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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 23, 2018

Today’s Verse for 09/23/2018

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: — Romans 5:3-4 (KJV)

Thought

I remember the old Corrie ten Boom phrase, “Thank God for the fleas.” The fleas kept the German soldiers out of the barracks in the Jewish concentration camp where she was imprisoned. This allowed her to minister and visit with those who were being persecuted. There she could show and share Jesus. Even in the worst of suffering, God can bring blessings through those who know that life’s goal is character, not comfort.

Prayer

Mighty God, I confess that I get impatient and frustrated with difficulty, pain, and suffering. Please give me more compassion and a better listening to ear, so that I may bless those who need your love and grace. Give me the strength to find joy in the difficulties of breaking through the barriers Satan places in the way to keep others from the Jesus. In the Savior’s name I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 22, 2018

Today’s Verse for 09/22/2018

Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. — Romans 15:7 (KJV)

Thought

I hate racism and exclusivity. But my loathing does not match God’s revulsion at these things. On the other hand, we can anticipate the choir of heaven (see Revelation 7:9ff.) if we will accept one another in Jesus and not let race, language, culture, or suspicion keep us from loving each other as we have already been loved by the Savior.

Prayer

Holy and Righteous Father, I pray that we will let your Spirit and your grace help us tear down any wall that divides your people based on race or culture or privilege. Teach us, teach me, to love all peoples in the way you do. In the name of Jesus, who died for all people everywhere, I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 21, 2018

Today’s Verse for 09/21/2018

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. — 2 Corinthians 13:14 (KJV)

Thought

I have a friend in Jesus who has taught me the power of sharing a spiritual blessing with others. I can’t think of a better one than the short blessing in today’s verse! Grace, love, and fellowship — all rooted in the eternal, sacrificial, and gracious nature of our God. We share these blessings with God’s children all around the world.

Prayer

Father, I am thinking of several precious friends who need the richness of this blessing to fall upon them. Please bless them richly and graciously. In Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 20, 2018

Today’s Verse for 09/20/2018

Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. — Joel 2:23 (KJV)

Thought

“The prayers go up and the blessings come down…” The words to this children’s song are only half right, because God sends his blessings many times even when we don’t pray. But just as we love the special smell that comes with a drought breaking rain, God loves the aroma of his children’s joy, especially when he is the source of its delight!

Prayer

Holy God and tender Father, you are my great delight. When all others fail, you are still God. You are my rock and fortress, you are my tender shepherd, and you are my solid mountain that cannot be shaken or moved. Your blessings and grace shower down upon me and fill me with joy. I can’t wait for the day I get to see you face to face and delight in your presence forever. Until then, I will rejoice in anticipation. In Jesus’ glorious name I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 19, 2018

Jesus, Friend of Sinners james@hinklefamily.org

Jesus, Friend of Sinners

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 19, 2018

Please pray for the Arrowood family.

The Arrowood family wants to thank you for your prayers, and words of encouragement over the last few says. Bert and Christina communicated their hearts in their Sunday FB post:

“My friends and family, This past Wednesday we had another ultrasound for our Baby Matthew, and we had been praying hard for the Lord to do a miracle for Matthew. As the technician went to Matthew’s heart we all saw the thing we had been dreading the most. There was no heartbeat. The Lord did see fit to do a miracle and take Matthew straight to Heaven. Mat- thew will never have to toil through all the hardships that this life brings. Although we are grieved to be without him, we know that he is in a much better place, meeting our loved ones that have gone on before us and, more importantly, our Great Savior. We are also happy in the true hope that we have in seeing Matthew and spending eternity with him praising God in His glory!! We understand that God allows trials in our lives without giving us the “why” or “what for”, but instead He gives us something far better, His everlasting promises that comfort and guide us through any set of circumstances we may find ourselves in. More than likely we couldn’t fully understand the reasons anyway. So, instead we have all His promis- es to rest and rely on. His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. While in our “small picture” minds we see the bad in this, God in His “big picture” wisdom knows best. This is part of God’s plan for our lives and serves a great purpose, if only to grow our faith and draw us closer to him. Please pray for Christina, myself, the girls and the Arrowood/Caldwell families as we work through the process of all these things.” ~ DBA

A graveside service s being planned for Friday and the details will be an- nounced tomorrow night at Prayer Meeting.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 19, 2018

Today’s Verse for 09/19/2018

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. — Ephesians 4:29 (KJV)

Thought

The goal in Christian communication is not just clarity. The goal is not just to be understood. The goal is not just to be truthful. The goal is to be appropriate, encouraging, and building up others based on what the needs of the other person are.

Prayer

Tender Shepherd, give me a heart that is pure so that my words may be pure. Give me a heart that is kind so that my words may be kind. Give me a heart that is full of joy and encouragement so that I may share these with those you bring to my path and with whom I share conversation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 18, 2018

Effective Prayer (Psalm 106:23) Dr. Robert L. Horton

Psalm 106 gives us an example which illustrate the truth James expresses: “the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (5:16). This psalm is a history lesson for God’s people. It explains why they are in exile, and why they deserve to be there. Even as God displayed miraculous power against the gods of Egypt, the people rebelled. Throughout the wilderness wandering they murmured and complained. And they failed to obey the Lord when they entered and settled the promised land. Consequently, God regularly brought judgments upon them.

Yet in the midst of sufferings there were bright spots. For instance, there was an occasion where one man pleaded with God and averted punishment for all Israel. While Moses was on Mt.Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments, the people were at the base of the mountain making and worshipping an idol – a golden calf, which they called the god which brought them out of Egypt! The psalm reports, “Therefore [God] said that He would destroy them, had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, to turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them” (106:23). All alone Moses prayed for the people, and God spared them because of his prayer. The psalm also points out that the action of Phinehas stopped a plague. Again, one man taking a stand for God on behalf of the people of God made a difference. And James tells us that our pray can be just as effective. Therefore, let us pray. God’s people need our prayers.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 18, 2018

Today’s Verse for 09/18/2018

Today’s Verse for 09/18/2018

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. — Philippians 2:3-4 (KJV)

Thought
Do you remember one of the earliest questions in the Bible? “Where is your brother Abel?” To which Cain responded: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Paul’s answer is a clear and undeniable yes! We must look to the interest of others and not just our own.

Prayer
Father, teach me to love your family as you do. I get so caught up and distracted with my own world and my own problems that I forget to notice those who are hurting around me. Help me to grow more aware and more attuned to those needs so you may minister through me. In the powerful name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.
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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 17, 2018

Today’s Verse for 09/17/2018

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: — Ephesians 5:8 (KJV)

Thought

Before and after — that’s the story of grace. “I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.” If we could only fully grasp what we so easily sing then life would be filled with more grace and our churches with more confident servants of God.

Prayer

Lord God Almighty, by your grace I know today that I stand before you welcomed into your presence and received as a beloved child. Thank you for rescuing me from all the traps of the darkness and bringing me into your light. Guide my heart and my feet so they will walk your path and show forth your light. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

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