Month: July 2015

The Blessedness of Answered Prayer

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Psalm 30

1     I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up,

And have not let my foes rejoice over me.

2     O Lord my God, I cried out to You,

And You healed me.

3     O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave;

You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

4     Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,

And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

5     For His anger is but for a moment,

His favor is for life;

Weeping may endure for a night,

But joy comes in the morning.

6     Now in my prosperity I said,

“I shall never be moved.”

7     Lord, by Your favor (grace) You have made my mountain stand strong;

You hid Your face, and I was troubled.

8     I cried out to You, O Lord;

And to the Lord I made supplication:

9     “What profit is there in my blood,

When I go down to the pit?

Will the dust praise You?

Will it declare Your truth?

10   Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;

Lord, be my helper!”

11   You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;

You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,

12   To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.

O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

I was not able to choose one or two verses out of this Psalm, so I decided to post all of it.  David knew what it was to cry out to God in prayer and for God to answer his prayers.  We, as a church, are studying prayer.  There is no greater study right now for us than this for it is through prayer that God hears our hearts’ desires and gives His blessing, His favor, His guidance and His power.

Join in with David’s prayer today.  Reread this Psalm and long for the conclusions of verses 11-12 to be true in your life.

Tonight we will gather at 7:00 for prayer. I long for the day when all of our church would gather together for prayer. God desires this and we should long for it. Change your plans this evening and join us at 7:00. If you cannot stay for the Bible study, that is fine. Join us for prayer. When God answers we will then rejoice together.

Tomorrow morning we meet at church at 5:45 to leave at 6:00. I will not be posting devotionals the rest of the week. If you are still considering going with us we would be happy to have you. Meet us at the church and come along.

Sunday is our dinner day after church. Be sure to bring enough food for your family and a few others. If the weather is nice we will eat outside.

I will be speaking from Isaiah 42:5-9. God wants us to know that He is God. This is an important message for us, (all from His word are) as we are faced with calls to doubt God as creator and as sovereign over all. When we see God as God we are much more secure in life and in future planning.

I will be out of phone contact until Sunday. If you have a need call Tom Hymers or Bob Johanson. You can leave a message for me at 715-759-5976.

There will be men’s prayer breakfast Saturday morning at Denny’s at 7:30.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

 

Do we love the house of God like this?

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Psalm 26:8

8     Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house,

And the place where Your glory dwells.

Psalm 27:4

4     One thing I have desired of the Lord,

That will I seek:

That I may dwell in the house of the Lord

All the days of my life,

To behold the beauty of the Lord,

And to inquire in His temple.

Throughout the Psalms of David we see his love for God and His love for God’s house.  Notice the language used in these two verses.  David loves the habitation of God’s house.  He loves to abide there.  The house of God was not a place that David just stopped in to do his weekly church thing.  He loved to be there and treated his time there as a place he was living.  Then he loved the place where the glory of God dwells.  The OT temple was a place where God was.  To go to the house of the Lord was to go to the presence of God.  David loved being in God’s presence, it was the high point of his life.

Then in Psalm 27 David writes about his desire to dwell, to live, to abide in the house of the Lord every day of his life.  Notice the desire for God in this man’s heart.  He could not get enough time with God!  He asked God for one thing in life and that was to be with God more and more.  In the temple of God dwelt the beauty of the Lord.  David had made Jerusalem a beautiful city but that was not where David wanted to be.  He wanted God’s beauty before his eyes.  Then he wanted to inquire of the Lord in His presence.  David knew the joy of talking with God, seeking His face and His wisdom for his life.  This was where he wanted to live.

How do we see going to church?  Do we see it as a place we love to be as a place where we share the enjoyment of the glory of God?  Do we want to be there more and more beholding the beauty of the Lord and seeking His face with His people so we can know His wisdom and guidance for our lives?

But, you say, I can seek God anywhere.  So could David and he did.  But there was something special about seeking the Lord in His place of worship with His people.  What a church we would have if we all loved to be there, longed to be there, and asked God for more opportunities to gather in His name thrill in His glory and seek His face.

I guess David’s time in God’s house was predicated by his heart’s desire for his God.  May we increase in our love for God and in our love to gather with others who share in this love.

Continue to pray for Nancy Hall. She won’t be able to play piano for a while but we are hoping and praying for a full recovery. We know how much she loves to play and how much we love to hear her play.

I will be at Sunrise Assisted Living this morning at 10:30. Please keep this in your prayers.

Pray with me for God to show us His supernatural power in reaching people for His kingdom and glory.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

 

Behold the Servant, Sharing God’s emphasis, Isaiah 42 and Matthew 23- part 1

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<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/134535260″>Behold the Servant, Sharing God&rsquo;s emphasis Isaiah 42 and Matthew 23- part 1</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user3461934″>Pastor Steve Schroeder</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p> <p>The modern Christian church has become more like the Pharisees then we would like to admit. In this message, Pastor Steve analyzes Jesus' condemnation of the Pharisees and compares their emphases to the modern Christian church. He then asks us if we are willing to seek God's emphasis instead.</p>

God desires to show mercy, He always has

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Psalm 25

6     Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses,

For they are from of old.

7     Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;

According to Your mercy remember me,

For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

There is a teaching that the God of the Old Testament is angry and judgmental while the God of the New Testament is grace filled and compassionate.  Apparently, the Psalmist did not think this.  In the middle of the OT just after king Saul had died and hundreds of years before Isaiah, David knew that God had always been filled with lovingkindness and with tender mercies.

Were there times in the OT that God commanded His people to commit genocide on a nation?  Were there times when God’s judgment fell on thousands of people at a time?  Yes, there were such times.  But going back to the Garden, God showed lovingkindness and tender mercy to Adam and to Eve.  He counseled Cain to do what was right.  He found grace in Noah and saved him and his family when the rest of the world rejected God’s grace. He saved all of the Egyptians who put the blood over their doorposts.  He saved Rahab the harlot from Jericho’s destruction and placed her in the line of the Messiah.  He even gave pagan nations the opportunity to repent and turn from their wickedness as when He sent Jonah to Nineveh.

David was right.  God’s tender mercies and lovingkindness is from old.  David then called upon that mercy to remember him for the sake of God’s goodness.   When we call upon God, we are calling upon Him in His mercy.  We should never ask for judgment for others nor for ourselves.  If God delights in showing mercy let us ever pray for Him to show His mercy to the lost of this world so that they can turn to Him and be saved.

I rejoice in God’s leading of our church at this time. As we have come through the book of Isaiah we are seeing that God is both able and desirous to show His supernatural power to those who seek Him to do so. We are asking God to show us His power in our church. We are desirous of God’s power to save the lost around us, to meet our needs, to enable us to fulfill His great commission. Pray daily with us that God will shape our church the way He wants it to be shaped so that He can use it accomplish His purposes now.

I was out camping last week with some boys from the church. We joined a church in Sandwich and went to the Peninsula State Park in Door County. It was a beautiful park and we had a great time.

Be in prayer for Nancy Hall. She was in church yesterday morning and played the piano for us. Sometime in the afternoon she had a stroke. She was with her sons and they have requested that she not be visited at this time. We are not yet aware of the severity of the stroke. Pray with us for God to raise up our dearly loved sister.

Have great day in the Lord,

PS

We are home 

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After a very long travel day we are finally home. 

It all started at 5:30 am. We left for the border at 6 am and crossed with no hiccups. FINALLY we made it to McDonald’s for breakfast. From there went to the airport and waited for our 11 am flight. We left so early in order to miss the long lines at the border and miss our flight. 

Our plan arrived but they announced that it had mechanical errors. Three hours later we finally got on a flight to Houston Tx. Sadly we missed our connecting flight. The next flight they could put all of us on was at 7 pm. The teens did a great job of airport bumming for 5 hours. We ate, slept, played on our phones and explored the airport. 

Finally at 10 pm we landed in O’hare airport and very kindly the Pugas and Strejecks picked us up. 

Thanks so much for your prayers. If you have been following our blog please stop and ask the teens about it and what God taught them this week. 

Dios le bendiga 

 

La dia final

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Today was the last day of work. We spent the day painting benches for the school and orphanage. It was a fun and interesting paint job. The teens enjoy it because they used fun and bright colors that you see in the pictures. 

Sadly to we also had to say our goodbyes. In a few days friendships begin to develop and respect and enjoyment for each other began. This is always the hardest part. The people here are so lovely and wonderful to be with. Mutual love was shown this week and both sides (American and Mexican) felt it. This made it difficult to say goodbye. But we all said our farewells with the hope that we will return next year to continue the friendships and union that we have with Christ at the center. 

We should be safe and sound in Naperville by 5:30-6 pm Thursday night unless traffic or weather gets in our way. 
Muchas gracias for your prayers for is this week.  

    
    
    

Dia de pintar – painting day! 

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Today started with the aventerous Bible study of 1 John 3 which was a great study of sin habits and living as a member of God’s family. 

After breakfast we continues our painting work from yesterday (the boys bathroom) and began work on girls bathroom. The girls worked on the girls bathroom while singing Disney songs. The guys worked on the boys bathroom while joining in on the Disney songs. We had fun working together today. In the second half of the day we painted another classroom in the gymnasium. By the end of the day we finished both bathrooms and the classroom. Again today, each teen worked hard and did well today at working.  

    
    
 
This evening some of the girls brought nail polish and took some time to paint any girls nails who wanted it done. We also got some Mexican flavored ice. This proved to be a test of our love. The flavored ice was strawberry with lots of salt and hotsauce. We all tried our best to just eat it and not say anything but it was just gross to our American mouths. However the teens were polite and handled it well. 

Christ truly is in this place. Ray Hansen, the founder and director, shared his personal salvation testimony and how the Lord started this orphanage. It was such a blessing and a challenge to hear. From 0 to 60 kids the Lord has directed him every step of the way and Rey has had the faith the trust the Lord all the way through. We are so blessed to be in such a wonderful place where the hand of God is so visible. I hope more of our church people could come here one day.