Encouragement and Prayer: Authority In the Teachings of Jesus (04/13/21)

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This is the audio from the April 13, 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

Encouragement and Prayer: A Time to WAIT (04/12/21)

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This is the audio from the April 12, 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

Encouragement and Prayer: Authority of Jesus (04/11/21)

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This is the audio from the April 11, 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

Encouragement and Prayer: Go and Find the Missing (04/10/21)

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This is the audio from the April 10, 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: Go and Find the Missing

Serving God: Go and Find the Missing

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 the final day of the final 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:
Go and Find the Missing

What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.
Matthew 18:12-14 (NIV)

How many groups of Christians do you, or have you had, fellowship with?  Do those groups consist of the same people now as when you first met with them?  Why?  Who is missing?  Why?  Do you know people who have not just moved to a different fellowship of Christians, but have quit meeting with other Christians all-together?  As you consider people who have been close Christian friends of yours in the past, who is missing?  Will you serve them, and the body of Christ, by going and finding those who have wandered off?

It doesn’t take a very in-depth reading of the gospels to discover that Jesus has a heart of compassion for those who are missing.  It doesn’t seem to matter if they wandered off, were stolen away, or simply got lost.  Jesus taught that it is our responsibility to search for them, to watch for their return, and to be ready to welcome them with open arms.  People end up missing for a lot of reasons and sometimes we fail to have as much concern about the missing as Jesus does.

As you pray, ask God to help you to see those who are missing.  Pray that you would serve them by being involved in searching for them, watching for them, and welcoming them back.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Go and Bear Fruit (04/09/21)

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This is the audio from the April 9, 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: Go and Bear Fruit

Serving God: Go and Bear Fruit

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 final 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:
Go and Bear Fruit

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
John 15:16 (NIV)

Is your life producing anything good?  How do you know?  What type of fruit should your life be producing?  What is the source of this fruit?  How likely are you to bear good fruit if you are not living connected to the source of all things good?  How do you feel about bearing eternal fruit everywhere that you go?  Are there places you go on a regular basis that you have not thought at all about how you could serve the people there in a way that would bear much fruit?  What will you do?

Jesus said that if a tree doesn’t bear good fruit, it is eventually cut down and burned.  Sometimes we believe, and perhaps are even taught, that our relationship with Jesus is all about us and Him.  Yet the Bible makes it very clear that we are saved for the purpose of doing the good works that God created in advance for us to do.  When we live attached to the vine of Christ, it is our responsibility to bear fruit wherever we go. 

As you pray, ask God to remind you of the connection you have to Christ.  Pray that your life would be one that produces good fruit wherever you go.  Pray that you would take seriously your responsibility to serve others as you trust God to produce the fruit that He desires in their life.

In prayer,

Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Go and Leave Sin (04/08/21)

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This is the audio from the April 8, 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