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Post  Admin on Mon 27 May 2019, 12:54 pm

BATTLE STATIONS
Mon May 27, 2019 12:23 am (PDT) . Posted by: "keith hobkirk" totallylovedbygod59

Please pray for our small church, we meet in 3-4 homes, please pray for protection upon as we meet. Please pray for our two young co-workers Z and J, young men in their early 20's. 
Please pray for Pastor Z, he was called in to talk to city officials and senior police officer and told to scatter his church, this interview lasted 5-6 hours. He is prepared to give his life for his faith, please pray for this courageous man, his wife Pastor S, Son of 21 who is preacher and young daughter of 7
The gospel is difficult to share, please pray for opportunities for us one to one. Pray that we would be able to give an answer to everyone that asks for the reason of the hope within us
Please pray for our young people, many children even at young ages are forced to accept humanism and evolution as fact, please pray for the breaking of this bondage
Please pray for early morning prayer, many get up at 5 am to pray, please join us
Please pray not that the persecution would stop, but that God would strengthen us through it and bring us out the other side, it is winter, but winter does end and spring does come. Please pray that Spring would happen, but it is in the winter time that the church will grow
Please pray that the church would be completely purified and becomes a bride ready for the bridegroom, one that is holy and blameless before Him
Please pray for the minority peoples in China
Please click the following link and choose one to pray for 
https://joshuaproject.net/countries/CH

Thanks and God bless you

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Post  Admin on Sun 26 May 2019, 9:26 pm

REPENT BY OUR PASTOR MATTHEW 4:17
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The Wednesday Word: What does this mean? Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura)
 “We’re not just dogmatic about this, we’re bulldog-matic. Sola Scripture (Scripture alone) is a non-negotiable” (Dr. Steven Lawson).
The teaching of Scripture alone refers to the sufficiency of Scripture as our supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice.
 Sola Scriptura was another great rallying cry of the Reformation. For centuries the Papal Communion had declared its traditions to be superior in authority to the Bible. This resulted in many practices that were horribly contradictory to the Scripture. For examplePrayer to the saints,Prayer to Mary,The Immaculate Conception,Transubstantiation,Baptismal regeneration,The supremacy and authority of the Pope.
The Bible alone is our ultimate authority—not the Pope, not traditions, not church councils, not subjective feelings, but Scripture alone. Therefore, if any teachings differ from Scripture, they are to be judged by the Bible and rejected, rather than vice versa.
The Bible is the final authority, that’s what we mean by Sola Scriptura.
The Reformers believed the Bible to be their final authority. Likewise, we believe that it is the final court of appeal on all doctrinal and moral matters. All Popes and Councils are fallible. The Bible alone is infallible. At the Diet of Worms (AD 1521), when called on to renounce his supposed errors. Martin Luther replied,"Unless I am convinced by testimonies of Scripture or by evident reason ..for I believe neither the Pope nor Councils alone since it is established that they have often erred and contradicted themselves-I am the prisoner of the Scriptures cited by me, and my conscience has been taken captive by the Word of God. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen."”This is Sola Scriptura.
Our opponents, however, insist that the Bible nowhere teaches Sola Scriptura.  This is nonsense! Although no one verse declares Sola Scriptura, the Bible clearly states “All scripture is given by inspiration of God … 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
The Greek word for "inspired" describes ships sails filled, being carried along over the seas. Our scriptures are quite literally God breathed!
Since God is the author of the Scriptures, we can be confident that any teaching which is at variance with the truth of His Word is wrong. This is Sola Scriptura.
Every Scripture is the product of the Spirit’s work. He inspired the Bible writers and gave them His words. And even though God's Word and the scribe’s personality were in some way intertwined, every Word came from God Himself. This is Sola Scriptura.
 We must, therefore, either recognize the divine origin of the Bible or deny it.  However, if we deny the Bible as being the very Word of God, we deny the fact that what the Bible says, God says. We will then eventually deny the reliability of the glorious promises of the Word and will soon deny salvation by grace alone and other precious truths.  We will then be like a rudderless ship on its way to disaster.
Jesus held to the authority of Scripture.
Finally, let us look to the Master. He was a man of the Scriptures.  Three times, in the wilderness, He was tempted by the Devil, and each time He boldly replied "IT IS WRITTEN" (Matthew 4:1-11).
Also, consider these sayings of His;
“And Jesus answering said unto them, “Do ye not therefore err because you know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?” (Mark 12:24).
"The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him" (Matthew 26:24)
“Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?” Matthew 21:42
"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify of Me” (John 5:39)
“But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?” (Matthew 26:54)
“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27)..
Jesus believed in the authority of Scripture.So do I!
And that’s the Gospel Truth!

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Persecution & Prayer Alert

"They gave our Master a crown of thorns.
Why do we hope for a crown of roses?" ~ Martin Luther

More Than 140 Arrested

Source(s): Release International, The Africa ReportDate: 23 May 2019
The War Memory Square in Massawa.
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As Eritrea begins week-long celebrations leading up to their Independence Day on May 24th, efforts to prevent any sign of dissent have resulted in the detainment of more than 140 Christians. The arrests happened at a private gathering in the Mai Temenai area of Asmara on May 17th. Of those arrested, 14 were children.

Some of the detained Christians are believed to be in the Adi Abeito prison; others are still being held by police. Eritrea is ruled by a one-party dictatorship, and its human rights record is among the worst in the world. With recent protests in neighbouring Sudan bringing down the government, security has been strong on the streets of Eritrea to ensure no similar situation happens there. Contacts in the country say that the streets are filled with police and secret police agents to deter any demonstrations.

In further action to prevent protests, Internet access has also been shut down in the country. With only about one percent of the population having Internet access, the prevalence of social media is minimal.

When a peace agreement with Ethiopia was reached in July 2018, it was hoped that conditions might improve in this oppressive nation. However, there has been no progress in human rights seen by international observers. For more information on Eritrea, as well as ways that The Voice of the Martyrs Canada has been involved in reaching out to the Eritrean people, visit our country report.

Please pray for the many Christians facing oppression throughout Eritrea. Ask God to sustain and strengthen the hundreds being detained for their faith, along with those involved in this most recent incident. May He also work in the lives of President Afwerki and other government leaders, so that they too would come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and respect the freedoms of their people.

Assaulted Pastor Recovering from Trauma

Source(s): Morning Star News, Christianity TodayDate: 23 May 2019
Pastor Dhurba is still recovering from the attack.
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More than a month after Pastor Dhurba Kumar Pariyar was attacked by Maoist rebels, he remains in pain and faces mental trauma. Despite that, he has found strength in the Scriptures, as well as the testimonies of others who have suffered for their faith.

Pastor Dhurba was riding a motorcycle on his way back from distributing toys and supplies to poor children when he was stopped by two other motorcyclists. After confirming his identity, the pastor was pulled off and dragged towards the jungle. The attackers accused him of preaching a foreign religion and bribing people to convert. While beating him, they threatened his life if he did not hand over any American money that was with him at the scene.. The men fled when a vehicle passed by and the headlights fell on them.

The injured pastor was released after receiving treatment in hospital. Although a police report was filed, at last indication, the perpetrators had not been found. Pastor Dhurba and his wife, who are the parents of a five-year-old son, have served the Devotees Nepali Assembly in Kathmandu since 2011..

In October 2017, a bill was passed restricting religious conversion and instituting fines for anyone found to be involved in converting others. The law came into effect during August 2018 and, since that time, there has been an apparent increase in the overall persecution of Christians. To learn more about the country of Nepal, go to our country report.

Pray for Pastor Dhurba's complete healing from both the physical and emotional wounds, asking God to continue providing great comfort through His Word and the encouragement of fellow believers. Remember others in Nepal who are courageously ministering in the name of Christ to those needing spiritual and humanitarian help. May the perpetrators responsible for this attack be held accountable, so they will be convicted of their wrongdoing --  in hopes of them coming to repentance and faith in God through the testimony of faithful Christians.

Multiple Attacks Against Christians

Source(s): CBC, Christianity Today, World Watch MonitorDate:  23 May 2019
Siméon Yampa was killed in the May 12th attack.
Photo: Fides
On April 28th, a church in Sirgadji was attacked by armed assailants who pulled six Christians, including a pastor, behind the building and then shot them. (For more information about this situation, see our previous report.) Since then, the violence has continued, with at least two more deadly attacks taking place during church gatherings.

On May 12th, gunmen stormed a church in Dablo. Surrounding the congregants, the perpetrators shot and killed six of those who had attempted to flee, including a church leader, before torching the building and looting nearby stores. The next day, unidentified assailants stopped a religious procession in the town of Singa. The armed men allowed children to leave before killing four adults.

Attacks in this land-locked nation come at a time when the country' s leaders, along with those of surrounding nations, struggle with increasing violence from Islamic militant groups, including the Fulani herdsmen who have been responsible for much of the recently reported violence in nearby Nigeria.

Please prayerfully uphold the grieving families, friends, and fellow congregants of those killed during these recent attacks. Pray that the country' s governmental leaders will be successful in curbing the violence so that believers in Christ can freely worship without any further risk of opposition or life-threatening danger.
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GOD LOVES THE LIVES OF BABIES BY JIMMY LI EXODUS 1-2

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The Wednesday Word - What does that mean? 
Soli Deo Gloria
  Glory to God alone Romans 11:36
  Soli Deo Gloria was one of the five mighty battle cries of the Reformation. It means that we, in all matters, are called to Glorify God alone.
 But what does ‘To Glorify’ mean?
 It means simply to honour and praise the Lord alone. To Him alone belongs magnificence, excellence, pre-eminence, and dignity. We are called to worship Him. And why not?  He is God after all.
 No man can take credit for what Yahweh has done, and no man can compare Himself to who He is.He is perfect in all His ways (Deuteronomy 32:4).  Soli Deo Gloria.
 He is Light (1 John 1:5). Soli Deo Gloria
 He is Love (1 John 4:16). Soli Deo Gloria.
 He is Fire (Hebrews 12:29). Soli Deo Gloria.
 He is Sovereign (Deuteronomy 3:24). Soli Deo Gloria.
He is Holy (Leviticus 19:2). Soli Deo Gloria.
 He is Merciful and Gracious (Psalm 103:8).  Soli Deo Gloria.
 He did all the work in salvation. He is, therefore, worthy of all the praise and all the honour.  Soli Deo Gloria.
 He gave us the faith to believe the Gospel. Soli Deo Gloria.
 He baptized us into the salvation provided by Christ’s doing, dying and rising again. Soli Deo Gloria.
 He ransomed, redeemed and reconciled us. Soli Deo Gloria.
Here’s a striking fact…..all things are for His glory, not ours! Yahweh, speaking through Isaiah (48:11) tells us; “For my own sake, even for my own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.”
God’s salvation is for Himself and for His Glory! Soli Deo Gloria.
 Many folks sincerely believe that they give glory to God for their salvation.  But it’s all in their imagination for they cannot say that they give glory to Him alone.  They are clinging to grace + their contribution of good works.  But, this is not Bible salvation. Salvation is of the Lord from beginning to end.
 Soli Deo Gloria.
 As a result of the Gospel, we can lead lives which glorify God.  We have been ransomed, redeemed and reconciled to God Himself in the person of His Son, the God/Man Jesus Christ.
 Soli Deo Gloria.
 It is no wonder then that Paul says in 1Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God." Soli Deo Gloria.
 In practical terms, Soli Deo Gloria means that everything we do is to be done for God's glory.  Man’s pride and glory are excluded. We are to be motivated and inspired by God's glory and not our own.. He is the goal of our salvation.  We, of course, are the beneficiaries of His matchless grace, but we are not the center of God’s plan.  Ephesians 1:10 informs us of God’s ultimate intention saying, “That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:”" That’s how the future looks!
 Soli Deo Gloria
 And that’s the Gospel Truth!
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Post  Admin on Thu 16 May 2019, 10:02 pm

CHINESE DEVOTION

DR KENNY MCCLINTON

Text:  “Plead my cause, O Lord (Jehovah), with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.”

                                                                                                                      Psalm 35:1.



Good morning, persecuted Christian!  This is a day of anti-Christian apostasy and continued, and increasing, persecution of those of us who are Spiritually regenerate, Bible-believing, Christian followers of the Living Lord Jesus Christ.  Fact.

In an earlier Bible Lesson in this Searching In Psalms series I wrote: “As we witness ‘the falling away’ of the professing Christian church, we can clearly see how today’s outward professing church has been smitten, as it were, with a plague of flattering hypocrisy!


"True Christians, including my humble self, can become very cynical in the midst of such an apostate plague.  Perhaps our cynicism is a healthy one?  We must be very alert in this increasingly apostate age.  All these signs are being fulfilled daily!


Perilous Times:  “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”    (2 Timothy 3:1)  Pakistan. Vietnam. China. Nigeria. The Sudan. India. Burma. Iran.  These nations are imprisoning, persecuting, and even burning believers in their church buildings and in their homes DAILY - and we hear little fuss about it on the international news channels! Please pay particular attention to these prophesied facts, Christian friend.”  (Searching in the Psalms, 2. A Plague of Flattering Hypocrisy! Psalm 12:2, Dr C.K. McClinton)



With the facts of these anti-Christian persecutions clearly in view, Psalm 35 becomes even more relevant to any Christian believer who, at this crucial time in the prophetic history of God’s dealings with mankind, feels under such pressures, and in desperate need of Divine help and Spiritual support.

 

“Title: ‘A Psalm of David.’  Here is all we know concerning this Psalm, but internal evidence seems to fix the date of its composition in those troublous times when Saul hunted David over hill and dale and when those who fawned upon the cruel king slandered the innocent object of his wrath, or it may be referred to the unquiet days of frequent insurrections in David’s old age.  The whole Psalm is the appeal to Heaven of a bold heart and a clear conscience irritated beyond measure by oppression and malice.  Beyond a doubt, David’s Lord may be seen here by the Spiritual eye.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 169)

When beset by such cruel, unjust, persecutions, slander, and ill-treatment, Psalm 35 can be offered up by the clear-conscienced Christian as his/her personal plea to God for a prompt and Divine ‘confounding’ of our anti-Christian enemies.


“Bonar entitles this Psalm, ‘The awful utterance of the Righteous One regarding those that hate Him without cause’; and he makes the following remarks thereupon: ‘On that day when their views of justice shall be far clearer and fuller than now, we shall be able to understand how Samuel could hew Agag in pieces and the godly hosts of Israel slay utterly in Canaan man and woman and child, at God’s command.  We shall be able, not only to agree in the doom, ‘Let them be confounded,’ etc., but even to sing, ‘Amen, Hallelujah,’ over the smoke of torment (Revelation 19:1-2).”  (Treasury of David, page 169)


What is contained within the God-breathed Scriptures – Old Testament and New – should be what informs our conscience, not popular trends, and the shifting moral standards of international worldly opinion.  God’s Word alone is TRUTH.



“Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth.”  (John 17:17)

Verse 1.  “Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me. Doth the world condemn thee for thy zeal in the service of God?  Reproachfully scorn thee for thy care to maintain good works?  Not blush to traduce thee with imputations of preciseness, conceited singularity, Pharisaical hypocrisy?  Oh but if thy conscience condemns thee not all this while, if that be rectified by the sacred Word of God, if thou aim at His glory in pursuing thine own Salvation, and side not with the disturbers of the church, go on, good Christian, in the practice of piety, discourage not thyself in thy laudable endeavours, but recount with comfort that the Lord is thy Judge (1 Cor. 4:4).” (Isaac Craven’s Sermon at Paul’s Cross, 1630)

Verse 1.  “…Fight against them that fight against me.  ‘My enemies are much too powerful for me, Lord, please fight against them with Thy Almighty power.  Confound Thine enemies, oh Lord!’  This is a prayerful plea that all who seek to forthrightly serve the risen Christ must constantly pray.



“Not by my power or by my might, but by Thy Spirit, O Lord of hosts..”  (Zechariah 4:6) (my paraphrase)

Verse 3.  “Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, ‘I am thy Salvation.’”  Sincere, Bible-believing Christians are called by God to ‘…put on the whole armour of God…’, but we are not to try to fight Spiritual battles in our own power or strength, or wisdom.  The Battle is not ours, but God’s, and it is God that does the actual ‘fighting’, and it is the Lord God Who assures us, therefore, of complete and utter Victory – in Christ Jesus.  Hallelujah!  In Christ, we are invincible!  Glory, all glory to the Victorious Lamb, Christ Jesus!


Thought:  In times of increased persecution of Christian Bible-believers – let us increase our prayerful petitions to the Lord for His Almighty and All-powerful help?  We already have the full Victory through the Cross of Christ.

   
SERMON IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE BY JIMMY LI

RESISTING TEMPTATION MATTHEW 4

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Resisting Temptation
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The Wednesday Word…What does that Mean? 

 
Faith alone

 
Romans 3:21-22, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 10:3

 
Faith Alone (Sola Fide) was the battle cry of the Reformation.  It’s a radical truth that will deliver us from self-absorption and legalism.

 
It is a vital truth, therefore, we must get it straight.  We receive our salvation by faith + nothing. Neither ceremonies nor rituals need apply for the job. Faith alone grasps that all which is necessary for our acceptance with God has already been done by God Himself in His great redemptive act in Jesus Christ.
 
 
To paraphrase the Australian Forum, “Faith receives that the God/Man, Jesus Christ, in our name and our behalf, met all our obligations before the bar of eternal justice.”
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 Faith understands that our salvation was secured by a complete and perfect work. Faith alone apprehends that we cannot add or contribute anything to Christ’s accomplishments.

 
This, however, does not mean that faith is our Saviour. Faith was not led as a lamb to the slaughter.  Nevertheless, faith causes us to look to our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus, as our only hope. Faith never looks at itself.  It provides no foundation of safety for the believer.

 
Gospel faith is the opposite of having a vague faith in some God out there. Having a general sort of faith is not saving faith.

 
Some people may actually believe that for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows! But, that’s not saving faith.

 
Someone says, “I believe that everything will turn out for good in the end.” Good for you, but that is not saving faith.

 
Others say, “It doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you believe sincerely.” That’s not saving faith, and besides, it is nonsense. It’s like saying, “It doesn’t matter what medicine I take, as long as I’m sincere.” Welcome to the funeral parlour.

 
Faith, Gospel Faith, on the other hand, grasps that God's saving work has been done completely outside of our own experience. Indeed, gospel faith comprehends that the Finished Work was in no way accomplished inside the believer. As John Bunyan pertinently says, "……., this is one of the greatest mysteries in the world; namely, that a righteousness that resides in heaven should justify me, a sinner on earth!"  (Bunyan: Justified by and Imputed Righteousness) .

 
Faith embraces that God is righteous, holy, just, and loving. Faith recognizes that we have sinned against this same God. Faith perceives that, outside of grace, we stand guilty and condemned. But, faith also embraces that Jesus is God clothed in a human body. Faith sees Him and His perfection as the substitute for sinners.

 
Gospel Faith sees that all our sins have been paid for. Not one of them has been left to damn us.

 
Faith receives this and makes it our own.

 
Faith sees that our sins are not put away by confession.

 
Faith sees that our sins are not put away by fasting.

 
Faith sees that our sins are not put away by prayer.

 
Faith sees that our sins are not put away by popes, prelates or priests.

 
Faith, however, sees that, at the cross,

 
Sin was condemned,

 
Justice was satisfied,

 
The Law was magnified,

 
God was glorified,

 
The sinner was saved and our adversary, Satan, was utterly confounded!

 
And that's the Gospel Truth!
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From:  Mary Padgett Ministries, Inc.

A Word In Due Season

JESUS IS AWARE

Scripture:  Mark 6:48 (NLT)  "He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves."

Jesus told His disciples to get into a boat and go to the other side of the lake and then He went into the hills to pray alone.  Late that night while Jesus was still on the land, He saw the disciples.  Their boat was in the middle of the lake and they were in much difficulty as they rowed against the winds and the waves.  About three o'clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water.  When He reached the disciples Jesus spoke to them and said, "Don&# 39;t be afraid, Take courage!  I am here!"

Jesus saw the disciples when they weren't even aware that He was watching them.  Then, He used the thing that was troubling them, as a tool to get to them.  He walked to them on the same water that they were struggling in.  Isn't that just like God?  He takes our problems and somehow makes them seem as nothing.  He parts our Rea Sea and allows us to pass over to the other side and then He uses that same sea to destroy the enemy that is pursuing us.  He tells us to count it all joy when we enter into trials and tribulations because He is going to cause all things to work together for our good.  Somehow we are going to come out better at the end of the ordeal than we were at the beginning.  I remember when my house was flooded with close to seven feet of water.  The Lord provided funds  for me and after it was all over with and the repairs were complete, my house looked better than it did before.

Just as Jesus was praying in the hills that day before He rescued the disciples on the lake, He is praying and interceding for you and me at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.  He is not only praying, He is watching us continually and is aware when we are in serious trouble.  He knows how tired we are of rowing and struggling against the winds and waves of this life.  He sees our financial difficulties, our heart aches, our physical fatigue, our troubled relationships, and our disappointments.  It will only take one moment of the Master's time, one touch from His hands, or one word from His lips to fix our problems.  He is waiting for us to call out to Him.

There is nothing too great for the Lord to handle and there is nothing hidden from His eyes or His heart.  Jesus sees everything, knows everything, and understands everything.  In our moments of distress, He will come to our rescue and speak to us saying, "Don' t be afraid, Take courage, I am here!" 
He Cares for You "Casting all your care upon Him,for He careth for you. "1 Peter 5:7 Too wise to make an error,Too just to do a wrong;When darkness, here, surrounds me Then, I list for Heaven’s song. For, the Giver of the rainbow,The creator of the light,Will not leave us, in our sorrow,All alone in blackest night. In Him, alone, is solaceAnd there is no darkness there.He will reach out and enfold usWith His tender, loving, care. So, when you’re bowed in sorrowAnd your heart breaks right in two,Remember that your Father sharesThat grief along with you. He will never, ever, leave us.He will not forsake His own.He will share your deepest burden,Just as if it were His own. So, dear friend, when there’s no comfort To be had on earth, below,Remember how God loves youAnd His word will tell you so. First, the storm, then, the rainbow ~First, the darkness, then, the Light ~First, the need of Divine comfort,Then, His steady arm of might! And, I’ve found, where e’er I wander,There’s no place beyond His care;If I only bow and whisperThat sweet Name, in humble prayer! 
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 "If I Were the Devil"

I guess this sounds a little weird for a title, but bear with me. At a Bible study, we studied the book of Jude. Jude encourages us to contend for the faith amidst a lot of false teaching and teachers. I placed a few verses at the start here, and the same ones at the end of this devotional. With the truth of these verses in mind, let us read on.

II Corinthians 2:11 That no advantage may be gained over us by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his devices.
I Peter 5:8 Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

II Corinthians 11:14-15 And no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light. It is no great thing, therefore, if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.

IF I WERE THE DEVIL... The first thing I would do is to deny my own existence in the world and downplay it in the local church, allowing me to go about my business unhindered and unchecked!

IF I WERE THE DEVIL... The second thing I would do would be to read the Bible carefully. I could then twist and turn the Scriptures, to mislead saints and sinners alike.

IF I WERE THE DEVIL... I would confuse people with cults, encourage them to attend their services, and promote the idea that good works are enough to get you into Heaven.

IF I WERE THE DEVIL...The fourth thing I would do is to prevent saints from growing in grace. I would confuse them theologically. I would push them into one of many extremes. I would attempt to discourage them, and would get them mad if I could -- and most of all, keep them extremely idle.

IF I WERE THE DEVIL... The fifth thing I would do is to ruthlessly and viciously attack three foundations of the faith. 

- Marriage: (Genesis 2 and Ephesians 5) 

- I would advocate easy divorce laws
- I would support abortion. I would beguile women with the same foolish and false freedoms I promised, in the garden of Eden, to Eve.  

- Human Government: (Genesis 9 and Romans 13) and the church (Romans 1:7 and I Corinthians 1:2). I would encourage anarchy: "We shall overthrow." I would encourage students to burn everything (except the midnight oil for study). I would encourage disgust for all authority -- police, courts, customs and the constitution. I could even take wholesome Biblical words and pervert their meaning -- like "grass" , "bread" and "fruit" -- and begin a more detailed debasing of the Word.  

- The Church: I would continue to attack the church from the outside, but would concentrate the bulk of my evil effort from within. I would strive to establish a dead church, dig a hole, carve a tombstone and bury it.

IF I WERE THE DEVIL ... I would strive for weeks, months, years, centuries, twenty-four hours a day, to accomplish all these goals. Some I could achieve as a roaring lion, others as an angel of light. But each goal would reveal to some that I am busy at work, while the rest are almost asleep.
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SRI LANKA: As the devastation of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka fades into the memory of the media, the...

Source(s): VOM CanadaDate: 09 May 2019
Damage at Zion Church
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As the devastation of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka fades into the memory of the media, the suffering of hundreds remains an ongoing concern for The Voice of the Martyrs Canada. As of May 6th, the total death toll stood at 257, including 40 foreign nationals. The hundreds who survived the attacks continue to face physical suffering, the horror of lost loved ones, and the trauma of witnessing such horrendous violence first hand. (For a previous report on the attacks, go to this page.)

In response, organizations around the world have been reaching out to help. The Voice of the Martyrs Canada has made a commitment to provide financial assistance through its "Families of Martyrs Fund" (for more information,  click here) and "Medical Fund" (click here). These funds will help cover medical expenses, as well as other means of support for devastated families. The assistance will be provided in coordination with national partners within Sri Lanka to ensure necessary help is delivered in the most effective way.

Continue to remember the hundreds of victims who are suffering from the trauma and other after-effects of these terrible attacks. Pray for the ministry initiatives that are taking place throughout the country and around the world in order to reach out with the compassion of our Lord to those greatly in need of help and hope. Also intercede for the surviving perpetrators who were involved in the planning of the attacks that they will come to experience the life-transformative love, forgiveness and saving grace available through Jesus Christ.

Six Slain for Refusing to Convert

Source(s): World Watch Monitor, Barnabas FundDate: 09 May 2019
Pastor Pierre Ouédraogo
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After attending a meeting on April 28th, Pastor Pierre Ouédraogo, 80, and other church members were talking together in the church courtyard when gunmen on motorcycles suddenly stormed in. The armed assailants demanded that the believers deny their Christian faith. Bibles and mobile phones were seized and the Christians were then taken one at a time behind the building where they were each shot. In total, six Christians died that day for refusing to convert to Islam. One other, Adama Sawadogo, was injured but thankfully his condition is not considered life-threatening.

Following the attack, the church building and two motorcycles were set on fire. Some sheep and a bag of rice were stolen from the pastor's house before the assailants left the area. The six slain church members were buried the same day during a ceremony attended by both Christians and Muslims from the community.

According to sources in the town of Sirgadji, the attackers returned the next day "searching for Christians." They returned with impunity due to there being insufficient law enforcement in the area. Some were known to locals as "young men who've been radicalized. " Since the incident, more than 100 Christians have left the town to seek more secure locations.

Please uphold all those who are now grieving the loss of their loved ones. Also pray for Adama who was injured, as well as the many community members who have fled for safety. May the Christians in Burkina Faso find their strength and encouragement in the Lord, as well as each other. Pray that those responsible for this horrific attack will experience God's conviction for their crimes and, as a result, come to repentance and full surrender of their lives to Him.

Gunmen's Attempts to Intimidate

Source(s): Middle East ConcernDate:  09 May 2019
Jifna, Palestine
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Christians in Palestine request prayer following the attempts of armed militia in Jifna, near Ramallah, to intimidate them through acts of violence.

On April 25th, a Christian woman was involved in a minor car accident, which she reported to police, filing a complaint against the driver of the other vehicle. That driver, however, was the son of a prominent member of Fatah, the ruling party in the West Bank. Later that day, approximately 30 gunmen entered the Christian community, firing guns in the air, throwing gasoline bombs, and demanding that the complaint be withdrawn. No one was injured, though there was property damage in the vicinity of the attack which included some vehicles.

While police from Ramallah were called, they did not arrive for three hours.. The governor of Ramallah, Leila Ghanem, promised that those responsible would be punished. However, on April 29th, a "reconciliatio n meeting" took place in which the father and son apologized and the traffic complaint was withdrawn. As a result, no action will be taken against those responsible for these crimes.

Ask God to mediate on behalf of the victimized Christians in this Palestinian community, preventing any further threats or incidents of violence against them. While understandably ill at ease following the recent terrifying attack, may the reassuring presence of Jesus calm their anxious hearts and minds -- giving them the peace that transcends all understanding. Pray that those responsible for instigating and committing the violence will come to realize that there is ultimately true accountability with the Righteous Judge, regardless of their political or social standing. In obedience and honour to Him, may the believers involved respond with love and grace..

Asia Bibi Possibly in Canada

Source(s): CNN, BBC, CBCDate: 09 May 2019
Asia Bibi
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If reports from CNN and other notable sources are accurate, Asia Bibi finally arrived in Canada on May 8th, more than six months after all charges against her were dismissed. Following multiple false rumours since the October 31st court ruling, it is now reported that Asia has arrived in Canada with her husband, and the couple are staying in an undisclosed location with their children. Further information on the family's location will remain confidential for security purposes.

Assuming the accuracy of the reports, we praise God for this wonderful news! May He abundantly bless Asia and her family with encouragement and provision as they begin a new life here in Canada. Pray for their safety, as threats against them continue despite their relocation. For the many other believers in Pakistan who are still facing threats and imprisonment for their faith, ask the Lord to intervene mightily on their behalf -- ministering in ways that will not only provide help to them but also bring glory to His all-powerful name.
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If you wish to add me on facebook, my id is keith hobkirk.. look for the butterfly
Please continue to stand with us here in China, the persecution is severe but if God wasn't working, we wouldn't be facing such opposition. Winter is here for the chinese church but winter does pass.. it ends eventually.
Please pray for the pastors especially our beloved Z aand His wife S and also GM and his wife and many many others. Please pray that they stand strong and don't bend to pressure, which is daily to move to the official church.
Please pray for the young people of China that they would respond to the gospel in their millions and be a real blessing to this country.
Please pray for our house churches on sunday and house groups on friday that many will come and be blessed.
Please pray that we woud make disciples and not pew warmers.
Please pray for a man H, who I shared the gospel with, he spoke great english and understood all I said, he had watched programmes on Henry the eight and was intrigued by his change of faith.

Please pray for the protection of all churches, people are been given money to give police their location.
Please continue to pray for us, the situation is not impossible, please pray that this situation opens up many hearts to the Saviour and drives god's people to rely on him totally, we have no other refuge but him
Thanks for praying, please don't ignore this, just give two minutes to pray for China.
Buy the books Operation world and operation china, go to open doors and voice of the martrys websites, be informed and please share this on facebook, in your church and to all your groups and contacts
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CHINESE DEVOTION
信心---是得救的关键
新心---是圣灵的居所
诚心---是拜父的要旨
清心---是见神的条件
忠心---是事主的根本
爱心---是最大的赏赐
耐心---是胜利的号角
恒心---是成功的关键
虚心---是天国的台阶
宽心---是健康的灵丹
乐心---是疾病的妙药
贪心---是万恶的根源
灰心---是失败的开始
惰心---是贫穷的母亲
邪心---是犯罪的毒根
石心---是沉沦的磨石
恶心---是不信的主因
嫉心---是心灵的毒瘤
骄心---是落后的滑梯

SERMON IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH BY JIMMY LI
SPECIAL UNITY THROUGH HUMILITY PHIL 2:1-11
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The Wednesday Word: ‘What does that mean?
BY MILES MCKEE 
 Grace Alone
 When we say we are justified by Grace alone, it means that, even though in and of ourselves we are unacceptable, we have divine acceptance through the doing dying and rising again of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
 Grace alone means favour and welcome shown to the rebellious and undeserving. Such is God’s grace that sinners are said to be justified freely (Romans 3:24). To be justified "freely" means not only to be declared ‘Not Guilty’ but also signifies that we are declared not guilty without any cause in us.
It is only through the Gospel that we see God’s gracious and righteous acceptance of unacceptable people. No amount of trying to obey God’s Law on our part could have obtained our acquittal. No amount of personal character or self-denial by us ever causes God to regard us as acceptable in His sight. We have His favour only by pure and undeserved grace. That’s part of what we mean by Grace Alone.
 Grace pursued this sinner when I was pursuing sin. Grace found me, saved me and has kept me continually. Grace, you see, is not a one-time event.. In this life, we stand in need of God’s unfailing and unceasing grace. If we are attempting to find acceptance and welcome before the Father because of our moral character, we have fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4).
 Larry Criss says,
 “I know this, I am a great sinner, and nothing less than great grace will do anything for me.
I need reigning grace, grace that is greater than all my sin.
I need grace to keep me from falling, and grace to present me faultless before the throne of God.
I need grace to live by and grace to die by.
Just as it was grace that called me, it is grace that will not let me go. If God’s great salvation is not grace from beginning to end, if anything about salvation is dependent on me, I have no hope at all. But thank God, that is not the case. God’s grace has kept me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.”" From beginning to end, we are saved by grace. That’s another part of what we mean when we say we are saved by Grace alone.
 Everything to do with our salvation is because of Grace. If we have been regenerated, it was by the power of God. That’s grace! If we have repented, our repentance was the sovereign gift of God. That’s grace. If we are believers, our faith was the sovereign work of God. That’s Grace!
 To recap, if we are to be saved, God must save us by Grace alone. No combination of Grace and works will do. Salvation comes from the hand of the all gracious God.
 “Not what my hands have doneCan save my guilty soul;Not what my toiling flesh has borneCan make my spirit whole.Not what I feel or doCan give me peace with God;Not all my prayers and sighs and tearsCan bear my awful load.
Thy work alone, O Christ, can ease this weight of sin;Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God, can give me peace within.Thy love to me, O God, not mine, O Lord, to Thee, Can rid me of this dark unrest,And set my spirit free..”
 
 And that’s the Gospel Truth!
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A cooler Hell!

(Thomas Brooks, "The Crown and Glory of Christianity, or, HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)

"God, I thank You that I'm not like other people--greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get." Luke 18:11-12 

Many please and satisfy themselves with mere civility and common morality. They bless themselves that they are not swearers, nor drunkards, nor extortioners, nor adulterers, etc. Their behavior is civil, sincere, harmless and blameless.

But civility is not sanctity. 

Civility rested in, is but a beautiful abomination--a smooth way to Hell and damnation! 

Civility is very often . . .
  the nurse of impiety,
  the mother of flattery, and
  an enemy to real sanctity. 
There are those who are so blinded with the fair shows of civility--that they can neither see the necessity nor beauty of sanctity. There are those who now bless themselves in their common morality, whom at last God will scorn and cast off for lack of real holiness and purity.

A moral man may be an utter stranger . . .
  to God,
  to Christ,
  to Scripture,
  to the filthiness of sin,
  to the depths and devices of Satan,
  to their own hearts,
  to the new birth,
  to the great concerns of eternity, 
  to communion with Christ, 
  to the secret and inward ways and workings of the Spirit. 

Well, sirs, remember this: though the moral man is good for many things--yet he is not good enough to go to Heaven! He who rises to no higher pitch than civility and morality--shall never have communion with God in glory. The most moral man in the world, may be both Christless and graceless.

Morality is not sufficient to keep a man out of eternal misery. All morality can do, is to help a man to one of the best rooms and easiest beds which Hell affords! For, as the moral man's sins are not so great as others--so his punishments shall not be so great as others. This is all the comfort that can be given to a moral man--that he shall have a cooler Hell than others have. This is but cold comfort. 

Morality without piety is as a body without a soul. 
Will God ever accept of such a stinking sacrifice? Surely not!

"But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God." Luke 18:13-14
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the lords care for his people by james smith
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CHINESE RESOURCES
SERMONS
PSALM 138 BY PATRICK LIEW
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PSALM 139 BY PATRICK LIEW
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PSALM 141 BY PATRICK LIEW
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PASTOR CECIL
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“OBSERVE!”
探究!
Psalm 119:34
“Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; indeed, I shallobserveit with my whole heart.”
诗篇119章34节
“求你赐我悟性我便遵守你的律法,且要一心探究遵守。”

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible.  Each section is introduced by a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. I am told that Jewish youth had to memorize the entire chapter -- with 176 verses, that was no easy task. The Psalmist pens this Psalm in the form of a prayer beseeching the Lord to be our teacher.
诗篇第119章是圣经最长的一章。每一节都是由希伯来字母开头的。据我所知犹太的青年人需要熟记这一整章—176行,真不简单。诗篇的作者以祷告的口吻,写下祈求上帝引领的内容。

It is interesting to dig a little deeper into the meaning of the word OBSERVE. In the Hebrew it means to keep, guard, keep watch and ward, protect.That gives us a much clearer meaning of what the writer is seeking from the Lord.
“探究”一词值得思索。希伯来语中,它有坚持,守护,看守,预防,保护的意思。这也告诉我们,作者对上帝的用意。

When I was a boy, or even a grown man in graduate school, I was required to apply myself to gaining knowledge. I fear that I fell short many times, but as I entered each classroom I was exposing myself to the things my instructor would teach me.
我作为一个在研究院学习的男孩,或者说一个成年人,我有义务去探索知识。很多次我担心我不够格,但当我走进教室时,我渴望将自己暴露在学海之中。

As we read this Psalm of prayer it is well and good to make it our own prayer. Our part is to listen to the Lord as He teaches and themto keep, guard, keep watch and ward, protect with our whole heart.
当我们品读诗篇时,可以将其选做我们祷告的内容。我们要做的是遵守上帝的教导,并且坚持,守护,看守,回应,保护他的教导。
Blessings dear hearts.  Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!
祝福大家!每日都要亲近主,完全信靠他,成为上帝的祝福!
- - - Pastor Cecil
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NUMBERS 1330 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
NUMBERS 1424 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
HAVE YOU A CALEB SPIRIT?Right in the midst of this uproar, Caleb stood up; he would not be silenced.Caleb was one who was not going to go along with the majority. Oh how we need Caleb's today, and Joshua's for that matter. Remember that in the book of Joshua, even at age 80, he said, give me this mountain.He is one who is like Paul in Philippians 3; always pressing on. He is seeking always to go forward, and to claim more ground. He wants to claim the prize, because there was no retirement for him.Caleb did not put his sword away. He was ready!Note the wonderful promise given to Caleb. Please note who one of the first judges of Israel was, that's right, Caleb's nephew: 
9 And when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
10 And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the Lord delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.When you honour God, He will give you honour. God granted the promise He made to Caleb.My question is:Have you a Caleb spirit?Have you an attitude that goes against the flow, even when the majority say you are wrong?Are you prepared to say: Give me this mountain?Then you have a Spirit like Caleb.God bless you,
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ENGLISH SERMONSLIGHT IN DARKNESS BY CHARLES SPURGEONhttps://www.sermonaudio..com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=fcb0812
HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE BIBLE PART 1 BY TODD CURTIS 44 MINUTEShttps://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=96152024500

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CHRIST GLORY FIRE MINISTRIES- INDIA
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                                                    ( Pastor. B.Hosanna Founder & Director )
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I take this as my privilege, introducing my Lord’s work “Christ Glory Fire Ministries” and my “testimony” in to your kind notice. I am Pastor Hosanna, working at village called Pulletikurru, located in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, India. I born and brought up in an orthodox Hindu family and was practicing the Hindu system Idol worship and leading many to observe the Hindu culture rituals. My father and all my family members are Hindu religious Teachers working in Hindu Temples. As I to practiced the same from my childhood reciting all the Hindu dogmas, they expected that I would be their successor to continue as Hindu priest, to lead many people to Hinduism. Strictly I was kept within the four walls, not allowed to go anywhere to see anything at outside world. At the age of 19 years, I went out secretly along with my childhood friends to see the outside world.  I was taken by friends to one public place, there was huge crowd gathered, latter I came to know that it was a Christian meeting going on. The speaker on the stage preaching that “There is only one God and Christ is our Savior  Man made Idols never be considered as gods. They have eyes but cannot see, have mouth but cannot eat, have nose but cannot smell, have legs cannot move BUT there is salvation in Christ through living God”. I got angry hearing those words. My friends left me and joined in the crowd. Silently I left that place and came back to home, but whole night I spent sleepless thinking over those words. Those words are repeating and resounding with echo. My strong opinion is Christ is not God of India but foreigners, only Hindu gods are for Indian people. I woke up early, and went in to our Temple. I started calling all our deities one after one to speak to me directly but there was no response from any Idol. Finally I decided to call Jesus, thinking he should reply me if he is real God. I started calling, miraculously I could hear a low and gentle voice “my son I have chosen you to become my vessel to do my service among Hindus, And He spoke to me showing the verse that Go ye all in to the nations and proclaim the Word of God.” That is day is turning point in my life, our almighty God presented Himself to me in on 9th April 1997, and brought me out from that Hinduism spiritual darkness and delivered me from satanic bondage. I humbly submitted to the voice and dedicated myself to do His service for eternal life in Christ. I left my parents, left all my wealthy properties and came out with empty hands to do His service to this village, where I never seen before. I could experience God is anointing me to be as Apostle to many Hindus. God is so faithful to me in all these seven years, strengthening my work to expand many neigh boring villages and districts. Now I am with 15 branch churches and 20 Junior Pastors working in various places in our team. Our teaching is 1st Century Apostolic doctrine. Several times I was opposed by orthodox Hindu people, persecuted by rowdies. They plotted against me to send out from this village but God protects from all the evil. By faith I am continuing my ministry. 
My Vision is
To Bring 1 Million souls to Christ
To Raise the Prayer Partner And Supporters Throughout The World.
To Establish 10 Bible colleges to prepare the efficient pastors to reach Gospel unrehearsed villages.
To Construct 500 permanent Church buildings.
To Provide necessary tools like Bicycles, drums, P.A. systems, Lights to 1000 Pastors and Evangelists.
To Buy a vehicle to send Film ministry teams to promote the Gospel to unrehearsed areas in India
To Look after 200 orphan Children and to have our own campus for this growing ministry
To Conduct Pastors and Leaders conferences to strengthen the Church in India.
To Distribute 20,000 gospel tracts and 10,000 Holy Bibles.
To Conduct VBS ( Voluntary Bible Classes ) to Children and Youth.
Our Present Needs Are:
25 Cent own land cost of USD 8.000.00
Important Church material cost of USD 1,500.00
20 Motor Bikes cost of USD 1,500 each
20 P.A. systems and Lights cost of USD 1,000 each
Need of a Car cost of USD 20,000
To support 25 widows monthly USD 30 each ( USD 30 x 25 = 800 per month ) 
Dear Brother in Christ, kindly pray for this our Faith ministry in India. And as God inspired, please stretch your helping Hands and uplift this Lord’s work to reach many more places to win many more souls. India is the true place where the harvest is plenty. Many are perishing not hearing the Gospel. Let us work together for the glory and expansion of Christ Kingdom.If You Want to Send Support Please  Contact me to ,B.HOSANNA A/C NO, 21191000001440 HDFC BANK  
Please send my loving greetings to your family and all the brothers  and sisters with you in the ministry. Hope to hear from you soon……………………………. 
Yours brother in his vineyard 
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sweetness of the cross of Christ, you will be constrained to confess Christ 
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Scripture."

JC ryle

While sailing to the New Hebrides John Patton lead the Captain of the ship 
to Christ. At the close of the voyage John made it clear to the Captain the 
Island he wished to be let off on. The Captain knowing the Island was 
filled with head hunting cannibals refused saying they would be dead in 
minutes of arriving on the Island. John Patton boldly stated to the 
Captain. "Sir, we died before we came!"

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DR WILLIE WHITE
Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you.
If we pose the question, how do we know God cares? Let us examine the evidence, God created us in His likeness and image and breathed the breath of life into, and we became a living soul with a mind, body and a spirit.
God is not some masterful watchmaker who creates and then leaves us to run on our own. God provides for all our needs as recorded in Philippians 4:19, which includes both physically and spiritually. God keeps all of His promises.
Further evidence of God's caring was demonstrated through His son Jesus Christ atoning work on Calvary' s cross where He suffered bleed and died for our sins. He rose on Resurrection Sunday with all power in His hands in heaven and on earth (John 3:16), and all who believe in Jesus will be saved. Jesus Christ is our promised Savior; a promise made and kept by God the Father.
God gave humanity His holy Word as our roadmap to spiritual living so that we will know how to live according to God's Eternal Word and standards. He gave His Spirit the Holy Spirit who will help us live by righteous.
Lastly, God is all sovereign and all-powerful who can do anything but fail; He changes not; whatever God says it will come to pass. When He asks us to cast all our cares upon Him; trust Him as do as He asks.
Reflect on your life and remember how God has brought you through your trials, eased your mind from worry and concerns and lift your burdens. We serve a caring God. Take your problems to the Lord and leave them there.

A choice mercy!

(Thomas Watson, "The Christian' s Charter" )

"Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered." Psalm 32:1

Pardon of sin is a choice mercy. This jewel God hangs upon none but His elect.

Pardon of sin draws the silver link of grace, and the golden link of glory after it. It is a voluminous mercy--there are many mercies bound up with it.

The pardoned sinner is a weeping sinner. Never did any man read his pardon with dry eyes! Look upon that weeping penitent, "she stood behind Christ weeping." Tears were distilled out of her penitent heart! O, how precious were Mary's tears--surely more costly in Christ's esteem than her ointment! They dropped from her eyes--as so many
diamonds!

Her amorous eyes, whose sparkles had so often set on fire all her lovers, she now seeks to be revenged on them--and washes Christ's feet with her tears! Her embroidered hair, which had so often as a net, ensnared others--she now makes it towel to wipe Christ's feet! Here was a pardoned penitent. A pardon will turn the stony heart into a spring of tears! O sinner, ask yourself the question--Is your heart dissolved into tears? Does it melt for sin? God seals His pardons only upon melting hearts.

Nothing can melt the stony heart of a sinner--but the blood of Christ.

The pardoned sinner looks upon a bleeding Christ with a bleeding heart..

ACCUSING VOICES

Gary Wilkerson

Occasionally I awaken in the middle of the night with a free-floating anxiety. The “accuser of the brethren” whispers, “You’re no good; you’re worthless, a burden to others. Look at your history, how many times you’ve messed up.” Satan loves to torment Christians but when Jesus came, he declared, “That ends right now!” Then he adds an amazing reassurance: “Don’t think that I will ever accuse you to the Father” (John 5:45).

As God’s people, we sometimes can actually accuse ourselves. Paul says, “They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts . . . and their conflicting thoughts accuse . . . them” (Romans 2:15). Who is Paul talking to here? It is the Christian who is still trying to live out vestiges of the Old Covenant by striving to please God on his own. This Christian tells himself, “I’ve done well in the Lord all week so there’s no reason I can’t put together another week like this one.”

Others may accuse us, as happened in the case of the adulterous woman when the religious leaders brought her to Jesus and demanded that he accuse her, too. But how did Jesus answer her — and his own — accusers? “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7). Jesus turned the spotlight where it belonged: on their own sin. And one by one they went away (see 8:9).

Voices may scream in our ears but when they do, we will hear another voice above them all: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).

Be still and hear the voice of the Holy Spirit saying, “Jesus has set you free.” May God help you to build on the firm foundation that is based on the glorious love of Jesus — and rejoice in his wonderful grace!





DR WILLIE WHITE
Casting all your care upon him; for He careth for you.
If we pose the question, how do we know God cares? Let us examine the evidence, God created us in His likeness and image and breathed the breath of life into, and we became a living soul with a mind, body and a spirit.
God is not some masterful watchmaker who creates and then leaves us to run on our own. God provides for all our needs as recorded in Philippians 4:19, which includes both physically and spiritually. God keeps all of His promises.
Further evidence of God's caring was demonstrated through His son Jesus Christ atoning work on Calvary' s cross where He suffered bleed and died for our sins. He rose on Resurrection Sunday with all power in His hands in heaven and on earth (John 3:16), and all who believe in Jesus will be saved. Jesus Christ is our promised Savior; a promise made and kept by God the Father.
God gave humanity His holy Word as our roadmap to spiritual living so that we will know how to live according to God's Eternal Word and standards. He gave His Spirit the Holy Spirit who will help us live by righteous.
Lastly, God is all sovereign and all-powerful who can do anything but fail; He changes not; whatever God says it will come to pass. When He asks us to cast all our cares upon Him; trust Him as do as He asks.
Reflect on your life and remember how God has brought you through your trials, eased your mind from worry and concerns and lift your burdens. We serve a caring God. Take your problems to the Lord and leave them there.

A choice mercy!

(Thomas Watson, "The Christian' s Charter" )

"Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered." Psalm 32:1

Pardon of sin is a choice mercy. This jewel God hangs upon none but His elect.

Pardon of sin draws the silver link of grace, and the golden link of glory after it. It is a voluminous mercy--there are many mercies bound up with it.

The pardoned sinner is a weeping sinner. Never did any man read his pardon with dry eyes! Look upon that weeping penitent, "she stood behind Christ weeping." Tears were distilled out of her penitent heart! O, how precious were Mary's tears--surely more costly in Christ's esteem than her ointment! They dropped from her eyes--as so many
diamonds!

Her amorous eyes, whose sparkles had so often set on fire all her lovers, she now seeks to be revenged on them--and washes Christ's feet with her tears! Her embroidered hair, which had so often as a net, ensnared others--she now makes it towel to wipe Christ's feet! Here was a pardoned penitent. A pardon will turn the stony heart into a spring of tears! O sinner, ask yourself the question--Is your heart dissolved into tears? Does it melt for sin? God seals His pardons only upon melting hearts.

Nothing can melt the stony heart of a sinner--but the blood of Christ.

The pardoned sinner looks upon a bleeding Christ with a bleeding heart..

ACCUSING VOICES

Gary Wilkerson

Occasionally I awaken in the middle of the night with a free-floating anxiety. The “accuser of the brethren” whispers, “You’re no good; you’re worthless, a burden to others. Look at your history, how many times you’ve messed up.” Satan loves to torment Christians but when Jesus came, he declared, “That ends right now!” Then he adds an amazing reassurance: “Don’t think that I will ever accuse you to the Father” (John 5:45).

As God’s people, we sometimes can actually accuse ourselves. Paul says, “They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts . . . and their conflicting thoughts accuse . . . them” (Romans 2:15). Who is Paul talking to here? It is the Christian who is still trying to live out vestiges of the Old Covenant by striving to please God on his own. This Christian tells himself, “I’ve done well in the Lord all week so there’s no reason I can’t put together another week like this one.”

Others may accuse us, as happened in the case of the adulterous woman when the religious leaders brought her to Jesus and demanded that he accuse her, too. But how did Jesus answer her — and his own — accusers? “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7). Jesus turned the spotlight where it belonged: on their own sin. And one by one they went away (see 8:9).

Voices may scream in our ears but when they do, we will hear another voice above them all: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).

Be still and hear the voice of the Holy Spirit saying, “Jesus has set you free.” May God help you to build on the firm foundation that is based on the glorious love of Jesus — and rejoice in his wonderful grace!
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GETTING THE ATTENTION OF A LOST GENERATION

David Wilkerson

During His time with the disciples just before His crucifixion, Jesus warned, “Some of you will be rejected, some will be imprisoned, some will be killed. And all of you will be persecuted” (see John 16:2). What a send-off message!

Yet, at the same time, Jesus gave them a word of direction about how to reach their generation after He was gone. This direction had nothing to do with methods for evangelism. Jesus had already told the disciples they were to go into all the world preaching the gospel, and it was clear that they would need the power of the Holy Ghost to do that.

Jesus told them plainly: “If you obey this new commandment, all men will know who you are. And they’ll know exactly where you stand. They may hate you, call you fanatics, and turn you out of their synagogues, but they will know you are Mine.”

Here is what Jesus told His disciples: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34, my italics). This is not an option; it is Jesus’ commandment. And it is where every evangelistic effort must begin.

You see, Scripture makes clear that we are to feed the poor, and the church will always do so faithfully. We are to do many good works through which we preach Christ boldly. But to penetrate the “gross darkness,” we need to lay hold of this new commandment from Jesus. Christ explains: “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (13:35, my italics).
According to Jesus, only this particular love — a love for fellow believers — will gain the attention of a lost generation. It is the same kind of self-denying, sacrificial love that Jesus shows to each of us. And such love for our kin in Christ cannot be accomplished in word alone, but must be in deed.
DEL
A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
There is no reason to try predicting the future, the BIBLE has already done that. . . and with greater certainty. 

EVEN NOW
"You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, HIS OWN special people, that you may proclaim the praises of HIM WHO called you out of darkness into HIS marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of GOD, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy."  [1 Peter 2.  9 - 10]
There are so very many marvelous and wondrous things that await us IF we have trusted the LORD MESSIAH YESHUA  for our salvation — specifically,  HIS mercies:  "The LORD is longsuffering, slow to anger, abundant in mercy and abounding in kindness; forgiving iniquity and transgression. " [Numbers  (B'Midvar)  14. 18 Tanakh, Torah]  "One thing GOD has spoken; two things have I heard — That Might belongs to ADONEY, and Faithfulness  is YOURS, O LORD, to reward each man according to his deeds."  [Psalms (Tehillym ) 62. 11 - 12 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

It is written, " Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which GOD has prepared for those who love HIM." [1  Corinthians 2. 9]   However, do not miss the next line. . . "But GOD has revealed them to us through HIS SPIRIT. For the SPIRIT searches all things, yes, the deep things of GOD." [1  Corinthians 2. 10]   "The concealed (secret)  things belong to the LORD GOD, but the overt acts (those things which are clearly revealed), it is for us and to our children ever to apply all the words and provisions of this TEACHING (Law) ."[Deuteron omy (Devarim)  29. 29 Tanakh, Torah]   This means that we are free from any condemnation at the Judgment.  "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in CHRIST JESUS, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the SPIRIT. For the Law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS  has made me free from the law of sin and death."  [Romans 8.  1 - 2]

We have been justified already, declared righteous with the righteousness of MESSIAH YESHUA  HIMSELF.  "GODdemons trates HIS OWN love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, CHRIST  died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by HIS blood, we shall be saved from wrath through HIM. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to GOD through the death of HIS SON, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by HIS life."  [Romans 5. 8 - 10]  "But now the righteousness of GOD apart from the Law is revealed — even the righteousness of GOD, through faith in CHRIST JESUS, to all and on all who believe."  [Romans 3.  21 – 22]   We arenow the people of the RIGHTEOUS, LOVING, HOLY GOD who have obtained mercy.

In the magnificent passage, the precious Apostle John confirms the glorious truth, " Beloved, now we are children of GOD; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when HE is revealed, we shall be like HIM, for we shall see HIM as HE is." [ 1 John 3. 2]

As CHRIST-like- ones, we have the wonderful assurance that our blessed LORD YESHUA  is praying for us, even now forMESSIAH, the  PERFECT REFUGE, is entered into Heaven itself.   "For MESSIAH has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of GOD for us"[Hebrews  9. 24] since  "HE always lives to make intercession for them.." [ Hebrews 7.  25]

"Now to HIM WHO is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of HISglory with exceeding joy, to GOD our SAVIOR,  WHO alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever, Amen! " [Jude  24 - 25]  What a MIGHTY GOD we serve!

DR WILLIE WHITE
A Christ-centered Nation
Psalm 16:8

I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

I choose today's topic because of the constant violence, hatred, bigotry and all manner of evil that is being played out in society and wondered where is the love? If a survey was taken the vast majority would say they are Christians or some other religious persuasion; if that is true, then what is the problem? Christ is our perfect example of how we should live together in society.

Are we following Christ's example of holy living, which includes loving thy neighbor as thyself? Following Christ's example, we are to extend a hand to lift up our fellowman instead of putting stumbling blocks in his way. Following Christ's example, then the constant flow of violence, hatred, bigotry, racism and all other evil deeds would be replaced with love, care and compassion for one another. A Christ-centered life lies would be replaced with truth as He is truth. 

As we continue praying for a healing of this nation God hears and answers the prayers of the righteous, then others will turn back to God and this nation will once again become Christ-centered.
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BATTLE STATIONS
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:21 pm: "keith hobkirk" totallylovedbygod59
CHINA UPDATE
Please pray for our church, we have had to spilt into four house churches, things are very cramped, please pray for other church members to open their homes. Every housing complex has cameras to see if who comes in and out, please pray for protection for us and other churches, another church which was next door to us, has closed.
Please pray for protection for us, please pray for every church member to be filled with God's holy spirit, that we would be blazing torches that no one will be able to put out.
WINTER IS HERE.. BUT WINTER PASSES
God has brought us into this persecution will surely bring us out of it, winter ends, it seems never ending, but spring does come.
Please hold us in prayer, this is spiritual warfare.. hand to hand combat.. time is short.. the devil is going absolutely mad.. the stakes are high.. millions of souls are on the line. Like the people, they need Christ.. will you stand in the gap for them.. don't just bin this email.. please share
AMDO RTAHU
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Amdo, Rongmahbrogpa 
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IGNORANCE OF GOD BY PAUL WASHER
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EVEN THE FAINTEST CALL BY CHARLES SPURGEON 2 MINUTES
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WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR LIFE? BY CLARENCE SEXTON 2 MINUTES
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CHINA UPDATE
Please keep our church in prayer, we have been forced to leave our current location because someone has reported us the official who has put pressure on the owner that we are an illegal gathering, so we will be operating in house church form. Please pray that we will be kept safe. Please pray for our two young helpers who will remain with us, J and Z and for pastors Z and S. Please pray for more people to open their homes, one co-worker has but she like many has non-christian husband. Please for the salvation of many men and for the discipleship and training of many. Please pray for the children that they would remain and be brought up in God's way.
Please do not disregard this request, please pray for us, this is serious, this is not a scam or fraud, I am an actual person who serves God here in Nanjing. The winter has come to the Chinese church, but winter does pass, God has brought us into this persecution for a reason, he will be with us through it and will bring us out of it at the other side.  Please pray that He would be glorified in China and that millions of precious souls would be brought into the kingdom.
Please share this on facebook, with your church, with all social media groups and please pray like never before, remember you are helping together with us by your prayers for us.. amen
 Finally Brethren pray for us that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honoured, as happened among you, and that you may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith 2 Thess 3:1-2
Five Years After Chibok

Source(s): World Watch Monitor, Aljazeera, UNICEF, The Africa ReportDate: 18 April 2019
Several of the Chibok girls
April 14th marked the fifth anniversary of an attack which shocked the world and devastated the lives of many in Nigeria. On that day, members of the Boko Haram militant group attacked a girls' school in Chibok, forcibly removing at least 276 young students, most of them Christians.

In the days and months that followed, a number of the girls were thankfully recovered. Yet, after five years, the whereabouts of 112 students remain unknown. Attacks by Boko Haram have continued in Nigeria with schools being frequently targeted. According to a report from UNICEF last year, more than a thousand children have been abducted between the year 2013 and this April 2018. Also, at least 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools destroyed. VOMC's previously posted reports can be accessed at theNigeria Country Report.

Following the Chibok incident, which drew the attention of the international community to the dire situation with Boko Haram, the Nigerian government has been criticized for doing little to free the rest of the schoolgirls. Some of the parents have died while waiting for their daughters to be rescued; others remain in grief. "There is great pain in our hearts every day when we remember our missing daughters," one parent confesses. "We leave it to God to help us."
Please continue to remember the missing girls and other innocent victims who are being held against their will, praying that they won't only be protected physically but also strengthened in their innermost being to stand firm spiritually. Pray also for the suffering families that are anxiously waiting to know what has happened to their missing children. May the authorities in Nigeria and other surrounding nations be proactive in seeking to find those still in captivity, and resolute in the international call to bring the perpetrators responsible to justice.
Imam Faces Wrath After Conversion

Source(s): Morning Star NewsDate: 18 April 2019
Photo: Morning Star News
Hassan Podo was a 28-year-old imam from the village of Kerekerene in eastern Uganda. However, after having missed prayers at the mosque for three consecutive weeks, and seen entering a church building on March 16th, he was subjected to interrogation by his family.

When entering the family home that evening of the 16th, his brothers surrounded him, carrying sticks. They wouldn't allow him to finish answering their questions, but began shouting and beating him, calling him an "infidel" and an enemy of Islam. Fortunately, Hassan's wife and two children were able to escape to a nearby Christian' s home.

Upon hearing the noise during the altercation, neighbours responded by helping Hassan to escape. He ran more than a kilometre before collapsing in an unconscious state. After receiving treatment in hospital, Hassan was taken to an undisclosed location, together with his wife and children. His father has since organized an appeal to fellow Muslims throughout the area, asking them to assist him in hunting down Hassan for blasphemy.

Hassan put his faith in Christ on February 24th, and his wife was saved one week later. Before his conversion, he had been part of a militant group that was involved in attacks against the church. Now in hiding, he and his family are receiving discipleship lessons from a pastor to strengthen their faith in the midst of this persecution.

Praise God for His work of salvation in the lives of Hassan and his wife. Pray that they will be strengthened in their newfound faith. May God touch Hassan both physically and emotionally, healing him of his injuries and the abuse he endured at the hands of opposing family members. Pray that he will be protected from those seeking to further harm him or endanger his life.

Christians Forced to Burn Bibles

Source(s): Christian Solidarity Worldwide, International Christian Concern, Mission Network NewsDate: 18 April 2019
Citizens in India are marked
on their finger with
indelible ink after voting.
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A prayer meeting that took place at a home in the state of Tamil Nadu was disrupted on March 19th by a mob affiliated with Hindu nationalist movements.. The intruders demanded to know what was happening and then dragged those participating onto the street.

Neethiraj, a missionary with the India Evangelical Mission, had been visiting the home of a student in the city of Hosur to pray for a sick youth. As part of the incident, Neethiraj' s bag, which contained Christian tracts, was emptied on the street. The attackers then gathered Bibles and hymnals from the home and forced the missionary to set them on fire.

The rise of Hindu nationalism in India remains a major issue for anyone who does not practise the Hindu faith. As India is in the middle of its national election process, Christians in many areas of the country are concerned about the rhetoric being used by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Milan Vaishnav from the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace network says, "One of the important things this election is going to determine is India's future as a secular republic that embraces pluralism and adheres to the founders' notion that India's unity is strengthened by its diversity." The incumbent prime minister, Narendra Modi, is a member of the BJP, which has held a majority in the national government during recent years.

The election process, with 900 million eligible voters, started on April 11th and will continue in various regions of the country until May 19th. For more information on the persecution facing Christians in India, go to our country report.

Please be mindful to intercede for India's elections over the next month. May those seeking to govern the country be prepared to respect its secular constitution and protect all people, regardless of religion. Pray for the ongoing outreach of the Gospel throughout the country, including the ministry of Neethiraj.

WITH PERSECUTED NEWS THIS WEEK COMES THIS PSALM.. THIS HAS BEEN MY FOCUS ALL WEEK.. REMEMBER BECAUSE JESUS WENT THROUGH ALL IN PSALM 22, WE CAN SAY THE WORDS IN PSALM 23

Psalm 22 King James Version (KJV)
22 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8 He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
9 But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.
11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round..
13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
19 But be not thou far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
23 Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28 For the kingdom is the Lord's: and he is the governor among the nations.
29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul..
30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done thi
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CHINESE/ENGLISH SERMONS

THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL  IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE BY PAUL WASHER/LARRY PAN 75 MINUTES GENESIS 3

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PSALM 142 BY PATRICK LIEW

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你贏了嗎? BY DEREK TU MATTHEW 16:24-28

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CHINESE DEVOTION

The Wednesday Word:
周三的道:
Glorious Gospel Grace!
荣耀的福音恩典!
Salvation is entirely by grace. It is both unearned and undeserved.
救赎完全是通过恩典而来。都是不劳而获和不应得的。

We are chosen by grace (Ephesians 1:4).
我们被恩典所选。(以弗所书1:4)

We are given to Christ by grace (John 6:37).
我们是由恩典赐给基督的。(约翰福音6:37)

By grace, we are made alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
因为恩典,我们同基督耶稣一同复活。(以弗所书2:5)

He has glorified us by grace (Ephesians 2:6).
他以恩典荣耀我们。(以弗所书2:6)

We are redeemed by grace (Ephesians 1:7).
我们被恩典救赎。(以弗所书1:7)

We are justified by grace (Titus 3:7).
我们的恩典是合理的。(提多书3:7)

It’s Grace! Grace! Grace from beginning to end.
就是恩典!恩典!从开始到最终的恩典。

It is clear that in Scripture, God does not give one iota of credit to man regarding salvation. It is all of grace! Amazing Grace. Glorious Gospel Grace. The making alive, the undeserved favor, the adoption as children into God’s family is all by grace.
很显然,在圣经中,上帝没有给与一点声望给至于救赎的人。 所有的就是恩典!奇妙的恩典。光荣的福音恩典。复活, 不配得的恩典,像儿童般被神的家所接受都是因为恩典。

He made us accepted by grace (Ephesians 1:6).
他让我们接受恩典。(以弗所书1:6)

We have forgiveness by grace (Ephesians 1:7).
我们得到恩典的宽恕。(以弗所书1:7)

Union with Christ and the good works that follow as God’s purpose, after salvation (Ephesians 2:10), are all the gift of God! It’s all of grace!

我们原是他的工作,在基督耶稣里造成的,为要叫我们行善( 以弗所书2:10),都是上帝的礼物!都是因为恩典!
 

It’s no wonder then that Paul writes in Galatians 6:14: “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”
毫无疑问那时保罗写下加拉太书6:14:“但我断不以别的夸口, 只夸我们主耶稣基督的十字架。因这十字架,就我而论, 世界已经钉在十字架上;就世界而论,我已经钉在十字架上。”

To “glory” is “to boast.” Paul is reminding us that we cannot boast in anything except the cross of the Lord Jesus. That’s another way of saying that salvation has been accomplished by grace. All of our prosperity, all of our accomplishments, all of our doctrinal understanding, and even our accumulated insights are nothing to glory about. We can boast only in the grace of God as revealed in the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ!
“荣耀”是“自夸”。 保罗提醒着我们不要在任何事上自夸除非主耶稣基督的十字架。 那是另外所说救赎已经被恩典成全的方式。我们所有的繁荣, 所有的造诣,所有的教义理解, 甚至我们积累的洞察力对于荣耀来说什么都不是。 我们唯一能夸耀的是作为在人们和我们主耶稣基督做工而揭示的上帝 的恩典!

In the Old Testament, Jesus is the coming Messiah. He is the promise of grace In the New Testament, He is the realized Messiah, the true Promise of Grace apprehended.
在旧约里,耶稣是将来到的弥赛亚。在新约里,他是恩典的承诺, 他是被认可的弥赛亚,是被理解的恩典的真实的承诺。

Grace always brings us to Christ Jesus. He procured salvation for us. He Himself is our salvation. He Himself is the grace of God. Grace is embedded in His very name, for the name of Jesus, means salvation. Remember: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
恩典总将我们带到基督耶稣那里。他为我们获得了救赎。 他自己就是我们的救赎。他自己就是上帝的恩典。 恩典被嵌入他每一个名字里,因为耶稣的名字,意味着救赎。记住: “除他以外,别无拯救;因为在天下人间,没有赐下别的名, 我们可以靠着得救。”(使徒行传4:12)

Grace brings people to Christ, and to no one else. Grace enables us to look unto Him by faith to be saved.
恩典把人们带到除了任何人以外,而是基督那里。 恩典使我们能够通过被救赎的信仰向他看。

But what about repentance brother? Yes, what about it? Is that not important? Yes, it is! But let me ask you…from where do we get repentance? The goodness of God, exhibited in His Grace, leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). There is no other way! Praise to His Name! It’s Grace, Grace, Grace, Glorious Gospel Grace!
但是悔改如何,我的兄弟?是的,这个如何?不重要吗?是的, 不重要!但是让我问你,还是你藐视他丰富的恩慈、宽容、忍耐, 不晓得他的恩慈是领你悔改呢?(罗马书2:4)没有其他的方法! 赞美他的名字!就是恩典,恩典,恩典,荣耀的福音恩典!

So we can say grace is:
所以我们可以说恩典是:
1) Free Grace---the gift of God (Ephesians 2: 8-9).
1)免费的恩典——上帝的礼物。(以弗所书2:8-9)
2) Saving Grace---it brings us to eternal salvation.
2)救赎的恩典——将我们带到永恒的救赎中去。
3) Sovereign Grace—not of ourselves, but by God’s sovereign will. Salvation is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy (Romans 9:16).
3)至高无上的恩典——不是我们的, 但是通过上帝至高无上的意愿。救赎不是他的意愿, 也不是他所操作,而是上帝所展现的慈爱。(罗马书9:16)
4) Sustaining Grace—We are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5).
4)持续的恩典——你们这因信蒙神能力保守的人, 必能得着所预备、到末世要显现的救恩。(彼得前书1:5)
And that’s the Gospel Truth!
这就是福音的事实!

NUMBERS 13

26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there..

29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.

33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

THE BIGGEST BUT IN THE BIBLE

The word isn't in the passage. It's disguised, but can you see it?

At the start of verse 28, we have the word: Nevertheless.

They told them of everything that was good, and there was much that was good, and indeed the good outweighed the bad 10 to 1.

The conversation of these twelve spies would have been interesting. On their way, they were filled with excitement and anticipation, but coming home they had spilt into two distinct camps. Maybe Caleb and Joshua were cold shouldered by the ten? We don't know.

All twelve spies saw the same things, but they came to two different conclusions. The answer lies in what the Lord said about Caleb in Chapter 14. He had a different spirit. As for Joshua, who the assistant of Moses, surely some of that rubbed off on him.
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They said good things about the land they had seen, but there was a catch and that was the "But." It turned out to be the but of unbelief, the but of failing to believe the promises of God. These people knew what God had promised, they had seen him deal with the Egyptians; a more powerful force than even the Children of Anak and yet they still didn't believe.

The ten spies saw everything through the eyes of man, but Joshua and Caleb saw everything through the eyes of God.

Whose eyes do you see through?

If you see through man's eyes, there will always be a BUT.

Remember that saying BUT cost the Children of Israel dearly.

Don't say But, say like Caleb and Joshua.. let's do it!!

God bless you,

KK

ENGLISH SERMONS
YE SHALL BE CLEAN BY JOHN PATE LEVITICUS 11-16 53 MINUTES
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JOAN BLAKE
"The Gospel"

1 Corinthians 15:1 (NIV) Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.

Ah, the Gospel. We throw that word around a lot. We say with enthusiasm, "My pastor is preaching the Gospel!" Or sometimes we say, "Man, what you need is the Gospel."

Just what is the Gospel? I can remember asking my mother that question when I was 11 or 12 years old. Her answer to me was "Son, the Gospel is the good news about Jesus Christ being our Savior." As always, mom was right. But just exactly what is the Gospel?

The Gospel is really quite simple. The Gospel was only about 25 years old when Paul wrote the Corinthians this letter. They apparently had complicated it in just twenty-five years. We have had nearly 2000 year to really complicate God's plan for us. Paul clearly lays it out for us in the next passage.

1 Corinthians 15:3-5 (NIV) For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.

In other words the Gospel is simply this:

- Jesus died for our sins. (He did not just die, he died for us, in place of us.)
- Jesus was buried.
- Jesus was raised on the third day.
- He appeared to many people.

That's it folks. Add anything to this, and you do not have the Gospel of Jesus Christ, take away anything and you have no Gospel. Some cults sound very Christian, but when you look deeper into them, they all deny at least one aspect of the Gospel and some even add to this list.

What do you and I do to this list? What is not the Gospel? The Gospel is not doing, doing and doing things to try to please God or earn His Grace. The Gospel is not attending a worship service every Sunday (although I highly recommend it, for other reasons). The Gospel is not about us doing something. The Gospel is not about being a Religious person. Jesus Christ did it all for us. He alone is faithful for us. It is HIS faithfulness that makes us right with God, not ours.

Too often we spell religion or the Gospel, "d-o" . You need to do this or do that. Often we feel like we need to be doing, doing, and then doing more. Folks, religion is not spelled d-o. It is spelled "D-O-N- E". It is what Jesus Christ has done for us. It is HIS faithfulness to go to the cross, in our place, that saves us from a Christ-less eternity.

Now I am not saying, look folks just accept Christ and don't do anything, quite to the contrary. My passion during this life here is "growing people up in Christ." Nothing energizes me more than to watch a person grow up in the faith and become a little more like Christ each week myself included. What I am saying is this, let's stop complicating the Gospel and simply start living day by day in appreciation and gratitude for what Christ has done for us. Let's start living moment by moment full of His Love and His Grace and His Mercy and show the fruit of the Spirit to those around us. Let's use this little piece of the earth that God placed us on for His Glory and Honor. Its pretty simple if you think about it.

Father, help us to recognize when we start adding to the Gospel or taking away from it. Help us to just be simple Christ followers so that all that we do, all that we think, and all that we say reflects our gratitude and love for what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has done for us. Help us to spell religion done  and not do. Help us to recognize the difference. Lord we praise you and thank you for your abundance of mercy and grace. Forgive us when we fall short of your mark. Help us to continue to grow a little more like Christ everyday. While we will never become sinless here on this earth, help us to resist the temptations that come our way so that we may sin less. In Christ's name, Amen.

DR WILLIE WHITEResurrection Sunday: John 11:25
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

What does Resurrection Sunday mean to you? Does it mean a day of celebration with family, friends and enjoying an Easter parade or a day at Church? The answer you provide depends on your belief that yes Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God who came to earth to die for the sins of the world. It also depends whether or not you have accepted Jesus as your Savior who died and rose as promised that Sunday Morning commonly known as Resurrection Sunday. 
Resurrection Sunday also means that all who believe died with Christ to sin and rose with Him to a life of righteousness. Resurrection Sunday also means that we who are in Christ are alive with Him and will live forever with Him. Resurrection Sunday means that we serve a risen Savior who is now seated at the right hand of the Father making intercessions for you and me. 
Being alive with and in Christ is that all believers are now adopted sons of God the Father as members of His holy nation of priests who have been called out of darkness and are now wearing His righteous garment of salvation. 
On a personal note, Resurrection Sunday means that I am now alive in Christ and have an assured hope of an everlasting home in glory and one day I will reign with Him in the New Jerusalem. Easter/Resurrection Sunday isn't about having a new outfit or participating in or watching an Easter parade it is honoring God for the risen Savior. 
Lastly, Resurrection Sunday is a day to be celebrated in reverence to God for His love, grace and mercy for sending His Son Jesus Christ to atone sin when justice was demanded; mercy took its place. 

Resurrection Sunday a day of true worship and singing praises to our risen Savior.
Coffee Break 
 
"The Finishing Touch"
 
"He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay".  Matthew 28:6
 
We are getting ready to celebrate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.  The cross was the greatest demonstration of love.  It was there through His own blood that Jesus purchased our salvation and became the accepted payment for our sins.  Through His death we have forgiveness of sins and the opportunity to have a relationship with God the Father. 
 
The cross purchased our salvation but the resurrection gave power to it.  Without the resurrection the work was not complete.  But Praise the Lord.... it is finished.  The grave could not hold Jesus.  Death could not hold Him.  The stone at the opening of the tomb could not hold Him.  The seal on the tomb could not hold Him.  The guards stationed at the tomb could not hold Him.  He came out!  And He came out victorious!! !  
 
Now, death has no power over us-- there is no victory or sting in death for us.  Sin has no power over us-- we are set free from the law of sin and death.  Our relationship with the Father has been restored-- we are no longer enemies but heirs and joint-heirs with God.  
 
Celebrate the cross.  Celebrate the resurrection.  Celebrate the risen Savior who loved us and gave Himself for us and rose again to put His great act of love in force.
 
Have a great day.  The resurrection was the finishing touch that gave the cross power to give us salvation and eternal life.
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"God Gave"
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16
God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son Jesus for us.  When did He give Him?  Was it when Jesus was born in a manger?  Was it when He came into the world?  Was it when He walked the shores of Galilee?  It was when He gave Him up to the cross.  
The Father gave His Son when He placed Him on the altar of the cross to be a sacrifice for our sins.  Jesus came to "give" His life as a ransom for our sins.  That giving was done when He hung on the cross.  Up until that time He was only sent into the world.  He was living on earth.  The giving of His life had not happened.  When He prayed in the garden to let this cup pass from Him, the Father could have changed His mind and said, "All right.  You don't have to do it."  Had that happened, He would not have giving His life.  
I hope I am making sense and you are getting the picture.  God loved us so much that He gave Jesus for us.  He exchanged His life for our life.  He punished Him for us.  He laid our death sentence on Jesus.  He pardoned us because Jesus was crucified in our place.  But it was only then that He gave Him.  He gave Him when He gave His life for us.  It was the giving of His Son at the cross that gives us eternal life.  That is what the "whosoever believes in Him would not perish" means.  Believe in His death on the cross for the forgiveness of sins.  
As you celebrate this Resurrection weekend, think about how much God gave for you.  He gave it all-- He gave His Only Son for you.  He gave Him up at the cross in order to gain you as His child.  Remember the cross.  Remember His resurrection.  Remember that He gave so you could have.
Have a great day.  God gave His Son Jesus as the punishment for our sins so that we could have eternal life.   

JOAN BLAKE

"The Cross"

Galatians 6:14 But may it never be that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

The words of Paul are more than a little interesting because Paul, of all Christians who ever lived, probably had the most to boast about. His call into Christ's service was so personal and so clear that it was delivered by Christ Himself in Acts 9:4-6. He had fantastic success in his ministry. He had experienced miraculous deliverances that were a stamp of approval from God on his ministry. We even read in Acts 19:11-12, "And God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out."

So if anyone could have boasted, it was the Apostle Paul. But in the above verse he says that he hopes to never boast, except in what the application of the cross of Jesus Christ has done for him. That's radical talk. Especially when you consider how prone we are to boast.

What do you think Paul meant by the cross of Christ? Sometimes we think of the cross as the tree that Christ was crucified on. This is the cross that Paul has in mind in Philippians 2:8. "...He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Paul is referring here to the piece of wood upon which Christ was crucified. Paul would not have glorified a piece of wood nor would he venerate it.

Sometimes the cross refers to the afflictions that Christians undergo. We are told, in Matthew 10:38, "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me." But again, I don't think this is the sense of the phrase, "the cross of Jesus Christ" in this verse. Paul knew all about afflictions. He knew all about this sense of the cross. But this is not the sense in which he is using the phrase here.

The way that Paul uses this term, I think, refers to the doctrine that Christ died for sinners on the cross. He has in mind the atonement that Christ made for sinners on the cross by dying for them there. "The cross" stands for Christ crucified. For example, Paul uses the term in 1 Corinthians 1:18: "For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." And this is the meaning, I think, that Paul had in mind in Galatians 6:14. Paul boasts only that, in Christ alone and His atonement for sin on the cross, he is saved from sin. And in the end, that is also the only thing we should boast about.Our salvation consists in the doctrine of the cross.

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A GLORIOUS DAY FOR MANKIND

“Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it…Acts 2:24.”

PRAISE THE LORD - HE IS RISEN!  HE IS RISEN INDEED!  These glorious words offer forgiveness of our past, power for the present and hope for the future.  The resurrection is the pivotal point in history.  The resurrection occurred according to God's plan in the fullness of time (Galatians 4:4-5).  Man could not prevent it, the world could not stop it and Satan could not thwart it.  It happened just like Jesus told His disciples, as the prophets predicted and as the Scriptures recorded it..  The root out of parched ground budded for the Lord’s resurrection was a bodily resurrection.  Nothing could overcome God’s power to bring about His redemptive plan for mankind.  

Today anyone saved by grace through faith has to look to the cross.  It is our only source of hope in this fallen world.  There is no separating the cross and the resurrection.  At Calvary the sin debt was paid in full and in the resurrection victory over death was achieved.  The pains of death could not hold Christ in the grave.  "He is risen, He is risen indeed!” should be our claim to glory.  Critics deny it, cynics laugh, liberal theologians explain it away and misguided fanatics pervert the resurrection but Christ is risen from the dead.  In spite of what the world says, in spite of the educational system's attempts to rationalize it away and in spite of political systems that makes right wrong and wrong right, CHRIST IS RISEN!  Only one question remains: “Is He risen in your life?”  If so, from the ashes of your old life, new life will rise up.  

The Apostle Peter referred to Jesus as the One “…Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it.”  This is an emphatic statement of historical fact upon which the evidence is undeniable.  Any seeking heart can investigate and see.  The Light of the Lord is not hidden under a basket.  The tomb was empty on Easter morning and the Lord appeared to many before His ascension to Glory.  The Apostle Paul records: 

“And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve; After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles, And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.” (1 Corinthians 15:5-8) 

Men down through the centuries have tried to destroy, water down and abolish the truth of the resurrection but this truth still stands today as a beacon of light to lead those in darkness seeking the path to eternal life.  God’s truth still stands.  Only one question remains: “Are you standing in the truth?  (John 14:6)  

The Easter message is one that comforts saints, convicts sinners, and conquers Satan.  It is a hope.  It is a certainty.  It is an inheritance to all who believe.  The Apostle Peter proclaims it as “…an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Pet:4:5)  Christ who holds the place of pre-eminence symbolizes the reality of the full harvest to come.  “And if the first piece of dough be holy, the lump is also; and if the root be holy, the branches are too.”

So, are you in Christ?  The Lord still speaks to seeking hearts through His eternal Word:  “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.  So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.” (Deut. 30:19)
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URGENT UPDATE FOR PRAYER
We have just been informed that the owner of our flat, has been told that he is renting to a church (he is very nervous about this), which is an illegal gathering, and so this may well mean that we go to house groups. Please pray for us and for wisdom for our pastor and Co workers
Please pray for our little church, we have moved, but as for every church in china, there is the danger of being discovered, large rewards of up to 50,000 Rmb (about $8,000), are given for information. Please pray for protection. We are prepared to move into small groups if this happens. Please pray for the two young men we have helping us, they are seminary students, J and Z who are helping us. Please pray for our Sunday service esp this sunday as it's Easter sunday, it's not celebrated in China. Continue to pray for Pastor Z and Wife S, our pastors and their son A at seminary. Please continue to pray for our children and that more families and young people come to the church, esp men. Please pray for our daughter Ming as she comes home for a month from Canada, as parents we need God's wisdom.

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PERSECUTED CHURCH NEWS
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"Be strong and courageous. Do not 
fear or be in dread of them, for it is the 
LORD your God who goes with you. 
He will not leave you or forsake you."
~ Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV)

CHINA: More Than Twenty Arrested in Shanghai

Source: ChinaAid

Pastor Michael Yu
Photo: ChinaAid

Authorities in the city of Shanghai seized more than 20 Christian business leaders, along with one American citizen, in the early morning of April 4th.. According to ChinaAid, the arrests were directly tied to their faith and church activities.

All of those arrested were affiliated with the company I Will and were rounded up by security officers. Among them was Michael Yu, a pastor with Taiwanese and American citizenship. Although Pastor Yu was later released, airport security barred him from leaving China when he attempted to board a flight to Los Angeles.

Pastor Yu has regularly travelled from the United States to China in order to minister to Christian business people. There are concerns that he may be treated more harshly by authorities because of his Taiwanese citizenship. For more information on the persecution facing Christians in China, visit our country report.

Please remember all of those presently being detained, including Pastor Yu. May the reassuring knowledge of the Lord's presence bring comfort and strength to each one of them, as well as their concerned families. Pray for God's divine intervention and advocacy on their behalf, and that Pastor Yu will be able to continue with his ministry to business leaders in China.

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MALAYSIA: State Police Found Responsible for Disappearances

Sources: Open Doors USA, Anglican Communion News Service, National Post


Pastor Raymond Koh
Photo: World Watch Monitor

Pastor Raymond Koh disappeared on February 13th, 2017 when his car was forced to stop and he was abducted in broad daylight by masked men (see this report). On April 3rd of this year, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia released findings that placed blame for the attack on the "Special Branch" of the state police.

The disappearance of Pastor Koh is not the only such incident. On November 24th, 2016, Amri Che Mat was grabbed under almost identical circumstances. He also has never been found. Amri was a Shiite activist, a branch of Islam which has been banned in Malaysia. The commission's report states that religious activities were the reason behind both attacks.

A gold coloured Toyota Vios, owned by Special Branch officer Saiful Bahari, was spotted at the scene of both attacks. Bahari has since disappeared as well. The commission has stated that it may yet open an investigation into other unresolved disappearances, including that of Joshua and Ruth Hilmi, Christian evangelists who went missing in late November 2016.

Pastor Koh's family, along with others, continue to push for answers. Pastor Koh's wife, Susanna, intends to give the Special Branch six months to provide answers or she may take legal action. "This is the beginning of our fight for religious freedom and human rights," she told the press after hearing the ruling. Some suspect that investigations may not begin until the national police chief, Mohamad Fuzi Harun, officially retires.

Prayerfully ask for God's leading as Susanna and others determine their next steps while also dealing with their inner pain and turmoil. If Pastor Koh and the other abducted Malaysians are alive, ask Him to sustain and protect them. Pray that the government will act upon the recommendation of the commission by enacting freedom of religion as a human right.

INDONESIA: Prison Sentences for Church Bombings

Sources: Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Barnabas Fund, Benar News
President Joko Widodo (in white) visited
one of the churches that were attacked.

A married couple has been convicted and sentenced for their part in the bombing of three churches in Surabaya in May 2018. Agus Satrio Widodo received a sentence of eight years, and his wife Damayanti received 40 months after a court found them guilty of "aiding criminal acts of terrorism," as well as criminal conspiracy.

On May 13th, 2018, six members of the same family targeted three churches in the port city of Surabaya during their early morning services. Two brothers, ages 16 and 18, rode motorcycles up to the first church to detonate their bombs. Five minutes later, their father exploded a car bomb on the grounds of the second church; and their mother blew herself up, along with her young daughters, at a third church. At least 14 people died in the attacks. For more information on these attacks, go to this page.

The family who carried out the attack had recently returned to Indonesia from Syria. Agus Satrio Widodo was the suspected leader of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, a militant group associated with ISIS terrorists. In total, more than 300 kilograms of explosives were discovered in the aftermath of the attack. Widodo and his wife were found to be hiding some of the explosives.

We encourage you to pray for the repentance and salvation of this couple who were convicted for instigating the destruction of the three churches and the resulting devastation of so many lives. May they come to understand the forgiveness, hope and peace that can only be attained through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray that the Indonesian authorities will remain vigilant in preventing such attacks from occurring in the future.

If you would like to post a prayer of praise or petition on behalf of our persecuted family around the globe, visit VOMC's prayer wall.

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NOONDAY DEVOTIONS
Thu Apr 11, 2019 . Posted by: "keith hobkirk" totallylovedbygod59
MATTHEW 28
6 He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
 
SEEING AND BELIEVING
Many thousands of people die every day. Many in the days of Jesus died by crucifixion, but there was and is ONLY ONE who has risen from the dead, and that is JESUS.
Many say today, "Where is Jesus?"
The glorious answer given to on the first Easter morning is still the same today.
The difference is the resurrection... the simple fact that Jesus rose again sets Him apart from anyone else who has walked on planet earth. Not only was He supernaturally conceived, but He lived a sinless life and died an atoning death.
So where is Jesus now?
There is a twofold answer to this:
First, He is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, because the work of redemption has been completed.
Second, He lives in the lives of His blood bought servants... by the precious Holy Spirit.
Every single writer in the NT was totally convinced of this fact... that Jesus IS risen and that He IS alive.
This is the gospel we share. Paul in his great chapter of 1 Corinthians 15 said:
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
 
The invitation given by the angels, that first Easter morning, still rings true. It is an invitation to you... come see where He lay
 
I, like millions of others can say the words below
 
Jesus is alive... what it says about Him is true.
The wonderful chorus says this:
You ask me how I know He lives
He lives within my heart.
This Easter, can you say that you know Jesus lives within your heart?
May you come and see that the tomb is empty and that He is alive, and that He wants to save you from your sin.
 
God bless you
Keith
 
MATTHEW 28
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
BELIEVING AND GOING
As Christians, we have the best news that the world has ever heard... Amen!
We have been bought by the precious blood of Jesus. We are transformed by the power of the resurrection and we are new creatures in Christ.
So what are we to do with this great news?
Keep it to ourselves? I think not!!!!
The disciples could have gone back to their occupations and said, "well that was nice." We learned a lot, but we will keep it to ourselves. No!!! They had to share it.
Jesus said Go... not stay and wait in your churches.
Many churches and Christians expect people to come to church. Some will, but many will not darken the doors of a church. But they still put on events to bring people in, then why don't they take the gospel to the people like Jesus said?
Here in China, we go out sharing the gospel in the local park and on the street, with music playing out of a speaker. Other churches in China, Africa, Asia and South America do the same.
So why don't we go?
The answer is we like our comfort too much. We like our safe churches, with our nice chairs and plush carpets.
Church, we are told to go and reach the world. People will not come to us, so we have to go into the highways and hedges to find them. That means we have to search them out.
 
Maybe this means getting our hands dirty, or maybe it means we lose our precious reputation. Oh, someone might see us on the street sharing the gospel; what will the neighbours say!!!.
If we don't go and share, then we are refusing God's call and we have blood on our hands: Ezekiel 33.
 
The first two letters of GOD are what, they are GO. The first two letters of the word GOSPEL are GO.
 
God says to His church... GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND SHARE ABOUT ME
 
Are you prepared to GO?
God bless you
KEITH
 
ENGLISH
 
the invitations of god by john macduff 6 minutes
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four reasons to trust Christ by phil johnson  57 minutes
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our condition- Gods mercy by james smith  8 minutes
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A Private Message  As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. – Acts 9:3-9 NKJV.

Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?” – Numbers 22:28 NKJV.
 Nowadays we often receive private messages via social media platforms.. Nothing unusual about that in the 21st Century. However, God has been sending private personalized messages since the dawn of time. Sometimes the messages are very blunt and obvious as in being struck blind as was Saul of Tarsus. Hearing a donkey speak in a human voice as did Balaam is also very to the point and undeniably had to be a message from God.  In these days, God has become more subtle with His private messages; although He can be very pointed, and blunt if the need arises. This past week I received one of those subtle private messages from God that only I would understand. It was a three-part message about the same thing. The first part was my encountering a person with whom I was able to share a part of my testimony about what God had done in my life in the past. The second part was while watching a Christian movie the same day in the evening and seeing a related event unfold. The third part of the message was discovering that the Bible reading for the next day was from a passage of Scripture that God used to extend His call upon my life. So, the entire private message would read: God has forgiven me, He has not forgotten about me, and He has renewed His call upon my life. His call is still without repentance. In other words, God hasn’t changed His mind.  Whenever, we receive a message from God it requires a response. Will we go forward with God in obedience, or will we turn away? We know what the apostle Paul decided as he gave his whole heart to following the Lord. Balaam was more like a split decision, you could say it was a half-hearted decision. Sometimes Balaam was obedient and sometimes he was not.  Has God sent you a private message? What will your response be? Will you respond with your whole heart or with just half of your heart? I know I want to respond with my whole heart.

CHARLES STANLEY



Intimacy With God

Isaiah 6:1-4

The length of a relationship is not always an accurate gauge of intimacy. You can spend a lifetime with someone yet never really know him or her. What’s required for an intimate relationship is mutual willingness to open up and reveal ourselves.

This same truth applies to our relationship with God. For His part, the Lord already knows everything about us: our thoughts, desires, ways, values, and priorities. He has also provided everything necessary for us to truly know Him—through His Son. But are we responding to His self-revelation, or have we settled for superficial knowledge of Him?

The prophet Isaiah had his understanding of the Lord dramatically deepened when God suddenly revealed Himself “sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple” (Isa. 6:1). Isaiah’s mind was awestruck with the knowledge that He was in the presence of the majestic King. His ears resounded with cries of the seraphim calling out, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts” (Isa.. 6:3). Nothing was ever the same for Isaiah after that. He was willing to do anything God said to do—no matter where he had to go, no matter what the task involved. (See Isa. 6:8.)

Although it’s unlikely that we will ever have such a vivid vision of the Lord, we hold in our hands something no less authentic—the Word of God. If we’ll submerge ourselves in His Word, spending time focused solely on Him and absorbing the truths He reveals about Himself, our intimacy with Him will increase. The result will be a mind and spirit attuned to God’s voice, sensitivity to His continual presence, and unrestrained obedience.
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NOONDAY DEVOTIONS
 "keith hobkirk" totallylovedbygod59
MATTHEW 27 54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
 WATCHING AND BELIEVING
  What an amazing verse this is!
 We always focus on the thief who came to trust Jesus as his last act and forget about the Centurion who said these remarkable words.
 So who was he?
 Was He the man whose servant Jesus healed? Matthew 8
Was this Cornelius? Acts 10

  We aren't told what his name is, but what he says is truly remarkable.
 So what do we know?
  Well he was in charge of the group of soldiers who crucified Jesus. He had probably done this process hundreds of times. Crucifixion was the Romans chosen method of execution.
  What was different about the death of Jesus?
 Something different happened: the earth shook, graves were opened and all this time, he was watching. He heard the words of Jesus He had said from the cross, words that were completely different than any other before. He had heard Jesus cry: IT IS FINISHED and MY GOD MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME. 
  He had probably heard the discourse between Jesus and the thieves.
  These men were battle hardened, but they were struck with fear.
  We are like the Centurion, all of us are watching the cross.
  But what is our reaction to Jesus?
  Is it the reaction of the Jewish Leaders who said they would only believe if Jesus came down from the cross, (and even if He had they still wouldn't have believed).
  The only true reaction to Jesus is to say like the Centurion...
  TRULY THIS IS THE SON OF GOD
  I hope you can say this and trust in His precious blood shed on the cross of Calvary to save you.
  God bless you
  Keith       NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH JESUS FINISHES DEATH AND THE DEVIL.. FOR GOODJohn 19
   30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and he bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.
  This is my favourite time of the year. Not just because spring is here, but because we can celebrate. Yes, celebrate the death of Jesus and His resurrection from the dead.These three small words in the verse above are some of the most awesome words ever spoken. They signify something absolutely extraordinary, something that defies description.They were the final words of Jesus on the cross and they weren't words of despair.They were the words of victory, words of power, and words that set many free. They signify the death nail for sin, death and Satan. The final nail had not been put in Jesus, it had been put into the devil and all his works. I love Colossians 2:11-15 - Jesus had made a public exhibition of all the power of sin and death. 
 11 In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh (the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts).12 [Thus you were circumcised when] you were buried with Him in [your] baptism, in which you were also raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God [as displayed] when He raised Him up from the dead.13 And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), [God] brought to life together with [Christ], having [freely] forgiven us all our transgressions.14 Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross.15 [God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross].
 The power of sin and the devil, weren't just broken at the cross, they were totally smashed... into the smallest pieces ever. They were/are unable to be put back together.

The bridge had been built. Sinful men could now approach a Holy God, because, it was finished. The supreme work of redemption had been done. The Perfect Lamb had been slain. God the Father was satisfied... Jesus had acted as our substitute.
 This is God's mercy... not giving us what we deserve. But giving us grace... giving us what we don't deserve. Amen.
  The Cross of Calvary is and always will be the place of greatest mercy. It is where God showed mercy in abundance to unworthy sinners. But to do that, it had to be the place where God was merciless to His own Beloved Son. I cannot imagine the heart of God at this time; what Jesus went through for us, was totally amazing and just beyond words, but He had to face separation from His Father and the full force of God's righteous anger, which we should have had and which we deserved.
I love the verses in Hebrews 10:
  19 Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus,20 By this fresh (new) and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of Holies), that is, through His flesh,21 And since we have [such] a great and wonderful and noble Priest [Who rules] over the house of God,22 Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by [b]that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water. 
 A perfect and pure sacrifice was needed. Just like the ram in Genesis 22, one was provided - Jesus! God's precious Son. It cost Jesus His life and broke the heart of His Father, but JESUS was prepared to do it for us.
 Believer, in light of this sacrifice, our only response is to bow and weep and offer our lives as a living sacrifice to God... Amen! 
 If it isn't, then you need to re-assess your so called Christianity and repent?
  God Bless you
 KK

sinners in the hands of angry god by jonathan edwards.. must listen 45 minutes
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the judgement of god by john macduff 6 minutes
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sin has robbed us of six jewels by william dyer 4 minutes
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Continue to lift up our church before the Lord. Please pray for our pastors Z and S, they have several churches to care for (married couple), their son is preacher also. Please pray for the three young men helping the church at the moment, J, Z and C, they are part of the future of the church in china, please surround these young people in your prayers. Please pray for a deep move of God during the Sunday services, we have over 20 at prayer meeting on Thursday night. Please pray as church members have asked us to personally buy the flat, we would have to sell ours and find over 2 million yuan, please pray that if this is God's will he will bring it to pass. Please continue to pray for everyone who comes to the church would be touched by the power of the living God. Please pray for Helen's father now back home that he would be able to eat and be saved. Please pray for the unregistered church in China, again use pick and pray, the link below is for all the people groups in China, if you haven't chosen one yet, please do so now. Thanks so much
https://joshuaproject.net/countries/CH

We are going through the website above, here are the latest people groups to pray for

AMDO, HBROGPA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18392/CH

AMDO, RONGBA

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18393/CH

Please listen to these sermons, it will take you less than 2 hours to listen to all three, less time than a film.

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RELIGION THAT SENDS YOU TO HELL BY PAUL WASHER 11 MINUTES

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DO YOU KNOW THE LORD BY PAUL WASHER 49 MINUTES

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ARE YOU A CHILD OF GOD BY JOHN PIPER 49 MINUTES

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DR KENNY MCCCLINTON
Hive of Wasps, Or Swarm of Bees? Psalm 32:10-11
 Text:  “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.”                                                                                                                  Psalm 32:10.
Good morning, mercy-compassed Christian!  Each morning you and I awake, we are conscious of being surrounded by God’s gracious mercies.  Every day we venture out the door of our homes, we are enveloped in the grace of the Lord.  What a great and merciful Lord God Almighty we love and serve!  Give thanks unto the Lord!  Amen.
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.  The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.”  (Lamentations 3:22-24)
Wasps, in my lay-man’s experience, are a very different type of insect to bees. Where I live, here in Northern Ireland, UK, bees seem to be quite friendly, often sleepy creatures; but wasps, those stingers in yellow-striped combat suits, can be a dangerous nuisance to be avoided like the plague!
Wasps don’t seem to have much to offer humankind but pain and anxiety - as we seek to avoid them, seek not to disturb their nests; and hurt when our skin is pierced wickedly by their poisonous sting.

Bees, on the other hand are not only industrious pollinators in our gardens, but produce wonderfully sweet honey which can be collected and used by us as a sweet delight.
Moving into the Spiritual realm, ’…the wicked…’ in our Bible text for today are promised ’…many sorrows…’;  they are, metaphorically, surrounded by a swarm of vicious wasps, which cause them to hurt others, and experience hurt personally and continually.
Verse 10.  “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked.   He who sows sins will reap sorrow in heavy sheaves.  Sorrows of conscience, of disappointment, of terror, are the sinner’s sure heritage in time, and then forever sorrows of remorse and despair.
“But he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.  The wicked have a hive of wasps around them, many sorrows; but we have a swarm of bees storing honey for us.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 160)
What do you have, dear Reader, a hive of  sinful wasps, or a swarm of Spiritual bees?  Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall have the latter prize.
Without Christ as Saviour and Lord, one is immersed in the wasp’s den; surrounded by sorrows, living in darkness; suffering the sting of death in this life, and looking forward to nothing but a Hell of sin throughout the Eternity hereafter.  How tragically true.
With Christ Jesus as one’s  Saviour and Lord, we are surrounded by His Spiritual bees!:
“Ye must BE born again“:  Jesus taught the way, His way, to make certain that we are surrounded by His bees of constant mercy.  The new birth is His miracle of Spiritual regeneration; ’quickening’ our dead spirits by the power of His Holy Ghost.  Suddenly, we are delivered from the hive of wasps, and surrounded by the bees of  His blessing.
“And you hath He quickened (made Spiritually alive), who were dead in trespasses and sins…Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened (made Spiritually alive) us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”  (Ephesians 2:1;5-6)
“…BE not dismayed…”:  We are no longer tortured by fear, no longer walking alone; no longer dismayed, or distressed, by the world and circumstances around us.  For the Lord promises strength, and help, and Divine upholding, “…by the right hand of My righteousness.”  (Isaiah 41:10)
Genuine regenerate Christians are continually blessed, even during times of Spiritual and temporal attack; illnesses; or daily failings.  We have God’s Word on this fact.
“…The goodness of God endureth continually.”  (Psalm 52:1)
“He (the Christian) shall be surrounded with mercy as one is surrounded by the air or by the sunlight.  He shall find mercy and favour everywhere - at home, abroad; by day, by night; in society, in solitude; in sickness, in health; in life, in death; in time, in Eternity.  He shall walk amid mercies; he shall die amidst mercies; he shall live in a better world in the midst of Eternal mercies.”  (Albert Barnes 1798-1870)
“…BE ye filled with the Spirit“:  For continual growth in grace and consistency in our Christian witness and service, we must BE filled with God the Spirit.  By constantly studying God’s Word, we are assured of the necessary faith to more ably serve the Christ Who has redeemed us with His own sinless Blood.  (Ephesians 5:18)
When we, as Christians, seek to examine God’s Spirit-inspired Word, we are blessed with faith anew every morning, and compassed about, before and behind, with God’s richest and most compassionate mercies.  Our wasps are weak, and our bees are strong.
Thought: What do you and I seek to surround ourselves with daily? Wasps of the world, or swarms of Heaven-sent bees; the sting of sin, or the joys of Heaven?

COFFEE BREAK
"Thoughts And Words"

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."  Psalm 19:14
Our words and our thoughts are very closely related.  One affects the other.  Our thoughts affect our words and our words affect our thoughts.   Therefore, we must pay attention to what we think about and listen to what we are saying. 
This is why we must continually renew our minds and change our thoughts-- our way of thinking.  When we do, it will affect our speech.  But it is important what we renew our minds with.  We can't just renew them with anything.  A lot of people are.  They are renewing their way of thinking with philosophies, culture, teachings of some religious leader, cultish beliefs, the mindset of society, and so on.  What we must renew our minds with is the Word of God.  When we do, we are renewing it with truth.  We are renewing it with words of life.  We are renewing it with God-centered and others centered thoughts and getting away from self-centered thoughts.  Once our minds are renewed with God's Word and our thoughts are transformed, our words won't be so negative, condemning, criticizing, full of doubt, fear and unbelief.  They will be full of encouragement, hope, faith, grace, kindness, gentleness, truth and life. 
So, think about it-- what do you think about?  What do you say?  One is an indication of the other.  What you say comes from what you think.  And what you think is influenced by what you say.
Have a great day.  Your thoughts and your words affect each other.   
DEL

A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The FAITHFUL MASTER  DESIGNER chooses what we go through; we choose how we go through it. 

MEANINGFUL PURPOSE
"When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous man do?" [Psalms  (Tehillym)  11. 3 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

The Hebrew word "shathat&q uot; is translated— foundations  which fittingly means purpose,  intent, basis,  objective.  The LORDYESHUA ha&# 39;MASHIACH  is our FIRM FOUNDATION  and HE can never be done away with.  But, a CHRISTian can loose his purpose if his eyes are not focused continually on the BLESSED SAVIOR.
When one is distracted with the cares of this world, Satan delights to undermine and spoil the purpose SOVEREIGN GODhas for us, and we soon deviate away from HIS will.   "When the whirlwind passes the wicked man is gone, but the righteous has an EVERLASTING FOUNDATI ON."  [Proverbs  (Tehillym)  10. 25 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

Man's purpose is to exalt, praise and worship OMNIPOTENT GOD.  "YAH (I AM)  is my strength and might, HE has become my deliverance. HE is my GOD, and I will praise and glorify HIM; the GOD of my fathers and I will exalt HIM." [Exodus  (Tehillym)  15. 2 Tanakh, Torah]   "Let men thank and praise the LORD for HIS steadfast love, HISwondrous deeds for mankind! Let them exalt HIM in the congregation of the people, and praise HIM in the assembly of the elders."  [Psalms (Tehillym ) 107. 30 - 32 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

We will only be fulfilled and know a sense of worth and direction in our life when MESSIAH' S commands and decrees are followed.  As we carefully pursue YESHUA,  the TRUE VINE, in HIS "doctrine , manner of life, purpose, faith,longsuffering , love, perseveran ce, persecutions,  afflictions" ; [2 Timothy  3. 10 - 11],  "we may have confidence and not be ashamed before HIM at HIS appearing. " [1 John  2. 28]

"Nevertheless the solid foundation  (purpose,  basis) of ALMIGHTY GOD stands, having this seal— The LORD knows those who are HIS; and, let everyone who names the NAME of CHRIST depart from iniquity."  [2 Timothy  2. 19]

The LORD JESUS  CHRIST, our SOLID FOUNDATION, is complete and by faith we grow to a higher plane, day-by-day. " HE raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the dung heap to set them with the great, with the great men of HIS people."  [Psalms (Tehillym ) 113. 7 - 8 Tanakh,  Kethuvim]   There is none other like our WONDERFUL ALL- WISE CREATOR, the GREATEST LOVER  of our soul.
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