PFBC: Prayer List #32

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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:

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

Hazel Benson – Pray for Hazel who recently fell and broke her leg in two places. Please pray for healing as she recovers at Parkview Manor in Wellman.

Mike Boos – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Bill Brown – Please continue to pray for Bill as he grieves the loss of his dear wife, Evelyn.

Ray Cooper – Please pray for Ray as he recently got a new job that will require a CDL class in January. Pray that Ray does well in his class and is able to function well in his new job.

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

Pam Dunbar – Please be in prayer for Pam’s sister-in-law, also named Pam, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for Pam’s salvation as well.

Rick Fields – Pray for Rick and his overall health.

Steve Fordham – Please pray for Steve as he grieves the loss of his dear wife, Diana.

Gayle Garner – Please keep Gayle in your prayers as she recently discovered that she has cancer. Please pray for wisdom in the days ahead as treatment options are explored.

Rosamond Goodlander – Pray for Rosamond as she grieves the loss of her dear husband, Joe.

John Hardt – Unspoken Prayer Request.

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

Matt Latcham – Continue to pray for Matt’s mother, Linda, who is battling cancer.

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

John and Jackie Morgan – Unspoken Prayer Request.

Jan Rosien – Pray for Jan’s son, Jeff, who recently had a heart attack. Please pray for a smooth recovery.

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

Willie Van Der Molen – Please be in prayer for Willie’s father who has cancer. Please pray specifically for healing, wisdom for the doctors, and opportunities for the Gospel.

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.

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

Our Country – Pray for President Trump and Vice President Pence (and their Cabinet) as they lead our country.

Our National Association – Please be in prayer for the General Association of Regular Baptist Church’s Council of 18 as they seek God’s will in the nomination and election process of the new National Representative.

Our State Association – Continue to 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 for our newly elected Mayor, Jaron Rosien. Pray that God would lead, guide, and direct him in his new role.

Our Church – Pray that we would continue to grow into a strong church that makes disciples for the glory of God.

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 lead our church.

Our Summer Intern – Please be in prayer for our new Summer Intern, Michael Yates. He will be joining the Prairie Flower Pastoral Team for 12 weeks this coming summer.

Our Pregnancies – Please be in prayer for the ladies in our church who are pregnant (Bailey Gingerich, Michaela Tinnes, and Heather Cotner). Please pray that they would have healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries.

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, power, and provision.

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!

Thankful For You!

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I am amazed and humbled at the writings of the Apostle Paul. In nearly every one of his letters, he begins his letter with a general note of thankfulness to the church. Indeed, Paul usually ends his letter with a very specific note of thankfulness for specific people in that church. From start to finish, Paul exudes an attitude of gratitude in his letters, and truly helps us in our own endeavors to cultivate a culture of thankfulness in our own lives.

In fact, notice Paul’s words to the Church of God at Colossae:

“To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing – as it does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit” (Colossians 1:2-8).

Such words drip with thankfulness and gratefulness. Paul is incredibly thankful for these saints and their faith, love, Gospel fervor, and Gospel impact. Yes, the Apostle Paul thanks God for these incredible saints in Colossae.

You know, as we approach Thanksgiving 2017, I too (like the Apostle Paul) want to express my thankfulness for each and every one of you at Prairie Flower Baptist Church. In fact, I was thinking, if I were the Apostle Paul, what would I write to you in a letter? Well, it might go something like this:

“To the saints and faithful servants in Christ at Prairie Flower Baptist Church: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. How I thank God for you upon every remembrance of you. Your growing faith, generous spirit, and loving acts of service have been a blessing to our church family and to our community at large. How it blesses and encourages my heart to see so many of you striving after holiness and true Gospel impact. As I review this past year, how I rejoice at our new converts, like Jessica Cooper, who recently placed their faith in Jesus Christ. How I marvel at those who took their first step of obedience and were baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. How I thank God for the nine new members that recently joined our church this past year. Yes, I praise our great God for the fact that, though we aren’t perfect, we are becoming a strong church that makes disciples for the glory of God. Indeed, I thank God for what He has done this past year in our midst. Yes, I truly thank God for you – all of you! Oh, how I love you, Prairie Flower! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving” (Prairie Strong 1:2-8).

Your 2018 Officer Nominees

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After a thorough nominating and election process, we are pleased to announce your 2018 Officer Nominees:

For the Position of Deacon (Elect 2):

Darwin Carroll

Doug Tinnes

Will Van Der Molen

Eldon Yoder

For the Position of Clerk:

Mike York

For the Position of Financial Secretary:

Steve Donnolly

For the Position of Treasurer:

Duane Davis

For the Position of Sunday School Superintendent:

Mark Tinnes

The Annual Election of Officers will be held on Sunday, December 3rd, immediately following the Morning Worship Service. The vote will be held by secret ballot. All elected officers will then take office on January 1, 2018. Please be in prayer concerning the vote and for God’s will to be done.

My Fourth Year as Pastor

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Tomorrow I celebrate four years as the Lead Pastor of Prairie Flower Baptist Church. What a ride it’s been! In those four years, I have laughed a lot, cried a lot, and aged (internally) a lot. Yes, pastoral ministry has grown and stretched me in some unique ways, and though painful at times, I am grateful for all that I’ve learned and experienced.

In fact, pastoral ministry may be many things, but it’s certainly not boring! In four years of ministry, I have witnessed plenty of incredible moments – highs and lows – births and deaths – marriages and divorces. I’ve seen people saved, baptized, and added to the church. I’ve prayed more than ever, preached a few sermons, and officiated the ordinances. I’ve chaired many awesome meetings…and quite a few tense meetings. I’ve had the privilege of connecting with the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the well-known and the unknown. I’ve been in love with pastoral ministry and I’ve loathed pastoral ministry. Yes, it seems to me that a large part of successful pastoral ministry is the ability to have (by God’s grace) a heavy heart and a steady walk.

Yes, there have been some incredible moments in my ministry thus far with Prairie Flower Baptist Church, but the four stories below are some of the most unique moments in my ministry. These stories are not only unique, but incredibly formative in who I am today. Below are the stories (in summary form) of God’s uncomfortable grace at work in my life and my church’s life…

1) Season Premiere of Dateline (2014) – The story of Jason and Elisabeth Tinnes will forever stand out in my mind as one of the most vivid demonstrations of God’s sovereignty, wisdom, and love overwhelming two lives wrought with so many dark difficulties. Their story, made public with the 2014 season premiere of Dateline, was presented in terms of juicy entertainment filled with betrayal, infidelity, lies, and murder. But as my wife and I sat with Jason and Elisabeth in our living room to watch the season premiere together, I saw a different story. I saw a broken man who was learning the biblical art of repentance. I saw a broken woman who was getting a first-class education on the gospel beauty of forgiveness. I saw two lives shattered by sin and selfishness; but I also saw two lives held together by a God who loved them deeply and was healing them fully. Their lives aren’t perfect today (they would tell you that in a heartbeat). There’s still work and healing to be done, but by God’s grace they will continue to be overwhelmed by God’s relentless, merciful grace.

2) Taking It All Down (2015) – The year 2015 has been my most painful and emotional year as Lead Pastor of Prairie Flower Baptist Church. That year, I had trouble sleeping and lost nearly 15 pounds. I was on pins and needles all the time. To be sure, 2015 was a difficult year as our church was experiencing the horrible effects of gossip, anger, confusion, and years of unresolved bitterness. People were also leaving the church, and I could feel a church split looming. So one day, I called my Associate Pastor and one of my most faithful Deacons, Will Luers, to examine the worsening, tense situation. Our meeting lasted into the wee hours of the morning. We talked about many things. We cried together. We prayed together. Then, we did the only thing we knew to do…we took it all down. The three of us went into the sanctuary and took down all the decorations, music stands, hymnals, and everything else that was in there. We decided to do a “hard reset.” In other words, since our people had forgotten about what really mattered (i.e. God and His Word) and instead wanted to bicker about music and other preference issues, we decided to take it all down and have a “come to Jesus meeting” that very next Sunday. So, that very next Sunday, after vomiting in the shower because I was so worked up, I put on my clothes, drove to the church with my family, and got up to share my heart with the people of Prairie Flower. I honestly thought I was putting a bullet into my career, but God used that moment to do a profound work in my life and our church’s life. Things aren’t perfect today, but we are still feeling the wonderful effects of that Sunday. Also, I thank God for the two men (Pastor Jon and Will Luers) who stood by me, counseled me, and prayed for me during that most difficult year. Friends are hard to come by in the ministry, but they are needed, and I have such friends in these two men.

3) Slashed Tires & Broken Windows (2016) – The year 2015 was filled with internal conflict, but 2016 presented us with external conflict, most vividly presented in our church being vandalized during the summer of 2016. Here’s the story…One weekend, I, along with some other men from our church, had taken the church van up to Men’s Retreat at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp. While up there, I received a phone call stating that someone had come in the night and slashed the tires to all the men’s vehicles in the church parking lot. Some of the windows of those vehicles were also smashed out. I felt horrible! Here I was with some great guys, just trying to get away to spiritually recharge, and this happens. To be sure, the guys took the news really well and clung tightly to their faith during this time. After we got back (Saturday), we surveyed the damage, filed a police report, and went home. The next day (Sunday), I arrived at the church building to discover that the vandals had come back and this time they slashed the tires to our church van (and trailer) and had busted out more windows. This was scary. We were a church in the middle of a cornfield and we had been vandalized not once, but twice! We filed another police report, prayed, and installed some security cameras around our church building. Eventually, the vandals were caught and punished. I praise God that no one was hurt in this incident, but this event stands out in my mind as proof positive that the Evil One will use whatever means necessary to dismantle the work of God. In this incident, I learned that vigilance and wisdom are needed more than ever in pastoral ministry.

4) Baptizing My Associate Pastor (2017) – When Pastor Jon asked (last summer) if he could speak to me about an “issue” in his life, I assumed the worst. However, what proceeded from his lips both surprised and encouraged me. He said that he had been wrestling with his conversion story and was convinced he had been born again, not when he was a young person, but during his freshman year at Bible College. Thus, his “baptism” as a young person was invalid. He stated that he needed to be baptized, but for real this time. I was truly encouraged by his humility and courage, but I was also a bit speechless. My mind raced…how will Prairie Flower take this? A pastor getting baptized?! Who would think it? I was also concerned for Pastor Jon’s career as well. I wondered if someone would try to throw the book at him and demand his resignation. After all, we’ve had a saved, but unbaptized church pastor, for nearly three years! But the day I baptized my Associate Pastor proved to be one of the best Sundays I’ve ever had here at Prairie Flower. The service was filled with such power and grace and forgiveness. Indeed, that Sunday seemed to unify our church in a rich, supernatural way. This event (like the night we took it all down) proves to me yet again that courage (though scary) is always the right thing to do and yields such wonderful, peaceable fruit. And yes, dunking my Associate Pastor in the baptismal tank was also just pure fun…I loved it!

Well, thanks for taking the trip down memory lane with me. Pastoral ministry is truly a joyful burden…and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Please continue to pray for me as I launch into my fifth year with all of you. And truly…I pray that God blesses you guys…I love you guys…and I’ll see you when I see you.

Prairie Flower’s Schedule of Sermons for 2018!

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Last Monday, my Associate Pastor and I spent the better part of our day huddled up in a cabin in the woods near the Amana Colonies. We brought nothing but our Bibles, planners, coffee cups, some snacks, and a space heater. Our mission was to carve out some sort of preaching/teaching schedule for the upcoming 2018 year. Though we nearly froze to death in that little cabin, we were successful in our mission!

Pastor Jon and I are pleased to announce that Prairie Flower’s 2018 Preaching Theme will be entitled: Rest Despite Noise. We’ll be in the Old and New Testaments, discovering what it means to find true rest in Christ despite the noise of fear, pain, marriage, grief, etc. We are both truly excited for this series and think that God has led us to preach on this theme “for such a time as this.” Below is the tentative schedule of sermons:

Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28 = Rest Despite Noise: An Introduction…

  • Jan. 7 = Rest Despite Noise – Part 1 (God Rests – Gen. 1 and 2)…Communion Sunday…Annual Meeting/Food Fellowship…
  • Jan. 14 = Rest Despite Noise – Part 2 (Man Rebels – Gen. 3)…Baptism Sunday…
  • Jan. 21 = SPECIAL SPEAKER: Junior Taylor….Missions Sunday…Name Tag Sunday…
  • Jan. 28 = Rest Despite Noise – Part 3 (God-Man Redeems – Gen. 3:15 and Matt. 11:25-30 and Heb. 4)…

Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 = Rest Despite Fear…

  • Growth Groups Relaunches (8 Weeks)
  • Feb. 4 = Fear of the Unknown (Gen. 12)
  • Feb. 11 = Fear of God’s Capability (Gen. 15)
  • Feb. 18 = Giving Into Fear (Gen. 16, 20)
  • Feb. 25 = Fighting Our Fear (Gen. 21-22)

March 4, 11, 18, 25 = Rest Despite Pain (Internal)…

  • March 4 = Jesus Heals Demonic Pain (Luke 4:31-37)
  • March 11 = Jesus Heals Physical Pain (Luke 5, 6)
  • March 18 = Jesus Heals Emotional Pain (Luke 7:1-17)
  • March 25 = Jesus Heals Sinful Pain (Luke 7:36-50)

Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 = Rest Despite Marriage…

  • Break from Growth Groups…
  • April 1 = Easter Sunday…Communion Sunday…Name Tag Sunday… Baby Dedication Sunday…
  • April 8 = Marriage 101…Quarterly Meeting/Food Fellowship…
  • April 15 = Marriage Myths…
  • April 22 = Marriage Pitfalls…
  • April 29 = Marriage Legacy…

May 6, 13, 20, 27 = Rest Despite Grief…

  • Growth Groups Relaunches (4 Weeks)
  • May 6 = Ruth 1
  • May 13 = Ruth 2 (Mother’s Day 2018)
  • May 20 = Ruth 3
  • May 27 = Ruth 4

June 3, 10, 17, 24 = Rest Despite Suffering (External)…

  • Break from Growth Groups…
  • June 3 = 1 Peter 1
  • June 10 = 1 Peter 2
  • June 17 = 1 Peter 3 (Pastor Jon) —Father’s Day 2018
  • June 24 = 1 Peter 4-5 (Intern)

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 = Rest Despite Culture…

  • Summer Nights of Worship w/The PFBC Intern & Summer Growth Groups in July (5 Weeks)
  • July 1 = Family…Communion Sunday (Intern Officiates)…
  • July 8 = Friends…Quarterly Meeting/Food Fellowship…
  • July 15 = Food…
  • July 22 = Fitness…
  • July 29 = Feelings…Ice Cream Social…

August 5, 12, 19, 26 = Rest Despite Injustice…

  • Break from Growth Groups…
  • Aug. 5 = SPECIAL SPEAKER…Name Tag Sunday….VBS – Aug. 5-9
  • Aug. 12 = Habakkuk 1
  • Growth Groups Training 101 = Aug. 18
  • Aug. 19 = Habakkuk 2
  • Aug. 26 = Habakkuk 3

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 = Rest Despite Labels…

  • Growth Groups Relaunches (9 Weeks)
  • Sept. 2 = SPECIAL SPEAKER
  • Sept. 9 = We Are Blessed (Eph. 1)
  • Sept. 16 = We Are Alive (Eph. 2:1-10)
  • Sept. 23 = We Are One (Eph. 2:11-22)
  • Sept. 30 = We Are Strong (Eph. 3)

Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 = Rest Despite Reality…

  • Oct. 7 = Ecclesiastes – Part 1…Communion Sunday…Baptism Sunday…Quarterly Meeting/Food Fellowship…
  • Oct. 14 = Ecclesiastes – Part 2…
  • Oct. 21 = Ecclesiastes – Part 3…
  • Oct. 28 = Ecclesiastes – Part 4…

Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25 = Rest Despite Leadership…

  • Nov. 4 = Leadership Profile 1 = David
  • Nov. 11 = Leadership Profile 2 = Nehemiah
  • Nov. 18 = Thanksgiving Special by Pastor Jon…Break from Growth Groups for the Rest of 2018…
  • Nov. 25 = Thanksgiving Special by Pastor Dave

Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 = Our Ultimate Rest: Christmas 2018…

  • The Book of Revelation…