Some very true words from a good friend of mine. Thanks Abraham for reminding us.
Today 31 October 1517, 499 years ago. Martin Luther changed the world by nailing his 95 thesis on the wall of the Wittenberg church. With this he exposed the corrupt Roman Catholic Church who stated that in order for man to obtain forgiveness he must pay the church money. The Roman Church was furious and expelled Luther but it was a fire that couldn't be quenched. The Pope and priests didn't want the man on the street to read the Bible as that would have exposed the corrupt church. Martin Luther then translated the Bible into German. (When last did you read your Bible from Genesis to Revelation?) Enjoy this blessed freedom and remember where our history comes from. Ironically the Roman Church also enjoys this privilege to read the Bible, but their strange doctrine never changed. SALVATION in CHRIST ALONE.
Was just reminded about or way of conforming to the world, these days. Not so sure what to think of the Halloween celebrations around the world. Must we be so strict to not allow our children to have part in it or let them be?? I know that most of my friends in the USA are celebrating it and see nothing wrong with it. Where I come from we did not grow up with it but it’s introduced later and now everyone wants it.
Just seems so wrong to me if I look at Pub street, here in Siem Reap and everything they display, have something to do with DEATH. Is it necessary that we must be part of death if we celebrate LIFE with Christ?? Now, I can be wrong and I know I am opening a can of worms, but forgive me please. I honour everyone’s decision on his/her believes. They call it freedom of speech, right….. Let us go out this week and celebrate Eternal Life with Christ.
I began the process of talking and investigating the possibilities to get an operation for my paralysed friend. I asked prayer for my friend who have Tb of the spine. Talk to a doctor today and hopefully we can get him to Phnom Penh so he can have a live-saving operation. Please pray with us for favour with the hospital and doctors in Phnom Pehn.
An update on the car situation. Got the Tico back and it was almost immediately back at the shop again. Fixed it right now, but smoking is a real problem. The Suzuki is standing in the yard but is not working. Got it back from the shop in a worse state than before. After a U$1000 for both, I certainly have a great fogger for getting rid of the mozzies around my yard, if I start both cars. So it seems that riding bike is what is on the menu.
Pray for me Mordegai as he will be on the bike this weekend with some Aussie friends. We will be going through the jungle and that on his big bike. Looking forward to it but also nervous as I did not do this in a long time.
Please pray for Ovaltine. He is an adult man in the River of Life Fellowship run by FGC Community Link. He is a tuktuk driver and hangs out with his friends that drink all the time. He accepted the Lord but struggle with alcohol. Pray that he can find better friends.
Our prayer for Syria this week:
Isaiah 61:9a “Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples.”
It is with a sad heart that I write this week's news. Another American couple have been denied entry back into Turkey because of working with refugees. Our pastor is still in prison because of his love for refugees. And refugee ministry in our church is being slowed down drastically because of investigations. But this is our window of opportunity!! God, what is happening? Yesterday another 10,000 civil servants have lost their jobs in Turkey, and fifteen mostly pro-Kurdish media outlets have been shut down. But there is something that makes me excited. Ancient Assyria (South East Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran) - this is where the Kurds live! Ancient Assyria will play a big role in end times and the enemy is trying to destroy them. He’s afraid. "In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth.” (Isaiah 19:24)
God, this is not the end! Generations are still to come! Generations who will be a blessing to You! Thank You for these people who are so open to the gospel! Thank You that You have opened their eyes to see Truth. May SO MANY more come to know You! And Father God, I thank You for those who have been working among these people, now facing unknown futures. Father, I pray that my pastor will be released from prison!! May all lies will be exposed! I pray for wisdom for this church and other outreaches. I pray for this couple and others who have been denied access to their home of many many years, and the thousands who have lost jobs. Lead them in Your paths I pray Lord Jesus. Thank You that where we are limited physically, our prayers are still heard and that You are fighting on our behalf! We trust in You!
May God Bless you all in this week to come.