A Word From Pastor John~
As we continue in our journey of Lent, we are reminded of the second temptation of Christ in the wilderness. The devil tempts Jesus to forgo all wisdom and rational thinking, and throw himself off the highest point of the temple. The temptation is to put God to the test, and to see if he will really provide as he says he will.
How often do we go off on our own path and live recklessly and foolishly ourselves? Perhaps the temptation goes something like this: go ahead and do this thing you know you shouldn't do, because you know that God has already saved you and forgiven you.
While we have a loving father, our actions certainly do have consequences. Perhaps the enemy doesn't want to remind us of that truth.
May God bless you this week on your continued journey through Lent.
Pray For One Another
Our pastors and their families
Terry and Cristy's family
Kara & Frank Mathey's daughter
The Mobleys and LeAnn's sister, Hope
Talma's son KC
The many unspoken requests
Bible Reading Plan: Week 12
This year, we are reading through the Bible chronologically using The Bible Recap Plan in YouVersion.
Take a bookmark from the front lobby if you'd like to keep track that way and go through at your own pace. Bookmark three is now available!
Day 78: Deuteronomy 24-27
Day 79: Deuteronomy 28-29
Day 80: Deuteronomy 30-31
Day 82: Joshua 1-4
Day 83: Joshua 5-8
Day 84: Joshua 9-11
Before you read God’s Word today, seek His help with these 5 prayers:
1. God, give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. 2. God, let any knowledge I gain serve to help me love You and others more, and not puff me up. 3. God, help me see something new about You I've never seen before. 4. God, correct any lies I believe about You or anything I misunderstand. 5. God, direct my steps according to Your Word.
Pick up a prayer calendar on the table at church and sign up for a block of time to pray for your brothers and sisters around the world who struggle daily to openly, or even secretly worship Jesus.
Here are this week prompts:
Missions Advisory Council
Opportunities to Give and Serve
Help get Bibles to the Navajo speaking
people in prison here in Arizona: Serve God by serving your church:
Tennessee continues to recover from devastating tornadoes
by Nazarene Compassionate Ministries | 10 Mar, 2020
A series of tornadoes left extensive damage and killed at least 24 people in middle Tennessee, USA, in early March. More than 140 buildings were destroyed, and the trail of destruction spanned several counties.
Response from the Church of the Nazarene has been focused in two districts that were hit the hardest, MidSouth and East Tennessee. While no Nazarene churches were harmed directly, Pastor Stephen Morrison lost his home in Cookeville, Tennessee, an area that sustained much of the damage.
Nazarene Disaster Response coordinators are partnering to coordinate a continued response, and local volunteers in each district are preparing to act once they are cleared for access and the first wave of volunteers has dissipated.
Teams from Tennessee, Virginia, Indiana, and Michigan are making plans to assist with recovery by removing debris, setting up tarps, and helping homeowners. Crisis care kits have also been mobilized and distributed, and more than six Nazarene churches in nearby states are organizing donations or volunteers.
Nashville First Church of the Nazarene is serving as a staging area for Nazarene Disaster Relief and Convoy of Hope, a Nazarene partner organization coordinating an immediate response. Hundreds of meals have already been served in the church’s parking lot, and volunteers are giving out food staples and necessities to those impacted by the tornadoes.
As is true in many disasters, recovery from these tornadoes will be a long process said Joe Drake, MidSouth District director of Nazarene Disaster Relief.
“We’re looking at six to 12 months of a recovery effort here,” Drake said.
While the recovery will be hard and long, local churches have all the resources they need at the moment, including crisis care kits.
How You Can Help
Pray for those who have lost loved ones and those who are facing the loss or damage of their homes and livelihoods. Pray for the swift delivery of supplies and for those giving their time to respond. Pray for those who are the most vulnerable, especially senior adults, individuals with disabilities, and people living in poverty. Pray for the churches and leaders helping care for their communities. To send a prayer or note of encouragement, go to ncm.org/pray.
If you would like to respond to the tornadoes by giving financially, the MidSouth District of the Church of the Nazarene has asked for donations through Rebuilding Tennessee.
The Voice of the Martyrs conference a couple of weeks ago was very eye-opening. It has lead me to pray more regularly for those in other countries who do not have the same freedoms we do to serve Jesus openly. It also made me aware, that those people in oppressed places value their Bibles and prayer so much! They have the privilege to suffer for Christ, as well!! As Luke writes in Acts 5:41, "Then they [Peter and the apostles] left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name."
My prayer for myself is that I value and read the Word of God and treat it as the treasure it is.
If you would like to write something for this section, let me know! Anything God may be showing you this week, a favorite scripture, or even a devotional page or song you really enjoyed, just email me: firstname.lastname@example.org