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Faith

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Luke 12:28-31

But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:18

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5 & 6

Heavenly Father – Strengthen me to grow in my complete trust, and faith that You are ever- present in my life, that it may not be said of me: “O you of little faith.” Let me please You in my daily walk of faith, knowing that if You have clothed the grass in the fields, that Your care for me is always there – but that I am to seek You first in all things! Let me show You my faith in my trust, and service to You, as You direct my life. Amen.

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MAKE a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
Serve the LORD with gladness;

Come before His presence with singing.

Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;

 

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

May we be in thankful adoration of God, our Creator, for His provision of salvation through Christ Jesus, our Lord! May God’s Spirit continue to lead and guide us, as we seek to serve Him, to His glory and honor.

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The ministry of Open Doors reports that last month, as faithful Christian believers gathered at church in Baghdad to worship, members of the militant Islamic group Al-Qaeda attacked. They took about 120 worshipers hostage, beat and killed three pastors, and detonated explosives moments before Iraqi security forces stormed the church in a rescue attempt. At least 64 people, mostly worshippers — including a 3-year-old — were massacred and an estimated 300 wounded.

Even more shocking is that, due to the recent election focus, the American media has barely reported this persecution of Christians! Unfortunately, it’s not over. Al-Qaeda’s Iraq splinter group, the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) who was responsible for the attack, issued this statement after the attack:

“All Christian centers, organizations and institutions, leaders and followers, are legitimate targets for the mujahedeen wherever they can reach them.”

This is a chilling warning, and Open Doors is urging believers everywhere to pray not only for those who were wounded, but for the many more Christians around the region who are being targeted.

The ministry of Open Doors is offering assistance to Christians being persecuted in Iraq in several ways:

  • Providing trauma counseling training for leaders and youth-workers.
  • Setting up and maintaining safe houses to persecuted believers who are in danger and fear for their lives, with the protection and care they need.
  • Supplying refugee who are forced to flee their homes with emergency packs of food and supplies.
  • Continuing the printing of Bibles and study materials to help where there is a massive shortage in Muslim countries.
  • Broadcasting radio or TV programs to strengthen believers whose only church is their Christian radio or TV set.

To find out more about the work our Lord is doing through the ministry of Open Doors, go to their Web site at: opendoorsusa.org

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Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

Psalm 33:12

Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring our military veterans, observed on November 11th, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. It was first celebrated as Armistice Day in 1919 by a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson, who said:

To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.

On June 1, 1954, Congress replacing the word “Armistice” with “Veteran’s,” to include all of our military veterans, and it has been known as Veteran’s Day ever since.

As we give tribute to our veterans, take a few moments to reflect, remembering those who served our country well, as we share this poem by Susan Helene Kramer:

You gave for peace with courage
That families may be free
So children could grow strong
And safe they’d ever be.

In giving for the sake of peace
You may have suffered loss
Your body may still show its wounds
From taking up the cause.

May remembrance of your time away
Your sacrifice for peace
Spur us on to strive more strongly
For freedom, that there’ll be release.

From causes that sent some away
To fight that we may freely live
With gratefulness we thank you, veterans
For all you gave and give!

Dear Lord — We honor our veterans, worthy men and women who gave their best when they were called upon to serve and protect their country. We thank You Lord, for Your protection over our nation, as these brave soldiers have served as they’ve been called to do. May we be a nation that always honors and glorifies You! Thank you for Your peace “which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). Amen.

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