MEGA List by Becca Barner: Prayer Request & Podcasts

Mega List for Friday January 17, 2020

By Becca Barner

Hello HumbleBees,

Please keep Lauren and her family in your prayers. Seems like a bug or flu has attacked them. We are reaching out to Kenneth Copeland to rebuke this sickness… Just kidding! But please keep them in your prayers. I offered to help with the Mega List and the Sunday hymn post. She does so much for the entire hub, I pray this blesses her and our awesome Humblebees.

What we are posting some awesome things that Lauren and I have been texting each other about from this week. It’s just so awesome to share about these awesome things on the Mega List. Hoping the list today blesses you all.

God bless y’all,

Lauren and Becca

  • Awesome Podcast: Raza Reforma: Our Awesome brothers… Matt and Sonny are just two guys with a podcast, and I love that slogan. Please check them out! They have Taco Tuesday segments which is an acronym for Teachings About Christian O I’ve been enjoying the Tacos lol.
  • Awesome YouTube Channels:Matt over at Raza Reforma is also the Pastor of New Life Baptist Church (NLBC). I reached out to them to tag me when the videos would be up from their wednesday Bible study, which is about God’s attributes. He got it done soon and I am so humbled and blessed that he did this. What a blessing and please go and listen to their awesome study. AND THANK YOU SO MUCH MATT!!!

 

 

Funny Meme that we hope makes you all laugh:

 

 

Pray For Our Sister-In-Christ

I heard this morning that a dear sister in Christ who has blessed me through her Instagram has been diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer. She has a four-year-Old and a two-year-Old. While she, and her family, head to Texas for treatment please be in prayer for them and consider helping them financially. Her husband is having to take time away from work to care for her.

You can find her Instagram hereHere, and support her here. If you have an Instagram account and you can take a minute to let her know she’s got the body of Christ behind her in prayer.

Sunday Hymns of the Past: Blessed Redeemer, Graciously Hear Us

Dear ones, some days are better then others for my brain. Some days I feel sharp, like I can pay attention, remember things, avoid running into door knobs and counters (walls, furniture, anything and everything within a two foot radius) and accomplish everything I need to get done with ease. And then other days my brain goes into what I’ve termed “space cadet mode”. In space cadet mode I remember nothing, in fact I often wake up with bruises everywhere from all the things I ran into, only I can’t even remember running into anything. Unlike those kitchen counters, I don’t feel sharp. I can’t pay attention to anything, my thoughts race so fast that I can hardly put two of them together and form a sentence, and I accomplish very little. It can feel helpless, hopeless, and overwhelming.

These days are the days when I cherish the old hymns. They remind me that this is not my home, and that one day my brain will be restored, this sin cursed body will be raised anew, and I will never again struggle with these light afflictions. They remind me to be thankful in this short trial, often over as soon as it starts! And I am thankful to God for my Space Cadet Mode. It’s often in these modes that I let loose and have more fun with my daughter. I don’t strain myself to fit as much work as I possibly can into each second. It reminds me of my great need for God, and my need for prayer. And the bumps or bruises remind me to rejoice in Gods grace, that the pain is only momentary. God is good. Regardless of what I am going through, God is good. I hope this hymn will, likewise, bless you. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Blessed Redeemer, graciously hear us,
Breathing devotion like incense to Thee;
Tenderly shield us, lovingly cheer us,
Blessed Redeemer, Thy children are we.
While in Thy kingdom angels adore Thee,
Joyfully singing ever before Thee;
Grant our petition—hear, we implore Thee,
Voices now singing praises to Thee.
Tenderly shield us, lovingly cheer us,
Blessed Redeemer, Thy children are we.

Tranquilly fading, slowly declining,
Twilight is passing in beauty away;
Now on Thy bosom safely reclining,
Teach us, our Father, oh, teach us to pray.
Blessed Redeemer, leave us, oh never,
Till we have anchored over the river,
Till we shall praise Thee, singing forever,
Jesus, our Savior, glory to Thee.
Now on Thy bosom safely reclining,
Teach us, our Father, oh, teach us to pray.

Twisted Tuesday – In Jesus Name

Hello everyone! It’s Tuesday, which means I’ve got the misfortune of discussing what is, for believers, a grievous topic. The twisting, misuse, misquoting, or taking of Scripture out of context. Today I want to talk about praying in Jesus name, what it means and what it most certainly doesn’t mean. For a little background into my perspective here, as you all might remember from my testimony, I was raised in a Wiccan household. There were books of spells, crystals, and incense often burning in varies rooms. We had a Bible, and my mother was mixing the two, although mostly it was goddess worship. She has thankfully been saved by grace, or so I hope, I don’t know her heart but can see some fruit. This childhood has given me a unique concern for the ever growing presence of New Agism mixing into the church. It seems to be affecting the way we view John 14:13-15.

Oprah’s Secret, the Word of Faith, and New Age beliefs all teach that you speak things positive to get positive in return. Each group phrases this differently, and many add Christian words to give authority to what they’re saying. This is, at the core, just repackaged Wiccanism. As a witch your words are the power, you speak it and believe it, then it’s supposed to change something within the universe. Nothing is new under the sun. This is how many treat prayer, as if it were an incantation, which has its final deal in the phrase ‘In Jesus Name’. For the Word of Faith in particular, this is how they command things to happen how they want them to happen. When things don’t go as they commanded, somewhere someone didn’t have enough faith. This is obviously not how our Savior intended this text to be interpreted. Anytime we attempt to use prayer, or the ending words to our prayer, as a formula to gain what it is we want, we’ve gotten it wrong.

So, now we know what it’s not, what does it mean? When we pray we are not coming before a genie who is waiting anxiously to hear what our next demand is. We are praying to a God so great that without Christ we could never stand before Him. This God is holy, perfect, just, righteous, and blameless in all His ways. We, as born again believers, come before Him as adopted children, who have been rescued and ransomed from the slavery to sin and death. As new creatures in Christ we should desire the will of God on earth as it is in heaven. As 1 John 5:14 explains, when we ask in His name according to His will He hears us. Scripture makes clear that God is not handing us a blank check needing only to signed In Jesus Name. This is yet another reason why it’s so imperative to take the full counsel of Gods Word, and not pull a verse we like out of context.

Throughout John 14 Jesus is comforting His disciples, who are distressed to hear that they will be without their Lord. He repeats two points more than twice in the chapter. The first is that if we love Him we will obey Him. The second is that the power the disciples would have would come from Christ, and not from them. This was an important point to humble these men who would be used by God to complete the Scripture. We see later in Acts chapter 4 Peter telling the Jewish leaders the very same thing, that they are teaching in the name of Jesus, that is where they receive their authority. In this way we see that ‘In Jesus Name’ is asking for things that are within the will of God, as the name of Christ stands for all that He is in Scripture, and to give God the glory for every answered prayer.

As a side note, to expound upon this a little further, I have many family members still in the WoF movement. They frequently tell of how their prayers healed someone, or how they were given material blessings, after they had prayed for it. This is a really good example of the misunderstandings that revolve around the purpose of prayer. These are people who, though they say the words, are doing anything but praying in the name of Jesus Christ. They’re not asking in His will, but in their own desires. They do not give God the glory, but brag about their own righteousness. Let us be careful not to abuse Scripture, or prayer, but rather to be humbled by Gods provisions. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Prayer Requests

Hello all! I have a few things that I could surely use my brothers and sisters prayers on. First, someone who confessed they were not saved but had been attempting to assuage their conscience through religious duties. They felt they were too sinful to be saved, while admitting their desperate need. I’ve never come across such a person, with the awareness of their sins and brokenness to confess them. Please join me in praying for God to grant this person repentance and faith.

I also have a close family member who is in the Word of Faith movement, but has gotten some very serious medical news. Tests are being done, I’ll be sure to update you all on this. They are tragically convinced that this is due to their lack of faith, please pray that God would give this person discernment. Friends, we are promised trials and tribulations on this earth. The rain falls on the good and the bad alone. No amount of seed sowing will change this, and it is not as a result of speaking negatively or having doubts.

Thank you for joining me in prayer for these issues, dear ones. If you have anything you’d like to mention for prayer in the comments please do, and know that when any of you mention family members or friends that need prayer I have and will continue to pray with you. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy fellowship. As always, brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Wednesday Testimonies – Timothy Olenyo of Africa

Hey there, dear ones! I hope this post has found you all doing well. I’d like to continue to highlight Hearcry Missionary Society’s testimonies. Below we see that there are many forms of false work based religions in Africa, many claiming to be Christian. Join me, beloved, in praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ that are fighting the good fight in the missions field of Africa. ‘The harvest is plenty, but the workers are few’ so let us pray for the workers! I was so blessed by Timothy’s testimony, I know it will be a blessing to you all as well. As always, brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

http://www.heartcrymissionary.com/africa-blog/post/timothys-testimony

Wednesday Testimony – Luke Hahn

Beloved, today I have a testimony to share with you that is so encouraging. After a long, difficult week, Luke’s reminder of the blessings which come from our trials was needed and edifying to me. I pray it will bless you as much as it blessed me. It’s always a joy to hear God receive glory for the miraculous work of salvation! As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.