Today I’m sharing from “Incomparable” by Andrew Wilson, we are looking at a section about “The Being Of God”, each day exploring a different aspect of God’s character. Today is God The Creator.
The Wednesday Blog always focuses on prayer, so below are some prayer topics and some thoughts on prayer.
Let’s Pray For Outreach Workers
Give thanks to God for PCI outreach workers serving in church and community, asking that God would use their gifts and bless their witness as society continues to respond to the pain of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pray for evangelistic opportunities for outreach workers to share Christ in conversation, asking that God would bring his truth home to many hearts in these days.
Give thanks for preparations for a new term’s work at Union Theological College, asking God to bless staff and students as they get ready for another year’s study and life together in the college community.
Pray for students for the ministry returning to college or commencing study this year, asking God to help them know his presence in their work and preparing their hearts for future ministry.
Continue to remember Hannah Smyth who was injured outside her home in Ballycastle. This is an extract from an article at the weekend in the Newsletter.
This week there was an update on social media, which was welcomed by countless recipients across the Province. “Amazing news- wee Hannah Smyth got home today - Give God all the praise and glory for her miraculous recovery!!” it said. “Please pray that she and her Daddy will adjust to their new life at home after 3 months in hospital.” The appeal also asked people to remember the driver of the tractor in their prayers. “Thank you all so, so much for all your prayers. They really have been appreciated.” Also today, it emerged that a fundraising effort in Hannah’s name has so far raised £60,000 for the Royal Belfast Hospital For Sick Children.
Nigel Kearney, Fundraising Manager with Helping Hands, the official charity dedicated to the hospital unit, welcomed the news that Hannah had returned home. “It is great news,” he said. He noted that the local community have really got behind the four men who ran the fundraising drive.
Three paramedics who had been on the scene of the accident, together with the family’s clergyman Rev John Stanbridge, held a recent 24 hour walk around Ballycastle in Hannah’s name. At her father’s request the money is going to the hospital unit which nursed his daughter back to health. Mr Kearney said that money had come in from across Northern Ireland, but also from much further afield.
A friend of Rev Stanbridge’s raised £2,500 in Afghanistan, he said. “Rev Ivan Linton simulated a climb to the top of the country’s highest mountain by climbing his fire escape 400 times,” he said. In total some 1,400 people made donations online, he added.
12 Prayer Ideas for New Believers
What should you do now that you’re a Christian? Spend time in prayer by yourself, with your church, and with other believers.
Sam Emadi serves as senior editor at 9Marks and shares his thoughts on prayer.
Living The Prayer
Eric & I met Fred Drummond pre-lockdown when he visited Portstewart, He is the Evangelical Alliance director of prayer and he writes "One of my favourite chapters in the Old Testament is Isaiah 58; this is also the chapter I find most challenging"
Read his thoughts here -
From The Bible Society in Northern Ireland.
We have all been shocked by the images and videos of a huge explosion devastating Beirut, Lebanon in the last few days. Buildings have been destroyed, businesses ruined and lives lost.
The Bible Society offices were greatly affected and have been damaged by the blast. Thankfully, we have had a report from the Bible Society in Lebanon that none of their staff were harmed during the explosion as they had left the office for the day when it happened.
They are now working to repair the Bible Society building. This building is the hub in Lebanon for all Bible Society work, and it is a critical part in projects and outreach. Without their building the Bible Society will struggle to carry out projects and share the Gospel with the people.
We have pledged to help in supporting the Bible Society in Lebanon to rebuild their building, and to help them fund outreach activities during this devastating time. Now more than ever people in Beirut need the hope and comfort found with in God's Word.
We have set up a small emergency fund for the Bible Society in Lebanon. If you would like to support the Bible Society in Lebanon please use the donation form on our website or ring the office on 028 903 265 77.
Pray for this project:
Praise God for the safety of our colleagues. Continue to pray for the team serving with the Bible Society in Lebanon as they reach out to their community.
Pray for all people in Beirut who are injured or who have family and loved ones who died in the explosion. Pray that God would bring healing in this situation and in all things He would be glorified.
Pray for the process of repairing the Bible Society buildings, and that these buildings could be a hub for outreach during this difficult time.
Lessons I Am Learning About Being A Global Disciple:
Stephen McCracken, the minister @firstballymoney shares his reflections on what he has been learning about responding to the #pandemic and #lockdown as a global disciple.
Yesterday the Where Is It? was the Burnside Burn as it emerges from under the Edgewater Apartments at the sea shore.
Where would you find this little rockery?