A Small Circle Of Friends

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Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Colossians 4:7-8 (NLT2)
7 Tychicus will give you a full report about how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper who serves with me in the Lord’s work. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you.

“Note, Praying friends are valuable friends; it is good to have an intimacy with and an interest in those that have fellowship with God and an interest at the throne of grace; and it well becomes the greatest and best of men to desire the assistance of the prayers of others for them. St. Paul often entreats his friends to pray for him. Thus we must show that we put a value upon our friends, upon prayer, upon their prayers.” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary).

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

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Prayer Is The Link

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Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Colossians 4:2 (NLT2)
2  Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

Canadian preacher, theologian and founder of the Christian Missionary Alliance A.B. Simpson had this to say about prayer.

“Prayer is the link that connects us with God. It is the bridge that spans every gulf and bears us over every abyss of danger or of need. How significant is this picture of the New Testament church: Peter in prison, the Jews triumphant, Herod supreme, the arena of martyrdom awaiting the dawning of the morning. But prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. And what is the sequel? The prison open, the apostle free, the Jews baffled, the wicked king divinely smitten, and the Word of God rolling on in greater victory. Do we know the power of our supernatural weapon? Do we dare to use it with the authority of a faith that commands as well as asks? God grant us holy audacity and divine confidence. He is not wanting great men, but He is wanting men that will dare to prove the greatness of their God.”

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

Integrity At Work

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Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Colossians 3:25 (NLT2)
25  But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.

An old farmer plowed hard for many days with an ox and mule yoked together. The ox told the mule that they should play sick and rest. The mule declined saying, “No, we must get the work done for the season is short. But the ox played sick and the farmer brought him hay and corn and made him comfortable. When the mule came in from plowing the ox asked how things had gone. The mule said, “We didn’t get as much done but we did ok, I guess.” The ox asked, “Did the old man say anything about me?” “Nothing,” said the mule. The next day the ox played sick again. When the tired mule came in he asked how it went. “Ok, but we sure didn’t get much done.” The ox asked, “What did the old man say about me?” The mule replied, “Nothing directly to me, but he had a long talk with the butcher.”

In Christ,

Pastor Mark