Keep pressing on!
The example of the apostle Paul should inspire us older Christians to make the most of life’s final chapter. Paul wrote the book of the Philippians when he was prisoner in Rome around A.D. 62. His circumstances could easily have discourage him. He was aging. He was imprisoned. His future was uncertain.
Paul had many reasons to put his life in neutral and coast toward the finish line. Yet he wrote, “I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forget what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christi Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Powerful Reminders from Passionate Events
- Mark 14:1-26 comprises less than a third of the chapter, but it is filled with a whirlwind of passionate emotions and events.
We see envy, fear, anger, deception, malice, hatred, and evil plots:
“The chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill Him” (v. 1).
- We see gratitude, love, a sacrificial offering, some misunderstanding, an explanation, and a gospel message for the ages:
The Prayer Link" there are seven key points on how to pray:
Pray Psalm 91 over your families and nation.
Pray against fear and remind ourselves that God has not given us a spirit of fear.
Pray for wisdom for our leaders to contain the spread of the virus while protecting their people effectively.
Pray for courage for believers to share Jesus effectively through this time of crisis.
Pray for a worldwide move of God.
Make a decree that the coronavirus will cease worldwide, and that God will heal all who are currently affected by it.
Re-consecrate yourselves, your families, and your nation to God through the taking of communion.
Pastor Paul Leavens - Minister Lindsay Christian Church
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