On our Pastor’s heart (2-8-15)

You Are Praying; Keep Praying!

I want to remind you there are roughly 4 billion unreached people in our world. That’s 6,500 people groups that have little to no access to the Good News about Jesus Christ. Also, there are more than a billion people who are on the edge of physical starvation. The numbers are staggering. You may wonder where we should begin. Jesus told us the answer.

In Matthew 9, we see Jesus surrounded by the multitudes and moved with compassion because they were weary, harassed, and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd (Mt. 9:36). In light of the sick, poor, and needy around Jesus, we might expect Him to give His disciples marching orders to take care of the need, but He told them to pray:

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest (Mt. 9:36-37).

Again, we might expect Jesus to tell His disciples to pray for these weary and harassed and helplessly scattered people. But that is not what He said. He did not tell them to pray for the lost and scattered. Instead, He told them to pray for God to send laborers.

It was a prayer for the church to go into the fields.

His response should be humbling to us. When Jesus looked at the multitudes of helpless people, His concern does not seem to be for the lost would coming to the Father. His concern seems to be that we, His followers, would not go to the lost.

So, if we think about the billions of people who have not heard the Gospel and if we overlay these words from Jesus, then we begin to realize a clear truth: we are not praying as we should.

So I urge you to pray and keep praying for God to send out laborers into His harvest. Keep praying at your three prayer locations in our community. Increase your prayers for our nation and for the world. Pray for the church to go.

2015

See the Fields

White unto Harvest


Pray for the church to

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Deacon Election

To help minister to this church body effectively, we need to set aside five more deacons for service. On March 15, we will hold a deacon election. So as this time approaches, we ask for you to be praying for God to make clear the men that we should select as servants for this church.

On our Pastor’s heart (2-1-15)

One day at a time

Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:8-10).

Jesus always has the right words to say to us. Like Paul, we struggle and we need God’s help, and He gives all that we need. His grace is sufficient for all our needs.

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Often, though, we want to manage on our own. We have a tendency to strive for self-sufficiency. We do not want to admit that we need God. But then when we do, we want to drive up with a dump truck and have Him fill us full of His grace, so that we do not need to come back soon.
Yet, like the manna sent to the Israelites in the wilderness, the Lord’s grace is sufficient for one day at a time. He does not give us what we need for a lifetime. He takes pleasure in providing for our needs and caring for us day by day, moment by moment.

We need to learn to live in His presence, trusting Jesus for each of our needs as they occur. We need to take His yoke upon us; we need to learn to rest in Him each day (Matthew 11:28-30). And we need to learn to take pleasure in our weakness, because they provide new opportunities each day to experience Jesus and His grace.

2015

See the Fields

See the Fields

White unto Harvest

Upcoming events

  • U-Turn Winter Bible Study, begins Thurs., Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Young at Heart Valentine Banquet, Sat., Feb. 7 at 5 p.m.
  • Ladies’ Bible Study, begins Thurs., Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.
  • Winter Jam, Fri., Feb. 13 at 5 p.m.
  • Church Game Night, Sat., Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.

On our Pastor’s heart (01-25-15)

Thanks and Encouragement to Keep Going

Witnesses to Me…in our own backyard

…and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem… (Acts 1:8).

Last week, as we began talking about what the church has planned as far as outreach this spring, we asked for each of us to begin by praying now. Specifically, we ask that you find three places in our community where you can go once a week to pray and to look for people for whom you might pray.

I want to thank you for responding and praying. Already, God is working in lives. I am sure that God has never ceased to work. But I believe, because we are being faithful to pray, God is beginning to reveal some of what He has been doing. So, thank you for praying.
And please, continue! Please keep praying. Pray for God to continue working in our community, for marriages to be restored, for homes to be healed, and for lives to be saved. 1 Peter 4:7 says,

But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.

Thank you City View for being faithful!

2015

See the Fields

White unto Harvest

watchful in prayer

Watchful in Prayer

On our Pastor’s heart (01-18-15)

Witnesses to Me…in your own backyard

…and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem… (Acts 1:8).

I am sure many of you probably wonder if I ever stop thinking about evangelism and missions. Besides talking about Jesus and glorifying the Father, I am not sure there is anything more important. We have been tasked with making disciples of all nations to the end of the earth, and certainly, our own backyard is crucial. It is our own Jerusalem.

So this year, we are planning two major ways to reach our Jerusalem: Pray and Engage. Pray for God to transform lives. And engage in outreaching events.

Prayer Phase: Because we believe God wants us to engage in several ways, we need to begin praying now. Specifically, we ask that you find three places in our community where you can go pray once a week. The locations can be three points in a straight line, three points of a triangle, or three points at random. They can be in parking lots, on street corners or at bus stops. But pick three locations either to drive to or walk to for your prayer time.

Look for people for whom you might pray. Look at homes and imagine who might live there. Think about the people going in and out of a business or the students attending a school.

More than 78% of the local population is unchurched and probably lost. This is our Jerusalem and there are lots of lost people. Pray for God to work, for marriages to be restored, for homes to be healed, and for lives to be saved.

Engage Phase: Currently, we are planning four outreaching events for the Spring and early Summer; so get ready to engage:

  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Wallace Medical Healthcare Event
  • Community Cookout and Gospel Music Evening
  • Vacation Bible School

Note: Watch for more details about each of item in our engage phase coming up.

2015

See the Fields

White unto Harvest

in our own

backyard