Prayer & Praise
O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and on earth: Put away from us all hurtful things, and give us those things that are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
“If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
Praise the Lord! Blessed is the one who fears the Lord, who has great delight in his commandments.
His seed shall be mighty in the land; the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house, and his righteousness shall endure for ever.
For the upright, there rises light in the darkness; he is merciful, loving, and righteous.
It is good for him to be generous in lending and to guide his words with discretion.
For he shall never be moved, and the righteous shall be kept in everlasting remembrance.
He will not be afraid of any evil tidings, for his heart is steadfast and trusts in the Lord.
His heart is established, and will not fear; at the last he shall see his desire upon his enemies.
He has given freely to the poor, and his righteousness endures for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honor.
The ungodly shall see it, and shall be angry; he shall gnash his teeth, and waste away; the desire of the ungodly shall perish.
2 CORINTHIANS 8:1-15
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.
I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”
Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus[b] saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
please remember in prayer…
Michael – June 21st had open heart surgery. Is now home and recovering.
Em – Major C., an honorable black man is close to going to his eternal home today. . His daughter was one of my daughter’s best friends in H.S
Prayer for his family, if you think of it, would be much appreciated
Em – With property taxes paid for the whole year, her mg. company is still adding the tax to her monthly payment. Too convoluted to repeat here, but prayer for my daughter whose mtg. company is cheating her would be appreciated
Michael – Our long time friend and co worker BrianD is asking for prayer…he needs favor in his workplace and with his supervisors.
Join with me in praying that God answer every need our friend has…
Linnea – every joint in my body in pain. It continued to get worse and initial blood tests show I may have an autoimmune disorder. pain has almost rendered me non-functional. Will you pray God relieves the pain? I can’t get in to see a rheumatologist until the end of the March. Please pray for my husband, too, as he’s taken over all my work.
Captain Kevin –colon polyps … job related difficulties, housing situation, pain everywhere, depression, I’ve lost 26 lbs in the last 5 months, and not because I’m trying. I had been wanting to lose weight, but not this way. Honestly, I’m afraid.
Duane Arnold – my mother is in assisted living.
Martin Luther’s Disciple – my 96 yr old mother in law is in a similar situation in SoCal.
Jlo – my niece’s husband Aaron is having a tougher time of it. Has a persistent cough and fever. He has new meds today so hopefully he has a breakthrough.
Erunner – Our brother in law who is in his early 50’s has learned that his carotid artery is 70% blocked. It appears he will be undergoing surgery. They have also found an issue with his heart. He’s a believer with a gentle and wise spirit.
Please pray for him, his wife, and their three grown children.
Raina R. – my sister-in-law. having horrible headaches and recovering from surgery
jtk – for our outreach to the university.many have considered suicide. This is so urgent in my heart and spirit.
Kelly -I have a real need to continue to see my counselor. In addition to the other reasons I see him for I have been having day long panic attacks, on top of the depression and PTSD-C symptoms.
Alissa -My sweet husband has Autism and was let go from his job.
Patrik -Pray for me, an ER nurse in Indianapolis.
Dan form Georgia – I work in aviation/transportation. We are getting hit HARD as many of you know. I am not even confident when I go into work everyday that it will be my last day (layoff or termination). Also struggling a lot with anxiety.
Chris -My wife started her second career as a nurse on the hospital floor that they treat the Covid patients.
Nancy – discernment of an unexpected opportunity to become a more public advocate for the homeless,
Em – daughter is healing from fracture spine
Paige – a family issue and the silencing of a lying gossip who is spreading slander about me to family members and others. It’s an on going issue that is quite perplexing, and apparently demonic. Twisted, delusional and strange.
cash – depression , PTSD
David H – Bell’s Palsy . Right side of my face is paralyzed. Prednisone and an antiviral.
JD – Marshal whose mother told him that she doesn’t love him
Linnea – Jon and Sarah. Please pray that they would know God’s love and would follow Him out of horrible lifestyles to freedom.
Michael, Rick, Joel, Dan, capt. Kevin, Owen – wand to hear from God in their prayer life
JTK – ongoing back issue.
David H – Aunt Ramona has Adenocarcinoma primary lung cancer.
Victor – chronic back pain
Linnea – sister salvation
Paige – 4 boys to be pleasing to God
Major Clay is home with our Lord now. Much gratitude to those who’ve prayed for him and his family.