The Daily CUP and FGGAM were founded on prayer………
This is so beautiful and peaceful from Charles Spurgeon on prayer………
“Behold, he prayeth.” Acts 9:11
Prayers are instantly noticed in heaven. The moment Saul began to pray the Lord heard him. Here is the comfort for the distressed, many of you reading this are in a distress state, Often times a poor broken hearted one bends his knee, but can only utter his wailing in the language of sighs and tears; yet that groan has made all the harps of heaven thrill with music; that tear has been caught by God and treasured in the lachrymatory of heaven. “Thou puttest my tears into thy bottle.” implies that they are caught as they flow. The suppliant, whose fears prevent his words, will be well understood by the Most High. he may only look up with misty eye; but “prayer is the falling of a tear.” Tears are diamonds of heaven; sighs are a part of the music of Jehovah’s court, and are numbered with the “sublimest strains that reach the majesty on high.”
Think not that your prayer, however weak or trembling, will be unregarded. Jacob’s ladder is lofty, but our prayers shall lean upon the Angel of the covenant and so climb its starry rounds. Our God not only hears prayer but also loves to hear it.”He forgetteth not the cry of the humble.” True, He regards not high looks and lofty words; he cares not for the pomp and pageantry of kings; He listens not to the swell of martial music; he regards not the triumph and pride of man; but wherever there is a heart big with sorrow, or a lip quivering with agony, or a deep groan, or a penitential sigh, the heart of Jehovah is open; he marks it down in the registry of His memory.; he puts our prayers, like rose leaves, between the pages of His book of remembrance, and when the volume is opened at last, there shall be a precious fragrance springing up therefrom.
“Faith asks no signal from the skies,
To show that prayers accepted rise,
Our Priest is in His holy place,
And answers from the throne of grace.”
FGGAM friend Nicole Richardson Bryan sent this to us: This was the best article!! DON’T GIVE UP ON THE CHURCH! God created it so He has a purpose for it!! It comes from the “Church Leaders” Facebook page.
“The church is a messy place by nature. That’s what happens when a bunch of sinners come together anywhere. But it is a messy place designed by God to be his face to the World, and all those sinners reflect Him in unique ways. Nothing reflects God to the world like the church does. No, we don’t “do” church 100 percent correctly, and we never will. No, church is not a perfect place. Yes, church displays the sins of all its people very publicly. But none of that changes what it is or can be.
To leave the church is to hurt yourself and to hurt others. I don’t mean hurt like a slap in the face (though in some cases it’s a bit like that). I mean hurt like malnourishment. We were created by God to connect with others and, in that connection, reveal more of Him to each other and to the world. When we depart, we deprive ourselves of those aspects of God others reflect and we deprive them of those aspects we reflect. Leaving is starving our souls and others’.
Solitude is wonderful. But many things in life, maybe most things, are better enjoyed with others. Including God. That’s why we’re called to worship with others, to study with others, to pray with others. And church is the outlet for that, an imperfect outlet, but the outlet nonetheless. God wants us to experience Him to the fullest and that is done with others in song, in study, in reflection, in prayer, in tears, in confession in celebration—with others, doing church.
Leaving the church is escapism. You may find stresses relieved and conflicts avoided. It may feel like a breath of fresh air to leave behind traditional stuffiness and legalistic hypocrisy. Even now, I often want to slap the stupid out of the church. It can be such a maddening collection of people. (And I suspect I contribute to the stupid that needs slapping just as often.) But none of that changes what it is: the organism of God’s presence and kingdom in the world. It is His means of connecting people to the gospel, to hope, to life. No matter your frustrations and hurts, it cannot be abandoned. You need it now whether or not you know it, and someday you will have a need nothing and no one else can meet. And the church will be where Jesus shows himself to you.”
Ebola Part 3 Please pass this post to your family and friends, it has been our number one post for two days by Dr. Joe Fawcett, we are blessed by his writings.
The World We Live In Radio Podcast 11-10-14 with Pastor Dewey Moede This is our most listened to Podcast yet! Many great comments! Have you listened? Please also pass this program along to your family and friends! God Bless you! Our media center at FGGAM is getting more and more visits each day The Lord has our programs in fire for HIM!
Thanks for coming by for the CUP…..Please pray for me as I prepare my sermon for Sunday and attend to day to day work here at the ministry.
For God’s Glory alone in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, Dewey, Sharon, Family and FGGAM Team
Let us keep praying for each other and our families and neighbors.
And all of God’s people said, AMEN!