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SUMATRA 
POPULATION: 48 MILLION
CHRISTIANS: 9%
This is the largest unevangelized island on earth. Please pray that God would stir many Christians to go and reach the un-reached peoples.
Many natural disasters happen, so please pray that the believers would show God's radiant love at these difficult times.

PEOPLE NEEDS
Please pray for the Batak people especially around the area of Lake Toba. We visited this beautiful area last year. Please pray for a powerful revival among them. Many of the peoples such as the Batak, Karo and Dairi are Christian, but the Angkola are strongly Muslim.
Please pray, as much church life is nominal and mixed with occult practices..
The Chinese are a significant minority, especially in Medan, but there are many Muslim's and Buddhists also. Please pray that the Chinese Christians would catch a vision for the needy souls around them.
The 3.8 million Aceh people are almost entirely Muslim. They are a very devout and need Christ. Please pray God would raise up workers to go this desperately needy group.
ACEH

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10144/ID

Many people in Northern Sumatra are completely un-reached, such as the Gayo, Tamiang and  Mandialing, who have no known Christians among them. Please pray for a move of God. Please pray that workers may be called to this work. Simeulue Island is completely Muslim and the only group with any Christian witness is the Angkola with 3% Christians.
The Minangkabau-Rejang number over 8 million and are educated and knowledgeable, but all they know is Islam. There are fewer than 1000 believers. Please pray for the formation of a church among them.
Other groups such as the Rejang and Kerinci number nearly 1 million, but have little witness and there are no resources to reach them.     

REJANG
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14537/ID

Eastern and Southern Sumatra has many needy groups such as the Deli, Jambi and Melayu Riau. There are handfuls of believers, and need workers to go to them, as they won't go to the church. The Jambi are in deep need, and many live outside Sumatra, so please pray for them.
JAMBI
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12318/ID

The Muslim people of the Central and Southern area such as the Lembak and Enim, have a few believers, but the Ogan, and Kaur among others remain totally un-reached.
The Lampung people in the South are resentful of newcomers especially from Java. There is no active churches among them, and there are several people groups among them. Please see below.

LAMPUNG ANGUR
POPULATION 201,000
CHRISTIANS 0.01%
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10140/ID

These people are virtually all Muslim. Every village has a mosque and the people are trapped in this false teaching. Please pray that this bondage is totally broken and that a Lampung church becomes a reality. 
These people need help with their agricultural practices, so please pray that many Christians would be called to help them and may they share the love of Jesus with them.
They don't yet have the bible in any form. Please pray that Bible translation would start and the word of God would cut their chains of ignorance and unbelief.
Pray that other groups in Indonesia and elsewhere, would be concerned enough to pray and to go to them.

GOD BLESS YOU
KK

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IT'S NOT MY FAULT BY TODD ABBEY 1 SAMUEL 15
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=1261816411410

MORAL PURITY IN THE CHURCH BY TODD CURTIS EPHESIANS 5:3-5
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In God We Trust

 

 

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28 NKJV.

…And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband. - Ruth 1:2b-5 NKJV.

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel!” - Ruth 4:13-14 NKJV.

 

 

The admissions director at the University of California at San Diego made a big mistake when she welcomed by email 29,000 or so applicants who had actually been rejected. The welcome email was only intended to be sent to those students who had actually been accepted by the University. Can you imagine the confusion of the students who received the email congratulating them on their acceptance, and then receiving a second email stating their rejection?

It is often difficult to handle rejection; however, those students turned down by UCSD may find a better path for their lives as a result. About 12 years ago (19 years ago now), I was a bi-vocational pastor searching for that second vocation to be able to survive financially. I had a job interview for employment for a very similar position to the one I had held in the past.. I was very hopeful that I would be employed. I fasted and prayed for more than a week about this job and I received confirmation from the Lord that He had heard my prayers. However, I was not hired, but at the same time I was encouraged knowing that this was apparently God’s will for my life. The bi-vocational pastorate turned out to be more full-time than part - time, although I did some substitute teaching which I enjoyed. With 12 years of life experience since the rejection of my job application, I am thankful that I was rejected. I am thankful, because I would not be writing these devotionals if I had been hired for that position. I am also thankful because I know that God protected me from going down the wrong path with my life.

There are more difficult things that can happen to us in life than being rejected by a college, or not getting the job that we wanted. Naomi and Ruth experienced one of those more difficult things, their husbands died. Even though this terrible thing happened in the lives of both women, Naomi was faithful to the Lord, and Ruth followed her mother-in-law’s example. As a result Ruth is in the human genealogy of our Lord Jesus, and she became the great-grandmother of King David. Although God did not cause the tragedies to happen, He surely brought good out of the death of their husbands. He brought good out of it as Naomi and Ruth faithfully followed the will of God for their lives step by step, day by day.

In my own family, my great-grandfather’s (Draper Wrather’s) first wife passed away soon after their only child, a daughter was born (That daughter died when she was 14-years-old from a ruptured appendix.). He then married a woman (Francis Raynes Campbell Wrather) whose first husband had died (Her son by her first husband died when he was 20-years-old from Tuberculosis.). I know that my great-grandmother was a godly woman who had much influence for good upon her family. One of her sons, my grandfather, his first wife (my grandmother) passed away before I was born. He then married a godly woman whose example and prayers are still impacting my life. As I have researched the genealogy of my family, nearly every line has faced family tragedies.

When the bad things happen in our lives we are encouraged to remain faithful. In 1 Corinthians 15:58 the apostle Paul encourages us with these words, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” “In God We Trust” is not just a motto; it is God’s will for our lives in good times, and in bad times. Trusting in God is always the eternally right decision..

A Prayer For Today

 

Lord of all Glory, hear my humble prayer

As I offer praise to Your majesty and might.

I thank You for the million miracles of each day

And for the quiet beauty born each night.

 

I pray that disputes, discord, and all wars

May cease because of Your great might

And thinking men rejoice and know ~

Understand what You set as right.

 

Bequeath to those in power, over us,

A sure and stable mind.

Yea, Lord, let them stand in awe,

Realizing You in every quest we find.

 

Bless mankind with Your presence everywhere;

In microscope, in galaxies, in swirls

Of Your creation that cannot be denied ~

Anywhere in Your worlds.

 

Let peace fall like a gentle fog o'er all the earth.

Let men seek ultimate truth and find Your love,

Eyes of understanding, ears that hear Your call;

Lives to always imitate the properties above.

 

Be with us while we pass this year.

Keep us from needing to have fear.

Fling wide the flood gates of our hearts

So we will never be apart. 

In Jesus Name,

Amen.

©️ 2010 by Joan Clifton Costner

SERMONS
FAITH SEES THE BOW BY CHARLES SPURGEON 2 MINUTESGENESIS 9:14
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THE DISCIPLES BURNING HEARTS BY JIM SAVASTIO LUKE 24  2 MINUTES
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=410177445910
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PRAYER FOCUS SUMATRA PLUS SERMONS  

SUMATRA 
POPULATION: 48 MILLION
CHRISTIANS: 9%
This is the largest unevangelized island on earth. Please pray that God would stir many Christians to go and reach the un-reached peoples.
Many natural disasters happen, so please pray that the believers would show God's radiant love at these difficult times.

PEOPLE NEEDS
Please pray for the Batak people especially around the area of Lake Toba. We visited this beautiful area last year. Please pray for a powerful revival among them. Many of the peoples such as the Batak, Karo and Dairi are Christian, but the Angkola are strongly Muslim.
Please pray, as much church life is nominal and mixed with occult practices..
The Chinese are a significant minority, especially in Medan, but there are many Muslim's and Buddhists also. Please pray that the Chinese Christians would catch a vision for the needy souls around them.
The 3.8 million Aceh people are almost entirely Muslim. They are a very devout and need Christ. Please pray God would raise up workers to go this desperately needy group.
ACEH

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10144/ID

Many people in Northern Sumatra are completely un-reached, such as the Gayo, Tamiang and  Mandialing, who have no known Christians among them. Please pray for a move of God. Please pray that workers may be called to this work. Simeulue Island is completely Muslim and the only group with any Christian witness is the Angkola with 3% Christians.
The Minangkabau-Rejang number over 8 million and are educated and knowledgeable, but all they know is Islam. There are fewer than 1000 believers. Please pray for the formation of a church among them.
Other groups such as the Rejang and Kerinci number nearly 1 million, but have little witness and there are no resources to reach them.     

REJANG
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14537/ID

Eastern and Southern Sumatra has many needy groups such as the Deli, Jambi and Melayu Riau. There are handfuls of believers, and need workers to go to them, as they won't go to the church. The Jambi are in deep need, and many live outside Sumatra, so please pray for them.
JAMBI
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12318/ID

The Muslim people of the Central and Southern area such as the Lembak and Enim, have a few believers, but the Ogan, and Kaur among others remain totally un-reached.
The Lampung people in the South are resentful of newcomers especially from Java. There is no active churches among them, and there are several people groups among them. Please see below.

LAMPUNG ANGUR
POPULATION 201,000
CHRISTIANS 0.01%
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10140/ID

These people are virtually all Muslim. Every village has a mosque and the people are trapped in this false teaching. Please pray that this bondage is totally broken and that a Lampung church becomes a reality. 
These people need help with their agricultural practices, so please pray that many Christians would be called to help them and may they share the love of Jesus with them.
They don't yet have the bible in any form. Please pray that Bible translation would start and the word of God would cut their chains of ignorance and unbelief.
Pray that other groups in Indonesia and elsewhere, would be concerned enough to pray and to go to them.

GOD BLESS YOU
KK

ENGLISH

IT'S NOT MY FAULT BY TODD ABBEY 1 SAMUEL 15
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=1261816411410

MORAL PURITY IN THE CHURCH BY TODD CURTIS EPHESIANS 5:3-5
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=2111944518496
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PERSECUTED CHURCH NEWS

Violent Attacks Against Christians

Source(s): Forum 18Date: 14 March 2019
Tamchi Police Station
Photo: Wikimedia/Vmenkov (cc)
In October 2018, a young Christian, Eldos Sattar uuly, sustained a broken jaw and other injuries after a violent attack in the Issyk-Kul Region of Kyrgyzstan (seethis report). While those responsible were charged, they were sentenced to house arrest, which is not being enforced.

Problems have continued for Christians in the area. People in the village of Tamchi report continuing attacks against them from December through to February. In the most recent incident, a Muslim from the village was also beaten by ten people because he was a good friend of Eldos. There are rumours that local militants plan to destroy the homes of Christians in Tamchi and two other nearby villages.

According to reports from the area, Eldos and his uncle Nurbek Esenaly uuly have left in fear. When Eldos' lawyer complained about the inaction of the authorities, she was threatened with charges against her for "inciting religious conflict and sowing discord among people."

Remember those in Kyrgyzstan who are being wrongly mistreated, accused and beaten. May Eldos, his uncle Nurbek, and others who have fled for safety find the refuge and rest they need. Pray for God's righteousness and justice to be upheld, and that the work of the Gospel will be able to continue in Tamchi and throughout the region.

Mysterious Disappearance of Church Affiliate

Source(s): VOM Korea, Early Rain Covenant ChurchDate: 14 March 2019
Early Rain Covenant Church meets outside.
Photo: ChinaAid
Since the arrest of over 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant Church in December, authorities have continued to charge, detain and harass Christians associated with the church. For more information on the original raid, click here.

One member, Pan Fei, has been arrested several times since the original attack. After the first time he was detained, interrogated and released, he moved to a new home. Yet, he continued to be harassed by the local authorities who frequently broke into his residence.

Due to government pressure, Pan Fei was also fired from his job at the Yong Hui shopping mall. Early this month, he managed to find a new job. However, on March 4th, he mysteriously disappeared and, at last report, there had been no communication with friends or family. The Early Rain Covenant Church has requested prayer for him: "We pray fervently for this lamb who has been captured and separated from the Lord Jesus Christ's flock. May God's Spirit be with him and protect his body and soul!"

Please join with these church members in praying for Pan Fei. May he be protected from harm and safely returned to his concerned family and friends soon. Pray for the many other believers who are still being detained in prison -- including Pastor Wang Yi and his wife, both of whom have been accused of "inciting to subvert state power."

Pastor Beaten Unconscious

Source(s): Morning Star News, International Christian ConcernDate: 14 March 2019
Garissa, Kenya
Photo: Wikimedia/Adam H T Geelle (cc)
An underground pastor in eastern Kenya, near the Somali border, was severely beaten on the night of March 8th. Muslim militants assaulted him with wooden clubs, leaving him unconscious and with a broken leg, bruises and other injuries.

Pastor Abdul (surname withheld for security reasons) is a 30-year-old father of three. He serves as pastor to an underground church consisting of 30 former Muslims who, for safety, meet in small groups on varying days. He was on his way home after a prayer gathering on the outskirts of Garissa when several Somali Muslims attacked him. Most ethnic Somalis believe that all people of their nationality must adhere to Islam.

Speaking from his hospital bed, Abdul stated: "I'm almost unable to bear the pain. My family is in great fear, and Christians have located us to another place. Our prayer for now is to get a safe place for my family. My life, and that of my family, is at stake."

Please pray for the safety of Abdul and his family. May the Kenyan authorities be able to maintain peace and safety for all citizens in this volatile area of their country. Ask the "Great Physician" to minister to the wounds Abdul incurred during the attack so they will heal quickly and completely. May the Lord also enable him to continue fulfilling his pastoral ministry in the new location, providing further opportunities to reach others with the salvation message. Pray that the Somalis living in eastern Kenya will personally experience the love and grace of Christ and, as a result, turn to Him in faith.

SERMONS.. VERY SHORT
THE WARNINGS OF GOD BY JOHN MACDUFF
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=125171923575

VALIANT FOR TRUTH BY CHARLES SPURGEON DANIEL 11:32
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1 NOONDAY DEVOTIONS PLUS SERMONS
Wed Mar 13, 2019 "keith hobkirk" totallylovedbygod59
2 TIMOTHY 4
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.5 As for you, always be sober-minded,endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

PREACH THE WORDPaul is finishing his instructions to his beloved Timothy as he is nearing the end of life. What does he tell him?He charges him to do something... he sees as so important: preach of the word of God!God will be our judge at the end of time; even now He is watching His church to see if His word is being faithfully proclaimed. So often it is being watered down, but He is watching and He will judge. All preachers and teachers are under the microscope of God. The preacher is being judged, not by his church members, not by other preachers, but by God himself.The pulpit is a lonely place; there is just you and God, it's just you and the Holy Spirit. That is why the preacher needs to be a man of prayer, E.M. Bounds said, "Light praying make for light preaching."Preach the word; all of it, and don't leave out the hard parts. It's not what a preacher says sometimes, but it is what he doesn't say. We have to preach the whole counsel of God: to reprove, rebuke, to teach and to exhort. Note reprove and rebuke are first on this list, but sadly, many churches put this last, when it should be first. The preacher goes with with the current evangelical fad/church growth concept, and want to preach the love of God, but the preacher must preach the wrath of God for sin and the reality of hell, even though it is not popular, with His love.The preaching of the Word is for the stouthearted, because people are seeking something to tickle their ears. People today are not responsive to strong meat and sound doctrine, they will follow false teachers such as Joel Osteen and Joseph Prince like lemmings jumping off a cliff.In verse 5, Paul reminds Timothy, that when this happens, he is to be sober minded and to endure suffering. When you preach the gospel, you have to have your wits about you and you will be criticised for the preaching  of the truth.Paul counsels Timothy to continue to fulfill his ministry; keep sharing the gospel, and all of Scripture. Make this your end goal. He goes on to talk about that he has fulfilled his ministry in verses 6-9 and urges Timothy to do the same.CHRISTIAN PREACHER:Are you preaching the whole counsel of God?In your preaching, do you reprove and rebuke?Do you preach truth, whether your church members like it or not?Are you fulfilling your ministry? Are you doing the work of an evangelist or messenger?
Are you preaching the word, the whole word and nothing but the word?God is watching and he and he and he alone will judge
God bless,
KK
NEHEMIAH 217 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” 18 And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work.

THE CAN-DO-MANTimes were bad in Jerusalem. The walls were broken down; Nehemiah had returned and he was a man on a mission. He inspects the walls, and is eager to do something. He is not going to be put off by Tobiah and his friends and some of the people who were compromising.It only takes one man/woman who has a passion to fan the flames of revival in a city or neighbourhood. Nehemiah was a can-do-man. He saw the state of the walls and was determined that the walls must be re-built.Nehemiah is an inspiring person; he said the encouraging words God had said to him and he inspired others.But also he saw the state of the walls, and saw that the Jews were being laughed at and held in derision, this made his blood boil, so to speak.Does the state of the church today make you take action?
When you see the walls of the church broken down, what is your reaction?Do you care or do you have the reaction of Nehemiah?There are too many can't-do people in the church today; you can't do this, you may upset our neighbours, you can't speak out the truths of God's word, it might rock the boat in society. One of my favourite sermons is called, "Preaching Outside the Pulpit," by Todd Friel. It encourages pastors and their church members to get out and open air preach. Some maybe can't, but others can, but won't. Most Christian evangelism is not done on Sunday, or during the week by Christians living their lives and going to the world in love. Jesus said GO, yet so many can't-go Christians are in our churches. We need to rebuild the walls in our schools, communities and towns/cities, so let's get out and share the gospel. There will be people in our churches that will say, you can't do that, but let the can-do-Christians, just do it... Amen.In my home town in the UK, every Saturday morning, there is a small group of seven or eight dedicated believers who share the gospel week after week, but where are the others?They are there when there is some Christian event and will gladly come to church and give God one morning per week. But they are can't-do Christians... "Oh I can't do that! What would people think of me. I cant be seen giving out tracts or sharing the gospel on the street, what would people say?"Answer: They would call you a fool for ChristIt is time to arise and rebuild the walls, so that the church is not held in derision anymore.It is time to be like Nehemiah and to be a can-do Christian and inspire and encourage others.Are you a can-do Christian or a cant-do christian?God bless you,
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ENGLISH SERMONSGOD'S CLOSING CALL BY JOHN MACDUFFhttps://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=103018053508&lo=true

DEALING WITH DEPRESSION BY JIMMY LI
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BATTLE STATIONS
 Posted by: "keith hobkirk" totallylovedbygod59
Please continue to pray for the church in China. Pray for revival in every single church, that the church would catch a powerful vision for reaching the whole of China.
Please pray for our little church, please pray for the men that they would completely commit themselves to God
Please pray for the people below, they are small groups, please intercede for them, they have no one to pray for them. I am going to pray through the book Operation China, please join me
AKEU

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18899/CH

AKHA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10223/CH

SERMONS PLEASE LISTEN
HERE IS THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER BY THOMAS CHALMERS

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=87112237410&lo=true

PREACHING OUTSIDE THE PULPIT BY TODD FRIEL

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=626171118382

UNPOPULAR BY EMILIO RAMOS
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2 CORINTHIANS 4

17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

IN THE LIGHT OF ETERNITY
Some of us are going through very difficult times; persecution is happening to us, illness surrounds us or maybe it is the loss of a close family member of friend.
God understands the pain of what we are going through. He knows our pain and our suffering. He knew the suffering and pain the apostle Paul went through and he knows yours... amen.
In Chapter 1:8, Paul states that the burden on him almost drove him to complete despair. So what is it that kept him from despairing of his very life in 1:8?
Surely we have the answer in these verses in chapter 4. He, like us, is looking forward to heaven which will be beyond all comparison. Compared to heaven and the glory that is going to be revealed, these small inconveniences of suffering are nothing.
Everything that hurts us down here on earth is not going to be in heaven: pain, despair, illness, all will be banished. This is why Paul can look at his sufferings and say in Romans 8:
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

To do this, we need to have the eternal perspective and look at the unseen things and not the things that we can see. Remember everything we see here here on earth will pass away; it is not going to last.
We need to focus on where we are going and that is to glory. We need to focus on heaven and the glory that we will be revealed in us. We will have new perfect bodies, we will see Jesus as He is and we will serve Him.
Every piece of suffering for Jesus is worth it, because it pales in comparison to the glory of heaven, which one day we will see... Amen. I once heard my former pastor, Richard, who was dying of cancer say this:
It's worth it church.Jesus is worth it.It's worth going through anything.Even through cancer.
He died shortly afterwards, I echo his words... IT IS WORTH IT
Have you got an eternal perspective? Are you focusing on things seen or unseen?Can you say like Paul, the words of Romans 8:18?
God bless you,
KK

2 Corinthians 5
9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 

PLEASING GOD
What is your aim in your Christian life?
Some people use Christianity to get to  Heaven.Some people use Christianity to receive healing.Some people use Christianity to get money and popularity.Some people use Christianity to receive blessings.
Paul was interested in one thing and that is outlined in this verse. In every single situation, Paul wanted to please God. In every decision he made, he made that decision on the basis of whether that decision would please God.
We have a well known initial called WWJD,  which means What Would Jesus Do? We what would He do, what was the aim of Jesus?
It was to do the will of the Father or to put it another way; His aim was to please the Father. If it was Jesus's aim to please the Father, how much more should it be our aim.
So what does please God?
God's will is for our sanctification, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-6 and for us to grow in grace, 2 Peter 3:18. If we are growing in grace, then that pleases God.
To please God, you also need to be continually growing. Stagnation or backsliding does not please God. The five bad churches in Revelation thought they were pleasing God, but they were stagnating and backsliding.

Let me finish with the main way you can please God, from 2 Corinthians 7:1:
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

God would be very pleased if you did what it says in this verse: Get rid of the things that displease Him. See Galatians 5:15-20 and replace those things with Galatians 5:22-23.
Are you pleasing God or pleasing yourself?
God bless you,
KK
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DEVOTIONS

CHARLES SPURGEON

"My beloved." — Song of Songs 2:8

This was a golden name which the ancient Church in her most joyous moments was accustomed to give to the Anointed of the Lord. When the time of the singing of birds was come, and the voice of the turtle-dove was heard in her land, her love-note was sweeter than either, as she sang, "My beloved is mine—and I am His!" Ever in her song of songs, does she call Him by that delightful name, "My beloved!" Even in the long winter, when idolatry had withered the garden of the Lord, her prophets found space to lay aside their burden for a little season, and to say, as Elijah did, "Now will I sing to my well-beloved, a song of my beloved." Though the saints had never seen His face, though as yet He was not made flesh, nor had dwelt among us, nor had man beheld His glory—yet He was the consolation of Israel, the hope and joy of all the chosen, the "beloved" of all those who were upright before the Most High God.

We, in the summer days of the Church, are also accustomed to speak of Christ as the best beloved of our soul, and to feel that He is very precious, the "chief among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely one." So true is it, that the Church loves Jesus, and claims Him as her beloved, that the apostle dares to defy the whole universe to separate her from the love of Christ, and declares that neither persecutions, distress, affliction, peril, or the sword have been able to do it! Nay, he joyously boasts, "In all these things—we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!"

O that we knew more of You, O ever precious one! My sole possession is Your love! In earth beneath, or heaven above—I have no other treasure! I ask for nothing more.

 

SERMONS

SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD BY JONATHAN EDWARDS
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=12607144112

RENEW YOUR MIND BY PAUL WASHER
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=241923353211

EVANGELISM PART 1 BY EMEAL ZWAYNE
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=1013181241202

EVANGELISM PART 2 BY EMEAL ZWAYNE

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Tue Mar 5, 2019 8:58 pm (PST) . Posted by: "keith hobkirk" totallylovedbygod59
Please pray for our little church, that we would be in unity, we have many new people every week. Please pray that many men and young people would come to church. Please pray as we have communion this Sunday. Please pray that many would come to the Thursday night prayer meeting. Please pray for Helen's parents that have both said the commitment prayer. Please continue for China, as many people are coming to faith, please pray that they would be become mature in Christ.

AI-CHAM

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10195/CH

AINU
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10522/CH

SERMONS PLEASE LISTEN

SPIRITUAL SELF HARM BY PETER MASTERS PROVERBS 21:7
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=108181333229

THE SAFEST SHELTER BY CHARLES SPURGEON ISAIAH 32:2
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=fcb0915

Where does all this vanity come from? BY GEORGE MYLNE

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Ecclesiastes  12

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.14 For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.PUTTING EVERYTHING INTO PERSPECTIVESolomon is probably the richest man who ever lived. His kingdom was the high point of Israel's prosperity.  This book is often overlooked, but it is so valuable. Solomon wrote this at the end of his life. He was now an old man; he had it all - money, prestige, popularity, and more, yet says everything is vanity.The last words he speaks are so telling; what really matters Solomon? He makes his conclusion on life.
His conclusion was that it is the duty of man to fear God and keep His commandments. Are you fearing God and have you kept His commandments? This is what truly matters, but we can't keep His commandments.  No one ever has and no one can, except for One!  This is why we need to call out to Jesus by faith, and trust Him because He fulfilled what we never can - perfect obedience.God sees everything and will judge everything. He never misses anything, and He will bring everything out into the open.The purpose of your life is to fear God and keep His commandments, by His grace out of love. Why? Because, though God is the judge and will judge everything, He first loved you, and we love Him and show it in our lives.God bless youKK
1 CORINTHIANS 323 And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.
WHAT A PROMISEThe Church is Corinth was filled with strife; it had cults of personality. This was the first problem Paul addressed in his letter. Here is a very precious promise for the believer: we have exceedingly great and promises... amen. Every promise we have has God's seal on it, because God said it. I know that promise is true and therefore I can trust it.It is a plural and personal promise, "ye are." We are held by God Himself. Jesus bought us with His precious blood and therefore because Christ and the Father are in perfect unity, whatever is Christ's is also the property of the Father. We are bought by Jesus, loved by the Father and sealed by the Spirit... Amen!It is a permanent promise. All God's promises are yes and amen. When God makes a promise, it cannot be reversed.  It is a powerful promise. Why are these promises given to us? To increase our faith and to help us grow closer to God. The more we trust God's promises, the stronger our faith, becomes as we know that He and He alone can be trusted.It is a potent promise. It can be used against the enemy. If the devil comes against me, placing doubts about my salvation, I quote this verse saying I am Christ's. It is a precious promise. The more you lean on the promises of God, the more precious they become. We know their reality in our life and we know that we can trust them.This is one of the many promises in the Bible. As you continue to read His word, get to know the promises that God makes to you.Remember this:Ye are Christ's.. And nothing can change that fact!!THATS A PROMISEGOD BLESS YOU,
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ENGLISH DEVOTION AND SERMONS PLEASE LISTEN AND READ
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:16 pm (PST) . Posted by: "keith hobkirk" totallylovedbygod59
CHINESE DEVOTION
The Wednesday Word

The Gospel: Our Best Friend.
D G Miles McKee

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:14. 

We often feel that we are not worth saving …  and this, of course, is an accurate assessment. As Spurgeon said, “When you feel yourself as totally unworthy you have hit the truth.” That is why, as we grow in grace, the Gospel is our best friend.

Let me illustrate. The story is told of how the devil sought to discourage the mighty reformer Martin Luther by continually making him feel guilty.  Satan, it seems constantly reminded the great preacher of the list of his sins. When the devil had finished, Luther purportedly said, “Think harder: you must have forgotten some.” And the devil did think, and he listed more sins. When he was done enumerating the sins, Luther said, “Now, with a red ink write over that list, “The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.” The devil had nothing to say in the light of Luther’s best friend … the Gospel.

As we look by faith to the Lord Jesus, and see His shed blood, we find healing for our wounded conscience.   By faith, we understand that His blood has satisfied all claims that unalterable divine justice made against us.

The Gospel is our best friend.

Our sins have been purged perfectly by a perfect offering made with perfect blood. These are the truths to continually feed to the troubled conscience.. 
 If we are regularly condemned by the consciousness of our past sins, we have an evil conscience (Hebrews 10:22).  However, the Gospel gives us a perfect conscience that is free from the guilt and condemnation of sins. 

The Gospel is our best friend.

I will admit that the legalist in me is sometimes uncomfortable with this arrangement.  Maybe you are like me, resistant, at times, to the accomplishments of grace? This is why we need to continually saturate our minds with the Gospel. When we find ourselves more conscious of our former sins than we are of the accomplishments of Christ on our behalf, we need to cleanse our thinking by applying Finished Work teaching to our thinking.

The Gospel is our best friend.

Do you know that your sins are forgiven? Someone says, “I can’t say that they are, but I am doing my best to change my life.” That’s great, but it will never work! You can do your best to reform, but that will never purge your conscience. Only applying the blood of Christ can do that.

The Gospel is our best friend.

Christ, as a man, was the Servant of Yahweh, the one in whom the Father delighted. It was the Father’s purpose to save and cleanse a people for Himself, and His plans were flawlessly executed by His beloved Son, the God/Man. It is only by the shedding of His blood that we are saved, and that blood was shed 2000 years ago at Calvary. The work is finished. He gave His life a ransom for the sins of His people (Isaiah 53:10).  Do you know this? Is this truly personal to you?
 Our best religious efforts cannot cleanse the conscience. But the Lord wants us to hear him say “Be of good cheer; your sins, which are many, are forgiven” (Matthew 9:2).
 What can prevent us going to Him? Our sins?  No, it is our sin that is the reason to approach Him.  Let us go to Him with freedom of speech (see Hebrews 4:16) to obtain mercy and grace to help in the time of need. He alone can purge the guilty conscience and give peace to the troubled mind.

The Gospel is our best friend.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

ENGLISH
THE NIGHT WATCHES BY JOHN MACDUFF.. SHORT BUT OH SO SWEET
THE GRACE OF GOD
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=1016161815143
THE TENDERNESS OF GOD
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=1016161816177

THE ORDINANCES OF GOD
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=1251719144610
THE WARNINGS OF GOD
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=1251719144610
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JAVA PART 2
UNREACHED PEOPLES
The Javanese sub groups are only 2% Christian and these include:
Banten - 570,000Banyunasan - 5. 8 millionOsing - 500,000Pasisir Kulo - 3.4 millionPasisir Lor - 23.3 Million
All these groups are Staunchly Muslim. Please pray for workers to go to them.
The 34 Million Sunda have only 25,000 Christians, and many are nominal. Please pray that the Sunda church would grow and mature. Muslim missionaries seek to purify moderate Muslims and to take back nominal Christians. Please pray that workers would be called to this group.
The Madura live in East Java and have several sub groups. They are largely Muslim and are renown for anger, violence, and magic. Please pray that Christians would overcome their fears and reach out to this needy people.
The Tengger people live near Mount Bromo in East Java and are largely Hindu,  but God has established several Tengger Christian group. Please pray for the establishment of a viable church.

All these groups need fervent prayer, please go to following website for more information on Indonesia
https://joshuaproject.net/countries/ID

Unreached peoples
Banten
Population - 3.5 million
Christians - 0.08%

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21464/ID

These people are almost entirely Muslim, but this is mixed with magic and traditional customs. Please pray for the calling of workers who can demonstrate not just the power of God but the love of God to break these forces of evil that hold them.
Many workers are needed, and these people rely on the land for their living.. Please pray that Christian aid agencies would go them and help them.
Please water this ground with your prayers and tears.
May a Banten church become a reality.
Thanks so much
Please pray
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Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:30 am (PST) . Posted by: "keith hobkirk" totallylovedbygod59
Please continue to lift us up here in China .. K and H. continue to pray for our little church, we have a special meeting for the men on Saturday, please pray that many men would come and be touched by the power of the gospel. Please pray for the safety of the one who will share, please pray for the pastors and church leaders in China that they would not compromise the truth of the gospel and that they would preach Christ and Him Crucified. Please pray that god would raise up many workers to go the many minority peoples still untouched by the gospel, some like the ones below are very small, please take time to click on the links and pray for them and also listen to the two short messages. These people cannot pray for themselves, please intercede for them
ADI
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18386/CH

ADU
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18387/CH

is this all by john macduff

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=2311103071

in my fathers house by russ sukha
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GEMS
Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:28 pm (PST) . Posted by: "keith hobkirk" totallylovedbygod59
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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
The conscience is a delicate instrument which becomes deranged by misuse. 

YES & AMEN
"For all the promises of GOD in HIM are YES! and in HIM AMEN! to the glory of GOD through us." [2 Corinthi ans 1.20]
The word "Amen" ; is a most remarkable word; it was translated directly from the Hebrew word "aman" ; which is related to the word for believe or  faithful.   Therefore, it came to mean "sure,  truly, so it will be" an expression of absolute trust and confidence.

Also in the Hebrew interpretation,  Amen is an acrostic — "EL MELECH  NE'EMAN" ;  or, " The LORD is a TRUSTWORTHYKING. " Blessed be HE and blessed be the GLORIOUS NAME OF THE LORD forever and ever!  "Let the NAME of YEHOWAH be blessed now and forever. From east (rising of  the sun) to west (its going  down) the NAME of YEHOWAH is praised."  [Psalms (Tehillym ) 113. 2 - 3 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

One of the titles of MESSIAH YESHUA  is "THE  AMEN."  In the Book of Revelation, the last of HIS Letters to the seven churches begins with a distinguished greeting from the GLORIFIED LORD:  "These things says the AMEN, the FAITHFUL and TRUE WITNESS,  the BEGINNING of the creation of GOD." [Revelati on 3. 14]   We can be absolutely certain that HIS WORD is always faithful  and true, because HE is the CREATOR of all things, HE is our "ETERNALAME N."

Every promise of the LORD GOD in CHRIST  JESUS is " YES! & AMEN! " — as strong an affirmation of truth as can be expressed in a language.  Therefore, it is extremely meaningful that the HOLY SCRIPTURES  close with a thunderousAMEN! "The grace of our LORD JESUS be with you all. Amen!" [ Revelation 22. 21]   All who read these LIFE-GIVINGWords can know beyond all reasoning that the entire BOOK of books is absolutely true and trustworthy. Amen!  Read andbelieve  (obey), it is the GREATEST  MESSAGE (REVEALED  TRUTH) ever told!  "Blessed be YEHOWAH ELOHEY  of Israel forevermore, from eternity to eternity! Amen and Amen." [ Psalms (Tehillym)  41. 13; 89. 52 Tanakh, Kethuvim] There is indescribable overwhelming joy in obeying and serving the LOVING LORD GOD OF THE UNIVERSE

GEM 2
Coffee Break
"Time To Change The Subject"
"Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul." Job 7:11
As you watch the news you realize that if something wasn't happening- a storm, an election, a murder trial, a custody battle, a war, etc- they wouldn't have anything to talk about. When something does make "news" , the reporters "run it in the ground" , that is ALL they talk about. It seems as if the world stopped and nothing else is taking place. Every minute on every channel is consumed with it as the main, and only, topic. I wondered what they would have to talk about if there was nothing bad going on to talk about? 
Sadly, there are a lot of people- even in the church- who are like this. If there isn't something "bad" happening, they don't have anything to talk about. They spend all their time talking about the trouble they are going through, or have been through. It's the only subject that comes out of their mouth. Each time you see them, they repeat it to you.. over and over again. You ask them how they are and they go right back to this same subject. You always know what they are going to say before they say it.
I am not trying to be critical. I know that very real things happen to us. I know that there are times we need to relate what we are going through. I know that sometimes we need a compassionate hear to listen. This is not what I am talking about. What I am talking about is deeper than that. It has become a "security blanket" to them. And even deeper-- it's become a bondage. They reach a point where they can't talk about anything else. If that is you--- it's time to break free. It's time to leave it in the past. It's time to develop a new habit of talking. It's time to get a new subject. There is so much more to talk about. God desires that our mouths be full of words that edify, minister, comfort and exhort others. It's time to put the law of kindness in your mouth. It's time to fill it with good things. It's time to fill it with words of faith that tend to life. It's time to fill it with words of peace, wisdom and joy. It's time to fill it with praise, adoration and thanksgiving to the Lord. It's time to talk more about the grace, forgiveness, mercy, goodness and faithfulness of God. There are a thousand other things you can fill your mouth with, and it's time to do it.
Have a great day. Is it time to change the subject?
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2Ch 7:14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

GEM 3
There are so many lean Christians who devour hundreds of sermons!

(Edmund Calamy, 1600–1666) 

"His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night." Psalm 1:2

"I meditate  on Your precepts and consider Your ways." Psalm 119:15 

It is not merely hearing a sermon that does you good, but meditating on what you hear. So when you hear a sermon, if you do not meditate and ponder upon what you hear, you will never get any good.

There are so many lean Christians who devour hundreds of sermons--and are never any better, never any fatter in grace. They never meditate, ponder and consider what they hear--that is the reason why they are so lean in grace.

Pray unto God to enlighten your understandings, to quicken your devotion, to warm your affections-- that by meditation on holy things . . .
  you may be made more holy,
  you may have your lusts more mortified,
  you may have your graces more increased,
  you may better behold the vanity of the world, 
  you may lifted up to Heaven and eternal realities.

"Meditate  upon these things." 1 Timothy 4:15
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PLEASE LISTEN TO THESE SERMONS
Posted by: "keith hobkirk" totallylovedbygod59

Dear friends
I have been blessed beyond measure by these sermons, click on the links to be blessed too. They are very strong meat, but need to be heard. Please place them on whatever social media outreach you have
be blessed 
love in Christ
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MEN AND PORNOGRAPHY PT 1 BY JEFF POLLARD

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=1117167465710
MEN AND PORNOGRAPHY PT 2 BY JEFF POLLARD
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=111716750234

GOSPEL DRIVEN TECHNOLOGY BY ANDY GLEISER EPHESIANS 5:1-18
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=81912135242
NO COMPROMISE BY PAUL TAYLOR
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=92207438202

THE OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD BY JOHN MACDUFF
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=225161616435
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WELCOME TO BATTLE STATIONS
ARE YOU READY TO PRAY?
Please pray for our small church, especially pray for Helen and her co-workers. Please pray for me as I deeply depressed and discouraged. Please pray for more men to come and for couples to be brought into the church. Please pray for more people to come to early morning prayer meeting and especially thursday evening prayer. Please pray for China as persecution is ongoing, we have heard that all house churches will have to register or be closed, please pray for this situation. Please pray for a deep and powerful revival to embrace the whole of China
Below is a link to two people groups
Please join with us in prayer for them by clicking the links 
ACHANG
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10146/CH

ACHANG, HUSA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18384/CH

PLEASE LISTEN

JELLY FISH CHRISTIANITY BY JC RYLE
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=82813239482

THE FAVOUR OF GOD BY JOHN MACDUFF

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=103018048252

THE THOUGHTS OF GOD BY JOHN MACDUFF
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JAVA PART 1
POPULATION 140 MILLION
CHRISTIANS 4%
Java is a receptive island for the gospel, especially among those of Chinese descent. Over 50% claim to be Christian. Please pray that the gospel would have free course throughout all of Java and its many peoples.
Persecution comes in direct and indirect ways; please pray that all attempts to obstruct the growth of churches, such as stopping them expanding rebuilding laws and that all these threats would come to nothing. Please pray this persecution would purify and stir the church. Please pray that the church would not focus on money, but on Christ. Please pray that many Muslims would consider the claims of Christ, and believe in Him.
The love and grace of many Christians has impacted many Muslims, as they have shown the love of Jesus in practical action. Aids, mental illness, the effect of recent floods and earthquakes, have allowed the Christians to reach out in love. Please pray that the loving actions of the church would have a powerful effect on the Javanese people.
Jakarta is a mega city; it is a melting pot for every people group in Indonesia. There is a diverse and dynamic church in this city. The cell church group movement is dynamic and there is an active prayer movement. Please pray that the church would have a powerful impact and that church members would spread out to reach all over Indonesia. What happens in Jakarta impacts all Indonesia.
Many towns and villages are unreached; please pray that all the Javanese people would hear the gospel.
Please pray as Muslims are offering Christians gifts to renounce their faith, such as good jobs and education. Please pray that the church would be well taught in Biblical truth.

UNREACHED PEOPLES 
JAVA
SUNDA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15121/ID

POPULATION 37 MILLION
CHRISTIANS 0.2%
Most Sunda are Muslims. They were farmers, but now they have become business people and are involved in government.
They have the Bible and other resources in their own language, but they need pioneer workers. It is estimated that over 700 are needed. Please pray that these are called by God.
Please pray for the emergence of a Sunda church with it's own worship, pastors and literature. 
Their form of Islam is shot through with traditional customs. Please pray that all spiritual bondage would be broken and that God would form a church amongst this people.
God bless you
Keith

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"Though thy candle be put out,
yet God will light it again, and
make it burn more light than ever."
~ Thomas Brooks

ETHIOPIA: Two Injured in Arson Church Attacks

Sources: Steadfast Global, VOMC Contacts
  
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The town of Alaba Kulito in southern Ethiopia was the scene of a horrific attack against Christians on February 9th. According to a VOMC source, at least 13 churches were burned -- some completely destroyed -- along with other church-owned property. While there were no fatalities, two church workers were admitted to hospital. Both have since been released after receiving needed medical treatment. For more photos of the devastation resulting from the attack, go to this report.

The trouble flared after a false rumour was spread that one or more mosques in the area had been burned. The area is predominantly Muslim, with constant tension between Christians and Muslims in this community. Last week, the Meserete Kristos Church was vandalized and local Christians have faced intimidation and threats.

The violence does not appear to be related to evangelistic work in the area, which has been very fruitful. VOMC, together with Steadfast Global, participated in various projects within the region, along with local partners. As a result of the devastation, emergency funds have been sent to provide needed assistance for the churches directly affected. A representative from Steadfast Global will be assessing the damage and presenting ways in which VOMC's Canadian ministry partners can join in to help.

Please prayerfully uphold the two ministry workers who were injured. Pray also for all the members of the attacked churches who presently have no place to meet for worship. Ask the Lord to oversee the fruitful ministry that has been accomplished within the region, so that it will continue to flourish despite opposition. May those responsible for the attacks come to understand the Gospel message and turn in faith to Christ. Additionally, we appreciate you lifting up the partnering ministries involved in this united endeavour to assist every one of the recently attacked Ethiopian churches.

BURMA (MYANMAR): Kidnapped Pastor and Others Assassinated

Sources: Gospel for Asia, International Christian Concern, Christian Post

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Pastor Tun Nu, who served with Gospel for Asia in Rakhine State, was kidnapped by five gunmen on January 19th. Despite searches conducted by church members, police and military, there was no trace of his whereabouts. Regrettably, he was found shot to death on February 1st, along with others who had also been kidnapped. Members of a rebel army in the area are believed to be responsible.

Pastor Tun, 41, leaves a wife and three children, plus a church of more than 50 members. Christians in the area have joined together to provide an offering to help meet some of the family's financial needs. Gospel for Asia reports that the pastor's assassination is the first incident of this kind faced by their workers in Burma. Further information on the country, in addition to other ways you can specifically pray, is available at Burma Country Report.

Please remember Pastor Tun's wife and children in their time of grief. Pray that God will provide for their every need, including the provision of His reassuring peace, comfort and strength in the days ahead. May this family, and other Christians serving in Burma, be greatly encouraged by the presence of God's Holy Spirit working in and through them. While Pastor Tun has already gone on to receive his eternal reward, ask that his family and church members will be empowered to take up the mantle and carry on in faithful ministry.

PERSECUTION UPDATE
TURKEY: Verdict Upheld in Malatya Murder Case

Sources: Middle East Concern, Mission Network News

Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tillman Geske
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On April 18th, 2007, three Christian workers at a publishing house in Malatya, Turkey, were tortured and murdered (see this report). Ultimately five men were convicted and given three consecutive life sentences. Although an appeal was heard on January 23rd, the sentences were upheld.

The Association of Protestant Churches in Turkey had also filed an appeal requesting further investigation, believing there was a wider network involved in the crime. The courts have denied the request, including upholding an acquittal of two military officers accused of participating. Unless taken to the Constitutional Court, these decisions are final.

While it's a relief for many that the case is finally over after almost 12 years, questions still remain about suspected involvement of other organizations and perhaps political ties. To view a previous video report on the attack, click here.

May those who continue to be affected by this case find needed comfort and peace, especially the loved ones and friends of the three slain Christian men. In addition, please pray for all the followers of Christ represented throughout Turkey, asking the Lord to grant them strength when facing opposition for their faith and courage to boldly stand for Him.

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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Please continue to lift up our little church. Please pray for one sister who is on dialysis for kidney failure and another who has serious health problems. Please pray that every person who comes to church, would have a dynamic relationship with Christ and not a form of religion. Please pray for deep and powerful unity especially among the co-workers, especially regarding giving. Please pray for the whole of China to experience a great revival, below is a link to one of the biggest minority groups in China, please pray for this group.
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The Lord wants you all to know this... you cannot reap without weeping.

Before you can start to do a work for God, you have to weep over the state of man.

William Booth was asked what training he would give his officers. He replied that he would hold them over the flames of hell to smell the torment of the unsaved.

Finally we have the reason why all this happened.

God intervened!

At this point of history, he raised up a man like Nehemiah to rebuild the walls and to reform the people of Israel. The walls of our churches are as broken down as in Nehemiah's day. God is looking for men and women who he can use to rebuild and reform.

Are you that man or women?

God bless 
Keith
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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .Every act of kindness that GOD performs for man should make one feel, not proud, but more humble and unworthy.  WELL WITH MY SOUL"Come and hear, all GOD-fearing men, as I declare what HE did for me; I call aloud with glorification on my tongue." [Psalms (Tehillym) 66. 16 - 17 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  HOLY SCRIPTURE clearly teaches that "the person who sins, only he shall die."[Ezekiel (Yehezke-El) 18. 4 Tanakh, Nevi'im] "All have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD." [Romans 3. 23] We are left then, with an insurmountable condition concerning our souls. "Look at my right hand and see — I have no friend; no man that would know me. There is nowhere I can flee, no one cares about me." [Psalms (Tehillym) 142. 4Tanakh, Kethuvim]  Our eternal soul is our single most valuable possession, "For what shall it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and looses his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" [Mark 8. 36 - 37]  "In GOD'S hand is every living soul and the breath of all mankind" [Job/Iyob 12. 10], and HE is the ONE WHO cares for our soul. "Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, HE HIMSELF took part of the same; that through death HE might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil." [Hebrews 2.14] "The redemption of their soul is precious, the price of life is too high; and so it ceases, forever. Shall HE live eternally and not see corruption of the grave?" [Psalms(Tehillym) 49. 8 - 9 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  The redemption of our soul cost "the precious blood of CHRIST, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." [1 Peter 1. 19] The soul that disregarded and ignored the OLDCOVENANT guidelines for the "Passover" — which portrays the LORD MESSIAHY’SHUA'S perfect once-for-all atonement for the sins of the whole world, was "cut off."[Exodus/Shemot 12. 15]  "But, we are not of them who draw back unto ruin of perdition; but of those who believe to the saving of the soul." [Hebrews 10. 39]  "For we were like sheep going stray; but are now returned to the SHEPHERD and OVERSEER of our souls." [1 Peter 2. 25]  The salvation of our soul is impossible with man, but with GOD OMNIPOTENT "all thingsare possible." Since I have been redeemed by the blood of my LORD & SAVIOR, I am more then confident that it is well with my soul. Therefore, my soul continues to exalt and bless the LORD GOD. 

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A Word In Due Season

 

LIFE AND GODLINESS

 

Scripture:  II Peter 1:3  "His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him."

 

Our Father God has given us many precious promises.  Yet, His Word tells us that we cannot be slothful if we intend to obtain them..  We must search the scriptures and come into a full personal knowledge of Christ so that we can know what He has provided for us through His journey to the cross, His death, and His resurrection.  When we truly come to know Him, we will discover what our rights and responsibilities are in the kingdom of God.  The Lord’s promises are powerful but they will not come easy.  We must seek to inherit them through our steadfast faith and patience (Hebrews 6:12).  Through faith and patience, we will come to understand that God really has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.  He left nothing out.  His Word and His Spirit not only instructs us in the things of life and tells us what we are to do in the natural, but also instructs in godliness and shows us who we are to be spiritually.

 

Jesus came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly.  He intends for our natural life to be blessed just as our spiritual life is blessed.  The Lord wants us to be thoroughly furnished and balanced in both life and godliness.  We cannot be so earthly minded that we have no time or nothing to offer for the kingdom of God.  Yet, we cannot be so spiritually minded that we are of no earthly good to those in the natural world about us.  We may want to be like the spiritual giants that we have read about in the scriptures, yet the truth is that we live in a natural world.  We cannot sit at home and just pray and study the Bible all day because we have to go to work and provide for our families.  God gave us many examples in the scriptures to show us that the men of great faith and godliness also had to live in the natural world and face the giants and challenges of everyday life.  

 
The Message Bible states that Jesus has invited us to God, which is the best invitation that we ever received.  We are given "Tickets to participate in the life of God."  But only the Lord can equip us to live a noble life in the natural world and also help us to live in spiritual godliness.  We must depend upon His strength, for there are too many temptations that will draw us the other direction.  I encourage you to look at the attributes of God and then make a quality decision to obtain them for yourself.  Remember that the Lord has offered you the privilege of leaning upon His divine power to help you manifest His character and godliness in your life
“SPIRITUAL PRIDE!”
Isaiah 55:9
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” I once heard a sermon by Dr. W.A. Criswell of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.  I cannot for the life of me recall the sermon, but I do recall an illustration he used to demonstrate  the deceitful heart of man and to show how far we will go to appear smarter than we really are. Here is his illustration:
 
Two drunks in a bar were arguing over which of them was the most religious.  Finally, one man bet the other $10 that he could not recite the Lord’s Prayer.  The man took the bet and began; “Now I lay me down to sleep.  I pray the Lord my soul to keep.  And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take." The first man stared at him in amazement, reached in his billfold for a $10 bill, handed it to Fred and muttered, "I had no idea you knew it!"
 
Oh, how sad the lack of knowledge about God and His ways.  We can bluff our way past those who have even less knowledge of the Bible than we do, but God knows all about us.  There is no way we can fool Him.  He knows every thought before we think it and every word before it comes from our lips. That fact should sober us to the reality of cleaning up our act and preparing our heart so that we are acceptable in His sight. 
Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!  
- - - Pastor Cecil

Free to Enjoy God

Psalm 34:8-10

What an amazing truth: Our God, who created the world and is Lord of all, wants us to find pleasure in our union with Him. Although He “richly supplies us with all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17), our greatest enjoyment of all should be God Himself. The satisfaction we’ll find in our relationship with Him is far superior to all else.

One of the joys we find in the Lord is acceptance. Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, God accepts those of us who believe in Christ and adopts us as His children. We who were once His enemies are now embraced as His family. Permanently accepted by God, we never have to fear condemnation and are free to enjoy rich intimacy with Him.

The Lord has done all that is necessary for us to have a relationship with Him, but there are certain actions we can take that will increase our enjoyment of Him.

• Praising God for who He is and what He’s done will make our hearts rejoice. 
• Spending time listening and getting to know Him through His Word will increase our closeness and deepen our enjoyment of Him. 
• Refusing to believe lies—for example, that we should be afraid of our Father or that our sin is too great to be forgiven—frees us to receive His love and know the joy of forgiveness.

If you’ve lost your joy in the Lord, ask Him to reignite it. Then take the steps necessary to rekindle your relationship with Him. The more you learn to love Him, the greater will be your joy.
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Please pray for the Chinese church, please ask that God would pour out his blessing and protection on his church,that the church would have God's favour and mans also. Please ask that God would move in our small church and touch many people for his glory
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New Hotline for Reporting Religious Activities

Source(s): China AidDate: 07 February 2019

A government office in Henan province announced on January 28th that a hotline has been established to report "illegal religious activities." The announcement from the Wenfeng Street Community Office promised confidentiality and offered cash rewards.

The announcement also threatened fines of up to $39,000 CAD for homeowners who allowed a religious gathering on their property, as well as other severe penalties. The public was encouraged to "aggressively monitor" their community members for such violations.
Pray that China's Christians will continue faithfully serving within their community as vibrant testimonies of God's love and the many blessings found in Him. Rather than this new hotline being used as a means of suppressing or thwarting the work of the Gospel, may there be increased opportunities for the country' s believers to share the Christian faith among their spiritually receptive neighbours. Also intercede for those opposing the Gospel, that they themselves will experience the new-found hope and joy of God's transformative power through Jesus in their lives as well!
Ongoing Arrests of Christians

Source(s): Middle East Concern, Article 18Date: 07 February 2019
Sina Moloudian and Ismaeil Maghrebinejad
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Iranian Christians are requesting prayer for a series of recent arrests. Shortly before Christmas, five Iranian women were taken into custody, including 65-year-old Ruhsari Kamberi. Following her arrest, Ruhsari faced ten days of intensive interrogation. Authorities had also searched the senior woman's home, where they confiscated her phone, Bibles and Christian materials. After eventually being released on bail, Ruhsari was brought before the prosecutor in mid-January to answer charges of "acting against national security." During the court hearing, she was ordered to meet with an Islamic religious leader to be "instructed&qu ot; and offered the opportunity to return to Islam.

On January 23rd, a young Christian man was arrested following a violent raid on his home in Isfahan. Witnesses report that Sina Moloudian was dragged out of his parents' home with bruises on his face. A few hours later, prison officials permitted Sina to phone his parents and let them know he was being held at the Dastgerd Prison. From there, he would be taken to court where the charges against him were to be announced.

Two days later, Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, 64, was also taken into custody. Ismaeil, a Christian for nearly 40 years, has been regularly harassed by security forces the entire time. After the recent arrest at his home in Shiraz, concerned members of his family attempted to contact the authorities to find out where he had been taken but were denied any knowledge of him. Although Ismaeil has since been allowed to contact his family, he did not know the location of his imprisonment nor the charges he is facing.

A concerted effort of governmental authorities to arrest and harass Christians continues throughout Iran. Article 18 reported at least 114 arrests in ten different cities during the first week of December alone. While most of these arrested believers were released after a few hours, they had been forced to write down details of their faith-related activities and ordered to have no contact with other Christians.
Please prayerfully uphold our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters in Iran who are experiencing heightened incidences of persecution. May each one of them find their strength and help in Christ during these days of trial and tribulation. For all who are serving time in prison for their faith, specifically pray that God's protection and encouragement will enable them to patiently endure --all the while sensing His presence and ongoing ministry as He works sovereignly on their behalf.

Sudanese Woman Facing Threats

Source(s): Morning Star NewsDate: 07 February 2019

A Christian mother was struck with fear last November when her Muslim brother arrived at the church she attended with a photo of her husband, asking members if they knew where he could be found. Less than two years before, Ebtehaj Mostafa had been tied to a chair in a darkened room. The abductors gave her an ultimatum: return to Islam or they would kill her husband and daughter.

Ebtehaj had fled from Sudan in 2005 after being jailed five times for her faith in Christ. In Cairo, she met a Sudanese pastor, also a convert from Islam, and the two married. But her life remained in danger, as Ebtehaj discovered in February 2017 when she was kidnapped. At the time, the Christian woman's abductors shouted that she was a disgrace to her family. During the attack, they mandated she divorce her husband and return to her Sudanese family, then living in Saudi Arabia.

After stating that she would rather die than return to Islam, the two men raped Ebtehaj and beat her repeatedly. Joined by two other perpetrators, they eventually grabbed the assaulted woman's hand and forced her signature on a paper claiming that she had returned to Islam. She was then knocked out and left unconscious, only to later awaken on the streets of Cairo.

With the recent arrival of her brother in the city, there are renewed concerns for Ebtehaj' s safety. However, she is trusting God and wants to tell her story so the international community would know what kind of pressures face Sudanese converts to Christ.

Pray for the safety of Ebtehaj and her family. May those opposing her faith experience a profound revelation of Jesus Christ as God's promised Saviour to the world, recognizing their own need to trust in Him for their salvation. Also remember other converts to Christ from Sudan who are being pressured to return to Islam or die, asking Him to reassure them of His strength and provision for their every need.
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Fri Feb 8, 2019 12:13 am (PST) . Posted by: "keith hobkirk" totallylovedbygod59
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Parable of the Fishless Fishermen

(author unknown)

Now it came to pass that a group existed who
called themselves fishermen. And lo, there were
many fish in the waters all around. In fact, the
whole area was surrounded by streams and lakes
filled with fish. And the fish were hungry. 

Year after year these who called themselves
fishermen met in meetings and talked about their
call to fish, the abundance of fish, and how they
might go about fishing. 

Continually they searched for new and better
definitions of fishing. They sponsored costly
nationwide and worldwide congresses to discuss
fishing and to promote fishing and hear about all
the ways of fishing. 

These fishermen built large, beautiful buildings
called "Fishing Headquarters. " The plea was that
everyone should be a fisherman and every
fisherman should fish. One thing they didn't do,
however; they didn't fish. 

They organized a board to send out fishermen to
where there were many fish. The board was
formed by those who had the great vision and
courage to speak about fishing, to define fishing,
and to promote the idea of fishing in far-away
streams and lakes where many other fish of
different colors lived. 

Also the board hired staffs and appointed
committees and held many meetings to define
fishing, to defend fishing, and to decide what new
streams should be thought about. But the staff
and committee members did not fish. 

Expensive training centers were built to teach
fishermen how to fish. Those who taught had
doctorates in fishology, but the teachers did not
fish. They only taught fishing. Year after year,
graduates were sent to do full-time fishing, some
to distant waters filled with fish. 

Further, the fishermen built large printing houses
to publish fishing guides. A speaker' s bureau was
also provided to schedule special speakers on the
subject of fishing. 

Many who felt the call to be fishermen responded,
and were sent to fish. But like the fishermen back
home, they never fished. 

Some also said they wanted to be part of the
fishing party, but they felt called to furnish fishing
equipment. Others felt their job was to relate to
the fish in a good way so the fish would know the
difference between good and bad fishermen. 

After one stirring meeting on "The Necessity for
Fishing," a young fellow left the meeting and went
fishing. The next day he reported he had caught
two outstanding fish. He was honored for his
excellent catch and scheduled to visit all the big
meetings possible to tell how he did it. 

So he quit his fishing in order to have time to tell
about the experience to the other fishermen. He
was also placed on the Fishermen' s General Board
as a person having considerable experience. 

Now it's true that many of the fishermen sacrificed
and put up with all kinds of difficulties. Some
lived near the water and bore the smell of dead
fish every day. They received the ridicule of some
who made fun of their fishermen' s clubs and the
fact that they claimed to be fishermen yet never
fished. 

They wondered about those who felt it was of
little use to attend the weekly meetings to talk
about fishing. After all, were they not following
the Master who said, "Follow me, and I will make
you fishers of men? 

Imagine how hurt some were when one day a
person suggested that those who didn't catch fish
were really not fishermen, no matter how much
they claimed to be. Yet it did sound correct. Is a
person a fisherman if year after year he never
catches a fish?

GEM 2

Passion to Save Souls

I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.. 1 Corinthians 9:22

Paul's great object was not merely to instruct and to improve, but to save. Anything short of this would have disappointed him; he desired to see men renewed in heart, forgiven, sanctified, in fact saved. Have our Christian efforts been aimed at anything below this great objective? Then let us correct our ways, for what good will it be at the last great day to have taught and moralized men if they appear before God unsaved? If through life we have sought inferior objects and forgotten that men needed to be saved, then we will be held accountable.

Paul knew the ruin of man's natural state and did not try to educate him, but to save him; he saw men sinking to hell and did not talk of refining them, but of saving from the wrath to come. To accomplish their salvation, he gave himself up with untiring zeal to spreading the Gospel, to warning and beseeching men to be reconciled to God. His prayers were persistent and his labors incessant. His consuming passion, his ambition, his calling was to save souls. He became a servant to all men, working for them, feeling a woe within him if he did not preach the Gospel. He laid aside his preferences to prevent prejudice; he submitted his will in things indifferent, and if men would just receive the Gospel, he raised no questions about forms or ceremonies. The Gospel was the one all-important business with him. If he might save some, he would be content. This was the crown for which he extended himself, the sole and sufficient reward of all his labors and self-denials.

Dear reader, have you and I lived to win souls to this extent? Are we possessed with the same all-absorbing desire? If not, why not? Jesus died for sinners. Can we not live for them? Where is our tenderness? Where is our love for Christ, if we do not seek His honor in the salvation of men? Lord Jesus, saturate us through and through with an undying zeal for the souls of men.

GEM 3
Ten Technological Traps
(Joshua Engelsma, 2017, used with permission)
We live in a time of great technological advancement. Companies are constantly churning out new products that are hailed as smarter, more advanced, and more innovative. And in many ways we have made ourselves dependent on technology with our smartphones, tablets, and computers, too name just a few.
There is nothing inherently sinful in these things. In fact, they can be powerful tools for good in the service of God and his church, and therefore we can use them with a good conscience before God. "For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer" (1 Timothy 4:4-5).
That being said, we ought to recognize that there are many dangers that these wonders of the technological age present. These dangers ought to make us careful in our use of these good gifts.
What follows are a list of ten such dangers, "traps" of technology:
1) We can waste an unbelievable amount of time using technology. How many hours are wasted staring at the TV, pursuing pointless information on the internet, looking at pictures on Instagram, and posting on Facebook? Too many, making this one of the top traps of technology.
2) Technology makes it relatively easy to sin. This is not to say that the same sins weren't found fifty years ago, for they certainly were. But with technology there are more opportunities to sin and sinful things are more readily accessible. As a wise saint said to me recently, " When I was younger, you had to work pretty hard to get in trouble and access sinful things. Now you can get it in a few seconds on your phone."
3) We can very easily become discontent  through our use of technology. One area of discontentment is with the technology itself. We are dissatisfied with the smartphone or computer that we have and are always looking for something newer, better, and faster. It becomes an idol in our life. Another area of discontentment is with the things that we view through technology. Seeing the glamorous life of this athlete/actress/ friend, I become discontented with my seemingly boring life.
4) Technology is often the means by which we backbite and slander. One wrong move and soon the news spreads like wildfire across the gossip channels of text messaging and social media.
5) Through our use of technology we often give a poor witness to the world of our faith. We post pictures of some ungodly musician' s concert we attended. We "like" this popular drama on TV. We let everyone know how excited we are about the release of the latest Hollywood movie.
6) It is very easy through technology to fall into the trap of unreality. We see pictures of the expensive vacations and fun activities that others are doing, and think that their life must be perfect. Young people might give the impression that anyone who's anything is hanging out on Friday night, so that the one left at home feels  left out and friendless.
7) In the age of instant information, it seems as if younger generations are losing the ability to read, write, listen, and think critically and deeply.
8) Our use of technology can weaken our ability to converse and thus hurt our relationships to others. It seems pretty common to go into a restaurant and see a husband and wife sitting across from one another, both staring at their phones. It seems pretty common to try and have a conversation with a teenager while their face is buried in their phone.
9) There is the danger with technology of over-sharing information. I'm all for getting to know other people better and sharing their joys and sorrows. But I don't need to know what you just ate for breakfast. I don't need to know a disagreement that you had with your spouse. I don't need to know that you're angry at your coworkers. I don't need to know (usually) that you're having an all-around bad day.
10) One of the dangers of technology is that we are able to retreat into a world without any accountability. When we are at work, we have the accountability of employers and employees. When we are at home, we have the accountability of spouses, parents, children, siblings. When we are at school, we have the accountability of teachers and classmates. But with technology we can often enter a world with little or no accountability. We can say things that we wouldn't ordinarily say. We can sneak off to our be droom and watch all sorts of vile things. And if anyone looks over our shoulder or asks to see our device, we hide behind the vault-door of passwords.
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Please continue to lift us up here in China. It is Chinese new year on Monday-Tuesday of next week. Please pray for the millions of Christians who return to their home town, may they God moving in great power and grace. Please pray for the Province of Yunnan, here are most of the un-reached peoples of China. Please see below and lift up this people to throne of grace.
Please pray for our little church, that every member would be saturated with the word of God, we have a bible reading group, where we read 4-5 chapters per day. Pray for Paul and his wife, Kris and His wife and Xeres and his girlfriend to come to faith.
Please pray for Cindy, Dali and Husband to grow in faith, Please pray for Brother F and Sister J, who are expecting second baby soon. Please pray for us, we still believe God will give us baby.
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PHILIPPINES: Bomb Blasts Kill At Least Twenty

Sources: BBC, ABS-CBN, Christianity Today

Coordinated bombs at a cathedral in Jolo, southern Philippines, killed at least 20 people and injured over 80 on January 27th. The first bomb went off during the church service; the second exploded outside the door, as people fled and troops responded to the disaster. Those killed included five soldiers. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the incident, and the Philippines military has been conducting raids in an effort to track down those responsible.

The blast happened less than a week after a referendum in which the people of Mindanao voted in favour of setting up a Muslim-controlled region in southern Philippines. There are questions as to whether this incident will affect a second vote on February 6th for other areas to be included.

There has been much speculation on any possible connection between the referendum and the attack. Many of the Christian minority in the region have been in favour of the proposed autonomous region, despite the Islamic control.. Efraim Tendero, the general secretary of the World Evangelical Alliance, believes the attack was instigated by a group that did not want a peace agreement and so created terror. For more information on persecution in the Philippines, go to our country report.

Please remember those who were injured, as well as the families and friends of those killed, during this horrific attack. Pray that justice and peace will prevail in this violence-torn area of the Philippines. May those responsible for this recent attack experience the conviction of God, leading them to repentance and salvation.
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KENYA: Christian Beaten and Arrested

Sources: Morning Star News, International Christian Concern

Photo: Morning Star News

A Christian man named Hassan and his widowed mother, who were both living in Ngong, located on the outskirts of Nairobi, have been facing constant pressure to recant their Christian faith and return to Islam. Pressure has included threats, bribes and beatings on several occasions. On January 19th, Hassan was arrested. The police officers, along with two others, then severely beat him -- knocking out teeth and causing leg, chest and back injuries.

The two believers fled Somalia after the death of Hassan's father and went to Kenya, hoping to find a safe place to lead their new Christian lives.. However, pressure from militant Muslims in the local community, including family members, has resulted in years of suffering. Hassan's mother said, "I have suffered several persecutions from the Muslims for converting to Christianity. My stomach is ailing from the attack I suffered a few years ago. I cannot stand in an upright position. Me and my family have chosen the cause of Christ. No turning back."

Remember these two dear believers as they suffer great hardships for Christ.. Pray for the healing of their wounds, and that their hearts will be filled with patient endurance (Revelation 3:10). Also lift up their attackers in prayer, asking that they will experience the grace of Christ and turn to faith in Him.
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PAKISTAN: Asia Bibi Freed; Pervaiz Masih Acquitted

Sources: Global News, Pakistan Christian Post, BBC, World Watch Monitor, Release International, The Voice Society

Pervaiz Masih with Aneeqa Maria of The Voice Society.
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In a much-anticipated decision, Pakistan' s top court has rejected a challenge to the acquittal of a Christian woman on blasphemy charges. The ruling is the final legal option, allowing Asia Bibi to freely leave the country.

Originally convicted in 2010 after accusations of insulting Mohammed, Asia spent eight years on death row. The case has polarized the country, and government leaders who provided their support have been killed. The Supreme Court threw out all charges against the accused believer on October 31st, at which time she was taken into protective custody due to threats against her life. Although a final appeal was filed, the Supreme Court ruled on January 29th that the petitioners gave no evidence that the original acquittal was wrong. In fact, the Chief Justice stated that, if the case had not been so sensitive, her accusers would be guilty of perjury and should be jailed for life.

Asia's safety remains a priority. While she has been freed, calls for her death by militants continue. Believing it was not safe in Pakistan, Asia's lawyer and daughters have left the country after the October 31st ruling. Asia intends to likewise leave Pakistan for her safety. Despite much speculation, her intended destination has not been made public. Canada's foreign ministry representatives, who have been offering support throughout Asia's ordeal, say that her safety is top priority. They are also calling on Pakistan' s government to take necessary steps to provide protection. In a statement, the department announced, "Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right, and must be fully respected."

In a separate ruling, a lower court has ruled to acquit Pervaiz Masih on blasphemy charges over a business disagreement (see this report). Normally blasphemy cases are passed along to higher courts. However, on January 19th, a lower court judge accepted the application for acquittal, though allowing the complainants to re-open the case in the future.

While rejoicing over this ruling, Pervaiz is still considered a blasphemer, leaving his life at risk from vigilantes. Since the initial accusation in 2015, his family has also suffered greatly. The accused man's wife Zareena was severely beaten under interrogation by police, leaving her unable to walk or stand properly. Since she was physically unable to properly watch their young daughter, the couple's three-year-old child wandered away and was later found drowned. The exact cause of the tragic drowning remains a mystery.

At the time of this report, there are 218 other Christians currently facing blasphemy charges.

While grateful for these encouraging court rulings, the tragic loss of the Masih family's young child is yet another reason to continue upholding these suffering believers in prayer. May God's comforting presence sustain the young couple as they grieve over their loss, assuring them that their little girl is eternally secure in the loving arms of Jesus. Also continue to pray for Asia and her family, asking the Lord to lead them to a safe place where they can begin a new life reunited together without constant threats. Additionally, intercede on behalf of the Pakistani government, that they will abandon their blasphemy laws, allowing freedom of religion for all of their citizens.

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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The Voice of the Martyrs Canada, P.O. Box 608, Streetsville, Ontario, L5M 2C1
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