Pray for VBS

Every year, Reliance Church hosts a free Vacation Bible School that serves to teach kids about Jesus. Last year, we had the opportunity to share the Gospel with over 600 kids, 170 of which made professions of faith. This year, we are expecting that number to grow and invite you to join us in prayer for the various needs.

 

Take a look below for some specific areas we would like prayer in!

 

Pray For The Kids:

– Pray that the lost would come by the multitudes

– Pray for the safety of all the kids

– Pray for children with special needs: medically, physically, and mentally

– Salvation

– Pray for the Holy Spirit to open hearts and minds

– Pray that the children would understand the Gospel

– Pray that the children who attend VBS would minister to their parents

– Pray that the parents would be receptive to the Gospel

– Pray for God to move through the time of worship

 

Pray For the Volunteers:

– Pray for safety of all the volunteers

– Pray for the physical and spiritual strength of the volunteers and leaders

– Pray for sound and media teams

– Pray that the sport coaches will reinforce the teaching

– Pray for the health of all serving and attending (no sickness)

– Pray that the servants would be mindful of the way God is working so that they can

minister to the children

– Pray for the set up and tear down crews

 

Pray for Pastors and Leaders:

– Pray for Pastor Darius: Message preparation

– Pray for Tami Pena- Children’s Ministry Director

– Pray for “Edge” aka Keith Still: Message preparation

– Pray for small group leaders to be spiritually discerning and equipped to teach the

Gospel

– Pray the Gospel to be presented clear and simple

 

Other things to pray for:

– Pray for the weather (no rain, not too hot)

– Pray for the Registration and administration throughout the week

– Pray for check-in and check-out procedures to works well

– Pray God will provide financially in miraculous ways

 

Very Important:

– Pray for God to be glorified

– Pray for Jesus to be high and lifted up

The True Meaning Of Christmas

Charlie-Brown

 

Does anyone know the true meaning of Christmas? That memorable line was queried by our Peanuts’ pal, Charlie Brown, in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Although this beloved Christmas program has aired on television for 48 straight seasons, it almost never made it to television. Charles Schulz’s pilot for Good Grief Charlie Brown was rejected by all the major networks. Charlie Brown’s future was looking grim, when Coca Cola approached Schulz about sponsoring a Christmas special.

So, on a shoestring budget and within an incredibly short timeframe, Schulz worked in conjunction with producer and director Bill Melendez to create what is now widely recognized as a timeless Christmas classic. Before the short film aired, it endured a litany of criticism for both its stylistic methods and content. CBS network producers protested the choppy animation, the absence of laugh tracks, and the integration of jazz music in a children’s program. Furthermore, they disapproved of voiceovers that recorded kids, rather than adults. However, their chief issue was with the segment that featured Linus quoting the birth of Christ from the book of Luke. Executives assumed their audience would not want to sit through a program that cites scripture from the Bible. Yet Charles Schulz battled with executives to preserve his vision for the movie, arguing, “If we don’t tell the true meaning of Christmas, who will?” When the network viewed the final production, they were convinced the half-hour special would flop and explained to Schulz, “We will, of course, air it next week, but I’m afraid we won’t be ordering any more.”

A Charlie Brown Christmas aired on December 9th in 1965. It was watched by nearly 15 million people and was ranked number two that week in the ratings. It has since won both an Emmy and a Peabody Award for best children’s programming. Can you imagine if Charles Schulz had listened to the network producers and allowed them to secularize the film’s content? Instead, Schulz defended the script’s integration of the truth about Christ’s birth, and viewers responded, as evidenced by the program’s climbing popularity. While the Peanuts characters are amusing to watch, the most meaningful part of A Charlie Brown Christmas is the scene in which Linus reads from the Gospel of Luke to reveal the true meaning of Christmas.

Want to hear more about the true meaning of Christmas? Come out to Reliance Church’s Christmas Eve service at Linfield Christian School tonight at 4pm & 6pm! https://www.reliancechurch.org/to-save-us-all-christmas-2013/

Setting Priorities

A sermon excerpt, given by Pastor Scott on December 1, 2013. Watch the full sermon at: http://simplyjes.us/YThXxI