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Behind the Scenes: The Context Associated With the Week 5 Verses (Printed Version of the Book) and the Week 3 (Electronic Version of the Book)

Printed Version of the Book Week 5, Day 1 (Oct. 10): Genesis 3:8

Electronic Version of the Book Week 3, Day 1 (Sept. 26): Genesis 3:8

This chapter recounts the fall of Adam and Eve, and it makes it abundantly clear that the relationship between God and humans changed drastically once sinful behavior had occurred. Adam and Eve were embarrassed, and they tried to hide from God—a ridiculous notion. They did not repent or beg for forgiveness, and God acted accordingly, creating a separation between himself and humans.

 

Printed Version of the Book Week 5, Day 2 (Oct. 11): 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Electronic Version of the Book Week 3, Day 2 (Sept. 27):1 Thessalonians 5:17

Paul begins this chapter by reminding the Thessalonians to respect and support the elders of the church for the service they give. He goes on to describe the elders’ duties, but he ends up describing expectations for all believers. Paul ends this chapter by giving advice about our personal relationship with God and how we should handle problems that we experience in the church and our daily lives. He points out that unceasing prayer leads to joy and that we need to rejoice and give thanks even during times of persecution.
 

Printed Version of the Book Week 5, Day 3 (Oct. 12): John 10:27

Electronic Version of the Book Week 3, Day 3 (Sept. 28): John 10:27

Christ spoke these words while he was being questioned by the Jews who could not grasp that he was the Messiah and that he and God were one being. The discussion occurred during Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication that celebrated the restoration of the temple after its defilement about 200 years prior to the time Jesus was speaking. He used an allegory to explain his role because he felt that a direct answer would be misinterpreted—particularly considering the biases of the questioners.
 

Printed Version of the Book Week 5, Day 4 (Oct. 13): Ephesians 6:18

Electronic Version of the Book Week 3, Day 4 (Sept. 29):Ephesians 6:18

This verse is included in a section of Ephesians sometimes referred to as “The Heavenly Warfare” (verses 10 to 20). These 10 verses describe how Christians are expected to wear the full armor provided by God as we tackle the power of Satan on our lives and the world. The initial verses link each piece of armament, providing specific instructions on how we are to undertake the battle. The allegory is very informative, but verses 18 and 19 are particularly important because they remind us that God is at the helm, leading and supporting us in every way.
 

Printed Version of the Book Week 5, Day 5 (Oct. 14): Matthew 6:6

Electronic Version of the Book Week 3 , Day 5 (Sept. 30):Matthew 6:6

This verse is from the Sermon on the Mount, which is covered in chapters 5 through 7. Chapter 6 describes the actions that are associated with righteousness or what is called religion. In verses 6 to 8 Jesus is speaking specifically about private prayers, which customarily conducted in the morning and the evening. Unlike community prayer and prayers that express the deepest concerns from the heart, for which he felt no special instructions were necessary. Christ took the time to be very specific regarding expectations for these daily prayers. Christians should recognize that through this form of prayer, they will gain greater understanding of God’s character, will, and purpose as he scrutinizes what we share with him.



By Request: New Library Items You Suggested!

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In addition to our multitude of new books about prayer, the FPC Library has several new books and DVDs requested recently by congregation members. They include:
 
  • Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization by Os Guinness
  • Living in Christ’s Presence: Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God by Dallas Willard
  • Twelfth Prophecy and Eleventh Guest (AD Chronicles) by Brock and Bodie Thoene
  • The War Room DVD
  • Miracles from Heaven DVD
 
If you have more suggestions or requests, you can email them to fpclibrary@fpctacoma.org. We can’t guarantee we will be able to fill them, but we will certainly consider them and see what we can do.


New Resources on Prayer in the FPC Library

 
One of our key focuses at FPC this year is PRAYER, and to provide more resources on the practice of prayer, we asked Pastor Eric, our elders, and our Prayer Coordinator to come up with suggestions of their favorite prayer resources. We now have most of the books they recommended in the church library, and the books will be part of the table display for the next several weeks. So stop by and check out one or more of the books below!
 

Prayer Books

  • Greg Pruett, Extreme Prayer
  • C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcom, Chiefly on Prayer
  • John White, Daring to Draw Near
  • Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer
  • Bill Hybels, Too Busy Not to Pray
  • Richard Foster, Devotional Classics
  • Richard Foster, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home
  • Timothy Keller, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
  • Matthew Henry, A Method for Prayer
  • Alvin VanderGriend, Love to Pray
  • Charles Spurgeon, The Power of Prayer in Believers
  • Brother Lawrence and Frank Laubach, Practicing His Presence
  • Dallas Willard, Hearing God
  • Rosalind Rinker, Prayer: Conversing with God
  • Hallesby, Prayer
  • Rosalind Goforth,How I Know God Answers Prayer
  • O. Fraser, The Prayer of Faith
  • E.M. Bounds,The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds


40-Day Prayer Challenge Week 7 Begins on October 24—Printed and Electronic Versions of the Book

The associated topics and Bible passages for Week 7 for the printed and electronic versions of the book are shown below:
 
Oct. 24: Jesus, Man of Prayer (Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; 6:12)
 
Oct. 25: Paul, the Man Who Prayed Constantly (Romans 1:9-10; Colossians 1:3, 9; 2 Timothy 1:3)
 
Oct. 26: Elijah: An Ordinary Man Who Prayed Powerfully (James 5:17-18)
 
Oct. 27: Jehoshaphat: Victory Through Prayer (2 Chronicles 20:6, 12)
 
Oct. 28: David: Finding Renewal Through Confession (Psalm 51:7-10)
 
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Differing Perspectives of Week 7’s Verses—Printed and Electronic Versions of the Book

Here are the links for Week 7’s verses (for the printed and electronic versions of the book) as presented in six alternate versions of the Bible. Hopefully, these reference sources will enhance your understanding of each devotion’s scriptural foundation.
 
Date Oct. 24 Oct. 25 Oct. 26 Oct. 27 Oct. 28
Passage Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; 6:12 Romans 1:9-10; Colossians 1:3, 9; 2 Timothy 1:3 James 5:17-18 2 Chronicles 20:6, 12 Psalm 51:7-10
English Standard (ESV) Link Link Link Link Link
New International (NIV) Link Link Link Link Link
King James (KJV) Link Link Link Link Link
Contemporary English (CEV) Link Link Link Link Link
The Message (MSG) Link Link Link Link Link
New Revised Standard (NRSV) Link Link Link Link Link

 



Share Your Prayer Stories

As we participate in the 40-day prayer challenge by reading the book and investigating other resources, our understanding also can be enhanced by learning about the experiences of other FPC members and regular attenders. Each week we have been featuring short stories from a blogger. Everyone is invited to sign up to provide a posting by contacting Sonja West at sonja@nutley.org. You don’t need to be Ernest Hemingway to share your story! You just need to share your real-life experiences regarding prayer.
 
Volunteers will be contacted so that they can be scheduled for their comments to be posted during a specific week.
 
Bloggers are encouraged to consider the following questions when deciding what story to share:
  • Tell us a bit about your regular practice of prayer. Do you have a special place you use? Do you keep a list, pray spontaneously, or use some combination of both? What role does scripture or devotional literature provide in your prayer life?
  • Tell us about a season or an experience that has had a lasting influence on your understanding of prayer or prayer practice.
  • What is your favorite thing about prayer? What is the hardest thing about prayer for you?
  • Have you experienced an answer to prayer that really stands out for you?
  • If you were to give a new Christian some advice on prayer, what would you say?


See Pastor Eric in Our Parking Lot!

Actually, you can see a lot more in this wonderful new video on what people can expect when they visit First Pres Tacoma. Besides Pastor Eric in our parking lot, you can see jaw-dropping footage taken by a drone flying over our church, scenes from worship in our Sanctuary, and fellowship in Fellowship Hall. If you look quickly, you might even see yourself! This is a great video to share with friends and family you might want to invite to our church.
 
Thanks to Ingrid Hunter, our Communications Coordinator, for getting this new video project off the ground. Thanks to Kyle Pierson for the drone footage. And a BIG thank you to Jordan Brokaw of Life Center, who donated his time to film, edit, and produce this video as a gift to our congregation. Jordan, your example of Christ’s love is wonderful!
 



FPC Library: Finding Normal

Looking for a fun night at the movies? One of the new DVD arrivals this fall in the FPC library is the romantic comedy
Finding Normal, about what happens to big-city doctor Lisa Leland (Candice Cameron Bure) who gets stuck in a rural North Carolina town after getting one ticket too many. Confronted with a choice between jail or community service, Leland has her world turned upside down and finds out that there is a lot more to life than she could have ever imagined.
 



National Speaker Series Presents Rev. Earl Palmer Explains Paul

NEW ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS BEGINNING OCTOBER 30th                     

REVEREND EARL PALMER EXPLAINS PAUL:                                                             The Fulfillment of an Old Promise: St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans                  

Class Runs October 30-November 13th 9:15am South Chapel
Week 1: 10/30 – Romans 9   The Stone of Zion Fulfilled                                       Week 2: 11/6   – Romans 10  The Same Lord is Lord of All                                   Week 3: 11/13 – Romans 11 Chosen by Grace


Choral Evensong

CHORAL EVENSONG

Sunday, October 30th 6:00pm Sanctuary

Experience the ancient and profound musical tradition of choral Evensong. Incorporating elements of both Evening Prayer and Compline, the service of Evensong includes congregational hymns, choral chants and anthems, scripture readings, and prayers. 

 




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