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Week of Prayer // Wednesday

Sep 30, 2020,   BY Pastor Brian Gobar   IN Prayer Week

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THEME: REFRESH & REVIVE

BIG IDEA: We live in a world that needs refreshing and reviving; a world that needs God. When we do the first part by humbling ourselves, seeking God’s face and turning from our ways, God says He’ll bring healing.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Acts 3:19 (TPT) 19 And now you must repent and turn back to God so that your sins will be removed, and so that times of refreshing will stream from the Lord’s presence.

Repentance may bring a moment of pain, but unrepentance will lead you to a lifetime of pain.

Psalm 107:35 (NLT) 35 But he also turns deserts into pools of water, the dry land into springs of water.

Isaiah 40:30-31 (TLB) Even the youths shall be exhausted, and the young men will all give up. 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint

PRAYER FOCUS:
• Pray that God would bring healing to this divided land
• Scripture tells us that we are to pray for those who are in authority
• Pray for President Trump, Vice President Pence and national government leaders
• Pray for Governor Walz, mayors, county officials
• Pray for those tasked with the health, well-being and safety across Minnesota
• Pray for unity across all political spectrums; that they would work together
• Pray that God would bring revival and a refreshing to our land

Joy Kids Prayer Point: VESSEL
I declare, in Jesus’ name, that my child will know Your purpose for their life and will be used in a great way by You. I believe they will be salt & light to all people around them. I pray that they will walk closely with you and be vessels that honor You in all things. 2 Timothy 2:21

Week of Prayer // Tuesday

Sep 29, 2020,   BY Pastor Brian Gobar   IN Prayer Week

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THEME: SEEK HIS FACE

BIG IDEA: God answers prayer based on who He is, not on how good we are. Our prayer today is that we would know who God really is. His character so revealed to us, that we would be changed by it and that the world would see Jesus in and through us, the Church.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Corinthians 4:4 (TPT) for their minds have been blinded by the god of this age, leaving them in unbelief. Their blindness keeps them from seeing the dayspring light of the wonderful news of the glory of Jesus Christ, who is the divine image of God.

PRAYER FOCUS:
• Today we pray for the world-wide and local church
• Pray that every believer would have boldness and confidence to speak truth in love
• Strengthen them, bring us together and give us words of encouragement to speak to one another
• As we’re being asked to keep our distance, help us to be closer to people than we’ve ever been before

Joy Kids Prayer Point: COURAGE
God, help my child to know that You are always with them. May this give them both confidence and courage in difficult situations. You are the reason that they can be brave! Deuteronomy 31:6

Week of Prayer // Monday

Sep 28, 2020,   BY Pastor Brian Gobar   IN Prayer Week

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THEME: HUMBLE OURSELVES AND TURN

BIG IDEA: Today we pray for us. Prayer often starts with something that’s bigger than us, or when we face a problem that we feel we can’t handle. Humility is understanding we can’t, but also to turn to someone else for help. Prayer happens when we humble ourselves, admit we can’t and turn to a God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

James 4:6 (NIV) But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

Psalm 139:23-24 (TPT) 23 God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. 24 See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways—the path that brings me back to you.

PRAYER FOCUS:
• Pray that God would examine the ways and direction of our heart
• Today is about God’s way versus our way
• Do we need to turn or repent from our ways?
• Ask God, “What needs to change in my life?”
• Receive God’s grace and favor

Joy Kids Prayer Point: INTEGRITY
Lord, help my child understand the importance of truthfulness in every situation. May the promptings of the Holy Spirit help them choose to tell the truth. Even when it is hard to make the right choices, may integrity and honesty be their virtue and protection.
Proverbs 12:19

Week of Prayer // DAY 5

Apr 10, 2020,   BY Pastor Brian Gobar   IN Prayer Week

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PRAYING FOR HEALING

Hebrews 7:24-25 (NIV) 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. 

Numbers 16:46-50 (NIV) 46 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put incense in it, along with burning coals from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the Lord; the plague has started.” 

Numbers 16:46-50 (NIV) 47 So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them. 48 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.  49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. 50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the tent of meeting, for the plague had stopped.

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Revelation 5:8-9 (MSG) He came to the One Seated on the Throne and took the scroll from his right hand. The moment he took the scroll, the Four Animals and Twenty-four Elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb. Each had a harp and each had a bowl, a gold bowl filled with incense, the prayers of God’s holy people. And they sang a new song: Worthy! Take the scroll, open its seals.

Big Idea: An intercessor is basically one who stands between. In a courtroom you have a judge, prosecutor and an attorney who represents the accused. He stands between the judge and prosecutor and pleads or argues the case on your behalf. The bible says that we are to do the same for the people around us.

Prayer Focus: Prayer for healing and that the spirit of fear would be bound

  • As you stand in the gap for others: Pray for their peace, health, and provision
  • Pray for those afflicted with the Covid-19 virus and the grieving would be comforted
  • Pray that people would not be moved by the spirit of fear but would instead of have the mind of Christ
  • Pray that anxiety, depression, fear and worry would bow their knee’s to the name of Jesus

Week of Prayer // DAY 4

Apr 9, 2020,   BY Pastor Brian Gobar   IN Prayer Week

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PRAYING FOR THE ECONOMY

Psalm 46:1 (NKJV) God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

1 Kings 20:23 (NIV) 23 Meanwhile, the officials of the king of Aram advised him, “Their gods are gods of the hills. That is why they were too strong for us. But if we fight them on the plains, surely we will be stronger than they.

1 Kings 20:28 (NIV) 28 The man of God came up and told the king of Israel, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Because the Arameans think the Lord is a god of the hills and not a god of the valleys, (the Syrians said plains, God takes is step farther and says valleys) I will deliver this vast army into your hands, and you will know that I am the Lord.’”

Psalm 23:4 (NIV) Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

N-O-W-H-E-R-E

Big Idea: Often in difficult times we’re tempted to feel like perhaps God is nowhere to be found. As we continue this week of prayer I want to remind you that God is a God who is always there ready to help us in our times of trouble.

Prayer Focus:
The Economy

  • For those who have lost or are fearful of losing their jobs
  • For every business owner that God would meet their needs
  • Pray for protection and resurgence in our economy

Week of Prayer // DAY 3

Apr 8, 2020,   BY Pastor Brian Gobar   IN Prayer Week

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PRAYING FOR THOSE FAR FROM GOD

Matthew 9:37-38 (NKJV) 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

John 3:16 (NLT) 16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gavehis one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Luke 19:10 (NLT) For the Son of Mancame to seek and save those who are lost.”

Big Idea: It’s easy for us to forget what it was like when we didn’t know Jesus as our Savior. When that happens, it’s even easier for us to remember that there are still people who are far from God just like we used to be. God loved this world so much that He set the whole plan of redemption in motion for all of humanity. Now He asks us to pray for them and love them as much as He does.

Prayer Focus:
The Lost

  • Ask God to give us a heart for those that are lost and far from Him
  • Pray that every barrier a person who is far from God has would be broken down
  • Pray that all of our services will be full of the Holy Spirit drawing people to Him
  • Pray that central Minnesota will see God’s light shine through us in all we do
  • Pray for Joy Christian Center
  • Pray for Joy Christian Center and churches around Central Minnesota and the world
    • Give believers boldness of confidence
    • Give us words to speak encouragement and life to one another

Week of Prayer // DAY 2

Apr 7, 2020,   BY Pastor Brian Gobar   IN Prayer Week

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PRAYING FOR THOSE PROVIDING HEALTH CARE

John 14:13 (NKJV) And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 16:23-24 (NKJV) 23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

Matthew 18:20 (NIV) For where two or three gather in my name, I am there with them.”

Philippians 2:9-12 (NIV) Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Big Idea: For much of our lives we have been taught and encouraged to pray in the name of Jesus. But often we’ve never stopped to consider why. Often, because of custom or tradition we’ve just sort of tagged “in Jesus Name” to the end of our prayers. But the Name of Jesus guarantees the attention of God’s ear and puts the enemy on the run! 

Prayer Focus:
Those in the health care industry

  • As we pray today, remember that the Name of Jesus is above every name
  • Pray for doctors, nurses, first responders
  • Those who are on the front lines of providing health care
    • Pray that they would have stamina, protection and endurance, speak life over them
    • Pray for their protection as well as the safety and protection of their families and loved ones
  • Speak to the virus that it must bow it’s knee to the Name of Jesus

Week of Prayer // DAY 1

Apr 6, 2020,   BY Pastor Brian Gobar   IN Prayer Week

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PRAYING FOR THOSE IN AUTHORITY

Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Psalm 149 1:1, 6 (NLT) Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful. 6 Let the praises of God be in their mouths, and a sharp sword in their hands—

Psalm 34:1-4 (NKJV) I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.

Big Idea:
We don’t often think of it but, praise and worship is one of the most powerful
things that we can do in times of anxiety and fear. Worship reminds us of the
greatness of God, His faithfulness to His promises and, is an important
ingredient to prayer!

Prayer Focus:
Prayer for those in authority

  • Spend time reminding yourself of the greatness and faithfulness of God
  • Take a few moments to express your gratitude to God for everything good in your life
  • Scripture tells us to pray first for those who are in authority
    • Pray for President Trump, VP Pence, Corona task force
    • Governor Walz, mayors, county officials,
    • Those tasked with the health and well-being across Minnesota
  • Pray for unity across all political spectrums that they would work together

Joy to the World 2020

Oct 27, 2019,   BY Pastor Brian Gobar   IN Connecting, Faith

Dear Joy Christian Center Family,

I try not to fill up your mailbox or email with a lot of unnecessary information, but occasionally I feel the need to do so. You have heard me often say that we are a family church, teaching people, to reach their world and for 28 years that has been Joy Christian Center’s mission.

Joy Christian Center would not be where we are today, nor have the reputation we do without you, the people of Joy! Many people around central Minnesota have been blessed, not because of one, but because of everyone.

On October 20th, I invited everyone connected to Joy Christian Center to participate in our Joy to the World offering. The larger goal of Joy to the World is to intentionally share Christ, serve others and give of our resources. Our heart is to simply take Joy to the World and be a blessing in whatever way we can. Joy to the World 2020 is living proof that “everyone can do more than someone”. “WE” is always greater than “me”.

I am confident that the blessings of people, wisdom, experience and resources here at Joy Christian Center are not for us alone. I believe that God wants us to be a resource for other churches that are like ours. There are pastors of smaller churches that have vision and potential but are needing a little bit of help. I want us to be the ones to help provide what they need.

I don’t have the space to go into all the details, but a reminder that 100% of the Joy to the World 2020 offering will go toward:

  • Reaching our community
  • Blessing other churches and pastors
  • Be ready to meet a need, as soon as we see it

How do we do this? For the very low price of $49.95. On November 24, we are encouraging everyone to come prepared to be a part of the Joy to the World offering. I know that for some $49.95 is a stretch and others can do more than that. I ask that you each prayerfully consider being a part. After all, everyone really can do more than someone!

It is a joy to serve God with you in this great mission and harvest in central Minnesota, as we reach our community for Christ and advance the Gospel around the world.

Serving Him with Joy,
Pastor Brian

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Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And there was great joy in that city.

Acts 8:5,8 (NKJV)

Joy to the World 2019

Nov 13, 2018,   BY Pastor Brian Gobar   IN Connecting, Faith

Dear Joy Christian Center Family,

For the last few years we’ve asked everyone that is a part of Joy to participate in an annual offering that we call Joy to the World. 100% of the proceeds from this offering are used to simply take joy to the world and to be a blessing wherever and however we can.

On Sunday, November 18, we’re encouraging everyone to come prepared to participate in the Joy to the World offering and you can be a part of it for the low, low price of $49.95!

I realize that moving the Joy to the World offering into November might make it difficult, because of the holidays and we know that for some $49.95 is a stretch. The goal is less about the amount and more about the power of “we” and the giving from our hearts. So whether it’s $49.95, $4.95 or $4,995, this is our opportunity as a church to respond to God’s generosity toward us by being generous toward others. This offering is living proof that everyone can do more than someone.

It’s an honor to serve God with you in this great mission and harvest in central Minnesota. Remember that together we are part of a branch office of a world-wide organization whose goal is global domination!

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Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And there was great joy in that city.

Acts 8:5,8 (NKJV)

Serving Him with Joy,
Pastor Brian

Joy to the World 2018

Nov 28, 2017,   BY Pastor Brian Gobar   IN Faith

Dear Joy Christian Center Family,

Can you believe that we’ve rounded the corner and can see the end of 2017 just ahead? Wow what a year it’s been!

As I write this letter, the dust has settled from Fall Fun Fest 2017 and I am so proud of this congregation. From touching the lives of people within the church and reaching out to our community the “power of we” has been put on display by the “circles and rows” of Joy Christian Center.

During the Feast of Passover, or as we call it the Last Supper, Jesus gave us an example when He washed the feet of the disciples. He concluded by saying, “Do for others as I have done for you.” (John 13:14-15) The example is that our behavior towards others is to be governed by His behavior towards us. Over the years Joy has lived that out from large events like Fall Fun Fest to supporting missionaries, as well as supporting everything that we as a church do on a weekly basis. I’m amazed and humbled by the wonderful privilege to be called pastor of Joy Christian Center.

For the last few years we’ve asked everyone that is a part of Joy to participate in an annual offering that we call Joy to the World. 100% of the proceeds from this offering are used to simply take joy to the world and to be a blessing wherever and however we can. Typically, this offering happens the weekend before Thanksgiving, but for reasons that will become obvious we’ve moved it to December 3.

On Sunday, December 3, we’re encouraging everyone to come prepared to participate in the Joy to the World offering and you can be a part of it for the low, low price of $49.95!

I realize that moving the Joy to the World offering into December might make it difficult, because of the holidays and we know that for some $49.95 is a stretch. The goal is less about the amount and more about the power of “we” and the giving from our hearts. So whether it’s $49.95, $4.95 or $4,995, this is our opportunity as a church to respond to God’s generosity toward us by being generous toward others. This offering is living proof that everyone can do more than someone.

But wait…there’s more! I believe that when we’re a blessing to others, God in turn brings blessings our way. On Sunday, December 3, I will share with you a couple of interesting things I believe are the result of us being a blessing and in turn God blessing us back. God is so good!

It’s an honor to serve God with you in this great mission and harvest in central Minnesota. Remember that together we are part of a branch office of a world-wide organization whose goal is global domination!

You can give now. It’s safe, secure and simple to use.

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Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And there was great joy in that city.

Acts 8:5,8 (NKJV)

Serving Him with Joy,
Pastor Brian

Bible Reading Plan | December

Nov 25, 2017,   BY Pastor John Jose   IN Bible Reading Plan

Join us as we grow together through daily Bible reading in 2017. Download the December PDF today or pick up a copy at Joy this Sunday.

December Bible Reading Plan Download