Wednesday, November 06, 2013
11/6/2013, #32, 4th Quarter 2013
Lord, we are caught up in a larger battle than we often realize. Help us remember that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil ... Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints (Ephesians 6:10-11, 13-18 )
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. (Revelation 12:10-11)
Holy Spirit, please help us overcome all the attacks of the evil one by the blood of Jesus and by the word of our testimony. Help us to be faithful, even to death. Anoint all those will become martyrs today in your Suffering Church: give them strength to endure to the end.
Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time." (Revelation 12:12)
Father, we rejoice at the great victory you have won through your son Jesus Christ. Thank you.
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Psalm 72:8 )
Lord Jesus Christ, have dominion from sea to sea in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
Ride On! Ride On In Majesty - King's College, Cambridge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-qDQSjnzH8
A word received: Trust in me at all times. Pour out your heart to me.
Wednesday: 72 * 119:73-96; Neh. 13:4-22; Rev. 12:1-12; Matt. 13:53-58
Thursday: , 71 * 74; Ezra 7:(1-10)11-26; Rev. 14:1-13; Matt. 14:1-12
Notes from the Front Line
Daily: For our Bishop and for the Lord to raise up apostolic priests
November 6 Lay Eucharistic Ministers
***** Christ Church Coxsackie is hosting an evening of revival at the church, 70 Mansion St., Coxsackie, NY, 12051, 7pm, Friday, 11/08. There will be worship, an encouraging message and healing prayer, seeking God as we are led by the Lord. The message will be given by Luke Hendrickson of Christ Church. All are welcome. Bring an unsaved friend. God is EXCELLENT, for all eternity! Gary Roosa
***** Persecution and the Weight of Glory, an article by SAMS Missionary Sora Colvin
On the 9th of September, about 400 miles from us on the far west tip of Mindanao, Zamboanga City was attacked by Moro National Liberation Front fighters. For nearly three weeks the MNLF occupied several barangays (neighborhoods), taking hostages and using Christians as human shields. Thousands of residents fled the area, others were trapped in the crossfire between the MNLF and the Philippine armed forces (above), and over 100,000 people have been displaced from their homes.
On September 12th, the US Embassy issued a "warning of creditable threat" to foreigners on Mindanao. Both Faith Academy, where Matt teaches and our kids attend school, and the clinic where Sora works, implemented extra security precautions. On September 16th, improvised explosive devices were detonated half an hour apart in two movie theatres in Davao City. One of them, Gaisano Mall Cinema, is only five minutes away from our house; we'd taken our children to a movie there just a few weeks before the incident. No one was hurt in the blasts, and witnesses reported that movie-goers were warned not to sit in the area where the explosives were placed. Nonetheless, this was a jarring wake-up call for Davao City, which is often thought of by its residents as a safe and secure haven, compared to the volatile areas on the west of Mindanao.
My world has gotten a lot smaller in the past year. Zamboanga City is not just a funny name for a faraway place where bad things happen to nameless people; friends of mine grew up there. Other friends from the missionary community have family members in Kenya who -- until last week -- did their regular grocery shopping at Westgate Mall. Matt's weekly tennis buddy here in Davao used to work in Peshawar, Pakistan, has attended the church that was bombed, and has friends who were killed in the attack. For us, the tragic events of the last month feel as real and close as 9/11 or the Boston Marathon Bombings did to most Americans. This is not happening "somewhere else" -- these are our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted, whose homes and churches are being burned, whose children are being used as human shields. Sitting in our safe, comfortable North American churches, are we aware? Are we bearing witness? Do we speak and feel and behave as if we were truly One Body with the persecuted Church around the world?
God's promises are sure, and His love for His people -- including His people in Pakistan, Egypt, Syria, and Mindanao -- is boundless. God is able to turn to good what is meant for evil, and to use persecution and suffering to strengthen and build up His Church. These "momentary afflictions" are producing a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. But I am grieved by my own past complacency, and the complacency of the church in North America. I would like to challenge all of you who are reading and following us to commit to daily prayer for God's people around the world, and to consider how your local church can help support and encourage Christians on the "front lines.”
- See more at: http://samsusa.org/content/persecution-and-weight-glory#sthash.n99lvEEZ.dpuf