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A Memorial Day Prayer 5/31/10

In the Name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Our Father in heaven, the earth is yours, everything on it, in it and above it. We as your people know that you are our Creator and our God, that you have made us and that we have not made ourselves. We are your people and we are the sheep of your pasture.

Therefore, in the beauty of your creation on this day of remembrance and reflection, we enter into your presence with thanksgiving, into your courts with praise, and with thankfulness we bless your Holy Name. For you are good, your mercy is everlasting, and your truth endures unto all generations.

Today we gather at this place for this is hallowed ground into which the true heroes of democracy have been laid to rest. Lord, may it be that as we look upon their memorials, we would freshly remember that through their selfless sacrifices our freedoms have been preserved and protected from bondage and tyranny. As we reflect upon these things, may we consider our beliefs, our attitudes and our convictions and how we may contribute to the ongoing responsibilities in the protection and preservation of liberty and justice for all, under You, Dear Lord.

May the dedication and sacrifice that our fallen heroes have demonstrated be truly recognized, acknowledged and appreciated by us anew today. May their example inspire us to carry freedom forward into the future, into the next moment--Not next year, not next month, not next week, not the next day, but the next moments of our lives.

May we never forget that freedom is costly. It has cost in the past, is costing a dear price as we speak today and will continue to have a costly price in the future.

Thank you, dear Father, for the grace you have shed upon us as a nation, and may you continue to bestow upon us your grace. May this grace that we enjoy not be perceived as giving ourselves license to serve ourselves, but that as recipients of your grace we would truly love and serve our neighbor. Help us to remember that "Righteousness exalts a nation, but that sin is a reproach to its people." Bless us as we remember the examples of those who have offered their lives in a sacrifical manner, give us the grace to reflect upon that which has been done for us, and through this remembrance and reflection, may we respond with a heart of gratitude and service toward our neighbor today and tomorrow. In the Name of Jesus, we pray, Amen.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 01 Jun 2010 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
More Than Enough 5/24/10
May the abundant grace of God be received and multiplied unto us today as we start a new day of opportunity to rejoice in the matchless giving of Himself for us, a thankfulness which can best be outwardly expressed through giving of ourselves in service to others in love. From the miracle of the feeding of the multitude by Jesus we are able to see in a practical way in which blessing received translates into blessing extended due to its abundance.

KJV John 6:11-13 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

Let us look at this in this way. Whenever we experience the joy of fellowship within the body of Christ, there is always more left over of that which we received from the hand of God through being around the Word of God, whether it was through the hearing/reading of the Word, through fellowship with other members of the body of Christ around the Word of God, whether it is in prayer with Him individually or corporately, whether it is through the enjoyment of experiencing of the beauties of creation, whether it is communing together at His table......,or however the Bread of Life is received and experienced into our mind, heart and soul. Is it not true that upon being strengthened by the various means of grace that we are so encouraged and so strengthened in the joy of the Lord that it is difficult to keep it to ourselves? Is that your experience? Has it been in the past? I think it is a common experience for all of us, for that is simply how the body of Christ works today. There is no difference between how He ministered when He walked on this earth and how the body of Christ ministers today.

Let us take at look at a couple verses in the scripture which would illustrate this. (Please read the surrounding passages so as to understand the context in which they were written, but they still are able to stand alone in order to illustrate this truth that grace received always gladdens us as well as empowers us to extend it to others).

KJV Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

KJV John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly(heart, innermost being) shall flow rivers of living water. I might add a little comment here: For years I understood this only from the standpoint to mean that as long as we believed according to the Bible (we were scripturally correct in our doctrine) we would be a blessing to others. But it has opened up to have a richer meaning, for now it seems that it means more in this sense that the Scripture has said that when we believe on Him, out of our heart will flow the blessing of life to others. The first understanding is certainly necessary and correct, but to me the further revelation opened up to me more joy in my heart and soul at the understanding that we are more like a conduit pipe than a reservoir within ourselves. Which is what Isaiah wrote when he described the life concerning of how blessing received causes us to be a blessing to others.

How about one more example:

KJV Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Through Abraham we have received the promise of the Blessing into our lives through Jesus Christ. Because we have been blessed in and by Christ and are in Him today, may we be a blessing to those who are placed in our paths today, beginning with those who are the closest to us, our families.

Together In Christ,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 24 May 2010 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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A Memorial Day Prayer 5/31/10
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