Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.

Yesterday we discussed the first word of the prayer acrostic, A.C.T.S. with “Adoration.” The second word that is a great part of prayer is “Confession.” Sometimes it takes extreme circumstances to bring someone to confession like the younger son here in the parable of the prodigal son. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set...

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Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.

One way of having balance and focus in prayer is using this acrostic for prayer. A.C.T.S.  The idea here is to use these 4 differing aspects of prayer. The first of these is A for adoration. The Psalms are full of verses of adoration. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise...

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Praying With Jesus: Prayer is Worship

"Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem." This is something Jesus said to the woman at the well. She had asked where she should worship and Jesus' response is that it's not about the place you worship, but worshiping in spirit and in truth. Prayer...

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Praying With Jesus: Spirit and Truth

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." Do you ever struggle to know what to say when you pray or...

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Praying with Jesus: St. Patrick

Happy St. Patrick's Day! "Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of...

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Praying with Jesus: Praying Without Distraction

Do you shut your eyes when you pray? I usually do except when praying while running or driving the car. As your Pastor, I advise you to do the same for your own safety and public safety. I like shutting my eyes because it takes prayer into a place where we leave our focus on this world. To help explain...

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Praying with Jesus: Sing Songs of Praise

Prayer happens in many ways and in many situations. This verse gives two different times of praying.  Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. (James 5:13)   I think we are all familiar with the prayers of those who are in trouble. When faced with problems people often...

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Praying with Jesus: God Acts

Pastor's Blog Day 14 March 14, 2017 God Acts When you pray... ...do you really believe God is listening? ...do you really believe God cares? ...do you really believe God will act? Matthew 7:7-11 tell you: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone...

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Praying with Jesus: Pray in your Situation

Yesterday we had verse 18 where Paul talked about all kind of prayers. It continues with these two verses.  Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it...

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Praying with Jesus: Praying in the Spirit

 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. - Ephesians 6:183   I love this verse. It reminds me that prayer can have many forms and methods. Prayer happens wherever we may be in life. What does it...

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Praying with Jesus: Praying Together

[Jesus] took Peter, John and James with Him and went up onto a mountain to pray. - Luke 9:28   The Christian faith is interesting. It is both personal and social. We talk about a personal walk with Christ, about personal devotions, etc., but Christianity is also inherently social. Our faith was never intended to be lived out in isolation....

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Bingo Night

Who loves BINGO? We Do !! and Especially for a good cause!!! The Women’s Ministry invite you to mark your calendars for our BINGO Fundraiser towards purchasing a Defibrillator for our Church, School, and Community. We are 53% towards our goal! When: Saturday, May 20th Time: 4:00-530pm Where: FOC     Come join us for our planning meeting on Saturday...

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Praying with Jesus: Make Time to Pray

I used this verse with the students at School this week to talk about today’s walkathon. “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”...

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Praying with Jesus: Listen

This passage from Revelation says a lot about prayer. This is the section the section of that book where Jesus speaks to seven different churches. This passage is to the church in Laodicea. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him,...

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Praying With Jesus: Pray Bold

One of my favorite Bible passage on prayer is this one from Luke just after Jesus taught a shorter version of the Lord's Prayer. "Then he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, `Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey...

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Praying with Jesus

I mentioned two blogs ago that I have been working on memorizing Romans chapter 8 the past few weeks. It is amazing how these verses keep running through my head. Another verse from there that helps us to understand prayer is this one. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we...

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Praying with Jesus

One of the blessings of God coming into this world in the person of his Son Jesus is the fact that He prays with us even as we can pray and ask things of Him.    We know He understands us and we can relate to him in all of our struggles and issues. I love this passage from Hebrews. For...

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Praying With Jesus

Part of a passage I have been working on memorizing a lot lately has this verse: For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."  (Romans 8:15) Part of praying with Jesus is having the confidence to pray with the...

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Season of Lent

Today begins the season of lent.  This period of time before Easter is meant to be a time of reflection and growth as the people of God.  Our theme for lent this year is "Praying with Jesus."   The sermon tonight deals with Jesus teaching us to pray, and the first part of the Lord's Prayer.  Fasting, confession, and all types...

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2017 Ash Wednesday

Family of Christ Lutheran Church will have our   Ash Wednesday Service March 1st at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.   Join us for a potluck dinner at  6:00 pm in the Narthex.       God's Blessings, Pastor Dave Save Save Save

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AED Fundraiser Update

Thank you, Family of Christ, for your support towards our AED Fundraiser. Through your participation and generosity with the Emergency Glass Breakers, we have raised $382 towards our goal. Due to an overwhelming response, we sold out of the Glass Breakers and have another order coming in within 3-4 weeks. Thanks to those who signed up for the next order...

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Golf Group

Meet us on the second Thursday of each month for a night of golf under the lights. Our next meet up is on February 9th at 6 pm for a night of golf at Terrace Hill. Terrace Hill Golf Club 7740 Temple Terrace Highway Temple Terrace, FL 33637 http://www.golfterracehill.com/

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