Day 21

PART I

PROMISED HEALING

BY DAN LUCERO

area missionary to West Africa and Francophone nations with Foursquare Missions International 


For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord.

Jeremiah 30:17 NKJV


Healing is a promised part of every believer’s walk with God. In fact, every healing is in a sense a restoration back to health, be it spiritual, emotional or physical, as declared by God in Jer. 30:17. Promises are so special because they keep us attentive, expectant and focused as we await and look forward to their accomplishment. Every young child knows the tangible excitement, the bubbling inside of holding a promise in their heart, and every parent knows the power of how promises can shape hope and purpose in their relationship with their children.

But, at times, when a promise is delayed, we can begin to lose hope. In Num. 23:19 God the Father declares: “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

Today, stand strong in the promise of your healing and the healing of those for whom you pray. Do not forget that nothing—absolutely nothing—is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. God is our Father who loves us so much that He has kept absolutely nothing from us. Come back to Him today and be reconciled, embracing His loving goodness, mercy and restoring power and grace that heals your spirit, soul and body!

  2. When you pray for your healing or that of others, confess any unforgiveness that we all so easily hide. Your faith will be quenched by the free-flowing grace of God’s love, which brings healing.

  3. Pray today and every day remembering these nine words: Take God’s side; Never give up; Expect a miracle.


PART II

UNITY OF CHURCHES


How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

Psalm 133:1 NIV


So many times, it can feel like churches are in competition with one another.  Someone once said that the Christians are God’s church and the churches are like different Sunday school classes.  If all the churches in Jefferson County were to be filled to capacity with residents, they could not contain all the people in the county.  Rather than fighting over who goes where, what could happen if we focused our attention on the lost?


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray that the pastors and leaders that they would have a heart for the lost rather than competition.

  2. Pray for the congregations that they would be united for the spread of the gospel and that gossip, disunity and rebellion would not be apart of the churches in Jefferson County.

  3. Pray for unity of the churches both through the pastors and the congregants.

Day 20

PART I

RESTORATION

BY RICK FRY

senior pastor of The Rock (Danville Foursquare Church) in Danville, California


Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Matthew 10:8 NKJV


Many times, I’ve prayed for the sick with no visible results—so much so that I actually said, “Lord, don’t send me to hospitals anymore to pray for the sick. They’ll probably die.” However, in the past several months, I’ve spent time meditating on the Scriptures (Matt. 10:8; John 14:12). My church has been contending for God’s promises, as well as spending many hours in prayer, worship and collective fasting. We’ve seen multiple people healed of cancer, deadly heart issues cured and broken relationships mended. One woman in our church was healed of migraine headaches she had suffered with constantly for more than 35 years. Her husband, a non-believer, told her that if her God healed her, he would come to church. Hungry for her husband to know the Lord, she came forward for prayer. She felt nothing, but she declared and believed, “I’m healed!” After a week, her skeptical husband tested her healing by feeding her every food that triggered her migraines. She’s now been migraine-free for six months and eats whatever she wants. Her husband received Jesus, and life is changing for him. Let’s contend for what Jesus promised: that our lives would be a place of faith, a place where miracles and restoration begin.


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Believe. Ask God for faith to believe what He has said.

  2. Make room. Provide time in your weekly services for people to respond to His call.

  3. Be willing. Have a willingness to step out in faith, contending for His kingdom to come.  


PART II

CHURCH LEADERS


 Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other. 

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 NLT


I am thankful for the leadership team that serves here at theBridge.  Our church is better our community is better, and Lindsay and I are better because of those that selflessly serve.  Today, I encourage you to pray for them and lift them and their families up.


Elders - Jude & Linda Hoffman, Andy & Mary Carter, Chuck & Elisa Moore, Tembele Yangandawele-Daniel & Christelle Mukaina-mbumb

Council - Chuck Moore, Patty Ott, Jason Selby, Holly Heffner*, Robin Bittle*

Staff - Lindsay Cordell, Andrew Kinney, Jill Sundstrom, Kate Acly, April Duffey, Edie Riker

Directors - Rob Shotto, David & Melissa Carter, Mary Ellen Kinkel, Melonie Marcus, Tina Leonard and Jessica Koers


*Pending Ratification

PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray that these leaders would both know God and follow His plan for their lives.

  2. Pray for wisdom and discernment in making decisions that would align with the Word.

  3. Pray for their families as the enemy often attacks when people step out in faith!

Day 19

PART I

WHOLE AND HEALED

BY STERLING BRACKETT

a retired credentialed minister who served as corporate secretary for The Foursquare Church


Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven— healed inside and out.

James 5:13-15 MSG

I was about 10 years old when an X-ray revealed tuberculosis on my lung. My father had died five years earlier from tuberculosis, so my siblings and I had to have chest X-rays every six months. On Sunday I went to church and asked the leaders to pray for me, but I did not explain my specific need. I had memorized James 5:14-15, so I knew I would be healed if I did what Scripture said. When my mother and I arrived at the treatment facility the next day, the doctor ordered another X-ray prior to admitting me to the hospital. He soon came back to tell us that he could not find tuberculosis on my lung. I was not surprised—I knew the Lord had healed me! I had no problem with tuberculosis from that day forward. I had been restored by Jesus.

James 5 says that believing-prayer will heal us, and Jesus will put us on our feet. If we confess our sins and pray for one another, we can live together whole and healed.


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray regularly that you yourself will be healed, as James 5 says, “inside and out.”

  2. Pray for those around you whether they appear physically ill or not, because Jesus heals emotionally and psychologically, as well as physically.

  3. Pray that the Lord would make you spiritually sensitive to everyone you meet. When someone mentions they are ill, be quick to offer to pray for them. When someone crosses your path and they do not ask for prayer, when they do not appear to be sick, pray that the Lord will bring healing and wholeness to them inside and out.


PART II

GOVERNMENT LEADERS


Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

Romans 13:1 ESV


We are called to honor and pray for our leaders.  We may not always agree with them, but according to the Bible, they are God’s appointed. There are times where they make decisions in which you disagree, but we must pray for them.

National Leaders President Trump & Congress

State Leaders Governor Jim Justice & Congress

City Leaders Mayor Duke Pierson & Congress

Judicial leaders, Military leaders, First Responder leaders


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray that these leaders would both know God and follow His plan for their lives.

  2. Pray for wisdom and discernment in making decisions that would align with the Word.

  3. Pray for boldness to stand for those that do not have a voice.

Day 18

PART I

‘ALL-MIGHTY’ POWER


BY DAWN VAIL

senior pastor of Hope Boulder in Boulder, Colorado


Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’

Mark 9:24 NKJV


Paul is a Vietnam War veteran who had given his life to Christ and suddenly found himself fighting aggressive, end-stage lung cancer. He was given a 16 percent chance of living, even if he chose aggressive immunotherapy combined with chemo. We prayed a scary prayer that Sunday—we simply asked that God would heal Paul completely. We had some faith, but we asked God to help our lack of faith (Mark 9:24). The very next day, his tests showed Paul’s sizable tumor had shrunk, just like that. Over several weeks, the tumor disappeared, so completely, in fact, that the next test showed that new tissue had miraculously grown in its place, leaving no scar tissue at all. What a testimony to Paul’s unbelieving doctor! We need the “all-mighty” power of God in action, not our own weak, impotent faith. The God of miracles is healing today. He’s just asking us to step out with whatever faith we have, and He’ll use it.


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Ask “all-mighty” God for more opportunities to pray scary, faith-building prayers. 

  2. Ask God to meet your faith where it is and to help it grow.

  3. Father God, please never let me take credit for what You alone can do

PART II

THE LOST

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.

Luke 19:10 NLT


Church is an amazing place that we gather weekly to express our love of Christ. Jesus in a number of his parables showed his passion towards the lost in leaving the 99 to go after the one!  Everyone matters to God.  Our lives should be about helping people come to know Christ and grow in Him so that more can come to know Him.


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray that God would awaken our hearts to the lost in our community and the world.

  2. Reflect for a moment on your life before Christ and how grateful you are for your salvation.  How can you help others experience that gratefulness?

  3. Pray for the lost.

Day 17

PART I

GUIDED BY FAITH

BY LESLIE KEEGEL

area missionary to the South Pacific with Foursquare Missions International

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

James 5:15 NKJV


Once I was returning home from a ministry trip to Amsterdam. As soon as I set foot at the Dubai, UAE, airport, I had a prompting from the Holy Spirit that there was a man dying nearby.

I asked the Lord to guide me to the man and kept walking by faith. After about 20 minutes, I saw a man seated alone on a chair with his head drooping very low. I walked up and told him that I had been told that he needed help. He said that yes, he was dying, and that he could not breathe. I told the man not to panic, and I led him in the Sinner’s Prayer. I placed my hands on him and spoke healing to him. He was rejuvenated immediately, and started thanking me and smiling. Oh, praise God for healing us in His atonement. We must stand on the completed work of Jesus on the cross and boldly minister to the sick. We will be pleasantly surprised by what God will do in answer to our prayers (John 8:28-29).


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray that the Lord would strengthen your faith to pray for the sick.

  2. Pray that you would see many healed in your church today.

  3. Thank God for His total healing and atonement, and ask Him for grace and mercy for those suffering.


PART II

MISSIONAL PARTNERS // MISSIONAL COMMUNITY, INWOOD, WV


Randy and Cherie Reed are working towards planting a missional community in Inwood, WV.  Randy served on staff at theBridge for 10 years before God called them to start a new endeavor in an amazing community. The Reeds are excited about their missional community because they know God is leading them to focus on their neighbors and community by living life together to bring Jesus glory. 

We will live life side by side those we disciple. We can’t wait to love and care for the people God plants us close to in order for Him to change their lives and the lives within the community. Pastor Randy Reed


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray for the Holy Spirit to continue to guide the Reed's path and hearts.

  2. Pray for favor in the housing purchasing/ building process.

  3. Pray for hearts of future neighbors and the community to be prepared and ready for Him!

Day 16

PART I

THE POWER TO HEAL


BY JERRY STOTT

area missionary to the South Pacific with Foursquare Missions International


And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for 12 years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, ‘If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.’ But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, ‘Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And the woman was made well from that hour.

Matthew 9:20-22 NKJV


I had just finished reading those scriptures when a crippled woman began shouting, “Would He touch me, too?” We prayed, and she was instantly healed. That was the beginning that sparked more than 150 healings in the years ahead. News spread; soon people were bringing friends and neighbors from everywhere. Two teens born without eardrums were healed. One began speaking immediately in tongues and couldn’t stop. The other screamed because she heard music for the first time, and it was so loud to her. Next, a blind man was brought to me. We prayed together for him to first give his life to Jesus. As soon as we said the “Amen,” his eyesight was restored. Through the years I have learned some very important keys:

  • Believe: All of the healings I have witnessed were with people believing for healing, like the woman who pressed into Jesus.

  • Pray: Always be willing to reach out and pray for people whenever you have the opportunity.

  • Believe and pray; then watch how our Healer surprises you.


    PRAYER + REFLECTION

    1. Ask the Lord for opportunities to be used by Him as a vessel of healing to hurting people.

    2. Pray and believe for a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit to pray for healing for those in need.

    3. Pray for a greater boldness and a greater level of faith to step out when the opportunities come.


    PART II

    MISSIONAL PARTNERS // THEBRIDGE FOUNDATION


    Jason, a native of Jefferson County, has been serving Malaysia and other parts of Asia for the last 10 years.  Since moving there, he married Adelyne, and has had two amazing kids, Dallas and Austin.  He currently teaches in an international school while working with pastors and leaders in countries such as India.  Jason loves people and has helped young men and women become pastors and leaders.


    PRAYER + REFLECTION

    1. Pray for Jason as he manages both teaching and ministry to pastors and leaders.

    2. Pray for Jason & Adelyne as they lead to hear, discern, and carry out the voice of God on their lives.

    3. Pray for favor and influence with indigenous leaders to see communities and tribes come to Jesus.

Day 15

PART I

PRESENT TO HEAL


BY CALEB BROWN

president of Ministry Training Network


...and they will return to the Lord, and He will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them.

Isaiah 19:22 ESV


Recently we were with a group of people who were seeking healing. After praying for one another, God immediately healed many. A few remained whose healing had not yet physically manifested. Curious and disappointed, Juma, a young Muslim man suffering from malaria, asked why he hadn’t been healed.  After sensing a genuine desire to understand, I shared three principles from Scripture that, when lived out, align us with God’s will and power:

Repent. Prov. 3:7-8 instructs us that allowing the Holy Spirit to change our mind about our situation and heart condition is necessary and healthy.

  1. Honor His presence. Matt. 13 teaches that miracles can’t occur where there is dishonor and unbelief. Bless the Lord, remember His goodness and thank Him for His forgiveness, healing, redemption, kindness and mercy (Ps. 103:2-4).

  2. Boldly ask in faith. Luke 5:17. Do not hesitate to ask, because “the power of the Lord was present to heal ...”

I quickly prayed Mark 1:41 over Juma, that he would be cleansed of the malaria. God immediately demonstrated His supernatural compassion and healing. Several days later, Juma surrendered his life to Jesus.


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Repent of any sin that is keeping you from the heart of God.

  2. Thank God for His forgiveness, healing and deliverance. Honor His goodness in your prayers.

  3. Ask boldly for the healing desired, praying for God’s will in all situations. Remember Luke 18:1— even if you’ve asked before, ask afresh today, and don’t lose heart!


PART II

MISSIONAL PARTNERS // GLOBAL OUTREACH FOUNDATION

Shannon and Joseph (extended members of theBridge) serve as founders and directors of Global Outreach Foundation (GOF).  GOF helps overcome one of the greatest challenges of missionary evangelists — balancing the requirements of running a ministry with actually “doing” ministry. With GOF providing spiritual, financial, and doctrinal accountability for its missionaries and facilitating donor communications, GOF missionaries are better equipped to focus on the numerous evangelistic, discipleship, education and humanitarian projects they are involved in each year around the world.  Through this ministry, over 600,000 people have made decisions for Jesus and more than 500,000 have been baptized in the Spirit. 


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray for Joseph & Shannon as they lead to hear, discern, and carry out the voice of God on their lives.

  2. Pray for the missionaries and their families that serve under GOF.  Pray for provision and support.

  3. Pray for Joseph and Shannon as they are planting a church in the Denver area, for a home, and to be settled as they have been nomads since they left West Virginia in July.

Day 14

PART I

HEARTFELT PRAYERS

BY CATHERINE HART WEBER

licensed therapist and director of the Flourish Center for Wellbeing

God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. 

Romans 8:27 MSG

During amazing and difficult times, we pray our deepest heartfelt prayers—those things we think about a lot, don’t talk about much, but feel and embody intensely. These simple, constant prayers of the mind, heart and spirit go beyond sustaining, Christ-forming prayers and liturgy.

Sometimes we just need endurance, healing, belief, hope or gratitude. When there are no words, or only a few, the Holy Spirit helps us. Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me. Thank You. Please help. Heal. Save. Guide. Come, Lord Jesus. Your Will be done. Your kingdom come. Then we quietly rest in the presence of God, aiming at union with Him and being restored by Jesus. We listen for the still, small voice of love, assuring us: Be still. Don’t be afraid. Live in Me. I am with you always. You are loved. I am your Shepherd. I’ve got this. I will make a way. I will complete the good work I have begun.


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. What are the deep prayers stirring in your mind, heart and spirit?

  2. As you rest and listen, how is God speaking assurance to your soul? 

  3. Take this soul restoration you receive with you into your day.


PART II

FOURSQUARE PARTNERS // iRELAND CROSSROADS

We recently started supporting a work in Ireland led by Tim & Kristina O’Toole.  The heart of the O’Toole’s ministry is to come alongside to serve the people of Galway through their volunteer initiative: Serve the City Galway. By reaching out to their community through acts of kindness, they are able to show God’s love in practical ways – with no strings attached.

Along with serving practically, Tim and Kristina are also using their passion, training, and experience to disciple other disciple-making Christians and to train Irish Believers to plant and pastor Irish churches. “The love of Christ gave me to the Irish, to serve them humbly and sincerely for my entire lifetime, if I am found worthy.” - Saint Patrick 


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray for Tim & Kristina as they love on their Irish neighbors by being the light and caring for needs.

  2. Pray for leaders as they are discipling locals to be future church planters.

  3. Pray for their kids, Elijah & Maddy, as they serve alongside their mom and dad.

Day 13

PART I

THE HURRIED SOUL


BY KEVIN DOLBEE

church transitions and church health specialist for the Pacific Southwest District


Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 14:27 NKJV


As pastors and leaders, it seems unthinkable that we would choose disconnection from God. Yet, in our desire to accomplish, we find our souls in a state of hurry. Unfortunately, we rarely see the chasm until we’ve lost sight of where we started. We are too busy doing for God, we are on task, or as we justify by saying we are “about the Father’s business.” In his book You Have a Soul, John Ortberg calls being hurried an inner condition, a condition of the soul. It means to be so preoccupied with myself and my life that I am unable to be fully present with God, with myself, and with other people. A recent health crisis caused me to embrace the liminal space where the Spirit of God dwells. The frantic pace of life and ministry came to a screeching halt, not because of my desire to slow, but because He “made me lie down” (Ps. 23:2). In this green pasture of necessity I found what I longed for: peace. I could have pushed myself and used Scripture to justify it, but I would have missed what only silence and solitude could offer.


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Take a moment and ask God the following question: Lord, does my doing for You flow from my being with You, or is the pace of my life unsustainable?

  2. Ask God to show you the areas of your life where you are hurrying rather than being present.

  3. Stop what you are doing to sit in the quiet space God is providing and ask Him to fill it with His peace.


PART II

FOURSQUARE PARTNERS // FOURSQUARE MISSIONS INTERNATIONAL


We belong to a movement called Foursquare.  FMI’s mission is to take the whole gospel to the whole world until all have heard by partnering with the Foursquare family to evangelize, disciple, plant churches, and multiply national Foursquare church-planting movements around the world.   


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray for Pastor Ted Vail as he leads the team at FMI to take the whole gospel to the whole world until all have heard.

  2. Pray for missionaries and national leaders as they work to multiply the work in their nations.

  3. Pray for missionaries and national leaders in the 1040 (longitude lines where the majority of unreached people live) window as they share the gospel in highly persecuted areas.

Day 12

PART I

LOVE POURED OUT


BY GARETH RICHARDS

lead campus pastor of the The Rock Seal Beach, California

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:5 NKJV


“I have no hope, and I’m beyond disappointed, so how can I love her?” This was the confession of my tired and broken heart; yet, the Lord was planning a collision course with His Word for me.

None of us has the love needed to make relationships flourish until we ask the Holy Spirit for it to be poured out again into our hearts. I came to the realization that I’d stopped the Holy Spirit from doing one of His jobs: He takes the love of Jesus today and pours it into receptive hearts that used up their love yesterday. We don’t have all the love needed for relationships, but God has it—and lots of it! With the Lord’s help and my asking, new love filled my empty heart. Soon, my relationships were better than ever and full of new hope. It sounds simple, and it is—but only if an empty heart decides to ask. Go and ask for what your relationships need today. Ask for His love to be poured into your heart and give it away to your spouse/child/friend/parent. Your relationships will soar to new heights!


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Humbly accept that you personally don’t have the love your relationships need.

  2. Go before the Lord and ask the Holy Spirit to pour the love of Jesus into your heart afresh.

  3. Go, enjoy, and spoil your spouse/child/friend/parent with that new love today.


PART II

FOURSQUARE PARTNERS // LPC-IGNITE


LPC-Ignite is our movement’s East Coast College that educates, trains, and equips emerging leaders to discover and pursue their Life-Mission.  


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray for Mike Larkin, faculty and the Board of Directors that God would continue to give them wisdom, vision, and ability to carry out the Kingdom Assignment for this ministry.

  2. Pray for the students as they are returning from Christmas break, and that they would have a great semester. Pray for those graduating, that God would open the necessary doors to be able to carry out their Kingdom Assignment.

  3. Pray for students completing summer internships, that God would work through them in mighty ways both in growing the church they are with as well as the student.

Day 11

PART I

NOT ALONE


BY JODI VAN RHEE

senior pastor of The Adventure in Draper, Utah


The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

Psalm 34:18 NLT


In 2016, following many unmistakable promptings from the Lord, I became the senior pastor of the church my husband, Eric, and I had planted 16 years earlier. Six weeks later, Eric passed away unexpectedly from an aortic aneurysm. For the first time in my life, I was experiencing a profound sorrow for which I had no way of preparing myself. It was difficult to imagine I would ever know joy, hope or contentment again. Grief is extremely intimate, and everyone experiences it in a unique way. Widowhood is lonely, scary, inconvenient, dark, hopeless and terrifying. And yet, the Lord consistently brought to my mind Josh. 1:9: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” I was not strong. I was not courageous. I was afraid and discouraged. But regardless of everything I’d experienced, I had an overwhelming sense that the Lord was near to my broken heart. His presence held me, and I absolutely knew I was not alone.

Jodi recorded her testimony that she shared with her local congregation following her husband’s passing. Watch it at youtu.be/IoK-W8hh1Hg.


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. When you are going through dark times, pray for the Lord to show you that He is your strength.

  2. Ask the Lord to show you that you have courage when you are afraid.

  3. Ask the Lord to stay near you, in your darkest hours.


PART II

COMMUNITY PARTNERS // JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMUNITY MINISTRIES


We have the privilege of partnering with Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM).  JCCM serves the “least of these” in our community.  Men and women that have fallen on hard times and are often overlooked and rejected from the everyday parts of our lives.


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray for the cold weather shelter that patrons would be safe and needs would be met.

  2. Pray for volunteers and support to continue to care for the needs of the ministry.

  3. Pray for Bob and the Board of Directors that God would continue to give them wisdom, vision, and ability to carry out the Kingdom Assignment for this ministry.

Day 10

PART I

HELP!


BY PAUL KUZMA

director of the Center for Spiritual Renewal East in 

Christiansburg, Virginia

“Fear not, for I am with you;

Be not dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you,

I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” 

Isaiah 41:10 NKJV


When I came into my current ministry role as director of Foursquare’s Center for Spiritual Renewal East, the Lord laid a vision on my heart: I have a dream of a ministry culture where “Help!” no longer feels like a “four letter word” for Foursquare pastors. In Isaiah 41 the word “help” is used four times. Three of those times refer to God helping us (vv. 10,13,14). One of those times refers to people helping people (v. 6). My predecessor, Chuck Shoemake, has been a mentor and spiritual father to me for many decades. Chuck worked tirelessly to help our pastors find the help they needed. With the deeply appreciated support of our Foursquare leadership, Robby Booth (director of Foursquare’s Center for Spiritual Renewal—West in California) and I do the same. It’s the Lord’s heart that for those of us crying out to Him, “Help!” would become a regular part of our vocabulary. Adding this word to our prayer lives regularly is essential to emotionally healthy discipleship.


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Take a moment right now to quiet your soul in stillness and silence to consider one area of your life where you need help.

  2. As you think of that one area, simply speak the word “help” to Jesus.

  3. Free yourself of the temptation to add to that word, and let the Holy Spirit make you aware of His growing presence inside you.


PART II

COMMUNITY PARTNERS // INTERVARSITY AND YOUNG LIFE


We have the privilege of partnering with both InterVarsity and Young Life. Young Life is led by Joel Heslop and is currently in Shepherd University, Wildwood Middle, and Harpers Ferry Middle.  Joel and their team’s goal is to help students get connected to Jesus, one another, and the local church.  Jesse and Beth serve as state directors for InterVarsity based out of West Virginia University.  They are on a number of campuses in the great state of WV including Shepherd.


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray for the volunteer teams and donations for Young Life and continued favor to open more schools.

  2. Pray for leaders, support, and donations for InterVaristy, as well favor to open a Club in every college in West Virginia.

  3. Pray for Joel (Young Life) and Jesse and Beth (InterVarsity), that God would continue to give them wisdom, vision, and ability to carry out the Kingdom Assignment in their lives.

Day 9

PART I

DOING VS. BEING


BY PETE SCAZZERO

author of the “Emotionally Healthy” series, including Emotionally Healthy Spirituality


“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’s feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore, tell her to help me.’ And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 10:38-42 NKJV


Mary and Martha represent two approaches to the Christian life. Martha was actively serving Jesus, but she also was missing Jesus. She was busy in the “doing” of life. Her life was pressured and filled with distractions. Her duties had become disconnected from her love for Jesus. Martha’s problems, however, went beyond her busyness. I suspect that if Martha were to sit at the feet of Jesus, she would still have been distracted by everything on her mind. She was touchy, irritable and anxious. Mary, on the other hand, was sitting at Jesus’s feet, listening to Him. She was “being” with Jesus, enjoying intimacy with Him, loving Him and taking pleasure in His presence. He was her center of gravity. I suspect if Mary were to help with the many household chores, she would not have been worried or upset. Why? Because she had slowed down to focus on Jesus and to center her life on Him.

Our goal is to pray unceasingly, to remember Jesus and to be with Jesus when we are serving, like Martha, or sitting at His feet, like Mary.

PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Lord, grant me the grace to let go of the things that are worrying or upsetting me today.

  2. Help me to be still like Mary, to listen and wait patiently for You (Ps. 37:7).

  3. Teach me to be prayerfully attentive and to rest in You as I enter into the many activities of this day.


PART II

COMMUNITY PARTNERS // BIRTHRIGHT


We have the privilege of partnering with Birthright.  The mission of Birthright is to support women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy. Our goal is to help mothers and families access the resources and services they need to improve their lives, and those of their babies and young children. Birthright is located directly behind theBridge has been engaged with Birthright for many years.


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray for the Board of Directors and leaders that God would continue to give them wisdom, vision, and ability to carry out the Kingdom Assignment in their lives.

  2. Pray for the volunteers, and for donations to Birthright to continue to come in as they care for families in the Eastern Panhandle.

  3. Pray for the moms that are struggling with the idea of being pregnant, that they would make the decision to carry the baby to full term.

Day 8

PART I

HOW IS YOUR SOUL?


BY TED ROBERTS

founder of Pure Desires Ministries International


“Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.” 1 Peter 2:11 NIV


“How is your soul doing?” A seminary professor, Dr. Tom, was the first person who ever looked into my eyes deeply and asked me that question. Dr. Tom asked with this incredibly gentle strength—that is precisely why the question has stuck with me for more than 40 years. That is also why I ask that same question of the more than 20 pastors and leaders I counsel each month. The vast majority of them are struggling with sexual bondage, and their marriages are in crisis. It is critical that we understand that sexual addiction is not only a moral problem, but also a “soul problem”. Peter expressed the battle in gripping terminology: “I urge you to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul” (1 Pet. 2:11). Your soul integrates, connects and binds together your heart, mind and body. When our soul is torn apart, or as James puts it, “double-minded,” then our relationship with God is blocked. “That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do” (James 1:7-8).

PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Today, many Christians are silently struggling with sexual addiction. Pray for our leaders and congregants to guard their hearts and minds, and for boldness to confront and repent of any sin in their lives.

  2. Pray for your church to become a place where it is OK to not be OK, a place where the doors are wide open to experience the scandalous love of Christ.

  3. Pray for God to put the kind of people in your life who would ask you, “How is your soul doing?”


PART II

COMMUNITY PARTNERS // KIDZ POWER PACS AND RANSON ELEMENTARY


We have the privilege of partnering with Ranson Elementary.  We have been a business partner with the school for 4 years now and have been investing into the school much longer than that!  From caring for teachers to reading to kids to cleaning the school and more, God has opened doors to care for and partner with some amazing families, teachers and faculty.  One of the ways that we do this is through a ministry called Kidz Power Pacs (KPP).  KPP serves Jefferson and Berkeley Counties helping over 900 kids have food on weekends, breaks and during the summer.  Ranson makes up about 5% of the KPP kids.


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray for Debra Corbett (principal of Ranson Elementary) and Diana Wall (president of KPP) that God would continue to give them wisdom, vision, and ability to carry out the Kingdom Assignment in their lives.

  2. Pray for volunteers and donations for KPP to continue to care for kids in the Eastern Panhandle.

  3. Pray for the staff at Ranson that they would a light in a dark place and if they don’t yet know you, that they would experience the love and grace of Jesus.

Day 7

PART I

DELIVERED AND HEALED

BY JUAN MUZQUIZ national leader of The Foursquare Church in Mexico

“The Lord said to Satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?’” (Zech. 3:2, NIV)

For more than 28 years, I have served Jesus as a pastor. I’ve had the opportunity to reach those who have found themselves trapped in the world of substance abuse and gangs. Through ministry, I have witnessed the healing and restoration of more than 10,000 men and their families. Seeing their complete restoration has been life-giving to my family and me. Among the stories that significantly impacted me is that of my friend and accountant, Julio Morfin. Julio went from being a financially stable professional to a homeless, lonely drug addict on the streets, searching for food and collecting cans to continue his addiction. After five years of hell, God used someone to remind Julio to seek help. Seventeen years ago, God led Julio to the rehabilitation center where I was serving, and he began a journey toward spiritual healing. Today, Julio is an ordained pastor with a restored family. He is the leader of the rehabilitation center where he encountered the Savior and was made whole. And he also serves as the legal representative for The Foursquare Church in Mexico. Thank God for His mighty healing! “The Lord said to Satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?’” (Zech. 3:2, NIV)

PRAYER + REFLECTION

1. Pray for the restoration of those struggling with addiction. Lift up the many who want to leave that world but do not know how.

2. Pray for family members of those struggling, who many times are unsure how to help.

3. Ask the Lord to make us vessels of Jesus’s restoration.


PART II

PEOPLE-FOCUSED IN THE COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD

WE STRIVE TO BE A CHURCH THAT VALUES AND LOVES EACH PERSON THE WAY GOD INTENDS.

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:13-14

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 

Acts 1:8


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Ask God if your life is people-focused within the community and the world?

  2. In 2019, how can you keep your life people-focused within the community and the world?

  3. In 2019, how can you partner with theBridge to remain people-focused and be a light within our community and to the world?

Day 6

PART I

PERSEVERANCE FOR THE JOURNEY


BY EDUARDO BOGÉA

senior pastor of Iglesia El Calvario in Rancho Cucamonga, California


1 Kings 19:4,7 NKJV


There are times when great success is followed by a time of profound disappointment and loneliness. For Elijah, this time came immediately after having boldly and publicly stood up against the prophets of Baal. First Kings 19 says he longed for death under the broom tree (v. 4). Perhaps Elijah had unrealistic expectations after his victorious confrontation on Mount Carmel. Instead, he went into hiding with a heart full of fear and frustration. When God allows the “train” of our prayers and ministry to finally “come in,” often the train stops. Sometimes the momentum does, too. Getting the train back out of the station can take an overwhelming amount of energy. Christian leaders may struggle with exhaustion as they try to redirect and rebuild momentum for their next major challenge. Elijah went through a dark period in his assignment, but in every moment of despair, God was present to care for his needs and keep him on course (vv. 5-7). Along our journey as ministers, we will experience times of loss, fear and frustration. But God will be with us to care for us and give us the strength we need to carry on. Let us always be aware of His presence and keep moving forward in His grace.

PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray for the Holy Spirit to strengthen and revitalize every minister of the Foursquare family.

  2. Pray for the Holy Spirit to make us sensitive to the Father’s voice.

  3. Pray for the protection of all pastors and their families.

PART II

PEOPLE-FOCUSED IN THE CHURCH

WE STRIVE TO BE A CHURCH THAT VALUES AND LOVES EACH PERSON THE WAY GOD INTENDS.


This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. This is my command: Love each other. 

John 15:12-13, 17


Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. 

Hebrews 10:24-25


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Ask God if your life is People-focused within the church?

  2. In 2019, how can you keep your life People-focused within the church?

  3. In 2019, how can you partner with theBridge to keep our church People-focused and unified?

Day 5

PART I

LABORERS IN THE HARVEST


BY DAN SNEED

founding pastor of The Shepherd’s House in Westlake Village, California


“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.’ ” Matthew 9:35-37 NKJV


Jesus came to set captives free and bring spiritual healing to broken humanity. Harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd, describes what Jesus saw in the crowds as He went from town to town. With His Good News—the gospel—Jesus introduced hope in the middle of hopelessness. People no longer had to live in fear or shame. A new kind of life had become possible. Unwilling for things to remain as they were, Jesus responded with compassionate action.

He challenged His disciples to get involved without judging or blaming others, to be laborers in His “harvest” (v. 38).  Jesus did this by introducing the Good News of God’s irresistible love and grace. The same challenge Christ faced—to set people free—is ours, and the need is greater than ever. Where sin increases, grace overflows. May this be a time of overflowing grace as we pray and act, and may we be moved to compassion as we see people the way Jesus sees them. 

PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Pray that God will show us His heart for this generation and give us the keys to touch others’ hearts.

  2. Pray that our churches will become centers of hope for spiritually hungry people. 

  3. Pray that we as Christ followers will continue to grow in spiritual and emotional health.

PART II

SPIRIT-LED


WE STRIVE TO BE A CHURCH THAT ALLOWS THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BE OUR GUIDE AS WE INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER AND THE WORLD.


But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. 

John 14:26

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

Galatians 14:26


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Ask God if your life is Spirit-led?

  2. In 2019, how can you keep your life Spirit-led?

  3. In 2019, how can you partner with theBridge to keep our church Spirit-led?

Day 4

PART I

HEALING AND RESTORATION

BY RUBEN REYNA

senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center in Buena Park, California

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17


Spiritual healing can take many forms. Working with men’s and women’s homes, we take people in need and disciple them to become productive members of society. Through that ministry, I met Peter and Jenny. Peter was involved in gang violence and was in prison. He was addicted to drugs and liquor. No one trusted him. Now, he is a delivery driver serving the prisons where he used to do time. God has performed miracles in his life, and he is married to a woman of God and has two beautiful daughters. Many members of his family have come to know Jesus, and he and his wife work in children’s ministry on Sundays. Jenny came from a dysfunctional family. Her mother had depression, and her father was a heroin addict who was in and out of prison. At age 11, Jenny was raped and ran away to a life of drugs. She attempted suicide several times. She entered a home for women and learned about Jesus. He delivered Jenny from her drug addiction and suicidal thoughts. He broke generational curses. Now, she puts her whole trust in Jesus. Peter and Jenny have both experienced spiritual healing and miracles, and in Christ they have become “new creations” (2 Cor. 5:17). 

PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Ask the Lord for a compassionate heart and the ability to reach out to those on the edge in your community.

  2. Pray for the words to touch the hearts of those in your community who are hurting, and for protection for those in dangerous circumstances.

  3. Rejoice and thank God for delivering His “new creations” out of sin and sadness.


PART II

JESUS-CENTERED


WE STRIVE TO BE A CHURCH THAT KEEPS JESUS  AT THE CENTER OF ALL WE DO.

Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.

Ephesians 2:20


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Ask God if your life is Jesus-centered?

  2. In 2019, how can you keep your life Jesus-centered?

  3. In 2019, how can you partner with theBridge to keep our church Jesus-centered?

Day 3

PART I

FULLY RESTORED BY JESUS


BY JOHN AND SONJA DECKER

assisting ministers of Westside Church in Bend, Oregon

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path.  In the way in which I walk, they have secretly set a snare for me. Psalm 142:3

Is your spirit overwhelmed within you? Do you feel you are about to explode from extreme pressures from within and without? Have you been treated unfairly or even abused? Then you may identify with David as he wrote Psalm 142. He was likely hiding out in a cave. We may feel we are in a cave of sorts, hiding what is really going on in our lives. What can we do? Cry out to the Lord! Really, cry out! Plead your case before Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to pour forth the right words by praying in your spiritual language. Declare, “You, O Lord, are my refuge ... Bring my soul out of prison” (vv. 5,7). Then, repent of the things you have done that have resulted in this place you find yourself. Forgive those who have wronged you—truly forgive them, knowing that sets you free to receive spiritual healing.

PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Share with the Lord the ways you feel overwhelmed, and ask Him to help you pray.

  2. Repent of any sin that has contributed to your condition.  Ask God to help you forgive others who contributed to your condition.

  3. Ask the Lord to deliver you from any bondage, lying, perversion or pride, in Jesus’s mighty name and the power of His blood.  Ask Him to lead you to safe, competent Christians who will lovingly assist you to total freedom.


PART II

LAUNCH // WE DESIRE FOR PEOPLE TO GROW MISSIONALLY

Missionally is defined as adoption of the posture, thinking, behaviors, and practices of a missionary in order to engage others with the Gospel message.


RELEASING INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO SERVE AT ALL LEVELS ULTIMATELY BEING RELEASED FULLY INTO THEIR KINGDOM ASSIGNMENT.


And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” 

When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs. 

Mark 16:15-20


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Take a few moments and ask God this question, “what on Earth am I here to do?”

  2. In the words of the author of Psalm 46, Be still.  Take a moment to reflect on the answer that God gives you!

  3. Take a look at your life and how does God’s answer line up with your life?

Day 2

PART I

SPIRITUAL VS. SOUL CARE


BY CRAIG LAWRENCE

senior pastor of New Life Community in Pomona, Calif.


Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2 NKJV

What does “spiritual healing” look like? Is spiritual care the same as soul care?

Spiritual care and soul care are very difficult to separate. When I first came to Christ, the focus was on the “spiritual man,” which seemed to me to be separate from the “emotional man.” I was told to be careful about my emotions, that they could get me into trouble.  I have found out that is truer than I could have known. Unfortunately, it was the opposite of what I understood then. My “spiritual man” suffered when my “emotional man” was neglected. I did not realize they are basically the same.  In Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Peter Scazzero shares that “Emotional health and spiritual maturity are inseparable. It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.” When I read this more than 10 years ago, it rocked my world. Now my life, family and church receive spiritual healing through nurturing the soul realm.

PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. Is there deeply spiritual, emotional soul care in your life?

  2. Ask the Lord and others to give you wisdom in developing a plan for care that covers all areas in your life.

  3. Pray that God will help you with an honest assessment of your whole being, so you can develop honest accountability.


PART II

LEAD // WE DESIRE FOR PEOPLE TO GROW SPIRITUALLY


DISCIPLING INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TOWARDS MATURITY AND ADVANCING THEM TOWARDS THEIR KINGDOM ASSIGNMENT.


[The church’s] responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work

and build up the church, the body of Christ.

Ephesians 4:12


And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. 

1 Corinthians 11:1


PRAYER + REFLECTION

  1. No matter the level in which we have given God access to our lives, there is always room for more.  As we enter into 2019, would you take a moment and invite God to take you deeper in 2019.

  2. Reflect on how you can imitate Christ at a deeper level in 2019.

  3. How is God calling you to build up the church?