Honor and Gratefulness


Only a select handful of people impact our lives so very deeply. Their influence is felt and their words bring us life. One of these people in my life is Marty Eddinger. The Lord took him home a few years ago on this date (Feb 3). He was a great encourager. He and Millie supported us from the beginning of our work here in Bedford. He spoke life, hope, encouragement. He prayed, sought the Lord, and won souls. He talked about Jesus. He served others, from leading Overcomer’s, to making food, to anonymous gifts. He loved his God, his wife, his family, his friends, and his church.

He sent me on my woodcarving journey. Patiently encouraging me to not give up. He taught me how to set up, how to detail eyes, how to enjoy the process not just the end product. I am grateful.

I am thankful he spoke into my life. His words still speak. His friendship is missed. On that Great Day the missing will be over. Thanks Marty.

A Pastor’s Prayer


This is a prayer I have been writing for some time, and praying. A lot of my friends are pastors and spiritual leaders. We need prayer for different things, at different times. If you are a pastor, print and pray. If you are not, you will gain insight on how to pray for your pastor.

A Pastor’s Prayer

Lord help me today I set out to do your will. To represent you as the spiritual leader of your church and this community.

May I always know a live that my first ministry is to my family. May I never neglect them to build a church a to earn someone’s approval. Help me be the spiritual, loving leader at home, before the church or community.

Give me the grace to make hard decisions, love hard people, and prevent my heart from becoming hard.

Fill me with your love for everyone.  The lost, the faithful, the hurting, the struggling, the stubborn, the combative, and the unseen.

Please give me the gifts I need when I need then to be effective for your Kingdom, and then may I rest in humility, and crucify my ego.

May I realize and act on the interior, secret place of my life.  The place where you dwell, and I truly exist.  May I not allow room for sin, greed, bitterness, apathy, or spite, but only the sweet presence of Christ, changing me from the inside out. Deliver me from the enemy who would love me to make evil choices, that would have devastating outcomes.

May I take your Word and eat that book for myself.  May I gain insights to share, passion to preach, but also food for my soul, so I may be the person of holiness that will serve my family, spouse, colleagues, and community, and bring glory to Your Name.

Fill me with your Holy Spirit’s power, so I may live Holy, be filled with the Love of my Father, and the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.

Forgive me for comparisons.  May I rest in who you made me to be and not who I am not.  May I have faith that you are growing me in who you desire me to be.

Free me from feeling guilty for not being able to do what I do not have time to do, but want to.

Give me the wisdom for discernment of my time, discernment for those I allow in my circle of influence, and discernment to hear the cries of the silent who need you.

Help me forsake distractions for sustained times. May my phone, social media, email, and texts be a disciplined blessing and not a nuisance to my soul.

Give me the discipline to seek solitude, for there is where the fertile soil is, to hear your voice.

Help me rest and Sabbath well and be filled with health, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Give me a revelation of your love for me regardless of my preaching, counseling, leading, following, writing, or ideas. May I know that if I stopped doing all of these things, your love for me would not change and is constant because You have created me.

Never let me get far from the cross. Don’t let me drift away from gratefulness and thanksgiving for your sacrifice for my salvation.  May that gratitude be manifest in my joy, my worship, my leadership, and my contentment.

I give you my life this day. I am yours. I thank you for the privilege of my calling. Keep me a humble and strong leader filled with your presence in all I say, do, write, post, and speak.

By Pastor Nate Elarton

Lead Pastor Of Compelled Church, Temperance, MI and Toledo, OH

Night of Worship and Prayer for Compassion. Click for guide


Today is a day of fasting and prayer and tonight at both Compelled Location @6:30 pm we will have a night of prayer and worship. I felt in my heart the Lord wanted me to lead the church in 3 areas of prayer and focus, Compassion, conviction, and courage. Tonight we pray for compassion. Here is the guide for those of you joining us online. Love you all Pastor Nate Elarton

Night of Worship and Prayer

January 20, 2021

Prayer Target: Compassion

Ephesians 4:30–32 (NIV84) — 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Matthew 9:36–38 (NIV84) — 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

2 Corinthians 1:3–5 (NIV84) — 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

Psalm 103:4 (NIV84) — 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

Psalm 145:9 (NIV84) — 9 The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

1. Pray the church would have greater compassion

  • For people who are lost spiritually.
  • For other races
  • For those who do not believe like us.
  • For the suffering and hurting.
  • For children and youth

2. That God would let us see people through His eyes, His love, His compassion, and His grace.

3. That we would get out from focus on ourselves and look out to those who need God’s love and compassion.

4.Help us look at every human being, as they were made in the image of God.

5. That we would have empathy to see life through other’s eyes and then we could be more compassionate.

6. That we would repent and reject thing that extinguish are compassion.

  • Pride
  • Judgment
  • A complaining and critical spirit and/or attitude
  • Racism, political bias, incorrect conclusions about people.
  • Greed and materialism
  • A extreme focus on self

7. That our compassion  would move us to action, and we would have courage for that action.

8. Compassion would pair with generosity

  • Of our time
  • Of our gifts
  • Of our talents
  • Of our life

Week of Prayer, January 8, 2021 Let’s have some Courage Christians


We have a lot of Christians that have courage to talk and post about politics, covid, masks, but do you we have the courage to talk about Jesus Christ, the Gospel, the Bible, our Lord? Let’s pray for courage and to be encouragers. Our courage can helps someone else rise up in courage for the sake of Christ (Philippians 1.14). Christ did not die on the cross for His people to be wimps. God is calling us to be courageous for the Kingdom’s sake, His Kingdom, to shed the light of Jesus and the Good News of Salvation!

BE KIND


A great post from my friend and Pastor James Allen.

Jest As I Am--Dr. James D Allen

KINDNESS

Saint Paul says: Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)

May I offer some simple suggestions as we end 2020 and move on to 2021?

  • Please tip the housekeepers at hotels.  Most of the housekeepers are female, that I have encountered.  Leave a tip each morning.  I have talked to many over the years, and they are single moms, people who are new to the country and trying to make a new life, and wives with inadequate income from their spouse.  Imagine what $5 to $10 a day per room would mean to them.

  • Please turn off your car engine when grocery servers come out to load the groceries in the trunk.  You will not freeze, you will not burn up, but you will limit the exhaust the servers have to inhale.

  • Write a letter to someone who has…

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Christmas and the Cross


To the follower of Jesus Christmas is very important. The prophecies of old become fulfilled with the coming of the Savior of the World. The manger would lead jesus to the cross, the tomb, and to the right hand of the Father. The life of Jesus changed history, the world, but most importantly individual lives. We celebrate His coming, but we know it’s all for us. His birth, His life, His Death, His resurrection, and ascension. It’s was all for us. If you don’t know that, I pray you do. Jesus came for us. Read this from Matthew quoting Isaiah 9.6-7.

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).” (Matthew 1:21–23, NIV)

Christmas is about new life, forgiveness, redemption, and being redeemed. Christmas is about being rescued from our sins, having Christ in our lives now, being part of His Kingdom of the earth. Not only that, we spend eternity alive. We never die.

And we did nothing for this. Not a thing. Actually the only thing you need to do to understand the complete Christmas Story is believe that Jesus did this for you and receive his forgiveness. Just pray or talk to Him. He is with you. I love these verses:

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.(Romans 10:9–10, NIV)

If you haven’t done this, do it and become a follower of Christ. If you have done this and your life is not what you know pleases God, then jump into your faith with zeal and commitment. Jesus came for us all, but he also came for you. He knows you.

Christ came to us and he knew his life would lead Him to the Cross. His love for us lead HIm there, and His love for us continues to lead us to Him.

Merry Christmas!

Nate

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