Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties. Charles Spurgeon
1Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he has given us a new birth to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
1Peter 1:4 and to an inheritance kept in heaven for you that can’t be destroyed, corrupted, or changed.
1Peter 1:5 Through faith you are being protected by God’s power for a salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of time.
1Peter 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you have to suffer various kinds of trials,
1Peter 1:7 so that the genuineness of your faith, which is more valuable than gold that perishes when it is tested by fire, may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. And even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
1Peter 1:9 because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
New Prayer Requests
Shaun Sells- Hi E – Thought I would give you a quick update. The group has slowly shrunk over the summer, last time we met there were only 5 of us. We are trying to regroup and refocus. Looking for good ideas and praying for someone else to lead it so the group can meet more than once a month.
Allan– A woman e-mailed me tonight asking for prayer. She is struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. She will be seeing someone tomorrow to apply for emergency Medicaid. She has been without insurance for two years. Please pray for her.
Past Prayer Requests
Rachel- would you please add my friends dave and jen to your list? their baby daughter (first baby) Danae was born on the 22nd, 14 weeks premature. she went to be with Jesus last night.
her parent’s don’t know the Lord and i am hoping that this does not turn them away from him. they are devastated, and so am i.
i also need wisdom to know how to be their friend right now. i want to be a blessing to them so badly.
denise– pray for me, my senior pastor & the members of my church. lately there has been conflict & misunderstandings & hurt feelings in the church. this is taking its toll on me & has caused depression in my soul to the point where i want to leave, go home & ask God to let me die of cancer. my thoughts are wrong, but I feel like a failure & a reject in the eyes of the church & in the eyes of my Lord.
denise– thank you erunner for your comforting words. although i am still depressed & i still am praying that the Lord will kill me with cancer, things have just gotten unbearable living with mental illness & church rejection for most of my life. i wouldnt wish this illness on anyone. all it does is cause isolation, loneliness, rejection & ridicule. even as a person who is indwelt with the spirit of the Lord God can be crushed & devestated by the pain & despair of mental illness. i thank God for you & your ministry in these last days. i would rather suffer the pain of having cancer than to live another day with mental illness. its too much. if only more born again believers would be more compassionate & less judgemental towards the mentally ill, there would be less suicides & homicides. Gods blessings on you all!
Set Free– I appreciate that you still have our request for a building. Some opportunities have been presented to us but nothing yet. We did move out from our previous location but we are trusting and believing God for a place of our own hopefully before the year is out.
Mom– Thank you for keeping my request on your prayer list. Our son is doing better and is now able to work and is hoping to return to school next semester.
He’s been through different combinations of medications and we are hopeful that the current combinations will work for him in the long term.
He is still discouraged and is beating himself up for disenrolling from school. We try to encourage him, but he doesn’t receive it.. We are praying that God would allow him to live a rewarding life and that he see God’s hand in all this the last 5 months. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Allan- My sister’s husband is improving although still in a coma after two months. Please pray that he will soon be weaned from his respirator and that he will have a miraculous recovery. Pray also for my sister and three adult children.
Allan– Dorci has had surgery to remove a cyst from her spine. Please pray that God would allow her to heal quickly and completely.
Long Term Prayer Requests
Angela– Keep Angela in prayer as she continues on her road of recovery from Anorexia.
Okie Preacher– Battling unknown physical problems and depression. “I have a physical problem that the doctors have not been able to identify. It has been characterized by severe muscle pain and weakness, joint pain, fatigue, shortage of breath, dizziness, difficulty swallowing, and coughing fits that almost cause me to pass out.”
White Horses- Prayer for anxious thoughts and worrying.
Shaun Sells– Keep Shaun in prayer for wisdom as he seeks to continue his ministry to those with mental illness in his church.
Rachel– Continued prayer as she struggles with bi-polar disorder.
Natalie Tan– Keep Natalie in prayer as she moves further away from her battle with Anorexia.
Allan– Our nephew’s wife has M.S.
PK Sweet– please pray for a bipolar son with brain damage also…that he may know and love and follow Christ, be free of all addictions and self destructive behavior, get the help he needs and be @ peace…also that God help us all in the family to be filled with the Spirit and bear luscious fruit, and be filled with joy rather than despair
Denise – Hi Mr. Erunner. This is Denise. First of all, God is so good. Hes awesome. Yesterday, I got rebaptised in the name of Jesus Christ Acts 2:38, & then I was filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit! It was phenominal! Even during service, I felt the touch of Jesus as I spoke in tongues! God is faithful to his word that is a guarantee. All other ground is sinking sand. I thank God for you erunner & your ministry & your prayers & words of wisdom. I continue to solicit your prayers for my Pastors at New Abundant Life Church & the church family as God is restoring & reconciling us back to our first love. May God continue to bless & keep you in these last days. Love ya.