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Archive for the ‘Prayer’ Category

Helping the Tornado Victims in Moore, OK

Posted by Rick on May 21, 2013

The very best way to help is to pray! Pray for the ongoing rescue effort. Pray for the families who lost loved ones. Pray for the first responders and volunteers. Pray for God to be glorified in this tragedy.

Many of us feel a need to help in some tangible way. You are discouraged from self-deploying, or simply going down to help out. Quite frankly, you’ll most like just be in the way and become part of the problem.

In lieu of going, you can give. Everyone knows that the Red Cross provides meals to those in need during disasters. But did you know that the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief  (OK DR) is the organization that PREPARES a majority (if not all) of those meals?

OK DR is a volunteer based organization, but without the high priced CEOs that some of the relief organizations have been criticized for. The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma pays the modest salary of the director of OK DR, which is provided by Oklahoma Baptists.

When you give to OK DR, you can rest assured that 100% of your donation goes to relief efforts. Give at this link: http://www.okdisasterhelp.com/

Here in Wagoner, if you’d like to give goods, First Baptist Church is collecting items to give to victims.  They are currently asking for  bottled water, diapers, baby formula and baby wipes, and toiletries. Do not bring clothes!

Rather than duplicate the efforts of collecting and distributing, we will be cooperating with FBC Wagoner. They are located at 401 NE 2nd, Wagoner, OK 74467.  Their phone is 918-485-2428.

If you’d like to go and physically do “hands-on” ministry, you are probably out of luck for this disaster.   Most disaster relief agencies, including OK DR,  require training. What you can do, however, is sign up with a disaster relief agency and be ready the next time a disaster strikes. Unfortunately, you probably won’t have to wait very long.

 

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Note from Bro Rick

Posted by Rick on September 5, 2009

I want to thank everyone who has been praying for me and my family for the past 6 weeks of my illness.  I received news today about my CT Scan.  It indicated that there were no spots in my lungs!  The only explanation for this is that God has answered our prayers!

I will need to see a pulmonologist next week, however, because it indicated an atypical pneumonia or a fungal process in the lower lobe of my right lung.  Please continue to pray us through this difficult time.

Thanks so much for your prayers and to those who have mowed our lawn and provided us with meals!  You are the best!

 

Bro Rick

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VBS Prayer Request

Posted by Rick on June 7, 2009

Our Vacation Bible School starts tomorrow (Monday) and there was a slip up with our notice being in our local weekly paper.  It wasn’t included in this week’s issue.  That means, that our only publicity is our internet site, our roadside sign, many posters we’ve placed around town and word of mouth.

Would you take a moment to pray that God would provide kids for our VBS?  Our church hasn’t conducted one in more than 5 years.

Thanks for participating in our ministry with us!

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on April 21, 2009

Here are some sound bites from Sunday’s message, “Don’t Waste Your Miracle” based on Mark 2:2-12.  It is important to note that there are two interviews during the message; one with Marty Berryhill, whom God brought back to life on Easter Morning 2009 after dying of a heart attack, and one with Dee Berryhill, Marty’s husband, who has been faithful to share this miracle with others:

  • So many came to hear Jesus speak that there was “Standing Room Only” in the house.
  • Four friends got together and decided to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus for healing.
  • After digging a hole in the roof, the lowered him down in front of Jesus.
  • Jesus saw their faith and responded by forgiving the man’s sins.
  • This made people murmur in their hearts that Jesus was blaspheming because only God can forgive sins.
  • Jesus saw their hearts and told them that if they needed proof that He could forgive sins, then He would make the man walk.
  • The whole household of people were amazed at the miracle and began glorifying God.
  • If you are waiting for God to perform a miracle before you believe, then listen to Marty’s story.
  • It is no less a miracle for God to forgive YOUR sins than it is for Him to raise someone from the dead.

You can listen to the message here or by clicking on the audio player below:

http://sermon.net/download.php?c=17998-count_audio_download-217465

You can also listen to Sunday Evening’s message, “The Emmaus Experience” based on Luke 24:13-31 here or by clicking on the audio player below:

http://sermon.net/download.php?c=17998-count_audio_download-217506

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Updated Abbott Prayer Requests

Posted by Rick on April 16, 2009

We received the following prayer request from the Abbotts this morning:

Thanks to all of you who have been faithfully praying for Bryan’s helicopter licensure situation. Our representatives will be meeting with the government and FAA regarding this matter TOMORROW, so please pray for favor and results.

Also, Bryan is currently in Central Sulawesi looking for a house and attending meetings with our future co-workers. Please be praying for wisdom while he looks and discusses future goals for the field.

Lastly, the weather is changing, finally bringing an end to a very long rainy season – Praise the Lord. However, with this change, many people are sick, including us. Please especially be praying for Mikayla. On her 2nd ear infection in the last month, she is having a hard time fighting this off. Having discussed with a local doctor the possible need for tubes, I am not comfortable having this procedure done where we live and would like to avoid this operation completely if at all possible. Anything is possible with God, so we trust our Great Physician to completely heal her.

Thanks again to each of you faithful prayer warriors. It is a blessing to have people like you holding our ropes!

Bryan and Melissa Abbott
Serving with NTMA in Indonesia

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All Glory to God!

Posted by Rick on April 13, 2009

Easter Services are supposed to be focused on Jesus and the power of His resurrection. Yesterday, the members of Immanuel Southern Baptist Church in Wagoner, OK, got an object lesson to go along with the sermon.

Just before the services were to begin, the Sunday School Director, Marty Richardson, was walking around the sanctuary greeting visitors. As she took the hand of a young man, she collapsed. It was supposed that she had just fainted. The young visitor motioned to his mother, a medical doctor, that there was a problem and the visiting doctor realized that Marty was not breathing.

Dr. Nancy Murphy was visiting ISBC on Easter with her extended family to hear her nephew preach the Easter Sermon. Marty had fallen between the pews and it was impossible to get to her. The doctor asked for help and some members were able to move the pews out of the way. Nancy dragged Marty out into the aisle where she determined that not only was she not breathing, but her heart had stopped beating.

Immediately requesting someone to call 9-1-1, she asked if anyone knew CPR. Jeanine Loubier was tuning her guitar on the platform when she responded and assisted Nancy in administering CPR. The pastor met his wife, Sally, in the hall and she said she was on the way to call 9-1-1. The pastor ran ahead of his wife and made the call.

As the CPR continued (for more than ten minutes), it became apparent to the doctor that Marty wasn’t going to be revived. She later said that a very small percentage of patients are revived by CPR, but it is always worth doing. She called for all the children to be cleared from the sanctuary, because she didn’t want them seeing a dead body at church on Easter. The pastor asked everyone to leave the sanctuary and to go to the fellowship hall to pray for the situation. Sally was able to corral the members in the fellowship hall and began praying earnestly.

That’s when the power of God was made manifest.

As the doctor later described, “Almost as soon as the people began praying, Marty opened her eyes and took a deep gasp for air. I was never so surprised to see someone come back to life as I was her!”

Marty was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, about 45 minutes away. The doctors there found a blockage and inserted a stint. By the time the pastor was able to visit last evening, Marty was alert, smiling, and even ordered meatloaf, chocolate cake and iced tea for supper!

As we sat there together talking about the events of the day, I told her what else the doctor had said. She said that as a doctor, she had ZERO expectations that she would be revived. As far as she was concerned she had died on Easter Sunday. However, the only way to explain what had happened was that “it was a miracle”.

We were able to laugh about some of the things done and said during the crisis. As we talked, I mentioned to Marty, “you died this morning, but here we are laughing about death this afternoon”. What an awesome God we serve that we can laugh about death! Marty died Sunday morning, but she should be released from the hospital Tuesday or Wednesday!

God gets ALL the Glory for this one!

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New Website Feature

Posted by Rick on March 10, 2009

The ISBC website now has the ability to distribute church prayer requests in a responsible manner.  In order to keep confidentiality, ISBC members can now request a password to access the current church prayer requests.  If you are not a member and would like access to this information, please email with an explanation of why you think you should have access.

You can go to the tab above marked “Members”, then select “Prayer Requests”.  It will ask you for a password.  Just type the password in EXACTLY as provided to you.  It IS case sensitive.

Hopefully, in the near future, we’ll have a phone directory available as well.

Email info@immanuelsouthern.com to request the password.

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Tragedy in Maryville, IL

Posted by Rick on March 8, 2009

Please pray for the First Baptist Church family of Maryville, Ill.  Today, during their early service, a gunman entered the building and murdered their pastor, Dr. Fred Winters.

This is taken directly from their church website:

A Message About Today’s Loss

Today, a little after our 8:15 service began, a man entered First Baptist Church and fired several gunshots at our Senior Pastor, Dr Fred Winters.

Please pray for Dr. Winter’s family, our two brave members who were injured when they stopped the assailant, for the assailant himself and his family, and for our church members as they deal with this tragic loss.

In this day, where uncertainty seems to abound creating an environment in which people are vulnerable in doing things they might not do otherwise, one thing is certain, we, as human beings need a foundation upon which we can live our lives. We at First Baptist Maryville, along with other Christian believers, share this conviction: that foundation is God’s Word. In the pages of the Book we call the Bible, we find the pathway for peace, hope, and a quality of living life despite what circumstances we find ourselves in.

To those who believe in the power of prayer, we covet your prayers right now.

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Week of Prayer for North American Missions

Posted by Rick on March 3, 2009

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Pray for Our New President!

Posted by Rick on January 20, 2009

As our country experiences another peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next, let us commit to pray for our new President. President Obama will need God’s direction and God’s wisdom as he leads our country. We must be diligent to pray for him and the decisions that he makes, that they would bring glory and honor to God. Pray for him to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to surround himself with wise counsel. The honor of leading our country is no easy task and our new President will need our prayers!

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