Serving God: Faith That Is Communicated

Serving God: Faith That Is Communicated

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day six in the sixth week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Faith That Is Communicated

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
Romans 10:17 (NIV)

What do you believe in?  What would your friends say you believe in?  Would those answers be different?  Why?  Have you ever found out that a long-time friend or co-worker, that you never would have guessed was a believer, was a Christian?  Why did you never think so?  Who is the last person you told about your faith in Christ?  How long did it take you to come up with an answer to that question?  How will you be sure your faith is both seen and heard as you serve?

Perhaps you have read stories, or even known someone, that has died after living in apparent poverty only to have it revealed afterwards that they were actually quite wealthy.  We hear that and most people think, “how sad”.  Yet even more sad is when a person enters a relationship with Christ and no one around them is aware of their faith.  The Bible says that faith comes by hearing, but not just any hearing, it is the hearing of the Word of God.  As we serve, it is important that we communicate our faith in both words and actions.

As you pray, ask God to help you be intentional about making your faith known.  Pray that you would clearly communicate your faith as you serve today.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Faith That Unites (02/18/21)

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This is the audio from the February 18, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Serving God: Faith That Unites

Serving God: Faith That Unites

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day five in the sixth week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Faith That Unites

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)

Who is your best friend?  Do you agree on everything?  What keeps your friendship intact even when you have differing opinions?  How does having a common set of beliefs help unite a group of unique individuals?  What are your core beliefs that you would never consider giving up?  How does identifying those core beliefs help create greater unity with people who may differ in a lot of “non-core” areas?

As I  travel the country and visit a variety of churches, I see a lot of church splits.  Some have parted ways and set up their own “house of worship” across the street or down the block.  There are even more that meet in the same building; the split is between groups that simply won’t talk with each other.  God’s desire is that our faith in Him, the foundation of our relationship with Jesus, would unite us as brothers and sisters in Christ.  It is this faith that unites which allows us to serve when the non-essentials of our faith may not align with all the practices of those we serve.

As you pray, ask God to bring you into greater unity with other believers through your shared faith.  Pray that your faith in Christ would be a bridge to those you serve rather than a wall.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Powerful Faith (02/17/21)

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This is the audio from the February 17, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Serving God: Powerful Faith

Serving God: Powerful Faith

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day four in the sixth week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Powerful Faith

And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.
Hebrews 11:32-34 (NIV)

In what ways has God rescued you?  Have you ever accomplished something that you felt you were the only one who believed you could do it?  Have you ever done something that at one time you thought was impossible?  Do you often doubt God’s ability to do what He says?  Does your doubt ever keep you from serving in ways you know you should?  How would you serve differently today if you believed God could use you to accomplish great things? 

When the Bible talks about people of great faith accomplishing great things, we often read it with at least a mental disclaimer that that was them and not us.  Somehow we miss, or don’t believe, the scripture that says Elijah was a man just like us.  Turning the rain off and then on was not Elijah’s plan but rather God’s plan.  Even in the midst of great adversity and hard times, God not only rescued Elijah but used him to serve the people of Israel.  Our faith has power not because it causes God to do what we want, but because it puts us in a position to do what God wants. 

As you pray, ask God to fill you with a faith that seeks to serve according to His power.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Faith That Saves (02/16/21)

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This is the audio from the February 16, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Serving God: Faith That Saves

Serving God: Faith That Saves

It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others.  There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others.  Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season.  I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.

This is day three in the sixth week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”.  This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others.  Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.

Serving God:
Faith That Saves

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)

Have you ever avoided trouble or harm because you believed something you were told?  Have you ever had to watch someone walk a difficult, even harmful, path because they refused to believe your warnings?  How difficult is it to serve someone who doesn’t believe you?  How about serving someone that you don’t believe in?  How does the faith that saved you help you serve others more effectively?

I tend to be a big picture observer.  While that can be a helpful trait, it doesn’t win me many friends if I try to point out how a small decision now has long-lasting consequences that many would rather not consider.  There are a few people though, who have learned to believe what I can see and appreciate the perspective that I bring.  The sadder part is that many ignore God’s “big-picture” perspective because they lack a faith that could save them from many hard consequences as well as save their soul eternally.  To serve well, we need a faith that sees beyond today and into the desire God has for those we serve.

As you pray, ask God to help you examine how your faith in Him has saved you.  Pray that your faith in God would lead you to share about a saving faith with those you serve.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Grow In Faith (02/15/21)

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This is the audio from the February 15, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom