This Week at Cross Church: To God Be The Glory!

wi6a4337Easter week, what we called Passion Week, proved to be a record-breaking week for the ministry of Cross Church. What God did through this ministry is absolutely amazing. To God be the Glory!

What God Did Through Cross Church

What I am about to tell you is amazing and only could happen with God. Nothing is impossible with God — to God be the Glory! The Cross Church campuses reached 16,750 people on Easter weekend! Our team has worked hard to insure we are being more than conservative on this number. Praise God for how people responded to the Word of God and worshipped our Risen Lord!

The Reach Cross Church had During Passion Week

Our team felt it would be important for you to know the reach Cross Church had from Monday of Passion Week through our final service on Easter Sunday. This is another powerful testimony of God’s mighty power! From Monday of Passion Week through Easter Sunday, Cross Church reached 21,456 people in our community across all of our campuses. Can you imagine this? God used the Passion Week events to reach thousands not only on Sunday morning, but throughout the week as well! To God be the Glory!

Passion Week Daily Luncheons

The response to the Passion Week Bible study luncheons was amazing. Yes, we will have the Passion Week luncheons next year and we expect them to gain an even greater response! Friend, plan to be a part of these next year. You will NOT be sorry. If you missed any of the luncheons, or want to review the lessons, click here. Also, DVDs of the luncheons will be available for purchase at the Cross Church bookstores starting Sunday, April 7.

Friday Night’s “Reflections on the Death and Burial of Jesus Christ” was Incredible!

This was one of the most incredible evenings of worship we have ever had at Cross Church, interweaving the teaching of God’s Word on the sobering reality of Jesus’ death and burial. With honor, solemnity, and dignity, we walked through this evening with a powerful presence of God upon the people. Yes, we will do all we can to have this type of worship gathering in 2014.

Thank you to our Staff Team and Volunteers

Thank you to our entire staff team and every volunteer who helped in any way during this powerful Passion Week. Your time and prayer investments resulted in reaching no less than 21,456 people in our region. This was one great investment of your life! Thank you for doing it! To God be the Glory!

Let Every Voice Join in Chorus . . . to God be the Glory!

Ronnie Floyd

 

TURNING YOUR iPAD INTO AN INTERCESSORY PRAYER LIST

apple-ipad-notesThe most effective prayer plan is the one you will use. What I know: If you do not have a plan to pray, usually you will not pray consistently and effectively.

So, what is your prayer plan? If you do not have a plan that helps you stay current, on task, and specific, then I suggest you consider trying this one.

Your iPad and prayer

Your iPad came with an App called Notes. I have turned my iPad into an intercessory prayer list through the Notes App. Obviously, if you have an iPhone, it will sync with your iPad, providing you accessibility on either device.

Why I use my iPad for prayer

1. Simplicity: The Notes App is very simple to use. Access to my iPad and saving my prayer list on the Notes App is very simple. Simplicity usually increases usability.

2. Change: It is simple to change this kind of electronic prayer list. It is simple to adjust any part of the list or all of it.

3. Relevance: In the past, a challenge of using a prayer list has been keeping it current and relevant. With the Notes App, I can easily keep my list current. Just today, I have already updated my list twice. I adjusted it early this morning after hearing that someone’s condition had changed and then I quickly added someone to my list upon hearing about a need during a meeting. A current, relevant prayer list increases your usability of such a list.

What is on my daily prayer list?

I have used all kinds of prayer plans through the years. Nothing keeps me more focused, on task, and effective in prayer than a current, relevant prayer list.

For decades, I have begun each day with a personal time with God. You can read about my commitment on this past Monday’s blog. Because of this, I have grown spiritually through the years, and my desire is that the Holy Spirit will navigate me through this list each day as He so desires. As with any plan for prayer, it always needs to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

My daily prayer list is lengthy; therefore, I will only share a few of the commitments I have in daily prayer.

Personal preparation: Daily I make myself available for God to prepare me to pray. I spend moments praising God, followed by moments thanking God for what He has done for me. I then move into a time of spiritual evaluation, confession of sin, and acknowledging His finished work on the cross for forgiveness of my sins. From this point, I approach God asking for His spiritual covering and armor upon my family and me. I call out the names of my family, asking God to put on His armor of protection upon each of us.

Filling and anointing of the Holy Spirit: I believe in the filling of the Holy Spirit daily and even momentarily. While I do not understand fully the anointing of the Holy Spirit, I know I need God’s anointing upon my life and in everything I do. I ask God to anoint me for preaching, teaching, leadership, decision-making, vision, writing, relationships, and with His gladness.

Empowerment to walk in the authority of the Great Commission: I believe in the Great Commission and committing the rest of my life to do everything I can so that each person in the world is told about Jesus Christ. Therefore, I pray for God to give me the authority to personally fulfill it; pastorally, in leading my church; and globally, through writing, sending, speaking, and influencing others to reach the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Asking God for a mighty spiritual revival in my church and in America: I believe God wants to send a mighty revival upon His church and ignite a spiritual awakening in America. I plead with the Lord, asking Him to pour out His Spirit upon us powerfully.

Asking God’s leadership upon the leaders of our nation: I believe in praying for the leaders in our nation. Daily, I call out the names of our President, Vice-President, my state Governor, our state’s Senators, our Congressmen, as well as the Mayors of the four major cities in  our region of Northwest Arkansas. Additionally, I am praying already for God to raise up His next Governor for our state and His next Senator for our state.

Asking God for wisdom and favor upon the leadership of our region: When the economy really turned sour years ago, I began to pray for forty to fifty leaders in our region who help shape the financial future of our region, even our state, some in America, and a few globally. Therefore, I keep this list current and for several years have prayed for some of Northwest Arkansas’ prominent leaders by name.

Asking God to provide healing and restoration upon people who are ill and those who have lost loved ones: Prayer is powerful and we need to believe God to heal people. Some need it physically, others emotionally or mentally; however, no one can bring healing like God Himself. This list is very current and keeps me accountable to pray for people with major needs. As soon as I hear about them, I place them on this list, with 90% of these people never knowing I do it, unless I tell them.

There is much more, but enough for now . . .

There are many more things I work through in prayer daily. However, this gives you some ideas about how to transform your iPad into being an Intercessory Prayer List.

Try using this, I really think you will like it

Its simplicity, usefulness, and relevance will be refreshing to you. Plus, do not forget, it can change easily as the Spirit of God leads you.

Yours for the Great Commission,

Ronnie W. Floyd