Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

Last week, we experienced joyful, abundant provision, and we also witnessed horrible evil abroad. That led us back to Psalm 97, where God's terrifying might—founded on justice—leads us to "be glad." Even in the face of incredible injustice, God is strong and he is good. By a power greater than any that humans can hold, he takes care of us, and will establish us forever.

Here are this week's specific requests and praises:



November Gathering at T.H.E. Villa - The event is this Friday! Pray for school and youth group leaders who are joining us for a day of renewal this month. (More info)

Teach Them to Pray Event Workbooks - These books are going to be amazing. Pray for Peter and Lisa as they finalize the materials and resources we will give to every participant at future prayer leadership training events.

Events - Pray for our upcoming events in November and December, including our first full Teach them to Pray training event. We'll also be bringing our keynote talk, "The Beauty of Christian Adulthood" to brand new communities.


Barnabas Group Presentations - Last week we saw the first big gift as a result of Peter's presentations. Praise God, and pray for continued favor!

Advocates - Pray for the quick growth of the new Advocates Team.

The Academy Family Campaign - We did it! Thank you, and praise God!


Group Enrollment - Pray that God would move churches and schools to register groups of students and educators for The Academy 2016.

Family Ministry - Pray for a new Advisory Group forming to help us craft the direction of our year-round ministry to parents and grandparents over the coming year.


2016 Budget Planning - We're in the midst of planning for 2016, and that includes our ministry operating budget. Pray for wisdom and insight as we plan and consider the end of the year, and for the upcoming year.


Praying Together

Today, we focused on this passage to help us pray:


The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him
and burns up his adversaries all around.
His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.

The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory.
All worshipers of images are put to shame,
who make their boast in worthless idols;
worship him, all you gods!

Zion hears and is glad,
and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgments, O Lord.
For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.

O you who love the Lord, hate evil!
He preserves the lives of his saints;
he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!