january prayer update
A young man recently asked me if there is a way for us to “make up” for our sins by doing better. I’ve heard several ideas about this. Some people believe that they will be okay on Judgement Day if they learned from their mistakes. Some believe they will be accepted if they “did their best.”. Others say that God understands we are not perfect, and therefore forgives us. The truth is God, in his justice, MUST punish sin. Thankfully, that punishment fell on Jesus! People need to understand this and trust that his sacrifice spares us the penalty we owe for our sins.
Heart of Revival (STEP)
Speaking: People have sometimes commented, “That message was perfect for our church at this time.” Please pray that God, in his wisdom and sovereignty, would match my message to the need of any given congregation.
Teen Challenge/Mentoring: A student I used to counsel is in legal trouble after relapsing and causing a serious car crash. This is a reminder that for people struggling with addiction that even one small choice to use again can begin a serious downward spiral with severe consequences. Please pray that students who complete the program would have self-control and victory over their urges.
Evangelism: This Fall at Linn Benton Community College I have encountered unprecedented openness to the gospel! Please pray this openness will continue.
Pastors/Churches: Please pray for our Jan. 27th Transform Lebanon community worship service. I will be speaking on unity and we will be taking communion as an expression of that unity.
January Speaking Schedule
Jan. 2 Teen Challenge, “God’s Purpose in Trials” - 7:30 pm
Jan. 6 Sweet Home Christian Church, “Tell the Truth” (Eph. 4:22-25) 10:45 am
Jan. 9 Teen Challenge, “The Gospel on Your Hand” (Rom. 6:23) - 7:30 pm
Jan. 11 Eugene Mission, “Parable of the Seed and Sower” (Mark 4) - 7:30 pm
Jan. 13 Hillside Fellowship in Sweet Home “Tell the Truth” (Eph. 4:22-25) - 10:30 am
Jan. 16 Teen Challenge, “The Lord’s Prayer, Part 1” (Matt. 6:9-10) - 7:30 pm
Jan. 23 Teen Challenge, “The Lord’s Prayer, Part 2” (Matt. 6:11-12) - 7:30 pm
Jan. 27 Community Service at River Center, “United in Christ” (John 17:20-23) - 6 pm
Jan. 30 Teen Challenge, “Offer Your Body” (Rom. 12:1) - 7:30 pm
Check the speaking page for speaking schedule beyond this month.
general ways to pray
Pastor Ed covets your prayers. You can use the acronym OAR to pray for his speaking ministry.
O—Open doors of ministry
Pray also for wisdom as he counsels Adult and Teen Challenge students, open doors and open hearts for sharing the gospel on the street and fruitful ministry as he connects with pastors and ministry leaders and leads Transform Lebanon.