Men Praying in Class

Teachers, it is not a discredit to your contribution for us to bring in men to pray for the kids. We are not displeased with your prayers at the beginning of class with the kids, but we are delighted to get more influences in the room with the kids. So here is what we are asking of teachers: plan your classes to be wrapped up around the first bell, so that some men can come in the class, after the bell has rung, and encourage the kids to love and serve God, and pray for them. Please have your kids names on a sheet of paper so that we remove the opportunity to forget a child's name during the prayer led by the men. These men will be circulating from room to room, so it will be different men each week of the month, but will repeat itself monthly. There are 40 men that agreed to come to your rooms beginning in May.

Men, please see me for a copy of the schedule. I will be sending you a text to remind you of your time on Friday, and I will rotate you into different rooms each month. Your text message will include what week you have responsibility and where you are supposed to go. If you want to participate, let me know. Pray for these men!

This is one way that we are bringing our adult men into greater view in the classrooms. Kids that constantly see loving teachers, and strong men of faith, will be blessed. It takes everybody doing their part.

Marriage is honorable to God

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body.

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." (Ephesians 5.22ff)

This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.

However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down— this leaning wall, this tottering fence?

They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. Selah Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.

Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done. (Ps 62).

Trust in the Lord always.

Cannon Cornelius was baptized into Christ Tuesday night. We are so proud of Cannon and his decision to become a Christian.

Here are some suggestions taken from an article about sharing your faith. You can practice these at your work place.

1. As you deepen friendships with co-workers, ask sincere questions and truly listen in a spirit of caring as they share about their lives. When appropriate, tell others you're praying for them. (Then make sure you actually do pray!)

2. Make it a daily habit to pray as you drive to work or as you walk into the office; ask God to help you see your workplace as a mission field.

3. Refuse to hide or play-down the importance of your faith. When it naturally fits a conversation, freely talk about the role your church, prayer, Scripture, and Christian community have in your life. Let others see the joy and purpose you find in your faith.

4. Emphasize the importance of God's love for all people by initiating opportunities to lead your coworkers in service or charity. For example, lead a canned food drive for a local food pantry or organize your company's annual blood drive. When appropriate, share in conversation how you are motivated to help others by God's character and his love.

Create your work space so that it is seen as a mission field.