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 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.
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.
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.’”
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.
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By: Stephen Kingery
We have discussed how and why to pray, but what is it that we should pray for? I have some friends who feel that the words of Jesus in Matthew 21:22 teach us that whatever we want we can have. "And all things, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." Does this really mean that if I want one million dollars, and I pray to God for that, and believe with all my heart, being and soul that He will supply it for me, that I will receive it? If the above statement by Jesus was a universal truth, the answer would be yes! However, to fully understand this statement by Jesus, we must examine other scripture to determine what God's word says we should pray for.
Here is what God's word says we should pray for: God's rule on earth as in heaven (Luke 11:2); our daily bread or necessities (Luke 11:3); forgiveness (Hebrews 7:25 & 4:16); shelter and rescue from temptation (Matthew 6:13 & Luke 22:40); for others (James 5:16, 1 John 5:16, & Luke 22:32); wisdom (James 1:5); soul harvesters (Matthew 9:38); for the church (Ephesians 6:18); for our enemies (Luke 6:28); for government officials (1 Timothy 2:1- 3); for open doors that we may spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to others (Colossians 4:3); and for the word of God to have a free course to expand the kingdom to all nations (2 Thessalonians 3:1). I can find no place in God's word where we are taught that we should pray for material blessings so we can have our lives more abundant in the things of the world. We should pray for those things which will make our lives here on earth more abundant in the things of the spirit.
In the scriptures we are also given several examples of when to pray. We should pray for others when they are in need. Jesus prayed for Peter when he (Peter) was tempted, Abraham prayed for Sodom because of its sinfulness, Moses prayed for Miriam when she was sick, Job prayed for those who abused him, and David prayed for his enemies. There are countless other examples of prayers for others in the scriptures. God's word has a lot to say about other times when we should pray. We should pray when we are tempted (Luke 22:40); when we are sick (James 5:13-15); when we are persecuted (Acts 16:25); always (Ephesians 6:18); continually (Acts 6:4 & Romans 12:12); without ceasing (Acts 12:5 & 1 Thessalonians 5:17); all night (Luke 6:12); night and day (1 Thessalonians 5:17); steadfastly (Acts 2:42); when fasting (Mark 9:29); and when eating to sanctify what we eat (1 Timothy 4:5).
Who do we pray for? I'm afraid that all too often our prayers are for what we want or feel that we need. It is important that we make our desires known to God. However, we also need to pray for others and their needs. We should pray for friends (Philemon 1:4); enemies (Matthew 5:44); fellow Christians (Philemon 1:9 & 1 Thessalonians 5:23); for harvesters (Matthew 9:38); for sinning Christians (1 John 5:15,16); for the sick (James 5:16); church officers (Acts 6:6 & 14:23); for those in prison (Acts 12:5); and preachers (2 Corinthians 1:11, 8:4, & Ephesians 6:19).
The Glory of Godly Fathers
by Henry Morris IV *
Holidays in honor of parents have been customary since ancient times, but in the Western world they have only become official in the 20th century. In this country, Mother’s Day was first established by an act of Congress in 1914. It took quite a while longer (1972) for fathers to receive their own holiday after acceptance slowly grew from initial observances in the early 1900s.
It is surely fitting to have special days to express love and gratitude for our parents. After all, the fifth of God’s Ten Commandments begins, “Honour thy father and thy mother” (Exodus 20:12). This was later affirmed and even reinforced through the apostle Paul when he further promised, “It may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth” (Ephesians 6:3).
But what exactly does it take to be truly worthy of such honor? Biblically speaking, it starts when parents have children; they are then exhorted to “train up” their children “in the way [they] should go” (Proverbs 22:6). However, godly instruction is primarily the responsibility of the Christian father, applied with a gentle and firm hand to raise his children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). And such an environment naturally begins with the father’s own commitment to godly living and godly leadership.
Perhaps the greatest incentive for godly living is the example fathers set for their own children. From King Solomon we know that “children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers” (Proverbs 17:6). Children do indeed “glory” in their father when his example is good and godly, and they will likely desire to follow his moral and spiritual model throughout their own lives.
One of the many joys of fatherhood is not only to have children, but, Lord willing, to see grandchildren as well. Honorable men work hard to be able to leave an inheritance to their children, and, through them, to their grandchildren. For a “good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22).
Obviously, circumstances may not make it possible for fathers or grandfathers to leave a material estate to their descendants. Therefore, promises such as these must ultimately be understood in the spiritual sense. Even a poor man can leave a good inheritance of love, counsel, and a godly life. Of course, the greatest of all gifts to pass on to your children is to have led them to saving faith in our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ. This most precious heirloom will last forever.
In this sense, even men who are biologically childless can have spiritual children as they bring others to Christ. Paul, for example, could call Timothy “my dearly beloved son” (2 Timothy 1:2) and remind the believers at Corinth that “in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel” (1 Corinthians 4:15). Then what a joy it is when someone we have led to Christ begins to lead others to Him! In the great family of God, these spiritual grandchildren are our “children’s children” and constitute a beautiful and everlasting “crown” of fatherhood.
Enjoy this inspirational collection of Father's Day quotes for Christian fathers.
- "A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."
-- Billy Graham, Christian Evangelist
- "The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
-- Theodore Hesburgh, Catholic Priest and President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame
- "My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
-- Clarence Budington Kelland, U.S. Writer
- "How true Daddy's words were when he said: 'All children must look after their own upbringing.' Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands."
-- Anne Frank, German Jew and Holocaust Victim
- "It is much easier to become a father than to be one."
-- Kent Nerburn, U.S. Author and Educator
- "My dad has always taught me these words: care and share."
-- Tiger Woods, U.S. Professional Golfer
- "Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!"
-- Lydia M. Child, U.S. Author
- "We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual."
-- George Will, U.S. Journalist
- "It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."
-- Pope John XXIII