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  • Prayer Points | The Persecuted Church

    Yesterday, during our Sunday meeting, Josh led us in a time of prayer for the persecuted Church around the world. The prayer points that he used are below for your continued use, followed by a short video clip from Open Doors Ministries explaining the need.Prayer points:Pray for the physical, emotional, and spiritual protection of our brothers and sisters facing their persecutors; and for endurance in the midst of persecution. Pray for persistent faith to follow Jesus Christ and proclaim His mar...

  • Prayer Points: The Election

    On Sunday evening, October 29, we gathered together for our second quarterly prayer night. The theme for the evening was to pray for our political leaders as well as the upcoming election. Prayer points and scripture readings from the meeting are below for your continued use.2017 Quarterly Prayer Meeting Our Nation“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.” - Isaiah 64:4“…I urge that supp...

  • Puerto Rico Relief Fund - Sovereign Grace Churches

    Last week, Executive Director of Sovereign Grace Churches, Mark Prater, wrote a blog post about how as we as believers can help families in Puerto Rico who are suffering from the devastation of hurricane Maria. You can read the text of his post below. To visit the Sovereign Grace Churches' blog in full, click here.On September 20, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico leaving in its path mass destruction.

  • Prayer of Confession: Barb Powers

    On Sunday, September 24, 2017 Barb Powers shared a Prayer of Confession as a part of our Sunday Meeting. The text of her prayer is below. We hope that her words continue to convict and inspire your hearts this week!Heavenly Father, we come before you this morning with our heads bowed in humble adoration for who you are.

  • From Mark Prater: How you can help in Houston

    This weekend, Sovereign Grace Churches around the country received the following message form Mark Prater, Executive Director of Sovereign Grace Ministries. As you join other believers around the nation in praying for Houston and victims of Hurricane Harvey, ask the Lord if he would have you go to Houston or give financially in order to support relief efforts. We call ourselves a "family of churches" because that's who we are, a family. Being a "family of churches" h...

  • Prayer of Praise: Stephen Deloglos

    On Sunday, August 27, 2017, Stephen Deloglos shared the following Prayer of Praise to begin our meeting. We hope that his words continue to inspire your hearts to worship this week.Father, Thy name is excellent, Thy glory high, Thy compassion unfailing, Thy condescension wonderful, Thy mercy tender. Dear Father, We come to you with Awe at your glory, With astonishment at your grace, A grace never ceasing overflowing with your love.

  • Prayer of Confession: Eliza Sturgeon

    On Sunday, July 16, Eliza Sturgeon prayed a prayer of confession as part of our time of worship. The text of her prayer is below. May it continue to inspire and convict your hearts for the remainder of the week.Father God,We stand before you today in awe of just how good you are and aware of how broken the world is, of how broken we are.

  • Prayer Points: Racial Reconciliation

    On Sunday evening, July 2, we gathered together for our second quarterly prayer night. The theme for the evening was Racial Reconciliation. Prayer points and scripture readings from the meeting are below for your continued use.2017 Quarterly Prayer MeetingRacial Reconciliation“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.” - Isaiah 64:4“…Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who...

  • Prayer of Praise: Meredith Lewanowicz

    On Sunday, July 9, Meredith Lewanowicz opened our meeting with a Prayer of Praise. The text of her prayer is below. We hope that it continues to inspire and encourage your hearts this week.Father God, to the glory of your name, we join in proclaiming the eternal truth that you are All in All.

  • Prayer of Confession: Stephanie Shanks

    On Sunday, July 2, Stephanie Shanks led us in a Prayer of Confession. The text of her prayer is below. We hope that her words will continue to convict and inspire your hearts this week.Heavenly Father-We come to you with our hearts and minds already exposed to you.

  • Prayer of Praise: Suzanne Verougstraete

    On Sunday, June 25, Suzanne Verougstraete brought a Prayer of Praise to our church to start worship at our Sunday meeting. The text of her prayer is written blow. We hope that her words will continue to encourage and inspire your hearts.In Psalm 145 it says, "I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.

  • A Prayer of Confession: John Buffington

    On Sunday, June 18, John Buffington brought a Prayer of Confession to our church during worship at our Sunday meeting. The text of his prayer is written blow. We hope that his words will continue to encourage and convict your hearts.Lord, we approach you boldly as we know You are not only a God of love, but you are love personified.

  • A Prayer of Confession: Darla Rogness

    On Sunday, April 23, Darla Rogness brought a Prayer of Confession to our church during worship at our Sunday meeting. The text of her prayer is written blow. We hope that her words will continue to encourage and convict your hearts.Dear Heavenly Father, We come before you this morning confessing that we are sinners saved by your grace.

  • A Prayer of Praise: Rich Siefring

    On Sunday, Rich Siefring brought a Prayer of Praise to our church at the start of our Sunday meeting. The text of his prayer is written below. We hope that his words will continue to encourage and inspire your hearts.Father,We draw near to You this morning to sing praise and thanksgiving to Your Holy Name.Blessed be Your Name, for it was You who sent your Son, Jesus, into this world to seek and to save lost sinners like us.Blessed be Your Name, for it was You who gave us saving faith to repent o...

  • 2017 Quarterly Prayer Nights

    “From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.” - Isaiah 64:4For the last few years, we’ve hosted an annual day of prayer in January to intercede for the mission of the gospel in our church, in our city, and around the world. God has used these meetings to strengthen our confidence in his power to provide for every need, and we’ve watched him marvelously answer our requests.We want to build on...

  • A Prayer of Praise: Peter Burdette

    On Sunday, Peter Burdette brought a Prayer of Praise to our church as the start of our Sunday meeting. The text of his written prayer is below. We hope that his words will continue to encourage and inspire your hearts.Father, we praise You for Your love is greater and stronger than we could ever imagine.

  • A Prayer of Confession

    Last Sunday, Tom Sturgeon brought a Prayer of Confession to our church as a part of the Sunday meeting. Many have requested the text of this prayer. Tom has provided it for us below.

  • Praying for the Persecuted Church

    American Christians are largely sheltered from the kinds of persecution believers face around the world. We don’t get arrested for giving someone a Bible, find for sharing the gospel, or beaten for pastoring a church. But many do.

  • Pray for Us

    In last Sunday's message, we saw in Mark 9:29 that prayer is necessary for spiritual work.  In fact, no lasting work ever occurs without prayer.  The Apostle Paul believed that, and frequently communicated that to his followers: "Pray for us!" So when Josh Blount, one of the pastors in our sister church in Franklin, WV,  asked how their church can pray for KingsWay this Sunday, I was so grateful.

  • Fifth Petition: God's Deliverance

    “Deliver us from overpowering temptations and the evil one” In Jesus’ prayer, He reminds us that we are in a war with the world, our flesh, and the devil as our enemies.  It is a battle for our souls and we are often out-matched.  We need help! The first part is a prayer is for deliverance from overwhelming temptation that includes riches, power, and honor which incline our hearts to believe that we do not need God.  It reminds us that we are weak and prone to sin and in need of G...

  • Fourth Petition: God's Forgiveness

    “Forgive our sins as we forgive others” The glory of the Gospel is that Jesus died to set us free from the guilt and penalty of sin.  So God has graciously forgiven those who confess their sins through the finished work of Christ upon the Cross. But an unforgiving heart cannot accept the forgiveness graciously given by God. Because we have been forgiven, a forgiven man or woman must be a forgiver.

  • Third Petition: God's Provision

    “Give us each day our daily bread” God created us to depend on Him daily!  Since we are in constant need and each day requires fresh provision, Jesus instructs us to bring our everyday needs to our Father.  We glorify our Father when we come with so-called "little things.” Jesus’ prayer is the only place in Greek literature where the word "daily" appears.  It is best translated, ”Our bread of tomorrow, give us today.”  Tomorrow reminds us of our eternal future with God. ...

  • Second Petition: God's Rule

    “May Your kingdom come & Your will be done” In yesterday's blog, we saw that Jesus calls us to pray to “Our dearest Father” for His name to be respected as holy. The second petition flows from the first.  When God’s name is honored, His kingdom comes.  When someone recognizes the awesome holiness of God, he falls on his face before God as a subject kneels before his king. A prayer for God’s kingdom to come & His will to be done anticipates a future time when Jesus will return, ...

  • First Petition: God’s Name

    “May Your name be respected as holy” Names mean something.  So it’s easy to be offended when someone mocks, misspells, mispronounces or forgets our name because dishonoring a person’s name dishonors that person.  That was even more true in the Hebrew culture where a person’s family, character and position were often reflected in their name. For that reason, “Hallowed be Your Name” isn’t simply an extension of “Father” or an assertion that His Name is holy.  Rather, it’s a petition...

  • Addressing God as Father

    “When you pray, say: “Father” These words provide an amazing beginning to our week of prayer!  Rightly understood, this is the most unexpected part of the Disciples Prayer.  Jesus invites those who have turned from their sins and trusted the Savior to address the creator and ruler of the universe as “Father.” To make it even better, the Aramaic word Jesus uses is “Abba,” the familiar word used by Jewish children to affectionately call their daddy.  We might say, "Dearest Father.”&...

  • Week of Prayer

       Martin Luther wrote, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”  Praying is the great privilege of Christian life.  And the blessing of praying individually is even more pronounced as we pray together.  Jesus promised, “Where two or three come together in My Name, there am I with them." On Saturday, January 10, we’ll gather to begin the new year with our third annual Day of Prayer.  During the past two years, we’ve ...

  • Pray for Somalia

    God’s plans and purposes in this world are bigger than us.  His glory is too great for his praise to be confined to suburban America. God’s will and intent is that the praise of his name would be sung in every land, in every language, by every people and every nation. “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.

  • Pray for Malaysia

    "Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!" (Psalm 67:3) On the last Sunday of every month, we set aside time to pray for the ministry of the gospel around the world. Last Sunday, Josh led us in praying for Malaysia, which has been in the news recently since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  Here's a short video that will help you know how to pray for Malaysia this month. If you're not able to view the video, click here.

  • Hosting Area Pastors

    Yesterday, Matthew & I had the privilege of hosting a group of 15 area pastors for lunch.  We call this group “Together for the Gospel” because a commitment to keeping the Gospel the “main thing” defines each of our ministries and churches.  Since I’ve been meeting with some of these men for several years, I opened the lunch by sharing the joy I derive from our relationships.  By contrast, when we planted KingsWay 25 years ago, there were few pastors I could link arms with bot...

  • Pray for Afghanistan

    "So how is your church involved in missions?" For many years, I never liked answering that question. Nearly every time it came up I was immediately attacked by a sense of guilt. My answer usually went something like this: "Here's what we're doing, but I know we should be doing more." Cue the condemnation.

  • Prayer Night Canceled for this Sunday

    Thanks to the many of you who joined us for the Day of Prayer & Fasting this past Saturday.  It was a very significant day of corporate prayer.  I am convinced that God is preparing us for many good works! Due to scheduling conflicts, we are canceling this Sunday’s Prayer & Worship Night.  But that doesn’t mean we aren’t praying!   Folks meet to pray every Friday at 7 pm in the Nursing Mom’s Room off the foyer and every Sunday at 9:30 am in the front of the auditorium...

  • Pray for Us

    Gene and I are both traveling to Orlando, FL this week to attend a couple different events. Here's a quick overview of what we're doing so you know how to pray for us.  On Monday afternoon, Gene will attend the annual Sovereign Grace Ministries Council of Elders (CoE) meeting. The CoE is basically the national governing board for SGM and is comprised of some 60 pastors.

  • Doug Bare's testimony

    This afternoon Doug Bare shared an update during our monthly Seasoned Saints luncheon.  Because of it's significance, I wanted you to be able to hear of God's work in Doug's own words.  I pray they are an encouragement to you as you fight for faith in whatever areas of trial you face: It is hard to believe it has been a year and a half since my diagnosis of ALS.

  • National Day of Prayer

    In June of 1775, the Continental Congress issued the following proclamation, requesting a day of fasting and prayer. “This Congress, therefore, considering the present critical, alarming, and calamitous state of these Colonies, do earnestly recommend that, Thursday, the twentieth day of July next, be observed by the inhabitants of all the English Colonies on this Continent, as a day of publick humiliation, fasting and prayer; that we may, with united hearts and voices, unfeignedly confess and de...

  • Big Requests of a Big God

    Prayer is an expression of faith in God in at least three ways.  We must believe God is real.  We must believe God hears our prayers.

  • God Tells Us What to Pray

    The Bible is a book overflowing with promises.  Most of them are promises God has made to his children.  For example, if you're facing a big decision, God makes a promise to you in Psalm 25:8-9.

  • January Sermon Series: When You Pray

    "Pray without ceasing." (1 Thess. 5:17) Few Christians object to the priority of prayer.  Yet many feel like they don't know how to pray or battle a constant low-grade guilt over not praying enough.