Dear God 2019 Prayer Marathon Instructions

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To sign up go to our signup genius listing. Name:         My Time:    This year we want to start off the year calling out to God in one united voice. For twenty-four hours, starting at 8 pm on December 31st and going till 9 pm January 1st, we’ll hold a prayer marathon. Volunteers who want to participate will pray at certain times and in the comfort of their own homes. Each person will take time to pray and seek God on behalf of the congregation. We encourage couples and families taking time to do this together. There are five simple steps that we’ll all follow.    The first step is to get with God, and just God: Matthew 6:6 “But when you pray, go into your room,…
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Sauerkraut Festival Worship Service 2018

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Welcome Welcome to the Sauerkraut Festival Worship Service lead by Waynesville United Methodist Church. So that you can participate and experience the entire service we have the lyrics of the songs and the words from Scripture included on this page. For ease of navigation after worship has begun, you can click on the following links to join in.   Section 1 O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing Hear Our Praises Section 2 Jesus Loves Me / So Deep Message: Isaiah 60:1-4 Section 3 Doxology We Gather Together Section 4 God Will Take Care of You This Little Light of Mine Build Your Kingdom Here Closing Prayer   Section 1 O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing  (Charles Wesley) O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise,…
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hee-NEY-nee – Genesis 22

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There are some words in the original language that make you laugh because of the way they sound on English ears. However, this theologically rich word in the story of Abraham and Isaac will also make you cry. It means "Here I am" or "I behold." You respond that you are attentive or state what you see or know. Are you ready to answer the call? You Know It You likely have already come across this story once or twice in your life. God calls out to Abraham to give up his son, sacrifice him on an altar. How much have you dug into the story? If you begin for a moment to think this is a passage of God asking for child sacrifice, you've given it too shallow attention.…
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As Friends – Genesis 21:22-34

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  Have you ever had a disagreement with someone? How did you resolve it? Abraham and Abimelech meet again, both as friends and with problems. Their road together seems rocky, yet they realize there is something better to be gained in a friendly relationship. What Abimelech Sees Recall the last time these two met (Genesis 20). Abraham lied and caused all sorts of trouble for Abimelech and his people. However, Abimelech knows "God is with" Abraham in everything. While he comes to Abraham with some muscle, Phicol the army commander, he comes without a threat. Abimelech simply knows what we already know about Abraham from Genesis 12:3; a curse on Abraham is a self-curse, a blessing on Abraham is a self-blessing. Abraham's previous behavior raised a doubt, and Abimelech wants…
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Now Who Is Laughing – Genesis 21:9-21

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So the story continues... When we last left off with Abraham's crew, he was praying for people like Lot in the valley. And we had talked about Genesis 21:1-8 when the angels had predicted Sarah's conception. Now, we find out what is happening with Ishmael, Abraham's other son. MOcking? Remember that Isaac means laughter, and we had several candidates for who was laughing. Now, we have another candidate, Ishmael. The range of "mesaheq" could be simple laughter or mockery. Most translations will either say "scoffed" or "mocked" or note this possibility in a footnote. The Good News Translation carries another meaning, that is "to play." This is also within the range of meaning, yet they have to add that Ishmael was playing with Isaac. Traditionally, even in rabbinic circles, Ishmael…
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Lot’s Downfall, Part 3 Genesis 19:30-38

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You thought cable TV had some unsavory and mind-blowing story lines. Lot's story ends in the worst way possible and all we can do is cringe as we read each verse. Again, it did not have to end this way. How We Got Here The first verse in this passage gives us something of a clue as to how Lot got here. Because of fear, Lot left Zoar. Now, the angels had promised Lot he would be safe there. It was no issue for Lot and his daughters to remain in Zoar for the rest of their lives. The girls could have found husbands in that village. Yet for fear, Lot went into seclusion. What was he afraid of? Well, it would be more important to ask, why was Lot…
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Lot’s Downfall Part 2 – Genesis 19:15-29

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To escape or not to escape, how far should we flee from evil? These are questions that we need not struggle with, often in Scripture we are told to free from evil. It's like when the sergeant says jump, you don't need to ask how high. Lot continues fateful decisions that will destroy him. But it's really Ok Lot did not take the angels seriously. They came to him at night, and yet he remained in Sodom come morning. The angels "urged Lot" to leave, yet "he lingered." This reminds me of friends and others I know of who place themselves in situations of temptation. Those who previously had substance abuse issues having received Christ felt they could handle their temptation while trying to reach others. Certainly it is possible,…
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Lot’s Downfall, Part 1 Genesis 19:1-14

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Sin's pervasive nature even traps Lot and his family. How deeply impacted has Lot been by the evil of his neighbors? Sodom's Sin? What was the sin of this region, most specifically of Sodom? Historically, the proposed attack upon the angelic visitors to Lot points to the issue. The men of Sodom planned to rape the visitors, and thus homosexual actions are listed as the sin of Sodom. There is a different interpretation, that has nearly as ancient roots to it. Ezekiel 16:49-50 talks about pride, excess, laziness in the face of need, haughtiness (self-righteousness), and "did an abomination before me." These build up to the last one, which refers back to Genesis 19. Ezekiel points towards a lack of compassion and hospitality, prior to the incident with the angels…
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Abraham Prays – Genesis 18 Part 2

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"So, God already knows what's going to happen and has decided what He wants to do. Why should we pray?" I'm glad you asked, because that's a really good reason to know the next part of Abraham's story. God's Invitation When we start in verse 16, the visitors that just foretold of Isaac's birth are heading off toward their destination. Abraham follows, as a good host would, to see off his guests. However, we have this interesting conversation within God from verses 17-19, it's not a debate. God is not arguing with Himself about whether or not to tell Abraham about what is going to happen, this is for our benefit in knowing the place that Abraham has, and the family of faith from him. In other words, God has…
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Isaac Means Laughter – Genesis 17 Part 3

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If you've been in Church for a number of years you've probably heard, Isaac's name means laughter. Do you know the full story? Let's take a look... Who Laughed First? You can find the story we're looking at today in Genesis 17:15-18:15, concluding in 21:1-7. Many of us remember the story like this: God visits Abraham in the form of three messengers. They tell Abraham that Sarah will be pregnant. Sarah overhears and laughs at such news. When she is confronted with her laughter, Sarah denies that she laughed. Sarah then gives birth to Isaac a little while later. They name him Isaac, which almost every Bible footnotes "means he laughs." I hope you read the whole passage, because you'll already know the answer to the question. Abraham laughed first!…
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