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Week of Prayer, 2013

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As we rapidly approach the end of another year, we must give thanks to God for this great gift of life. As we can see 2014 on the horizon, it is a perfect time for us to reflect on the resolutions we set at the beginning of this year. All of our words, actions, and thoughts of this past year have been written in the books of Heaven, let us consider how we spent this past year. Have we been good stewards of the talents God has lent to us? Have we grown closer to God? Above all, have we been obedient to God’s commandments?

Let us humble ourselves before God, ask for forgiveness where we have failed and plead for mercy, not only for ourselves, but for our families.

Our week of prayer begins on Friday December 6, 2013 at 6:30pm, Temple Hills Church.

Online edition can be found here:  Week Of Prayer Reading

Here are the titles of the readings that will be covered:

  1. A Chosen Generation,
    Chosen does not mean frozen but rather surrendered!
  2. Standard Bearers,
    God has placed the flag of fidelity in our hands—will we keep it aloft?
  3. The Translation Diet,
    Heaven has a perfect plan for us—why interfere with the wisdom of His basics?
  4. Fig Leaves or Lamb’s Wool,
    What’s placed on the outside mostly shows what’s on the inside.
  5. The Ribbon of Blue,
    Dressing for the Master’s arrival.
  6. The Day of Rest,
    Sanctification involves upholding God’s sacred hours.
  7. Work, for the Night Is Coming,
    Spiritual sloth can kill our experience. It’s time to arise!

In the history of ancient Israel, at the end of the year they came to Jerusalem for Day of Atonement, but before that, they had ten days for searching their hearts, paying restitution, reconciling with God, and doing other preparations.

We are now living in the great Day of Atonement. In the typical service, while the high priest was making the atonement for Israel, all were required to afflict their souls by repentance of sin and humiliation before the Lord, lest they be cut off from among the people. In like manner, all who would have their names retained in the book of life should now, in the few remaining days of their probation, afflict their souls before God by sorrow for sin and true repentance. There must be deep, faithful searching of heart. The light, frivolous spirit indulged by so many professed Christians must be put away. There is earnest warfare before all who would subdue the evil tendencies that strive for the mastery. The work of preparation is an individual work. We are not saved in groups…. {CCh 348.5}