Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

God is good.
All the time.

May our Thanksgiving prayers praise the Lord.
For His Love.
For His Faithfulness.
For His Blessings.

I'm so thanksful we have 6 people wanting to participate in our 24 hours of prayer each week! Thats 25%! We will begin this coming Tuesday, December 2nd. Please let Tammy Carroll at the church office or email me if God is leading you to pray. We have already seen God moving in people's hearts and cannot wait to see what else He has in store.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Ultimate Rest

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28

Have you ever received an invitation more appealing than that?

Can you imagine God's arms stretched wide open, ready to pull you into Himself and let rest your head on His chest.

For as long as you want.

For me, right now, today, I can think of nothing better.

Imagine fear and doubt and pain melting away.

Today God is inviting us into His rest.

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; From I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

When I pray, I talk too much. Too often there's the endless list of God bless... and God help.... and it would sure be nice if You'd.... and though God heard my wants, I didn't share me heart. You know, that one He gave me.

Too often I sound like I'm at a drive-thru window so I can hurry on my way.

He wants us to be still, to rest, to listen.

We don't even have to know what to pray.

But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8:25-26

Sometimes my prayers feel like inaudible groans. That's okay too. I can rest in knowing that Jesus Christ, the great High Priest, can interpret every groan and know just what I need.

To rest. To be still and know that He is God.

In Christ Alone"
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Are You Willing?

If you call Cornerstone home, your help is requested.

We are seeking prayer warriors who are willing to fall on their knees and seek God in behalf of Cornerstone. We believe that for at least one day each week we could have back to back prayers lifted to the Lord. This requires a one hour time committment each week. A certain day will be selected and you will be asked to choose a time slot. Each week prior to Prayer Day you'll receive needs of the church, leaders and congregation. Spend your hour on your knees. That's it. Talk to Him who loved you so much He gave His Son for you.

Square One

Have you ever felt as though you were living life in a maze? You walked in innocently enough, but very soon found yourself lost with no hope of getting out without some direction? At first, you thought, 'No problem, I can find my way out all by myself.' After a few hours, you pass others and start feeling better because they are in the same mixed up mess as you.

After a few more hours you are stopping everyone you meet and asking their opinion of the maze, what caused it all and their opinion of how you can all get out. Just as you think maybe, just maybe, that the end is in sight you realize you're at the same place you were yesterday.

It doesn't really matter how you got in or what others opinions are.

We have to come to the point that prayer is the only answer and the only thing that makes sense.

We need to realize just how much the Father loves us and is just waiting for us to run to Him so He can put His arms around us and surround us with His amazing grace.

Let's fall at His feet, tell Him how much we love Him and pour our hearts out to Him.

Nehemiah 1:11
O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”