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Friday, December 29 2023

Good Morning Servants! God loves you and has great plans for you--always! He is with you ans always wants to love and bless through you! PTL! Rejoice and follow God's lead well! He is using you and us and being glorified!

I overslept until 5 this morning and am on my way out the door for blood work and then clean up of my flooded again basement before heading to church. Thanks for your prayers! below find today's devos to process wih God and some others, Sarah's prayer letter from last night and a prayer calendar a bread ministry woman made up for me to share with you for a month of praying for your pastors. We need your prayers constantly and can feel God moving through them. Thank you!

Have a great day and choose joy! Shalom!

Sarah's email

Good evening, Warriors......

Here are a few people that need our prayers:

Pastor Don's sister, Connie is in the hospital with breathing distress and is in ICU with a dangerously high

blood sugar.  Pray that her sugar levels come down.

Karen Kerns' mother is sick with upper respiratory issues. She was around some folks that have RSV. 

Pray for her praying to improve.

Eric, Rachael and Maura (Pastor Don and Kerns' family) are all sick - please pray for healing and strength.

Paige and family (Karen's niece who recently lost their baby) the family is having a difficult time, and are dealing with

PTSD type symptoms. The family has been staying with Paige and family 24/7 so help with the family.  Keep them in your

prayers during this difficult time and also keep the rest of the family that has been staying with them, for strength to stay up.

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A huge thank you to all the 'extra' volunteers that stepped in today to assist with the Bread ministry. Some of the regular

volunteers are feeling under the weather, and unable to make it, BUT GOD.....there were several that came to assist.

Pastor Don mentioned that it was a good ministry day.

Prayers for safety and that all goes well, for Danny and Pastor Don as they install new toilets in the ladies room, in the church.

Yay God and a huge thank you to all of you that gave items to assist the Kindness Project.  We together, have an awesome

grouping of items to present to the Project to assist families that help children and youth in the foster care system. Thank you again,


Hope you all have a great rest of your week!



Pray for your pastors:

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Charles Stanley:

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UR: The Rose

The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his face to you and grant you peace. - Numbers 6:25-26 (CEB)

While coping with the effects of chemotherapy one winter, I asked my son to purchase and plant a new rose bush in my garden. He went to the garden center and returned with a very spindly standard rose that had been the only one left. According to the label it was a white rose. I was grateful for his efforts but also a little disappointed. I had been hoping for a brightly colored rose.

My son planted the rose bush and come spring it looked healthy and started to thrive. When it flowered for the first time, I was amazed and surprised. It was a beautifully scented, dark pink rose! I was excited and felt blessed and full of praise for God’s goodness to me.

Through that pink rose bloom, I truly felt that God was smiling at me. It was a special blessing in a difficult time, reassuring me that I was loved and cared for. What a gracious, mighty, and generous God we have! God loves to bless us and reassure us in ways big and small.


Abba Father, thank you for smiling upon us. Open our eyes to recognize your generous blessings each day. Amen.ODB

Meeting the Needs of Others

If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, return it by sunset. Exodus 22:26

READ Exodus 22:22–27


Phillip’s father suffered from severe mental illness and had left home to live on the streets. After Cyndi and her young son Phillip spent a day searching for him, Phillip was rightly concerned for his dad’s well-being. He asked his mother whether his father and other people without homes were warm. In response, they launched an effort to collect and distribute blankets and cold-weather gear to homeless people in the area. For more than a decade, Cyndi has considered it her life’s work, crediting her son and her deep faith in God for awakening her to the hardship of being without a warm place to sleep.

The Bible has long taught us to respond to the needs of others. In the book of Exodus, Moses records a set of principles to guide our interaction with those who lack plentiful resources. When we’re moved to supply the needs of another, we’re to “not treat it like a business deal” and should make no gain or profit from it (Exodus 22:25). If a person’s cloak was taken as collateral, it was to be returned by sunset “because that cloak is the only covering your neighbor has. What else can they sleep in?” (v. 27).

Let’s ask God to open our eyes and hearts to see how we can ease the pain of those who are suffering. Whether we seek to meet the needs of many—as Cyndi and Phillip have—or those of a single person, we honor Him by treating them with dignity and care.

By Kirsten Holmberg


How has God supplied your needs through others? Whose needs might you be able to supply?

Heavenly Father, please open my eyes to the needs of others.


God gave the Ten Commandments to instruct His people how to bring honor to God through their lives. Commandments 1-4 (Exodus 20:1-11) instruct us to love God and commandments 5-10 (vv. 12-17) deal with loving our neighbor (Leviticus 19:18, 34). Moses then laid down various stipulations to teach God’s people how to love their neighbors (Exodus 21:1-23:9). In Exodus 22:21-27, Moses teaches us how to love the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan—the epitome of the poorest of the poor in ancient Jewish society. Love for neighbors means justice and compassion for the needy. Moses reminded the Israelites that God “shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing” (Deuteronomy 10:17-18). And Moses warned, “Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow” (27:19).

K. T. Sim
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5th & Ridge Streets
P.O. Box 433
Emmaus, PA 18049
Telephone 610.965.5570


We are learning to live and love like Jesus. 

We are working on becoming who we were created to be and doing our custom made purposes well. 

We are part of the Evangelical Congregational Church

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