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The Lord’s Day is important.  The Church is important.  Those are things near to my heart.  They are things near to the heart of God.  Christ died for His church.  The church, imperfect as it is, is what God uses to reach the lost and mobilize missions at the grass root level.  It is where one generation imparts the Gospel to the next generation and the younger generations bury one generation, preaching that same precious Gospel as a reminder of the hope of the Gospel and also to convert sinners to Christ for them to go to heaven.

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This Lord’s Day I want to encourage you strongly to pray.  To pray for the persecuted church.

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This is from last year’s conference which they have just made available online for others to benefit from.  It is sponsored by P&R Publishing (among others), which is one of my top favorite Christian publisher.  The conference is called “Faithful Shepherd Pastors’ Retreat” and last year’s theme was on “The Welcoming Church.”

What is the purpose of this conference?

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I think the one thing that prepared me for the marriage the most personally has been learning to love those who are difficult.  This include loving those who are difficult.  It requires perseverance.  It requires commitment.  It requires going to God for strength to love and also repentance for not being loving.  But through it all God is growing me if the other person is not growing.

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am overseas.  This is by Bruce.  Bruce is no stranger to some of you who read this blog.  His blog be found here.

Strange Manifestations

There are today, within some “Christian” churches, manifestations that are being attributed to the Holy Spirit, that I cannot find any scriptural confirmation for. What I am referring to is the phenomena of being “slain in the spirit” and “holy laughter” or being “drunk in the spirit”. These “manifestivations” are especially prevalent with individuals such as Benny Hinn and others who are or have been associated with the “Toronto Blessing” which took place a number of years ago. Churches today which focus on “signs and wonders” such as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement also infrequently showcase these manifestations. Many of these have been recorded and are available for viewing on YouTube, should you wish to view them.

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It’s the day after the Lord’s Day.  What did you learn from church on Sunday?

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With all the news about Christians being persecuted, where Pastors are being arrested, members disappearing, churches being destroyed, even believers being killed, let us think of them.  Pray for them.  Think of their plights and their family suffering.

Our church this Sunday was led to really pray for the believers in difficult situations.  Especially for those who are persecuted by the government in which believers have been arrested or disappeared because Jesus is the reason for their treason.

As Bibleguy shared from Hebrews 13:3: “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.”

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