Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming Doubt By the Testimony About Jesus! (10/04/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming Doubt By the Testimony About Jesus! (10/04/22)

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This is the audio from the October 4, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’”
John 20:27 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on overcoming doubt even as we consider how Jesus loves those who doubt.  It ought to be comforting to everyone to know that Jesus understands the doubts we have and loves us so much that He patiently walks us through our disbelief.  When we take our doubts to Jesus, He presents Himself to us in such a way that we can believe fully in Him.

“He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe.”
John 1:7 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you be aware of the doubts that enter you life at any time.  Pray that the testimony of God about Jesus would help you overcome doubt.  Pray that you would live in such a way that people see the testimony of Jesus through you.  Pray that the love of God would be known to all through the testimony of Jesus.

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

In prayer,
Tom

Loving Those Who Doubt! (Sermon Audio)

Loving Those Who Doubt! (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio from the October 2, 2022 sermon, “Loving Those Who Doubt: Offer PROOF!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Text:  John 20:24-29

When we consider our own doubts, it doesn’t seem like it should so difficult to love those who doubt, but it often is.  When we look at how Jesus loved Thomas in the midst of his doubts, we find we can love those who doubt when we offer . . .

  • Peace.  John 20:26
    • Doubt can be a frustrating thing in our own life and when we experience it from others.  Often our reactionary response to doubt expressed by others is a position of defensiveness.  Even knowing the doubts that filled the heart and mind of Thomas, Jesus came to him with an offer and declaration of peace.  When we desire to love those who doubt like Jesus loves them, we interact with them in a way that offers peace.
  • Reality.  John 20:25
    • While Thomas is often the Biblical poster child for doubting, the Bible makes it clear that doubting the resurrection of Jesus was a pretty common trait among His followers.  In fact, the other disciples had witnessed the same reality Thomas was asking to see before they believed.  Jesus understands the substance of what we long for and how a lack of that reality can produce doubt.  When we desire to love those who doubt like Jesus loves them, we offer the reality of what they are looking for.
  • Opportunity.  John 20:27
    • While we will get to the faith part a little bit later, Jesus loved Thomas enough to offer him the opportunity to do exactly what he had declared would be needed before he could believe.  While the Bible doesn’t say whether Thomas actually reached out and touched the hands and side of Jesus.  It is my belief that the opportunity itself was enough to dispel the doubt that had gripped the heart and mind of Thomas.  When we desire to love those who doubt like Jesus loves them, we offer them the opportunity to have their questions answered.
  • Observation.  John 20:28
    • There is something powerful about seeing the evidence, or proof, of Jesus for yourself.  Whether he did reach out and touch Jesus or not, the opportunity to do so led Thomas to observe and declare that the One standing before him was his Lord and his God.  In times of doubt, God continually provides us with opportunities to observe His work and to show His work to others.  When we desire to love those who doubt like Jesus loves them, we offer them the opportunity to observe Jesus at work in us.
  • Faith.  John 20:29
    • While doubt comes from a heart and mind filled with uncertainty, faith is the certainty of things unseen.  Jesus declares that Thomas believed because of what he saw, but those who believe without seeing are blessed.  While believing without seeing the hands and side of Jesus requires faith, it is not a blind faith.  In fact, we have the opportunity to see and produce the evidence of faith each moment that we live in a way that represents Jesus well.  When we desire to love those who doubt like Jesus loves them, we offer the blessing of faith as it produces its fruit in us.

Today, how will you love those who doubt . . . even if the one who doubts is you?

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming Doubt With God’s Help! (10/03/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming Doubt With God’s Help! (10/03/22)

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This is the audio from the October 3, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’”
John 20:27 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on overcoming doubt even as we consider how Jesus loves those who doubt.  It ought to be comforting to everyone to know that Jesus understands the doubts we have and loves us so much that He patiently walks us through our disbelief.  When we take our doubts to Jesus, He presents Himself to us in such a way that we can believe fully in Him.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you be aware of the doubts that enter you life at any time.  Pray that you would know the evidence of Jesus that is strong enough to overcome all doubts.  Pray that you would know the love of God that doesn’t waver because of your doubts and embraces you in a way that removes doubt.  Pray that you would love people who doubt and share with them the good news of a God who can be believed in.

“Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!’”
Mark 9:24 (NIV)

Pray that you would always turn to God when you have doubts.  Pray that your belief would be strengthened by God as you recognize the tension between belief and unbelief.  Pray that you and the people around you would know God’s love even in moments of doubt.

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

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Guided By Truth! (09/30/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Guided By Truth! (09/30/22)

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This is the audio from the September 30, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on loving with truth as we continue a series about being loved by Jesus so we can love like Jesus.  When we know the truth of God’s Word, we are prepared to speak that truth to others.  Truth is important to God and therefore ought to be important to us as his children.  The way we love people, especially those who may be labeled by society as outcasts, ought to be centered in the truth of God’s love for them.

“Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.”
Psalm 43:3 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow into a fullness of His truth.  Pray that you would seek God’s truth for your source of guidance in all things.  Pray that your love for others would be guided by the truth of God’s love for them.  Pray that God’s love through you would guide others to Him.

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

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Protected By Truth! (09/29/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Protected By Truth! (09/29/22)

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This is the audio from the September 29, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on loving with truth as we continue a series about being loved by Jesus so we can love like Jesus.  When we know the truth of God’s Word, we are prepared to speak that truth to others.  Truth is important to God and therefore ought to be important to us as his children.  The way we love people, especially those who may be labeled by society as outcasts, ought to be centered in the truth of God’s love for them.

“Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me.”
Psalm 40:11 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow into a fullness of His truth.  Pray that you would know the protection of having your life centered in the truth of God.  Pray that the truth of God’s mercy would direct the way you love others with mercy.  Pray that God’s protection would be known by those who experience His mercy through you.

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

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Walking In Truth! (09/28/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Walking In Truth! (09/28/22)

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This is the audio from the September 28, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on loving with truth as we continue a series about being loved by Jesus so we can love like Jesus.  When we know the truth of God’s Word, we are prepared to speak that truth to others.  Truth is important to God and therefore ought to be important to us as his children.  The way we love people, especially those who may be labeled by society as outcasts, ought to be centered in the truth of God’s love for them.

“Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.”
Psalm 26:2-3 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow into a fullness of His truth.  Pray that you would be known by the people around you as one who walks in truth no matter what.  Pray that a continual awareness of how God views your life would help you to be faithful to Him as ’the Way, the Truth, and the Life”.

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

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Learning Truth! (09/27/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Learning Truth! (09/27/22)

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This is the audio from the September 27, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on loving with truth as we continue a series about being loved by Jesus so we can love like Jesus.  When we know the truth of God’s Word, we are prepared to speak that truth to others.  Truth is important to God and therefore ought to be important to us as his children.  The way we love people, especially those who may be labeled by society as outcasts, ought to be centered in the truth of God’s love for them.

“Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow into a fullness of His truth.  Pray that you would be a continual student of God’s Word as you learn truth from Him on a daily basis.  Pray that the truth you learn from God’s Word would guide your love for all people.

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

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Speaking Truth! (09/26/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Speaking Truth! (09/26/22)

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This is the audio from the September 26, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on loving with truth as we continue a series about being loved by Jesus so we can love like Jesus.  When we know the truth of God’s Word, we are prepared to speak that truth to others.  Truth is important to God and therefore ought to be important to us as his children.  The way we love people, especially those who may be labeled by society as outcasts, ought to be centered in the truth of God’s love for them.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow into a fullness of His truth.  Pray that the truth of God’s love for you would fully shape the way you love others.  Pray that you would not sacrifice truth to the gods of convenience, expediency, favor, or political correctness.  In living and speaking truth, pray that you would always do so in love.

“LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?  He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart.”
Psalm 15:1-2 (NIV)

Pray that your love for God and people would guide the way you speak truth.  Pray that you would be one who always speaks truth because that is what resides within you.  Pray that the people around you would know God’s love through the truth you speak.

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

In prayer,
Tom