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Prayer Needs (2020/05/26)

Prayer Needs (2020/05/26)

 NSC PRAYER LIST 26th May 2020. Prayer requests may be emailed to Mike Rutter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

ADORATION: "I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth... Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together." Psalm 34:1 & 3.

  • Give praise and glory to God as you come before Him in prayer. Magnify and exalt His most wonderful name.

CONFESSION: "O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you." Psalm 69:5

  • Ask God to examine your heart and then confess all known sin to Him asking His forgiveness. So that we may find healing and peace with God.

THANKSGIVING: "Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High." Psalm 50:14.

  • Acknowledge before God all the blessings of your life. Spend time just thanking Him for all His many blessings to you.

SUPPLICATION:  "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people." 1 Timothy 2:1.

  • Remember our Heavenly Father has NOT taken His eye off you for one moment. He is till on His throne and we have access to Him through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Church ministries

  • Continue to pray for our Youth. For Chad, Nathi, Thabiso, Cherrie and Shannon as they continue to communicate and encourage our youth and children. Pray for Youth Alive, Youth Worx and interns' daily needs as many parents have lost their jobs.
  • Sunday service 31st May. Pray that God will be glorified through the online message. Pray for Phil as he handles all the technical aspects of online transmissions and some of the challenges.

Missions

  •     Pray for our international missionaries. For protection and encouragement. (For security reasons no names mentioned here)
  • Naomi Charlton teaching in Ethiopia with SIM. Pray for her protection from infection. And that her needs will be met.
  • Jeanette & Heather. Pray for God's continued provision for them and for their protection.
  • Pray for Candice Downham at S-Cape as she continues to minister to women and children. Pray for protection from the Covid-19 infection. Also, for God's continued provision for her.

Genesis

  •     Khula: Pray for all the staff out there, children and community exposed to the threat of infection and for all their needs during this time of lockdown. Pray for the feeding of the children at Khula and Murchison. Many are hungry.
  • Baby Home: Roxanne Dicken and staff. Pray that all the little ones stay healthy and free from infection. For the staff's safety and protection.
  • Care Centre: Sharon Jones and staff. Pray the spiritual, physical, and emotional welfare of all the staff. Also, protection for them and their families. They work in trying circumstances.
  • Wave of Hope. Pray for these children who are at great risk of infection and are hungry.
  • Safe Place. Pray for all the social workers and the team who continue to operate. Many families are in difficult situations and very hungry. NSC has been able to feed many families and continues to do so. (NB: If you would like to donate financially to the NSC food fund you can do. Blankets and clothing can be dropped off at the church or can be collected if you phone.)
  • Pray for those handling the food parcel assembling and distribution that they may continue to have the strength and energy needed to help the hungry. We are placing the 4 Spiritual Laws booklets in Zulu and English in each parcel sent out. Pray that hearts would be reached with the message of the gospel.
  • Pray for the Gym and Youth Centre staff during this time of lockdown.

Personal needs

  • Hylton Cannon still needs a shoulder replacement. Still value your prayer.
  • Johan and Gloria Bester daughter Chandre Bester. We praise God that she has come through the heart surgery well. Currently she has been moved out of ICU and into high care, and has been able to walk a little. There is the possibility that she may be discharged on Wednesday 27th May. Pray for her recuperation at home with someone to care for her and that she will soon be back to full health and strength.
  • Roxanne Dicken's father Richard fighting cancer. Family still value your prayers.
  • Vivian and Liz Kurten in UAE.  Carmen Neethling parents. They are both continuing to make slow but steady progress.
  • Rodney Pretorius suffers from an auto-immune disease and is therefore particularly susceptible to infection from the Covid 19. Please pray his protection.
  • Patsy De Kok. Keep her in your prayers that she would make a full recovery.
  • Pray for all of those who are feeling the effects of the lockdown and loss of income. For the financial problems that have arisen in many families. Many from the end of May are uncertain of receiving a salary. This has created stress for many. Pray for God's intervention in these matters.
  • Some families have experienced break-ins and theft on their properties and homes. They have requested pray for protection not only from the Coronavirus but also from unruly elements in society. Pray also for God's continued protection over NSC and all the property and assets.
  • Bert Pienaar had a back operation last week. He has had some challenges and was taken back into ICU this week. He is starting to do better. Pray for complete recovery and freedom from any further pain. Also remember Linda his wife in prayer.
  • Grant Maher recovering from a bone graft operation on right hand finger. Making good progress.
  • Mick Winn. Karyn Herbert's Dad has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Church Leadership

  • Pray for the Elders and Pastors. They are called upon to deal with sensitive issues regarding managing the Covid-19. They must also deal with other challenging situations that arise from time to time. Pray for wisdom as they seek to care for the spiritual and emotional care of the congregation.
  • The Deacons, Jeff and Karen and finance staff who are handling the financial admin matters during the lockdown. Pray for wisdom as the financial needs of the church must be met

South Africa:

  • Pray for our President who needs much wisdom and discernment in handling the lockdown situation in the country. Pray that the right voices would be heard who speak advising him. Pray for him to remain strong and protected from the virus. Ask God to give him wisdom and insight in moving us to level 3 and subsequent levels afterwards.
  • For our medical professionals, that they would be protected from infection. Pray for courage and strength during long stressful hours of work.
  • Police and army that they too would be protected from infection. Pray for courage and strength during long stressful hours of work as they exercise their duties with due diligence, integrity  and justice.
  • Pray for the distribution of food by government agencies, that these parcels would be delivered equitably, and that all forms of hoarding or political posturing by unscrupulous officials would cease. Pray that other NGO's and NPO's would be also able to deliver food unhindered to the hungry.
  • Continue to pray for the eradication of the Coronavirus not only in SA but worldwide. And wisdom for those having to make financial and medical decisions.
  • Pray for the recovery of those already infected. Thank God for almost 12000 recoveries to date (25/05). Also, for the families who have lost loved ones to the virus.
  • Pray for our economy and the other economies of the world. That these may soon be able to start recovering.
  • Pray for Eskom management in the plans they are making to keep the power on.
  • Pray for those in our rural communities where some still do not seem to fully comprehend the seriousness of the situation. Ask God to grant them understanding, and adherence to the protective guidelines given, to effectively prevent the virus from spreading further.

Ask God to:

  • Calm our fears and fill our hearts with hope, joy, and peace as we trust Him.

 

 Be blessed and stay safe.

Happy Homes - Ripe for a Fight: Introduction

BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR #HAPPYHOMES

"Your family - ripe for a fight. Introduction"

 

We are continuing to look at marriage. This is a brief introduction to our next section focusing on your Family. I use this word intentionally - fight - because families are not great by accident. By accident they are average. And you have to fight for your family if you want it to be a great family. Because there are all kinds of forces working against your family in society.

 

There are economic, spiritual, moral, cultural, and social forces that want to destroy the idea of the Christian family and specifically your family.

 

When the families of Jerusalem were under attack thousands of years ago, Nehemiah said this to the people, Nehemiah 4:14 (NIV) "Don't be afraid... Remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, [fight for] your sons and [fight for] your daughters, [fight for] your wives and [fight for] your homes." He is saying your family is worth fighting for. Don't just give up and say "It can't change and be any different. It's too late."

 

It is not too late! No matter where you are in family life - starting out or at the end - it is not too late to fight to make your family better. In the following weeks we are going to consider 4 common traits in great families. Try not to miss these.

Happy Homes - Part 3f

BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR #HAPPYHOMES

"Contending with Conflict - Part 3f"

 

We are looking at Contending with Conflict.

Part a: Become a Believer.

Part b: Talk to God about the conflict.

Part c: Change your Focus.

Part d: Establish the ground rules.

Part e: Go and make peace.

 

Now finally:

f. Ask for Advice.

Some of you feel like you are stuck. It is OK to bring in a third party and ask for advice. Talk to God about it, and then find someone who hears from God that can help you. Proverbs 13:10 (LB) "Pride leads to arguments. Be humble, take advice and become wise." Advice is the path to wisdom.

 

In every other area in our lives when we face big problems we are not afraid to get professional help. We seek help from doctors, accountants and lawyers. If you have problems in your marriage, there is nothing wrong with going and seeing a Christian marriage counsellor. Somebody who has the tools to help you see how to be Christ like in your marriage. Be humble. Take advice.

 

A question we all have to face from time to time is: Would I rather have a satisfying marriage or just pretend that I do? You do not have to pretend.

 

Sometimes the conflict in relationships can become so painful we just start looking for a way out. However, it is more rewarding to resolve a conflict than to dissolve a relationship. Reach out for help. Do not give up, but look up to God for help. Find His strength.

 

Here are 3 commitments you could make.

1. I resolve to commit my life to Jesus Christ. Start by telling Him you need Him. Do not be afraid to admit that. Ask for His help and forgiveness. He has promised He will give it to you.

2. I resolve to commit my attitudes to Jesus Christ. Maybe your attitudes have been crummy and selfish lately. He is an expert on the needs of others. He can teach you how.

3. I resolve to commit my words to Jesus Christ - the way I talk to others. Let Him help you begin to talk in a more gentle, clear and loving way. Or maybe just not to talk at all.

 

Pick the one that fits you and begin to live that out this week.

Trevor's Midweek Message - 2020/05/20

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