“Therefore He is also able to save
to the uttermost those who come to God through Him,
since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
Danny Esch had a heart attack last week and is in ICU in McComb. His condition is real serious and we would appreciate your prayers for him and his family during this time. The last report I got at VBS Friday night was they are planning to do some type of heart surgery on Monday.
Margaret Huber &
The East Fork Baptist Church
Please add Jerry Fairburn to your prayer list, He is in North Oaks Hospital. Jerry cannot speak, and has had 2 strokes but they don’t know when or how close together they were. The Doctors are running test to find out what is going on. Please Keep him on your Prayer list until you hear of an update on him. I promise to email you as soon as I hear.
thanks for your prayers,
yours in Christ
Dear Prayer Partners,
Pray for Jordan as he heads off to Camp McCain in Mississippi Sunday for two weeks of Army maneuvers. Pray for him and the other soldiers as they are out in the heat and humidity on the maneuvers. Pray for their safety and for good health throughout the whole period.
Thank you for praying! God bless you as you seek the Lord’s will in your lives.
INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS PRAYERLINE
INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD
Friday, July 11, 2008
“But in every nation the person who fears Him and does righteousness is acceptable to Him. He sent the message…of peace through Jesus Christ–He is Lord of all,” (Acts 10:35-36, HCSB).
Dear Intercessors, this is Eleanor Witcher of the International Prayer Strategy Office, praying with you for the people of Central, Eastern and Southern Africa (CESA).
So much of the CESA region is experiencing the pull of power, politics and the scramble for available resources. South Africa and the recent “xenophobic” outbursts as South Africans attacked people from surrounding countries, Kenya and the tribal tensions after recent elections and, of course, Zimbabwe and the struggle for power and land all reveal man’s basic sin nature and the desperate need for a relationship with Christ. In the midst of these struggles and tensions and as Africa redefines itself, missionaries and Baptist partners live and share the hope and purpose that comes through Christ alone.
Many displaced people of Johannesburg, South Africa have had to flee their homes because of racial violence. Pray for our missionaries living among and around these families as they seek to meet the immediate needs and “represent Christ” to them.
Thousands in Sudan have fled their homes, after battles broke out between the predominately Islamic North and predominately animistic (ancestral worship) South. Both sides desire a key town that sits on the line dividing the North and South. This hub city is the place where half of the oil pumped in this oil-rich country passes each day. Tensions are growing over the desire to control this wealthy town. Pray that the leaders of the two sides will come to lasting agreements.
* Pray that missionary testimonies will be strong and that they will impact the people with truth.
* Ask God to give governmental leaders godly wisdom as they lead the various countries of Africa through these difficult days.
* Intercede for churches as they minister in the midst of the current situation and strive to demonstrate the peace of Christ, the Lord of all.
- No P.M. services tonight
- Baby shower for Colbye Erwin at 2 P.M.
- Marvelous Monday @ 7 P.M.: Bobby Eads; Tim and Becky Daniels
The Hero of the Story
No doubt all history in the last resort
must be held by Christians
to be a story with a divine plot.
– C.S. Lewis
For he has rescued us
from the dominion of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom
of the Son he loves
– Col 1:13
It’s natural for us to see life as an on-going story where we are the central character and the hero. It is our biography, happening in real-time and we have been cast in the starring role.
If we’re the hero and the star, where does that leave God in all of this? Well, He’s the author, of course, carefully weaving the situations and conditions into a plot which assures a victorious outcome for the hero. Like all good authors, He is making sure the hero overcomes all conflict in the end while the villains get the justice they deserve.
This kind of perspective can lead to some serious disillusionment. If we’re the hero, shouldn’t we have a better job, fewer problems and more adventure? Shouldn’t the story have a more interesting plot than this? Sometimes it feels like we’re not living the life we would have chosen for the hero, and that can leave us feeling bitter and disappointed. What kind of author is God, anyway?
If you assumed, as many do, that God is just the author, then we need to make a few small corrections. It’s absolutely true that God is the author, and He is indeed weaving the plot to ensure the best outcome for the hero. Yet, God is not just the author, he is also that hero. The story is about Him.
Does this mean we are some small, bit player in the drama? Not at all! We may not be the hero, but we are the next best thing. We are the hero’s beloved who has been separated from Him and locked away in a terrible dungeon. This particular chapter of God’s story is about how the hero fights and wins many battles in order to rescue His beloved. In the end, they live happily ever after.
So, here we find ourselves nearing the climax of the story. From outside the dungeon walls, God calls to us, “I have come for you. I have endured many trials, won many battles and even lost my only Son in order to rescue you. I have unlocked the doors. Come out now, and let us leave together.”
The dungeon we’re in is a peculiar one. Many of us do not know we are even in a dungeon, and some don’t want to be rescued. Inside the dungeon, we are the hero. Despite the terrible conditions, we are in control and no one can take that away from us. We fail to see that we are the hero of nothing — an empty, lonely life in a cold and desolate world. Yet, we hesitate to leave the security and eminence of our own story to join ourselves to another where we are not the Hero. And so, God waits patiently outside the walls hoping that we will at last truly desire the unimaginable love which awaits us in His story when we choose to be with Him.
It’s almost impossible to understand how anything in life is supposed to make sense when we cling to the notion that we are the hero and that God is crafting a story just for us. In that context, how could we ever hope to explain the pain, loss and suffering we all experience? When trouble comes, as it always does, part of us wonders, “How could you do this to me, God?”
The answer makes more sense when, with the proper perspective, we understand the story simply is not about us. The story is not about a happy ending here, on earth. It’s not about fame, wealth or success in our career. Those things may or may not be made available to us depending on what God is accomplishing in our lives, but they are not the hero’s reward and we are not the hero. No, this chapter is about our happy ending with God in Heaven, while the entire story is about His eternal glory.
When things don’t make sense in our lives, we should not ask, “Why me?” Knowing our proper place in the story will help us to ask instead, “What do you want me to learn about you from this situation?” and “How can I help you to accomplish your will through me?” Maintaining the right perspective will go a long way towards keeping us from the bitterness and despair which await those who demand the starring role and insist on maintaining control.
When we have the correct point of view, we will learn to trust the author and the hero. Secure in the knowledge that He loves us and has come for us, if we will only just trust Him and leave the dungeon behind, He will take us home to His kingdom. We can maintain that trust even when the particular details of the plot are difficult to understand. No matter how hard life becomes, regardless of the dangers we will face and the losses we endure, we will never stop following His voice as it guides us out of the dungeon and into His loving arms.
Be sure to make this day the Lord’s Day!