Encouragement and Prayer:  Overcoming By Doing Right! (11/30/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming By Doing Right! (11/30/21)

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This is the audio from the November 30, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?  If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?’”
Genesis 4:6-7 (NIV)

This week we begin a two week focus on living a life that overcomes.  While the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is often filled with many celebrations, for many it is a time that is not nearly as festive on the inside as what the outside might represent.  While I believe all of these prayer guides can be useful well beyond the week they are written for, this topic of overcoming may be one of the most needed on a continual basis as we pray for ourselves and others in our times of difficulty.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you be more aware of those who struggle.  Pray that you would be better equipped to overcome as you learn from God’s Word.  Pray for a greater confidence in God’s desire and ability to help you overcome even in the midst of life’s difficulties. Pray that you would accurately examine your life for sin that could be causing your despair.  Pray for the courage to repent of sin and do what is right.  Pray that your life choices would give you confidence in being an overcomer.

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:  Overcoming the Power of Death! (11/29/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming the Power of Death! (11/29/21)

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This is the audio from the November 29, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.”
Revelation 2:1 (NIV)

This week we begin a two week focus on living a life that overcomes.  While the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is often filled with many celebrations, for many it is a time that is not nearly as festive on the inside as what the outside might represent.  While I believe all of these prayer guides can be useful well beyond the week they are written for, this topic of overcoming may be one of the most needed on a continual basis as we pray for ourselves and others in our times of difficulty.

As you pray this week, ask God to help you be more aware of those who struggle.  Pray that you would be better equipped to overcome as you learn from God’s Word.  Pray for a greater confidence in God’s desire and ability to help you overcome even in the midst of life’s difficulties.  Pray that you would be an instrument of God in helping others know that in Christ they can live as one who overcomes.  Pray that you would listen to the message of God’s Spirit as He calls you to overcome in a way that gives victory over death.  Pray for a continued faithfulness that helps you live with confidence in the resurrection.

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:  Thankful For Those Who Teach! (11/26/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Thankful For Those Who Teach! (11/26/21)

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This is the audio from the November 26, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”
James 3:1 (NIV)

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week and move toward the celebration of Christ’s birth, our thankfulness should not only remain but should grow each day as we consider the gift of Jesus.  Giving thanks really ought to be a lifestyle for God’s children every day that we live.  Our level of thankfulness will say a lot to the people around us who need to know of the hope that is found in Jesus.  This week we will focus on being thankful for the various aspects of the church family.

As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  Pray each day for the individuals of the congregation you attend as well as for the gathering of believers throughout your area and around the world.  Pray for God’s wisdom and protection for those who teach.  Pray that all teaching would remain true to God’s Word.  Pray for a spirit of humility to continually grow in the lives of all who teach whether they do so formally or informally.

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:  Thankful For Church Leaders! (11/25/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Thankful For Church Leaders! (11/25/21)

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This is the audio from the November 25, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.”
1 Timothy 3:1 (NIV)

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week and move toward the celebration of Christ’s birth, our thankfulness should not only remain but should grow each day as we consider the gift of Jesus.  Giving thanks really ought to be a lifestyle for God’s children every day that we live.  Our level of thankfulness will say a lot to the people around us who need to know of the hope that is found in Jesus.  This week we will focus on being thankful for the various aspects of the church family.

As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  Pray each day for the individuals of the congregation you attend as well as for the gathering of believers throughout your area and around the world.  Thank God for elders who desire a noble task.  Pray that their task is made easier by a congregation that lives out a connection with God.  Pray that God would continually raise up and make known those He is preparing to shepherd His flock.

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:  Thankful For Those Who Serve! (11/24/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Thankful For Those Who Serve! (11/24/21)

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This is the audio from the November 24, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.”
1 Timothy 3:8 (NIV)

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week and move toward the celebration of Christ’s birth, our thankfulness should not only remain but should grow each day as we consider the gift of Jesus.  Giving thanks really ought to be a lifestyle for God’s children every day that we live.  Our level of thankfulness will say a lot to the people around us who need to know of the hope that is found in Jesus.  This week we will focus on being thankful for the various aspects of the church family.

As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  Pray each day for the individuals of the congregation you attend as well as for the gathering of believers throughout your area and around the world.  Spend time thanking God for deacons who serve with diligence and faithfulness.  Pray that they would receive the respect due them.  Pray for a heart of service to be found in each person whether in a leadership position or not.

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:  Thankful For the Body of Believers! (11/23/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Thankful For the Body of Believers! (11/23/21)

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This is the audio from the November 23, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)

As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week and move toward the celebration of Christ’s birth, our thankfulness should not only remain but should grow each day as we consider the gift of Jesus.  Giving thanks really ought to be a lifestyle for God’s children every day that we live.  Our level of thankfulness will say a lot to the people around us who need to know of the hope that is found in Jesus.  This week we will focus on being thankful for the various aspects of the church family.

As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do.  Pray each day for the individuals of the congregation you attend as well as for the gathering of believers throughout your area and around the world.  Pray that each member would be growing in faith and equipped to share their faith.  Pray that your involvement in the body of Christ would be an encouragement to others.

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

In prayer,
Tom

Living a Transformed LIFE (Sermon Audio)

Living a Transformed LIFE (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio from the November 14, 2021 sermon, “Living a Transformed LIFE”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Text:  Romans 12:1-13

Living the Christian life is only possible by the transforming power of Christ in us.  Paul writes to the Romans, and to us, that when we are transformed by the renewing of our mind we are able to test and approve the will of God.  As those who desire to do the will of God, we place ourselves in position to do that when we are living with a transformed . . .

  • Love.  Romans 12:9a, Matthew 5:43-48, John 15:13
    • Living with a transformed love means that we learn to love like Jesus.  A sincere love is one that is genuine and has a concern for others that is greater than even our concern for our self.  Loving those who love us is relatively easy — at least compared to loving our enemies.  But loving our enemies in addition to our friends is the kind of transformed love that Jesus calls us to live with.
  • Insight.  Romans 12:9b, Psalm 119:99
    • Living with a transformed insight changes who decides what is good and what is evil.  Most people tend to develop a sense of right and wrong from a variety of sources — some times including God’s Word as one of those sources and sometimes not.  Living with a transformed insight should lead us to consider God’s Word as the authority for clinging to what is good and rejecting all that is evil.
  • Freedom.  Romans 12:10, Galatians 5:13
    • Living with a transformed freedom leads us to using our freedoms to serve others according to their needs.  Many times when we seek freedom we desire to be free from anything that isn’t what we want.  The freedom that we really need is a freedom from the bondage of sin and from the trap of our selfish desires.  The devotion and honor that we show one another speaks volumes to others about the true freedom that is available to all.
  • Expression.  Romans 12:11-13, 2 Corinthians 9:12
    • Living with a transformed expression should lead others to ask often about the hope that lies within you.  All of the transformation that takes place within our heart and mind should be evident in our actions and our speech.  What is inside of a person cannot be hidden forever and when we allow God to transform us from the inside out, the expression of that transformation ought to be visible to a world that is watching..

What area of your life is God calling you to open more fully to Him so that you can experience living a transformed life?

Encouragement and Prayer:  Thankful For Shared Concern! (11/12/21)

Encouragement and Prayer: Thankful For Shared Concern! (11/12/21)

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This is the audio from the November 12, 2021 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“I thank God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you.”
2 Corinthians 8:16 (NIV)

God’s desire is that we give thanks in all circumstances at all times.  It is too easy to let the cares of the world steal our joy and thankfulness, so this week we will pray about a variety of reasons to be thankful as well as things to be thankful for.  God connects our attitudes and conversations with one another with our life of thankfulness to Him.

As you pray, ask God to help you live a life of thankfulness each day.  Thank God that He draws believers to a common concern for one another and pray that you would always remember it.  Pray that you would be filled with a concern for others.  Pray about how God would have you make your concern for others known.

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

In prayer,
Tom