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Praying With Paul – #9

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at King’s Grace Fellowship.Philippians 1:3-11 Tonight, as we continue our journey into the prayers of Paul, I want us to take a look at Philippians 1:3-11. Philippians 1:3–8 (NKJV) 3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. Paul Actually Prayed For People What I like about this passage is that it presents Paul’s heart very clearly for the people God has allowed him to be connected to. Make no mistake, God is … Read more »

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Praying With Paul – # 8

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at King’s Grace Fellowship.Colossians 1:3-20 We are studying the how’s, whys and what’s of Paul’s prayers. The Bible of course will always be our chief source of information and inspiration that continues to shape our prayer life as we study the prayers that are recorded. One way this takes place is the more we learn about God, His ways, and His perspectives, the more we increase our understanding of basic theology and of prayer. Yet another way our prayer life grows can be very specific. Imagine learning to barter in prayer with Abraham, or to argue in prayer with Moses, perhaps even to sing with David. What would it look like to pray the prayer Jesus Himself taught us? And of course, to learn to pray with Paul. D.A Carson says: . . . we must ask ourselves how far the petitions we commonly present to God are in line with what Paul prays for. Suppose, for example, that 80 or 90 percent of our petitions ask God for good health, recovery from illness, safety on the road, a good job, success in exams, the emotional needs of our … Read more »

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Praying With Paul – #7

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship.1 Thessalonians 3:9–13 Paul’s Prayer Was A Product of Passion For People Paul’s prayer comes out of his intense desire to be with the Thessalonians Paul’s prayer comes from a passionate affection that seeks the good of others Paul’s prayer springs from the good reports of the Thessalonians’ faith, love, perseverance, and strength Paul’s Prayer: A Continuing Passion for People (3:9–13) Paul prayers with a rich thankfulness for the people of God (3:9) Paul is always praying (3:10) Paul prays that God would allow him to return to them. (3:11) Paul prays that Jesus would make the Thessalonians increase and be fruitful in love towards each other and everyone else

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Praying With Paul – #6

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Let me start out with a short review of this teaching series.  Paul was grateful for the tangible growth he saw in people, and he wanted them to continue to grow.  So, his prayer in 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12 was that they would live a life worthy of the calling they had received fromGod.  Paul shows an incredible heart for people as he prays for people which is a wonderful example for us to follow. Praying For Others The thing I notice about Paul is his incredible love for people. One can hear it in the language he chooses to use. We have all heard people jokingly say things like, “I love the church, I just can’t stand the people.” (probably not a real joke) For me, the church is people. We are not called to love a building, Church programs, outreaches, and every other kind of activity that a church could come up with. But we are called to love people. The whole idea of a pastor’s pulpit ministry should be designed to help people. To rebuke them as or if needed, encourage them when … Read more »

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Praying With Paul #5

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship.2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 In this teaching I want to start on the prayers that Paul prayed. As we do, we must keep in mind his mindset as outlined in the first few teachings of this series. (Here’s a brief synopsis of Paul’s mindset:) He was thankful for signs of grace (growth) Paul gives thanks for faith that is growing. Paul gives thanks for love that is increasing. Paul gives thanks that they are persevering under trial. Assurance of God’s Vindication For believers, there will be vindication For other’s there will be retribution I might point out that Paul was overjoyed because of the tangible growth he saw in the believers, but at the same time, he also was deeply saddened for those who would reject Christ. There is no joy for any believer in the final disposition of those without Christ. So let’s read this passage and then I’ll make some comments. 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12 (NKJV) 11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work … Read more »

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Praying With Paul – #3

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship.2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 In this teaching I want to begin looking at the prayers of Paul and as I do, I want to paint the backdrop that Paul used in prayer. (a sort of “framework” for prayer) To do that, turn with me to 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12. Now before we launch into the actual prayer requests (petitions) I want us to take a look at the foundation from which Paul prays. In, verse 11 he says, “Therefore, we also pray always for you” (NKJV), “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you” (ESV), “So we keep on praying for you” (NLT)  Of course, we have to investigate what he means with that statement. To do so, we have to consider what preceded the statement. With the exception of his simple greeting in verses 1 & 2 we have to consider all that’s been said in verses 3-12. It was fairly normal for Paul, after a brief salutation to launches in to a moment of thanksgiving for those he is writing to. In which he does in verses 3-10. It’s really the point of this teaching … Read more »

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Praying With Paul – #2

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship.James 5:16 Introduction I was going to share this scripture last week, but I may have forgotten to, yet it is an important verse when we consider prayer in general.  James 5:16 “ . . . The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man [person] avails much.” –(NKJV) I decided that the fundamentals of prayer are so important that I wanted to continue to expand this introduction to include some very important aspects. You will remember from the first teaching these 2 areas: We End Up Not Praying Much Because We Don’t Plan To Pray Learning To Stay Focused (beating mental drift) So, let’s pick up where we left off as we look at what we might learn from mature believers about prayer. #3 – Develop A Prayer Partner Relationship At various times in your life developing a prayer partner relationship is a very helpful thing. Of course, care must be taken in choosing a prayer partner. Concerning this D. A. Carson had this to say: “If you are not married, make sure your prayer partner is someone of your own sex. If you are married and choose … Read more »

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Praying With Paul

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Introduction Years ago, I was intrigued with how Paul prayed each time I began reading a Pauline epistle. The passion and depth in which he prayed caused me to reevaluate how I prayed for people. My intrigued resulted in a study series of the prayers of Paul. Since that time, I have read some good resources concerning this subject, finding that I was not alone in my intrigue. So once again I am intrigued by this subject and want to teach a new series on “Praying With Paul.” By way of introduction, let’s talk about prayer in general for a bit. “I doubt if there is any Christian who has not sometimes found it difficult to pray. In itself this is neither surprising nor depressing: it is not surprising because we are still passing through with many lessons to learn; it is not depressing because struggling with such matters is part of the way we learn.” What is both surprising and depressing is that prayerlessness characterizes so much of the church. It is surprising because it is out of step with the Bible, which portrays … Read more »

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Proverbs 29

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Kings Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 29 Introduction With only 3 chapters left I realize that this journey is coming to an end. I sincerely hope that it’s been a benefit to you. I have loved Proverbs my entire adult life because it is filled with time-honored principles that when not only followed but embraced will give you “God’s” best. Let’s first read this passage, then take a look at some of the highlights. Proverbs 29 (NKJV) 1 He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. 2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan. 3 Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, But a companion of harlots wastes his wealth. 4 The king establishes the land by justice, But he who receives bribes overthrows it. 5 A man who flatters his neighbor Spreads a net for his feet. 6 By transgression an evil man is snared, But the righteous sings and rejoices. 7 The righteous considers the cause of the poor, But the wicked does not understand such knowledge. 8 … Read more »

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Proverbs 28

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 28 Introduction As I began processing this Proverb, I quickly realized that there were so many good and important concepts and principles here. I had 8 passages pop up on my radar and I knew that number would be way too difficult to teach in a short setting. So I had to let the most import (for this time) rise to the surface. Let’s first read this passage, then take a look at some of the highlights. Proverbs 28 (NKJV) 1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion. 2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged. 3 A poor man who oppresses the poor Is like a driving rain which leaves no food. 4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But such as keep the law contend with them. 5 Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all. 6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one perverse in … Read more »

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