It was 8 a.m. when the phone rang, a morning like any other, until God interrupted my thoughts with a call from a past prayer partner. When I answered the phone I immediately recognized the voice of a woman I have been praying for over many years. We were connected as prayer partners when she a high school student attending Mountain Christian Church.
She has since moved away, with lots of challenges, and struggles to find confidence in who she is in the Christ.
Her faith – whether she had any and what her destination is – was challenged by her parents.
That morning we talked a long time about faith.
I reminded her that the main issue is always who and what our faith is in. Is it yourself? Your ability to cope, to be in control, to fix things? Your family? Your mentor? Your pastor? Your intellect or knowledge? Or, the Rock, who is Christ? (1Corinthians 10:4)
The one who is the solid foundation on which to build our life (Matthew 7: 24-27). The one who has brought the Kingdom of God to earth, to dwell within His children (Matthew 17: 20-21, Colossians 1:17). The One who asks us to count the cost (Luke 14:25-35), deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him (Luke 9:23-27).
As we talked and prayed together she examined herself (2 Corinthians 13:5) and acknowledged that it is Jesus Christ, God’s Son in whom she is trusting and longing to be with. The Lord turned our hearts to thanksgiving.
So many things to praise Him for, and He gave us hope.
When I hung up, I thought to myself, “Wow, Lord!” Thank you for the encouragement and fellowship you give us when we join with you in prayer. (Matthew 18: 19-20). You are awesome!”
How has God used your prayers to speak His Word and love into the lives of others?
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The Women’s Serving Team is hosting a Mugs & Muffins event August 10th from 9:00 – 11:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Christine Leggett will be leading us in a discussion about the spiritual battle we each have with the desires of our heart. It will be a morning of fellowship, rich discussion and encouragement as we come together to study God’s Word. Praying you can join us. Don’t forget your favorite coffee mug! Please RSVP to Christine if you need childcare.
You can go on a mission trip and never leave Albuquerque. International Students Incorporated (ISI) helps international students when they arrive in the U.S. ISI has a chapter at UNM helping pick up students as they arrive at the airport, providing temporary home stays, helping find housing, English as a second language training and friendship partners. A new school year is getting started with hundreds of international students arriving at UNM. Please consider helping in one of the ways noted above. Alternatively, we will be providing lunch for students and volunteers on Wednesday, August 7 (signup sheets will be in the foyer). If you are interested in helping or just want more information please contact Vince Tidwell.
MCC’s Shine Partnership is hosting a dessert night Wednesday, August 14 at 7:00pm at Ashley Procter’s house! Current Shine volunteers, anyone curious about what Shine is, or those interested in becoming a Shine volunteer are invited! Contact Ashley if you have questions or need directions.
Save the Date: MCC Elders are hosting a 4-week Foundations Class starting September 15 and running through the first week in October. This class is designed to better help you get to know MCC - who we are, what we believe and why, and how to get connected. Please sign up with Sarah.