Elder Prayer (6/19/22)

El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty) [Genesis 17:1], How could we ever praise You enough for the amazing victory Jesus has won for us in conquering the power of sin and death on the cross? [Romans 8:1-2]


Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts) [I Samuel 17:45; Isaiah 47:4], You are the God of all the angel armies, and You have won the victory! Now we are freed to be Your people in this world, eager to do what is good [Titus 2:11-14] and pleasing to You! [Hebrews 13: 16] Our sins are thrown into the sea [Micah 7:19], and removed as far as the east is from the west! [Psalm 103:12]


Who else has a God like You, El Elyon (The Most High God), [Psalm 9:2] the One who is like no other—infinite in holiness [Exodus 15:11], in pure justice, in righteousness [Psalm 33:5], and in perfection?
When we hear the taunts of the Evil One, when the world is calling out to us, drawing us away from You, and telling us that we’ll never win the battles we’re facing [I Samuel 17:8-11], what truth can we trust in with our whole hearts? [Psalm 42:10 119:42]


That Christ is LORD, that He was raised from the grave, and that He has completely beaten the Enemy! [Hebrews 7:22-25; 10:8-10]; That we are freed from enslavement to sin and freed for vibrant life [John 10:10; Galatians 5:1] by faith in the Son of God, who loved each one of us and gave Himself up for us [Galatians 2:20]. Please strengthen our faith to see You as being so much larger and so much more powerful than any giant personality or problem we face [I Samuel 17:8-11].


To whom could we turn when you have the very words of eternal life [John 6:68]? Why would we ever seek after false gods, moving these things that enthrall us onto the thrones of our hearts and displacing You [Jeremiah 18:15]?


But we confess that we have done this, and we pray for You to have mercy on us. We ask for Your Spirit to convict us of sin in our lives and to assure us of Your forgiveness when we have turned from it [I John 1:9].
What can we say today that would come even close to expressing our deep gratitude for Your mercy that You show to us every day [Lamentations 3:22-23]? You bought us out of bondage to sin and you adopted us to be Your children with all of the rights of heirs in Your Kingdom [Galatians 4:4-7; Ephesians 1:3-6] when we deserve only to be banished and cast out. You have rescued us from the dominating power of darkness and have brought us into the Kingdom of the Son You love, Jesus, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins [Colossians 1:13-14].


Why would You, a God so holy look upon Your created world with so much love and compassion, and make a way (where there would otherwise be no way) [Isaiah 43:16-19]?


Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd) [Psalm 23:1], You know all too well how we constantly roam, falling into sin and idolatry. We think of ourselves too much and too little of You, and yet You shepherd our hearts by Your Spirit living in us, to bring us back into relationship with You!


Jesus, thank You for not only teaching us to address our Adonai (Lord, Master) [Psalm 16:2] as “our Father,” but for making the way for us to come into His most holy presence without restraint, like climbing up on the lap of a gentle, earthly dad [Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6]. Spirit, we thank You for always encouraging us and wanting what’s best for us. Help us to boldly step out of the boat into the realm of the unknown. Father, we love You deeply and we thank You again for making us and for loving us!


Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide) [Genesis 22:14], we ask that You would strengthen the hands of our brothers and sisters at Amchit Baptist Church in Lebanon, and we ask that You would restore stability to their land. And please use the messages they are distributing on social media about important issues to penetrate hearts and to bring people together.


And we pray for Pastor Steve as he brings the message today, that you will use Your word and the words that he speaks to challenge and equip us to bring down the giants we’re facing in these days. We ask this all for Your honor so that the world may know that the battle is the Lord’s [I Samuel 17:47]! In the name of our Lord Jesus we pray. Amen!

Keith Brown, Elder

Committed Followers:  Serving Together in Small Groups 

 

As followers of Jesus Christ, we show up for church every Sunday to praise the Lord, give an offering, and hear the Word of God. We don’t get a report card afterwards. No one is taking attendance. So how do we know how we’re doing as followers of Christ? 

  

We know from the Bible that God wants us to apply His Word to our daily lives. Showing up one day of the week is not enough to be a committed follower. 

  

Just like students go to class to prepare for the big test, and athletes have a practice before their next game, Christians need to focus on their spiritual growth in between Sundays. This can be difficult with all of the things we are doing in our lives, but one thing stands out as a great option to better serve the Lord, study the Word of God, and to richly embed ourselves into Grace Point … Small Groups

  

Many new Small Group members notice an immediate impact on their lives. Being in a group better allows the Lord to work through you as you grow spiritually together. 

  

You also have the great opportunity to serve the Lord in your group by being there for fellow members when they’re in need. Our groups are places where we can KNOW, CARE and ENCOURAGE one another by praying for each other, supporting each other, and holding each other spiritually accountable. There is also opportunity to serve with your group members through Grace Point outreach into the local community, or globally through our Global Workers furthering God’s mission to far away cities and countries. 

  

In The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren said: 

You are going to give your life for something. What will it be – a career, a sport, a hobby, fame, wealth? None of these will have lasting significance. Service is the pathway to real significance. It is through ministry that we discover the meaning of our lives. The Bible says, “Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body.” As we serve together in God’s family, our lives take on eternal importance. 

  

Being in a Small Group helps you be part of a fellowship. Being in a small group helps you grow spiritually. Being in a small group helps you be a committed follower of Jesus Christ! 

  

We encourage you to take the important step of significance and become a more vital part of Christ’s Body.  To explore Small Groups at Grace Point you can join, please visit Grace Point (ccbchurch.com)

Chris Gruber – Group Leader and Member of the Groups LEAD Team 

Note: Some of our Small Groups are taking a break for the summer and will resume in the autumn.

Elder Prayer (6/5/2022)

Lord, we thank You that we can confess our sins to You and be forgiven because of the punishment that You took for us on the cross, and now live to pray for us as your beloved children. What an incredible standing You have given us to be called Children of the Living God!

We are thankful for the opportunities You have given us as a body of believers here at Grace Point to be a light in this community. Thank You for the wonderful opportunity we had on Friday night at the Family Fun Fest to interact with families in our community. Thank You for blessing us with wonderful weather for this event that has been planned for over several months, and thank You for the many volunteers who participated. I pray that You will bless this outreach effort and draw people to Yourself as a result.

We are thankful for the many ways You have blessed us over the years here at Grace Point and ask for Your continued blessing as we move forward with the vision that You have called us to in this region. We thank You for our elders, staff and many volunteers who serve You here in this place by serving others.

We pray for those here today or online who are suffering physically, emotionally, or financially and ask that they be encouraged by Your presence here today through Your Spirit and by others that they may come in contact with and see that they are loved and cared for. We pray specifically that You would heal the broken hearted and those who are experiencing illness.

We pray for those who are serving as missionaries around the world who are connected and supported by Grace Point that You would protect them and encourage them to have faith in their specific calling and that You help them to serve You well as they meet the needs of others and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

We pray for our brothers and sisters in Lebanon at the church in Amchit and for Horizon Ministries as they work to meet the needs of others in their various communities. We are thankful You have allowed us to be partners with them in their ministry in a country that is hurting in so many ways, and yet we are humbled by their strong faith and reliance upon You. We also pray for the people of Ukraine who continue to suffer in the war and ask that You would grant wisdom and protection to believers there who are doing everything they can to meet the physical and spiritual needs of others. We ask that this war would end quickly.

And we pray for those families across our country that have lost children and loved ones as a result of recent incidents of senseless violence. We pray that is violence would cease and that we as a nation would experience a Spiritual Awakening and more people would come to faith in Christ as the ultimate solution to this crisis.

And finally, Lord, I pray for Dave this morning as he shares the message that You have laid on his heart. May your Spirit speak through him and may we be good listeners and doers of the Word he shares with us today.

We ask these things in the Mighty Name of Jesus our Savior, Amen!

Ken Kovalik, Elder Chairman

Elder Prayer (5/22/22)

Our current sermon series is “Love Outside Our Walls.” We are being encouraged to “build bridges into our community out of love for Christ.”  Earlier this week, I read Psalm 71. I thought it would be appropriate to read a portion of this psalm before we go to the Lord in prayer.

O God, from my youth You have taught me, and I still proclaim Your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, Your power to all those to come. Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like You? You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth You will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again. I will also praise You with the harp for Your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to You with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to You; my soul also, which You have redeemed. And my tongue will talk of Your righteous help all the day long, for they have been put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.” (Psalm 71:17-24)

Heavenly Father, we praise You for Your faithfulness. We praise You for Your love for us that You sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins. Lord, give us the boldness and the courage to love as Christ loved us. Help us take advantage of the opportunities to build bridges into our community. Help us to share the Gospel in our spheres of influence.

We pray for our nation’s leaders. We pray that they will desire to serve You as they make decisions on our behalf. Surround them with men and women of God. Surround them with individuals who will give them godly counsel.

Father God, this week there was another mass shooting. We wonder when this violence will end. We pray that our nation will confess our sins, turn from our wicked ways. If we do this, we know You will heal our land. 

Just over a week ago, we had gun violence reached our community. We pray for emotional healing for the families, teachers, and students that were impacted by this tragedy. We thank You that our Direction of Student Ministry, Jeremy Davis, and his staff have been able to come along side of these students during this time of need. Protect Jeremy and his staff from Satan attacks as he ministers to the students during this difficult time.

Lord, there are several others in our congregation who are facing personal challenges. We pray that the Holy Spirit comforts the both the Ban and Simmers families, as they adjust to Marianne and Bill’s being welcomed into Your presence. We pray that the Great Physician heals and comforts those facing health challenges and supplies the needs and work for families facing financial difficulties.

We pray for peace and an end to the war in the Ukraine. We ask that Your comfort, protect and provide for the people of the Ukraine. We also pray that You bless the three churches we have connections with in other countries. Bless the Il Faro congregation in Naples, Italy; the Unidos en Christos in Cochabamba, Bolivia; and the Amchit Church in Beirut Lebanon. We pray that Amchit Church has a successful launching of its Internet Ministry. Bless and protect Pastor Joseph as he will be traveling and ministering in Canada during the month of June.

Lastly, we pray for the Family Fun Fest event, which will be held at Grace Point on June 3.  We pray that You will raise the needed volunteers. We pray that the event will be will attended. Lastly, we pray that families will connect with Grace Point and make it their church home as a result of Fun Fest.

Lord, we thank You for Your faithfulness both to us personally and the blessings we have as a body of believers at Grace Point. We lift these prayers to You in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.

Jack Edmond, Elder

Elder Prayer (5/15/22)

I will extol You, my God and King, and bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You and praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of Your awesome deeds, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. (Psalm 145:1-7)

Our Father, our desire is to follow David’s words from this psalm. We want to exalt You LORD, to praise Your name and tell of Your works and mighty acts from generation to generation. From mother and father to our children and our children’s children, as well as our neighbors, friends and co-workers. Supply us with the strength, stamina and courage to do this, for apart from You we are as helpless as leaves in the wind. Fill us with the Holy Spirit that we would know Your will and walk in it.

Our prayers and help continue for the families affected by the devastating tragedy on May 2. Comfort the families with Your assurance. We also remember those that are grieving the loss of a loved one and those that are in need of Your healing touch. You are the Great Physician. Heavenly Father, You offer Your peace to all those who come to You.

There are those in our midst with other concerns. Dear God, listen to their call. Whatever it may be: family matters, work related, financial, addiction. Help them to realize that You are listening and are able to supply their needs.

We ask, Father, that You would guide our nation. With the nearing election, give each of us the insight of choosing Your candidate. Give us Your wisdom. Also, please give Your insight and wisdom to those already in office on every level of government.

Thank You, Father, for the many blessing You have supplied, especially for the forgiveness of our sin through the atoning blood of You Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. In His name we pray, Amen.

~ Jack Edmond, Elder

Elder Prayer (5/8/22)

Lord, this morning we reach inside ourselves and with our whole heart that may be filled with hopes and fears, doubts and disappointments, sadness and joy, we choose to praise You.

We praise You by reflecting on and never forgetting who You are and what You have done.

When we truly consider the magnitude of our sin and rebellion against You, Your forgiveness extended to us should be staggering and a reason alone for continuous, unceasing praise.

Through the death and resurrection of Your precious Son, we are saved from separation from You, restored to a right relationship with You, so that we can experience Your love and tender mercies each day, in all of our circumstances. Because of what Jesus did for us, we are always on solid ground, and we come to You, freely and boldly.

You also fill our lives with good things that renew us each day, but that we often take for granted.  Shelter from the elements, food to strengthen our bodies, breath that fills our lungs, and Your Word and Spirit that equips and empowers us to be the lights You have called us to be. Lights in a world of darkness, where so many near and far don’t always enjoy these simple things and long for You and Your justice. 

You give us the gift of motherhood, and we remember today the steadfast sacrifice of compassionate and patient love that mothers demonstrate each day. May they feel your presence and blessing in their lives this day.

Lord, You are compassionate and merciful, slow to anger and filled with unfailing, loyal love and justice. And all through Your Word we see again and again as You demonstrate these. As many times as we see Your people fail, we see You forgive.

Thank You that You do the same for us. You don’t constantly accuse us, nor remain angry with us forever. You don’t punish us for our sins or deal harshly with us, as we deserve. Rather, You show us Your unfailing loyal love that knows no bounds. The punishment we deserved was borne by another, Jesus, who purchased for us on the cross what we could not afford, a mercy that endures forever.

You’re the perfect Father none of us has ever had, showing tender compassion to us as we follow You. Because You know how weak we are, that we’re only dust in the wind, wildflowers here today and gone tomorrow. We bloom and we die. You know our ignorance, our weakness, our foolishness, our pride, and You still show us amazing love.

Your love remains forever steadfast, to all those You call Your own. Your promises are forever faithful and true, to all those who follow You.

And among those precious promises is that You hear our cry. 

And we cry to You this morning, for Joan Simmers and the family as we mourn with them at Bill’s passing on to the glory of Your presence. 

We cry out for all those grieving and suffering as a result of this past week’s tragic deaths in our community. Use us Lord to show Your tender compassion by listening and crying with those hurting, while pointing them to the only real source of comfort, the Savior that they desperately need.

We cry out for the ongoing upheaval and unfathomable pain experienced by so many as a result of the conflict in Europe. 

We cry for some here this morning who, for them, Mother’s Day is not a day of celebration.

These are real cries, Lord. You hear them, You see them. You know and You care, because You experienced pain and suffering, and overcame it for the joy of knowing it was not for nothing. He accepted His cup. Whatever is in the cup that You offer to us, whether it be pain and sorrow and suffering and grief or the many joys we experience, help us be willing to accept it all because You are trustworthy. While we very often participate in Your Joy, remind us that You also call us to taste of Your beneficial afflictions. While healing our many afflictions, Lord, help us remember that although we suffer, suffering is never for nothing.

Despite the enormity of what we sometimes face, we call to our minds this morning Your rulership over all, even when we can’t see it in action. Your rulership is not dependent on what happens here on earth. Your purposes are being worked out, and there is no one who can thwart Your plan to reconcile all things to Yourself, so that You are glorified and we are one in You.

As we listen to Your Word proclaimed this morning, awaken our minds and hearts to hear and be conformed to the likeness of Your Son as You show each of us our part to be played in the grand drama of Your reconciliation process.

Meantime, we call out to all that You’ve created, to Praise You. We call out to Your Heavenly Hosts, the angels, who listen closely to Your commands to serve You obediently, to Praise You. We call out to a world all around us hurtling towards a Christless eternity, to Praise You.

Lord, this morning we reach inside ourselves and with our whole heart that may be filled with hopes and fears, doubts and disappointments, sadness and joy, we choose to praise You. For You are worthy of our praise. Amen.

~ Dave Kneller, Elder

The Old Testament Points To Jesus Christ ~ by Jeremy Davis

Luke 24:25-27 

25 And He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. 

Jesus took the time to teach the two despondent disciples how the Old Testament points directly to Jesus Christ. We have the blessing of having access to all the 66 books of the Holy Scriptures. Each book of the Bible is all about Christ and His mission to reconcile all things to Himself. How does each book point to Christ? Here are some wonderful resources to help show how the Bible is all about Jesus. 

Jesus in the Bible by Kenneth Boa 

This book takes the time to unpack how we see Jesus in each book of the Bible. It’s a wonderful resource to come alongside of your personal study, or to read through and see God’s grand narrative.  

Here is great article that shows many of the allusions that point directly to Christ in each book of the Bible.  

https://jesusplusnothing.com/jesus-books-bible

May these resources help you on your journey. The Scriptures are all about Jesus Christ and His mission to reconcile all things to Himself.  

Colossians 1:19-20 

19 For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. 

-Jeremy Davis 

Special thanks to Pastor Dave Wolf for sharing these resources! 

Elder Prayer ~ Easter Sunday (4/17/22)

As we go to prayer, I want to start by reading a passage from 1 Peter 1:3-7:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith…may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Let’s pray.

God, we come to You this morning with “inexpressible joy and thankfulness” for what You have done for us in sending Your Son to die in our place for our sins, who is now alive sitting at Your right hand praying for us! We are thankful that we can celebrate this Day of Resurrection that gives us both hope as we go through our “various trials” as well as the Eternal Hope that we have in being with You after we pass on from this life! Because You conquered death through the Resurrection of Jesus, we can be confident of the inheritance that is to come that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading! For as You tell us in Your Word, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” Thank You for this Promise!

I pray for those who are here this morning (or joining us online) who may be unsure of how to have this confident relationship with You. May they sense today Your love for them through the songs that are sung, the words that are spoken, and the interaction that they may have with others. May Your Spirit speak to them and lead them to You! Help all of us to be reminded of your constant care for us as it is states in the Psalms (139):

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    You discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.”

We are so thankful for Your love and care for us, that You know more about us than we know about ourselves! May we fully comprehend that You are with us and that You are for us, and that You want a relationship with us. Even though we are sinners, we know from Your Word that You are a “friend of sinners” and that You died for our sins and now You are alive to be in relationship with us!

Lord, I am sure that there are those that are with us today (or online) who do not sense your presence because of the circumstances they find themselves in, whether it be physical, emotional, financial, or some other difficult challenge. May they not leave today without knowing that You love and care for them. We pray for healing, strength, and encouragement for all those that are suffering today!

We thank You for the many blessings you have allowed us to experience here at Grace Point, especially for our Staff, Pastors, and volunteers who are committed to your service among us. We thank You for blessing us financially through the spirit of generosity that so many have demonstrated. And as we consider our special Easter Offering to support some of the many needs in Ukraine, we ask that this spirit of generosity will continue with all of us here today. We pray that peace will come quickly to Ukraine and that the suffering of so many will cease! Please comfort and encourage them with Your presence, especially during this celebration of the Easter Season.

So we thank You again for this privilege and opportunity to worship you today. Be with Dave as he speaks to us from your Word. May Your Spirit lead him as he shares what You have laid on his heart. And we pray that we all would be good listeners and we would put into practice what You have called us to do.

We ask these things in the mighty name of our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ!

Amen.

(Ken Kovalik, Elder)

BE FILLED WITH THE NEW WINE – THE HOLY SPIRIT

~ By Julia Bonner-Eckel from our Care Ministry Team

DON’T BE FILLED WITH WINE, BUT BE FILLED WITH THE NEW WINE – THE HOLY SPIRIT

I am grateful to share this testimony of how the Lord worked in my life in a particular area. Ten years ago, that still small voice (the Holy Spirit) told me to stop drinking. Not cut back, not have a little, not have a glass of wine every now and then. In no uncertain terms, it was loud and clear, and in that instant, I made the decision to stop drinking. From that day, I have not had a drop of alcohol.

This testimony is not to condemn anyone. My hope is if you also heard that still small voice or thought about making this change in your life – DO IT! You will never regret giving up alcohol.

Let me share my experience with you.

I heard that voice in the past and would go a few months but always get pulled back into the social aspect and glamorization of wine in a tall, beautiful glass.

The transformation has been incredible since I obeyed the Lord. I believe the enemy uses alcohol to keep many of us in bondage. Especially, perhaps, young mothers. It becomes a badge of honor to have that bottle of wine after a long day of work or with the kids. Remember, the little ones are watching our every move. Alcohol is a depressant that keeps us sad, discouraged and dependent. It can keep us separated from God. For me, it blocked my relationship with God.

When I removed that veil, God’s voice was much louder and clearer in my life, and the Holy Spirit was able to lead me more easily.

The transformation for me has been remarkable. God only knows where my marriage would be without this change. I have a loving and supportive husband, and it is a gift to be present with him in this life.

My baby, Jack, is now eight years old. He has never seen, nor will he ever know a drunk mommy. I have the privilege waking up most days refreshed and energized. Imagine never having a hangover!

Removing alcohol has transformed my health and nutrition. Alcohol disrupts our blood sugar, spikes cravings, and keeps us dehydrated. It is amazing how much healthier we feel without it!

My finances have changed; I have saved a lot of money! Honestly, it made me realize what a waste of spending it was for me, and now I can invest in other things that will pay off in the future.

Most of all, this has been a catalyst for bringing me much closer to the Lord. As Pastor Dave recently said, “The Lord wants us to remove those bad spirits and be filled with the Holy Spirit! Ephesians 5:18 says, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”

The Scriptures say in 1 Peter 5:8 to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

Just like the Nazarites took a vow to abstain from alcohol, abstaining from all alcohol can set us apart from the world. Let’s take the lead!

When you drink and let your guard down or get drunk, you allow a foothold for the enemy to enter. We need to put on the whole armor of God!

In my spiritual battle, removing alcohol has been life changing and transformative. The Lord has rewarded me and continues to fill my spirit with my loving family, rewarding work, exercise, godly relationships and mentors, a wonderful church and so much more. I fill my spirit with those things, and eventually I have become repulsed by the idea of a drink!

I’ve learned to fill my spirit with time with my family, godly relationships, small groups, bible studies, serving in the Care Ministry, Women’s Ministry, healthy and God-honoring nutrition and so much more. I have become a more productive and happier person. Praise God!

You will see how wonderful and amazing life is and the beauty of being present in every day. You don’t need the drink, wine or beer to get through the ups and downs. Ask God to help you and He will quench your thirst and restore your soul!

Jesus said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink. For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from the heart of anyone who believes in Me.’” (John 7:38)

Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect, will of God.”

If you would like to pray about this or learn more about the Addiction Ministry in Grace Point’s Care Ministry, contact Eileen Hemming ehemming@gracepointpa.org for more information.

Elder Prayer (3/20/22)

There is much about which to pray with all that is going on in the world and much for which to be thankful in how God has blessed and provided.


I want to start by reading some verses from Psalm 59, which were recently shared with me by some Ukrainian missionaries whom I have known for many years. They work with church planting in the city of Kyiv. They have stayed there during the war, in and out of bomb shelters, to support fellow believers and care for those in need. There are many believers in Ukraine who are trusting the Lord for deliverance and are taking comfort in these words from Psalm 59:


1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me;
2 deliver me from those who work evil,
and save me from bloodthirsty men.
3 For behold, they lie in wait for my life;
fierce men stir up strife against me.
For no transgression or sin of mine, O LORD,
4 for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
Awake, come to meet me, and see!

9 O my Strength, I will watch for you,
for you, O God, are my fortress.
10 My God in his steadfast love[c] will meet me;
God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
11 Kill them not, lest my people forget;
make them totter[d] by your power and bring them down,
O Lord, our shield!

16 [But] I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.

Father, we come to You this morning, thanking You for Your presence today. We know that everything that happens in our lives and in this world is not a surprise to You. And we know that everything that happens passes through Your will, and we know that You will be victorious over the Enemy in the end.

And as many of us go about our regular daily lives without life-threatening challenges, there are many hurting people around us and in this world. We see and hear what is happening in Ukraine and our hearts go out to the people there. We thank You for the faith of believers who are looking to You for deliverance and strength. We pray for them and for their country that You would bring about a miraculous peace quickly and spare the lives of innocent people.

We also lift up to You our brothers and sisters in Lebanon who have also suffered much through many crises. We pray for Pastor Joseph and the believers at Amchit church. We are thankful the team here from Grace Point was able to meet with them in person recently and have returned safely. We are thankful for the opportunity that they had to encourage and support those who serve on the front lines in Lebanon in caring for those in need. We are also thankful for the lessons that our team learned from those in Lebanon in how they have demonstrated faith and trust in You in an unbelievably challenging environment.

And we pray for our missionaries supported by Grace Point that are serving around the world. Lord, You know their needs, and I pray that You would protect them and provide encouragement for them as they do the work you have called them to do.

And Lord, we also lift up those who are a part of the Grace Point family who are hurting and suffering, whether it be sickness, financial, family, or emotional issues, we pray that You would encourage and comfort them. For as your Word says:

“You are the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

We praise you Father, for Your gracious provision and faithfulness over many generations here at Grace Point. We are thankful for our committed staff and volunteers who serve faithfully on a regular basis and for the way that you have blessed us financially this year! We are thankful for the gutsy generosity of so many here that have chosen to give of their time, talents, and treasures regularly and sacrificially to support the ministry of this church.

So we pray for the services here today that You will be praised and honored as we worship You. Be with Dave as he shares with us what You have laid on his heart and that Your Spirit would speak through him. May we be attentive hearers and obedient doers of Your Word that is shared today.

We pray these things in the name of Jesus our Savior, Amen.

(Ken Kovalik, Elder Chairman)