Encouragement and Prayer: Covenant of Glory! (2/7/23)

Encouragement and Prayer: Covenant of Glory! (2/7/23)

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This is the audio from the February 7, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’”
1 Corinthians 11:25 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis is focused on living under a new covenant as one who is made new in Christ.  The Bible teaches that the old covenant was a covenant of law designed to show mankind their need for something different.  The blood of Jesus not only fulfilled all the demands of the old covenant, it became the living document of the new covenant.

“And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!”
2 Corinthians 3:11 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you learn and know the lessons taught by the old covenant. Pray that the fading glory which exists in this world would cause you to consider the greater glory of that which is eternal.  Pray that the things of temporary glory would not distract you from seeing that which is greater.  Pray for a growing desire to pursue that which is better.

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: Covenant of the Spirit! (2/6/23)

Encouragement and Prayer: Covenant of the Spirit! (2/6/23)

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This is the audio from the February 6, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’”
1 Corinthians 11:25 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis is focused on living under a new covenant as one who is made new in Christ.  The Bible teaches that the old covenant was a covenant of law designed to show mankind their need for something different.  The blood of Jesus not only fulfilled all the demands of the old covenant, it became the living document of the new covenant.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you learn and know the lessons taught by the old covenant.  Pray that you would gaze deeply into God’s Word to discover how the blood of Jesus paid what was demanded so you could live in the freedom of a new way.  Pray that you would have the desire to live in the way of the Spirit rather than the way of law.  Pray that your interactions with others would reflect the nature of the new covenant as you treat others in the way God has treated you.

“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant — not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
2 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)

Pray that you would know that God has equipped you by His Spirit to not only live under the new covenant, but to serve and share in that covenant with others.  Pray that you would live as one competent to share in the covenant of life.

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

In prayer,
Tom

A New Covenant: The TIE That Binds! (Sermon Audio)

A New Covenant: The TIE That Binds! (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio from the February 5, 2023 sermon, “A New Covenant: The TIE That Binds!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Text: Galatians 3

“In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’”
1 Corinthians 11:25 (NIV)

Today continued a sermon series with a focus on being Made New In Christ. Being made new in Christ will change the way we act because it is defined by a new covenant.  Covenant does not seem to be a popular term these days and I suspect that part of the reason is they are considered to be more binding than we like.  However, when God makes the covenant with us, we should be eager to accept the . . .

  • Truth that binds.  2 Corinthians 3:1-6
    • The covenant that has been established between God and mankind through the blood of Jesus is a covenant of truth.  The authority of living within this covenant is not based on the approval of any person or their recommendation, but rather each person who enters into this covenant relationship with God carries the truth of it with them.  When we value God’s truth residing through His Spirit in each other, we find a tie that binds us together.
  • Intensity that binds.  2 Corinthians 3:7-11
    • The nature of this covenant established by God through His Son is one that is filled with an all-consuming glory and intensity.  This is not a half-hearted covenant that we can quote when convenient and ignore when inconvenient.  When God calls us to Himself to live in a covenant relationship, He does so as One who calls us to die to self and live in a new life that is completely devoted to Him.  When we see and value the intense nature of God dwelling in our brothers and sisters in Christ, we find a tie that binds us together.
  • Encouragement that binds.  2 Corinthians 3:12-18
    • The result of this covenant established by God with the power of the resurrection is an encouragement that should fill each person with hope.  Entering into a covenant relationship with a God that has set forth terms designed to give us freedom ought to change the way we speak to the people around us.  When compared to a covenant of law that exposed our guilt, this covenant of love is not only something that each of us should desire, it is something we ought to us to encourage one another.  When we live with the encouragement God offers to each of us in this new covenant, we find a tie that binds us together.

Today, how will you live with a TIE that binds?

Encouragement and Prayer: Attitude of Joy! (2/3/23)

Encouragement and Prayer: Attitude of Joy! (2/3/23)

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This is the audio from the February 3, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis is focused on living with a new attitude.  When we allow the Spirit of God to transform our mind, He gives us a new attitude.  However, that new attitude requires our diligent attention in order to keep it aligned with the attitude that was found in Christ Jesus.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine the attitude you live with as you interact with Him and others.  Pray that you would keep your gaze fixed upon Jesus to learn an attitude of joy as you accomplish the good works God created for  you to do.  Pray that your attitude of joy would be ever-increasing as you follow the example of Christ.

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: Attitude of Love! (2/2/23)

Encouragement and Prayer: Attitude of Love! (2/2/23)

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This is the audio from the February 2, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis is focused on living with a new attitude.  When we allow the Spirit of God to transform our mind, He gives us a new attitude.  However, that new attitude requires our diligent attention in order to keep it aligned with the attitude that was found in Christ Jesus.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
John 13:34 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine the attitude you live with as you interact with Him and others. Pray for a greater understanding of the commands of God, particularly in regard to how you love others.  Pray that God’s love for you would transform your attitude and increase your desire to love others.  Pray that your love for others would help them know God’s love.

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: Attitude of Service! (2/1/23)

Encouragement and Prayer: Attitude of Service! (2/1/23)

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This is the audio from the February 1, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis is focused on living with a new attitude.  When we allow the Spirit of God to transform our mind, He gives us a new attitude.  However, that new attitude requires our diligent attention in order to keep it aligned with the attitude that was found in Christ Jesus.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine the attitude you live with as you interact with Him and others.  Pray that your heart would be inclined to serve others rather than seeking to be served.  Pray for an attitude that finds contentment in serving others according to their need.  Pray that your works of service would bring glory to God.

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: Attitude of Obedience! (1/31/23)

Encouragement and Prayer: Attitude of Obedience! (1/31/23)

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This is the audio from the January 31, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis is focused on living with a new attitude.  When we allow the Spirit of God to transform our mind, He gives us a new attitude.  However, that new attitude requires our diligent attention in order to keep it aligned with the attitude that was found in Christ Jesus.

“Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.”
Hebrews 5:8-9 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine the attitude you live with as you interact with Him and others. Pray that you would live a life of obedience, even in the midst of suffering.  Pray that your obedience to Christ would come from an attitude that seeks to live for Him and live like 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: Attitude of Humility! (1/30/23)

Encouragement and Prayer: Attitude of Humility! (1/30/23)

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This is the audio from the January 30, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis is focused on living with a new attitude.  When we allow the Spirit of God to transform our mind, He gives us a new attitude.  However, that new attitude requires our diligent attention in order to keep it aligned with the attitude that was found in Christ Jesus.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine the attitude you live with as you interact with Him and others.  Pray for a continual renewing of your mind that will result in the attitudes God would want you to have.  Pray for the courage and humility required to adjust your attitude when it strays from what it should be.  Pray that the people around you would be attracted to Jesus as they see His attitude displayed in your life.  Pray for a heart of understanding and compassion toward the people around you as they also grow in the attitude they ought to have.

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11:29 (NIV)

Pray that you would learn from Jesus about placing your needs and desires below that of others.  Pray that you would grow in an attitude of humility as you learn from Jesus.  Pray for a gentleness of spirit that will bring you rest.

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

In prayer,
Tom