Genesis 6-8 (A Free Verse Poem) By Pastor Dave

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Man was wicked, evil, violent, and corrupt.

The LORD became grieved of heart.

Man’s disposition would not stop.

So God said, “Destroy them, I must.”

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”

And so God instructed him to build a boat.

A boat so long, so wide, so high, that animals and birds might remain alive.

Noah obeyed and moved in faith.

His labor was long, 120 years long, but so was his faith…and God was pleased.

Saw. Hammer. Pitch (inside and out). Preach he also did for 120 long, long years.

The boat now finished, God told him to enter. And so he did with his wife and six others.

Animals unclean, two by two, and animals clean by seven went in too.

And the LORD shut them in.

The earth cracked. Water gushed. The windows of heaven began to erupt.

For forty days and forty nights the waters unleashed a worldwide flood.

The water went up. Higher, higher, higher! Every mountain was completely covered.

The globe became a watery grave.

Thus…All. Flesh. Died. Man so wicked, evil, violent, and corrupt was dead, gone.

“Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive.”

And the boat for 150 days merely bobbed on the surface of the water.

“Then God remembered Noah…”

The water went down. Lower, lower, lower! The ark rested on the peak of Ararat.

A raven first, then a dove, confirmed that new life and dry ground had begun to sprout.

On God’s command, Noah and his family, and all the animals, exited the ark.

And upon dirt so fresh, Noah built an altar. He and his family worshiped the LORD…and the LORD was pleased.

Safety and Security

Last weekend we had the privilege of hosting a Safety and Security Seminar at Prairie Flower Baptist Church. This seminar was presented by Tactical Insights. Our primary instructor for that day was Corey Roberts and we learned much from his years of training and expertise. Below you will find a video that outlines the tactical mindset. For more information about Corey and Tactical Insights, check out their website at http://www.tactical-insights.com.

From Pastor Jon’s Desk: Dealing With Sin In Others

Pastor Nick Bal is a man who has greatly influenced my life. He was the college and outreach pastor at Willow Creek when I first started attending in 2011. I remember sitting across from him one day at a Starbucks. I was meeting with him; because I knew there was sin in someone’s life and it needed to be dealt with. I pleaded my case to him and I even had scripture to back up my claim. After I had presented to him the facts, I felt confident that he would agree and we could move forward with “prosecution.”

Pastor Nick did no such thing. He did what any loving pastor should do, and he rebuked me. I was right about that person’s sin; I was right that it needed to be dealt with; and I was even right that I may be the right person to confront this individual.

I hope you are asking, “Well then how in the world did he rebuke you???” 

He pointed me to Luke 6:41-42,

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”

…that was fun to hear!

He explained this passage in way I had never heard it explained, and it stuck with me throughout the years. He said the reason why it was so easy for me to see that person’s sin was not only because of sin in my life, but I most likely had that SAME EXACT sin in my life. I paused, quickly examined my life, and what do you know; I found that same exact sin entrenched and overwhelming in my own life.

I needed to deal with my own sin first.

With this passage properly explained I learned two things:

  • When I find myself obsessing over other people’s sin, I need to check my own life for that same exact sin. God is probably using that person’s sin to reveal my own sin.
  • This gives me a way to properly confront sin in another person’s life. Instead of pointing your finger at them and saying, “I have noticed sin in YOUR life, and YOU need to work on it!”; I can now say, “ I have noticed sin in YOUR life and MY life, WE need to work on it!”

It is a scary way to process sin in others; but it has completely reshaped my view on confronting sin, and I hope it can do the same for you!

PFBC: Prayer List #8

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The following list of prayer requests can be prayed for in your own “quiet time” with the Lord, in your own family worship time, or in a small group setting (i.e. Growth Groups). Please keep the following requests in your prayers:

Rachel Aubrecht – Pray for Rachel’s grandma who is battling many different health issues right now.

Kirk Bailey – Pray for Zach Shepherd’s friend, Kirk, who recently went through a traumatic event. Pray that God provides healing and peace.

Carl Benson – PRAISE THE LORD! Carl got a new job. Also, please continue to pray that Carl finds a used vehicle.

The Capps Family – Pray for Craig and Ila’s son, Shane, as he just accepted Jesus as his own personal Lord and Savior. Please pray that he is discipled well at his church and that he overcomes the many temptations in his life.

Micah Carroll – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Mary Case – Pray for Mary in regards to her eye sight and overall health.

Tonnie Crile – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Greg Dunbar – Pray for Greg as he battles certain health issues.

Tracy Fagen – Pray for Tracy who is struggling with hypothyroidism which results in her having no energy.

Rick Fields – Pray for Rick as he battles ongoing health problems. Also, pray for Rick’s son, Dillon, who was just recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 22.

Bill Fiordelise – Pray for Bill as he has several health issues he is facing.

Joe Goodlander – Pray for Joe as he recovers from a fluid build up around his heart and other health issues.

Christine Hayes – PRAISE THE LORD! Tim (Christine’s son) accepted Jesus Christ as his own personal Lord and Savior.

Bob Jones – Please pray for Bob as he continues to battle some health issues.

Marcy Juniper – Pray for Marcy’s son, JJ, as he serves in the military.

Matt Latcham – Please pray for Matt’s mother who is battling cancer.

Carla McCandless – Pray for Carla’s sister, Donna Cline, as she recovers from hip replacement surgery.

April Michele – Unspoken Prayer Request.

The Morgan Family – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Rhonda Reed – Pray for Rhonda’s mother, Jean Sampson, and her overall health.

Jim Rosien –  Please pray for Jim as the biopsy of his tumor revealed that he has cancer. He is expected to face radiation in the next few weeks. Pray that God heals his body by means of this procedure.

Danica Smith – Pray for Danica’s mom, Joanne, as she recovers from a massive heart attack. Also, please keep Danica’s father, Jeff, in your prayers as he ministers to his ailing wife.

Arlena Tinnes – Pray for Arlena as she continues to battle lung cancer via chemotherapy.

Doug Tinnes – Pray for Doug’s friend, Ed, that he would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Also, continue to pray for Doug and Julie’s grandson as he battles health issues.

The Thompson Family – Please pray for Ryan and Shanon Walker’s friends, John and Sarah Thompson, who recently lost their four year old son in a four wheeler accident.

Judy Wolf – Pray for Judy’s daughter (Sandi) as she continues to battle cancer in her lower body. Sandi does not know Christ and so prayers for her salvation are also needed. Also, please pray for Judy’s granddaughter (Maddie) who is slowly going blind. She too does not know the Lord and prayers for her health and salvation are greatly appreciated. Also, please pray for Judy’s great-granddaughter (Errin) who is recovering from heart surgery…Errin is just 3 years old.

The Zieser Family – Please continue to pray for Julie as she undergoes chemotherapy; and pray too for Wayne as he grieves the loss of his mother, Flora.

Biblical Counseling Conference – Please pray for Brian and Nancy Wilson, Steve and Bonnie Donnolly, and Zach and Beth Shepherd as they attend the Biblical Counseling Conference at Grace Community Church this fall.

PFBC Leadership Team – Pray for your Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Deacons that God would grant to us wisdom, discernment, and vision as we continue to move forward.

Our Church – Pray that we would continue to see people getting saved, baptized, and added to our church.

Our Visitors – Pray for our many visitors that continue to come to PFBC. Pray that God would work in their hearts and lives. Pray that God would grow our church numerically and spiritually.

Our Missionaries – Pray for our many supported missionaries that God would grant to them success as they preach the Gospel of Peace. Pray specifically for the Kisarets, serving in Ukraine, that God would grant to them safety as they continue to spread the Gospel despite the civil war that is happening there.

Please Note: We will periodically update this prayer list. If you would like a prayer request to be added to this list, please let Pastor Dave or Pastor Jon know. Thank you!