Prayer Requests 9-24-18

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Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
   He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

13 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 9-24-18

  1. I went into the SS class after early service yesterday morning. Bob, SS teacher wasn’t there. We had attended a funeral for a fellow classmate Saturday and the last words I heard were, “See you tomorrow.” But Bob didn’t show up. We debated among ourselves, “would I teach or should we join another class?”.
    I had not prepared to teach. I spent Sat. evening watching football. But they wanted to stay together. So, since I had taught Galatians 3 & 4 before, we decided that I should wing it.
    So? I explained that this was Raw Paul who was fighting Judauizers who were putting his church under bondage. The Jerusalem Council hadn’t happened yet.
    But I centered the lesson on 4:4, “the fullness of time”.
    I took a Bible course during my senior year at USCarolina. The course was independent study and the presentation of a paper. The paper I chose was on Galatians 4:4: “The Fullness of Time””. A study of the intertestimental period, primarily the Maccabees. “There were no ‘silent years’”.

    I’m telling you this on the prayer thread because of this”
    We prayed for Bob. He has a problem with his wife similar to mine. There was a reason he didn’t come. I still don’t know why. I’ll learn tonight. But we prayed for Bob.
    Another thing: What should we do? They haven’t said, but I know they would like for me to take the calss. I have tought 1215 SS lessons counting yesterday, and I would like to do it.
    But I can’t. My eyes don’t allow me to study any more. Also, I’m betting emotional in my old age. I choked up trying to explain that the celebration Jesus attended in John 20 was Hanukah. The Feast of Lights. I was explaining the miracle of the candles while they were cleansing the Temple from the abomination of Antiochus Epiphanies. (He had sacrificed a sow on God’s altar. Maccabees re-took the temple and they cleansed it.).
    So? Something has to happen. I don’t know what. I can’t take the class,

    Getting old is hard on me. I hate being worthless. I have been busy all my life. But I can’t handle it any more. I pay someone to cut my grass and trim my bushes. And I can’t be part of the church anymore. Just show up. Everyone respects me because I’m Chuck’s dad. But I don’t do anything.

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  2. Can you listen and study that way? Years of teaching means the Holy Spirit is sunk deep in your heart, Chas. How about just leading a discussion? That’s what I do with my ladies. We’ve all been Christians so long, the discussion and life stories are learning experiences for all– they center on Jesus and how he has worked in our lives.

    Trust me. That’s valuable.

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  3. Um, Chas? You did not say why you can’t take the class. You have studied and taught for a few years now. Your eyes are not as strong as they were, is your faith in God still strong? Do you desire to share the Truth? Do you love God so much that you weep a bit over the sins and joys of the people? Do you desire to serve? Do you not believe that blind people can share Truth? You are probably one of the most capable people in your church for sharing and teaching the Truth. You live it every day. I would love to have you teach in my church. You have the time to pray about it and prepare your thoughts. Step up, man.

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  4. Well, Chas, I am going to offer a different perspective. (Not that I want to dissuade you from taking the class if you think it is God’s will, though.)

    First of all, you are not worthless. Even if all you do is show up for church each week, that in itself is a witness and encouragement to others. I’m sure there are many Sunday mornings when getting yourself and Elvera ready for church takes more time and effort than you feel up to, but you do it anyway.

    You have been faithful to God and to church for many, many years. Now God has given you the responsibility and privilege of taking care of your sweet wife, and you are being faithful in it that. Your “presence” on this blog is an enormous blessing to us.

    Again, I don’t say this to dissuade you if you believe that teaching that class is something God has called you to do, but I don’t want you to think that you are worthless if you don’t.

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  5. Speaking of being a faithful husband and/or caregiver. . .Nightingale told me that there is a woman in the nursing home who is now on hospice. Her husband says he can’t handle it. So he has stopped visiting, and won’t answer the phone when she calls. This poor dying woman wants to see and talk to her husband, but he says he “can’t handle it” emotionally, so he has cut her off. Now, that’s a man who should “step up”.

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  6. Please pray that Nightingale will be allowed to get her health insurance through her work. (She had been on “Husky B”, our state’s health insurance for lower income children and their parents, but is now making enough to be off it.) If they decide she is not eligible due to technically being a part-time employee, even though she works what is considered full-time hours each month, she will have to buy her own insurance. The cheapest she could find would be $330 a month, with a $7000 deductible. The plan she would get from her work is much more affordable.

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  7. Our pastor shared a story Sunday about his teaching a group of elderly women, mostly widows, at an assisted care facility in our community for many years now. Many often expressed the belief that they were not of use to God anymore, he said, but one woman, Eva May, would always bounce back with how she had no idea how God was possibly using her anymore, but she just trusted that he surely was — she may never know how this side of heaven, but she was sure he was. Some way, some how. Eva May died some years ago, our pastor said, but he remembers and likes to share that hope with others.

    Seems like taking on the class is worth considering, Chas. But know that you’re far from without a purpose in God’s kingdom even if you don’t.

    Things change, our responsibilities and roles in life change. Many of us have started becoming aware of that. But we must cling to the truth that all of it is God ordered, in his providence.

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  8. Chas. You are not worthless. There are many of us who are still learning from you on a daily basis. I am comforted in knowing that you pray for BG. If the statement “We may be the only Bible someone ever reads” is true, then you are a living breathing example for others to “read”.

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  9. Chas, ditto what Kim said. Whether or not you teach Sunday School, you bless us daily with your friendship, your wisdom, and your humor. I imagine that even when you’re not officially teaching you make good contributions to the class. And though you may originally have been respected as “Chuck’s dad”, I have no doubt that you’ve earned respect on your own since you’ve been there.

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  10. Thanks for the encouragement everyone. I appreciate it.
    I will do what comes up. I have lived by the philosophy of “Do the next right thing” for years and it has worked so far.
    I’ll continue doing that.
    As much as I can.

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  11. At a funeral I recently attended one woman stood and spoke about how faithfully the deceased attended church. The woman, who was in her eighties, almost always made it to church, although she used a cane and had to drive many, many miles. The woman who spoke lived across from the church and could find excuses not to attend. She spoke of how the faithfulness of the older woman touched her and spoke to her.

    I asked older members of a church we attended to pray specifically for our Sunday School children. They were given bookmarks with class member’s first names only. I don’t know if that is possible anymore with the security measures churches need today.

    I remember reminding a woman who was newly in a nursing home she could pray for us and so many others. She had a strong mind, but a body which did not work too well anymore. Prayer for others is a powerful ministry.

    I also agree that just listening to others and encouraging is also powerful. Some of the oldest members of our congregation do this in a wonderful way.

    Having said all that, it is always difficult to know that you just cannot do something anymore that you once could do with ease. I find that just with painting my house. I simply can no longer get a decent line where the ceiling meets the wall. It is just one little thing and I dislike that I cannot do it.

    I have watched others give up things little by little. Such a difficult time of life for sure, but as long as we are left here by the Lord, there is surely purpose for our lives. We may never know that purpose, but perhaps we will in eternity.

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  12. Attaboy, Chas. And what everyone else said. You are precious.

    Kizzie, I’ll pray Nightingale can get the insurance through her work.

    I would appreciate prayers for my East Coast sister (C). She and her family planned on leaving today to drive to the Midwest for the wedding, but she has gotten the flu now, so they didn’t leave yet. Please pray that she will be restored to health rapidly, for her sake, and my dad’s, too. She had graciously volunteered to stay with my dad when the rest of us go to the wedding. He can’t go because of the travel distance for him and his failing health, and she wanted to help out because she’s not able to get to the Midwest as often as she’d like, to assist with his care.

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  13. Praying for your sis dear 6….such a busy time!
    What everyone else on here has said Chas….and you get “emotional” whilst speaking of important events happening in God’s word? How I desire for more to do so…we hunger for the passion and urgency in the hearts of His own. We do not need flippant teachings….we do not need “intellectual” teachings that lack passion…..you care…it matters…that is why they want you to teach….how I would love to sit in a class taught by you….you are loved!

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