March 2 – Connect

March 2 – Connect


So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it. 

                                                                               1 Thessalonians 5:11


Think about how many have the poor habit of discouragement. How easy it is to be the discourager! When that person speaks, it is always something negative. Hope and joy are dashed when they open their mouths. But this is not what we are supposed to be toward one another. God says we need to encourage one another and build one another up.


American baseball legend Yogi Berra first uttered the phrase, “It ain’t over till it’s over” at the 1973 National League pennant race. His team was a long way behind when he said it and they did eventually rally to win the division title. This statement tells people to wait; don’t make a judgment yet, because the struggle may turn around.


You see, what our church needs is a person like you and I who can pull the team together and declare a word of encouragement that brings unity and ultimately clarifies the win. Your words can change the game around!


Today’s prayer focus: Pray that God will use you to bring a greater sense of unity in our church family.

March 1 – Worship

March 1 – Worship

All the nations You have made will come and worship before You, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.

For You are great and do marvelous deeds; You alone are God.

                                                                        Psalm 46:9-10


It sounds obvious to say that we have great needs that should drive us to prayer. All too often, our pride blinds us to how needy we really are, causing us to rely on our own ability or the worldly resources around us to help in times of trouble. Many times, it is only when nothing else works that we say, “We’ve done all that we can do. The only thing left is to pray!” It’s our last resort.


The old saying rings profoundly true: “You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.” (John Bunyan)


Prayer should be our first resort!


One of my favorite worship songs growing up was – “You Deserve The Glory”


You deserve the glory

And the honor

Lord we lift our hands in worship

As we lift Your holy name

For You are great, You do miracles so great

There is no one else like You, there is no one else like You

For You are great, You do miracles so great

There is no one else like You, there is no one else like You


I’m convinced that the more we complain about our problems, the greater our difficulties become. But, the more we praise God through our problems, the closer we get to our Creator; this allows us to see God for who He is and declare that HE is greater than our problems. Let’s declare His greatness over our situation and watch His hand at work.


Today’s Prayer Focus:  Pray a prayer of praise for all God’s marvelous deeds

February 28 – Go


February 28 – Go


For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.                                     Romans 1:16



I wish I was there when Paul had spoken these words to the disciples he was mentoring. Then I would know by the tone of his voice and facial expression what he really meant when he said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel”.  I believe he meant something much more positive about presenting the gospel than being fearful or shy – that he was honored, proud and encouraged to do so. Why? Was it because of his confidence in the persuasive artistry of his delivery? No, his attitude wasn’t based on his talent but on God’s promised result to change the character and eternal destiny of those who believed in the salvation message through the transformative and demonstrated power of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 2:4)


So it is with prayers of healing, confession, restoration, protection, blessing and so forth. Powerful results come from speaking simple words that are aligned with the promises of God. We are inspired to pray for others, not because of our human ability to pray, but that we believe in God’s ability to deliver on His promises.


Friend, whether sharing the good news, saying a prayer or giving an invitation to attending a church, it’s not our ability that creates wondrous results, but our obedience to do the simple things God has called us to do. Then, He will do the rest according to the power that lives and works within us. (Eph 3:20) If we are weak, that is when He is strong to prepare hearts to receive us and to open opportunities that may seem impossible. If we are uncertain or confused, He generously gives wisdom when we ask for it. When we take a simple step within our human ability, God will do the rest. “One plants, one waters but God is the one who is important, for He makes the seed come to life and grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:7)


Today’s Prayer Focus:  Pray a declaration of courage over the Calvary family as we invite people to Easter Sunday.



February 27 – Serve

February 27 – Serve

 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.                                                                                           Ephesians 2:10

The orchestra members are seated with their instruments and begin to warm up. The cacophony that fills the room is deafening, yet builds anticipation. Chaos turns to order when the oboist is instructed to play the tuning note. Section by section, the orchestra members replicate the exact pitch by adjusting valves, reeds and mouthpieces accordingly. When the tuning is finished, the orchestra goes silent in preparation for the conductor to arrive. The years of individual practice, and the hours of collective rehearsing will be revealed as the conductor steps to the podium and gives the first down beat. As the music begins, it all makes sense. The creation of the composer now takes center stage.


The value of the orchestra is found in the collective skill and talent of each individual member. The woodwind part alone would not make sense without the string part. The brass part would not make sense without the percussion part. They need each other in order to be successful. The composer is depending on each section to blend in unity to communicate the melodies and harmonies that he has skillfully crafted.


As a believer, you have a part to play. You are uniquely designed by your Creator with a purpose. He has gifted you and you lack nothing that His grace can’t give you. He compares you to no one – you are one of a kind. You are needed; you’re needed in your church, in your community and you are needed in this world. If you weren’t needed, God would not have made you. If God wanted you to be somebody else, you wouldn’t exist. But He wanted you! He made you to be you!


The Creator has composed a masterpiece called His church and we need you. You have an instrument in your hands and the ability to play – it’s time to join in the orchestra and start warming up!


Today’s Prayer Focus: Pray for God to reveal your ideal area of ministry involvement.





February 26 – Grow


But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Galatians 5:22-24

A little boy, riding his bike, cruised by his pastor’s house and noticed the pastor was doing some carpentry in his garage. The boy stopped and watched him for quite a long time. After a while, the pastor wondered why the boy was watching him and was so curious that he stopped and said, “Son, are you trying to pick up some pointers on how to build something?”

The little boy replied, “No. I am just waiting to hear what a pastor says when he hits his thumb with a hammer.”

Your actions will always speak louder than your words. Often, you’ll find out what you are made of by your actions and the words you speak in both good and bad circumstances.

Sometimes, my perspective on my circumstances becomes contorted; my actions and words become persistently unkind. There is no good fruit. I realize I haven’t spent time watering my spirit with the words of my God. But when the cadence of my days is rooted in reliance on God, the fruits of the Spirit grow more evident in my life.

Can others identify the spiritual fruit in your life?

Today’s Prayer Focus: Pray for spiritual fruit to be increasingly evident in your life.

February 25  – Connect

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:11-12

Three important truths are taught in these verses about eternal life. First, it is not a prize that can be earned but an undeserved gift. Secondly, it is found in Christ, so that, in order to give us life, God both gave and gives us his Son. Thirdly, this gift of life in Christ is a present possession and can be obtained by accepting the Son and it can be enjoyed here and now.

Let us pray that as we enter into spiritual warfare for our communities, the Holy Spirit begins to loosen the strongholds on people’s lives, so they can receive Christ’s undeserved gift of eternal life.

Today’s Prayer Focus:  Pray for those in our community who do not yet know Christ.

February 24 – Worship

Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.

 Psalm 29:1-2

Our God is so awesome that we cannot, with our mortal minds, come close to understanding His power and His glory. We are told in Ps. 29:2, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.” We declare the goodness of God when we speak of His glory and goodness to others. We are to “Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.” (1 Chron. 16:24) “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you.” (Ps. 22:22) “Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples.” (Ps. 96:3) We are to declare His power to the next generation. (Ps.71:18)

I find this repetition in the Bible to be amazing! If God repeats this so many times, it sounds to me that He is serious, and we should obey Him. I believe we are to continually speak of His greatness to those around us. We should also include it in our prayer time as it says in Ps. 100, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise.” By praising Him, we can enter right into His very presence.

Today’s Prayer Focus:  Pray a declaration of God’s goodness

February 23- Go

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  

Matthew 28:19-20

The United Arab Emirates is ranked No. 20 out of 158 countries surveyed in the United Nations’ 2015 World Happiness Report, and they are not satisfied with that. Though coming in first in the Arab world, they hope to break into the top 10 by taking an interesting approach:

If you say you’re unhappy in Dubai, the police may call to ask you why as part of a new survey. The simple survey has users choose between a frown, a smile and an unimpressed straight line.

Dubai’s police chief told local media that his officers randomly call a selection of those who are unhappy to ask what is upsetting them…however, he stressed police could not help with personal issues.

Here in America, we call on the police for many things, but investigating the cause of our unhappiness isn’t one of them. That’s the mission of the Church. Believers in Christ have been commissioned to seek out those who are in despair, not just to determine the reason, but also to offer a solution. We are here to bring the joy of Jesus to the world.

Easter is an ideal time to share the joy found in following Christ to those around us. Let’s help our friends connect with Christ and the church this Easter. We could just save them from a visit with the police!

Today’s Prayer Focus:  Pray for our church family as we invite friends to join us on Easter.

February 22- Serve

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.    1 Peter 4:10

Last month, I sat with Pastor Isaiah Board and his leadership team for UNITE Calvary Youth to talk with them about the giftings and the callings that each of them possess, and how they can serve the Kingdom (and Calvary). It was SO amazing and encouraging to see these young leaders so hungry and willing to do whatever was necessary to see lives changed in our youth ministry. And, I must admit, that I thought to myself: “Oh, to be young in ministry again!”

That momentary thought is understandable, especially for those of us who might have a few faithful decades under our belt, but we MUST remember that God has gifted each of us with talents and abilities sent directly from Heaven itself in order for us to faithfully use them to serve the Kingdom of God, as well as the lost and hurting in our area.

Look at every gift, every talent, and every skillset you possess, and match it up with a willingness to allow God to use each one to affect lives for His glory! Simply pray, “Lord use each ability that You have entrusted to me. Help me to serve people and to love them the way You do!”

Today’s Prayer Focus:  Pray for a greater understanding of your gift to serve.

February 21– Grow

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.                                                   2 Peter 3:18


Growing up, one of my favorite gospel songs was “Sinking” by Tye Tribbett. The bridge to this song declares: “every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.” I often wondered what would make a person believe that to be true. I understood that one’s relationship with Jesus can become better over time. However, this element of Jesus being sweeter by the day always caught my attention.


As I grew up, I realized the more I began to know Jesus, the sweeter He became. Jesus is all that we can ask for in a Savior. He is more than we can imagine Him to be. Today, I encourage you to relentlessly pursue all that Jesus is. As you proceed on this journey, I have no doubt that you will discover a sweeter Jesus than you’ve previously known Him to be .


Today’s Prayer Focus: Pray for a fuller understanding of all that Jesus is.