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An Urgent Call to Prayer from John Stumbo

CCC Men are going all in by praying for the world needs. Men stand in the gap by praying for God’s grace, power and churches that serve in these stricken areas. Go all in with our CMA President John Stumbo’s call to prayer September 1-7.


Dear Alliance Family,
I watch the same news you do. But I confess that I watch it differently now that I’m president of the U.S. Alliance.

You know the recent list; it shows up in almost every paper and newscast. Tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Masses fleeing Syria. Broken cease-fires between Israel and Palestine. ISIS marching across Iraq. Ebola marching across West Africa. Protesters filling the streets in Ferguson.

You’ve seen the headlines. What you may not know is that The Alliance is in each of these areas. Years ago, the sovereign hand of God placed us in the very locations that now receive world attention. Years of praying, contributing to the Great Commission Fund, and sending workers place us—by God’s direction—in areas of great turmoil. In some of these places, it is the local, national church that remains to carry out the work—receiving the refugee, grieving with the mourner, providing shelter to the homeless, living the love of Jesus, preaching His name as the only way of salvation—and doing so at the risk of its members’ very lives. In other places, our sent workers remain as foreigners in blood-stained lands to do the same work we’ve always done—bringing the gospel in word and deed for the help of humanity, the saving of souls, and the building of Christ’s Church.

These are places The Alliance is active. These are days we must be in prayer. These are reasons to give to the Great Commission Fund. These are opportunities for the light of Christ to shine.

Pressures against God’s children are mounting. Open doors for ministry are unprecedented in our time. As the Alliance family, we must mobilize for prayer. I’m asking us to rise on behalf of our sisters and brothers around the world and set aside September 1–7 as a time of focused prayer for our churches and international workers who serve in these regions. In your churches, homes, and neighborhood Bible studies, in your public services and private times with God, please pray with us.

Prayer aids are provided here.
Thank you for being a family I can turn to at such a time as this.

Sincerely and prayerfully,

John Stumbo
President, U.S. Alliance

Be a Servant of the Lord

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold.” Isaiah 42-1

In our lives there are many things that require our attention: spouse, children, job, hobbies, desires, etc. These things can become so demanding in our lives that we actually become a servant of them and in doing so, we lose sight of who we are to be ultimately serving……God.

He will take the ordinary circumstances we face and use them to develop our character. He will take our difficult circumstances to promote greater dependence on Him. Whether we recognize it or not, God is involved in all aspects of our lives. He places us in situations according to His will and purpose. He places us where He wants us to make a difference in the world around us as His servants.

Colossians 3:23-24 reads, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” We are to be an obedient and faithful servant to Him in each task or circumstance that we are faced with, because first and foremost, we are to be serving Christ.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Be Faithful

FAITHFUL – “STEADFAST, DEDICATED, DEPENDABLE AND WORTHY OF TRUST” – Henry Blackaby

Over the past few weeks, we have been looking at character. Your character is who you are when no one is looking and what you are willing to stand for when someone is looking. One of the greatest qualities of character that we as followers of Christ can have is faithfulness.

Now, faithfulness is not a one and done thing. It is a lifelong goal. It is persevering and remaining true to Christ and to the Word during the trails, the discouragements, and the difficulties we face as well as during our joys and successes.

Some of us may have been unfaithful in our lives. Some of us may have stumbled in our walk with Christ. But, there is good news. Forgiveness is available for those who recognize their failures and repent.

Peter, on his third denial of Christ , heard the rooster crow. At that moment, Jesus turned and looked at Peter. Immediately Peter recognized his disloyalty and ran away weeping bitterly (Luke 22:60-62). But Jesus knew the heart of Peter, and after the resurrection, Jesus looked at Peter again. Repentant Peter was forgiven, restored, and commissioned by the Lord (John 21:15-19).

Luke wrote, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (Luke 16:10). This week, measure your faithfulness by applying this principle to your faithfulness to your family, friends, self, and employer. You will find it harder to be faithful to God if faithfulness is not part of who you are in your other relationships.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Start The Football Season With A Sure-Fire Winner

Here is a good football movie that has a great message about coaching and the important things in life. I previewed it with a couple of the men’s ministry leadership team several weeks ago and we all agreed it is worth checking out. Invite your children’s coaches, fellow parents and kids teammates to view together.

when the game stands tall

Start the Season with a Sure-Fire Winner!
Football season is upon us. NFL, college, and high school teams all around the nation are in the midst of preseason practices in anticipation of reaching new heights when games begin. But when it comes to success on the field, one team #StandsTall above all others: the De La Salle Spartans. Inspired by the extraordinary true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL opens in theaters Friday, August 22.

WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL has the best football action I have ever seen in a movie—and I have seen a lot of great football movies over the years! Coaches, players, parents, and fans are all going to stand up and cheer for this powerful film.”
~ Bobby Bowden, Retired Florida State head football coach

Watch the Trailer
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT0aE4iAnJo

Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

“As in water face reflects face; so the heart of man reflects the man.” – Proverbs 27:19

Part of being a person of good character is having a pure heart. Pure means to be singular in substance, without any imperfections or impurities.” A pure heart is a heart that is solely committed to Christ (Matthew 10:37-39). So, how is your heart? It is important that you address this question in your life, because having an impure heart becomes a barrier to us seeking the Lord. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matthew 5:8).

None of us can have a heart in one condition and produce fruit of an opposite condition. Inevitably, the condition of your heart will affect your actions, and your actions will affect your heart. “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). A pure heart is of great value to God.

So again I ask you, how is the condition of your heart? In what areas of your life do you need to confess, repent and start living wholeheartedly for the Lord?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Obedience


“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)

Last week’s devotional focused on our character. There are many qualities of character and today as well as the coming weeks, we are going to look at some of the qualities of good character. Part of our character is the result of our desire to obey God. So, the first quality of good character we are going to look at is obedience.

To be obedient is to dutifully comply with the commands, orders, or instructions of one in authority (American Heritage Dictionary). Our obedience is proof to God, and to those watching us, that Jesus is the Lord of our lives and that we are His servants. “To obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22). You see, God doesn’t want you to just give money to the church, He isn’t only looking to see how many hours you spend witnessing to others. It doesn’t really matter what you think you had to give up to follow Him. What He wants is our obedience.

Jesus is asking each of us this question, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). Any follower of Jesus who respects Him, should do what He says. How can we call Him Lord and not do what He commands? I wonder if too many of us think God must be talking to somebody else when He gave that command. Before we do that, before we think a command does not apply to us, we must remember that part of what defines our character is our obedience to Him in all He asks of us.

So, think over the past week, is there something God has told you to do, is there something He has whispered to you that you are not doing? Is obedience to Him a normal response and pattern in your life?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)