Pornography, adultery, gender identity, homosexuality, sexual problems within marriage. Just some of the topics to be discussed from a biblical point of view this week at the annual biblical counseling conference in the Czech Republic, organized by Entrust’s Jerry and Marilyn Farnik. Would you commit to praying earnestly for every couple, every pastor, every interested person attending this conference, to hear what God has to say to them and to develop stronger counseling abilities in these contemporary and complex areas? The conference runs July 27 to 30. Thank you for covering it in prayer.
Pray for my soul. Interesting bit of graffiti in Prague, Czech Republic. What do you suppose the artist was thinking?
Do you pray for people’s souls? Most of us tend to pray for their bodies – healing from disease, protection on trips, successful surgery. It’s not bad to pray for those things, certainly. But how much deeper to pray for their souls!
Jesus demonstrated this. In Mark 2, some enterprising men lowered a paralyzed friend on a mat through a hole in a roof, to get him in front of Jesus, hoping Jesus would heal him. What did Jesus do? He said, “Your sins are forgiven.” Say what? That wasn’t the idea. Jesus explained.
“Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your pallet and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.” And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone, so that they were all amazed and were glorifying God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” (Mark 2:9-12)
Whether for their salvation or for continued spiritual growth and encouragement, pray for someone’s soul today.
Entrust’s Jerry and Marilyn Farnik, who are planting a local church in Prague, also train men and women to serve in local churches through Bible and theological courses in various regions of the country, hold camps and conferences for Czechs of all ages, provide pre-marital and family counseling and teach biblical counseling.
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In a country like the Czech Republic, a godly marriage and family is like a bright light shining in one of the darkest corners of the world. God began his work of creation with a couple and he still wants to use committed couples, made in his image, to bring him honor as they serve him together.
Earlier this year, Entrust’s Jerry Farnik was invited to speak at a men’s conference in Silesia (a region of the Czech Republic). The organizer asked him to challenge 300 men on an important topic: “Your Marriage for the Next Ten Years.”
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