I lay upon you a garment...I lay upon you a garment of whiteI lay upon you a garment... by cereal-in-a-bowl
He is the Holy Spirit
Who lives and reigns with Me and God the Father
Who shall be your holy guide
He shall help you to discern
what is wrong and right
therefore by learning and adhering
you shall be pleasing before My sight
Do not be afraid
of whatever lies ahead
Many forlorn, lament and dread
of tomorrow when they should
trust Me the Lord your God instead
The road ahead is not easy
so My love, be wary for evil lurks
it craves to steal, plunder and crush dead
the spirit whose light wavering
is snuffed out because he did not look to Me
I am the God ascended
I sit at My Father's right hand
Trust Me Yahweh your God
and your plans realized
I give you Holy Spirit
for He shall be for you
a great vessel, a shield and sturdy sword
stand firm in the faith
do good for others
for charity brings life not death
Wear My garments well
for they repel
the fiery arrows of hell
stay in My love
for I shall bring light
The light everlasting
stay in it and you shall never
The Mercy of God to Our EnemiesThe Mercy of God to Our Enemies by TESM
There is little doubt that the majority of us have looked upon the violence of the Middle East with sadness, disgust, or anger. Our brothers are being slaughtered and the poor and oppressed, which includes everyone and not just Christians, suffer doubly from the violence coming from both sides.
It has been a subject of intense prayer for me. I oscillate between desiring the destruction of our enemies for the sake of our brethren (cf., for example, Ps 18) and between praying for mercy upon our enemies.
I find it simple to see Christ on the cross saying "Forgive them for they know not what they do" (Lk 23:34) and say, "Of course, Christ did that because he's the Lord." Yet the very same prayer we pray every day commands us to "forgive those who have trespassed against us." I asked myself, in my heart, "Do I forgive them?" For indeed we are forgiven in the measure we forgive.
I became troubled that I could not formulate a concrete answer. I prayed as to whether I was so lacking in mercy a
The Gospel of Matthew ends with these words of Jesus:
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Mt 28:18-20)
This group is for anyone interested in:
Living the Gospel
Sharing the Gospel
"Sending" and supporting missionaries and mission work
Becoming a missionary, doing mission work, evangelising
Praying for the world, and for Christians in other countries
Other countries and cultures
Anyone is welcome, o'course.
Just click the 'join' button and we'll be happy to have you~
Christian art / Bible-related / Missions-related
Travel photos / art depicting other countries / cultures (as long as it's really showing the people and the culture and not just some random beach you like )
ALL forms of art (traditional, digital, photography, crafts, writing...)
Please submit to the right folders! If in doubt, just submit and see what happens... I won't decline something because of folder problems (I'll just move it, unless I'm too lazy..)
Feel free to share prayer requests! Just send a note or post a comment. Prayer requests will be posted in the weekly journals.
Prayer requests do not have to be missions-related.
I generally try to update the journal once a week. Usually it includes prayer requests, a short devotional-type blurb, a "country highlight" and tips on how to share the Gospel in daily life.
Do notify us if there's anything you want to include sometime!
Feel free to invite people you think may be interested!!
If you have questions about missions, missionary work, mission organisations, etc. post a comment or send a note~
About the group name: yes, I can spell. Usually. Just not this time.
Anyway welcome, and God bless!
MissionsGod's word tells us to bring his love to all people
To bring it beyond the shadow of our steeple.
We're called to shine the light past our own comfort zone
And invade the places darkness calls its own.
God commanded us to go, yet we stand still,
We claim that we love Him, but refuse to do His will.
We're called to reach people and meet their needs
Yet, when we see them, are we really planting seeds?
Or are we saying a quick "God bless"
As we run away, leaving them in their mess?
Are we really sheep who earnestly look for needs to meet,
Or are we goats who cross to the other side of the street?
God calls us to move, to reach, to go beyond ourselves,
If we can't do that, we might as well put our Bibles on shelves
And put down the name of Christ not bothering with his cross,
For Christ's whole mission was to reach the lost.
He calls us to follow his mission, yet we stand still.
How can we so easily turn away with so many needs to fill?
We're so earnest to bribe people with heaven above,
Siphiwe's TestimonyI would like everyone to meet my friend, Siphiwe. We've been friends since Bible College 6 years ago, and he really has been a blessing to me. Without Siphiwe I would be, well, closed minded. He has taught me many things, and I've enjoyed seeing things from his perspective. We all need friends like this - friends who don't have the same background we do, friends who have had a very different life than our own. Today, he shared a very, truly, amazing testimony with me. Here is Siphiwe's testimony:
"Well this happened many years ago I would say about ten years ago while I was in High School. I had been suffering from Asthma since childhood and it would be even worse around winter times. My chest would block and I would not be able to breathe. I had to go to the nearby clinic for them to give me oxygen with medicine so that my chest can clear. I also had medicine that I had to keep at home so that I could drink immediately when I felt the symptoms. This
The Lord Jesus is the good shepherdThere is a field in front of Me
There shall My flock to lead
There shall My flock be fed
And watered by the rich blue stream
There they shall be safe and happy
There shall they dwell with Me
There shall their praises sing
As I lead them across the way
Across the morning skies and the noon day
When the sun creases and sweats the brow
While I am in tow
With the sheep which Me follows
None shall delay
None shall delay the trip we travel today
And if they are weary there we shall rest
Till they are ready to move from East to West
My flock I shall bring
As they I lead I shall sing
And their chorus from their lips ring
Sing praise to My Father in Heaven as glad offering
Oh the fields which My Father ploughs
O’er the top and down below
Oh I shall sing as they follow
Me through the fields which stretch far and wide
None shall lose in My sight
I shall hold My flock tight
Safe from thieves and plunder plight
Should one wander astray I shall find
Till he and I are found again
Because he is
Thy Will be done, Heavenly Father and not mine...When I am down
and my soul is as crooked as my frown
I look to the cross
and I find my Saviour hung on the cross
where a crown of thorns
clasped His poor head
where He once took my place instead
for my sins of my heinous crimes
Then all the times
Oh all the times
that made me feel
like there was tomorrow
I would be reminded
that the King of great sorrow
had given me joy
had given me a chance
so that my hopes could see a brighter day
and then I would lift my head
when I am down and out
there ain't no reason to pout
but know that hardship is just a way
to test my love for my Saving God
and to trust in Him
so when things don't go my way
Holy Spirit is teaching me to say
Let it be Oh God Your way
and not mine
that Your will be mine
Lord God Divine
When I am down
and my soul is as crooked as my frown
I look to the cross
and I find my Saviour hung on the cross
where a crown of thorns
clasped His poor head
where He once took my place instead
for my si
Hail the incarnate deityHail the incarnate deity
God made man for all to see
in His sacrifice displayed
salvation for man today
Hail the One Who is the Son
seated on His throne Heav'n above
From His hands out pours His love
To fill our cups with wine
for us to receive
from His hands broken too the bread
flesh from His own for us to eat
that we may forever live
Hail the servant King
Whose name we praise
and flories sing
Hail the victory
Hail the hope of light and day
the grace of God
and mercy came to save
Hail the Saviour
One true Lord
No other can be
Like Thee O God
Belongs to none
but Thee Christ Jesus alone
Age to age
all man shall say
Who has ever risen from the dead?
Who can ever void man of sins
and heal him from the outside and in?
Who can shift the mountains and migrate the seas?
No one else but Jesus Thee
Hail the incarnate deity
blessed fruit of the virgin Mother Mary
All praises and joys today can triumphant sing
One promise to Christ
shall all hear
Oh Lord you knew me (Psalm 139)I knew you
before you were born
I had you in mind before I knitted you in the womb
of your mother
and like a father
I conceived all plans to give
all I have to give to you
I decided there and then to give
My life to you that you may live
Oh what joy it is to be
the one who receives the joy I give
for the joys and blessings I give
worn out or taken
stolen or forsaken
broken or abandoned
sold or traded
My gift is solely
for you My people made holy
in My name, in My name
you are made holy
and priestly people..
I etched my promise
in your heart and I vowed that
I would never leave you
to always be there to guide you
I am your Father
I am your Brother
I am your Shepherd and Redeemer
I died for your sins
the time I
carried your sins on the Cross
Remember the time I
spread my hands opened wide
I didn't do it to gain anything
but to save you that you and I be together for always
Didn't I said that I
would be with you for all times
Loving God's Way
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." (John 13:38)
As Christians, most of us know that we are repeatedly commanded to love. But, it can be hard to love everyone and we can even struggle with tolerance at times.
And, when we do love, we naturally love our spouse and children in a far deeper and more selfless way than we would someone we don't like or who doesn't like us. After all, we're not God. We can't be expected to love our obnoxious neighbor the same way we do our beautiful wife, can we?
In John 21:15-17, Jesus asks Peter (Simon) three times if he loves Him. The three times is of course a contrast to the three times Peter denied Him, but what is more revealing is something we miss in the English translation: the word Christ speaks for love is not the same as the one Peter uses.
Many people believe that the fact the gospels and epistles were originally written in Greek
The Heterosexual Agenda: A Message to Christians
Somewhere in an alternate reality where Christians treat heterosexuals like we do homosexuals here, a preacher is speaking...
"We must stop the heterosexual agenda before it destroys the family and Christianity. Straights don't just want equal rights. They want special rights that should be reserved only for non-heterosexuals. They don't really want tolerance. They want us to celebrate sin. They wouldn't be satisfied until every song, every movie, every children's program has heterosexual romance in it and children of the opposite sex are forced to kiss onscreen for our amusement and all of us are pressured by society to find someone of the opposite sex to mate with.
We don't hate heterosexuals but the Bible is very clear that heterosexuality is a sin and that heterosexuals must expel the demon of heterosexuality that possesses them or they are damned to Hell. As Leviticus states repeatedly, if a man lies with a woman and either of th
And It's OkayHe hurt me.
I said it.
He hurt me,
And I wasn't asking for it,
I didn't deserve it,
And it wasn't my fault,
He just, hurt me.
And it's okay;
It's okay to cry,
It's okay to be hurt.
He hurt me,
But he can't take anything from me.
Because of You,
No one can take anything from me.
I have my identity,
He hurt me,
But he didn't get away with anything.
He gave me a bruise,
He cut me,
He may have even broken me,
But I have my Healer,
I have my Father,
And it's okay.
Xmas... it really DOES mean Christmas!And it originated over 500 years ago:
What Is the X in Xmas?
You won’t find Xmas in church songbooks or even on many greeting cards. Xmas is popularly associated with a trend towards materialism, and sometimes the target of people who decry the emergence of general “holiday” observance instead of particular cultural and religious ritual.
But the history of the word “Xmas” is actually more respectable — and fascinating — than you might suspect. First of all, the abbreviation predates by centuries its use in gaudy advertisements. It was first used in the mid 1500s. X is the Greek letter “chi,” the initial letter in the word Χριστός. And here’s the kicker: Χριστός means “Christ.” X has been an acceptable representation of the word “Christ” for
Pray for PennsylvaniaPennsylvania is a state located in the northern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.
It is bordered by Delaware in the southeast, Maryland in the south, West Virginia in the southwest,
Ohio in the west, Lake Erie and the Canadian province of Ontario in the northwest, New York in
the north and New Jersey in the east.
Harrisburg is the capital
Philadelphia is the largest city
The population is over 12 million
Pennsylvania has been nicknamed the 'Keystone State' and the 'Quaker State'
Its motto is 'Virtue, Liberty and Independence'
Pennsylvania is a Commonwealth.
Pennsylvania was named by William Penn (1644 – 1718) an English real estate entrepreneur, early Quaker
and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania
Penn named the colony after his family.
‘Penn stands for his family, Penn, and ‘sylvania’ is the Latin word for ‘Woods’
The first log cabins built in the US were built in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania was the second state to ratify the Un
The Gospel According to MeIn other words, why in the world do I follow, serve, and love Jesus?
Well, there’s a good bit of reasons, not sorted by importance: all of them are pretty relevant.
I realize I’m made in the image of God as a human being, which I understand I’m made for a lot more than what I think I am. In the Christian understanding of humanity being made in the image of God, it means not only are we merely accountable to a Creator, but it means we share a lot of positive attributes of God (to an extent, if we see God as being omnipotent). We’re like an icon of God of sorts, reflecting the heavenly on earth, originally. But if one is familiar with the Genesis account, things didn’t stay that way.
The things that I’ve limited myself to do because of my desires that don’t glorify God in a negative sense (sin) is what blurs my real purpose and destiny. Thus, because of this wisdom of good and evil we’ve all embraced has giv
Ghost-girl"Captured?" I said. "No, it's the opposite. We are a pilgrim people. We are forever travelling. Forever free. That's... that's the problem," I said. "We never arrive, we never find home." Then, I remembered the ghost-girls. The ghost-girl the women of our village said I'd become. Beyond the city wall. And it came to me then that we children, pale as ghosts, would forever wander outside the city wall.
(Rebecca Mackenzie, In a Land of Paper Gods)
That is one of the best descriptions I have read of what it means to be a missionary kid.
In a Land of Paper Gods is a novel about a girl growing up as a child of missionaries in WW2 China. She is in boarding school, hasn't seen her parents for a long time, and due to the war ends up not seeing them for years, forgetting what they looked like, afraid that they won't recognise her when they finally have a reunion. The Chinese call her "ghost girl" because she is so pale... in Chinese tradition, ghosts are believed to l
by Rock's Rose Photography/ E.W. Rantala
June 10, 2016
My God Is A King Disguised As A KnightMy God is a King,
Disguised as a Knight,
Stepped down from His palace,
And into my night,
He mounted a horse,
And swiftly He road,
Through the dark wilderness,
With His kingly head low,
His armor was speckled,
With the mud which flew,
From the road which He took,
The only way through,
And though He was muddied,
His armor shone bright,
Through the filth and the grime,
By the moon in the sky,
And all that stood hidden,
The outcasts and thieves,
That cowered and crouched,
In those forsaken trees,
They knew by the glint,
Of His splendid apparel,
That a Savior road by,
On His way to slay peril,
And when He arrived,
At my slovenly shack,
He leapt from His steed,
And He never looked back,
He strode to the hobble,
And gently He opened,
The door to the pigsty,
That of which I dwelt in,
And there at the wall,
Did I cower beneath,
The hand of my lover,
A murderer and cheat,
And I wept and I begged,
That he would love me still,
That he'd not punish me,
Ever faithful to his will,
But he was cruel m
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (Luke 2:15-20)
The greatest gift of Christmas, according to a Swiss children's song, is not wrapped in paper or bought from a shop - it is Jesus! Every year, we remember how God gave us Himself in His Son, Jesus, coming close to us, becoming one of us, saving us and reconciling us with Him.
This year, I've been thinking about how Christmas is not only about receiving this gift all over again - it's also about passing this gift on, like the shepherds did, who told everybody about what they had found in that stable. I would like to see Christmas as a moment to be commissioned again, to accept the gift of God's presence with us, and then go out into the world and share it.
What inspires me here is on the one hand the shepherds who went out from the manger into the world - on the other hand Mary, who brought Jesus into the world by giving birth to Him. She had a very special privilege - and I believe she also models what discipleship means.
When the angel came to her and told her she would be pregnant, she said yes: "Let it be with me according to your word." (Lk 1:38) Saying yes to pregnancy and motherhood is a very big thing, though. Recently I looked up a list of some of the physical changes caused by pregnancy and giving birth, and it's quite a daunting list including things like morning sickness, varicose veins, difficulty sleeping, going through an emotional roller coaster, skin problems, indigestion, etc etc. Being pregnant involves the whole person, physically and emotionally. When Mary said yes, she made a very big commitment, one involving her as whole person. It would not leave her unchanged - partly there would be the changes occurring naturally as the baby grew in her, partly she would have had to make adjustments to her lifestyle to protect the child and prepare for him.
And Mary's full commitment did not end when Jesus was born. The birth of the child is only the beginning of a whole new level of commitment: all one's plans need to be adjusted, one's lifestyle changes to accommodate the child and his needs, the parents have new priorities and new worries due to their responsibility for the child. Speaking to friends and relatives of mine who have recently become mothers, I realised that being a mother involves the whole person; the mother is bound to the child in a peculiar way. Mary's commitment continued as Jesus was born, as she brought Him up, and as she started having to let Him go His own way from the time He got lost in the temple to the time He began His ministry, and then finally at the cross where He died.
I see Mary's motherhood as a model for our discipleship in this way:
I believe that giving Jesus to the world needs to be like Mary's pregnancy and motherhood: it needs to begin with commitment. In order to share Jesus with the world, we need to accept the gift the way Mary did, with all the challenges that come with it - and with all the love and joy and excitement of a new mother.
What inspires me about Mary's commitment is that it is what leads to Jesus coming into this world - the same way, may our commitment to God lead to more people experiencing the nearness of God, and His immense love!
I wish you all a blessed Christmas - and many opportunities to share the best gift ever with the people you meet!
Pray for people who are lonely during this Christmas season. I've read in a few places that this is the time most suicides happen (in Europe). Pray that people can open their hearts and their doors so no one needs to feel alone, and that the lonely can experience the love and presence of God!
Also, I think this is a good time to remember everyone who has lost somebody this year. Celebrating together as a family can give a stronger reminder of the loss, so pray for comfort.
This year has once again been a year full of conflicts and disasters. Pray for peace, especially in Iraq and Syria. Pray for the people affected by the conflict, for the many refugees. It is not always easy to integrate refugees in a different culture, so pray for the countries receiving refugees, that the people there may have open hearts for those arriving and also have understanding for the cultural differences, and wisdom how to surmount those differences without additional conflicts erupting.
Even though Christmas has been marketed and spread all over the world, many people know nothing about the true gift of Christmas. In many countries, churches and missionaries use this season as an opportunity to tell people about Jesus and what Christmas is really about. Pray for God's blessing on the many Christmas events and outreaches, for open hearts and that many may receive this best of all gifts! Pray for fervour in evangelism, and that the love of Jesus may be poured out not just during Christmas, but afterwards as well.
It's a sad fact that many people have made negative experiences with the church or Christians, and don't associate Christianity with love even though love is what it's all about! So pray for the people who have been hurt by the church, or have received a false impression. Pray that they may meet the right people who show them what God is really like, that they can hear the message again in a way they can understand, and that God can open their hearts to receiving the Gospel as truly Good News!
PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!
If you have prayer requests, or see something in the news you think we should pray for, leave a comment or send a note!
I've started working in a church, which means I've become extremely busy! To make sure that this group keeps running smoothly, i.e. submissions don't expire and prayer requests get posted to the journal promptly, I'd be glad for some support!!!
Being a contributor involves:
Accepting (or rejecting) submissions - basically just checking a submission fits the group guidelines, then clicking a yes or no button
Posting prayer requests in a journal when the group receives them - not a very regular thing, depends on whether requests get sent in, though I like to add requests from world news or prayer for unreached people groups and such
If you're interested, send a note!! The only requirements are understanding the group focus (world mission) and the group rules. Also feel free to send a note if you have any questions~
HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS YOU~
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