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Verse of the Day

June 2, 2020

Cast your cares of the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.  Psalms 55:22 NIV

June 1, 2020

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.  Isaiah 41:13 NIV

Spiritual Exercises: Use the following to help you stay spiritually fit. 

May 12, 2020                                                                                                       

Day 1
Read Proverbs 3:5-6… What is the best thing we can do in regards to the future? Pray for the doctors and nurses who are dealing with the coronavirus each day.                                                           

Day 2
Read 2 Corinthians 4:17-18… What is the difference between the things that are seen (present circumstances) and the things that are not seen? Spend five minutes praying for the protection and if needed the salvation of your neighbors.                                                                         

Day 3
Read James 4:13-17…As we contemplate the future, what should our chief concern be? Pray for the governmental leaders that they would use wisdom during this difficult time.                                 

Day 4…
Read Matthew 6:31-33… What does Jesus say is the cure for anxiety about the future? Give thanks in prayer for seven things that you are grateful for.                                                                

Day 5…
Read Isaiah 26:3… How can we have peace out what the future holds? Pray for at least five individuals in our church family.           

Day 6…
Read Hebrews 13:5… Regardless of what the future brings, what can we be sure of? Pray for three people you know who need to be saved.

Day 7…
Read Lamentations 3:21-26…What is true about God that should make it easy for us to trust Him with our future? Pray that the difficult circumstances we are facing will help turn our hearts (as a nation) back to God.

— Tom Dooley, Pastor at New Road Church in Austintown 


How To Participate in the National Day of Prayer

May 7, 2020

Americans have been observing the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday in May for 68 years.  As our nation and world faces an unprecedented crisis, prayer seems most appropriate as we navigate the uncertain days ahead. 

On this National Day of Prayer let me offer you some suggestions as to how you might spend some time praying for God’s blessing on America.

First, pray for our national, state, and local leaders.  Ask God to help them not become overwhelmed or discouraged by the weight of their responsibility.  Pray that they would remain strong and would experience good health.  Pray that God would give them wisdom as they make decisions.

Secondly, pray for the doctors, nurses, and hospital staffs who are caring for the sick.  Pray that God would protect them and their families.  Pray also that they would find the rest and refreshment they need in order to do their very difficult tasks successfully.

Thirdly, pray for the sick.  Pray they would receive the care and medications needed and that their treatment will be effective.  Ask God to bring healing and strength.

Fourthly, pray that the ramifications of coronavirus pandemic will be minimized and that the threat that it presents will soon be over.  Pray for those who have been laid off from their jobs and are in financial need.  Pray for the business owners who have had to close their doors.  Pray that God would provide and meet these needs.

Fifthly, pray for our nation’s children, their parents and their educators.  The education system in America had been turned on its head. Pray that parents will be patient as they take on the role of teacher and that educators will be diligent in providing the support needed.  Pray that our children will continue to progress in their learning and development.  

Sixth, let’s pray that our friends and neighbors won’t be overcome with anxiety and fear.  

And finally, pray that as a people the slogan we find on our money will be the reality of our lives each and every day: “In God we Trust.” 

The Power of Prayer

On this National Day of Prayer, let’s be encouraged to participate by some of the great biblical examples of prayer in the Bible.  Hannah longed to be a mother and she prayed that God would open her womb and she became the mother of the great Prophet Samuel.  Elijah on Mt. Carmel prayed for fire to fall from heaven and consume a sacrifice he had placed on an altar to prove to the nation of Israel that God and God alone is worthy of worship.  The fire fell just as Elijah asked.  Then there was Daniel who called a special prayer meeting asking God to enable him to interpret King Nebuchadnezzar's dream, which God did, saving Daniel’s life.  The Apostle Peter was jailed and awaiting execution and the scriptures tell us that the church prayed for his deliverance, which came when an angel arrived to break him out.

Is there power in prayer?  Yes.  God is the power in prayer and we can connect to that source of power when we pray.  In my lifetime I don’ t know of a time our nation needed prayer more.  So, take a moment today and ask God to Bless America.

— Tom Dooley, Pastor at New Road Church in Austintown



If you or a loved one is in need of prayers, click HERE for the Prayer Request Form. Once submitted, our YMCA Spiritual Emphasis Committee and our staff will be praying for you daily.

God bless you.


Shalom to you this Easter!

April 10, 2020


3 nails + 1 cross = 4given


The First "Stay at Home" Order

Exodus 12:21-23 New International Version (NIV)

“Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.”

Moses was given by God the instructions to tell the children of Israel to pull out of their flock, lambs according to their family’s size. This lamb had requirements in the selection. The lamb had to be one without blemish or flaws. It had to be a male and one of the first born of the flock. This meant that they should pull out the number of lambs that would be equivalent to the size of their family, but they needed to be perfect lamb as well. They were to kill the lambs and capture the blood in a basin. Then they were to take hyssop branches and dip them in the blood and brush the blood of the lamb over the door and down the door side post. The hyssop branch was used as a medicine and cleaning plant. It was also used in spiritual cleansing rituals. The hyssop branch was referred to as a tool or mechanism of purging, which is a process of cleansing or refining.

God was about to send the angel of death to the land to take the life of all the first born in the land as a punishment to Pharaoh for not listening to His request to free his people Israel. The first born to die included the child of Pharaoh. The placement of blood on the door for the Israelites was to protect them and their families from the plight of the death angel. The blood of the lamb would be a signal to the death angel to Passover that house and its occupants, sparing their lives.

This can theologically be looked at as God's precursor to the coming of Christ to save the world, by His death and bloodshed. His blood would cover the sins of man (those who accept His gift) thus providing eternal life and rescue from the sting of death.

By each family placing the blood on their door, their lives would be spared as long as they did not venture out of the door of their houses during the designated time period. If one chose to disobey the mandate of protection, one would take their peril into their own hands and death would be a certainty. Inevitably the death angel came, those not covered suffer the agony of death to the children and this included the death of Pharaohs first born son.

In Summary: God gave an instruction to them that would protect their entire family. Close the door and stay in until I tell you to come out. We are expected to obey the instructions given to protect us from evil. This means do what you can to protect your loved ones. Trusting God is also obeying God and the authorities he's placed in charge of information to protect.

We don't know the answers to the difficult questions that plague us in this life and day to day, as in this pandemic. But we do know that minimizing our contact with individuals who may have it and we can't see it, can serve as a protective measure to secure ourselves, our families, our friends, our neighbors and our coworkers.

"Obedience is still better than sacrifice".

This has been a biblical message for the day and the times.

Minister Ron King