Encouragement ~ Prayer:). December 30, 2014

December 31, 2014 - 8 minutes read

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.” “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” “The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.” “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.” “The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.” “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.” “I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing praise. [!] “Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry for help come to you.” v. 1 of Psalm 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, and 102.

Brothers and Sisters In Christ,

Sing Sing…over and over…more and more… to our merciful and wonderful God! Our God full of grace… we shout for joy to our Lord… “For my pardon, this I see, Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” We celebrate the birth of our God in Christ… Incarnate mercy and grace… “…the Rock of our salvation…. Moreover, we fall before the cross…through the cross… nothing but the blood… love… a supernatural love that breaks my sinful heart… cleanses…restores… softens… “Oh! precious is the flow… That makes me white as snow; No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

In Christ we are free from sinful ways, alive, empowered to pursue our Christ life, love others, serve, share… this great news! Yes! Overflow through Holy Spirit power! Paul said, “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.” Col 2:13-14. Therefore, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Gal 6:14 I pray for a deeper, truly Spirit illuminated, heart felt, transcendent understanding of the cross and its significance for many folks today. You too! May we join in sharing this great news everyday… diligently praying…. looking for and expecting God ordained… supernatural opportunities to share God’s mercy and love:).

Through the Alpine Youth Center we are sponsoring four boys and diligently praying… asking for YOUR prayers… A supernatural transformation! Joseph wrote,

“We are taking 4 less fortunate boys to Big Bear for an amazing trip! It’s not so much that they are less fortunate, but that they are in really tough living environments with not so good influences. Therefore, we, by God’s grace, are taking them out of their “norm” and hopefully getting them to open up. All of them have heard the gospel. Two of them are believers (these two have been very helpful at the youth center and are on junior staff). The other two boys are not believers and are on the fence with giving their lives to Jesus (one is 12, the other is 14 going on 15). With that said, we need them to have a radical encounter with Holy Spirit.

Please pray that Kevin and I can reach them through this retreat, solidifying and deepening the roots to the two that believe and leading the other two into the presence of God! We are trusting our God to totally rock their world! Pray by name Trevor, Tyler, Nathan, and Jonathan.

Pray for safe traveling as it is snowing tomorrow and Wednesday and getting down to 7 degrees. We will be hiking, fishing, nature scavenger hunt, laser tag, ice skating, and zip lining (if we can get the price down low enough or raise the funds to do so). Taking a risk in finances for this trip but God is in it and I know He will provide. This trip is going to cost us upwards of $1000 but it is a very small price to pay to impact these kids lives. Please throw a shout out for prayer…. Also, pray for financial support as the Spirit leads.”

Amen! Yes! Help our efforts to love these boys through your unceasing prayers! We trust our God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills… Psalm 50:10. And, we trust more and more… “my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19. :).

Nothing can for sin atone,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Naught of good that I have done,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

This is all my hope and peace,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
This is all my righteousness,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Now by this I’ll overcome—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
Now by this I’ll reach my home—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Glory! Glory! This I sing—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus,
All my praise for this I bring—
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

May this new year 2015 bring increased desire to pray together, commune, reach out, grow in grace, preach boldly, love more, chose humble, cry out, invite, serve, show compassion, remain faithful in the small things, think big, pursue vision, rely on the power of God, walk obediently, encourage always, sacrifice, give, surrender daily, be generous, stay accountable, say “I love you” regularly, praise God always! Shout for joy to our gracious God everyday! He is Holy!

Thank you for praying, your prayers matter much!

LoVe YOU! Much!