When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.
Thanks for praying with us.
It was so good to share stories from Christmas this morning. We laughed through our colds and prayed for our families and friends. This week, we read Psalm 91, which describes how God defends his Messiah, and us through him. We discussed how even in Jesus' dying "no evil was allowed to befall him." Jesus' suffering didn't come upon him; he entered it willingly, and by entering, overcame it. By making God our refuge, we can join Jesus in his absolute safety, under the shadow of the Almighty.
Here are this week's specific requests and praises:
December Together - Continue to pray that the Wheatstone community would be moved to give generously toward Wheatstone's 2016 goals, in these last few days!
Benefactors - Pray that God would move more of Wheatstone's new friends to become Benefactor-level givers (giving ten thousand dollars or more) at the end of the year.
2016 Budget - We've come to final drafts of our 2016 budgets. Praise God for his direction, and pray that he would establish the work of our hands.
New Office - The search has begun for the next home for Wheatstone. Please pray the Lord open doors to the unique needs and opportunities for greater ministry capacity. Our short search has already provided possibilities. We pray that we enter this transition smoothly and with necessary finances.
Alumni Ministry - Now that we've come to an initial outline of our future alumni ministry, please pray that it would be really helpful right from its roll-out, pray that alumni would feel immediately cared for, and pray that they be moved to give us lots of good feedback.
Family Ministry - Continue to pray for God's blessing on the Academy Family Advisory Team, and for wisdom for Veronica and Peter as they begin crafting the structure of our future ministry to parents and grandparents of alumni.
Today we studied this Psalm to help us pray:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”