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Pray for the Persecuted

“For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off” (Psalm 37:28)

During this Holy week we ask that you pray for the persecuted Christian. From the U.S. to Kenya. From China to Cuba. From Russia to Libya. The are many types of persecution. From the soft persecution of Christians in the United States to horrific persecution of Christians in the Middle East, North Korea and more.

As you celebrate the magnificent resurrection or our Lord this week, please pray for those who are still suffering for their love of the Lord.

God Bless

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WEEKLY MEDITATION 23 – 29 2015

As you begin this week we ask that you meditate on the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“My brothers and sisters, God called you to be free, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to what pleases your sinful self. Serve each other with love. The whole law is made complete in this one command: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Galatians 5:13-14)

“Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deed” (Hebrews 10:24)

“In the same way, younger people should be willing to be under older people. And all of you should be very humble with each other. God is against the proud, but he gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5)

Pray for the 200 Christians Abducted by Islamic State

As many as 200 Assyrian Christians, mostly women and children, were kidnapped in Syria on Feb. 24 in an overnight raid by Islamic State. Reports indicate that IS may have executed some Christians and destroyed several churches during an attack on villages near the town of Tel Tmar, close to the Kurdish held city of Hassaka.

It is feared that the men will be executed and the women and children abused, sold or used as human shields. Voice Of Martyrs contacts in Syria ask that we pray for the encouragement and protection of Christians in Syria so that they can be a living testimony in the midst of war.

WEEKYL MEDITATION 23-1 March 2015

As you begin this week we ask that you meditate on the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18)

“If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord” (Romans 14:8)

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

WEEKLY MEDITATION 16 – 22 FEB 2015

As you begin this week we ask that you meditate on the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9)

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17)

WEEKLY MEDITATION 9 -15 FEB 2015

As you begin this week we ask that you meditate on the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)

“Praise be to the God and Father of your Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”.” (1 Peter 1:3)

WEEKLY MEDITATION 2 – 8 FEB 2015

As you begin this week we ask that you meditate on the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“Respect the Lord your God. You must worship him and make your promises only in his name. Do not worship other gods as people around you do, because the Lord your God is a jealous God.” (Deuteronomy 6:13-15)

Say to God, “Your works are amazing! Because your power is great, your enemies fall before you. All the earth worship you and sings praises to you. They sing praises to your name” (Psalm 66:3-4)

“The Time is coming when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, and that time is here already. You see, the Father too is actively seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24)

WEEKLY MEDITATION 22-28 DECEMBER 2014

During this Advent season, we ask that you meditate on the following scriptures, how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)

“Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13)

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10)

Some Questions For Joseph

During this season of Advent, we would like to share some short stories, scripture, poems and essays with you over the coming weeks regarding Jesus’s birth and the indescribable gift we have been blessed with should we chose to accept it. Today we are presenting excerpts from “Some Questions For Joseph” by Max Lucado. You can learn more about Max Lucado here.

Knotholes and snapshots and “I wonders”. You’ll find them in every chapter about every person. But nothing stirs so many questions as does the birth of Chris! Characters appear and disappear before we can ask them anything. The innkeeper too busy to welcome God – did he ever learn who he turned away? The shepherds – did they ever hum the song the angels sang? The wise men who followed the star – what was it like to worship an infant? And Joseph, especially Joseph. I’ve got questions for Joseph.

  • Did you and Jesus arm wrestle? Did he ever let you win?
  • Did you ever look up from your prayers and see Jesus listening?
  • How do you say “Jesus” in Egyptian?
  • What ever happened to the wise men?
  • What ever happened to you?
  • What were you thinking when Jesus was being born?
  • Did you pray?
  • Forgive me for asking but…is this how God enters the world?

The Shepherd’s Field

During this season of Advent, we would like to share some short stories, scripture and essays with you over the coming weeks regarding Jesus’s birth and the indescribable gift we have been blessed with should we chose to accept it. Today we are presenting a short “The Shepard’s Field” by Jean-Baptiste-Henri Lacordaire.

The field of the shepherd’s is still there; flocks freed in the winter under the olives, as in the days of Jesus, in the field where the grass still grows green, and the anemones flower. Worship has never left the place where shone the brightness of the birthday dawn of Christ. On Christmas evening the people of Bethlehem flock to the church of St. Helena, of which only the ruins remain, and in its desolate crypt they pray to the shepherds Beir-Saour, their ancestors, who were the first apostles. Clad in their long white veils, seated in groups on the broken walls, beneath the shade of the circling olives, the women, seen from afar, recall the mysterious beings who heralded the advent of Jesus. They crowd has an aid of cheerfulness and calm, which harmonizes well with the memories of which the plain is full; and with that Eastern light which colors the whole and gives to the sterile rock itself an appearance of richness and of life.