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 One to One Soul Care Conference will be held at MCC November 9-10. Are you interested in biblical counseling? Do you feel you want some training on how to walk with a brother or sister in their dark seasons? Please join us! Click here to register at or contact Elizabeth for more information.
Please note - the Sponsorship Training for the Wood Ministry will be rescheduled for a later date. Please contact Don & Ann Moore with questions.
Pull out your mixers and aprons! SHINE is looking for people who can donate cakes, or other desserts, for A. Montoya’s Fall Festival! Cakes can be dropped off at the church foyer Friday, October 26 between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Questions? Click here to sign up to bring a cake!MCC is gearing up for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox drive! The mission of OCC is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Last year MCC collected 230 shoe boxes to be gifted to children around the world! Boxes will be available this Sunday, October 21st, in the foyer and the final drop-off date is November 11th! It is a great time to start gathering items to bless children around the world!
Shine also has a unique food pantry at A. Montoya! Kids often go to bed without dinner, come to school too late for breakfast, and aren't sure if there will be dinner that night. We have been asked to create a small food pantry at the school that would contain items like tuna packets, apples, macaroni and cheese, Ensure or Boost, peanut butter crackers, nuts, and the like. The children could keep these items in their backpacks so that they would always have something to keep them going. We are working on putting together a list of items, including gluten-free ones, that we would like to stock the pantry with. Please pray about whether you would like to donate items or money to help keep the pantry stocked year-round!