Friday, December 30, 2011

40 Days - Day 40





The following is from www.awakenUS.com


"“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14

On this last day of our 40 day season of fasting and prayer we hope you will take the attitude of the runner Paul is describing in our verse.  Imagine that runner giving everything he had, stretching out as far as he could; breaking the tape at the finish line.  That’s how God wants us to run our “race.”

And although we’re at the end of this 40 day season (tomorrow, December 31st, is our Day of Celebration), many who have joined plan to continue this discipline of fasting and prayer throughout 2012.  And we hope you’ll press in to God even more in prayer… giving it all you have as we see many signs of an awakening beginning!"
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We know that the end of the 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting isn't the end - it's the beginning of something incredible! We look forward to what is to come!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

40 Days - Day 38



 "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:19-21 NIV

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

40 Days - Day 37



"When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  


But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Matthew 6:16-18 NIV

Monday, December 26, 2011

40 Days - Day 36



"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 

"This, then, is how you should pray: " 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 

'For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.



Matthew 6:5-15 NIV

Thursday, December 22, 2011

40 Days - Day 32




In Matthew 13:31, 32 Jesus put forth a parable saying, “The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which is indeed the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and next in it’s branches.”

He said that the Kingdom is like a very small seed that becomes very great. It reminds me of Jesus as a tiny little baby born in a stable to poor parents in the land of Israel…..a very small seed in the eyes of man. Yet that seed grew into the leader of a vast kingdom that continues to grow today throughout all the nations of the world.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His Name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…” Isaiah 9:6, 7 When we are discouraged by what we see in our nation or in the world, we need to remind ourselves that the Kingdom of Heaven is taking over, that the “small seed” is becoming a giant tree! We can look ahead to the coming year expecting that the Kingdom of God will continue to grow. We should rejoice that we have the great privilege of being part of it! Have a blessed Christmas everybody!

- Pastor Virgil Amundson

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

40 Days - Day 31


Mary's Song


And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.  He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers." Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.


Luke 1:46-56 NIV

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

40 Days - Day 30


Mary Visits Elizabeth




At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"

Luke 1: 39-45 NIV

Monday, December 19, 2011

40 Days - Day 29



The Birth of Jesus Foretold


In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."  Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.  For nothing is impossible with God."  "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

Luke 1:26-38 NIV

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas in the Country - Be There!

Make plans to join us tomorrow:



Here's a look back at some of the fun we had last year!


40 Days - Day 27



40 Days of Fasting and Prayer - Imparted Righteousness



The church must understand that there is a difference between what is called “imputed righteousness” and what is “imparted righteousness.” As believers we have been given God’s gift of grace to be positioned into a “right standing” before a Holy God. It is the goodness of His character. When we totally trust God’s grace alone, we are not only forgiven for our sins, but are clothed in the righteousness of Christ. The sinless Jesus took our sins and gave us His righteousness. This is “imputed righteousness.”

What is “imparted righteousness?” Not only does God “impute” His righteousness to us, but He “imparts” His righteousness nature in us. By the enabling power of His Holy Spirit, God wants us to express or live a righteous life. It’s called RIGHT BEHAVIOR. We are to have a “right[eous]” motives - think “right[eous]” thoughts - speak “right[eous]” words - and do “right[eous]” deeds. This kind of righteousness is holiness in our character and conduct. It is expressing Jesus’ life through our life. If we live right and do what is right, we will be safe and have peace. If we are ethical in all that we do, say and think, we will enjoy protection and victory. Let us be pure, clean and right before the Lord and before others in all of our attitudes and actions. Others then can truly see that we are real people of God.

May the “imparted” righteousness of God once again reign in our hearts!

- Pastor Virgil Amundson

Friday, December 16, 2011

40 Days - Day 26





40 Days of Fasting and Prayer - For Righteousness



We have moved into our third week of our 40-day journey of fasting and prayer as we seek the Lord for a return of righteousness in our land. Isaiah prophesied concerning God’s covenant with Israel that one day in their future God would “establish them in righteousness and that oppression and fear would be far from them and no terror would come near them.” (Isaiah 54:14)

That is what we should be praying for in our own nation and in our own personal lives. We are asking God to show kindness and mercy upon us and once more “open the heavens from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness, and let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation.” (Isaiah 45:8) The word “righteousness” in this context means “to do the right thing morally and ethically.” It also includes “justness, honesty and integrity.” The word also is closely associated with “peace.” There is no question that if there is more righteousness reigning in our land and in our own lives that there would be a much greater measure of peace as well.

- Pastor Virgil Amundson

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas in the Country is Days Away

From Christmas in the Country last year...





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40 Days - Day 25


What did Jesus Do?


Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 NIV

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

40 Days - Day 24





Stay the Course: Part 2
(to read Part 1, click here)



You may not believe in a personal devil or matters such as spiritual warfare, but you would be hard-pressed to establish from Scripture that this wasn’t where Jesus and the early church were coming from. I doubt that in this country we are not as conscious of the fight as were our brothers and sisters in previous generations, or even as are many Christians in so many other parts of the world today.
The important thing for now is this: spiritual warfare is not fun and games. It involves slugging it out day after day, week after week, and month after month, until finally a major victory can truthfully be claimed.
Fellow participants: I know that fasting is not as enjoyable as dinner at Applebee's or McDonalds. That’s just reality. But stay the course. Remain true to what the Holy Spirit has asked you to do. And if you haven’t joined us yet...please don’t wait any longer. Help us win a great victory in a strategic battle against the enemy right here on our home turf!

- Pastor Virgil Amundson 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

40 Days - Day 23





Stay the Course: Part 1

Pastor Myers has shared on Daniel and how he had to battle through in his prayers from the resistance of ruling spirits that were in the heavenlies over his nation. It did take 21 days before God could come to Daniel and give to him the revelation of the end times. What if Daniel had given up on his prayers thinking that God would never answer? What happens when we fast and pray and it seems that the answers are detained from coming to us? Do we give up too soon? Could there be a resistance from principalities in the heavenlies that we must overcome through persistence in continuing prayer?

Those who are experienced in warfare recognize that victories seldom come quickly or easily. In the natural wars that America has fought, we can see that some of our engagements were long conflicts that exacted huge tolls in human life. For instance, World War I lasted 4 1/2 years and cost the US over 8 million lives lost. World War II lasted 6 years and over 16 million service men died. Our war with Afghanistan started in 2001 and as of today we still are unable to declare victory.

This is why I say that those experienced in warfare recognize that victories seldom come about all that quickly or easily. This is true of spiritual warfare. Our planet is the focus of a cosmic battle between the forces of good and evil—light and darkness—God and Satan. I John 3:8 states clearly that the reason Jesus came to earth was to destroy the devil’s work. Jesus talked of a sower casting seed on the path, but then Satan coming and snatching it away so people wouldn’t believe and be saved. 

Stay tuned for part two...

- Pastor Virgil Amundson

Saturday, December 10, 2011

40 Days - Day 20




God Is Speaking to His Bride


Why do we fast together as a church? It is so important that we understand that fasting does not change God's position - it changes ours. We are the ones that as Paul said in 1 Cor 9:27 "No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize..." The bride of Christ is the body of believers. Jesus is returning for a united bride, a spotless bride. We as a body must hear the longing of our King, understand His will, and pursue His plan. Jesus is speaking to us all the time, but we live in a culture that places ourselves first and not our King.

Depriving yourself of something the flesh wants, placing yourself in a humble place and desperately crying out to the King heightens your ability to hear His voice, humility will turn the Father's heart to His children and desperation bring glory to the King. Daniel was seeking understanding when he cried out to God. His understanding of what God showed him made him a force to be reckoned with. In these desperate times we too must gain understanding and become the hands and feet of Jesus. The only thing that will change the world’s condition is the power of God. It is truly a miracle, and God has chosen us to be His instruments in that.

- Pastor Dan Slater

Friday, December 9, 2011

40 Days - Day 19

Hannah's Prayer



Then Hannah prayed and said: "My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. "There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. "Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. "The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength. Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry hunger no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away. "The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. "For the foundations of the earth are the LORD's; upon them he has set the world. He will guard the feet of his saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness. "It is not by strength that one prevails; those who oppose the LORD will be shattered. He will thunder against them from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. "He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed."
1 Samuel 2:1-10 NIV

Thursday, December 8, 2011

40 Days - Day 18


Our Holiest Example

"I have set the LORD always before me:
because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved"
(Psalm 16:8).





This is the way to live. With God always before us, we shall have the noblest companionship, the holiest example, the sweetest consolation, and the mightiest influence. This must be a resolute act of the mind. "I have set," and it must be maintained as a set and settled thing. Always to have an eye to the LORD's eye and an ear for the LORD's voice--this is the right state for the godly man. His God is near him, filling the horizon of his vision, leading the way of his life, and furnishing the theme of his meditation. What vanities we should avoid, what sins we should overcome, what virtues we should exhibit, what joys we should experience if we did indeed set the LORD always before us! Why not? This is the way to be safe. The LORD being ever in our minds, we come to feel safety and certainty because of His being so near. He is at our right hand to guide and aid us; and hence we are not moved by fear, nor force, nor fraud, nor fickleness. When God stands at a man's right hand, that man is himself sure to stand. Come on, then, ye foemen of the truth! Rush against me like a furious tempest, if ye will. God upholds me. God abides with me. Whom shall I fear?
- Exerpt from Faith's Checkbook by C.H.Spurgeon

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

40 Days - Day 17


Were you able to hear Pastor Amundson's message this Sunday? If not, click on the link below to listen to the podcast:

Monday, December 5, 2011

40 Days - Day 15


O you who hear prayer, to you all men will come.  When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.  You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas,  who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength,  who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.

Psalm 65:2-7 NIV 

 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

40 Days - Day 14


One simple thought for today -

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Colossians 4:2 NIV

Saturday, December 3, 2011

40 Days - Day 13



The Bible describes four major types of fasting:

A Regular Fast - Traditionally, a regular fast means refraining from eating all food. Most people still drink water or juice during a regular fast. When Jesus fasted in the desert, the Bible says, "After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry." This verse does not mention Jesus being thirsty.


A Partial Fast - This type of fast generally refers to omitting a specific meal from your diet or refraining from certain types of foods. Daniel 10:2-3 says, "At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over." In Daniel 1:12, they restricted their diet to vegetables and water: "Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink."

A Full Fast - These fasts are complete - no food and no drink. Acts 9:9 describes when Paul went on a full fast for three days following his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus: "For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything." Esther also called for this type of fast in Esther 4:15-16: "Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 'Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.'" It is recommended that this type of fast be done with extreme caution and not for extended periods of time.

A Sexual Fast - 1 Corinthians 7:3-6 says, "The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife's body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband's body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control."

Although not mentioned in the Bible, Christians today commit to fasting from other activities as well. Some give up entertainment such as TV or movies to concentrate on prayer. Others fast from sleep or another activity for a specified period of time.

Source: http://www.allaboutprayer.org/types-of-fasting-faq.htm

Thursday, December 1, 2011

40 Days - Day 11


"...We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.  O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name." 

Daniel 9:18b-19 NIV