A place for discussion of living out our faith in the context of public service, having a Christlike influence in our offices and on those we serve, and responding to religious persecution at work.
Prayer Requests and Praises
December 30, 2009 at 2:53 pm #88213
Are you facing difficult situations or challenges or want to praise God for a blessing? Share your prayer requests or praises with us so that we can join you in lifting them up to Our Father.
Matthew 18: 19, 20 – “Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”
January 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm #88249
Martha L. Ayerdis, MBAParticipant
Good morning Sam! Today, is the first day of the year 2010. I closed the year 2009 with great accomplishments and one sad situation. I praise God for my family, my mom (today she is her birthday: 85 years old and very healthy) my job and for all the volunteer activities I did to obtain benefits for others. I would like you include me in your prayers because I need wisdom to make the right professional decision without to hurt others. I am hurt and sad, but I want God take control of it. Happy New Year for you, your wife and family!
January 1, 2010 at 8:06 pm #88247
Praising and praying with you. Also praising God for a much better quote for a replacement gas furnace with a free upgrade to a model that qualifies for a $500 energy rebate.
January 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm #88245
In two weeks, NJ will inaugurate a new Governor. I pray that his wisdom includes the realization that a reduction in force (RIF) is not the answer to New Jersey’s economic challenges. This will only place more people on the unemployment roles, stress an already-burdened unemployment system, create great upheaval in lives of public servants, and, once again, either attempt to do “more with less” or provide less services to those who need them most. Those with financial resources will feel very little pain, while the loss for those without may be great. (sorry if I’m editorializing, but this causes me concern)
January 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm #88243
Amen, thanks for sharing.
January 20, 2010 at 11:22 am #88241
Cindy Lou BakerParticipant
Those people who have lost loved ones in Haiti need our continued prayers. I hope we all know this is only the beginning of sorrows. Have no fear, persevere. He has overcome the world!
March 31, 2010 at 11:55 am #88239
Pray for my father-in-law, Frank Hall, who as of 8:00 am EST is on the way or at the emergency room with breathing difficulties. He is 81 years old, not in good health, and not a believer.
April 1, 2010 at 11:17 am #88237
They admitted Mr. Hall into the hospital with pneumonia yesterday evening. They also found that he has an infection in his blood, possibly from an existing dental problem. Keep praying!
April 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm #88235
Praying with all of you for these requests. And praising God for His faithfulness at all times! I would like to ask for prayer for my two teenagers, Lydia and Silas, who are traveling to Poland tomorrow with the church youth group on a mission trip. There are several other churches going, to plant a church in Poland and for outreach in several cities. I pray that God would keep them all safe while traveling and that they would see His hand in the outreaches they will be conducting, that the Polish people would have hearts and minds open to the gospel, and that there would be a great harvest of souls for Jesus! Finally, that all the teenagers – and adults – would each see God in a new, unique way and experience His presence more closely than ever before.
April 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm #88233
This poem came to me from my church’s Prayer Chain. It touched me and I wanted to share it:
Our Railroad of Life
We come to You, our Heavenly Father and only God
to thank You for all that we have and for what will be.
We are on the railroad of life, many stops along the way.
At some we may celebrate, at others storms we see.
Even when we just ride along, there is beauty
You have provided for us – if we take time to look.
Many of us had a traveling partner get off at a stop, take
another train to the destination charted in Your Book.
Some may be on the siding, some trouble they may know.
We pray for all of them to overcome the travel delay.
We ask for them to feel Your presence and to be with those
that in the station may be waiting, and for them too we pray.
As we ride this train of life, take time to see all You have
created and to You – let our love and thanks be shown.
Enjoy and give love to those that ride or wait by our side.
It does not matter if soul mates, friends or unknown.
For those that have gone on ahead by a different route,
let us thank You for the time they rode by our side.
Remember their smile, their laughter, the great love
we shared – for them – for You. That, we never will hide.
Have a great day, give thanks also as you pray for those you dearly love.
April 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm #88231
He came home Friday and is doing ok, but still experiencing shortness of breath.
April 6, 2010 at 3:11 pm #88229
Thanks for sharing, Kim.
April 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm #88227
On April 19, 2010, the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are scheduled to hear arguments in the case of Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. InterVarsity is among a large number of organizations who have filed 34 amicus (friend of the court) briefs in this case. The justices’ decision will have a major impact on campus ministry.
May 4, 2010 at 12:58 am #88225
Pray for the wind to shift and blow northward over Ireland. My wife, Patti, and I are scheduled to fly to Dublin on Thursday for 10 days of ministry and we just learned that all flights in and out of Ireland are grounded tomorrow (Wed) due to the volcanic ash returning. You can get daily prayer requests and ministry reports for the trip at my ministry blog
May 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm #88223
Not sure if the wind changed, but the Dublin airport reopened about 2 hours ago … Praise God!
May 5, 2010 at 1:54 am #88221
Update: The Irish Aviation Authority have advised us that as a result of denser volcanic ash being dispelled high into the atmosphere restrictions will be in place at Dublin Airport from 11.00am on Wednesday 5th May until further notice.
August 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm #88219
Ameenah A. GhostonParticipant
I praise God because if I had not come to my current workplace at the Defense Information Systems Agency, I would not have accepted Christ. It was a GS15 who ministered to a young GS7 five years ago. And now, I am preparing myself to answer the call to preach the gospel. However, I believe that God wants me to remain with this organization. But I really don’t enjoy what I do. I know that I have allot of talents and much to offer, but I am not motivated. I Have been praying about the matter but to no avail. I really have a desire to do the will of God and submit all aspects of my life to Him. If I were in the private sector I am quite sure that I would have been fired a long time ago. I am thankful for how God has shown me much grace in the workplace. I have been transformed by the love of Christ, and therefore, want to transform the lives of others for Christ.
I praise God for this group and the support of my fellow labourers in Christ within the federal government.
August 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm #88217
Praise God for your testimony, Ameenah (and for the GS15 who He sent your way!).
One thing to remember in regards to preaching the gospel (some great counsel I received when approaching retirement from the Army about 20 years ago) … what the world needs is not more professional Christians (‘full-time ministers’), but Christ-followers in the workplace who:
1) model the Christian life and share Christ with people in the workplace
2) model to other Christians that you can be a fruitful disciple-maker without having to be in the ministry full-time
I encourage you to seek out someone who is skilled in disciple-making and get them to take you ‘under their wings’ to personally disciple you and train you to disciple others. If you don’t know where to look, email me with your details and I will see if I can help hook you up with someone.
Blessings in Christ,
August 16, 2010 at 2:54 pm #88215
Ameenah A. GhostonParticipant
I have no real desire to be only preaching just from the pulpit. I am being discipled, and have been doing so for the past yer and a half. My father is a preacher and my Mom is a Deaconess, and are both highly respected in our church. I have about four other individuals who have been grooming me spiritually. I have purposed in my spirit that I wil not be a puppet preacher, and I have no problems with the notion of preaching the unadulterated gospel.
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