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Bev Sterk

About Me: 

I grew up in the crc, and am still here, along with my family. I'm married to Daryl, who has a construction business. I had a cpa license for 10 or so years, then I added EX to the front, and MOM to the back, so now I'm an EX CPA, MOM =). I am MOM to Duncan(12), Ian (8) and Samantha (6). Our family also owns a raspberry farm, and in the summers we get to work out there.

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Several years ago, the LORD re-opened up the eyes/ears of my heart to see/hear Him again. This was a profound change in my faith and walk with Him, making my relationship with Him much more personal, and discovering the "secret place" (Ps. 91:1 NKJV) with Him. That caused me to pursue listening prayer, which is something I've realized is not a strong point in our denomination. I'm praying God will be gracious and teach us this amazing gift, He designed for us, His children. I love to spend time in prayer, worship, reading His Word and lots of books based on His Word. and I love to share and have conversations with others, discussing our faith and what God is doing. I would love to see the crc understand "high praise" (Ps. 149:6 NKJV as one reference) I would love to see the crc eagerly pursue the Spirit given gift of prophecy, not just acknowledge it. (I Cor. 14:1) I would love to see the crc embrace fasting more intentionally as a practice (Matt. 6:16...when (not if) you fast) I am excited and encouraged with the prayer summit being planned for this April, and hope I will be able to be there.

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So what is "prophetic"?

The editorial linked to below mentions "prophetic" in some form 2 times. I also heard this word being used at synod in various discussions. We had a short discussion on it via the live chat stream, which I found insightful to the wide variety of interpretation of what it means to be "prophetic" in our current culture. So, I'm interested in what others think this might mean. http://www.thebanner.org/departments/2012/05/a-political-or-apolitical-church
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What Exactly is High Praise?

Several years ago, I heard the concept “high praise” at a prayer gathering, and it was the first time I could remember that I had heard that term, at least the first time it registered. I tucked that thought in the back of my mind and, every once in a while, would reflect on it. 

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Prayer for the Church

This is the song "O Church Arise" by Keith Getty and Stuart Towned, who also wrote the well known hymn "In Christ Alone" as well as many other beautiful modern hymns. The LORD put this song on my heart several times over the last year as I pray about our (the Church's) role in bringing love and healing to a very broken world. The song is rich with scripture... I have the lyrics with scripture in another document, but I think it's too big to post here, so if anyone would like the full document, please let me know... email me at darylsterk@msn.com . Also add any scriptures that you might "think...
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Moses Chung's prayer he shared with Synod

I've been meaning to post this for a while, so we can use this as a guide for some of our prayers concerning the various spheres of influence we have... "Our vision, a dream for the crc, that we will be a leading voice, a leader for God’s mission work in NA in the 21 st century, not to make our name known or to prove something about reformed faith, at the end of the day, that really doesn’t matter to God, but so that we can give hope and encouragement to other churches in the west. Also, I pray for the places where we work, everyday for the CR denomination buildings, starting with my office...
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Listening prayer - continued

Ok, I had shared part of a testimony as a reply under the first "listening prayer" posting... what was interesting timing is that very day when I wrote this 2nd part, I later ran into the cantata director to get his permission to share his part in it. I had only met him at the cantata last Christmas, otherwise I don't see him. We were both dropping our kids off at camp at the same time. Anyway, I wanted to make sure it was ok with him, before I publicly shared his part in my "snarky" attitude on the crc network. Ok, here’s the rest of the story… So, my son and I showed up at the first cantata...
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What is listening prayer?

ok, with the intro at Synod (Tues pm1 @ about 37 minutes in) to our new home missions director, Moses Chung, I want to raise some questions on listening prayer. How much do we do listening prayer in corporate/communal settings? In the intro, Brother James, pres. of home missions, said, " God spoke to us and said, "This is the person..." Now I know the scriptures do not say, "In 2011, the CRC Home Missions will appoint Moses for their director". So, how did they "hear Him? After hundreds of years of cessationism, that we refuted in the 1973 Synod, where are we at with listening prayer? Do we...
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