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July Prayer Warrior Newsletter 2013

 

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

Prayer Warrior

 

JULY 2013  NEWSLETTER

 

Dear Prayer Warrior

We often think of freedom in a military sense—a war is won, soldiers return home, prisoners are freed, and bullets no longer fly. People walk their streets in safety, and citizens enjoy such rights as free speech, voting, and worshipping as they choose. From this perspective, liberty is achieved through force—combat or a military presence and maintained through laws, governing bodies, judges, and men and women who fight against those who oppose freedom.

This is certainly a simplistic representation of liberty, because true freedom is so much more than living without war—freedom goes far beyond mere outward order and nominal compliance. Dr. Henry Morris III points out that true freedom is found at a spiritual level, saying, “The ultimate freedom that is promised is freedom from the rule of evil secured by the salvation granted through the substitutionary sacrifice of our Lord Jesus.”

As believers, we struggle for freedom within, and our opponents aren’t always those wearing an enemy uniform or a terrorist’s mask. We often face far more formidable enemies—we struggle against our own sin nature, worries, fears, and even our “adversary the devil [who] walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

When we lay down our arms and run to Him, we experience spiritual liberty through the grace of God. He is our refuge, our stronghold, our victor in battle. He releases the captive. He sets us free with the power of His cross and resurrection. Only our Creator God could win the battles that rage within us!

While war memorials rightfully bring tears to our eyes, and heroic tales of battlefield bravery inspire us to reach beyond our personal comfort, our own internal struggles and wars lead us to the strong arms of our Lord. We personally experience liberty when we accept the gift of Jesus Christ—and then He enables us to see a world that cries for true freedom and to offer others the peace that’s found in Christ alone.

Yours in Christ,

Evangelism Board

PRAYER REQUESTS


In need of our prayers:
Those serving in the Military: that God would protect them and strengthen them to serve loyally. For their families, that God would care for their needs.

Those with upcoming Surgery:

Those recovering from Surgery:  
including Betty Coombs, Arne Hansen, Cheyenne Winslow

Those with Health Concerns: including Carol Rice; Erin Barriers Father who was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, Janice Henningsen, Joan Simpson recovering from a major stroke; Kathy Gitomer who has MS; Ron Gray;Wendy Watters. Jim and Pat Hensiek's granddaughter Lily Hensiek recovering from surgery in Lincoln, NE. Deb Williamson

Thanksgiving that Gerry DaVita's blood test results are very good and also seek God's continued healing and blessings on him as he recovers following the stem cell transplant.

Those Hospitalized: 

Those with Cancer: including Luke Stolarczyk, Bart Green, Simon Jones, LouAnn Thomas, Steven Larimore, Susan Freyer, Peggy Clay, Kiers Rowley, JoAnne Harder, Kim Purdon, Darlene Fields, Liz Miller, Tonya Hunter, Charlene Clinton, Barbara Patrick, Kay Valentik

Those in Hospice care: including Barbara Brown.

For Expectant Mothers and their unborn babies: including Kristen Whipple.

Newborn Babies and Children:

Those seeking Employment: That God would provide jobs for the unemployed and underemployed including Ruth Cheshier.

For Brandon Dulin who is just beginning is professional baseball career.

Prayers for all who travel: that God would keep them safe. Kristen and Kara Kappelmann as they return  for Hanoi vietnam for the new school year, that God would grant them safety, and that he would grant to Kirsten and Concordia International school great wisdom and skill as they teach and seek opportuniutiues for the proclamation of the gospel.

Those in Care Centers: including Paul Wagner, and Willa Davis.

For Inge Richardson, may God bless her in her new home at JKV.

For all who grieve: including Carla Wieters Shaw and family at the death of her father, Neil Wieters.

Those suffering the effects of tragedy and disasters: For the wildfires in the western states and other areas. The families of 19 firefighters who died in Arizona.

For marriages and families to grow stronger and for those suffering from divorce or broken relationships.

For those suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and mental illness.

The God would protect victims of domestic violence and lead them to make wise decisions concerning their safety abnd the safety of their children. 

Comfort and strength for those going through difficult divorces and for families experiencing division and strife, that God would bring healing through his grace.

That God would bless Abounding Love Preschool with more enrollments in the weeks ahead. 

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in KCMO that God would continue to provide for all they need.

God's Blessings upon our VBS staff as they prepare to touch the lives of children for Christ.

That God would provide all that is needed – the time, talents, and treasures – for BSLC’s growing ministry.

That God would strengthen us to reach the hurting, the needy, and the lost with the Good News of Jesus.

That God would richly bless missionaries Rev. Bob Malone in Kansas City, Missouri, and Rev. Bob Roegner at Peace Lutheran in O’Fallon.

 

A Prayer Of Thanks For Freedom"

Father, how wonderful it is to enjoy the privileges available to those who live in a free country.  We give thanks for those who enlisted and served in our military, fighting for and maintaining our independence. And how glorious it is to enjoy freedom from sin, thanks to the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus, on our behalf.  Our lives, once enslaved to sin, now enjoy the freedom from that which once held us captive to Satan’s bondage. We live in victory because You have set us free and we are now free indeed.  Thank You, Father, for delivering us from the domain of darkness and transferring us into the kingdom of Your Son in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins!  Amen.

Nearer My God to Thee

This hymn was written by two sisters.  Sarah Flower Adams wrote the words and her sister, Eliza Flower, wrote the music.  Together they wrote a number of hymns, but this is the only one still in common use today.

Sarah (the author of the words) enjoyed a successful career on the stage playing Lady MacBeth in Shakespearean drama, but retired from the stage due to health problems.  Not long thereafter, her sister, Eliza, came down with tuberculosis.  Sarah, determined to nurse her, came down with the disease as well, and both died at a relatively young age.

However, this hymn acknowledges the possibility of suffering but refuses to allow it to have the last word.  It says:

      "E'en though it be a cross
      that raiseth me;
      Still all my song shall be,
      nearer my God to Thee."

The message of the hymn is that every experience, good or bad, can draw us nearer to God, who gives us comfort and strength. 

      –– Bearing a cross brings us nearer to God.
      –– Darkness brings us nearer to God.
      –– Angels bring us nearer to God.
      –– And grief brings us nearer to God.

The things that the hymn mentions (a cross, darkness, grief) tend to be difficulties.  Sometimes when life is good we tend to forget that we need God.  It is the difficult times that reinforce our deep need for God's grace –– that do, indeed, bring us nearer to God.

–– Copyright 2006, Richard Niell Donovan

 

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.

Refrain:
Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee!

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone.
Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God to Thee.
Refrain

There let the way appear, steps unto Heav’n;
All that Thou sendest me, in mercy given;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.
Refrain

Then, with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee.
Refrain

Or, if on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I’ll fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.
Refrain

There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest,
There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest;
Age after age to be, nearer my God to Thee.
Refrain

 
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Remembering America as Nation Under God

July 2004  |  Christian Today

America became a free country on July 4, 1776, however, what many may not know - or forget - is that America is also a nation under God founded on Christian principles.

54 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were Christians, 27 held theology degrees. Many went on to form Bible societies.

The signers intended the document to officiate the separation between America and Great Britain. However, they based the Declaration which has served as a foundation to the beginnings of the American nation upon a greater foundational belief that God, or as written in the Declaration “Creator”, was the source for men’s irrevocable rights.

Samuel Adams, who signed the historic document and writer of the Rights of the Colonists (November 1772), once said, "Just and true liberty, equal and impartial liberty, in matters spiritual and temporal is a thing that all men are clearly entitled to by the eternal and immutable laws of God and nature, as well as by the laws of nations and all well-grounded and municipal laws, which must have their foundation in the former."

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration, also believed "God who gave us life gave us liberty.”

Two of the Continental Congress’ first actions were to hire military chaplains and to purchase 20,000 Bibles to remedy a national shortage.

Although America was already a free nation during the presidency of George Washington, the first president of the United States, he suggested that only religion could uphold its morality. During his farewell address he said, "And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

Even if America’s roots were traced back to its primitive stages, the marriage between the early inhabitants of the land and Christianity are inseparable. The Pilgrims clearly stated the purpose for their voyage even before stepping off the Mayflower: “...undertaken for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith...”

The U.S. Supreme Court also identified America as a Christian nation in 1892, after 10 years of examining hundreds of documents on the foundation of the country. The justices came to the unanimous conclusion that the documents undeniably "add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a religious people, a Christian nation."


John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, summed up the historic event that led to America's independence best when he said, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: that it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."

The conviction that God cannot, and should not be moved from the social and governmental construct of America continues to echo in the voice of the USA's more recent leaders.

According to the late Ronald W. Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, "Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience....without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure....If we ever forget that we are one Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under."

Freedom Bible Verses

This collection of freedom Bible verses for Independence Day is designed to encourage the celebration of freedom, both spiritual and physical, for the 4th of July holiday.

Psalm 118:5
In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. (NIV)

Psalm 119:32
I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. (NIV)

Psalm 119:45
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. (NIV)

Luke 4:18-19 
The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.
 (NIV)

John 8:32
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (NIV)

John 8:36
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (NIV)

2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (NIV)

Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (NIV)

Ephesians 3:12
In him [Christ] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. (NIV)

"Glorious Freedom, Wonderful Freedom"

by Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). "For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God" (Romans 8:20,21).
 

Glorious freedom, wonderful freedom,
No more in chains of sin I repine!
Jesus the glorious Emancipator,
Now and forever He shall be mine.


 "Independence Day" which is historically a time we express thanks to God for our political freedoms. Many take these freedoms for granted and may not even notice that they are systematically being diminished.

Many people all over the world, live under varying degrees of political freedom, some with very little. Most live in countries with relatively good freedoms. Others live in places with religious oppression and in some cases outright persecution. However we really doubt if this material reaches those living in actual slavery, although sadly millions still live under such conditions.

We want to point out a freedom that is available to all that is infinitely greater than any political or religious freedoms we may or may not enjoy in this present life. One hundred or one thousand years into eternity I suspect for those who have surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ; where we lived and the conditions we lived under during our brief earthly sojourn will be of little regard.

Once I was bound by sin’s galling fetters,
Chained like a slave, I struggled in vain;
But I received a glorious freedom,
When Jesus broke my fetters in twain.

In John 8, Jesus confronted the Pharisees and religious leaders of His day who had challenged His authority. The encounter specifically began when Jesus asserted, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12). The Pharisees challenged Jesus and the validity of His testimony and of course that has been at the heart of resistance to God's redemption plan ever since.

Jesus taught that those who "hold" to His teaching are truly His disciples (v. 31).  He said to them "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:32).  This especially insulted the proud Pharisees who responded, "We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?" (v. 34).

But Jesus was speaking of a slavery that impacts the entire human race; rich or poor, powerful  or weak, highly educated or unlearned, politically free or oppressed.  People from every background are slaves to sin!  Yet this is the very slavery from which Jesus came to free us: "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36).

In Romans 8 Paul is referring to this slavery to sin and the freedom the Redeemed are able to experience as children of God. It is, indeed, a glorious, wonderful freedom!

If you are a citizen of a free country don't take it for granted. Give thanks to God for this wonderful privilege and consider those who sacrificed for your freedoms. May this prompt you to pray for our brethren who do not have these freedoms. Above all give thanks to God that Jesus paid the supreme sacrifice so that we might be freed from the slavery of sin. That's something that we can all rejoice in no matter the political climate of our country.

Christ provides:

1) Freedom from the bondage of sin (Romans 6:18).

2) Freedom from guilt and shame (Colossians 1:21-23).

3) Freedom from fear of death (Hebrews 2:15)

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JUNE 2013  NEWSLETTER

 

Dear Prayer Warrior

We live in a time of a plethora of communications. Never before has it been possible to talk to so many people so fast, all over the world. 24 -7 - 365 days a year, people are sending and receiving information. Unfortunately, much of this mass of communication is worthless; we are wading through it like a flood of junk. At times the whole process seems impossible, we spend hours deleting messages that are of no value, just to find what we need or want.

This is not always the case. There are emails we love to receive. They are from friends or an important source and we look forward to seeing that they have to say. We skip over message after message and open what we want. These messages are special. This is how prayer should be as well. It should be special communication from and to God.

Prayer has been of great value to people for thousands of years and yet it is still fresh and helpful today. Throughout the history of man, people have longed to know God, and communicate with Him. People may try to discount prayer, but this hunger for interaction continues today. People have a wide range of ideas and schemes as to the ways and means of talking with God, but only one way has been accepted by God. He responds to Christian prayer.

Christian prayer is a part of God's salvation package. Salvation is by faith; it is belief in Jesus as the Son of God. This salvation provides us with an opportunity to communicate with God. It opens the way for a special relationship, where God is our Father and interested and actively involved in our life. In this relationship God communicates with His children. This is prayer. We can come to God as our Father and present our needs and desires and He promises to listen and answer.

Yours in Christ,

Evangelism Board

                                                           

PRAYER REQUESTS

 


In need of our prayers:
Those serving in the Military: that God would protect them and strengthen them to serve loyally. For their families, that God would care for their needs.

Those with upcoming Surgery:

Those recovering from Surgery: 
including Emerson May, Joy Corley, Tom Leo, Myrna McClellan, Melba Merrick, Jeane McKenna, Jay Watson

Those with Health Concerns: including Darren Penner, Marj Kassel, Glenna Barnes, Gerry DeVita, Kathy Gitomer, James Standridge, Jack Volz, Ron Gray, Janice Henningsen, Julie Burgess

Those Hospitalized: 

Those with Cancer: including Luke Stolarczyk, Bart Green, Simon Jones, LouAnn Thomas, Carole Reid, Steven Larimore, Susan Freyer, Peggy Clay, Kiers Rowley, JoAnne Harder, Kim Purdon, Darlene Fields, Liz Miller, Tonya Hunter, Mike McKenzie, Shannon McKenzie, Charlene Clinton, Barbara Patrick, Kay Valentik

Those in Hospice care: including Barbara Brown, Alverna Humburg

For Expectant Mothers and their unborn babies: including Sarah (Becker) Weatherby, Jennifer Meyer.

Newborn Babies and Children:

Those seeking Employment: That God would provide jobs for the unemployed and underemployed.

Prayers for all who travel:

Those in Care Centers: Neil Wieters, Willa Davis, Marie Dieckman, Paul and Donna Wagner. and Joan Simpson after a massive stroke.

For all who grieve: including Don and Marge Kassel and family at the death of Don’s sister; Amy and Bryan Helman and family at the death of Amy’s grandfather.

Those suffering the effects of tragedy and disasters:

For those devastated by severe weather in Oklahoma. For the wildfires in the western states and other areas.

For marriages and families to grow stronger and for those suffering from divorce or broken relationships.

For those suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and mental illness.

For God to bless the preparations for our huge summer ministries:  National Youth Gathering; Vacation Bible School.

That God would provide all that is needed – the time, talents, and treasures – for BSLC’s growing ministry.

That God would strengthen us to reach the hurting, the needy, and the lost with the Good News of Jesus

For all the called and support staff of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: that God would provide all that is needed - the time, talents, and treasures - for BSLC's growing ministry.

Thanksgiving for those enrolled in Abounding Love Preschool and Parents Day Out program for the coming year, and that God would bless this ministry with many enrollments over the next few months.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, that God would continue provide all they need.

That God would richly bless missionaries Rev. Bob Malone in Kansas City, Missouri, and Rev. Bob Roegner at Peace Lutheran in O’Fallon, and the Ablaze Center in St. Louis; and for Ted Krey and the Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission.

 

“A Prayer For A Willing Heart”

Father, You’ve called us all to a life of obedience. This includes the command that we are to raise our families in such a way that they will come to know You and grow in godliness in accordance to their individual faith. We also have opportunity to influence others for Jesus as we follow the great commission in reaching out to those who don’t know Him, whether it’s our neighbor, co-worker, team member or the homeless living on the streets. We want to make a difference in our world, one person at a time, since You touch individual hearts for the kingdom one at a time. We want to faithfully do our part through Christ Jesus our Lord in whose name we pray. Amen.

ROCK OF AGES

Augustus M. Toplady, even when he wrote his magnificent masterpiece, the “Rock of Ages,” could not resist the temptation to give a thrust at those who, he insisted, were believers in Perfectionism.

So he entitled his hymn, when he printed it—“A living and dying prayer of the holiest believer in the world.”

This is as much as if he had said, “The most sanctified soul in the world must come down on his knees and confess, ‘Nothing in my hands I bring,’ and ‘Vile I to this fountain fly.’”

—Walter Baxendale

One of the Jubilee Singers, a student of Fisk University, was on board a steamer that took fire. He had the presence of mind to fix life-preservers on himself and wife. But in the agony of despair, when all on board were trying to save themselves, someone took from his wife her life-preserver, so that she found herself helpless amid waters. But she clung to her husband, placing her hands firmly on his shoulders as he swam on. After a little while her strength was exhausted. I can hold on no longer, was her cry. Try a little longer, was her husband’s agonized entreaty; and then he added, Let us sing ‘Rock of Ages.’ 

Immediately they both began faintly to sing; and their strains fell upon the ears of many around them, while they were thus seeking to comfort each other. One after another of the nearly-exhausted swimmers was noticed raising his head above the waves and joining in the prayer:

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

Let me hide myself in thee.

Strength seemed to come with the song; and they were able to hold out a little longer, still faintly singing. A boat was seen approaching, and they did get strength enough to keep themselves afloat ’til the crew lifted them on board. And thus Toplady’s hymn helped to save more than one from death by the sea, as it has often helped to save souls ready to perish.

(1) Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

let me hide myself in Thee;

Let the water and the blood,

From Thy wounded side which flowed,

Be of sin the double cure,

Save from wrath and make me pure.

      

(2) Could my tears forever flow,

Could my zeal no languor know.

These for sin could not atone-

Thou must save, and Thou alone:

In my hand no price I bring,

Simply to Thy cross I cling.

      

(3) While I draw this final breath,

When my eyes shall close in death,

When I rise to worlds unknown,

And behold Thee on Thy throne,

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

Let me hide myself in Thee.<