Disciplines of Lent

February 27, 2017

“As disciples of the Lord Jesus we are called to struggle against everything that would lead us away from love of God and neighbor – repentance, fasting, prayer, and works of love – the disciplines of Lent help us to wage our spiritual warfare.”


November 24, 2012

James 4:2 says that “You do not have because you do not ask.” If we as a church desire to see people enter into a new relationship with Jesus, we must ask God for that blessing. During this advent season, select five people you know who need Jesus in their lives and make a commitment to pray for those people by name every day for a month. Look for the ways God opens doors for you to talk and interact with them about the impact Jesus has had on your life.

Thanksgiving Prayer

November 22, 2012

Before the beginning of the new church year and the celebration of Christ’s birth, stop and give thanks for the great bounties that we have in our lives and reflect on all the Lord has provided us. Remind yourself that all things are possible in Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 says “Be joyful always, pray at all times, and be thankful in all circumstances.” Put your faith in God and let Him show you the path that He wants you to follow.

Weekly Devotional

November 18, 2012

Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. —Matthew 6:8

A man had transformed an over grown plot of ground into a beautiful garden and was showing a friend what he had accomplished. Pointing to a bed of flowers, he said, “Look at what I did here.” His companion corrected him, “You mean, ‘Look at what God and I did here.'” The gardener replied, “I guess you’re right. But you should have seen the shape this plot was in when He was taking care of it by Himself.”

We chuckle at the man’s reply, but it expresses a wonderful spiritual truth—we are co-workers with God. This applies to every area of life, including prayer. It answers a question that naturally comes to mind when we reflect on Jesus’ statements in Matthew 6. He said we don’t need to pray on and on with vain repetitions like the pagans, because our Father knows what we need before we ask (Matthew 6:7-8).

The question is, then, why pray? The answer is simple and comforting. God has graciously chosen to give us the privilege of being His partners in both the physical and spiritual areas of life. Through prayer we work with Him in defeating the powers of evil and in bringing about the fulfillment of His loving purposes in the world. Partners with God—what a privilege! What an incentive to pray! Compliments of Herb VanderLugt