A Powerful Wednesday Night Prayer Service:

 

As you all know by now or should know by now we at HBC have something we like to call our “RED LETTER” pray list. This is a special list we create every Wednesday night. We each get a turn to write on the white board with a RED dry erase marker our pray request, concerns, and request from others, prayers range from our family pets like Xena, Sugar Dog, and little Molly, to helping us finding our car keys. We also add very serious things to this list: unspoken, many prayers of thanks, faith and salvation, our Sunday school, our church community, traveling mercy, your will be done, the USA, the family members of shootings, police, military, and our first responders. We all come one by one a give God our heart of hearts. We have seen God’s work in many many ways we have seen him heal the sick, save marriages, and we have seen him give new life. We as a church lift our prayers to God in accord.

This past Wednesday was a special kind of “red Letter” list, not only did we pray for the sick, lost, and the broken, we wanted to take the time to pray for our vacation bible school. So one by one our Pastor went around the room and each person in attendance prayed for VBS. I have been in many situations in my life and I have felt God move around me, but I have never felt that much power in one room.

After our VBS prayer service was over Pastor Doug brought something to mind. He said “could you just imagine the glory God felt knowing that his children were praying together like that. Just try to imagine what our prayers would look like if we put them all together and banded them and sent them to haven, how strong they would be.”

I have never thought about that be for. What would that look like? How strong would our prayer be? How unbreakable?

So yesterday while I was sitting at the office I got the bright idea to see just what would that look like.

I took 24 pieces of string (one piece for each person’s prayer) and bradded them into sections of 3, then I took the 8 section and braded them into sets of 2 and twisted the remaining 2 into 1. The final step was to braid them altogether. I was so amazed at how strong the individual pieces of string became when they were all band together.  I now have a strong reminder on my arm about not only VBS but what the power of prayer looks like.

If you have not found or witnessed the true power of God, then I triple dog dare you to come see us on a Wednesday.

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VBS here we come!

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STARTING: Sunday July 16 at 5:00 with registration and a cover dish meal at 5:30 to kick off  our 2017 VBS

We have classes all week for all ages starting with dinner at 5:30

Hope to see you all Soon!!

Faith

 

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The Christian walk is all about faith, right? A constant trust upon a God you cannot see but you know is there. So many times I feel as if I am blindly walking ahead. I don’t know every step and every answer. And sometimes that is scary and shakes my faith a little.

Hebrews 11. The chapter that is commonly called “The Faith Hall of Fame”. I always gain such encouragement when I read it.

Abraham’s story always sticks out to me. Even more so in this particular season.

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭8-10, 17-19‬ NIV)

God called Abraham to go……but God didn’t tell Abraham where he was going. Check out Genesis 12:1-3 if you don’t believe me.

God gave Abraham a promise. God called him and set him apart. Abraham was to be the father of a great nation, yet his wife was barren and had been unable to bear children.

The thing I love about Abraham? He listened. He trusted the Lord.

I’m not saying Abraham was perfect. He did attempt to take things in his own hands at one point and brought Ishmael to the world. But God remained true to His promise:

Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!” Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him;

I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭17‬:‭17-21‬ NIV)

And it was what He said.

Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭21‬:‭1-7‬ NIV)

God told Abraham to go to an unknown place and Abraham went. God promised Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation, and God gave Sarah a son. She was old. Abraham was old. In worldly terms, it was impossible.

And then came this moment:

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together. When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭22‬:‭1-12‬ NIV)

Abraham had such faith in God that he was willing to do whatever God asked of him.

Abraham didn’t just say that he had faith in God, he showed it and lived it out.

Am I willing to act in my faith? I feel like I am in that moment of being sent out to an unknown place. God may not be asking me to pack up all of my belongings and head out in a caravan, but my next step in life is definitely unknown to myself. I’m walking forward, not knowing where God is taking me next.

But I want the faith of Abraham. The faith that says “I trust you with whatever you ask of me”.

Are you willing to go to that unknown land with God? It’s a big step of faith.
Faith that requires action.

 

JOHN 5:14-15

Join us tonight at 7:00pm EST for HBC’s prayer service and Bible study. Bring your prayers and petitions before God and lay them down for they are no longer yours.
Gather together and pray for all those on our red letter prayer list. Although God may not answer in the way in which we hope. He answers none the less in accordance to His will. How we respond and react to his answer is truly a testament to His glory.

John 5:14-15

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of him.

Prayer

Sunday Service…what you missed

Good Monday Morning! It’s a NEW day!! If you missed Sunday service what a service it was! Praise and worship team delivered a beautiful rendition of days of Elijah and the message God gave Pastor Doug to preach was powerful!
The Lord is moving big time!
But remember That ol devil is still on the prowl but with unwavering faith and grounding ourselves in the Word of God we cannot be shaken or moved!!!!
Keep a lookout for sermon notes and all you prayer warriors check out our website for a copy of HBC prayer list and also pray for God to continue move in a mighty way at HBC for HIS glory!!!!

Numbers 6:24-26
The Lord bless you and keep you, The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace!Capture