Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Morning Prayer, August 21, 2011

Let us rouse ourselves to take hold of God, Isaiah 64:7(ESV) to seek his face, Psalm 27:8(ESV) and to ascribe to him the glory due his name. Psalm 29:2(ESV)


O you whose name is the LORD, who alone is the Most High over all the earth. Psalm 83:18(ESV) O LORD our God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, you cover yourself with light as with a garment; Psalm 104:1-2(ESV) and yet to us you make darkness your canopy, Psalm 18:11(ESV) for we cannot draw up our case because of darkness. Job 37:19(ESV)

To us belongs open shame, because we have sinned against you. Daniel 9:8(ESV) If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. Psalm 130:3-4(ESV) With you there is steadfast love! Yes, with you, our God, there is plentiful redemption, and you will redeem Israel from all his iniquities. Psalm 130:7-8(ESV)

Lord, all our longing is before you, and our sighing is not hidden from you, Psalm 38:9(ESV) even the sighs and groanings too deep for words; for, you who searches the heart knows what is the mind of the Spirit. Romans 8:26-27(ESV) Lord, we come to you, as the poor tax collector that stood far off and would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his cheat; and we pray his prayer, “God, be merciful to us sinners.” Luke 18:13(ESV) O God of infinite mercy be merciful to us! And meet with your people in worship. Amen.


Our souls bless you, LORD. Let all that is within us bless your holy name. Psalm 103:1-2(ESV) Your goodness is your glory, Exodus 33:19(ESV) and because of your goodness all your works give thanks to you and all the saints bless you. Psalm 145:10(ESV) Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up. God, you are our salvation. Psalm 68:19(ESV) O how wonderfully did your goodness and loving kindness appear! You saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to your own mercy. Titus 3:4-5(ESV) We had destroyed ourselves, but in you, and you only, was our help. Hosea 13:9(KJV) We thank you that having bore the sin of many, Christ makes intercession for transgressors, Isaiah 53:12(ESV) and prays, not only for those who were given to him when he was on earth, but also for all those who will believe in him through their word; that we may all be one. John 17:20-21(ESV) Grant that we are one…

Lord, build up and protect your church. Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem. Psalm 51:18(ESV) Peace be within her walls and security within her towers. For our brothers and companions’ sake, we now ask, “Peace be within her.” Psalm 122:7-8(ESV) Yes…

Lord, we pray for the peace and purity of your church. Let your Spirit be poured out upon your churches from on high, and then the wilderness shall become a fruitful field; Isaiah 32:12(ESV) then justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it. Psalm 94:15(ESV) Let what remains be put into order, Titus 1:5(ESV) and let every plant that is not of our heavenly Father’s planting be rooted up. Matthew 15:13(ESV) Within your church…

Lord, we pray for the officers of your church. Teach all who serve in your name how they should behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, 1 Timothy 3:15(ESV) that they may not preach themselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, 2 Corinthians 4:5(ESV) and may do their best to present themselves approved to you, workmen who have no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15(ESV) Make them good examples to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity; 1 Timothy 4:12(ESV) and let them purify themselves who bear the vessels of the Lord, Isaiah 52:11(ESV) and let HOLY TO THE LORD be written upon their foreheads. Exodus 28:36(ESV) And we ask for those outside the church or estranged from you…

Lord we pray for enemies of the gospel and all those who disgrace Christianity by their vicious and immoral lives. O teach transgressors your ways, and let sinners return to you. Psalm 51:13(ESV) O give them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 2 Timothy 2:25(ESV) the truth as it is in Jesus, Ephesians 4:21(ESV) the truth which accords with godliness; Titus 1:1(ESV) that they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil. 2 Timothy 2:26(ESV) We especially pray for wayward brothers and sisters. Let those who are straying like sheep return to Jesus Christ, the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. 1 Peter 2:25(ESV) Hear us…

Lord, we pray for our friends and those who love us. We wish for all those whom we love in truth, that all may go well with them and that they may be in good health. We especially pray that it will go well with their souls. 2 John 1:2(ESV) May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with their spirits. Philemon 1:25(ESV) Finally…

Lord, we pray for the good of this nation, the United States of America. Restore this nation to yourself, O Lord GOD of hosts, and let your face shine, that we may be saved! O stir up your might and come to save us! Psalm 80:2-3(ESV) God, be a wall of fire all around this nation and the glory in the midst of this nation. Zechariah 2:5(ESV) Let your gospel be the glory of this nation. Isaiah 4:5(ESV) We beg in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that there may be no divisions among us, but that we be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 1 Corinthians 1:10(ESV)


Now, Lord, direct our hearts to your love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5(ESV) God of Israel, grant us the things we have requested of you. 1 Samuel 1:17(ESV) We entreat your favor, O God, with all our heart; be gracious to us according to your promise, Psalm 119:58(ESV) for in your favor is life; Psalm 30:5(ESV) yes, your steadfast love is better than life itself. Psalm 63:3(ESV) Amen.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Prayer for Faith

Heavenly Father, by Your Son Jesus Christ, you have given us a true faith and a sure hope: Help me to live like those who believe and trust in the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to everlasting life. Strengthen this faith and hope in me all the days of my life; through the love of your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Prayer for a Spiritual Mind

Almighty God, You alone can order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant me the ability to love what You command and desire what You promise. As the waves of this world crash over me, the ebb and flow of life, anchor my heart to the One in whom true joys may be found, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Missions Report

MAY – JUNE 2011


from Riga, Latvia

e-mail: (Carl) (Becky)

MTW missionaries in Latvia & Lithuania
Phone: 601-724-5728 (reaches us in Latvia)


--got us all in the mood for our summer activities which we have been planning for months with Martins & Anda Martinson. Please pray for ALL these activities; and especially for hearts to be changed, and drawn to love the Lord.
Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Ps. 127:1

IT ALL BEGINS--- on Mon. (5/23) with the arrival of DR. MARK BOLYARD from Union Univ., Jackson, TN.

~He will have talks on Faith & Science to teens, young adults, and medical students (both in Latvia & Lithuania)
~There will be discussion times, prayer walks, and other interaction in both Riga & Kaunas, Lithuania

BRAD & CALEB arrive May 28th

SO much is planned for them they (& we) really need your prayers. Brad & Caleb’s main responsibility will be discipling our present teens & young adults and involving them in outreach to others.

Activities planned: Lots of time spent with these people; helping with Light Café; weekly one-day activities, hikes, camps, week-long baseball training in a sports facility, and activities in parks. (Photo from last year)


REV. RON & GAYLE CLEGG are to be here June 22 – 28 to speak at the church’s Family Camp in Latvia & a 2-day conference in Lithuania for seminary students. Ron is pastor of Parkview Pres. In Lilburn, Georgia.

~Family Camp for the Reformed churches is always great with over 100 attending. It is over some the longest days of the year (& believe us these are long days!), so plenty of time for teaching and activities (who sleeps?). Here is a photo from last year with Mark Bolyard (on end), Carl & Becky, and many others.

After the Family Camp, Ron will go to Vilnius, Lithuania with Carl for a conference. PLEASE PRAY FOR BOTH THESE ACTIVITIES.
FAMILIES & MOMS’GROUP - Hard to have Moms’ group during the summer when Moms need to be with children, BUT plans are moving forward for a series of Parenting Seminars this fall.
PRAISE God for our wonderful team of 4 couples who are working to get details ready. PLEASE PRAY that all the talks can be translated and we will find a “good voice” to record them.

TEEN GIRLS – Since both our interns are guys, Anda hopes to spend special time with the teen girls each week this summer. Pray this works out.
Work on Lux Mundi continues ( – more articles up! More articles being translated.

Baltic Reformed Theological Seminary will continue with courses in June. Dr. Mark Vanderhart will have an intensive course on “Post-Exilic Prophets.” PLUS he is offering a 6-week Greek class for those interested (thru middle of July). Please pray for these courses.

Truly a very packed next 6 weeks. We pray for grace, wisdom, strength and God to work mightily.
“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit.” Say the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

We end with GOOD NEWS! Not only are we well and doing fine, but we are soon to have teammates!! Robert & Jeanne Smith have set the third week of July as their arrival in Riga!! We praise God for this.

This is in exactly two months! Pray as they have much to do both before they come and after they arrive.

Together for God’s Kingdom work in the Baltics,

Carl & Becky Chaplin

Missions Report

Missions Report

Missions Report

Sechlers’ Signpost June 6, 2011


We just want to update you on our present status since we arrived in Mississippi for our Home Ministry Assignment (HMA). Needless to say, our travels have been hampered due to medical procedures that Sharon has undergone since we arrived. In our last Sechlers’ Signpost, we shared with you that she had been hospitalized for a procedure (A VATS Pleurodesis) which means a procedure that drains fluid from the chest cavity, right side, and then ‘glues’ the pleura to the inside of the ribcage to prevent fluid from building up and compressing her lung which causes shortness of breath.

Since we have been in Mississippi, she has had one chemo treatment and two Thoracenteses procedures. Her Oncologist, as well as we, believe that the chemo will ‘kick in’ and help stop the cancer cells, especially in the thoracic region where she has had the biggest problem. Ultimately we do trust our Great Physician to do His will. During this time, she has lost a considerable amount of weight and we are really working on building her strength so we can begin our normal reporting. Her next Chemo treatment is scheduled for this Thursday. Please pray. Her appetite is improving and we praise Him for that.

All the above being said, these situations have hampered our wish to begin reporting to our ministry partners. We are also supposed to attend a re-entry conference at Ridgehaven in NC in July and we are hoping and praying that Sharon’s physical condition will be improved enough for us to attend this conference. We are hoping that we can seek God’s will for our future ministry at this conference, since there will be Mission to the World representatives present to discuss future ministry opportunities, as well as past, with us .

Please pray for us as we trust Him for His healing and His leadership in our lives as we seek to do His will. We will keep you updated as time goes on.

We praise God for your faithfulness in your willingness to partner in ministry with us. Your continued prayers and financial support are gratefully appreciated.

Our HMA address is: 7054 Attala Road 4167 Sallis, MS 39160

Phone numbers are: 662 289 7212, 917 683 7039 or 917 683 7079

We ask in Christ’s great love and mercy for you to pray with us.

Your fellow servants for Kingdom growth,

Dick & Sharon

Romans 11: 33-36
Oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” For from Him, and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen