Pastor's Blog: Prayer Conference
Update on my condition. Thanks to all of you for your prayers for me and my family during this Covid issue we’ve been navigating. I’m feeling much better today (day fourteen of symptoms), and I hope to be back in church next Sunday. My Mom and Dad are both hospitalized but stable, my brother has come home and is doing better. My son Tim and his wife Lindsey are still ill but doing better.
Again, I’m so grateful for Pastor Landon and Pastor Kenny filling in for me for the various duties I normally cover. I am really looking forward to preaching again on January 24. [If you miss a sermon please remember that all of our sermons can be accessed by audio here: https://www.tbcmacon.com/sermons]
This Sunday, January 17 we will have prayer emphasis with Mark Mirza of Common Thread Ministries. Mark is one of America’s leading experts on prayer, and I am so grateful that he was available to come and share with us on this date. Please make whatever effort you need to make to be present on Sunday January 17. Brother Mark is a personal friend, and I know that he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to prayer. For over six years now, Mark and I have been praying together on a weekly basis. I believe your prayer life could be revitalized. Our church needs that! We will have all adults and students in the Worship Center for Sunday School and then again for the morning worship service. You will be blessed!
Today’s devotion with Oswald Chambers contained the following instruction which is pertinent to our upcoming study on prayer. Please consider the truth of Chamber’s point and come Sunday as we look to improve our communication with the Father!
We have to get rid of the idea that we understand ourselves, it is the last conceit to go. The only One Who understands us is God. The greatest curse in spiritual life is conceit. If we have ever had a glimpse of what we are like in the sight of God, we shall never say — “Oh, I am so unworthy,” because we shall know we are, beyond the possibility of stating it. As long as we are not quite sure that we are unworthy, God will keep narrowing us in until He gets us alone. Wherever there is any element of pride or of conceit, Jesus cannot expound a thing. He will take us through the disappointment of a wounded pride of intellect, through disappointment of heart. He will reveal inordinate affection — things over which we never thought He would have to get us alone. We listen to many things in classes, but they are not an exposition to us yet. They will be when God gets us alone over them. From My Utmost for His Highest Classic Edition
As always, I am looking forward to what God will do at Tabernacle this coming Sunday. Please be present with your Bibles in hand as we worship the Lord together!
Blessings, YFJS, Bro. Tom