IRAN (Update): Pastor Saeed Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison
Sources: Mohabat News, Fox News, Asia News, Reuters, The Associated Press
May our Almighty God abundantly bless Pastor Saeed for his steadfast faith throughout the ordeal. In the name of Jesus, we ask for God’s divine protection on our Christian brother during this unjust incarceration.
Pray that (in the words of Saeed) he continues to be a vessel in bringing God’s Kingdom to a dark place by sharing the Gospel of peace and eternal life to the dying world.
We also pray that justice will ultimately be served and that, through the Lord’s mighty intervention, Saeed will be safely returned to his wife and two young children.
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INDIA: Tribal Christians Brutally Beaten
Sources: Release International, Morning Star News, Times of India
- Pray that God’s perfect love will drive out all fear from the hearts of these suffering tribal Christians.
- Ask Him to bring healing and comfort to them, especially after experiencing brutal attacks of persecution.
- May those in authority uphold and properly defend the religious rights of all citizens in this area, serving as a catalyst of peace between the different faith groups.
Now I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of Pastor Rick Warren. I participated in the Purpose Driven Life a few years ago. There was some information that was quite good, but I did question some of His teaching. (Don’t ask me what they were, I don’t remember). This is the summary of the campaign from the 40 Days in the Word website:
Together with Rick Warren and Saddleback Church you’ve experienced 40 days of Purpose, Love and Community. Now come along with Rick on a journey of 40 Days in the Word, a journey of eternal significance as you and your church will learn how to be not only a “hearer” of the Word, but also a “doer” of God’s Word.
40 Days in the Word is a church wide weekly study of six principles of the Word of God. Together with Rick, the Saddleback Team and great pastors from across the country you and your church will explore the authenticity, reliability, power, comfort, interpretation and doing of God’s Word. This eight week journey, led by Rick Warren, will encourage spiritual growth in every member of your church.
When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:12-17 NIV84)
Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” (Luke 1:18 NIV84)
I have to admit that I am like Zechariah. I want to question and argue with God a lot. Especially in regards to my children:
Why does my son have autism?
Why is my youngest autistic as well?
Why does my daughter have to face this alone?
These are a few of the questions I have cried out to God. I have even tried to bargain with Him before my youngest was diagnosed.
Once the infant was born, everybody was going to name him Zechariah, after his dad. Elizabeth said no that his name was John (Luke 1:61). They then went to Zechariah.
Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God. (Luke1: 62-64 NIV 84).
What is God calling you to do?
What are you questioning God about?
How have you been released and blessed lately?
Is there something you have been waiting for? What is your favourite sport and team? Come join the other Java Junkies in the randomness today.
Churches Attacked on Christmas Eve
Sources: CNN, Reuters, Release International, Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Please lift up those who have been greatly impacted by the attacks, asking God to overshadow them with His comforting presence and perfect peace.
Also pray that He will powerfully minister healing to the injured and bereaved that they may remain faithful in the midst of persecution.
May He impart wisdom and courage to the country’s authorities as they take necessary steps to end the violence caused by extremism.
Kayin had words with Hevel his brother; then one time, when they were in the field, Kayin turned on Hevel his brother and killed him. (Gen 4:8 CJB)
And the Lord said to Cain, Where is Abel your brother? And he said, I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper? (Gen 4:9 AMP)
What are is tempting you? What sins are you fighting? Have you asked God for forgiveness?
What would you do if you lost something that should be your most important possession? Would you search for it or would you just let it go?
What would you do if the person who you loved the most hurt you the most? Would you make them pay? Could you forgive them?
Who do you trust, the person who appears to have it all or the person who everyone tells you to stay way from?
Would you help a stranger when everyone told you not to?