A Prayer Prompted by Matthew 25

Heavenly Father,

The church has been waiting for Christ’s return for what seems like a long time. Help our faith to be genuine and our attitude to remain watchful so that we will be ready when he finally arrives.

Help us also to be busy about our Master’s business. You have given us resources and abilities that you expect us to use for you. Help us not to fear or get lazy, but rather to use what you have given us for your glory.

We also realize that the consequences of Christ’s judgment are eternal. We ask you to forgive us that we might inherit the kingdom that you have prepared for us from the foundation of the world.

We pray for all of those we know that are lost, that they might be saved, and in that way avoid the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

While we are waiting for Jesus and working for you, help us to be a blessing to the poor, the needy, the foreigner, the sick and those who are in prison.

Help us to be a blessing to any and all that need our help, starting with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but not stopping with only them.

And help us to keep doing this until Jesus comes.

In Christ’s name,

Amen.

 

 

Matthew 17 Verse by Verse

Matt photoA few disciples have a mountain top experience with Jesus as witnesses of his Transfiguration.  Upon coming down, they find the rest of their group unsuccessfully trying to help a demonized boy.

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A Prayer Prompted by Concern for God’s Kingdom as Seen in Matthew 17

Heavenly Father,

We declare Jesus to be King of kings, Lord of lords and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth. We also declare him to be King, Lord and Ruler over our lives.  

May your Kingdom come and your will be done.  We ask your help in discerning your will so that we will more faithfully represent Christ as we go about our earthly business.  Help us to know how to exercise Christ’s authority in the spiritual realm, in our families, in our church and in our daily community life.  Help us to see when we are not doing so, especially when that is the result of a lack of faith. We admit that our faith needs to grow.

Help us also to see all those numerous cases when submission to earthly rulers is the right thing to do.  We thank you that we live in a place where we are free to worship you.  We pray that you would give those that govern wisdom to govern according to your will.  We also pray that you would have mercy on them and lead each of them into a saving knowledge of you.

And finally, we look forward to the soon return of Jesus Christ.

Amen.

A Shared King: The Covenant with David – 2 Samuel 7

Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christdiversity
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David receives promises from God that include a a king from his descendants that will reign forever.

A Shared King 2 Samuel 7.pdf 

A Shared King 2 Samuel 7.mp3

 

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39 Books: Daniel – Son of Man

39 Bks Torah Scroll WhiteDaniel – Son of Man

In Chapter 7, Daniel’s visions bring insight regarding the future – from a series of powerful empires to a kingdom that shall have no end – ruled by the Son of Man.

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Palmer St. Podcast: I Am Coming Quickly

This chapter will give us one more peek into the wonders of our eternal home.  That is followed by several promises that Jesus is coming quickly!

Rev 22.mp3

Rev 22.pdf

Rev 22.pptx

Palmer St. Podcast: Behold, I Make All Things New

In Revelation 20:11 John saw heaven and earth flee from the presence of Christ on the Great White Throne.  A newly created universe will provide the environment in which the Lord will dwell among the redeemed forever.

Rev 21.mp3

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