February 2016

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Dear Church
When you find something in the face of another human being that calls out to you, not just for help but in some sense for yourself, how far do we go in answering that call, realizing that we have our own life to get on with. Or is walking away from such a something an option at all? Apostle James says undefiled religion in the sight of our God is to visit orphans and widows in their distress.

Please encourage the Carpenter’s in their journey. You could visit them in their adoption page. https://waitingbygrace.wordpress.com/

Please continue to lift up each other in Prayer and Praise! Remember only our God can turn a trial into a triumph and a mess into a message.
Be Encouraged

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Dear Church
‘My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me’.(Psalm 63:8). David wrote these words, hiding from his enemies in the Desert of Judah. No matter where we are in life our desire should be for God because only He satisfies fully. God alone can satisfy our deepest longing. Even if you don’t feel like doing so, get on your knees and talk to God. Turn on some worship music at home or in your car, sing along (or make a joyful noise) with it. Grab a one year Bible and start reading and meditating on God’s words. Fellowship with other believers and be encouraged by each other. Be open to God’s prompting in life and be bold to stand for Him. I am sure this will stir the fire that may have grown dim. Allow the Holy Spirit to kindle our spirits with the breath of God! Let our soul cling to God. Let us ‘cling’ to Jesus. What other options do we have?

Let us continue to lift each other in prayer, especially those hurting in our midst.
Be Encouraged

 

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Dear Church,
Nehemiah told a repentant Israel “the Joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh 8:10). When the arrival of Jesus was first announced the angels said Jesus is the “good tiding of great Joy for the whole world”. Jesus announced in John 16:24 ” ask and you will receive, and your Joy will be complete”. The early church was characterized by gladness and the Joy of the Lord (Acts 2:46 and 13:52). But there is a being that wants us joyless and in sadness, certainly not God. Frances de Sales said “The evil one is pleased with sadness and melancholy, and will be so for all eternity. Hence he desires that everyone should be like him”. As believers protecting Joy is so important. Jesus is the source and dispenser of all Joy- as Jesus said trouble is to be expected in life, but misery is a choice. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always;17 Pray without ceasing 18 in everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ.
Be Encouraged

 

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Dear Church
The closer we get in our spiritual walk to Christ the more we are under attack! Not necessary an invasion of our country, but an invasion of what we believe in and how we live our beliefs. There are powers and rulers of this world that constantly challenge us in our journey. In the Old Testament we see that under Nehemiah’s guidance the Israelite workers were rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem but midway they learned that the enemies were plotting to attack them. So Nehemiah prayed, posted guards in strategic places and armed his workers. “Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked” (Nehemiah 4:17-18) I imagine this would have been quite a site. Paul commands the church to put on the ‘full armor of God’ (Ephesians 6) which includes the breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with the gospel of peace, shield of faith and helmet of salvation. All these spiritual armors are defensive in nature, yet he talks about one that is an offensive weapon – in the armor ‘the sword of the spirit’ which is the word of God. Think about this, a greater weapon is not conceivable. In Jesus’ temptation, the Word of God was always his overpowering response to Satan. What a blessing we have the Word with us (Immanuel) and the word of God in the scriptures that empowers us in our struggles.

“His compassion never fails. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” Lamentations 3:22-23

Be Encouraged