In challenging times, stress can become overwhelming, leading to anxiety, depression, and any number of physical or emotional illnesses.
Our mission is to serve God by providing support and encouragement to our Emmanuel family, to strengthen families by effecting change in the everyday lives through counseling and education in wellness, family relationships and personal finance.
About Family Support
We are serving God and His church through timely and accurate administrative functions. We are staffed with full and part time paid staff members and part-time volunteers. Emmanuel supports a wide range of ministries and community outreach programs, as well as partnering with local civic organization such as the NAACP, The Urban League, The Southern Colorado AIDS Project and others. AdMinistry, headquartered in the church office, is the “nerve center” of EMBC’s ministry, encompassing a wide range of administrative functions and supporting the many ongoing projects at the church.
Immunize for Life
Please Immunize Yourself and Your Child
Immunizations are the most effective way of protecting us from preventable and potentially dangerous diseases. For instance, Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) is no longer the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children. Also, if we relax our emphasis on the importance of vaccinations, the measles outbreaks that plagued us several decades ago could return. Make certain that every member of your family has received the immunizations necessary to help each individual lead the healthiest possible life. Keep yourself vaccinated so you can care for your children. Tetanus shots are administered every 10 years; Booster shots are due, Hepatitis B, HPV, and DPT are due also. Older adults should get the Shingles shots. FMI about immunizations contact the El Paso County Health Department.
Using The Whole Armor of God to Achieve Economic Empowerment
Learn to manage money God’s way! Become a leader or member of a small group and work toward becoming economically empowered. More info coming soon.
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God Aways Answers
God hears everything. That’s what “God” means. Saying there’s something God can’t do denies His omnipotence and confines Him to our human understanding. What the Bible means when it suggests God doesn’t hear the prayers of sinners is that God doesn’t act on their behalf. This is because the proper way to pray to God is beyond our power or comprehension. Jesus Christ is our intercessor (Romans 8:34), which means He untangles our language, our arrogance. Talking to God is, in and of itself, pure arrogance, the creation demanding things of the Creator. Jesus runs interference for us, correcting our grammar, discerning our true intent and knowing our heart. He acts like a spiritual translator, making sense out of our pitiful rhetoric and lobbying God on our behalf.
People who do not know Christ, who have rejected Christ—what we call “sinners,” which, again, is a misnomer since we are all sinners (Romans 3:23)—do not have access to Christ as an intercessor and, therefore, God, presumably, does not act on their behalf.
Let God Do His Job
Perhaps the biggest mistake we make in our prayer life is we want to tell God not only what we want or what we need but in what manner He should act. We say, “Lord, please talk to my boss and make him give me a raise.” This limits God’s options. We’re tying God’s hands because we’ve so narrowed down the course of action that His response is often, “no.” For if He did, specifically, what we asked Him to do, chances are that could harm us in some way, somewhere down the road.
The worst thing God can imagine is us becoming separated from Him. His only motive in denying our request is preventing that separation from occurring. He desires for us to dwell with Him, abide in Him. And He knows, if we get our way, many of us simply wouldn’t be able to handle the very life change we’re asking for. It would corrupt us and cripple our relationship with God.
Don’t direct God. Don’t tie Him up in knots. The proper way to pray is not to pray for a specific action but pray for a need. Rather than pray that God would change your boss’ mind, pray that God would meet your household’s needs. A more appropriate prayer is, “Lord, we need help managing our finances. Please open doors and please give us the wisdom to see those doors opened and the courage to step through them.” This gives God a lot more options to provide creative solutions to your problems, solutions that may have absolutely nothing to do with your boss.
Keep the Line Open
Too many of us close prayers with “Amen,” a practice we should stop doing because, in our mindset, “Amen” ends the prayer. Which is not true. “Amen” simply means “certainly” or “so let it be.” It does not mean, “Our connection to God is hereby closed.” We should start prayer when our eyes open. “What would You have me to do today, God?” And leave off the “Amen.” Just leave the connection open. All day. Every day. Don’t worry about tying up the line—He’s never too busy for you.
Give God Time
One of the reasons our prayers are ineffective is we say what we came to say and get up, going about our day. we’re too much in a hurry, too distracted by the concerns of the day. When we pray, we need to stop talking and listen—really listen—to what God is saying. Give Him time to speak to us, to inspire us and lead us to the answers we are seeking.
Finally, the most tragic product of a poor prayer life is our spiritual blinders. God has, quite often, already answered our prayer and we don’t even know it. We’re busy looking for the burning bush or the sign in the sky. But that’s not how God moves. God moves as often through motivation as through demonstration. He simply brings things to pass that He is motivated to bring to pass. And the answers we are seeking are, more often than not, already here. We’re just walking past and ignoring them because we’re not spiritually in tune with God. We’re expecting God to move in a way we ourselves have outlined for Him.