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Let's Chalk About Prayer

During our last staff meeting, we debriefed about the recent wholeness service that was held in the sanctuary on August 29th. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and when asked if we would like to keep having these services the answer was yes. As we brainstormed about the future, one idea stuck out to me. What if we set out sidewalk chalk and encouraged those who pass by to write prayer requests on the concrete? Well? Let’s talk chalk! Since our Lakota small group is studying mental health, and the first week in October is mental health awareness week; I thought it would be great to start out our chalk prayer ministry on the topic of mental health. With one in five American

Giving Thanks

The Apostle Paul could write some pointed letters, but he never forgot his manners. With one exception (Galatians), Paul always began his letters with a word of thanks. Paul was thankful that the Christians in Corinth abounded in spiritual gifts. He gave thanks that there was so much love for all the saints in the church in Ephesus. Paul thanked God that both faith and love were on the increase among the Thessalonians. Of course there was more to Paul’s words of thanks than good manners. Paul’s thanksgivings both encouraged good behavior and gave credit for good behavior where it was due: the grace of God working in the church. We should all probably say Thank You more often than we do. So l

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