Spiritual Life Church

 "Having God in Your Life Improves the Quality of Your Life" - Rev Daniel Hodlin

 


Pastor
Spiritual Life Church
Rev. Daniel Hodlin  
Ordained Minister

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Branching Out to Meet the Need
When God called me at an early age He planted the seeds for Spiritual Life Church. I could not have foreseen the tremendous potential to spread the Word of God that would take place with Spiritual Life Church. Our continued Internet growth has presented us with the opportunity to branch out and reach more people for Jesus Christ than ever before.
As Christians, each of us is called to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to give back to the Lord in proportion to the way He has blessed us individually. God will give each of us the knowledge of how He wants us to grow in our Spiritual growth, and that sacrificial giving will be a natural result when we faithfully seek Godís guidance for our lives.
Prayer has always been, and remains the source of power and inspiration for Spiritual Life Church. We believe God has given us His vision for branching out to reach the families of the Internet community. We request that the entire church join in intensive prayer.
Pray that God give each of us the understanding of why this mission is important.
Pray that His plans will be our plans.
Pray that His vision will be our vision.
Pray that this will be a time of unity and joy.
Pray for the people who will be reached as a result of continuing.
Pray that God will be glorified.

As we move forward, let's unite our hearts in prayer for God's aid in continuing the mission of Spiritual Life Church. Also, let each of us say this prayer:
"Lord, what do you want to do through me to fulfill Your will for our church?"

How to Pray
At Spiritual Life Church, we believe that anyone can have a personal relationship with God and with Jesus Christ, His Son.

Many of us are raised in the tradition of praying only at certain times, in certain places. We pray in church, at funerals, over meals, at bedtime. But when you have a personal relationship with God, you can pray all day, every day. At first, it may seem like a burden, one more thing to do, about as exciting as exercise, or mowing the lawn, or doing the dishes. But I think youíll find that prayer will quickly become as natural as breathing, and a tremendous comfort.

"Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Many people hesitate to offer their prayers to God because they think they donít know the "right" words. God isnít impressed by big words and flowery language. He just wants to hear from you, His child. Pray in your own words. God knows whatís in your heart. Talk to Him. Praise Him. Give thanks for a safe trip. Pray for a friend in chemotherapy. Ask forgiveness for those hurtful words. Praise God for that beautiful sunset. Ask for His guidance as you take on a new project. You donít have to wait for a special time and place. Say your prayer right then. God hears you.

Many of us are so caught up in our busy lives, we get in the habit of thinking only about ourselves. Remember others, family, friends and strangers, when you pray. Remember, too, that a prayer is not a "wish list". God doesnít grant us everything we ask for, when we ask for it.

We may think we know what we need and want, but only God knows for sure. Only God knows when the time is right, or if weíre ready to receive what we ask for.

Jesus tells us, "When you pray, do not use a lot of meaningless words, as the pagans do, who think that God will hear them because theyíre prayers are long. Do not be like them. Your Father already knows what you need before you ask Him." Matthew 6:7-8

The second part of prayer is listening. Sometimes weíre so busy talking, we forget that God may have something to tell us. Set aside a few minutes of quiet time each day just to be with Him.

Youíll be amazed what a difference it makes in your life. How calm youíll begin to feel, how small the problems of every day life begin to seem.

Be an example to your children. Donít tell them to pray, but pray with them. A member of our congregation tells me that one of the fondest memories she has of her childhood is kneeling beside her bed with her father as they recited the classic childís bedtime prayer together: "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take."

Most important of all, remember to thank God, and give Him Praise, even in bad times. What a comfort, to know that youíre never alone. God and His Son, Jesus Christ, are always with you.

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