Lent Prayer Topic for Day #32

New Members of SBL to Grow in Faith One of the many things I love about SBL is our ability to celebrate our storied past without worshiping it AND to continue to welcome the newcomer to the SBL family.  Our pews are filled with fifth generation families sitting alongside the...
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Lent Prayer Topic for Day #31

Use the New Building for Outreach I’ll admit it. Yesterday’s prayer topic was a setup – or, depending on how you look at it, today’s prayer topic is a continuation of yesterday’s thought. This Lenten season finds us midway through construction of the new fellowship hall,...
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Lent Prayer Topic for Day #30

Meet the Needs of Our Community My personal devotions took me this morning to Mark 14:1-11.  In this section we read about an unnamed woman who anoints Jesus’ body with costly perfume.  While some looked with disgust at the woman, Jesus said she had done it in preparation...
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Lent Prayer Topic for Day #29

Political Atmosphere of Our Nation According to Romans 13, God has established the governing and ruling authorities over us.  He may not like everything every politician does (and I’d bet the “pleased ratio” is probably less than 50% – of any politician of any party) but...
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Prayer Topic for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Today’s Gospel Reading contains this zinger:  “whoever would be great among you must be your servant.”  Ouch!  Kind of reminds me of the old joke, “I’m proud of my humility.” But all joking aside, this line gives way to this prayer thought for...
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Lent Prayer Topic for Day #28

Faithful Witness of SBL Family Jesus, Jesus, Jesus that is all they talk about in church! Even though a tongue-in- cheek simplification, a wonderful criticism. Thank God today that Jesus, and the Gospel message is proclaimed loud and clear in worship. Pray that this continues to...
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Lent Prayer Topic for Day #27

SBL School Board to Share Jesus Jesus said, “Let the children come unto me … for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14). Our congregation opens up the doors of a school and by supporting that mission also opened up the arms of Jesus to the children...
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Lent Prayer Topic for Day #26

Senior SBL Members The Senior members of our congregation have been a blessing for the younger generations. They are examples in the faith, mentors in life, and ones in whom we draw wisdom and insight. We certainly have reason to give God thanks for the older brothers and sisters...
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Lent Prayer Topic for Day #25

Unemployed to Find Meaningful Work God has blessed us with unique interests, talents and gifts used to serve the greater good of society and to provide for family and ourselves. Today thank God for your ability, opportunity and privilege to work. It is disheartening and difficult...
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Lent Prayer Topic for Day #24

SBL Board of Elders to Share Jesus Pray for our elders. They are called to serve our Church in the oversite of worship and the spiritual life of the church. Peter exhorts the elders, “As witnesses of the sufferings of Christ … shepherd the flock.” (1 Peter 5:1-2) Pray...
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