LIFe with God: May 4-5, 2013

Posted on May 4, 2013

Scripture

Acts 10

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does the story of Cornelius teach us about those who earnestly seek God and try to please Him? What is the main point of Peter’s sermon? Why is this story to important to the scope of the entire New Testament?

Application

Would other people describe me as a “devout and God-fearing” Christian? Do I let any personal prejudices get in the way of sharing the gospel and praying for the lost to come to Christ? Have I told God lately that I am grateful for The Gospel being offered to Gentiles, and does my life display that gratitude?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that if we seek You we will find You, if we seek with all of our hearts. Like Philip to the Ethiopian Eunuch in chapter 8, thank You for bringing Peter to Cornelius to share Your Gospel, showing that You reach out and save all who receive Jesus. Lord, like Peter, sometimes my own prejudices and assumptions get in the way of what You want. Help me to pray for the lost of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds, and give me a heart of compassion that longs to see them come to You, just as You do. Thank You for offering salvation to all, not just the Jews, and for saving me and giving me Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

SATURDAY

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)
  • Ross & Christy Stoltey (Spencer, Garrett, Conner, Katie, Grace)
  • Brandi Taylor
  • Sree Yalamanchili
  • Jason & Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.

Community: Treasure Valley Churches – For elders, deacons, workers (volunteer and paid), and their families

  • Encouragement
  • Marriages/families
  • Finances
  • Work/life balance
  • Relationships, good friendships

SUNDAY

  • Jenn Austring
  • Amy Brueggemann
  • Debbie Brueggemann
  • Chris Carlton
  • Mike Daniels

Ministry:

  • Provenance

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for the salvation of the lost

  • Readiness to repent
  • Hearts prepared to hear God’s voice
  • Deep dissatisfaction and unrest with life without Him
  • Godly influences

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 (HCSB)

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