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Praise and Prayer ~ February 4th

Ethiopia: 

  • We are expecting about 20 pastors from Eritrea, 20 from the refugee camps. Pray for those who are coming from Eritrea, they are hoping to cross the border on foot. 
  • Everything for the training is in order! Praise God for blessing on the preparation efforts.
  • The security issues around Bonga and Hawassa are getting better! Rich, Eyasu, and the Ethiopia team are looking forward to meeting the 130 trainees responsible for the 3,500 in follow-up classes in those strategic areas.  Praise God for his protection and grace 

Nigeria: 

  • There has been a Book haram attack near Maiduguri, about 3,000 people fled into Cameroon. Please pray for them, as Cameroon is unstable itself right now. May God protect all of them.  
  • Peter, the young man from Maiduguri who was severely traumatized, wasn’t admitted to the hospital when he needed to be and ended up overdosing. He survived and is doing okay now. Pray for his continued protection!
  • Peter’s nephew’s four year old son died this week. His nephew is not a believer, but his wife is a believer.  The nephew did not bring the child to the hospital in time, even though he had been sick for a while, so the hospital staff could not save him. Please pray for Peter and his nephew and wife and their family for comfort and healing and that the nephew would become a believer.
  • Rich and the Nigeria team report that their work in planning to further the cause of reaching Muslims and establishing the new believers in the faith is going very well! We have planned two conferences to focus on this—one conference will reach out to current Muslim background believers in need of support, and a second will train 1,000 Hausa indigenous Christians who will be our best option to work with new believers in the communities in which they are already established. They will be safer and more effective! We need prayer for protection and wisdom moving forward; all the Nigerian teams and denominations we work with are excited about the plans! May God draw many to Himself. 

USA: 

  • Praise for David’s time with Foot’s Creek Chapel sharing about the work that FFICM is doing! 
  • Pray for safe travel for David, who is returning through snowy roads. 
  • Prayer for Stacey’s daughter who is suffering from recurrent kidney stones. Prayer for wisdom for the doctors as they try to help her determine how to resolve the condition. Prayer for comfort for them as she and her husband are wanting to have a baby, but have been unable to because of her condition.
  • Pray for Dara’s family, continuing to struggle with sleeplessness. 

Cameroon: 

  • Praise God for evangelism going on in Mbingo! Follow-up classes that have been going on, and going very well! 
  • Thank God, it has been quiet around Mbingo, even though the people have been confined to their city and are not allowed to leave except to go look after their farms.
  • Please pray for peace and for mercy on the English-speaking population of Cameroon—the freedom-fighters have told the populace to stay off the roads for 40 days as they will try to destroy the government forces, and the government for its part has sworn to obliterate the freedom-fighters.
  • Florence and her friends are planning to hold a conference and training in the 1st or 2nd week of April, Lord willing! They are expecting 500 trainees. Pray for miraculous peace which would enable this work! 
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Praise and Prayer ~ January 28th

 

Nigeria:

  • Rich, Peter and the team met with Muslim Background Believers for 3 hours! Some are those that the former sheik led to the Lord only a few weeks ago. Please pray for them as some of them have come from very intense situations.
  • We discovered of our workers planted a church in Jalingo; there are now around 100 people attending! The worker is doing follow-up using our follow-up materials, they are from the UMCN denomination. One woman said the thing that I learned that was most helpful was the picture from the follow-up materials of God’s hands; that I am safe in the hands of Jesus! Praise God for this church; continue to pray for their growth in faith.
  • The team will be traveling this week to visit a church that was planted by one of our trainees in Bali; it is very remote, they are going via motorcycle, pray for safe travel!
  • It is 96 degrees in Taraba right now! Pray for a relief from the heat.
  • Thank God the vehicle has not yet broken down, pray that it continues to hold out!
  • Comfort reports that there is a crisis in Maiduguri because of the elections coming up. They won’t be able to arrange any trainings until the 2nd of March because of the fear and insecurity. Recently they had to take a young man to the hospital to be seen by a psychiatrist because he has been so severely traumatized. Pray for peace and for healing for this young man.
  • Rich, Peter, and the team will be meeting tonight with ministry leaders that work with MBBs. Pray God blesses this meeting and that God will give them His plan for following up with MBBs.
  • The team will travel Wednesday to go back to Jos, pray for safety in travel!
  • The team might also look at a vehicle on Saturday in Bauchi, to see if we can purchase it with the donations from supporters toward the cause of obtaining a safe vehicle for the team! Pray for wisdom and that this is the right car.
  • Monday, the team hopes to meet with the leadership of the denomination COCIN, please pray for that meeting, for unity in spirit and for direction!
  • Pray for safety in travel, the car has broken down in dangerous situations recently! We have not yet heard how the break down below has turned out….Lord protect our team!

Ethiopia: 

  • Eyasu is preparing for the training in northern Ethiopia, preparing materials and gospel tracts. We don’t know how many pastors will be able to attend, as the border is only partially open! Pray for safety for these trainees! Pray for Eyasu for wisdom and strength as he completes the preparations.
  • Please continue to pray for Rich, Eyasu, Eskinder, and the rest of the FFICM volunteer trainers for safety in traveling as there is continued sporadic instability and unrest.
  • When Rich comes, the Ethiopia team is planning to visit Bonga. We trained 81 trainees there and they have 2,000 in classes! This region has over 1,000 witch doctors and apparently they are coming to receive Christ as well, pray for them and for these dedicated and Spirit-filled trainers! They will also visit Hawassa, where we trained 50 and they now have 1,500.

Cameroon 

  • Continue to pray as tensions in English speaking regions are high—there is currently no safe travel between French and English-speaking regions.
  • Please pray for peace! And also for protection for all our friends and coworkers in Mbingo who are working hard running follow-up classes and also looking at the possibility of running a larger training in the future!
  • Please continue to pray for Florence as she needs more funding for her work, and also is seeking the Lord’s wisdom regarding her ministry as her husband’s health is suffering. Please pray for his healing!

USA

  • David speaking on Sunday at Foots Creek Chapel in Southern Oregon! Pray for grace for this time, and that the Lord would open up connections and opportunities for people to partner with us!
  • We are sending out mailing today for year end summaries! Praise God for all he has done this past year, and pray for what God will do through all of us this next year.
  • Pray for Stacey’s son; his family just came up on the 18 month anniversary of the sudden death of their 4 year old daughter, pray for every grace and comfort to be given to their family in Jesus’ Name.
  • Pray for Stacey’s daughter who is in terrible pain from a kidney stone; pray for quick healing.
DaraPraise and Prayer ~ January 28th
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Living Hope

Cameroon
-Pray for hospital. Currently at only 20% capacity due to unrest in the area. Roads around there are constantly being closed. People are dying at home and not able to go to hospital.
-They are being told that February will be worse that January in the English speaking areas of Cameroon. There will not be any movement between English and French speaking areas of Cameroon.
-This week, Florence and 8 other evangelists were having a meeting. They were meeting together and trying to figure out a good time for FFICM to come and do an Evangelism and Follow-up conference there in Cameroon and where they would be able to do it.
-Pray for Boyo land. Many villages have been abandoned. Everyone is tired of the fighting. There continue to be killings every day. The Cameroonian government is threatening the English speakers and is trying to eradicated them.
Nigeria
-Continue to pray for the growing number of new believers coming from Muslim background.
-Pray that more and more of these people from Muslim background will continue to choose to follow Jesus
-Pray for Yusuf who continues to share about Jesus with Muslims. Many are interested.
-There was another kidnapping recently in Nigeria. Pray for safety.
-Pray for health for the FFICM National Director in Nigeria’s wife (Margaret). She continues to have health issues.

USA
-Pray for Rich’s trip to Nigeria/Ethiopia.
-Pray for the remaining funds needed for the team vehicle in Nigeria. We will need to raise about $5,500.
-Praise for the good connections FFICM made at Mission ConneXion and this past Sunday at Cedar Mill Bible Church. Pray that we will have wisdom in following up with all of those contacts.
-Pray for board meeting this week on Tuesday. (Update: It went well!)
-Pray for Rick Cordell has he works on things related to family, scheduling, speaking and support raising that he needs to do before he can go back overseas and serve in Nigeria with FFICM.
-Pray for David’s continued financial support. He is currently at 82%.
-Pray also for Dara’s continued need for financial support.
-Pray for wisdom as we start planning for FFICM’s spring fundraiser (this will be on May 4th)

Ethiopia
-Pray for the border to be re-opened between Eritrea and Ethiopia. It is closed again. If it remains closed, we won’t be able to do the training that we were planning to do there in February.

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The Cross by Night

 

Praise and Prayer

Nigeria

  • Peter’s wife started taking the drugs for her illness three days ago; as of yesterday there has been a great improvement! She’s feeling great relief for the pain in her abdomen! Praise God and pray for her continued healing.
  • The former sheik and Ishak Pate left for Bali! They’re going to be visiting the new converts. One of the new converts is an former imam, was leading a traditional Islamic prayer group, bowed down and saw a picture of Jesus on the ground. He suddenly started talking about Jesus. All other Muslims were astonished; the next in command pulled him away and from that day forward that man refused to pray as a Muslim and went to a church and became a Christian. Please pray for all the courageous new believers in dangerous circumstances!
  • One of the new believers in the discipleship center in Bali whose son who was born with severe heart problems last month, was able to get funding for an operation in India, and is currently there waiting for the surgery. Please pray for him! The little boy’s name is Samuel and his father’s name is pastor Enoch.
  • Peaceful in Berom land, thank you for the prayers.

USA

  • FFICM will have a booth at Mission Connexion, pray for God to bring people to us who will be a good fit to join the organization!
  • Dara’s family continues to struggle with sleeplessness for their children. Please pray for rest in this coming year!

Cameroon 

  • Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in ministry there, especially for our sister Florence as she is continuing to seek God concerning her calling and responsibilities as a missionary!
  • Pray for peace! The conflict in Cameroon continues to claim lives in the English-speaking regions. May God have mercy on our friends.

Ethiopia

  • Pray for peace in Ethiopia!
  • Agazi has safely crossed the border and returned as a test! Praise God and please pray for the pastors as they consider the risks of attending the training, and for our partners on the ground as they seek to make this crossing safe.
  • Pray for Eyasu’s wife—her older sister died while she was in the US. Praise God, she is feeling his comfort, but pray for continued comfort and healing for her!
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Praise and Prayer December 18th!

 

Nigeria: 

Praise

  • Sam is safe after his travels!
  • Our friend and partner, Nuhu, the head of NLFA needed a serious eye-surgery, it has been successful, and he is back in Jos!
  • Praise God for journey mercies to Nassarawa state; we now have an open door with ECWA. They want us to train all their pastors in the region so they can then train their elders!

Prayer

  • Peter’s wife is seriously sick with hepatitis! Please pray for her healing
  • Pray for safety for Maiduguri (especially Comfort and her friends) as they are still under the threat of attack by the Boko Haram. 
  • The NGOs working in Baga have left, scared off by the Boko Haram warning letter. Pray for protection for that region, and mercy as the aid organizations leave.

Cameroon: 

Praise

  • Praise God for the continued safety of Florence, her family, and our volunteer trainers! 
  • Thank God for the ministry of our volunteer trainers, particularly Killian and Linda, who have been hard at work evangelizing and following up with new believers. 

Prayer

  • Killian has attempted to reach out to freedom-fighters. Several expressed interest, but most of them said that their demons protected them better than God. Florence told us that many young people are beginning to turn to the occult. Pray for them, that they will turn to the Lord instead of the false “protection” of the enemy!
  • Florence and her co-wokers were planning on a larger outreach in December, but due to security risks, will need to remain in Mbingo and will be praying for the sick. Pray for them! 

Ethiopia:

Praise

  • The pastor was located, praise God! He told us that 25 people are confirmed to come to the training. 
  • Eskendir has been conducting follow-up lesson with a couple of dozen new believers from his home village!

Prayer

  • Continue to pray for peace in Ethiopia! Violence continues to break out in disparate regions. 
  • Pray for Eyasu, Eskinder, and the continued safety of our contacts as we plan the Eritrea training! 

USA:

Praise

  • We now have half of the money we need for the car in Nigeria! 
  • Dara’s husband Ian received really good news from his artery scan; he does not have heart disease! 

Prayer

  • Board meeting for FFICM is this week! Pray for the board as they look to this next year! Russia/Siberia:

Praise and Prayer

  • Roman is conducting follow-up in Siberia, praise God! Pray for him as he continues to minister
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Praise and Prayer December 11!

Nigeria: 

Praise

  • Comfort and her friends were able to do an outreach last week, and came back Monday safely! They came through Bama, and went to Nchikka, Gwoza, Goza. Praise God for protecting them and for their ministry!
  • The former sheik has been able to meet with 8 of the new converts whose lives were in danger last week, and praise God, they are no longer in danger! All those that he has met with are prepared to be discipled in their own villages. The local pastor (who we trained) has accepted them and wants to help them, and there is a discipleship center we may help them connect to as well! He will meet with the other four MBBs soon.

Prayer

  • Boko Haram has issued a letter warning that they plan to attack Maiduguri over the Christmas season. Please pray that God will protect everyone and will not allow them to kill anyone.
  • Comfort prayed with a woman whose husband was killed by the Boko Haram when he was not able to run away fast enough. Pray for her and her family.
  • Rick is traveling to Lagos meet with 15 people we’ve trained! Pray for protection and for these trainees as they continue to minister.
  • Some of the new believers, who resulted from the outreaches during last training in Rijau are going to church! The boys that are underage are not currently being permitted by their parents to go; pray that the parents of the new believers that are young boys will be allowed to go to church!
  • The man who runs the discipleship center that we are wanting to work with had a newborn baby this month who has a lot of heart and hearing problems. The doctors in Jos have said that the baby won’t survive unless the parents can afford to fly the baby to India for an operation, which they cannot afford. Please pray for a miracle; that this baby will be healed!
  • The  Fulani are still attacking vulnerable villages and churches, please pray for protection.

Ethiopia:

Praise

  • So far, the Eritrean training is moving forward! A supporter has paid for the Eritrean pastors’ transport, which is a major step towards the training being funded!
  • We continue to praise God for Eyasu’s safety from the near-miss car accident last week.
  • Praise for the 800 new believers and almost 200 new baptized resulting from trainees supervised by Belay!

Prayer

  • Eyasu hasn’t been able to contact the Eritrean pastors recently, please pray that they are safe!
  • There is conflict in various parts of Ethiopia recently ; between students and different tribes. Please pray for peace!
  • Pray for Eyasu as he has one more month in Ethiopia without his wife, as she is visiting relatives in the US.

Cameroon: 

Praise

  • Thank God that several of the expat missionaries are back in Mbingo, so the army has backed off for now.
  • Thank God the road to Yaounde is quiet! The shootings are now not as much around local towns, but around the camps of the freedom fighters, so praise God for increased consideration for civilian life.

Prayer

  • Florence needs transport to go to the north soon or the preparations for February won’t be possible and we will need to choose another time for a conference in Cameroon!
  • Florence’s meeting with the medical people was very successful; they are very interested in continuing to be trained to reach out to their patients and their friends!
  • The Mbingo hospital is in financial crisis, as they haven’t had as many patients because of the crisis.
  • There are three follow-up classes going on in Mbingo with dozens of trainees! Please pray for safety for everyone, and for wisdom and grace for the dedicated trainers!

USA:

Praise

  • We have gotten a couple of generous unexpected donations that will really help our ministry continue to function!

Prayer

  • Dara’s husband Ian is needing to have a scan to take a look at his arteries to make sure they are functioning well, pray that there is good news and no sign of heart disease!
  • Prayer for Stacey Lloyd, our new volunteer who is having health problems, pray for healing!
DaraPraise and Prayer December 11!
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A Word from Florence

 

THE WORD BECAME FLESH

The word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. (Immanuel) God with us (St. John 1:14)

For God so love the world, that He made His dwelling among men. In Christ, Jesus was the totality of God (Col. 2:9.)

For the God of all creation so loved the world that He left His rainbow throne, His glorious kingdom, and the magnificent worship by His multitude angels, to stay with men on earth.

He brought peace on earth, and the government was on His shoulders! In Him was the light of life. Born of the virgin Mary, born in a manger, the Son of God, the Good Shepherd, the Way, and the Truth, and the Life (St John 10:11, 14:6.)

Born to save us from our sin, for God was in Him reconciling the world to Himself. His name, Jesus, is the only name given to us for salvation. The name above all names.

His kingdom has no end. To Him alone be glory, honor, power, adoration forever and ever. Amen.

Jesus the son of God, we celebrate you. We believe in you as they son of God born of the virgin Mary to save us.

We celebrate GOD’S GREAT LOVE FOR US AT THIS SEASON. SHALOM.

Florence

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Praise and Prayer November 20th; Thanks in Great Trial!

Nigeria:

Praise

  • Thanks be to God, we have been able to hire someone who specializes in working with Muslim background believers!
  • Rick was able to talk to the chapel and Gindiri Theological Seminary, and ask how many needed new materials who had already been trained, and several raised their hands; we dropped off materials for them to use!
  • Peter is getting better from his illness! Pray he is completely healed by Saturday.

Prayer

  • There is an important trip to Ridjau in Niger state coming up this Saturday. Danger of kidnapping! Last training in September, one of the trainees from Tim Robnet’s ministry was kidnapped. Rick might be going on Saturday. We are training 40 people; all pastors and missionaries from Water Winds organization. There are a lot of new converts in the area and a lot of pastors who are pretty young and want training!
  • Today our staff met with leaders from discipleship centers in Jos concerning MBB conference. We talked about how we are together going to take care of the new converts. Right now we have 20, and some of them have to flee to Jos! Preferable we can send some of the teachers from the discipleship centers up to help those who are not in imminent danger so they don’t have to be moved away from their families.
  • Pray for trip in January, we are planning an unprecedented meeting between all churches and ministries working with MBBs in Jos, to figure out a system for how to sustainably help MBBs, especially those whose lives are in danger!
  • Last week Sam traveled the village and there was an attack where he was between 3:30-4, at the village market between Barkin Ladi and Mangu. Four gunmen attacked a car while everyone was going to the market; the driver and navigator were killed, and two others injured. As one of the attackers was running, people killed him. People were so scared in the market, they just all froze. Up to now, there has been no reprisals, praise God. Keep praying for the families.
  • Prayer for Rick’s teaching and the renewal of Rick’s visa!
  • Comfort lost a friend of hers in ministry from Maiduguri, pray for his family
  • Comfort and her group are still going out on Thursday, please pray for safety for them!

Cameroon:

Praise

  • Florence and all of our co-workers are currently safe, thank God.
  • We may be able to run a conference in the middle of February in Cameroon, pray for wisdom.

Prayer

  • Fighting has intensified between the army and the freedom-fighters, pray for peace.
  • All the ex-pat doctors are leaving Mbingo, pray for the safety of the city.

USA:

Praise

  • David’s family all getting together for Thanksgiving and staying for several days.
  • Stacey Lloyd is coming on as a volunteer! He will be helping with our videos and pictures, which will be amazing, and will really help us with creating training videos particularly.

Prayer

  • Pray for wisdom as we follow-up with people who are now new to FFICM since the fundraiser!
  • Pray for wisdom to know how God would like us to reach out to people on Giving Tuesday

Ethiopia

Praise

  • for the doors God is opening for ministry!

Prayer

  • For churches in Eritrea facing extreme persecution!
  • We are praying about working with persecuted pastors! Pray for the plans as they develop.
DaraPraise and Prayer November 20th; Thanks in Great Trial!
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Praise and Prayer November 12!

 

Nigeria:

Praise

  • Ron and Rick are having a great time in Gindiri! Good interaction with students.
  • We have 17 new MBBs who resulted from the Bali outreach!

Prayer

  • Pray for Maiduguri, several villages attacked after the government killed Boko Haram members. 
  • Comfort is running a training and planning on going out to evangelize and follow-up! Pray for protection for them and for the people they will minister to
  • Pray for vehicle for Nigeria office. 
  • 17 MBBs who are in discipleship classes from Bali outreach, 3 will need to move to safe locations as their lives are being threatened. Pray for wisdom and resources to support them!
  • We want to add more staff to the Nigeria team, especially someone to work with MBBs!
  • This is a week of general council for COCIN; a meeting with top administration and faculty members in Jos, trying to sit and pray and think and study and talk together about the direction of the seminary. Pray for wisdom for them!

USA:

Praise

  • Praise for a wonderful fundraiser! We had over 50 people volunteer to help out, and people were generous with their giving and prayers! We are excited for the ministry that God 

Prayer

  • Praying for volunteer coordinator for local office

Cameroon:

Praise

  • We praise God for the team of trainees in Mbingo led by brother Joshua. Last week they went out for evangelism and won 21 converts. Today Florence gave them 21 follow-up booklets.
  • God is working through the crisis to bring people to Himself!
  • We praise God for answered prayer by raising up young people that we will train who will take the gospel every Mondays to homes in and around Mbingo!

Prayer

  • Pray for process of arranging conference in northern Cameroon
  • Yisa was to finalize arrangements for training in a church in Bamenda but was unable to meet. Pray that the pastor and Yisa will be able to meet.
  • Pray for our Boyo land, movement is becoming more and more difficult. The road from Mbingo to Bamenda was cut near a bridge last week.
  • Two young people were shot at hilltop on Saturday evening, one is still fighting for his life in the ICU.  Shot by the army. 
  • Pray for God’s guidance concerning the conference and training in Maroua. Pray for God’s provisions for our trip to Maroua. It is this trip that will determine where we hold the conference and training. 

 

Ethiopia: 

Praise

  • Praise for new ministry opportunities, potentially near Sudan 

Prayer

  • Pray for potential ministry outreach to Eritrean refugees!
DaraPraise and Prayer November 12!
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Reason and Rhyme

 

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost. 

~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Legalists of both the liberal and conservative variety treat truth similarly; as though it were a collection of facts that we can act on independently and reliably manipulate in order to get what we want out of life. The best people of both stripes want good things for others as well as themselves–conservative Christian legalists tend to focus on eternal salvation for themselves and others, and liberal Christians legalists tend to focus on working towards a utopia on this earth, or getting the world as close to a utopia as we can reasonably manage for the good of all.

There is, however, a fatal flaw in the way that they both go about their projects. Laws about the physical world, properly applied, lead to amazing scientific achievements, such as airplanes, water purification systems, and skyscrapers. We can never, and should never assume the same kind of mastery over moral truth. This attitude of pride leads us to the tower of Babel, where we assume we can build a staircase to heaven without being actually led by God. This project will always fail and fail miserably no matter how many times we invoke His name.

Reading the gospels we see that Jesus answered questions about what we should and shouldn’t do in really unexpected ways; by making extravagant demands, by going to the heart of motivations, by dodging some questions entirely. Clearly questions about what is right and wrong, what the meaning and purpose of our lives are, are meant to drive us to the person of Jesus in that humble surrender we call faith. It is only with the heart of a child that we can hear Jesus and obey Him, and actually grow in love. Without Him, we will find a way to do what is wrong, to apply good laws in evil ways that will cause pain and suffering to ourselves and others.

Jesus told us in Matthew that the first and greatest commandment is to love God, and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. How is it that people of both sides say and do terrible things in the name of love of others, and in the name of the love of God? It is this pride, and the attendant fear (it’s all up to me and if others thwart me, then it is all over) that destroys the best intentions of all and turns us on one another in the basest and most destructive hypocrisy.

Let’s pray together and repent of this pride; pray instead for the hearts of children who are deeply rooted in His love. Only in this way will we ever become part of His kingdom. God does desire justice on this earth, God desires to right what is wrong, to free us from the evil of others and the evil in our own hearts through confession, repentance, forgiveness, love. It is not your ability to force other people or yourself to abide by a list of laws, even the “law” of love that will save us. Only in willingness to give up control and live in trust can you hear from Jesus daily, live deeply rooted in Jesus, and be safe from the poisonous scourge of hatred, pride, and fear which threatens to make hypocrites and empty shells of us all. Only as we live in a posture of receiving from Jesus, like children, will Jesus change and save your heart, and change and save the world.

 

 

 

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