The 21 days of prayer offer all of us an opportunity of spiritual adventure with the Lord. It will be a devoted time to offer ourselves at God’s disposal to teach and lead us. Please avail yourself to every time possible.

This Sunday I will teach the PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING SEMINAR. You will receive a manual to help in the teaching time. This will be an enjoyable time of study as we launch the 21 days.

E. M. Bounds said, “God shapes the world by prayer.” Here is one of my favorite “prayer stories” told by Bounds: “George Benfield, a driver on the Midland Railway, living at Derby, was standing on the footplate oiling his engine, the train being stationary, when his foot slipped; he fell on the space between the lines. He heard the express coming on, and had only time enough to lie full length on the ‘six-foot’ when it rushed by, and he escaped unhurt. He returned to his home in the middle of the night and as he was going up-stairs he heard one of his children, a girl about eight years old, crying and sobbing. ‘Oh, father,’ she said, ‘I thought somebody came and told me that you were going to be killed, and I got out of bed and prayed that God would not let you die.’ Was it only a dream, a coincidence? George Benfield and others believed that he owed his life to that prayer.”

When the saints enter heaven, multitudes will discover the prayers that got them to heaven.

Bro. Paul

Lottie Moon Christmas OfferingEvery Church. Every Nation.

It’s more than a catch phrase. It’s at the core of what we do. We believe every church—and every church member—has a critical role to play in bringing the gospel to the world. Your church’s participation in the Lottie Moon
Christmas Offering is a key part of that.

Your Gifts Transform Lives

Because you and your church give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, IMB
missionaries can take the gospel to unreached peoples around the world. Every dollar you give makes a difference, because 100% of the money collected goes to the work of reaching every nation.

The Story of Lottie Moon

In the 1800s, a missionary named Lottie Moon wrote letters from China urging
American churches to fund more overseas workers. After Lottie’s death on the mission field, an offering was started in her name. The offering was established to empower international missions efforts for Southern Baptists.

In this month of Thanksgiving, let me be thankful to God for all the volunteer work for
the Lord that goes in to a month like this. To think of your labors of love in these many
activities gives me great joy.

Phil. 1:4. Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

How can we pray for those who will go through Judgement House this week? Here is an acrostic provided by NAMB.

The acrostic HEART will help one remember what to pray.

Pray for receptive HEARTS
(see Luke 8:5,12).

Pray for their spiritual EYES to be open
(see Matt. 13:15; 2 Cor. 4:3-4).

Pray for God’s ATTITUDE toward sin
(see John 16:8).

Pray the person to be RELEASED to
(see 2 Cor.10:3-4; 2 Tim. 2:25-26).

Pray for a TRANSFORMING life
(see Rom. 12:1-2).

I look forward to Sunday with the story of the conversion of Paul.
See you then!

--Bro. Paul

Ps. 63:3. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Tit. 3:4. But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man

There is a need for kindness in this world.

“I expect to pass through the world but once. Any good there fore that I can do, or any kindness that
I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall
not pass this way again.” -Stephen Grellet

Believers can witness to others through kindness.

Prov. 31:26. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Henry Drummond wrote, “The greatest thing a man can do for his Heavenly Father is to be kind to some of His other children.”

Eph. 4:32. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Kind hearts are the garden,
Kind thoughts are the roots.
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
Take care of the gardens,
And keep them from weeds.
Fill, fill them with flowers,
Kind words and kind deeds. (Longfellow)

Bro. Paul

I believe that God had a plan for America.

The late Peter Marshall wrote, “God had put a specific ‘call’ on this country and the people who were to inhabit it.”

O beautiful, for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea
to shining sea.

I believe that the future of America lies in the morality of its law-abiding citizens.

The laws that the nation passes cannot be enforced on a lawless people. A democracy requires a people whose conscience keeps a selfwatch over their behavior.

John Adams (member of the drafting committee for the Declaration and later President) said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

James Madison (a chief architect of the Constitution) said, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government–far from it, but we have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for selfgovernment, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw;
Confirm thy soul in self control, thy liberty in
law! (Katharine Bates)

--Bro. Paul

The signs that point to the Lord’s second coming abound.

Lk. 21:28. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

What are some of the prophetic signs?

  • Return of Israel to the land (Ezek. 38:8; Mt. 24:32-33)
  • Alignment of the nations (Mt. 24:7)
  • Riding of the four horsemen (war, famine, disease, and death– Mt. 24:7; Rev. 6:1-8)
  • Weapons of destruction (Rev. 6:8, 9:15)
  • Increase of knowledge (Dan. 12:4 – travel; Rev. 11:9 – technology)
  • Earthquakes (Mt. 24:7)
  • Fear (Lk. 21:26)
  • False messiahs (Mt. 24:5, 11, 24)
  • Deception (2 Tim. 3:13; Rev. 13:14)
  • Economic unification (Rev. 13:16-17)
  • Increase of lawlessness (2 Tim. 3:1-7)
  • Evil imaginations and sodomy (Lk. 17:26-30)
  • Drugs, murders, immorality, and theft (Rev. 9:21)
  • Scoffers (2 Pet. 3:3-4)
  • Occultism (Mt. 13:37-39; 1 Tim. 4:1-3)
  • Apostasy of the church (Lk. 18:8; 2 Th. 2:3; 2 Tim. 4:3-4)
  • Persecution of believers (Mk. 13:11)
  • Evangelization of the world (Mk. 13:10)

Jesus promised to return like a thief at a day and hour when the unfaithful did not look for His return (Rev. 3:3). In 1 Cor. 16:22 Paul closed the letter with the word “Maranatha.”

The Lord comes. Let’s look up and work while it is day for the “night is coming.”

Bro. Paul

Ezek. 34:26. And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

Finney said, “A revival of religion may be expected when Christians begin to confess their sins to one another.” Do not take broken relationships to the grave with you! Jonathan Edwards wrote among his resolutions,
“Resolved, Never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour, before I should hear the last trumpet.”

James (Jas. 5:16) said, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed.”

Continue to pray for continued outpouring! Matthew Henry noted, “When God is ready to pour out unusual mercies, He sets His people a-praying.” Jonathan Edwards wrote, “When God has something very great for His church, it is His will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayers of His people.”

Thank you for your faithfulness, love, and concern for others. Winfield FBC is an extraordinary people.

Bro. Paul