What are you? What am I?

What are you?  What am I? Simple yet complex questions. I am personally a lot of things, a husband, a father, an uncle, a friend, the computer guy, a hard worker, and the list goes on…  But what am I? You can look at all the things I am good at, all the different identities that I have in this world but when you strip everything away, what am I? What are you?

I am a follower of Christ, a servant.  Many of you will remember that old children’s worship song, “I’m in the Lord’s army…yes sir!” While it references that we may never be in the infantry, calvary, artillery, or air corps in the physical sense, in the spiritual sense we very much are.  Different services, same army.  The infantry can’t say to the artillery we don’t need you, as who do they call when they need heavy firepower?  The air corps can’t say to the infantry we don’t need you, as no one ever occupied territory by merely flying over it.  We take our assignment and walk in it!

This is exactly what Paul is addressing in 1 Corinthians 3:5 where he says, “What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.  There was a dissension in the ranks about who to follow or who was better, Paul lays it out very clearly to the Corinthians about which leader is better, neither. They are merely servants! Servants called by God to do the works of ministry that he established long ago for them to accomplish; it’s not just Paul and Apollos that God has called to serve, it’s you and I as well.

So where do you find yourself on the spectrum? Do you find yourself wrestling with feelings of inferiority, or perhaps you find yourself on the other side of the coin with feelings of pride or arrogance.  Let Paul’s words sink in and correct your thinking.  Don’t feel inferior, you are a valued part of the body; the body could not function without you in whatever capacity you serve.  Don’t be arrogant, you can’t say to the other parts of the body that they are not needed; as the old saying goes, there is no “I” in team.  As Paul address in depth in 1 Corinthians 12, it takes all parts working together to get the body where it needs to go. Keep seeking Him, keep serving Him in humility and watch where God takes us all.

Be blessed this week!

Pastor Ryan

O Come Let Us Adore Him

A few months ago I had the privilege of serving in children’s church and help them learn the songs they would be singing for the Christmas service. One sunday in the middle of practicing our singing one of the boys in class raised his hand and asked me “What does ‘adore’ mean?” This was a great question! Especially since the song we were singing happened to be “O Come Let Us

Adore Him”. This boy wanted to know what exactly it was we were coming to do to Jesus. I explained that the word adore was just another word for love, but I wasn’t satisfied with that answer. So I picked up my phone and googled the exact definition.

a·dore

əˈdô(ə)r/

verb

  • love and respect (someone) deeply.

synonyms: be devoted to, to hold dear, cherish, treasure, prize

  • worship

synonyms: glorify, praise, revere, exalt,

I read this aloud and though this is an accurate definition of the word “adore”, I still wasn’t satisfied. You see, in our day and age I believe the word “love” has lost its significance. If you take a look at the definition above it says “someone” not “something”. I think it goes without saying that we were never created to love things. Yet we say things like “I love that restaurant”, “I love the color blue”, “I love Target” “I love my electric toothbrush” etc., but when was the last time a place or thing has ever loved us back? When was the last time a place or thing has ever loved us first?

Never.

Telling a group of children that adore is just another word for love didn’t quite do the word justice in my opinion. So I explained it to the kids like this – “It’s like when you beg your mom to take you to McDonald’s because you loooooooooove french fries, but then you eat them and forget about them. You aren’t devoted to the french fries. They are here one minute and gone the next and they certainly don’t love you back. To come and adore Jesus means that we not only love Him deeply, but worship Him. We can’t (or at least shouldn’t) worship french fries. Through Jesus we learn what true love really means. “We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 He teaches us how to love correctly and brings us to the truth of that very word. We don’t love Him just a little bit, we love Him greatly.” I think it’s important to note the obvious – we can and should love people. The Bible even commands us to love one another as Christ has loved us. In fact the only way to genuinely love others is to receive the love that God has for us. However, if we find ourselves adoringpeople we just might have a problem. I love my husband, but I do not worship him.

In life it sure doesn’t take long for us to find out that human love falls so short of what we crave. The love we were made to encounter can only come from our Heavenly Father alone. His love is unconditional and sometimes undeserved. It’s abundant and free. It doesn’t get even or pay us back for our wrongs. It doesn’t use or abuse us. His love is truly perfect. I haven’t known anyone in this lifetime that has loved me like that. When you really, and I mean really, experience God’s love you can’t help but to reciprocate it. You don’t have to fake or force your worship, it becomes the overflow of our heart. Spending time in His presence and making it a priority doesn’t become a chore, but the very thing you live for.

So, over the next couple weeks when you see the store shelves filled with red and pink packaged candies, and the heart shaped chocolates, and that four letter word (love) is being tossed around like a hot potato – I challenge you to stop and think. Think about the true meaning of love. True love is this – while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

Love + Worship = Adore. He alone is worthy of our adoration.

Pastor Carrie

Feasting On Your Enemies

We’ve all been there at some point in our walk with Christ, the question that raises it’s ugly head as we walk through a particularly difficult trial…where is God, is He really stronger than everything, does He really have me? We see this happen in Numbers 14:1-3 where the people of Israel doubt God’s provision and protection as they are in the wilderness heading towards the promised land and contemplate returning to Egypt, it reads “Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?”

It is at this critical point that a decision is going to be made, trust in the Lord and move forward or retreat and go back to the bondage that we knew. This is where faith must rise up! If not our own, someone who is walking alongside us in discipleship and friendship and will speak that faith into our lives; if you don’t have that…you need to get it.

Thankfully Joshua and Caleb were there to speak into the situation, verse nine reads “Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” For they are bread for you…food for you…is it possible that witnessing the defeat of our enemies can actually provide nourishment to us?

In Psalm 23:5 David writes, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” David knew how powerful his God was because he had not only heard the stories of old about God’s faithfulness but had seen the hand of God move powerfully in his own life; David had faith, just as Joshua and Caleb had faith.

With the intertwining of these scriptures I believe we can make a profound statement that should change the way we approach the trials in our lives. God does prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies because our enemies WILL BE the main course as we trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. As we see God serve up our enemies on a silver platter it can’t NOT build our faith! A faith that we can then use to continue boldly proclaiming the name of Jesus until his triumphant return.

Lets support and encourage one another, let’s build one another’s faith up together. Be blessed church.

Pastor Ryan

Good Father

As I was sitting in my office to begin to preparing this article the song “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin come up on my Spotify list and God really started to speak to me through it. Over the last six months we have seen a lot of spiritual growth coming from our students and the enemy hates that. He knows that if he can distract Brittany and I with personal things, we wouldn’t be focused on ministry. As many of you know, the best way to attack a man is to mess with his wife. We have been attacked a lot, Brittany has been dealing with postpartum depression since the birth of Ryder and the enemy was really using this against us.

As a husband this was the worse thing ever for me, as I’ve had to watch my wife struggle and there was nothing that I could do. I would spend hours looking for remedies to help it online, or try and figure out things that I could do to fix it. But the thing I had forgotten to do was to just give it to God. In my devotion a few weeks back and that is when God spoke to me, about giving Him everything. Luke 1:74 says, “We have been rescued from our enemies; so we can serve God without fear”.  This was my aha moment through this entire thing. It’s not that I’m going to defeat the enemy, but I need to be rescued from my enemy and only God has the power to do so. Since we have made the step to give it fully to God, Brittany has been off all medication for a month now and couldn’t feel any better.

Today we found out that there was retained products in Brittany’s uterus that has been causing her a lot of pain the last three months. This most likely means we miscarried a child, and as I set in my office I’m reminded that it’s out of my hands. It must go to God and that He knew what he was doing. As this song came on I broke down, the second verse says “I’ve seen many searching for answers, Far and wide, But I know we’re all searching for answers, Only you provide, Because You know just what we need, Before we say a word”.

I know today that God loves me, he has my life and is watching over my family. Times may not always be great like we want them, but we have a God who is All-Powerful.

This past weekend at Winter Retreat I saw a hurting generation of youth go after God like they have never done before. They experienced God in a completely new way this weekend and have truly come back as a changed individual. They have seen the power of God and are walking in the Spirit. They have had walls of depression, unforgiveness, anger, suicide and so much more broken this weekend.

There are a lot of people in the body who are walking through the trenches right now, just remember that we serve a Good Father. 1 Corinthians 2:5 says “so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” Remember today that whatever your situation may be, God has the Power to do so much. Our faith must rest in God and not to rely on human.

Thank you for all of the prayers,

Pastor Robert

O Come Let Us Adore Him

A few months ago I had the privilege of serving in children’s church and help them learn the songs they would be singing for the Christmas service. One Sunday in the middle of practicing our singing one of the boys in class raised his hand and asked me “What does ‘adore’ mean?” This was a great question! Especially since the song we were singing happened to be “O Come Let Us Adore Him”. This boy wanted to know what exactly it was we were coming to do to Jesus. I explained that the word adore was just another word for love, but I wasn’t satisfied with that answer. So I picked up my phone and googled the exact definition.

a·dore
əˈdô(ə)r/
verb

  • love and respect (someone) deeply.
    synonyms: be devoted to, to hold dear, cherish, treasure, prize
  • worship
    synonyms: glorify, praise, revere, exalt,

I read this aloud and though this is an accurate definition of the word “adore”, I still wasn’t satisfied. You see, in our day and age I believe the word “love” has lost its significance. If you take a look at the definition above it says “someone” not “something”. I think it goes without saying that we were never created to love things. Yet we say things like “I love that restaurant”, “I love the color blue”, “I love Target” “I love my electric toothbrush” etc., but when was the last time a place or thing has ever loved us back? When was the last time a place or thing has ever loved us first?

Never.

Telling a group of children that adore is just another word for love didn’t quite do the word justice in my opinion. So I explained it to the kids like this – “It’s like when you beg your mom to take you to McDonald’s because you loooooooooove french fries, but then you eat them and forget about them. You aren’t devoted to the french fries. They are here one minute and gone the next and they certainly don’t love you back. To come and adore Jesus means that we not only love Him deeply, but worship Him. We can’t (or at least shouldn’t) worship french fries. Through Jesus we learn what true love really means. “We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 He teaches us how to love correctly and brings us to the truth of that very word. We don’t love Him just a little bit, we love Him greatly.”

I think it’s important to note the obvious – we can and should ​love people. The Bible even commands us to love one another as Christ has loved us. In fact the only way to genuinely love others is to receive the love that God has for us. However, if we find ourselves adoring​people we just might have a problem. I love my husband, but I do not worship him.

In life it sure doesn’t take long for us to find out that human love falls so short of what we crave. The love we were made to encounter can only come from our Heavenly Father alone. His love is unconditional and sometimes undeserved. It’s abundant and free. It doesn’t get even or pay us back for our wrongs. It doesn’t use or abuse us. His love is truly perfect. I haven’t known anyone in this lifetime that has loved me like that. When you really, and I mean really, experience God’s love you can’t help but to reciprocate it. You don’t have to fake or force your worship, it becomes the overflow of our heart. Spending time in His presence and making it a priority doesn’t become a chore, but the very thing you live for.

So, over the next couple weeks when you see the store shelves filled with red and pink packaged candies, and the heart shaped chocolates, and that four letter word (love) is being tossed around like a hot potato – I challenge you to stop and think. Think about the true meaning of love. True love is this – while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

Love + Worship = Adore. He alone is worthy of our adoration.

Pastor Carrie

Peas & Carrots

Forrest Gump said that him and Jenny were like peas and carrots; the meaning of the phrase being that two things belong or go well together. We recently had a Nerf & Pizza all-nighter here at the church and while all the kids had a great time eating pizza, cookies and having Nerf battles, the biggest take away for the evening for me personally came as we were winding down for bed.

While I can’t speak for what took place on the lady’s side of the church that evening, I can tell you that boys are wired to be boys! As the five boys got ready for bed, they all began to have a “flex party”, each boy pretending that they could bring out their own Mr. Universe at will. I found myself chuckling to myself as I watched this because no one had to tell them to do it, they just did it. We wound down the evening watching some cartoon version of Star Wars that I had never seen but that the boys were more than familiar with and again I found myself chuckling as they began to argue which character they were in the show, some wanted to be Han Solo, some Yoda, etc. As they all five sat there in their jammies sans shirts (because Mr. Universe could make an appearance at anytime…), I began to analyze their home lives and ponder how they were going to grow up into men of God that he sees them as becoming.

Now this might come as a shocker to some, but boys are designed, albeit it to varying degrees, to be conquerors, to be heroes, to live life to the fullest in the midst of danger, to seek out adventure! That’s why boys and men both love adventure movies, they place themselves in the movie as the main character and ask themselves the question, “could I do it…” Of the five boys in attendance that evening, only one lived at home with their biological parents, one. The rest were a combination of single parent, foster parent, or grandparent home environments.

Romans 10:14 says, “But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” Let me take this scripture a step beyond the revelation of Jesus Christ in our lives and bring it into the physical realm. Who is going to teach the kids that don’t have the traditional biological parental arrangement at home what it means to be a man or a woman of God? Those kids that through no fault of their own find themselves in a challenging environment from the standpoint of growing into what God sees them as becoming.

The answer is found in Titus 2:1-8, “You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” The answer is us, the body of Christ. What child or young person is in your sphere of influence that you could impact their lives for eternity? Helping them grow into the man or woman of God that they are to become, they need us church; let’s step out in faith and change their lives!

Pastor Ryan

Investment

God has really been doing a work inside of my life and I just can’t explain the feeling that I have. I feel that he is pushing me to do so much more than I am doing, he is wanting me to step up my game. There are so many different ideas running through my head about my life, my ministry and our church.

How in the world do you pinpoint them all? I don’t want to leave anything out, I want to make sure I get ALL of God and not just a little. God I WANT/NEED all of you in my life, please don’t hold back from me. Would you allow me to be a vessel for you, to spread and share you!

Monday night after our elders meeting I stopped into Ray’s really fast for some hot dog buns, and God set up a special time. As I stood there waiting in line behind 3 people, I could feel the Holy Spirit start to do a work inside of me. I wasn’t sure why, but I felt like he was making my senses extra strong at that point. Once I slowly moved my way through the line, no one walked up behind me and no one else walked into the store.

As I was hoping to make this a quick trip, I could feel that God was wanting more out of that trip. As I was talking to the cashier he was telling me about how he has been almost clean from alcohol for almost a year. I shared how awesome that was and that we see a lot of that stuff at our church. It opened up a gateway to talking about CR and that I was a pastor at Path Church.

As we begin to talk, I noticed that no one was walking up still.

We continued talking about how Ben came to know the Lord, and I got to hear a little bit about him. But as he were finishing up, I felt God nudging me to ask him if I could pray for him. I didn’t know why really. I’ve just recently gotten used to praying for people I know, yet alone just praying for a random guy in the middle of a grocery store.

So I did what I was trying to hold back from doing, I gave into God. I asked the question, “Ben I feel like I’m supposed to pray for you, is there anything I could pray for you?” Inside I’m think he may share something with me, but I could just pray for it later. It probably wouldn’t be a big deal at all.

That’s when it happened!

Ben made eye contact with me and got real quite, and choking up he began to tell me how he lost his sister just 3 weeks ago.

This may not have been a big deal to some, but he then begin to tell me that no one from his church has reached out to him. To check in on him, to see how he was doing. You see he was just wanting someone to listen.

I’m standing there at the check stand really just shocked that God had opened up this opportunity that I could just share with him. I took a few minutes to pray for him and to pray over his family. I prayed that God would surround his family as they come together this Saturday to celebrate his sisters life, and that he would be the peace in their family in this tough time.

He thanked me, I said no problem and walked out the door.

As I got into my car and drove the short distance home, I began to really look at things in my own life.

I didn’t do anything crazy, I allowed God to use me. I showed God’s love and compassion to someone who needed it that night.

It got me to thinking about a question that had come up last week in our pastors meeting. How do we invest in people? As I sat there in my car, I realized that I’ve been investing so wrong. I need to become more open to the things around me and allow God to lead me in the places he wants me.

So the question I’ve been pondering is this. Who and how are you investing in people?

It may be your neighbor who needs their trashcan taken out. Maybe it’s someone at church. Or could it be the cashier in your grocery store? For me I’m being reminded to slow down, to pay attention to everything around me.

The society that we live in now is all about being connected to our technology, and we will often times think we are a lot busier. But what I want to remember going forward is this.

Don’t get to busy or rush to much that you might miss out on investing face to face in someone’s life. Put down your phone every once in awhile and look who and what’s around you. Ask God to use you.

John 16:13, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

If Nothing Ever Changed

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”. Ecclesiastes 3:1

The Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation…” Genesis 12:1-3

 

Can you imagine what it was like for Abraham and Sarah to just pack up all of their belongings and move to some distant and unfamiliar land? Well in 1976 Linda and I experienced that.

I was in the Coast Guard stationed in our home town of Brookings. I came into work early discovering that during the night my transfer orders had arrived over the teletype. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. “you are to depart Station Chetco River, Harbor Oregon and report to Coast Guard Marine Inspection office New York, NY for further assignment”. New York!! For further assignment? Is this for real I thought? A wave of emotion swept over me, the farthest east I had ever been was Medford. I became very emotional. I didn’t want to leave everything that I knew and was comfortable with, for some scary place thousands of miles away. My thoughts quickly turn to Linda and our three year old daughter Shawna. How would Linda respond? What would she say? Where would we live? How would we get there? To my surprise the sense of fear began to fade and I felt a small feeling of excitement take its place. With confused emotions, I immediately called Linda and told her of the news. She was not happy to say the least. Finally the day came for my departure and I went to New York City by myself while we waited for base housing to be assigned. Linda arrived in December 1976. She was intimidated by the whole move and rarely left the apartment for six months. Gradually with the help of new found friends, we began to venture into the city and discovered a new world where we experienced many exciting adventures. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus wrote “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change”, change is part of God’s creation, the seasons change, the earth changes, we His creation are in a constant state of change as we grow and mature. We are changed at salvation, born again a new creation. We will be changed in the twinkling of an eye as we are caught up into heaven. But even knowing all of that, change is still one of the hardest things for people to adapt to, and ironically, it is also one of the most commons things in our lives. The first thing we experience is resistance and reaction, this is where we dig our heels in.   We think that the change will change everything, when in reality only a part of our lives will be different. The change is too fast, when the real problem is that we are slow in accepting the inevitable. The change is for the worse, we say this because we are judging only the immediate results and not the long term effects and that it may yield good fruit. The change is not what we wanted.   The second experience is adjusting and exploring. This is, in my opinion the fun part for change. So, the first thing we need to understand and accept is that there will be change, no need to be surprised or upset when it finally happens. If we accept that change is a natural (if not always easy) part of life, we can more easily learn the things we need to do to cope with it. Change is less unsettling when we can see the big picture and not just the small universe of our lives. Keeping “change” in perspective is the key to adjusting. Changes in life are constant and most changes work out in the long run. Keeping this perspective helps lower the panic and fear level that comes along with it. We need to trust God with the Changes. Finally we experience living in the New. It is a time of transitioning when we begin to experience the “new” as part of our everyday life. Soon the new will become the old and the old will fade away and only be remembered as the good old days, even though they may not have been as good as we remember them. John F. Kennedy said  “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” C S Lewis wrote “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”

To me, life without change is dull, routine, monotonous, boring, un-challenging and I find myself plodding along in a rut. Instead I choose to embrace change as a fresh breath of air, a new beginning, another chance, a fresh start, a new life. For Linda and I the move to New York City was a major change in our lives that changed the both of us forever. We were forced to make a change that we, ourselves, would never have chosen. But from that point forward we were always excited about our next change, which to us became our next great adventure. Today we sometimes long for the days of change and maybe someday God will send us on another great adventure. But until then I encourage you to look for opportunities to use change to stretch and to grow so that you might be a part of something that may help someone else to find the love of Christ in their lives. An unknown author wrote “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.”

 

God Bless

Pastor Harold

 

 

Let’s Be Childlike

Working with children is always an adventure yet remarkably refreshing because they are so open to what God can and wants to do in their lives, regardless of the cost.  During our Easter service the emphasis was on the standard Easter message if you will: Christ came, died, and rose again…but that is just the beginning!
Yes we preach Christ crucified, yes we preach his resurrection, but what was the point, what was the purpose?  1 John 3:8b tells us that, “the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil.”  What are the works of the devil?  Galatians 5 lays out some of the works of the flesh for us, but I want to share with you what the kids decided that they needed to lay down at the foot of the cross and allow the blood of Christ to cover.  I want you to see what they knew the Lord Jesus wanted them to give up and move away from.

As you take a look at this image,

 

these are things that the kids wrote that they knew God wanted them to give up, knowing that they were not helpful in their lives nor in the walk with Christ.  If you look closely you will see: fighting, jealousy, disobedience, unclean speech, arguing, bullying, and the list goes on.  All things that manifest in our own fleshly desires…and they gave them up willingly.  Now will it be a battle to keep those things out of their lives, of course.  But if you are anything like me, sometimes I have fought the Lord about even giving up something that he wanted out of my life, something that wasn’t positive in my walk with him.

We need to draw inspiration from Matthew 18:3, “Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.”  A child just does what his Father says…sometimes questions, yes.  But in the end the Father wins, our goal should be to allow our Heavenly Father to win as well.

Lets be child-like!

Pastor Ryan

 

 

Prayer: Part 3

A continuation from the desk of our lead pastor on prayer.

The spirit of fear – When you look at the list of phobia’s out there we can conclude that fear can be debilitating. America’s #1 fear is public speaking with the #2 fear close on it’s heals; the fear of death. With that knowledge I’ve always held that speaking at your own funeral trumps all fear. Jesus gave us the promise that His love will drive out fear (1 John 4:18).

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
Romans 8:15

and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
Hebrews 2:15

The spirit of stupor or slumber – We love our sleep don’t we? In a spiritual sense it’s often easier just to make our bed and sleep in it while the world around us crumbles, how intently we need to shake off our spiritual slumber so we can fight the “good” fight.

7 What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened, 8 as it is written: “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day.”
Romans 11:7-8

PRAYING FOR…

The bold proclamation of the word – Whether we’re talking about from the platform in church through Pastors and worship teams or through our personal lives we can never just assume that the enemy is “OK” with the Word of God being preached.

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
Ephesians 6:19-20

Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
Colossians 4

We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition.
1 Thessalonians 2:2

23 Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. 24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
1 Chronicles 16:23-24

Ears to hear – I know this from experience with a wife and kids that it’s real easy to acquire “selective hearing” where as Paul put it, we want only to hear what our itching ears want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3)

Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Mark 4:9

5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6 Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
Luke 8:5-8

Spirit of Grace & supplication – This is simply to ask God to allow grace to be extended from the body of Christ and for prayer to a major part of our lives. Zechariah 12:10-11

The spirit evangelism – How beautiful are the feet of them who bring good news (Romans 10:14-15) Jesus called us out to send us back!

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19