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December 2016 Blog Posts (23)

2017 Prophecy: A Year for Faith, Families, Finances!

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Added by Deborah Perkins on December 29, 2016 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Be a part of the 22 Days of Fire

New Year’s Day is coming and rather than just celebrating the turn of a calendar page, let’s make the day meaningful by seeking a fresh touch from the Lord!

Urge your church to become a part of, ’22 Days of Fire.’ It’s a Christ-centered way to start out the new year.

The first step this year is the New Year’s Day worship service, including prayer to rededicate your life and your church to the Lord and His purposes. A fellowship…


Added by Fr. Michael Carl on December 28, 2016 at 2:49pm — No Comments


Even though Christmas day is past, it is a good thing to think about the meaning of the birth of Christ, just as Mary pondered all those things in her heart. (Luke 2:19)

This may surprise you, but the purpose of Christmas is missions. Jesus was the apostle, or missionary, sent to us by God. Hebrews 3:1 reads,

"Therefore, holy brothers and companions in the heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession."

But this verse assumes that if you…


Added by David Young on December 27, 2016 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Wonders of His Love

He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love,

And wonders, wonders, of His love.
(Final verse of Joy to the World)…


Added by Rob Griepentrog on December 27, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

My Problem with Prayer (as it's Performed)

2016 has been a year where I've prayed for extraordinary prayer within my life, within the Church, and also throughout the entire world.  I've been encouraged as God has shown me people and places where He's answering that prayer.  Yet, I witness many times where prayer is offered quickly, and in a perfunctory manner, that is anything but extraordinary.  In fact, I sometimes find myself deeply desiring to see a new "ordinary"…

Added by Rob Griepentrog on December 27, 2016 at 10:21am — No Comments

PTAP: Praying for peace during this holiday season

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." - John 14:27

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on December 26, 2016 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Ere You Left Your Room Christmas Morning

I often wake up with a hymn or chorus on my mind. I awoke Christmas morning with the words of an old hymn, “Ere you left your room this morning, did you think to pray?”   It may have been motivated by a cartoon by my friend Joe McKeever, in which Mary and Joseph are around the manger with Mary holding the baby Jesus, and Joseph exclaiming, “Let’s stop, Honey, and thank God for Jesus.”  It caused me to wonder if anyone prayed at the manger. After the shepherd’s had seen Jesus, they returned,…


Added by Dan R. Crawford on December 25, 2016 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Christmas and New Year blessing

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises. Rom 15:13 AMP Bible

Added by Malva Birch on December 25, 2016 at 11:59am — No Comments

The Thunder of Christmas

The Angel of the Lord came like thunder to the shepherds’ hillside on the first Christmas Eve. With his startling voice, he had to tell them not to be afraid. "Fear not, for behold I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all people! For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord!" The heavenly host must have flashed like lightning in the sky. "Glory to God in the highest, peace good will to men."

You may not imagine that you could ever…


Added by David Young on December 20, 2016 at 12:33am — 2 Comments

Kneel and Receive this Christmas

There are probably few images more evocative than the manger – that of the shepherds and the Wise Men kneeling before the babe, Christ Jesus. We know that it is unlikely that the two groups were there at the same time, and also, the Biblical record doesn’t include the angels that we place around the primitive scene, but we sense that in that moment kings and common men, indeed, heaven and earth were drawn together. It is a kind of cosmic, but simple image. God has come – in innocence. And…


Added by P. Douglas Small on December 15, 2016 at 3:31pm — No Comments

The Shalom Prayer

I come as myself.

Just as I am.

This moment.

My feelings, my fears

My joys, my sadnesses.

You see me as I really am

You know me

Through and through

You see all

All that I am

Or ever have been.

Every experience in my life is laid before you.

Every image I have seen

Each touch, each sensation

Every word…


Added by David Brazzeal on December 15, 2016 at 2:15pm — No Comments



It seems strange to me that so many people are trying to live without thinking about the purpose of their lives. Of course that casts them onto the mercy of their glands. Last week I pointed out several things like comfort and pleasure that are illegitimate purposes for life. This week I will surprise you with two more possible purposes that are often less than God's plan for us.

Success is not necessarily…


Added by David Young on December 12, 2016 at 6:33pm — No Comments

When Christmas is not a joyful celebration

I've just read a blog of an intercessor about Christmas - for her "T'is the season to be jolly" was not possible for several years since losing her son in a traffic accident. Thanksgiving and Christmas were awful, painful reminders of her big loss. But now, there is enough healing and peace to celebrate the birth of Jesus again. The love of the Lord, that carried her through dark times, has broken through at last. Missing her son will always be there, until they are united in the Lord, but…


Added by Malva Birch on December 10, 2016 at 10:41am — No Comments

Fixing Our Location on the Journey

Almost everyone has used an automobile GPS navigation system. We turn it on. It finds our location on the face of the earth within a few feet. It identifies the street we are on and the direction in which our vehicle is headed. We input a destination – even points along some route. We set additional perimeters – fast route, scenic route and more. And then the journey begins. The GPS barks out the commands – turn right, turn left. Keep to the right. Move to the left. Merge onto this road or…


Added by P. Douglas Small on December 8, 2016 at 10:37am — 1 Comment

PTAP: Oppressed Woman & Saved South Asians

Update on the October 28 Woman
For many Muslims, it is a long journey to faith with many ups and downs along the way.  On October 28, we shared about a local woman who is a victim of black magic and who also saw a vision of a red cross on the wall of her bedroom.  Praise God that Christian women continue to meet with her and minister to her needs.  This woman, whom we will call…

Added by Merton J. Hershberger on December 8, 2016 at 9:55am — No Comments

The Bible's Built-In Prayer Guide

If you're like me, you sometimes find yourself stuck trying to think of something to pray about.  While we're surrounded by people and matters to pray about, there are just some times when the mind gets stuck, and prayer can seemingly grind to a halt.

Recently, I was preparing a prayer guide for a prayer meeting focusing on Revival in the Church.  I was reading Romans…

Added by Rob Griepentrog on December 7, 2016 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Prophetic Word: "You Hear Perfectly!"

In prayer this week, I felt the Lord's desire to know His people - really know us, intimately. Sometimes we think this isn't possible because it seems so hard to hear Him. Into this difficulty, God desires to speak hope, because from His perspective, things look VERY different! The following words are what He gave me to share with you.  - …


Added by Deborah Perkins on December 6, 2016 at 2:41pm — No Comments

6 Times People Miss The Presence Of God

Are you aware of the presence of God around you? Maybe you are thinking about that amazing time at church or that prayer time at church camp. It was just so amazing. We use language like, “God was near” or “God seemed so real.” Those words help us capture our awareness of the presence of God around us. 

God’s word teaches us that God is everywhere all of the time. David even asks the question, “…where…


Added by Kevin Senapatiratne on December 6, 2016 at 2:20pm — 1 Comment


One of the greatest tragedies that is sweeping the modern world is confusion and therefore corruption of purpose. In how many areas of life have we confused our purpose and so lost all hope of fulfillment?


In John 12:27,28 Jesus said,

"Now is my heart troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? But for this purpose I have come to…


Added by David Young on December 5, 2016 at 6:47pm — 1 Comment

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