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A Message of Hope and Faith from Pastor Walton

Summer is here! According to the Dynamic Language website, the word summer, “has been around in English for many centuries. Written as sumor in Old English, and sumor in Proto-Germanic.” In French, it comes from the Latin word aestas which means “to burn, or be on fire.” Here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, most of us treasure these hot days to balance out the severe cold of the winter months.

 

In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist, the fore-runner of Jesus, speaks of the Savior. John says, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” We know that fire is a purifier. Fire can be
used to sterilize. I remember learning how to get splinters out by taking a needle to the stove and waiting until it got “white hot” and then working the splinter out. It pinched a little, but it was worth
the pain.


Jesus died. He thought it was worth His pain to save us. May we see that it is worth our inconvenience to live lives of humble repentance for Him. People in Milwaukee need to be saved and we have been given the mandate to make disciples (Matthew 28).


Let’s do that! Let’s live lives of repentance this summer, remembering that as the sun heats us, we are reminded of the purifying power of the Holy Spirit. Happy Sumor!


Joyfully,
Pastor Walton

Reverend Dr. John Richard Walton, Jr.

The Reverend Doctor John Richard Walton, Jr. is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and has served as the senior pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Milwaukee for the last 22 years. Pastor Walton is well-respected and sought after as preacher, pastor to pastors, lecturer, and spiritual, biblical, and academic authority in the training and discipleship of deacons and church leadership.

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  • Dear  Lord Our Father,   As this new week begins, we intentionally put down our focus on our own thinking and determination and look to and cast our love, faith, trust, and confidence in You and Your Promises.  You, Yahweh, our God who raises the dead, heals the body, regulates the mind, uplifts and motivates the spirit, and encourages the heart.  You who can move mountains and fill valleys in our lives with a thought. You who created us and know each of us, our church family, and our surrounding community infinitely better than we do.  Lead and guide us through Your Word and Your Holy Spirit in our thinking, speaking, and actions.  Lead and guide us in each ministry effort, each meeting, each conversation, and most importantly, in our worship, individually and corporately.  In His name we pray, Amen.

  • Oh, Our Gracious Heavenly Father, Thank You for waking us up this morning and giving us a right mind to know we are Your children and co-heirs with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  What a mighty God we serve who allows us through his infinite love and forgiveness through the death and resurrection of His Son, the title of His Children.  Grant us the grace to acknowledge our total dependence and need for You daily.  We want to exhibit more faith in You each day.  We want to trust You more, for You are omnipotent and all-powerful and don’t need us as sinful and flawed human beings. But Thank You for loving us and wanting to be with us here on Earth and in Heaven.  We want to lift You up and exhibit our love for You by living and serving You, exhibiting the Fruit of Your Blessed Holy Spirit.   Bless us throughout this day to demonstrate to all we meet and in every situation we encounter love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.   In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

  • Dear Jehovah-Rophi, The Lord Our Shepherd, we know that when we pray Your promises, we are telling You we trust You to keep Your Word. In the book of Psalms, David preached and encouraged himself in challenging situations.  Thank You for the example of David, who acknowledged that You were His shepherd.  Thank You for the Psalms, which record his example of great faith in You and his determination in following Your Word, praise Your name, and being led by You.  Help us avoid leading ourselves and getting lost in our own independence, preferences, and plans.  Lead us in Your Word and through the Holy Spirit to look You for Your Way in big and small daily decisions.  Help us recognize when You are speaking to us and give us the faith to follow and obey when You speak to us.  We are so grateful that we do not have to figure things out for ourselves but have a loving God who not only promises never to leave us or forsake us in any all situations and circumstances but also will lead and guide us in the way we should think, what we should say, or what we should do, giving us freedom in Christ in every circumstance.  In His name, we pray, Amen.

  • Dear God,  You alone are worthy of all our worship, our hearts’ devotion, all our praise and all our trust.  We reject all other gods, all idols, and we give You the first place in our hearts and in our lives that You truly deserve.  We confess here and now that our lives are all about You, God, and not about us. You are our Hero of our story and our lives.  Thank You for the happy ending to our story.   We belong to You. Forgive us God, when we fall short in our submission, obedience, and in our faith. Search us and know us and reveal to us any aspect of our lives that is not pleasing to You, and give us the grace of a deep and true repentance.  Thank you for making us alive with Christ, raising us with him, and anointing us with Your Holy Spirit. Your Word tells us that You will complete the work You started in each of us.  Thank You for being the Great I Am who looks hIgh and looks low and holds the entire world in HIs Hands.  In Your precious name we pray, Amen. 

  • O Lord, Our God, Forgive us for all the times in our lives where we have imposed our own plans and will, instead of going to Your Word and coming to You in prayer.  Change us, individually and corporately as a church family, to bring everything to Your altar, to bathe everything in prayer. Lord, we want to give You our time and our devotion so we come to know You better, build a stronger connection to You, and surrender our wills to Your will.  Lord, we want to recognize Your voice and leading instantly instead of being uncertain about our thoughts, words, and actions. Lord, today and everyday we want to make it our choice to be in Your presence and to practice day by day, minute by minute, and second by second complete and total dependence on You. We understand that in living in complete dependence on You, we will have the freedom to be the individuals and church You have called us to me.  Help us to choose to do everything Your way, which is always the best way.  In Your Son’s name we pray, Amen.

  • Dear Gracious Heavenly Father, You are our true Father—our Creator, our Redeemer, our Sustainer.  You are our Shepherd, our Leader.  Where You lead us, we will follow.  You gave us the greatest gift, eternal life through our Lord and Savior, Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Because of Your Love, we have the blessing of living eternally with You and the promise of an abundant life down here on Earth.  With You,  we have everything.  Without you, we have nothing.  We love and worship You.You are what we need, and You are the one we desire. Thank You,  we are Your children and are under Your protection.  Thank You for being our security. Thank You for being our rock, refuge, and fortress. No one loves us like You do.  Nothing can compare to You.  Nothing can take Your place in our minds and hearts.  You designed and created each of us for a specific purpose for Your Glory.  So each day, lead and guide us through Your Holy Spirit to use the blueprint for our lives, Your Word, to help us answer questions, give us solace and consolation, show us how to have peace, and direct us toward the Joy and Model of our Lives, Jesus Christ.  In Your name we pray, Amen.

  • Dear Jehovah-Nissi (The Lord, Our Banner), As we journey through each day, we are committed to honoring and representing You and Your goodness and Grace as we strive to build families for Christ. Our church is dedicated to honoring and serving You through every ministry we undertake.   We may not know all the needs of our 53206 community or even all our own needs, but we do know You. And it is through this knowledge that we can rely and depend on You to teach us and lead us in how to minister and serve within the church and in our community.  You give unlimited power to the weak, and at times, we are weak. You increase the strength of those who need it, and we need Your strength.  As we strive to live a No More Manna Lifestyle, we know that You lift us up when we fall, when we are feeling low, in the midst of trying circumstances, and when we are trying to figure out how to work together for the good of the Kingdom. Help us to soar like eagles as we serve in ministry and to show love and support to others so that we may bring glory to Your name. In His precious name we pray, Amen.

WEEKLY PRAYER DEVOTIONS:

July 2024 Focus:
No More Manna 2.0: Rebuilding Families through Living an
Independent Life by Being Completely Dependent on God. 

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