Anticipation – Do You Believe?

Anticipation and the hustle and bustle season is upon us, again –

Anticipation – to meander through less traveled routes from the heavy shopping traffic to get home.

Anticipation – to drive down the streets to view the beautifully decorated homes hoping to see, at least, one Nativity scene.

Anticipation – to be greeted with a smile and hear “Merry Christmas”, instead of “Happy Holidays” or simply “Thank You”.

Anticipation – of a white Christmas, not just dreaming.

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Anticipation – of family and friends gathered together to gift each other, break bread and give thanks.

Anticipation – “do you believe, Santa Baby” will come down the chimney to deliver the goods?  A sable, a yacht, a duplex, checks and don’t forget the ring.  Oh, the anticipation for things that eventually lose their luster to fill the heart.

This year while filling the stockings, with care fill your hearts –

Selah – Pause and think, “What Child is This?”

…that the heavenly hosts proclaimed to lowly shepherds,”Glory, to the new-born King.”

…that wise kings followed the star and sought out to travel miles to worship and gaze upon His face, the King of kings.

…that the son of Mary, Immanuel (God with us), he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, would choose to be born in a lowly and humbled stable.

…that, Jesus-Immanuel, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, divine and of greater power than any other ruler, would choose to come and dwell among His creation to save and draw us to himself.

What child is this?

This, this is Christ the King, Son of Mary – God in the flesh.

Merry Christmas.

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Are You Strong Enough?

A tremor of excitement and peace overwhelms the senses when standing on the mountain peak of a 14’er, bathing in God’s beauty.  How amazing to stand in awe and breathe in His calm and experience a small piece of eternity and breath of heaven.

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One year ago  –

The text message asked, “Can you climb a 14’er?”

Was that message really meant for me?

Lord, do I have the strength to do it, to be moved and changed forever by this mountain?

Before responding, images of sweat, pain, and faltering the steep uphill climb and descent flashed in my mind.  Could I do it?

I loved the challenge –

Throwing aside the negative I welcomed the opportunity of fellowship, beauty, fresh air and something new accomplished on my bucket list.

The challenge began –

At 1 am, eyes wide opened and little rest was found.  I thought I would sleep through my alarm.  This placed a different meaning for “early to bed, early to rise…”, but I made the 5:30 am meet-up time.

The drive in the Colorado mountains was peaceful and pleasing to the eye and made the early rise worth it.  We anticipated the serenity of the early morning at the trailhead.  Instead, the challenge was to find a parking spot among 150 cars on either side of the road.

Along with many others, we double checked to make sure we were prepared.  Once started, there was no turning back, only forward.

Each person claimed their own journey and challenge to reach the top – knowing their goal was not beyond their reach.  But, none of us were left alone – to climb alone.

The ascent was steep.  Enormous obstacles appeared impossible to climb.  Spots of shifting sand caused backsliding, faltering and falling – pushing one to climb again, but with redirected steps.

Discouragement, wanting to quit, retreat and turn back brought thoughts to return to the familiar and more comfortable surroundings.

That’s when you heard from others or extended words of encouragement to keep going.  Don’t quit, hang in there, you can make it, or let me help.

The Challenge Continues –

This summer the text message asked, “Do you want to climb another 14’er?”  The question made me realize, through the last year, I was already climbing other 14’ers.

What 14’ers in life are you forging?  How prepared are you? –

How does one prepare for the sting that penetrates the heart in betrayal and deception?  When does one find the willingness to descend into the valley before climbing the steep mountain of forgiveness?

How does one battle the tremors to overcome a fatal illness, isolation and loneliness during this time of year set aside to celebrate the holidays?

How does one forge through and overcome the mountain of letting go and move forward to find peace in the death of a loved one when the loss and separation are never truly overcome?

They may be a personal journey or challenge, but never to be climbed alone.

The Bible says, “For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.”  Isaiah 54:10 AMP

Sometimes, we are not as strong as we think we are.  Many times our faith moves mountains.  Others times, the mountains move us to grow in new directions by faith.

God bless you.

 

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Treasure Found in Letting Go

It’s time to “let go” –

I held the box I kept for 17 years, reluctant to remove the tape knowing its contents held a flood of lost hopes and dreams.

It held another piece to let go, to release; to forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead.

Tears welled up.  Memories wreaked havoc and burned in my heart as I read just a few of over 100 sympathy and get well notes and cards of our journey through my late husband’s death.

I held each one and released it into the trash bin until I reached the last envelope.  It was odd-shaped, not a card, but a letter.  The Lord prompted me to open and read it.  I think it was His gift for me to hold and keep for my surrender to finally “let go” and press into Him in trust.

I’d like to share this treasure –

Dear Giff,

Along with thousands of others who went to war almost fifty years ago, I was given a small Bible, courtesy of the Elm Street Methodist Church in a small Nebraska town.  They told me it would protect me, however, they neglected to tell me I had to read it.  It quickly found its way to the bottom of the traditional old canvas barracks bag where it began an unforgettable 2-1/2 year tour of the South Pacific.

That Bible was later rescued from its fungus covered hiding place and eventually found its way to a shelf in our library where it lay unread for another 4-1/2 decades.

This morning, I picked that little Bible up and actually opened it – to the most profound introduction to God’s precious word that I have ever read and I am delighted to share it with you.

“The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.  Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.  Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy.  It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.

It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter.  Here Paradise is restored, Heaven open, and the gates of hell disclosed.

Christ is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end.

It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.  Read it slowly, frequently and prayerfully.  It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure.  It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever.  It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.”

It also declares boldly the Lords’ Prayer and  Pledge of Allegiance – both of which are banned in many public schools and government institutions today.

I regret losing those years this book remained unread.  However, I find it deeply satisfying that God never gives up, even on the most stubborn of men.  If you have never read the “Best Seller” of all time, I sincerely encourage you to do so.  If you have read it, you know the peace that comes with knowing the Author , even in these most troubled of times.

Giff, there’s always hope in Christ.

Is it time to dust the cover of the “Best Seller” from your bookshelf?

Read it.  The “eyes of your heart” will be awakened to discover and experience the treasure hidden in God’s word.

You’ll never be same.

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2014 – From Sorrow, to Hope, to Gratitude

How are you saying goodbye to 2014?

Was it the greatest year for success and prosperity?

Was it the year for travel and adventure?

Was it the year of joy for the arrival of new babies?

Or perhaps, like mine, the toughest year for cleansing and purging.

Oswald Chambers says, “Be careful what you pray for in ecstasy, God answers prayer.  Expect Him to come, just don’t expect Him to come in a certain way.”  I’ve come to know and understand that well.

My prayer – “Give me a free and completely surrendered heart for You this year.”

I was ill-prepared for the purging and cleansing of every detail of my life – past and present.  He walked before me and with me.  His hand reached back to the past to strip away my belongings.  For months every room and closest in my house was purged of my past and freed for new space.

He reached deep within me to pull the irreparable hurts of my past, the destructive anxieties of lost opportunities which will never return and an unworthy relationship.  He brought them to the surface to face, to cry buckets of tears through sleepless nights to free me for Him alone.

From Sorrow –

The death of several friends and a family member cast shadows on the holiday season.

Hearts torn between sorrow and joy, loss and peace.

A mother’s gift to create beauty in her family, garden and home – silenced.

A son’s anguished tears longing for his father’s touch and words of encouragement – silenced.

Weekly prayers shared with a faithful and dear friend – silenced.

Reflections and reminders of the legacy we leave behind.  Not silenced, but carried on in those left behind.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1 (NIV)

I am relieved to say goodbye to 2014.

To Hope –

Renewed freedom to Joy.

DSC_0107[1]I hosted our Christmas celebration with family and friends to share in our Blessed Hope in Christ.

Through the Power of God, Christ came to restore, heal, and point us to a lasting Hope found only in a personal relationship with Him.

 

To Gratitude –

I can look back now and say, Lord, thank you for my broken heart, crushed and utterly broken to ashes.

Thank you for silent tears of despair, discouragement and disappointment, incapable of drenching the burning pain.

Thank you for the wounds of defeat long frozen in fear and held captive in the deep maze of my heart.

Thank you for the wrestling in prayer asking you how long?  How Long?  How long before my faith draws courage and my hope looks ahead and remembers how deeply you love me?

Carry me to a place where the hurts of a melted heart collide with the Healer and new life grows from the ashes.

In silence, the still small voice of God beckons me to come.  “Come back to your first love.  I will reveal to you how much I love you.  Come back to the Truth of who I AM – I AM love, pure love.”

Step away from despair and discouragement.  Follow me on the path less traveled to the heart.  Return home to me.  Give me your heart.

I will strike the false happiness and establish the true and everlasting happiness of My love.

I will arouse your soul and enlarge your heart that hungers for the intimacy and beauty of My love, My heart.

Your deepest desire is fulfilled in union with Me alone.  I AM the dweller and the light and My love will continually increase for you are My beloved.”

Lord, thank you for the purging and lighting my path this year back home to your heart.  My soul’s thirst quenched in the Living Water of the Everlasting Fountain of your love.

I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings – an Irresistible Future with My Lord!

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Happy New Year!

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My Soul, My Soul Magnifies the Lord

 

What child is this?

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This, this is Christ the King.

The Baby, the Son of Mary.

The King of kings salvation brings.

This, this is Christ the King.

Joy, Joy Christ is born.

 

 

” For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6 (AMP)

Jesus, The Christ – Wonderful Counselor – 

He imparts wise counsel and understanding for instruction.  His life in us creates new life and great things to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life.  The Messiah – Savior knows what we need and gives life-giving counsel. 

Jesus, The Christ – Mighty God –

God with us.  God becomes man in the flesh.  The Word became flesh and pitched His tent among us.  His glory, His majesty as an only begotten son receives from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus, The Christ – Everlasting Father –

He controls and brings forth the future of eternity.  He knows the future – all will be well.  He loves us and controls our future.  Mighty God – Peace in the midst of a crazy world.

Jesus, The Christ – Prince of Peace –

The Prince of God’s peace.  He gives our troubled hearts inner peace.  He guards and protects our hearts.  A peace the world does not understand.  The world is raging, but it will find peace only when the Prince of Peace will inhabit the Throne.

The Christmas Story – 

Is it still hard to believe?  Perhaps Paul Harvey’s modern day parable, “The Man and the Birds”, will help.

God bless you.

May the Prince of Peace fill your hearts and homes this day and every day.

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60th – Yikes!

60  Reasons to Celebrate my Birthday

 

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The Lord is my Hope

For forgiveness in Christ

For Freedom, to be called His Own

For Purpose, in the plans He has for me

For meaning, to know my life has significance

For God, who is an infinitely lovely Being

For His undeserved Grace

God is my portion

For His Grace, it is sufficient at all times

For my Eternal Life with Him

My “All-in-All” can be found in Him

He restores my past

He is the Promise of Peace

He’s the Arms that carry me

He’s my Timeless Redeemer

He, alone, can be Trusted

He’s my High Priest

He’s the Breath of Life

His Word is Truth and trustworthy

He’s my Everlasting Covenant

He’s my Glorious Treasure

He’s forever Faithful in my life

He waits on High and extends His Compassion on me

He’s the God of Justice

As I long for Him, I am Blessed

He’s my Righteousness

His Love is Everlasting

His Power is Great, Strong, and Mighty

He Heals my Heart

He Restores my Past

He’s my Shepherd

He Whispers my name

He heals my affliction

He is the God who “sees” every detail of my life

He does not grow tired or weary in my time of need

He sustains and carries me

He lights my path

He is my Comfort in time of sorrow

No darkness can hide me from His gaze

He strengthens my heart 

He willingly pours out His blessings for me

I am under His Watchful Care

I am made perfect in Him

I can find rest in His Loving Arms

He crowns me with loving-kindness and tender mercy

He has “called” me to be His servant

He is personal and intimate

His Wisdom is profound

His Power is Vast

All Truth can be found in Him

My confidence can be found in Him

I am His Delight

God keeps His promises

He’s my Everlasting Light – let it Shine

He has “called” me to be salt in the world

Nothing is hidden from Him – He sees all things

He holds me in the palm of His hand

I am dear to His heart and deeply loved

He’s King of Kings and Lord of Lords

For family and friends who lift me up in prayer, to laugh, to cry with and to share our Glorious Inheritance in Him forever and ever

Thank you, Lord, for another year!

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Break Bread – Give Thanks

The Thanksgiving holiday beckons many home to slow down, gather together and share.

Denver, alone, estimates 1 million travelers to fly in and out of DIA for this holiday.

For most, it’s a time for family and friends to break bread together and give thanks – thanks to God  for the blessings from His hand to ours.

Breaking Bread“…They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people…” Acts 2:46-47 NIV

This holiday begins the season of gladness, simplicity and generous hearts.

Having said these words, he took bread and, giving thanks to God before them all, he broke it and began to eat.  Then they all became more cheerful and were encouraged and took food themselves.”  Acts 27:35-36 AMP

May we all pause this day (and every day) giving thanks to God for blessings freely given, but not necessarily deserved from our Father.

In our abundance – in our poverty,
In times of joy – in times of sorrow,
His heart and blessings toward His children,
are everlasting and never change.

In turn, out of our abundance may we give thanks in our ability to give and share with gladness and generous hearts with others around us in need of a blessing – from God’s hand, to ours, to theirs.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Abba, Father – Daddy

 

The cool, cloudy day displayed the deep purples, the foliage and the intensity of the Colorado red rocks.  It set the stage for a more leisurely hike for young and old to hike in the beautiful Colorado mountains.

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It was one of the many festive activities to celebrate a long-awaited wedding – fourteen years in the making.

Family and friends gathered from near and far to catch-up, reminisce and extend long over-due hugs.

 

Time away from our busy schedules can be met with sweet surprises.

It only takes a moment for the innocence of a sweet 2-year old to simply love and express it so dearly.

My son-in-law instructed my grandson to stay on the path for the journey ahead.  All the provisions my grandson needed were provided – fresh water to quench his thirst and food for the journey to satisfy his hunger.  Guidance and protection along the path was already deeply established between them because my grandson loved and trusted his daddy.

These provisions gave Adam the freedom to run and explore the unknown sites and scenery.  His inquisitive sense of adventure allowed him to see and touch creation in a different way.  He could experience all he desired as long as he stayed on the path and the boundaries set before him by his father.  Boundaries established out of love and concern for Adam’s safety and well-being.

IMG_0957Adam ventured ahead, but consistently turned around and kept his eyes on his daddy.  When he lagged behind he looked ahead and ran with all his strength and might to be held in his daddy’s loving arms.  Adam’s desire of wanting nothing more than to be in the presence of his father.

 

That’s how our heavenly Father loves and embraces us along our life’s journey.

            “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
          and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
              for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry
        with good things.”  Psalm 107:8-9 – NIV

Our Father sets us on our life journey.  He instructs us to stay on the path and within the boundaries established for our safety because of He loves us.

He gives us the freedom to run and explore the unknown sites and scenery.  He allows our inquisitive sense of adventure to see and touch creation in a different way.  We can experience all we desire as long as we stay on the path and the boundaries set before us by our Father.  Boundaries established in love and concern for our safety and well-being.

All the provisions we need are provided by our Father.  

Jesus, the Light of Life, the Living Lampstand who lights our path.  As we follow Him we do not walk in darkness.  He illuminates the pathway to the Father.

Springs of Living Water of the Holy Spirit poured out and flowing to quench our thirsty souls.  He’s ever-present, perfect and complete.  On our journey He intercedes for us and reminds us of our Father’s great promises and grace.  He actively leads, protects and guides us to the perfect will of the Father.

Heavenly Manna, the Bread of Life – God’s Living Word, when consumed daily, it satisfies our hunger.  It’s the spiritual nourishment provided by our Father to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior.

Abba, the Aramaic word for “daddy”, dear Father –

Jesus referred to God as Abba, Father – and invited his followers to do the same.

“…the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.
And by Him we cry, Abba, Father.”  Romans 8:15 – NIV

“Because you are His sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son
into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, Abba, Father.”
Galatians 4:6 – NIV

Andrew Murray stated in his book, “The Believer’s Prayer Life“,

“In that name our Savior offered His greatest prayer to the Father,
accompanied by the total surrender and sacrifice of His life and love.
The Holy Spirit is given for the express purpose of teaching us right
from the very beginning of our Christian life, to utter that word in
childlike trust and surrender.”

Is our desire to want nothing more than to be in the presence of our Father?

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Being in His presence, is as easy as Sunday Morning *. (Please listen)

*By Euge Groove

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Facing the Giants – to Freedom

Psalm 34:17-19 –

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” 

Our life is a test –

Trials, temptations, refining and testing are not areas in our life we run to and embrace.

Difficult?

Yes.

But, God uses them to develop and reveal our character, faith, obedience, love, integrity and loyalty.  Through difficulties, illness, disappointment and successes, He watches our response to Him and others.

When we don’t sense His presence in delayed promises, tragedies and unanswered prayer, what is our response?

The overwhelming tests and the simplest ones provide growth opportunities to deepen our character, express love, and to depend on God.

God’s desire is for us to pass these tests.  He will provide a way out for His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in our weakness. He gives us all we need to conquer them.

Some tests are Goliaths –

A painful, broken heart forced me to look back to face my past.  A heart held captive and suppressed for years in a deep canyon of bondage, pain and sorrow from childhood abuse and relational abuse.

It’s been difficult, but necessary to turn my heart to reflect on the daily and steadfast walk through my parent’s sickness and death and 8 years of battling cancer with my late husband.

Situations where love, faithfulness and loyalty were tested.  Situations where my emotions became so buried I could not get beyond the unresolved hurt and pain to remember to love myself in the process.

I embraced raising my kids as a single mom.  I did my best to share the love of the Lord and to provide positive experiences for them.  But, I suppressed my failures and inadequacies to meet them in areas I could not.

I avoided relationships for 12 years.  But, I did pray for someone who would treat me well.

The Lord brought me a loving and caring person.   I thought I was ready and in a place where I could open a space in my heart.  But, my unresolved wounds and broken heart  shut me down to withdraw for reasons not understood.  My fear and reluctance pushed away the love I desired – unable to embrace it because I did not believe I was worthy to receive it. Sadly, more pain spewed on myself and someone who loved me – more than I loved myself.

What happens when you fail the test? –

The loss of his love, tests and trials finally broke me to ashes.  I realized my post to my daughters for Mother’s Day – was given to me directly from the Lord for my benefit.

When love comes your way, but you cannot grasp or embrace it because of a severe broken heart, what do you do?

Where do you search when you cannot find the right passage in the maze of your heart to accept love?

What do you do when you stumble and fall praying and pleading for answers – praying and pleading for answers – praying and pleading for answers, but they do not come?

You walk in God’s ways and wait until He answers.

Did I know how deeply I was loved by our Lord?  No –

This year the Lord has slowly been shining His light of love on the hidden shadows and buried pain – freeing my heart to love myself and to love again.

Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created…”  What He created was good, very good.  What He created was beautiful, very beautiful.

God loves me, God loves me, God loves me – completely.

He has said this is my year of hope and promise.  A beautiful life is unfolding. A beautiful life He is creating anew.

To get there the process has been painful, tearful and the steep mountain climb burdensome. But, at the end of the trials of purging my past life, past pain/sorrow and my house filled with a stuck life –  the Lord said there is something grand waiting for me.

Frozen in fear, despair and defeat, I could not face the past in my own strength.  The wounds could not be healed until the Lord poured out His grace, love and power into my life to heal them.  A part of me has died with pain so deep, but –

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God has melted my heart into the ashes where new life grows –

It’s done!  The rooms in my house now echo because they have been set free.  Every room purged and released in tears and joy.

I pray the Lord’s beauty and creativity fill the rooms of my new established home and begin to echo the love of Christ to those who enter in.

My heart is free and alive to love in a way I have never experienced before.  It’s no longer frozen in fear, despair and defeat – but the immense love of the Father  for me.  

A healed heart now open to His love to flow freely through me and begin a new life.

That’s what happens when  The Hurt and the Healer , collide.  (by Mercy Me, please listen)

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The Truth About the Truth – Part 3 of 3

Hebrews 13:3 –

“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them – those who are mistreated – since you yourselves are in the body also.” NKJV

A voice for the voiceless – 

Richard Wurmbrand did remember his fellow prisoners, bound and tortured.  He ignored the many threats to never speak against the communists.  He spoke before the United States Senate witnessing to the suffering of those who endured the hellish situations and their daunting faith.

With very little means, in October of 1967 he published the first issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter (VOM).  This newsletter was dedicated to give a voice to the testimonies and trials facing our brothers and sisters in restricted nations across the globe.

Readers were appalled at the atrocities he described.  Those who looked beyond the sufferings and tortures saw a beauty in the hearts of men, women and children who refused to renounce Christ.  A living faith that enabled them to “kiss the bars” of their prison cells – stirring their hearts to rejoice in the fellowship of Christ’s suffering.

The “rite” of Christians is to be persecuted –

Persecution of Christians goes beyond a “human rights” issue or the guarantee of religious freedom by governments.

Jesus said, “A servant is not greater than his master.  If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you…  In this world you will have tribulation and you will be hated for My name’s sake.”**

But, with Christ, those who are called to be persecuted can “rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is their reward in heaven.  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “**

Modern-day Holocaust , but the church continues to grow – 

Across the world today our fellow brothers and sisters are suffering unspeakable tortures and death for their unwavering faith.

The North Korean Leader, Kim Jon Un, demands Christians to give up their allegiance to Christ and swear loyalty only to him and his family.

He continues the legacy of his grandfather, Kim II Sung who said,

“Religious people should die to cure their habit.”

Persecution continues today in many countries – Vietnam, Laos, Sri Lanka and Sudan where millions suffer radical Islamic forces.  Thousands have been burned, crucified, drowned and executed by hanging.  Sudanese women have been raped and their children sold as concubines or slaves.  Yet, the believers in Sudan say,

“Even though our homes are burned and our churches are destroyed,
we are persuaded now more than ever to preach Christ to people.”

On the human level, there is so little capability to understand to live eternally with Christ and be willing to suffer and die for that belief.  But, Christ grants it as a “gift” for those He calls for this very purpose.

Even though we cannot physically hold or embrace them.  There are many ways to serve our family in Christ through VOM.

We can hold them in prayer for the true treasures wrought through the persecuted church by our fellow brothers and sisters who are willing to pay the price as they have to consider the costs for their faith.

Though they are poor by the world’s standards, they are rich, loyal and faithful unto death and will be given the crown of life.

Aroused and motivated by faith –

May our hearts weep, be aroused and motivated to respond by faith and reach out to our suffering brothers and sisters in prayer and resources .

Lord, please give our fellow believers strength to endure.  May they sing in their hearts, Give Me Jesus by Vince Gill (please listen) because He is there when we call out His name.

**John 15:20, John 16:33, Matthew 10:22, Matthew 5:12, Matthew 5:10  NKJV

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