PFBC: Prayer List #27

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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 Growth Groups. Please keep the following requests in your prayers:

Justin Aubrecht – Please pray for Justin’s renters, Ben and Emily, as Emily has had unusual bleeding and the doctors are at a loss as to what to do.

Rachel Aubrecht – Please pray for Rachel’s home church, Gospel Light Baptist Church, as they seek a new Senior Pastor. Also, please pray for Rachel and her pregnancy.

Ise Beinhart – Please pray for this young child as she battles severe health issues.

Carl Benson – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Mike Boos – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Bill Brown – Please pray that God would comfort and encourage Bill as he grieves the loss of his dear wife, Evelyn.

Ray Cooper – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Susan Davis – Please continue to pray for Susan’s father, Chester, that he would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Greg Dunbar – Please lift up in prayer Greg’s mom, Debbie, who is struggling with cancer and is fighting it by means of radiation.

Pam Dunbar – Please pray for Pam as she recovers from pancreatitis.

Veronica Dunbar – Please pray for Veronica’s friend’s grandbaby, Brilee, as this baby struggles with her breathing and other health complications.

Pierce Duvall – Please continue to pray for this little guy as he recovers from liver cancer and chemotherapy.

Jason Feuerbach – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Rick Fields – Pray for Rick and his overall health.

Steve and Diana Fordham – Pray for Steve and Diana as they battle many different health issues. Also, please pray for their daughter, Sarah, that God would work in her heart and life.

Kay Gates – Please pray for Kay as she recovers from knee surgery.

Joe Goodlander – Pray for Joe as he recovers from congestive heart failure.

John Hardt – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Marsha Jones – Please pray for Marsha and her many health complications.

Matt Latcham – Please pray for Matt’s mother, Linda, who is battling cancer. Also, please pray for Matt as he just resigned from his teaching position and is looking for a new line of work.

Verla Lewis – Please pray for Verla and her many health complications.

Edwin Luers – Please pray for Edwin’s part-time employee, Wilfred Miller, and his salvation.

Rosemary Luers – Please pray for Rosemary’s grandson, Caidan, as he recovers from health complications and surgery.

Brent and Tori Lybarger – Praise the Lord!! The Lybarger’s Amish friends (i.e. four young people) who were hit in their buggy by a truck all survived and are recovering at home. Please pray for continued healing and strength.

Adele McPike – Please pray for Adele and her overall health.

John and Jackie Morgan – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Arlena Tinnes – Please continue to pray for healing and strength as Arlena battles cancer.

Doug and Julie Tinnes – Please continue to pray for Doug and Julie’s grandson, Josiah, as he recovers from heart surgery.

Judy Wolf – Pray for Judy’s son, Todd, who is in poor health and needs healing. Please pray for Todd’s salvation as well. Pray too for Judy’s great-granddaughter, Errin, who has a heart implant and other health complications.

Eldon and Phyllis Yoder – Please pray for the Yoders as they travel extensively this summer in order to serve with IRBC and the Gideons International.

Mike York – Please pray for Mike’s wife, Becky, as she recovers from knee surgery.

Heather Zieglowsky – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Our Missionaries – Please pray for our many supported missionaries as they serve all around the globe.

Our Country – Please pray for President Trump and Vice President Pence as they lead our country for the next four years.

Our State Association – Please pray for our State Rep, Tim Capon, and his Council of Ten that God would give to these men wisdom and discernment as they serve the 99 churches in our association.

Our Community – Please pray that we, as a church, would be bold with the Gospel and reach out to our community with the love of Jesus.

Our Church – Please pray for our church as we move into our summer camping season. Pray that God would keep our church family safe as we travel and go to many different places this summer.

Our Leadership Team – Pray for our Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Deacons that God would grant to them wisdom, discernment, vision, and unity as they navigate the tricky waters of pursuing land/building.

Our Summer Intern – Please pray for Lance Lewis, and his 12-week pastoral internship, that God would work in his heart and life in a mighty way.

Our Youth Group – Please pray for Pastor Jon as he leads this growing group of young people.

Our Widows/Widowers – Please pray for Prairie Flower’s many widows and widowers that God would be especially near to them and comfort them with His presence.

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

The Glory of God in Disasters

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“The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.” – Psalm 29:4

For my personal devotions, I’m currently reading through the Psalms. Yesterday morning, I found myself in Psalm 29. It’s an absolutely stunning psalm in which David praises the God of Heaven for His power and glory that is manifested, not just in natural beauty, but also in thunderstorms and other natural disasters.

Kind of a strange concept, isn’t it? I mean does God really reveal His glory in something as scary as a thunderstorm? Does God really reveal His glory in something as devastating as a natural disaster? As I was reading that morning, I pondered these words from Psalm 29:9, “The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare…” Wow! The same God who allows the fawn to be born into the forest is the same God who allows the habitat of that same fawn to be devastated by a natural disaster. As crazy as it seems, the text of Psalm 29 seems to reveal that God’s power and glory are revealed, not just in natural beauty, but in natural disasters as well.

After contemplating this stunning text of Scripture for a few more minutes, I bowed in prayer: “Father God,” I said, “thank you for your Word and for the truth contained in it. Please help me to understand this particular truth about your power and glory being revealed in storms…in Jesus’ name…Amen.” A traditional devotional followed by a traditional prayer…or so I thought. Little did I know that God, in response to my prayer, would help me to understand this powerful truth by means of sending to me a powerful storm.

That very evening, Washington County received two tornado warnings followed by two strong thunderstorms. During the second storm, Lance (our Summer Intern) who was traveling home from work, had his Ford F-150 pushed into a ditch (off a gravel road) by sheer force of the powerful winds that contained gusts up to 70 mph. He was stranded and needed help, so I drove out to his location.

As I drove out to pick him up, my vehicle was pelted by blinding rain and strong hail. I could see practically nothing. I had to slam on my brakes a few times because of downed trees and other debris that was on the road. The storm was extremely intense. I was extremely scared. I definitely prayed a few passionate prayers en route to pick up Lance.

Thankfully, I was able to find Lance in the storm, and though he was pretty shook up, he was unharmed in the incident and his truck sustained no damages. “What a way to begin your internship,” I said. He gave a sheepish, glad-to-be-alive grin. Undoubtedly, this was one of the scariest storms Lance or I have ever experienced…

But do you know what came out after this storm? The sun! A beautiful, gorgeous sunset. It was just so incredible that something so beautiful could be preceded by something so scary. You know what else came out after this storm? Biblical Community. That’s right…Klint and Dillon Gingerich came out with their powerful truck to get Lance’s truck out of the ditch. In fact, as Dillon was getting back into his truck, Lance thanked Dillon and said, “Biblical Community, eh?” Dillon smiled. But do you know the greatest thing that emerged from this storm? Glory! God’s great glory in Him showing us His strength (Psalm 29:1) and God’s great glory in Him giving to us strength to get through a demonstration of His own strength (Psalm 29:11). What an incredibly enlightening lesson on the power and glory of our great God!

Yes, God is a God of great glory. His voice is powerful and full of majesty in both beauty and disaster. So, what should be our response? Worship. “Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness” (Psalm 29:1-2). Why? Because “the LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever” (Psalm 29:10). Thus, may “in His temple all cry, ‘Glory!'” (Psalm 29:9).

As Our Summer Intern Arrives…

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This Sunday, May 14th, begins our Summer Intern’s 12-week internship at Prairie Flower Baptist Church! Our Intern this year is Lance Lewis and he has just completed his sophomore year at Faith Baptist Bible College (FBBC). This internship is a part of his pastoral training requirements at FBBC and we are most privileged to have him on the Prairie Flower Team this summer. In fact, Pastor Jon and I are very excited at the opportunity to mentor, coach, and train a future fellow pastor. As our Summer Intern arrives (and even as his internship plays out over the summer), please consider doing the following to help him in his endeavors to be a future pastor:

  1. Pray – The most effective thing you can do to help mold and shape our Summer Intern is to pray for him. Pray that God would strengthen and empower him to do the work that he’s been given to do. Lance will be very busy this summer as he preaches, teaches, attends meetings, goes on visits, and basically is immersed in the full-orbed life of being a pastor. Pray that his calling to pastoral ministry is strengthened and solidified as he journeys with us this summer.
  2. Encourage – Lance will be (most of the time) outside of his comfort zone this summer. He will be stretched in unique ways and will be doing many things that he has never done before. All of this will make his internship exciting and exhausting. Thus, encourage our Intern verbally, or by way of written note or email, or even by just baking him some cookies or a pie. Our Intern will need much encouragement as he engages in pastoral ministry this summer and it should be a delight to give him this much needed encouragement.
  3. Critique – Yes, you read that correctly. Critique. But be sure that your critiques are constructive in nature and not cutting and demeaning in nature. Lance welcomes your thoughts and suggestions in terms of sermon improvement, pastoral care improvement, and leadership skills improvement. Be sure to offer insights, feedback, and manageable goals for him to work towards. This internship is meant to set him up for great success as a future pastor. So, all of your loving critiques would be greatly appreciated.
  4. Invite – Lance will be with us from May 14 – August 6. During this time frame, we would encourage you to have him in your home for a meal. There is a sign-up sheet located in the church foyer and we encourage you to sign up to host Lance in your home. This is a great way for you to connect with our Summer Intern and to get to know him better. Personally, I think you will really enjoy getting to know Lance, his background, and his future goals.

Prairie Flower, it’s a privilege to have a Summer Intern. Let’s be sure to treat him right and welcome him warmly. As he ministers among us, be sure to pray for him, encourage him, lovingly critique him, and invite him to your home. All of this (by God’s grace) will play out for Lance’s good, our good, and God’s great glory.

 

 

What is the Bible?

Last Sunday, we discussed the authority, power, and beauty of our verbally inspired Bible. It was my hope and prayer that God would begin to stir (or stir once again) within your heart and mind a great love and admiration for the Sacred Text. This continues to be my hope and prayer. May we all be able to say, as the psalmist once said, “Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97).

Below is an excellent video that answers a very general, but important question: What is the Bible? I would encourage you to watch this with your kids (or grandkids) during your own Family Worship Time. Enjoy!