Renewed As You PRAY (Sermon Audio)

Renewed As You PRAY (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio and outline from the September 19, 2021 sermon, “Renewed As You PRAY”, shared by Tom Lemler at the South City Christian Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Text:  Colossians 4:2-6, Isaiah 40:30-31

While using the same outline as a sermon I preached at the Goshen Christian Church in August, this message was worked on specifically for the people of Lake Charles and the South City Christian Church to kick off a series on being renewed.  For me, one of the comforting aspects of the Isaiah 40:30-31 passage is the acknowledgement that even youths grow weary and tired.  It serves as a reminder that we all experience circumstances of life that wear us down and we find ourselves in need of renewal.  The good news is that God says those who wait upon Him, or put their hope in Him, will be renewed.  Learning to do that can be a complicated thing, but a great place to start is in learning to be renewed as you . . .

  • Pause.  Colossians 4:2, Proverbs 24:32
    • Learning to pause can be a valuable tool to help us grow in a lifestyle of prayer.  It is often the lack of a pause that gets us into trouble as our nature has a tendency to want to respond out of the emotions that are stirred up by what we see and hear.  When we watch and pause, we take time to observe carefully and seek God’s perspective on what is really going on.  Practicing the pause is done when we spend time with God in prayer and His Word so that we are the sheep who hear His voice and know His voice.
  • Request.  Colossians 4:3-4, Philippians 4:6
    • By beginning with a pause that seeks God above all else, our requests are refined to remove the typical selfishness that seems to be a part of mankind’s nature.  Watching what is really going on around us should lead us to requests that God would use us to speak boldly and lovingly about the good news of Jesus.  When we are devoted to prayer in a way that is watchful and thankful, our requests of God tend to have a more eternal perspective as we realize the temporary nature of this life on earth.
  • Act.  Colossians 4:5, Proverbs 3:27
    • Learning to watch and act means that we are listening to God and being obedient when He calls us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the people around us.  Many times we make our requests known to God and then we sit back and expect God or someone else to make them happen.  Learning to pause and request doesn’t negate the need to act — it just puts the action that we take into the proper perspective of being directed by God.  When you pray and make your requests known to God, especially requests for others, it is important that you also listen for the great possibility that God will call you to act in response to that request.
  • Yield.  Colossians 4:6, Matthew 6:10
    • This may be the most difficult part of learning to watch and pray for many people.  Yielding to God’s authority in all things means that we are not in charge.  When we learn to let our words be seasoned with grace, we yield the need to be right about everything and we remove ourselves from the position of pretending we are God.  Even when we pause, request, and act, we must be careful that our will is fully yielded to God and that we are not simply using a false spirituality to push our ways on others.  Learning to watch and pray leads us to a point of joining in the prayer of Jesus, “Not my will, but yours be done.”

What do you need to work on in order to be renewed as you PRAY?

What could happen if you were to PRAY throughout your neighborhood?

Encouragement and Prayer:  The Gift of Work Which Helps Others! (09/08/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: The Gift of Work Which Helps Others! (09/08/21)

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This is the audio from the September 8, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Acts 20:35 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about knowing the gift of work.  God’s desire is that we would learn to enjoy both the fruit of our labor and the gift of having work that we can do.  While sin brought with it great hardship and toil, God had given Adam and Eve the work of caring for the garden, and enjoying its bounty, prior to sin coming into the world. 

As you pray this week, ask God to help you see work as a gift rather than a curse.  Pray that you would live with an awareness of how God wants your work to help others.  Pray that your work would be a blessing to you as it allows you to give to those in need.

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:  The Gift of Timely Work! (09/07/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: The Gift of Timely Work! (09/07/21)

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This is the audio from the September 7, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”
John 9:4 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about knowing the gift of work.  God’s desire is that we would learn to enjoy both the fruit of our labor and the gift of having work that we can do.  While sin brought with it great hardship and toil, God had given Adam and Eve the work of caring for the garden, and enjoying its bounty, prior to sin coming into the world. 

As you pray this week, ask God to help you see work as a gift rather than a curse.  Pray that you would know, and do, the work which needs done now.  Pray that you would live with a sense of urgency when it comes to doing the work God has called His children to.  Pray that your work would help others know of the nearness of Christ and of His return.

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:  The Gift of Work Which Honors God! (09/06/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: The Gift of Work Which Honors God! (09/06/21)

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This is the audio from the September 6, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor — it is the gift of God.” 
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about knowing the gift of work.  God’s desire is that we would learn to enjoy both the fruit of our labor and the gift of having work that we can do.  While sin brought with it great hardship and toil, God had given Adam and Eve the work of caring for the garden, and enjoying its bounty, prior to sin coming into the world. 

As you pray this week, ask God to help you see work as a gift rather than a curse.  Pray that you would daily go about your work as doing it for the Lord.  Pray that you would find value in your work and that you would value the work done by others.  Pray for a greater recognition of how God is using your work to meet your needs and the needs of others.  Pray that the value of your work would not be based on an income, but rather on an obedience to God.

The Gift of Work Which Honors God

“He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.”
John 7:18 (NIV)

Pray for the humility needed to let your work bring honor to God rather than yourself.  Pray that you would know the gift of integrity that comes from work which honors God.

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

In prayer,
Tom

The Kingdom of GOD (Sermon Audio)

The Kingdom of GOD (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio and outline from the September 5, 2021 sermon, “The Kingdom of GOD”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.

Text:  Mark 4:26-34

While Jesus lived on earth He had much to say about the kingdom of His Father.  As I read through the gospels, I find Jesus talking about the kingdom of God in not only a future tense, but also in the soon to arrive and even in the present tense.  Part of the reason for this is the eternal nature of God’s kingdom — no beginning and no end.  But it also comes from God’s desire that we would understand what it looks like to live as a kingdom citizen, and that we would begin living that way now rather than it simply be something we hope to attain to someday when this life is over.  In Mark chapter four, we find Jesus telling a couple parables about the kingdom of God and in doing so He defines His kingdom as a kingdom of . . .

  • Growth.  Mark 4:27, Colossians 1:6
    • Seeds are planted in the ground with one primary expectation and that is the expectation of growth.  The seeds planted by God’s Word and the life, teachings, and sacrifice of Jesus are the seeds of the kingdom that God has designed for growth.  When we recognize the kingdom of God as a kingdom of growth, we ought to be more deliberate about seeking out that which helps our faith to grow and to share the good news that helps others become a part of the kingdom through a relationship with Jesus.
  • Obedience.  Mark 4:28, 1 John 3:24
    • Jesus says that the seed planted in the ground grows and produces a harvest whether anyone is watching or not simply because it is being obedient to its design.  Scripture teaches us that while our obedience isn’t what gains us a place in the kingdom of God, it is a common trait of all those who belong to His kingdom.  When we recognize the kingdom of God as a kingdom of obedience, we seek God’s help in taking every through captive and making it obedient to Christ so that our actions would follow with the same level of obedience.
  • Destination.  Mark 4:32, Philippians 3:12-14
    • In the parables, Jesus talks about a seed growing and producing a plant that was large enough for the birds of the air to come and perch among its branches.  Paul would write about our need to press on to a heavenward prize, knowing that an eternal destination awaited that had room for all who would respond by faith to Jesus.  When we recognize the kingdom of God as a kingdom of destination, we learn to live as kingdom citizens who are on a journey home and we live a life that shares the good news of a destination that has room for everyone.

How will you live as a kingdom citizen today?

Are there changes you need to make to better live in a kingdom of Growth, Obedience, and Destination?

Encouragement and Prayer:  Receiving Help When Tempted! (09/03/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Receiving Help When Tempted! (09/03/21)

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This is the audio from the September 3, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”
Hebrews 2:18 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about receiving help when we cry out to God.  When you find yourself in times of distress, it is comforting to know that God listens when we cry out.  Even when our distress is of our own doing, God hears and responds to our calls for help.

As you pray this week, ask God to increase your faith so that you would call out to Him in times of trouble.  Pray that you would know, and use, the help that is found in Jesus to overcome temptation.  Pray that your life would share the value of having One who understands temptation to help when you are tempted.  Pray that God’s help would be made known to all who face temptation.

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:  Receiving Help By  God’s Spirit! (09/02/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Receiving Help By God’s Spirit! (09/02/21)

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This is the audio from the September 2, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you — guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.”
2 Timothy 1:14 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about receiving help when we cry out to God.  When you find yourself in times of distress, it is comforting to know that God listens when we cry out.  Even when our distress is of our own doing, God hears and responds to our calls for help.

As you pray this week, ask God to increase your faith so that you would call out to Him in times of trouble.  Pray that you would value all that God has entrusted to you.  Pray for the help of God’s Spirit to guard the good news which He has made grow in your life.  Pray that God’s Spirit would help you to live with great wisdom and discernment.

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:  Receiving Help Through Prayer! (09/01/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Receiving Help Through Prayer! (09/01/21)

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This is the audio from the September 1, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.”
1 Timothy 5:5 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about receiving help when we cry out to God.  When you find yourself in times of distress, it is comforting to know that God listens when we cry out.  Even when our distress is of our own doing, God hears and responds to our calls for help.

As you pray this week, ask God to increase your faith so that you would call out to Him in times of trouble.  Ask God to help you learn to pray continually when you find yourself in need and feel all alone.  Pray about how God would have you be an answer to the prayers of those who are really in need.

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

In prayer,
Tom