Meet the Church Planter: Mark Johnson // Encourage Church

by Joe Valenti, Cuyahoga Valley Church – Missions Pastor

This morning I drove down to 79th and Superior and could not seem to find Encourage Church anywhere. I was planning to meet Mark Johnson, a church planter that CVC supports, at the location for this new plant. But for the life of me, I could not see a church building anywhere. So, I parked in the rear parking lot of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Professional Building and gave Mark a call.

“Do you see police cars?”

“What?” I replied.

“Do you see police cars?”


“You’re on the other side of the building. Go ahead and park and walk towards the building. I’ll meet you there.”

I wasn’t sure what was going on. Was this just a good parking lot to park in? Was Mark going to walk me down the streets to the hidden little church that I could not seem to find on my own?

I parked, and started walking towards the building and, to my right, Mark called to me. After we introduced ourselves, we led me into the East Professional building. I was a bit confused as to what was going on, but I just followed along into this massive old high school.

The East Professional building used to be East high school – home of the Blue Bombers. But in 2010 the district closed the school as part of the Academic Transformation Plan and turned it into a professional development center for meetings, trainings, etc. for educators in the district.

At the same time, Mark Johnson had finished his seminary work at Princeton – yes, you heard the correctly – and he and his family had taken a pastorate at Liberty Hill Baptist just a mile away on 82nd and Euclid. And while Liberty Hill is a beautiful building, the issue for Mark was that many of the young men and women from the community did not seem very keen on stepping into a traditional church setting. So, as Mark and his wife Heather continued to seek the Lord, they heard him loud and clear – go out to them instead of expecting them to come in here.Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 2.47.03 PM.png

Fast forward to January 2016, Encourage Church, and the old high school turned professional building. The old East High building was not being used on Sunday’s, and so Mark and his team worked out a plan to utilize the building to start a new church – a church that would engage the community where they were. 

Mark stopped right in the front foyer and told me about the “hug line.”

What? – I thought. Did he say hug line? 

Yes, a hug line. Many of the ladies from Liberty Hill line up at the entrance and if the young men want to come in and play basketball, their price of admission is to hug all of these wonderful ladies. This is, Mark told me, a strategy to help these men get comfortable with the idea of feeling loved. What was once awkward is now a loved tradition.

After hearing about the hug line, we walked around the massive school and Mark showed me about the discipleship and care that is happening through Encourage Church. The building boasts a massive auditorium that probably seats over 1,000 people. They use this space to show faith-based films as a way to provide a safe and fun environment for families to spend time together. There are beautiful classrooms were children’s ministry and other Bible studies take place. But Mark noticed that he still did not seem to be getting the young men.

So, Mark decided to use another of his passions – basketball. Mark played professional basketball in Europe before going to Seminary and decided to open up the school’s huge gym (complete with 3 full basketball courts) to see if the young men would come. Well – they did. Now Mark and his team minster to to around 100 young men each week. After they walk through the hug line, they spend their time shooting hoops. Mark is building relationships and looking for opportunities to share the gospel one on one off the court.

It was an exciting time and I am proud that Cuyahoga Valley Church has the opportunity to financially support the work that God is doing through Encourage Church. Would you add the Johnson Family and Encourage Church to your prayer list? Let us lift them up before the Lord and ask him to open hearts and minds to the goodness of the gospel message.

Women’s Serve Day

by Leigh-Ann Brisbin, Cuyahoga Valley Church Women’s Director

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40

On April 1, 2017 the women of Cuyahoga Valley Church will gather together to create, connect, bless and serve those in need in some way or another.  The day will be designated to exposing the needs/mission opportunities in our community, state, nation and worldwide with ways that we can, as women, get involved and help in tangible ways.  The added plus is that we get to connect with one another as we serve alongside each other.

Various areas we’ll be serving:

Here’s a spotlight on a mission organization we will be serving that day

In 2002, armed with nothing but homemade business cards and prayers, Becky Moreland headed out to the streets of some of the roughest areas of Akron, Ohio to share the love of Jesus with women she met. Since then, RAHAB Ministries has served tens of thousands of female victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Whether it’s through providing basic necessities, mentoring, or safe housing, RAHAB is a constant example of the Gospel to the women it serves. Their mission is to Reach, Rescue and Redeem.

The outreach teams walk the streets of Akron every week ministering and praying with the women they meet. Those outreach teams also visit all Akron-area strip clubs once a month to develop relationships with the dancers. The relationship with the Oriana House Correctional Facilities has earned them the opportunity to both bring Bible studies into the facilities, and to pick up women and bring them to their weekly program.

By partnering with Summit County Juvenile Court, RAHAB provides mentoring for minor victims through a program called Restore Court, which seeks to expunge victim’s records. Volunteers visit and write letters to women in prison to continue to show them hope in Christ amidst their seemingly hopeless situations. Through these numerous avenues RAHAB builds the meaningful, Christ-centered relationships these women are so thirsty for.

True rescuing requires intervention. RAHAB aids in the long-term rescuing process by being a consistent voice reminding the women that they are worth rescuing. Women begin the rescue process when a safe relationship is formed and trust is established.

From there, they are encouraged to come to the Ministry Center for weekly programming including Bible studies, hot meals, positive community, and more. Safe housing is provided for victims of human trafficking with no safe place to live. By introducing them to a network of resources and stable, supportive people, these victims begin to believe they can have a different life.

There is hope.

RAHAB aims to provide practical needs while always pointing the women toward a relationship with Jesus Christ. He alone is the redeemer. They encourage and support women in reclaiming their lives.

They have seen women regain custody of their children, graduate college, get stable jobs, stay clean and sober, and go from believing they are worthless to walking in confidence. But above all, they’ve seen countless women give their lives to the Lord. They attribute every success story to the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

We invite you to be a part of this special Women’s Serve Day and join the larger body of women of Cuyahoga Valley Church and our community.  Get to know someone new, create, connect and bless! Consider inviting a friend or family member and join us from 9AM-12PM.

Any Questions? Email Leigh-Ann Brisbin.


Mexico, Africa, and El Salvador

by Dahlia Orth, Cuyahoga Valley Church–Missions Coordinator

This month, we had the privilege of having 3 sets of missionaries with us that were raised at Cuyahoga Valley Church. Each person has accomplished different things for the Kingdom in different parts of the world. Here is a snapshot of each missionary and how God uses them to radically impact the Kingdom of God.  


From right to left: Eric Kramer, Ron & Jo Cleveland, Rachel Klubnik

Eric Kramer
A few weeks ago we posted about Eric and his ministry with Mexico Medical Missions. He was a Cuyahoga Valley Church attender and God called him to the mission field to serve the Tarahumara people in Samachique, Mexico. Eric and his wife, Sheena serve the people and community there through a variety of different felt needs, the primary one being medical care.

Eric is an anesthesiologist but they recently came back to the states for him to complete schooling in family medicine. They plan to return to the mission field in 2018 with the hopes of opening their own clinic in the future to have further Kingdom impact to the Tarahumara people.

Ron and Jo Cleveland
Ron and Jo have been here at Cuyahoga Valley Church for the last 30 years. They started the Ghana Medical Clinic that God has used to reach the Nzema people in Ghana, Africa. They have mobilized many teams through Cuyahoga Valley Church to provide medical care and have helped develop church plants in Ghana. Ron and Jo have raised missionaries and equipped leaders to continue the work that is happening in Ghana for years to come. In a few short weeks, they will be moving and they have equipped Kyle and Amy Gustafson to lead the efforts in Ghana moving forward. Even though Ron and Jo will be moving soon, the will continue to be involved with the ministry taking place in Ghana. 

Rachel Klubnik
Rachel grew up at Cuyahoga Valley Church. When she was 14 she started traveling to El Salvador. God used her time there to burden her heart to develop a children’s home in El Salvador. She started Love and Hope Children’s home and has ministered to over 35 children. Her and her husband, Justin, are currently living in El Salvador full time at Love and Hope. Additionally, they have started a transition home for the kids who have graduated from Love and Hope Children’s home  to provide support to them throughout their time in college.  

God’s Faithfulness
When I sit back and reflected on the ways God has used and continues to use these people for His Kingdom, I marveled at his faithfulness. I was energized and encouraged by their stories and I hope you are too.

How might God be using you to impact His Kingdom?
Is God calling you to go serve on mission somewhere?

Seek the Lord and His leading. Be a Lifehouse, serve in our city, or check out the mission trips at Cuyahoga Valley Church. What a great joy it is to serve alongside of one another and see God’s faithfulness through our efforts! 



Celebrating the Cleveland Family

by Rick Duncan, Cuyahoga Valley Church – Founding Pastor

It’s rare for one family to be faithful, loving, joyful participants of one church for 30 years. Yet that has been the blessing Cuyahoga Valley Church has known because of the Cleveland family. We celebrate the Fruit of New Life we see in them.

We celebrate the faith and baptisms at Cuyahoga Valley Church of every member of the family—Ron, Jo, Josh, Sarah, Hannah, and David.

We celebrate their faithful commitment to the Bible as the Word of God and as the truth.

We celebrate their service in several areas:

  • Worship Arts (vocal team, choir, and handbell choir)
  • Elder Team
  • Compensation Team
  • Search Team Chair,
  • Missions Development Team
  • Finance Team
  • CVCYouth

We celebrate their generous giving at Cuyahoga Valley Church and beyond for three decades.

We celebrate their involvement in LifeGroups.

We celebrate their commitment to pray, give, and go as evidenced by their initiating the construction of a hospital for the Nzema people in Ghana, West Africa.


Ron and Jo have had distinguished careers in medicine in Northeast Ohio. We now send them as missionaries cleverly disguised, with our blessing, to North Carolina where Jo will continue in an exciting new season of her career.

Our hearts are full of praise to God for you. Thank you for sharing your lives with us.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Your Cuyahoga Valley Church family

Let’s do Lent!

By Chad Allen, CVC Lead Pastor

Let’s do lent!

No, not the kind we find in our dryer.  Lent comes from an ancient  word meaning “Spring” and is a special season of 40 days (excluding Sundays) of preparation for Easter.

One of the reasons that Christmas is special is that we experience the birth of Christ as as season. We do not just wake up Christmas morning and say, “oh yeah, it’s Jesus’ birthday”. We build anticipation from the end of November to early December as we get closer the day we celebrate the birth of Christ, especially for those who practice Advent.

In the same way, we have the opportunity to approach Easter as a season.  The life, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. Instead of waking up one day and saying, “Oh yeah, it’s Resurrection Sunday,” let’s take a step back and make a worshipful and reflective run at the most meaningful days on our physical and spiritual calendar.

As a community  of people who believe that there is a new life in Christ, engaging Lent can help breathe new life into our worship of Christ during this unique and meaningful season.

Key Thoughts on Lent: 

  • Lent is about Christ-centered sacrifice not self-centered spirituality.
  • Lent is about intentionality not religiosity.
  • Lent celebrates God’s grace it doesn’t earn God’s grace. 
  • Lent is about worship, not works. 

As you consider how you might engage be season of Lent, keep in mind your motive and heart.  We are reminded of the words of Jesus in John 4:23:

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” John 4:23

We need to enter into worship and holy practices with authentic and heartfelt motives to draw close to Christ.  God hates–yes, a strong word–hates empty, vain and insincere religious behaviors (Amos 5:21-24; Isaiah 1:11-17).  So remember whatever you do, or don’t do, let Christ, and what pleases Christ be your motivation.  

Whether you are an experienced “Lenter” or a newbie here are a several ways you can engage Lent this year:

  • download/print out the Lent Guide to Fasting for readings, prayers, journaling space and specific fasting challenges to help guide you.   FYI- this guide has Scripture readings that will provide a great compliment to our “I Am” teaching series starting this Sunday.

  • for families , use this guide (or another similar one) with your kids each week for  dinner devotionals to help create a sense of “season” for them around Easter.  You can also decorate or use creative ideas to make sure this holy season doesn’t get overshadowed by a bunny and eggs.  Having a hard time coming up with ideas, sit down and have a “Pinterest- fest” to help 
  • come to Ash Wednesday Prayer to kickstart your Lent season on March 1st.
      As we approach Easter, our desire is experience God. Ash Wednesday prayer allows us begin a heartfelt preparation to enter into Christ’s historic passion week. Join us for a time of prayer, seeking the Lord together, as we engage this holy season at Cuyahoga Valley Church. Childcare will be provided 7-9PM.
  • intentionally give up/fast from distractions or vices that clutter your life and keep you distant from Jesus, as well as add/increase disciplines and devotional habits that will help you simplify and grow in your faith and draw closer to Jesus.
  • start a reflection and repentance journal out and journal each day with a more focused time of prayer– writing down prayers, confessions, observations, praises that focus on your gratitude for Christ’s death & resurrection.
  • increase your worship music intake at home, work, or in the car. Create a playlist! Have worship music themed around the cross and resurrection playing. It’ll help you draw into a place of prayer and worship.

Lent is not mandatory for Christians.  Do not feel obligated to participate.  But if you are looking to grow in worship, your relationship with Christ and experience a more meaningful appreciation of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, then we highly recommend participating in this Lenten season.

Lent Guide to Fasting


by Joe Valenti, CVC Missions Pastor

Over the past several months, as Rick Eimers and I have taken over leadership of the missions department, I have realized my grave need for more knowledge when it comes to the study of missions. One of our top objectives for 2017 is educate the body of believers at CVC in the area of missions. By educate, I mean that we want to help you grow in your knowledge of the history, methods, and need for both local and global missions. 

  • How do we do that?
  • Have a class?
  • Run a seminar? 

We have plans to do formal events to help educate you all, but I think that a good first step is for each of us to take our role of missionary seriously by educating ourselves. Over the past several months I have read more on missions than at any other time in my life – even more then when I was taking a missions course in seminary. And I want to encourage you all to do the same. As we strive to be a church on mission, let us be a people who will love God will all of our minds by learning as much as we can about how to engage the world around us with the Gospel. Here are a few top notch resources that I can recommend to you all. 


History of Missions

From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya by Ruth A. Tucker 

The Great Commission: Evangelicals and History of World Missions by Klauber and Manetsch 

A History of Christian Missions by Stephen Neill


Theology/Purpose of Missions

Let the Nations be Glad by John Piper –

A Vision for Missions by Tom Wells –

Diary and Journal of David Brainard by Brainard and Edwards –


Missionary Biographies (there are tons of great ones, but here a just a few of my favorites)

Bruchko by Bruce Olson –

Warriors of Ethiopia by Richard McLellan –

To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson 

God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew





Learning the Spiritual Practice of Release

by Rick Duncan, Founding Pastor

In his message in our Risk-Takers series on Jochebed, Moses’ mother, Pastor Chad Allen told the story about how the Egyptians feared that the Israelites might one day outnumber them and overturn them. So, they ruled that all Jewish baby boys had to die. 

Moses’ mother, in order to save his life, released him by placing him in a baby boat on the Nile River in hopes that Pharoah’s daughter would rescue and raise him. That’s risk-taking faith in action! 

When we take risks by God’s grace and for His glory, His blessings will surely flow. Case in point? As result of Jochebed’s risk, Moses’ life was indeed saved and God eventually used him to set the Jewish people free. 

 Pastor Chad asked us what we need to release to God, “What (or who) is God asking you to release to Him and to His sovereign plans?” He said, “Sometimes risking means releasing – spiritually, relationally, conversationally, & financially.”

Chad led us in an exercise to open our fists, to symbolically let something go, and then to receive the blessing that He gives to those who practice the discipline of release.

But exactly how do we do it?

Here’s a guide – something you might want to do 8-10 times over the next 2 weeks – to help you develop the spiritual skill of release. Release needs to become a godly habit that must become a life-long practice. Why must this practice become a habit? We all have a tendency to take our burdens to the Lord… and grab them back!

The Spiritual Practice of Release : 5 Steps

 Get to a quiet place. Ask God to meet you – to speak to you and guide your thoughts. Ask Him to show you what you need to release. It might be a person, a right, a plan, a future, a dream, or a job. Make a list of 8 – 10 things that you have been grasping – things that you have been holding onto that you know have been limiting your joy and peace in Jesus, things that have been causing you worry or fear. After you have listed 8-10 things, choose one that will be your focus for this spiritual practice.  

  1. Recognize that your good and powerful God is sovereign over that very thing that is stealing your joy and peace and that is causing your worries and fears. “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…” (Genesis 50:20). Express this in your own words either verbally or in written form in a journal. 

    “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…”

  2. Admit to God that you have been hanging on to your will, your rights, your ways, your plans. Think of different ways that grasping may have hurt you and others around you. Jesus said, “Whoever does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 10:28-29). Again, express this in your own words either verbally or in written form in a journal.
  3. Acknowledge that God’s ways, thoughts, and plans are higher and better than yours. He has allowed this thing that is causing your pain for His wise and perfect reasons. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). State this truth aloud or write it in a journal.
  4. Tell God that you are right now choosing by faith to let go and trust Him – that because He’s in control you don’t have to be. Tell Him you will accept whatever He allows to happen. “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself…” (Philippians 2:5-7a). Literally open your hands (palms up) as you verbally give that person, right, plan, future, dream, or job into God’s hands. Now, just in case you’re tempted to grab what you are seeking to release again, turn your hands palms down, signifying that you don’t hold it any more. To reinforce this action, verbalize it or write it in prayer.
  5. Thank God in advance for the outcome – whatever it might be. Tell Him that you will by faith praise Him no matter what happens because you know that He is working all things together for your good. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (Philippians 1:2-4). Pray this aloud or make it a written prayer.

Remember what Pastor Chad said, “Relinquishment isn’t a passive ‘let go, let God’ moment. It’s an active ‘let go, grab God’ lifestyle where we learn the habit of seeking God’s plan.”

Practice these steps 8-10 times with your 8-10 different situations over the next few weeks to develop deeply the skill of release – a skill that will serve you well as you walk with God your whole life long.



by CVC Staff

During a recent staff meeting we read through a bit of Joshua about being courageous risk takers and reflected on how God is calling us to move spiritually, conversationally, relationally, and financially.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

Here are some risks that we think are worth taking.

Spiritual Risks

  • Abandon our agenda/distance yourself from comfort.
  • Humble ourselves—goes against our flesh to not be filled with self.
  • Pray risky prayers.
  • Invest time in eternal things.
  • Listen to God and do what He says—obey Him.
  • Consider it JOY in trials.
  • Utilize the power of testimony (yours and others’).
  • Form risky relationships for the sake of advancing the gospel.
  • Walk in spiritual disciplines (fasting, prayer, Bible reading) instead of other things (“Meditate day and night”).
  • Seek spiritual wisdom from others who can speak into your life (accountability).
  • Know God’s Word.
  • Be doers of the Word not just hearers.
  • Walk with God in such a way that it’s enough for you to have just enough light for the step you’re on.  Trust God for the rest.
  • Identify spiritual warfare and respond to it.
  • Walk in unconditional love and be willing to be vulnerable.
  • Follow Christ with ALL your heart, soul, mind, and strength.


Conversational Risks

  • Be willing to say hard things.
  • Be a better listener.
  • Have intentional conversations.
  • Be responsive to what you see around you.
  • Be selfless with your time.
  • Use discernment in order to ask “next level” questions (going deeper, not just having surface conversations).
  • Ask creative questions.
  • Remember: people over screens!
  • Create space for conversations.
  • Push past the awkward moments.
  • Be willing to move out of your comfort zone (cross generations, cultures, affinities, etc.).


Relational Risks

  • Be faithful in relationships—don’t give up on people.
  • Go deeper in asking follow-up questions.
  • Be persistent.
  •  Take the first step…then the second…and so on.
  • Help a stranger.
  • Show hospitality with openness and trust.
  • Be honest and transparent.
  • Slow down enough to serve and sacrifice.
  • Develop diverse relationships.
  • Take initiative without be prompted.
  • Listen to the Holy Spirit.
  • Ask someone for help if you need it.
  • Offer to pray with/for someone.
  • Love and forgive those who have hurt you.  Reconcile broken relationships.

Financial Risks

  • Title 10% (or more).
  • Be good stewards while trusting God to provide.
  • Hold loosely to the nest egg.
  • Acknowledge that all your resources are from God and for God.
  • Pray for God’s wisdom in using money.
  • Set a “blessings budget” to be intentional with giving.
  • Teach your children about giving.
  • Give your time too—don’t avoid serving because you think it’s enough to give money.
  • Don’t give with “strings attached” or ulterior motives.
  • “Live Simply so that others can Simply Live.”

Risk Takers Prayer Guide

by Rick Duncan, CVC Founding Pastor

In a message on the life of Sarah, the matriarch of the Jewish people, we discovered reasons why she could have disqualified herself from doing great things for God. She was small, wrong, mean, doubting, and old. Yet God use her to bless the world.

Maybe you have disqualified yourself. But God hasn’t disqualified you.

Below is a prayer guide that might help you work through your disqualifiers so that you can see yourself as a Beloved Child who can do great things for God.


Make a list of 8 to 10 disqualifiers that you are personally tempted to use and that sometimes keeps you from taking risks for God. Write them down on a sheet of paper or in a journal. 

Choose one of the disqualifiers as the focus for this spiritual exercise. You are now going to write a brief prayer to the Lord by following the suggestions below.

  1. Admit to God that you have allowed a disqualifier (call it by name) to keep you from taking a risk for him – to keep you from obeying Him. 
  2. Thank God that even though you’ve disqualified yourself and have been disobedient, that you are still His Beloved Child.
  3.  Identify your disqualification as a weakness while realizing that in your weakness Christ’s strength can be made known. (Read II Corinthians 12:10. Your weakness is the perfect backdrop against which the Lord longs to display His strength.)
  4. Praise God for one of His specific character qualities or attributes that he can make known through your weakness – your disqualifier. (For example, His greatness outshines Sarah’s smallness; His righteousness outshines Sarah’s wrongness; His kindness outshines Sarah’s meanness.)
  5. Ask God to give you strength to display His character in spite of your disqualifier. Ask Him to use you to bring him glory by becoming a greater risk taker. Write down the specific area in which you feel He wants you to take a risk for Him. 

Qualifying the Disqualified

by Rick Duncan, CVC Founding Pastor

In our message on the life of Sarah, the great great great great great great great… grandmother of Jesus, the Messiah, we made a list of the things that could disqualified her from making her mark on the world, from being a blessing to others.

  • Too small.
  • Too wrong.
  • Too mean.
  • Too doubting.
  • Too old.

What do you think disqualifies you?

If God did not disqualify Sarah, then God won’t disqualify you. So, today, why not pray the following prayer that expressed what Sarah might have prayed.

God, for too long I have viewed myself as too small, too inconsequential, too insignificant for You to use. I see now that you delight to use the little guy in big ways. So, where are you sending me? Here I am. Send me!

Lord, I’ve been wrong over and over and over again and again. I’ve believed a lie – that my wrongs have disqualified me from taking risks to serve You. But I’m beginning to see that the only people You can work through are people who have done wrong. We all have done wrong. Now, because of Christ’s work on the cross, I believe You will cleanse me of my wrongdoing. Guard me, O Lord.  May Your rightness outshine my wrongness. Amen.

Lord, You know I’ve done many mean things. I’ve said mean words. Would You cleanse me? Would You give me grace to seek forgiveness from those that I’ve hurt? Please forgive me for allowing my meanness to be an excuse for not serving You. You’ve always blessed mean people. So, please bless me.

Dear Lord, I do believe in You. Now, help me believe You. I believe. Help my unbelief. Help me to trust Your nature, character, and goodness. I believe that no good thing will you withhold from those who walk up rightly. Give me the ability to find promises in Your word and to claim them for Your glory and my good.

Lord, for too long I have used the excuse that I am used up and too old. Teach me to believe that You’re not only the God of the young and energetic but that You are the God of the old and the weak. You delight in taking those that the culture would leave behind and accomplishing great things through them. So, Lord, take my older hands and feet and mouth and mind and heart and do mighty things for Your glory through me.

Now, add you own words to this prayer.

Express your heart to God in your own way in and in your own words.

What a God we serve. He makes the disqualified qualified. That’s the gospel!