Dr. Doug Witherup
These have been heavy days and heavy times. Let’s pray for JOY: A wave of unspeakable, undeniable joy to sweep our city.
“If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” These are the words of Jesus in John chapter 15.
Southeastern University Focus
Pastor Kevin Smith
Lead Family Life Pastor/ SEU Director
School is starting again this week for SEU Carolina. While our faculty and staff have taken enormous steps to prepare for their safe return, they are still returning to us in an unusual season during a pandemic. Please pray for the Spirit of God to quell any and all anxieties and fears related to the pandemic. Pray that things will go smoothly and flow as planned when we re-open and students return.
Family Life Focus
Pastors Ryan, Mikayla, Justin, Wesley
Please join us in prayer for the students and faculty of this month’s featured schools: Concord Academy (elementary, middle, and high). We are praying for these teacher and student bodies to be open for God’s presence; for those who are believers to have boldness to lead their peers in finding life and freedom, and for anointing on the teachers to speak into the next generation. Lastly, please join us as we pray for spiritual leadership to rise up within the family.
Multiply Evangelism Focus
Pastor Marvel Pope
Congregational Care Pastor
This month as we pray for the lost, the Holy Spirit has impressed on me that we should pray for the lost sons and daughters of the House. These Scripture-based prayers are for any loved ones or lost ones:
“Lord, thank You for drawing my loved one with love and tenderness to Yourself, even in their desert place. Show them that You are with them. You delight in them. Amid the clamor for their attention and affections, may they hear Your voice calling them and respond to Your deep, deep, love.” (Jeremiah 31:3; Hosea 2:14; Zephaniah 3:17)
“Remove their heart of stone and replace it with a new, soft heart. Make this heart into a bed of fertile soil so that the seed of truth sown into it will grow deep roots and bring forth a rich crop of life so that they will live wide awake to the love of God and fully alive to their purpose.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27; Matthew 13:23; Colossians 2:6-7)
In JESUS mighty powerful name, the name that is above every other name, AMEN!
Pastors Gwen Stowers & Harrison Skey
Missions and Outreach Pastors
Please join us in prayer for a team of missionaries we support who are serving in Russia. Their ministry is already very sensitive due to the nature of being in a closed country, and now with COVID, their ministry has become even more complicated. Most recently, they have begun a broad sowing ministry technique through media in Russia. They are praying for a harvest of souls and disciples to be made through this ministry effort. Pray for this ministry to sow seeds in the hearts of the Russian people for the Gospel. Pray for families to be changed and culture to be shifted so Jesus might receive all the glory and lost people might come home.
Featured Dream Center Ministry: Cabarrus Health Alliance Dental Services
Please pray for Cabarrus Health Alliance Dental Services, located in the Cabarrus Dream Center. They have been on the cutting edge of providing services for their clients seamlessly during the COVID season. Pray for their continual service to our community during this time and beyond.
Featured cfa Ministry: Tribes
It’s time for Tribes to launch, and we’re excited to see what God has next in store for Tribes this fall. We have hope because we’re not alone — not only do we have God, He’s also given us each other. This is our strength: a united spirit gaining confidence and determination together but, more importantly, learning to rely on God together.
As Tribe leaders move forward through the pandemic, we have an important decision to make. How should we respond? Our response, whether it’s personal and limiting in effect or an all-encompassing worldwide crisis, should be the same: Turn to the Father, lead with compassion and concern for others, live fearlessly, remember who’s in control, and discover the good.
The crisis of COVID has certainly taken us all by surprise and forced us all to slam the brakes on our busy lives. Suddenly, all the things we thought were important and that we were chasing after aren’t a priority anymore because life is more precious. Please pray for the Tribes as we continue on loving those that need loved.
Please pray for Concord Academy as we prepare for and launch into the 2020-2021 school year. Believe with us that the Lord will fill the administration team, teachers, and staff with wisdom and insight as they prepare for the Concord Academy students, and that God will touch each student and family in a unique and eternal way during this school year. Each year presents new opportunities. Thank you for partnering with Concord Academy in believing for insight and discernment into how to minister effectively to each and every student. Please pray specifically for the Academy as we navigate all the necessary changes needed to provide what is needed during the COVID season. Pray for divine protection, health, and safety for all.
Join us in prayer for the town of Locust and Mayor Stephen Huber, Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Baucom, Rusty Efird, and Mandy Watson. Locust is a fast-growing community and is known as the “crossroads” of our county. Pray for the Lord to lead them in wisdom and bring resources to prosper the businesses and citizens.