Encouragement and Prayer: Choose Life! (1/23/23)

Encouragement and Prayer: Choose Life! (1/23/23)

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This is the audio from the January 23, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
Romans 6:4 (NIV)

This week we will focus our prayer time on living a new life as we value all life!  Our relationship with God, and our view of His creation of us, greatly influences the value we place on life.  Life has inherent value because it is a part of God’s creative handiwork.  We can see the result of a society that rejects God — life quickly loses value because we have nothing left to base that value on.  As  you pray this week, ask God to help  you know the great value you have as one who belongs to Him.  Pray that you would live a life that has been made new in Christ.  Pray about how being made new in Christ should help you to value all life.  Pray that your representation of Jesus would help other know that they too can have a new life in Christ.  Pray that you would value life and speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves.

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)

Pray that your value of life would be seen in the choices you make.  Pray that the people around you would choose life for the benefit of future generations.

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 LIFE! (Sermon Audio)

A New LIFE! (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio from the January 22, 2023 sermon, “A New LIFE!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Text: Romans 5:20 – 6:7

“But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.  ‘Go, stand in the temple courts,’ he said, ‘and tell the people the full message of this new life.'”
Acts 5:19-20

Today continued a sermon series with a focus on being Made New In Christ. Being made new in Christ will not only give us new life, but it wall also call us to tell others the full message of that new life.  To do that well, it is important to realize the in Christ we have been given a new . . .

  • Likeness.  Romans 5:20 – 6:7
    • While mankind began by being created in the image of God, the entrance of sin into the world has stamped our flesh  with a different image — the image of sin.  When we are made new in Christ, we die to sin and are made new in the likeness of Jesus.
  • Individual.  Romans 6:8-14
    • In the ways of the world, our individuality is primarily all about us — we become ruler of our own domain.  When we are made new in Christ, our individuality is all about becoming one with Christ and with one another as the body of Christ.
  • Freedom.  Romans 6:15-18
    • Most people long for freedom and believe that true freedom means they can do whatever they want.  When we are made new in Christ, we find a freedom from the bondage of sin as we are set free to live in obedience to righteousness.
  • Example.  Romans 6:19-23
    • Many times our society will set people up as heroes and examples based on criteria that is very short-lived and even more short-sighted.  When we are made new in Christ, we find a “great cloud of witnesses” that teach us how to be examples of faith even as we become part of that great cloud for others.

Today, how will you live a new LIFE?

Encouragement and Prayer: A Loving Way! (1/20/23)

Encouragement and Prayer: A Loving Way! (1/20/23)

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This is the audio from the January 20, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.”
Romans 7:6 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about living as those who follow a new way in Christ.  In fact, the first century Christians were so focused on following Jesus as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, that they were simply known to their opposition as followers of “The Way”.  When we experience a new birth in Christ, we find that we have been called into a new way of thinking, seeing, and doing.

“In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.”
1 John 4:17 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you live as one who has been called into a new way.  Pray that you would grow in the likeness of Jesus as you experience His love.  Pray that God’s love would be made complete in you as you choose to walk in His ways.  Pray that you would be filled with confidence in facing the future as you walk in 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: A Submissive Way! (1/19/23)

Encouragement and Prayer: A Submissive Way! (1/19/23)

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This is the audio from the January 19, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.”
Romans 7:6 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about living as those who follow a new way in Christ.  In fact, the first century Christians were so focused on following Jesus as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, that they were simply known to their opposition as followers of “The Way”.  When we experience a new birth in Christ, we find that we have been called into a new way of thinking, seeing, and doing.

“Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.”
1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you live as one who has been called into a new way.  Pray for the humility necessary to live in a submissive way.  Pray that your submissiveness to God would direct how you learn and practice a submission to one another.  Pray that God would lead you in submission as you learn from the example 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

Encouragement and Prayer: An Honorable Way! (1/18/23)

Encouragement and Prayer: An Honorable Way! (1/18/23)

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This is the audio from the January 18, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.”
Romans 7:6 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about living as those who follow a new way in Christ.  In fact, the first century Christians were so focused on following Jesus as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, that they were simply known to their opposition as followers of “The Way”.  When we experience a new birth in Christ, we find that we have been called into a new way of thinking, seeing, and doing.

“Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.”
Hebrews 13:18 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you live as one who has been called into a new way.  Pray that God would help you to live with a clear conscience in all of your ways.  Pray you would be known as a person of honor because of the way Christ lives within you.  Pray that you would represent Jesus well as you live and walk among the people of this world.

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: A Wise Way! (1/17/23)

Encouragement and Prayer: A Wise Way! (1/17/23)

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This is the audio from the January 17, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.”
Romans 7:6 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about living as those who follow a new way in Christ.  In fact, the first century Christians were so focused on following Jesus as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, that they were simply known to their opposition as followers of “The Way”.  When we experience a new birth in Christ, we find that we have been called into a new way of thinking, seeing, and doing.

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”
Colossians 4:5 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you live as one who has been called into a new way.  Pray that you would be aware of every opportunity that God gives you to share about His way.  Pray for the wisdom necessary to live in a way that helps others to see Jesus through you.  Pray that God would guide your way among all the people you interact with each day.

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: An Enriched Way! (1/16/23)

Encouragement and Prayer: An Enriched Way! (1/16/23)

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This is the audio from the January 16, 2023 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.”
Romans 7:6 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about living as those who follow a new way in Christ.  In fact, the first century Christians were so focused on following Jesus as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, that they were simply known to their opposition as followers of “The Way”.  When we experience a new birth in Christ, we find that we have been called into a new way of thinking, seeing, and doing.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you live as one who has been called into a new way.  Pray that you would have the courage to leave the ways of the world in order to live in the way of the Spirit.  Pray that all of your ways would acknowledge God so that your walk would always be directed by Him.  Pray that humility would guide you not only in how you live in this new way, but also in how you represent that way to others.  Pray for God’s presence to be visible as you walk in this new way.

“For in him you have been enriched in every way — in all your speaking and in all your knowledge.”
1 Corinthians 1:5 (NIV)

Pray that you would notice, and make use of, the enrichment that God brings into all of your ways.  Pray that you would speak with confidence about your faith because of the way God enriches your knowledge about who He is.

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 WAY! (Sermon Audio)

A New WAY! (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio from the January 15, 2023 sermon, “A New WAY!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Text: Hebrews 10:19-29

“This is what the LORD says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’“
Jeremiah 6:16

Today continued a sermon series with a focus on being Made New In Christ. Being made new in Christ will call us to live in way that is new only because we are not accustomed to living that way.  In fact, this “new way” is a return to the ancient way . . . the way of God defined from creation forward.  When we know Jesus as “the Way”, we find He  is the One that gives us a new . . .

  • Washing.  Hebrews 10:19-22, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
    • When we are made new in Christ, we are washed in a new way.  This isn’t a “good enough” wash or even a “that will do” wash but rather it is a full and complete cleansing of every part of our being.  To be washed in a way that is complete will require us to reject a “you tell them” attitude when the Bible talks about sin and instead take the message to heart and be cleansed.
  • Assembly.  Hebrews 10:23-25, 1 Corinthians 11:33
    • When we are made new in Christ, we are called to a new assembly.  When we are put together and assembled by God into an organism that is His body, we discover the importance of one another.  The new way that is to be lived by those who are in Christ is not the “everyone for themselves” mentality of the world but rather an everyone for one another mindset that creates an eagerness to come together for fellowship, encouragement, and worship of God.
  • Yielding.  Hebrews 10:26-29, Philippians 2:3-4
    • When we are made new in Christ, we experience a new yielding.  While our flesh often leads us along a path of least resistance and easy pleasure, God’s calling is for us to reject the allure of sin through a full submission to Christ.  The good news is that God can see and know the details of our heart in a way that realizes whether our sin is a continual practice or a stumbling of temptation.  When we yield fully to God, we no longer have a desire to practice sin even if that sin finds ways to creep in and tug at our life.  This new way of life is one that says God is in charge of everything and I willingly submit to Him and to one another.

Today, how will you be made new in your WAY?