and Speaking: Pray for us ( AL & AKK) as we travel to AR, MO, and TN. I will be speaking at a Pastor’s Conference, a Mission Conference and working to write the final report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force (GCRTF)
5. GCR Task Force: Pray for wisdom as we finalize our report and prepare for the Southern Baptist Convention in June. (for more information, click here)
April 10, 2010
Follow up on decisions: Our staff has been busy making phone calls, sending letters and emails. We are attempting to talk with every person individually and serve them as they ask questions about personal faith, baptism and church membership. Continue to pray.
Mission Support Team in the Middle East: Through phone calls and email, I have received word of God’s blessing on the time. Our team has been encouraged and learned a lot about the needs of people who live in Northern Africa and the Middle East. The workers have been encouraged through music and ministry to their children. God is at work in these lives…pray for them as the week comes to a close and many prepare to travel back to their homes when a new week begins.
Eliana and Cindy: They arrived in the states and were able to see a specialist the next day. Things seem to be going the right direction but Cindy is still praying for wisdom as she takes little Eliana to the pediatrician and they develop a plan to wean her off of the medication. Steven and the other kids will return to the U.S. next month. Continue to pray for him as he serves without his wife (in South America).
April 6, 2010
We (some of the staff) have been talking about ways to encourage prayer AFTER the 40 Days of Unusual Prayer.
One of the ways is to post my prayer list every week…a few of the things that are on my heart. Here’s my list for this week. Will you join me in praying for these 5 things?
1. Seek Direction for Prayer Ministry: that we will find ways to continue the fresh commitment of prayer discovered during our “40 Days of Prayer.”
2. Follow-up on Easter Decisions: over 80 people made a personal response following our services last Sunday. We are seeking to personally follow up on every decision.
3. Support Team in the Middle East: five people from Calvary are presently serving workers in the Middle East (during a retreat for workers and children).
4. Eliana Jobert: Missionary Kid (MK) serving in South America—coming to U.S. with critical health need.
5. Vision for Fall fresh vision for Bible Fellowship and worship services as we begin planning for the fall.
April 5, 2010
Many have shared how God worked in their lives during our “40 Days of Unusual Prayer.”
Your testimonies have encouraged me and the work of God has been obvious –in my life and in the life of our church.
If you have a minute, leave a comment and tell me what you learned and how God worked. I will not publicly share your comments without your permission.
Here’s my first reflection:
“A renewed emphasis on fasting and prayer helped me focus –it strengthend the understanding of my dependance on God and my delight in Him.”
April 4, 2010
“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said…”
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week…”
Friday afternoon, before sundown, they had laid Him in the tomb. Saturday (the Sabbath) they waited.
Now, still filled with sorrow, at first light Sunday morning, the ladies brought spices so they might anoint Jesus’ body.
As they made their way to the tomb they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” When they arrived, they discovered the stone had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, the angel said: “He is not here! He is risen!”
Today the hearts of believers from throughout the world will join in the cry: “He is risen indeed!”
He is alive!
He is alive indeed!
He is alive in me!
Mark 16:1-8; Matt 28:1-15 Luke 24:1-12 John 20