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May 2013

Pastor Points: Increasing God's Power in Your Life

The Apostle Paul wrote, in I Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” When you find ways to rejoice, pray, and give thanks, it increases God’s power in your life. The more open you are to God, the more God can heal you spiritually, and then that spiritual healing may accelerate physical or mental healing, if that is God’s will for you.

REJOICE ALWAYS. It is easy to slip into a doubting spirit, or to feel depressed. Try to find something to rejoice about every day, even if it is difficult. You might give thanks for love of family, love of nature, a happy memory, or anything else that that reveals God’s work in the world.

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. No need to say a formal prayer; instead, talk to God all day long, and listen to God throughout the day. Make God your constant companion.

GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. The more often we thank God, the more frequently we create openings for God to enter our lives. Our attitude can either open or close us to God. The more grudging we are toward others, the less warmly they respond. And the opposite is true: when we are thankful toward other people, they are more likely to show compassion toward us.

On all Thursdays in June, at 1:30-3 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. I will be leading a small group discussion series on healing prayer, based on a book entitled, Stretch Out Your Hand: Exploring Healing Prayer, by Tilda Norberg and Robert Webber (Upper Room Books:2008.) Copies of the book are free and available now in my office. On October 6 from 2-5 p.m. one of the book’s authors, Reverend Norberg, a psychotherapist and United Methodist minister, will speak at our church about achieving spiritual health and discuss Jesus’ ministry of healing. Her presentation will be sponsored by the CHES churches. Let me know if you would like to attend either the afternoon or the evening series and the author talk. Registration will be limited, with Boards of Deacons of the CHES congregations receiving first priority. I hope to see you there!

Pastor Joyce

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