Encouragement and Prayer: Walking In Truth! (09/28/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Walking In Truth! (09/28/22)

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This is the audio from the September 28, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on loving with truth as we continue a series about being loved by Jesus so we can love like Jesus.  When we know the truth of God’s Word, we are prepared to speak that truth to others.  Truth is important to God and therefore ought to be important to us as his children.  The way we love people, especially those who may be labeled by society as outcasts, ought to be centered in the truth of God’s love for them.

“Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.”
Psalm 26:2-3 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow into a fullness of His truth.  Pray that you would be known by the people around you as one who walks in truth no matter what.  Pray that a continual awareness of how God views your life would help you to be faithful to Him as ’the Way, the Truth, and the Life”.

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: Learning Truth! (09/27/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Learning Truth! (09/27/22)

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This is the audio from the September 27, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on loving with truth as we continue a series about being loved by Jesus so we can love like Jesus.  When we know the truth of God’s Word, we are prepared to speak that truth to others.  Truth is important to God and therefore ought to be important to us as his children.  The way we love people, especially those who may be labeled by society as outcasts, ought to be centered in the truth of God’s love for them.

“Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow into a fullness of His truth.  Pray that you would be a continual student of God’s Word as you learn truth from Him on a daily basis.  Pray that the truth you learn from God’s Word would guide your love for all people.

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: Speaking Truth! (09/26/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Speaking Truth! (09/26/22)

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This is the audio from the September 26, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on loving with truth as we continue a series about being loved by Jesus so we can love like Jesus.  When we know the truth of God’s Word, we are prepared to speak that truth to others.  Truth is important to God and therefore ought to be important to us as his children.  The way we love people, especially those who may be labeled by society as outcasts, ought to be centered in the truth of God’s love for them.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow into a fullness of His truth.  Pray that the truth of God’s love for you would fully shape the way you love others.  Pray that you would not sacrifice truth to the gods of convenience, expediency, favor, or political correctness.  In living and speaking truth, pray that you would always do so in love.

“LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?  He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart.”
Psalm 15:1-2 (NIV)

Pray that your love for God and people would guide the way you speak truth.  Pray that you would be one who always speaks truth because that is what resides within you.  Pray that the people around you would know God’s love through the truth you speak.

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

In prayer,
Tom

Loving the Outcast! (Sermon Audio)

Loving the Outcast! (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio from the September 25, 2022 sermon, “Loving the Outcast: Share TRUTH!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Text:  John 4:4-42

There are people all around each one of us who have experienced some form of rejection and the accompanying feeling of not belonging.  I suspect that there are people you know who live as an outcast . . . perhaps that person is even you.  The good news is that Jesus loves people, including those who are outcasts of society.  When we examine God’s Word to see how Jesus loves people, we ought to learn how He would have us love people.  Today’s message takes a look at the story of a Samaritan woman who seems to be living as an outcast of her community yet had an encounter with Jesus that changed her life and the lives of many in her town.  When Jesus stepped up to love this outcast, He did so by sharing truth in a way that was gentle and loving.  We love like Jesus when we learn to share . . .

  • Time.  John 4:4-8
    • How often do we use our lack of time or our tiredness as an excuse not to love people like we should?  As Jesus passes through Samaria, we read that He is tired from the journey and sits down by the well.  Instead of ignoring the other person there, Jesus engages this woman in conversation with a simple request that she was capable of meeting.  In the midst of His weariness He shares His time.  When we seek to love the outcast like Jesus does, we must choose to share our time whether we feel like it or not.
  • Respect.  John 4:9-10
    • While a common saying today is that respect is earned not given, Jesus seems to show a pattern of giving respect whether a person has done anything to earn it or not.  This Samaritan woman was a bit confused about why a Jewish man would be asking her for anything, let alone even speaking to her.  I believe Jesus wanted her to know He understood the differences and common practices but had enough respect for her to treat her like a person.  When we seek to love the outcast like Jesus does, we must choose to share a respect that comes from the common ground that exists because of our need for Jesus.
  • Understanding.  John 4:15-18
    • With a foundation of time and respect, Jesus begins to reveal to this woman an understanding that she had likely never experienced before.  He was able to talk with her about her past and her current way of life in a way that did not bring the conversation to an abrupt end.  There was something about the way Jesus offered exactly what she needed, living water, that caused her to not only believe her life was understood by Jesus, but also to understand the offer of Jesus was far greater than anything she had ever experienced.  When we seek to love the outcast like Jesus does, we must choose to “walk a mile in their shoes” and share an understanding that can bring us to unity in Christ.
  • Teaching.  John 4:19-26
    • I suspect many times when we want to share truth we like to jump right to the “teaching” part.  Jesus did get to the teaching, but it was teaching built on a growing relationship of time, respect, and understanding.  There are many who believe that the woman in the text attempted to change the subject because she was uncomfortable with Jesus talking about her personal life.  I tend to think she believed she finally found a person who could answer her deep questions about worship which God finds acceptable.  Jesus takes the time to teach her not only about the rules of worship given by God through the Old Testament law, but also how those rules were really meant to bring people into a lifestyle of worship wherever they were.  When we seek to love the outcast like Jesus does, we must choose to share teaching with gentleness and respect.
  • Humility.  John 4:39-42
    • One of the greatest hindrances to loving people like Jesus does is a lack of humility that keeps us from seeing people like Jesus does.  Even when Jesus identifies Himself as the Messiah this woman is waiting for, He does so with a gentleness that contains no hint of condemnation or condescension.  While the Bible is clear about Jesus being the ultimate example of humility, I also marvel at the humility of this woman who goes back into the village to proclaim she had encountered the Messiah.  To go from outcast to evangelist only takes place from a position of humility.  When we seek to love the outcast like Jesus does, we must choose to share humility in a way that serves others according to their need.

Today, how will you love those who are outcasts?

Encouragement and Prayer: Loving the Repentant! (09/23/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Loving the Repentant! (09/23/22)

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This is the audio from the September 23, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.  He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.”
Luke 19:2-3 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will begin a series about being loved by Jesus so we can love like Jesus.  We’ll begin with a look at Zacchaeus and pray about how to love the overlooked . . . even when the overlooked just might be you.  Whether you feel overlooked because of your physical characteristics or the labels you wear, Jesus notices you and loves you.  When we love like Jesus, we pay attention to those that the world overlooks.

“Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Luke 19:8 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you know just how much you are noticed and loved by Him.  Pray for the courage to realize when your own actions have caused others to overlook you.  Pray for a life which reflects the actions that come from a repentant heart.  Pray that you would love those who you have wronged and those who have wronged you.

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: Loving the Labeled! (09/22/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Loving the Labeled! (09/22/22)

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This is the audio from the September 22, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.  He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.”
Luke 19:2-3 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will begin a series about being loved by Jesus so we can love like Jesus.  We’ll begin with a look at Zacchaeus and pray about how to love the overlooked . . . even when the overlooked just might be you.  Whether you feel overlooked because of your physical characteristics or the labels you wear, Jesus notices you and loves you.  When we love like Jesus, we pay attention to those that the world overlooks.

“All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a “sinner.”'”
Luke 19:7 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you know just how much you are noticed and loved by Him.  Pray that you would know the love of God regardless of the labels others might put on you.  Pray that your love for people would overcome the stereotypes and prejudices that tend to label people.  Pray that you would see beyond the labels that others have been tagged with.

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: Loving Those You Notice! (09/21/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Loving Those You Notice! (09/21/22)

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This is the audio from the September 21, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.  He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.”
Luke 19:2-3 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will begin a series about being loved by Jesus so we can love like Jesus.  We’ll begin with a look at Zacchaeus and pray about how to love the overlooked . . . even when the overlooked just might be you.  Whether you feel overlooked because of your physical characteristics or the labels you wear, Jesus notices you and loves you.  When we love like Jesus, we pay attention to those that the world overlooks.

“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’”
Luke 19:5 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you know just how much you are noticed and loved by Him.  Pray that you would be confident of the gaze of Jesus directed toward you even when you feel overlooked by people.  Pray that God’s love in you would notice and include those who have been overlooked by others.

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: Loving Those Who Seek! (09/20/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Loving Those Who Seek! (09/20/22)

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This is the audio from the September 20, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.  He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.”
Luke 19:2-3 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will begin a series about being loved by Jesus so we can love like Jesus.  We’ll begin with a look at Zacchaeus and pray about how to love the overlooked . . . even when the overlooked just might be you.  Whether you feel overlooked because of your physical characteristics or the labels you wear, Jesus notices you and loves you.  When we love like Jesus, we pay attention to those that the world overlooks.

“So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.”
Luke 19:4 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to help you know just how much you are noticed and loved by Him.  Pray that you would do whatever it takes to see Jesus at work around you.  Pray that the people around you would long to know Jesus.  Pray that you would learn to love everyone who might be in the process of seeking Jesus.

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

In prayer,
Tom