July 2020 Prayer

Father God, thank You Lord for this new day and month. Lord, I ask that You strengthen Your people and convict hearts for their need of You. Lord God, may we as individuals and as a corporate body come together, listening and reasoning with each other.

Lord God, we know that You are not the author of confusion. Thank You that You know what is happening and what will happen. Thank You that You are our Divine Director and Producer. Thank You that You are our Divine Editor, correcting our mistakes.

Lord God, the Gospel flourishes in hostile situations. May we represent Jesus well in this time. May we be a pleasing and fragrant aroma that brings You glory.

Lord, I confess, I do not know what or how to pray. Thank You Holy Spirit for bringing this prayer to the Father in accordance to His Will. Thank You Jesus for interceding on our behalf. Lord God, may we be reminded: know Jesus, know peace because where there is no Jesus there is no peace. There is only strife, rebellion, hurt and conflict.

Lord God, may we press into You now more than ever. May we grow in our love and devotion to You. May we become more Christlike in this new month. Thank You Lord for this reader. In Jesus’s Name I pray. Amen.

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My name is Mandy Sweigart-Quinn, I live in Lancaster, PA and I am a “Blue Collar Theologian.” I love Jesus! I am passionate about His Word (The Holy Bible)! I come alive when I can encourage others in their walk with Jesus (whether by writing or speaking). As a “Blue Collar Theologian” it is my aim to live/practice/work out my Christian hope with sincerity, authenticity and genuineness. As a “Blue Collar Theologian,” I strive to meet people right where they are (“Incarnational Theology”). I graduated in May 2019 from Capital Seminary and Graduate School with a Master's in Biblical Studies. I am a passionate, excited and enthusiastic person! I love flowers, sports and sunsets. Since January 2, 2018 I have had the privilege of being married to Nathan.

58 thoughts on “July 2020 Prayer”

      1. All is well. We’ve shifted a lot of our onsite programs online. We are slowly being allowed to open up our onsite programs. God is good and in a good mood. Thanks for your support.

        BTW – Most of my content is now here: CTCILife.org/posts

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  1. Hi Mandy, I started reading this in the middle of my prayer; after my usual lines, I read this to the Triune GOD. Well, the preceding sentence will happen within 10 minutes as I begin to pray and your prayer on my screen; as I pray with you.

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  2. A really touching and beautiful prayer Mandy, thank you. Let us proclaim as Job did: “I know that my Redeemer lives!” In Him we have assurance in our Father God, and our eternal destination. He sustains us in all circumstances, all honour and glory belongs to Him.

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    1. Amen and Amen! Thank you, Alan! How are you and your wife! My comments on your blog seem to have disappeared to WordPress spam or some other internet abyss! Please know that I am a supporter and fan of your writings! Love and blessings!!!

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      1. Thank you Mandy for your kind words of encouragement, they are very precious to me indeed. We have had a wee trial lately but now are blessed in our health and welfare at present – praise God. Despite the problems now and again with comments, it has been a real blessing to get to know some saints in Christ such as yourself my dear sister. I pray for my contacts often, remembering them before the Father who sustains us all.

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  3. Mandy –

    I really like this: “the Gospel flourishes in hostile situations. May we represent Jesus well in this time. May we be a pleasing and fragrant aroma that brings You glory.”

    Thank you for your words.



  4. Oh, Mandy. You’re reminding me of why I am constantly watching for a “ding” on my phone which means another jot has come from you. “Divine Director, Divine Producer, Divine Editor”. Love, love, love it. Virtual hugs from Texas. God’s grip – Alan

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    1. Hi, Alan!! Thank you for your encouragement, support and hugs! A few years ago in my Theological Interpretation of Media class, God impressed on me that He is our Divine Director, Producer and Editor. I am so thankful for His working in our lives! How are you?! I am praying for you and your family. Love, hugs and blessings!!


  5. Thank you for the reminder that “the Gospel flourishes in hostile situations.” This is not time for hand-wringing, but a time for prayer, that fear and frustration would turn people to God. With you I also pray to represent Jesus well in this time, to be a pleasing and fragrant aroma that brings Him glory. A heartfelt and very meaningful prayer, Mandy!

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  6. Commenting on your comment on my post: Wow that’s a new one from the NSBT series; how is that one thus far? I enjoy that series, my favorite one is probably the one on adoption

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    1. Sorry I missed this! So far it’s ok. Right now I am reading about Matthew’s genealogy and I have to say, the best presentation I have read on said genealogy is Christopher Wright’s Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. I LOVE the other two books as well. If you emailed me your sermons, I did not get them. I am thanking God for you and your family today!!!

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    1. That’s great! Where do you fall on the “in Ephesus” scale? I did my one Greek project on Eph 1:1-14. My Greek professor is a mentee of David Allen Black and Thomas (my Greek professor) LOVED textual criticism. I still don’t know where I fall on “in Ephesus.” I do sometimes wonder if Ephesians isn’t the Letter to the Laodiceans mentioned in Colossians?! I can’t wait to hear your teaching on this, do you have a link?! For what it’s worth I knew before hand vv3-14 were one sentence in Greek but that made no difference. I don’t know if you have had to diagram passages at TMS (I think that’s where you went, forgive me if I am wrong!) but that is just BRUTAL! Love and blessings to you, Nancy and your kiddos!!!

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      1. I landed at the conclusion that “in Ephesus” was part of the verse 1 but it’s one decision I’m not dogmatic about. Wow, you know and remember a lot! There’s so many long sentences in Ephesians. We did do diagram but I’m not a fan personally since it’s so taxing! I’ll email you later my sermons!

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  7. Answering your question on my blog: We haven’t physically met at all since the virus lockdown; I think because of the church’s dominating ethnicity people have been wearing masks normally even before their was a virus. Which probably gives me away that I’m Asian lol

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    1. Ha! I spent the summer of 1995 traveling in and around China, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong (UK territory at that point). I totally understand why people where masks. Shanghai had the most smog/pollution I ever experienced in my life.

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  8. Responding to your comment: I wish I knew more how are our seniors, that’s usually the senior pastor responsibility. But my congregation with the youths and the English speakers are doing well overall though its not easy. Or maybe I mean we are connected with them but some are going through a lot of trials
    Our kids are not totally use to masks but they are doing a better job putting it on! They look so cute wearing it lol

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      1. Yeah; I heard suicide rates are higher than normal and I think I heard suicide fatalities is even higher than Corona Virus fatalities, but don’t quote me.

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