MONDAY—EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Chronological Bible Reading: Zephaniah; Revelation 15 Monday, December 24 Psa. 66:2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Blessed God: It is not really left to my option whether I should praise you or not. Praise is your most righteous due, and since every Christian is a recipient of your grace, I am bound to praise you daily, and not just Christmas Eve. I have no authoritative liturgical ceremony for praise. I have no command prescribing certain hours or songs of thanksgiving. But the law written on my heart teaches me how right it is to praise. The blessing is this: sinners are confronted with the gospel and converted to God when they see me praise you. Oh, let me witness to __________ and __________ at this Holiday time with my praise! This is not only a pleasurable exercise, but an absolute obligation. If I go around always mourning and murmuring, then I am not guiltless. I cannot discharge all my duty if I do not praise, no matter what the obstacles are this week. I am bound by the bonds of love to bless your name as long as I live. Heb. 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Put your praise continually in my mouth, because I am blessed in order to bless you. Do I need a “life purpose” verse for the New Year? Then let it be: Isa. 43:21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. If I do not praise you, I am not bringing forth the fruit you have a right to expect in my life. I must not let my harp hang low on the willows. I will take it up, arise, and shout your praises! Help me surround my sorrows with an atmosphere of melody in my heart. God, hearken from heaven and accept my music today in Jesus’ name. Amen. A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READING Chronological Bible Reading: Zechariah 4-6; Revelation 18 Thursday, December 27 Matt. 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. TUESDAY—FOCUS ON CHRIST’S PRAYER LIFE Chronological Bible Reading: Haggai; Revelation 16 Tuesday, December 25 John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. Faithful Savior: HELP ME ABIDE IN YOU AS TO MY FRUITFULNESS. The branch has to bear fruit, but I cannot produce even one grape on my own. The fruit of this branch comes through my stem. My work for you has to be your work in me, or else it is good for nothing. I am wary at this Christmas Season of slick plans, programs and productions. Help me simply do for you what you bid me to do. HELP ME ABIDE IN YOU AS TO MY LIFE. If I were old as Methuselah, I still could not do without you, Lord. As a Christian, my very being depends on my clinging. Even this you must give me, because it all comes from you and you alone. I am still trusting, still desperately dependent, O Lord. John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. That is the key qualification. How important is your word! Verse 4: Abide in me, and I in you. The parallel in verse 7: If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you. Are you and your words identical? In practical terms, they are indeed. I know some who talk so spiritually about Christ being their Master, but they do not submit to sound doctrine as declared in the Bible. If I separate Christ from the word, I have done something despicable. You are the word (John 1:1,14)! How dare I call you Master and Lord, and do not the things you say? If I do not obey your precepts you do not accept me as a disciple. Christ, his cross, and his commands are one. Help me, Holy Spirit to live in communion with Christ through his commands, so I can powerfully preach the cross, even on Christmas. Oh, for grace to do more, in Jesus’ name. Amen. FRIDAY— CORPORATE PRAYER MINISTRY Chronological Bible Reading: Zechariah 7-9; Revelation 19 Friday, December 28 † Eph. 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Almighty, All-Powerful God: You do not give like we do. We give a handful of change to the beggar at the exit ramp. You give wealth by handfuls on purpose. Solomon asked for wisdom; you gave him wealth and power. This is your divine habit. You redeem your promises, but when you could pay in silver, you dole them out in gold. Why should we think you will be stingy with Harvest? We have a great King, we should ask for great things! We need grace to refresh our souls. We need floods of revival poured out on dry ground. Hey, Leviathan sinners! Here is an ocean of mercy. Yo, elephantine rebels! Here is an ark big enough to hold your fat flubber and float you above the waters of judgment. You in our congregation! Your sins of pride reach to the clouds of heaven, and your feet of lust are mired in the muds of hell. The sacred space is large enough to hide even you. Even you! The Lord is great in mercy. Who would not ask so generous a God for forgiveness right now? He does not dim the luster of his grace by finding fault with the seeking sinner. My soul! Do not add to all your other sins the thought that God has lied. Do not let us distrust the word of the Lord. Let’s all come humbly, reverently, obediently and immediately to the foot of the cross and the face of the Savior. View him as lifted up on high. He is the atoning sacrifice. Look to his streaming wounds, from his hands, his head, his side. Behold his brow still covered with crimson droplets caused from a thorny crown, pressed-down by men. Look to him and live. Lord, enlarge our vision of your Son Jesus! Amen. WEDNESDAY—REVIVAL PRAYING Chronological Bible Reading: Zechariah 1-3; Revelation17 Wednesday, December 26 John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Gracious God and Father: Your gifts of grace are not enjoyed all at once. Like a baby growing into an adult, my ability to apprehend, appropriate and apply increases with my appetite and experience. I thank you today I am saved by a true union with Christ. But it is only by abiding in that union that I receive the further purity that changes my personality into Christlikeness, and adjustments that change my joy into godliness, and power that changes my weakness into strength. This is the way to revival and the blended blessedness stored-up in Christ for his people. How do I know this viewpoint is correct? Because here is what you said: John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. I do not know all truth at once. And even if I read it, I do not learn it without abiding in Jesus. I must continue in the word to be abiding. Persevering in grace is always an educational process! Steadfastness in faith always results in growth. The emancipating power of truth is a blessing that takes daily abiding, because it is gradually received and enjoyed. You who are beginning in seeking revival take heart. There is something better for us still! No one has yet received the full reward of their faith, otherwise the warning of 2 John 8 means nothing. Help me climb the hill of spiritual experience to end this year. As I abide in Christ give me firmer confidence, richer joy, greater stability, closer communion, and greater delight in God. Make me an abider so I can see revival! Amen. SATURDAY—IN THE PSALMS Chronological Bible Reading: Zechariah 10-12; Revelation 20 Saturday, December 29 Psa. 73:15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. Gracious God: Did I not learn this year it is not smart to speak all my thoughts. If I keep them within they only hurt me, but once spoken they often wound others. My complaint and faultfinding can bring disappointment to the whole family of God. Lord, I repent! Help me look out for the consequences of what I say to others. Hasty, undigested, and inconsiderate comments cause a whole lot of trouble. Help me bridle my tongue in those cases. If I am suspicious of being wrong, help me stay quiet. Hasty opinions of you, especially, are like dangerous campfires among dry stubble. A forest of people is sure to be affected by talk like that. That will give them reason for even greater distrust of your power. Yet many times my seething inner thoughts cause me agony and bring me into bitterness. Help my heart find eternity where you dwell! Enable me to look within the veil, and stand before your throne, and get a divine perspective on my problems. For I know that a wider outlook will change my point of view and bring peace. Psa. 73:24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. False philosophy tortures the mind. Give me true faith. Even wise men and women ruin themselves unless your grace prevents it. So I ask to be led and agree to follow you. All my former mistakes are a blessing if they will just drive me to you. When I come to the end of my wits, that is the beginning of getting wise. Afterward! I can put up with the present problem when I foresee the future reception in glory. Give me such vision today for Jesus’ sake and praise I ask. Amen.

JOY to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room, and Heaven and nature sing, And Heaven and nature sing, and Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing. Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy. No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found, far as, far as, the curse is found. He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness, and wonders of His love, And wonders of His love, and wonders, wonders, of His love. —Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David, 1719

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1) • No Evening Service — Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS with family!

TIME—WORSHIP Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.



10:00A.M. • No Pinterest Live ladies’ craft circle until January 8

Baptists tend to ridicule liturgical churches that use "prepared prayers" because they lack spontaneity. But for many Baptists, their prayers are so predictable they are no more spontaneous than written-out prayers. The result is we end up praying the same things over and over. This daily Prayer Diary will prompt you on a wide range of prayer requests you might not normally think of, while forcing you to articulate a deeper devotion to God. We have included a daily Bible reading schedule. This plan will take you through the Bible chronologically in a year. Do not read ahead and do not try to catch up. Use each day as it comes. Then you can know that on any given day, dozens of other people are lifting their hearts in the same mind to God. Pray what is written, but use what is prayed as a springboard for your own relationship with God. You learn to pray by praying. —Alan

7:00P.M. • No AWANA program until January 9 • No devotional study for adults until January 9

GIVE GOD THE FIRST PART OF EVERY DAY. The first commitment is to a daily quiet time with God. Our weekly Prayer Diary provides a template for daily devotions. 2) TITHE—WORK 1 Cor 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. GIVE GOD THE FIRST DIME OF EVERY DOLLAR—no questions asked. Ten percent is a miniscule amount in our affluent society, but it must come off the top in order to show that God is our priority. We want the blessing of the firstfruits (first devotion, first dime and first day) to flow out to the rest of our resources. 3) TEAM—WORD Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. GIVE GOD THE FIRST DAY OF EVERY WEEK. You should fellowship with a group of believers around the word of God every Sunday in our church.

9:00 & 10:45A.M. • LORD’S SUPPER SERVICE: Precious Memories, Joshua 4:1-7 • No Evening Service until 5:00P.M. January 6

Sunday Morning •Teachers •Helpers •Check in/out desk •Snack Patrol •Kid’s Crew Sunday Evening • Work with children K-5th on projects and activities

Secret prayer is the secret of prayer, the soul of prayer, the seal of prayer, the strength of prayer. If you do not pray alone you do not pray at all. Our Lord Jesus Christ would go nowhere till He had prayed. He would attempt nothing till He had prayed. “Oh,” says one, “I live in the spirit of prayer, and therefore I do not need times and seasons for prayer.” And do you think that Christ did not live in the spirit of prayer? Yet He had to have his special time and place to pray. Do not fall under the injurious notion that because your spirit cries to God in prayer all day long, therefore there must not be some season for more immediately coming into God’s presence. If you imagine this, I am afraid that it will prove a snare to your feet. The Lord Jesus Christ, who knew better than you do that the main thing is the spirit of prayer rather than the act of prayer, yet Himself retired into desert places to maintain the act and exercise of prayer. Be spiritual. Be baptized into the spirit of prayer. But do not be deceived by the enemy, who can steal a spirit away while we dream that we only spiritualize it. We had better preserve the very bones of prayer—the posture, the time, place—rather than let it all ooze away into an impalpable mental condition. God keep us prayerful. He will do so if He makes us like His dear Son. Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-92

Since I have come to know God's love I think a little more When hanging up the festive wreath Of holly on my door. I see in it a crown of thorns Placed on my Savior's brow That I might have the gift of life: What a meaning it has now! The thorns are there -- so needle sharp; The berries, too, are red Not too unlike the precious blood That on the cross was shed. I'll hang with prayer this holly wreath For all the world to see; Perchance, the lonely passerby Will see God's love through me. Within our homes, let there be love "And peace on earth to men," As we remember in our hearts The Babe of Bethlehem.

 Keeping Christ at the center (your core relationship of worship to God)  Keeping the body of Christ a priority (your congregational relationship of walking with us)  Basing beliefs and actions on the mind of Christ (your church relationship in the Word)


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