Newsletter, December 2013

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Peace Be Still

 

“Peace, peace I give unto you, not as the world gives, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

 

People’s lives are filled with so much heartache – they yearn for the peace that only faith and trust in the Lord can bring.

 

There is so much on our plates that it seems impossible to be still and hear His voice. To have that peace that passes all understanding – to trust the Lord for what the future holds – to be anxious for nothing – this requires time to read His word, trust His word, and time to listen to Him to speak to you through His word.

 

It is not easy to be still in a world full of activity, challenges, hardship, catastrophic events, and pain, especially at this time of the year.  People are facing Christmas without a spouse, or without their children. Some are fighting painful childhood Christmas memories.   Others are experiencing physical pain, or carrying the burden of loved ones who do not know the Lord and are living a life of sin that will result in terrible consequences unless they turn from their ways and accept the love and forgiveness Christ offered on the cross.  I want you to know Christ loves them more than you do and that your prayers have great power.

I want to give you some scriptures to meditate on.

 

“All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” (Rm. 8:28)  This takes trust and the answer may not come as soon as you would like, but don’t think God has not heard.  His plans are better than yours and His timing is perfect.

I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. (Ps. 34:4)

 

As we celebrate the miraculous incarnation of Christ’s birth, may we realize life was not easy for the people in this story.  When Mary was found to be pregnant out of wedlock, which was punishable by stoning, Joseph was planning to put her away secretly.  An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream telling him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife; for she had conceived by the Holy Spirit, and the child would be called Jesus and would save His people from their sins.  How many people believed Joseph and Mary’s story?

 

Imagine traveling to Bethlehem at nine months pregnant, finding no place to stay, then delivering a child where the cows and donkeys were fed, and laying Him in a feeding trough. After the visit of the magi, an angel told them to flee to Egypt because Herod was going to search for the child to destroy Him.  They departed in the night before Herod had all the male children two years old and younger put to death.

 

Jesus waited until He was 30 years old before going public with His ministry.  His brothers did not believe Him.  After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus went off into the wilderness for forty days and forty nights.  Have you ever spent forty days without seeing anyone, or talking to anyone, let alone not eating or drinking anything?  He was hated by the religious leaders and He was put to death.  That is why He came to earth, to die for us, to pay the price for our sins.  “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Heb. 9:22) He loves us so much that He was willing to pay that price so that we might spend eternity with Him.  He would rather die than live without us.

 

“Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”  (Ps. 55:22)

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance, and let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)

 

We do have an enemy that would like to discourage us, put fear in our hearts, cause us to stumble.  “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert.  Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.”  (1 Pet. 5:8-9)

Read Ps. 46, Ps. 16:5-11, Rm. 15:13, Ga. 5:22, Heb. 12:2-3, Jude 24-25

 

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Praise and Prayer

 

Please keep this ministry in your prayers - for protection for the ministry building and equipment, for progress on the website, for the gospel to be proclaimed clearly and that hearts will be touched around the world. Pray for us to have wisdom and discernment.

 

Pray for our churches, pastors, and missionaries. Pray for our nation that a revival will take place.  Pray for those who have been hit by tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes.

 

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Thank you for your prayers and financial support.

 

Have a blessed Christmas.

 

In His bonds,

 
Norma Bonds

 

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