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Friday, February 23 2024

Good morning very loved praying friends. Here am I, live from my hospital room still yet filled with peace beyond understanding and joy overflowing. God is good. He is with me. And He is the Lord of my circumstances. I'm still here for His purposes. Amen

I don't know how to attached our devos from my phone so I forwarded today's harvest prayer one because you need to read, know and pray this today. Check out the prayer starters at the end as well. Good stuff. Then open your Our Daily bread devo on prayer as well. What's God saying to you? What will you do about it? 

God has great plans and purposes for you to discover today. Sometimes in spite of what you think, He is always at work, stirring things together for good of those who believe. That has never been more evident than to me during this extended stay. I was angry at first when I wasn't discharged Friday as promised but after inviting Jesus to be the Lord of my stay and me, He has used me several times to pray, encourage and bless from the prison. And I really do have peace and joy. Side benefit is im loosing weight and getting healthy. Although I still could go for a good cheese steak, that is not dominating my thinking anymore as I seek to make good and healthy choices 

And that's all God asks of all of us. Choose well in Christ. Choose healthy choices. Present your temple as a holy and pure offering for God to live and live through, as you are, where you are. He loves to do that and will encourage you as you do. Try it! God has lovingly prepared you and placed you right where He wants you for such a time as this. Rejoice. Surrender. Live and live well. Amen

Couple of notes: if I am still in the hospital tomorrow, there will be no zoom huddle because I can't do that from my phone. (Apparently urgent test need means within three days)

We are canceling Wednesday evening gathering due to facility being used for a funeral wed afternoon.

New member group will gather for ten min at front of sanctuary after worship Sunday. We will install new members during worship first sun in March, Lord willing!

Sarah will give an update prayer email soon. Thanks Sarah and Mike for covering for me. God had plans for you both as well!

Alright time to go do laps while I wait for my test and breakfast at 930...that's lunch time, but God has a plan in the waiting! Shalom shalom


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February 19 - God Wants to Talk with You!

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us,” said Tozer.  Nowhere is this more true than in prayer. Our view of prayer is dramatically affected by our view of God’s character—particularly of His love. If we have a low view of God’s love for us, we will see our prayers as unimportant to Him. But if we understand the magnitude of His affection for His children, we will realize how much God longs for us to come to Him.
I have eight married children who have produced twenty grandchildren (and counting)! I’m sure I’m a very poor grandad, but my heart leaps every time the door opens and one of my kids or grandkids comes charging into the room. I love them! I want to know about their lives and be involved in their decisions. I want them to call me when they are in need. I’m concerned when I haven’t heard from them. I’m honored as they ask for my advice. I’m thrilled when I hear of their successes and saddened by their difficulties. 
What touches them, touches me. If this is true of me in my imperfection, it is perfectly true of our Father in the perfection of His compassion. Psalm 138:8 says, “The Lord will accomplish that which concerns me. Your lovingkindness is everlasting…” What touches us, touches the Father as He longs to be involved in every detail of our lives.
Loving Father, because You are perfect in Your love and compassion, You can love me and those I love more deeply and far more completely than I could ever think or imagine. Your love surpasses any feelings I could ever have for my children, grandchildren, or other family members. Help me to love as You love, to care as You care, to be involved in the lives of those who are close to me in ways that are informed and fueled by Your mercy, compassion, and kindness. Continue to show me how much You long for me to come to You – sometimes not to ask anything at all…but just to be in Your presence.

---Adapted from Simply Prayer by Bill Elliff. This book is available at

Prayer Points

  • Worship God with reverence and awe as a consuming fire blazing with holiness (Heb. 12:28-29).
  • Give thanks for his plan to refine your faith through trials and tests (Jas. 1:2-4).
  • Confess any times this week when you have not seen God’s purpose for you in these trials (Mal. 3:2-4).
  • Commit yourself to submitting to God’s testing in your life.
  • Ask God to strengthen you with his power (Eph. 6:10-11).
  • Pray for those who are undergoing severe testing, that God may show them his purpose and strengthen them in their weakness (Heb. 12:7-13).
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend. This book is available at Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
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St. Matthew's EC Church

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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