Family in Prayer

What is S.U.P.V.?

For those new to our church, website and this blog, here’s what it’s all about: SUPV stands for the Straight Up Prayer Vigil. It is a virtual prayer vigil that happens every Wednesday (God willing). The Straight Up refers to the times of 6:00 a.m., noon, 6:00 p.m., and midnight–you choose whatever time works for you–and you pray for our church, those on prayer list, and prayer requests that are included in the blog post or are sent by email, normally at the beginning of the week for that Wednesday. 
The length of the SUPVs has grown in nature over the past couple of years, and now it’s pretty much a full-blown devotional, with specific prayer requests included. May it bless you as you read it.   
 
 

January 14, 2015

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

This past week I found myself monitoring the terrorist situation in Paris, with every push notification I received thanks to the Fox News app on my phone. Each time there was an update, I’d read about it and if I could, share it with my co-workers. I listened to talk radio for the news updates on the way to and from work. I prayed for the victims, their families and friends, and just the whole situation. I won’t go so far as to say that it consumed me, but the boldness and the heartlessness with which the terrorists struck worried me greatly. I’d read about threats made to similarly strike a newspaper or magazine in Belgium, the one who years ago had published caricatures of the prophet Muhammad, and that caused me concern.

I’ve written before on the scary world events, and how we need to recall that God did not give us a spirit of fear, and that to Him we must cling and not give the enemy a way to gain control of that fear. I didn’t envision I’d be writing a devotional about that again any time soon. In fact, this week’s SUPV was going to be on a completely different topic, until Saturday morning, during my morning prayer.


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January 7, 2015

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”  Luke 23:35

When my older son was younger, he asked me once after church why we said the Confession of Sin in our liturgy at the time. Grimacing, he said that confused him because we seemed to be pretty decent people, but to recite the words that we did seemed to contradict his assessment of our church and frankly, was pretty much a downer. Seizing on a great opportunity, I explained to him that we truly are sinners, and we need to acknowledge that fact, lest we lose sight of our need for His grace. The proclamation we recite after the confession of sin is our opportunity to rejoice at the beautiful gift of salvation. He seemed to understand the words I said, but I don’t think he fully understood the concept of why we declared how bad we were. Can anyone relate?


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January 14, 2015

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

This past week I found myself monitoring the terrorist situation in Paris, with every push notification I received thanks to the Fox News app on my phone. Each time there was an update, I’d read about it and if I could, share it with my co-workers. I listened to talk radio for the news updates on the way to and from work. I prayed for the victims, their families and friends, and just the whole situation. I won’t go so far as to say that it consumed me, but the boldness and the heartlessness with which the terrorists struck worried me greatly. I’d read about threats made to similarly strike a newspaper or magazine in Belgium, the one who years ago had published caricatures of the prophet Muhammad, and that caused me concern.

I’ve written before on the scary world events, and how we need to recall that God did not give us a spirit of fear, and that to Him we must cling and not give the enemy a way to gain control of that fear. I didn’t envision I’d be writing a devotional about that again any time soon. In fact, this week’s SUPV was going to be on a completely different topic, until Saturday morning, during my morning prayer.


Read more...

January 7, 2015

Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”  Luke 23:35

When my older son was younger, he asked me once after church why we said the Confession of Sin in our liturgy at the time. Grimacing, he said that confused him because we seemed to be pretty decent people, but to recite the words that we did seemed to contradict his assessment of our church and frankly, was pretty much a downer. Seizing on a great opportunity, I explained to him that we truly are sinners, and we need to acknowledge that fact, lest we lose sight of our need for His grace. The proclamation we recite after the confession of sin is our opportunity to rejoice at the beautiful gift of salvation. He seemed to understand the words I said, but I don’t think he fully understood the concept of why we declared how bad we were. Can anyone relate?


Read more...

 
 

Family in Prayer

What is S.U.P.V.?

For those new to our church, website and this blog, here’s what it’s all about: SUPV stands for the Straight Up Prayer Vigil. It is a virtual prayer vigil that happens every Wednesday (God willing). The Straight Up refers to the times of 6:00 a.m., noon, 6:00 p.m., and midnight–you choose whatever time works for you–and you pray for our church, those on prayer list, and prayer requests that are included in the blog post or are sent by email, normally at the beginning of the week for that Wednesday. 
The length of the SUPVs has grown in nature over the past couple of years, and now it’s pretty much a full-blown devotional, with specific prayer requests included. May it bless you as you read it.