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Dothan, Al

Dial 1.408.419.1715 then Meeting ID: 483 806 258 6

Celebrate the Living Savior!


Pastor's Thoughts (July 8th)    

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.  Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.  Is anyone among you sick?  Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well, the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.  Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5: 13-16

James tells us in this passage of Scripture what we need to do for ourselves and for each other.  I have been praying for healing for some special people in my life.  As I write this, I know that sometimes healing does not come this side of heaven.  And I have to admit that is hard for me.  I ask in faith and know that God can heal us when we are sick.  And sometimes His healing comes when they enter eternal life.

During these times I have to trust in the sovereignty of God.  I must remember Romans 8:28. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

James tells us to pray for those who are in trouble and be happy with those who are happy, singing praises with them.  He also tells confess our sins to each other and we will receive forgiveness.  We do need to have people in our lives we can be accountable to, when we need to confess our sins.  And this is hard for us at times.  The last sentence in this passage should give us encouragement to do what James tells us.  “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
I pray you have someone in your life who can listen during the hard times in your life.

Pastor Stephanie

(334) 792-8870


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