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This Weeks Encouragement w/Westwood

Staying Strong in the Storm
Encouragement for the Week:
This Coronavirus is another reminder that we live in a fallen world, separated from God by sin, and struggling under the weight of that sin in sickness and death. No one is immune from the devastating effects of sin, but that is the very reason the GOSPEL is THE GOOD NEWS! God has not left us alone in a world ravaged by sin and death, but instead, Jesus died on the cross to pay the price of our sin and rose from the grave so that we could have victory over sin and death and have life though HIM. As I prayed I was led to the words Paul wrote to the church in Rome confronted with overwhelming suffering, persecution and hardship to encourage and remind them of the promise we have in Christ Jesus, and to remind them to stand strong and firm in that promise. Remember this promise today, draw near to God and HE will draw near to you.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 35-39

Thought for the week:
In these trying times, it is even more important that we continually draw near to God, to study God’s Word daily, and to spend time in prayer and praising God for He alone is worthy. Use the time God has given us to study God’s Word. While staring a daily study can often be intimidating, the importance of home discipleship is critical and reinforced throughout the Bible.
Our daily time with God is critical to our growth. Parents, especially fathers, are given the responsibility for the spiritual leadership in the home. Let me encourage you to take the step and start a daily reading plan or a study on a book of the Bible in your home with your family or remotely with a friend. Right Now Media is a great resource that contains video studies of every shape and size that you can watch from your TV or smart device. For more information or to get setup with Right Now Media, visit Right Now Media After reading each day, work through a simple process like MAPS (Meditate, Apply, Pray, and Share) to process what God has shown you. Let this become part of your daily routine, and be amazed at how God will bless your faithfulness.

Prayer:
It is so important that we continually come to God in prayer each day. Let us pray for our leaders, our community, our friends and our family. Below is a prayer guide you can use. Let this become part of your daily routine.
1. Leaders and Staff of Westwood: Pray for the Westwood leaders, staff and their families.
Pray for grace, protection, unity and that God would pour out His Spirit to equip and empower them to lead as servant leaders in Christ with humility, boldness, strength and endurance as they equip others to make disciples that live on mission.

“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him” Ephesians 1:15-17

2. Pray for the Servants in our community: Pray for our Public Service/Government Leaders, First Responders, Medical Care/Hospitals, Military personnel and our Teachers during this difficult time. Pray for grace, strength, wisdom, mercy and protection as they continue to serve our communities and nation.

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:1-5

3. Pray for those in our community that need God’s hand of mercy, grace, healing, strength and comfort: Pray for those that are battling illness, those who have lost loved ones, those struggling in bondage to fear and hopelessness and for those battling sin and an enemy seeking to destroy them.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5:14-15

If you need to reach out with a prayer request, you can send in prayer requests any time through the Westwood app, by clicking connect, then Send Prayer Request or simply click HERE