PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
October 17, 2018
This past few days, I have rejoiced in watching Pastor Andrew Brunson share on various news programs about his imprisonment in Turkey. As he reflected on his experience, he shared how he had begun to lose hope; but after hearing from his wife of how people were praying for him, he began to see how God was involved in his suffering. As I thought about what he shared, along with his wife Norine, I realized that this was a man who understood the benefits of abiding in Christ.
As we read in John 15:4, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. As Andrew Brunson abided in the Lord, there were benefits to his abiding . . . remaining in the Lord! I want to suggest four benefits for you and me:
First, abiding helps us to sense the leading of the Lord…we recognize his voice. We are familiar with his ways. We can do so much more for him because we are familiar with his way. Andrew began to see God was involved, even in his imprisonment and suffering.
Second, abiding helps us to tap into all of God’s spiritual riches . . . like a branch and vine. The early disciples knew this principle and it was evident as they healed and preached. In Acts 4:13 Luke records, “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” When we are abiding in Christ, people can tell that we have been with Jesus – by our actions and words? There was no doubt, even as Andrew was being prosecuted for terrorism and being a spy who attempted to overthrow the Turkish government, that he had been with Jesus. He even told his captors that he forgave them!
Third, abiding gives us the “rest” we need to bear a much greater yield. When we spend intimate time with Jesus we are strengthened and refreshed to do his work. Pastor Brunson vowed to continue preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ!!
Fourth, abiding carries with it a promise of answered prayer. In verses 7-8 we read: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.” When we are abiding in Christ, deeply connected to him, we begin to pray his will. We allow his priorities, his passions, and his purposes to motivate us.
May we each see the incredible benefits of abiding in Christ, even in the midst of (especially in!) the most challenging moments of our lives, even as Pastor Brunson was able to abide in the midst of what seemed at first a hopeless situation!
THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
November 4th at 3pm
(in the former Peebles store)
Please join us as we gather with our community to pray for persecuted Christians around the world!
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen continues his new sermon series entitled, “Pursuing Spiritual Maturity” based upon 2 Peter. His message this Sunday, will be “The Benefits of Growing,” based upon 2 Peter 1:8-11. Please read the text before worship at 9:30am. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided during the worship service each Sunday.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor immediately following worship!
Women’s Bible Study - The Hope Community Women’s Ministry invites you to our Fall Bible study, In the Middle of the Mess, by Sheila Walsh. The study starts THIS Thursday, October 18. Refreshments at 6:45pm and Bible study 7-8:30pm. The first study will be held at Marty Porter’s home (212 Stonewall Drive, Waynesboro) and the following 5 weeks will be at Beth Laughlin’s home at 525 Bader Ave.
Harvest Party - Join us for a Harvest Party with games, music, treats and lots of family fun, at the Roberts’ farm on Sunday, Oct 28 at 3pm! Invite your friends and family! There are still several things we need so please contact Cindy Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kelly King (email@example.com) to sign up to bring something or volunteer to help with activities!
Prayer Gathering - November 4th at 3:00 p.m. for the Persecuted Church at Staunton Mall (in the former Peebles store). Please plan to join us as we gather with our community to pray for persecuted Christians around the world!
Women’s Business Bible study with a Christian Worldview - Why do we have those books that we read for work, and then another set of books we read for church? What if we read the books for work, and see if there are Christian principles to apply, or how we as Christians can stay true to our faith when challenged with things possible counter to our faith. The study, using the book, Multipliers by Liz Wiseman, will meet at Starbucks on Tuesdays beginning on October 16th for 7 sessions, ending November 30 or December 6 depending on Thanksgiving week.
· 5:45: Place your coffee order and visit
· 6:00 Discuss the book and reflect on Biblical principles
· 6:45 Prayer time
· 7:00 Time for work
PRAYER CONCERNS & PRAISE REPORTS
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - Colossians 4:2
Loretta Watkins - Please keep Loretta in your prayers as she had eye surgery this week and is recovering.
Larry Roberts - Pray for Larry who had shoulder surgery recently; pray that this surgery is effective and helpful for him.
George Wilson – Pray for George as he continues to get accustomed to his new apartment at the Woodland in Farmville: 2003 Cobb Street, Rm 211, Farmville, VA 23901.
Rose Parler – Please pray for Rose as her hip went out again, and she has not been able to get around very well. Please pray for relief of pain and for peace and for healing.
Bill Flournoy - Please keep Bill in your prayers concerning various health issues.
Jackson (Sid Langrall's grandson) - Please pray for Jackson's health situation and for his mother, Christy.
Darren Estes (Kat Galloway's son-in-law) - Please pray for physical and spiritual health for Darren who has lost sight in his left eye due to a burst blood vessel.
Beth Crownover (Beth Childers’ cousin) - Please pray for healing for Beth who has been diagnosed with cancer; praise that the pancreas was clean but the bile duct and liver had cancer.
Jay & Dede Hamilton – Dede reports that they are thankful for better hearing, but having difficulty adjusting to new changes. They need and appreciate prayers so much.
Janine Heitzenrater (Candi Brown's cousin) - Please pray for her as she undergoes treatment for cancer.
People affected by recent hurricanes - pray especially for those in our presbytery (which includes North & South Carolina, as well as Virginia and part of West Virginia).
PEOPLE WHO ARE UNCHURCHED in our community; there are people all around us who need the Lord! Pray that we will truly be salt and light in Waynesboro and beyond!
HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH – Please pray for God’s guidance as we discern the possible next location for our church family.
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Brunson – Praise God for Andrew’s release and safe arrival back to the United States!! Please continue to pray for Andrew as he participates in multiple interviews over the next few weeks. May the Holy Spirit cover everything he says and speak powerfully through him!
Ramsey Persing (Cru) - Ramsey had knee surgery recently to repair ACL and PCL in his right knee. Please pray for quick healing and recovery.
Other Prayer Requests & Praises:
Family of Jack Brown - Please pray for Jack’s family and friends, in his recent passing on October 10.
Greg (Joe Morse’s co-worker) - Pray for Greg, who is being released from jail and needs the Lord.
Isaiah Martin - Please pray for Isaiah (1 yr old son of Tim Martin, Augusta Co. Commonwealth's Attorney) who is a patient at UVA's NICU.
Carol Ambler (friend of Carwiles) - Please pray for Carol whose cancer has returned.
Pammie (Melissa Bare's sister) - Please pray for Pammie as she has stage 3 liver non-alcoholic fibrosis which is the stage right before cirrhosis. Pray that her liver would be healed and that she would be able to lose the 15 pounds the doctors suggest.
J.D. (Ted Brown’s friend) - Please pray for J.D. who has cancer.
Jo Beth Walling - Please pray for Jo Beth who is undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Parker Staples (son of Cindy Roberts’ friend) – Pray for Parker, a 7-year-old diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and his parents, as Parker receives medical care at UVA. Additional prayers for fundraising efforts going on to support the family.
If you would like to add someone to the prayer list or would like to update a prayer concern, please contact Kelly King at (540) 471-4551.