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The Christian TV ministry Sat-7, operating in the heart of the Middle East is urgently beseech your prayers, in light of the events following the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. SAT-7 ARABIC was forced to cancel this morning’s live broadcast at Kasr El Dobarah Church, and the church had to close its doors due to the violence in the street.

Dr. Terence Ascott, SAT-7 CEO and Founder, has commented on the events of the past several days and the effects they have had on Christians: “There have been specific threats against, for example, Egyptian Christians in Yemen and churches and Christians, in general…anyone who is a ‘cross worshipper,’ as they say in the street…It’s not the people that are making the movies or the cartoons in the Western world that pay the price for their enjoyment of free speech. It is the Christians in the Middle East that bear the brunt of the reaction that inevitably comes.”

Please pray that God’s Spirit will change the hearts of those seeking revenge, that Christians in the Middle East and North Africa will not be a target of anger and violence, and that the love of Christ would overcome the hatred dividing the region. We pray also for the staff keeping SAT-7 studios running, that God’s protection would surround them and enable them to be a light and a comfort to viewers.

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:44 & 45

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Eleven years ago, America confronted one of our darkest days. The events of September 11, 2001, brought collapsing towers in Manhattan and billowing smoke at the Pentagon, wreckage on a Pennsylvania field, and deep ache to the soul of our Nation. Nearly 3,000 innocent people lost their lives that morning; still more gave theirs in service during the hours, days, and years that followed. All were loved, and none will be forgotten. On these days of prayer and remembrance, we mourn again the men, women, and children who were taken from us with terrible swiftness, stand with their friends and family, honor the courageous patriots who responded in our country’s moment of need, and, with God’s grace, rededicate ourselves to a spirit of unity and renewal.

The President has issued a call for Americans to pray and otherwise memorialize the events of 9/11/2001 with 3 days of prayer. These days of prayer were first established by President George W. Bush and followed since that time. The complete Proclamation follows:

As the Lord leads, please pray:

  • Remembering our nation which was changed when the 9/11 events happened.
  • For those who lost loved ones, friends and neighbors in the terror attacks.
  • For America to be covered by God’s hand of protection.

We are suggesting that prayer be continued throughout the week for these requests, and our nation. May God continue to bless America – for it is in Him do we trust!

As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all them that trust in Him. 2 Samuel 22:31

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Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! Psalm 105:3

The second fruit of the Spirit listed by Paul is joy (Galatians 5:22). It is no mere accident that “joy” follows the first, love. Joy is a byproduct of love. If you concentrate on getting joy, it will elude you. But if you concentrate on getting love, then joy will seek you out – you will be automatically joyful.

The nine qualities of the fruit of the Spirit are not natural attributes, but supernatural ones. You cannot manufacture them – they just appear in our lives as we allow the Holy Spirit to have His way within us.

I know many Christians who find it difficult to embrace the fact that the fruit of the Spirit is joy. They not only don’t expect joy – they don’t want it. One grim Christian said to me once: “At the heart of our faith is a cross. This means we ought to be spending our time weeping, not laughing.”

Well, it is true that there is a cross at the heart of the Christian faith and that following Christ involves some rigorous self-denials, but it does not alter – and cannot alter – the fact that the fruit of the Spirit is joy. We cannot deny that there is a good deal of suffering in Christianity, but beneath the suffering is a joy that will, if we allow it, burst upward through everything.

If there is no joy, then how true is your Christianity – for Christianity is inherent joy? The empty tomb takes away our empty gloom. We have an Easter morning in our faith, and that means there is always a reason to rejoice.

Prayer:

Father, I am so thankful that Your Holy Spirit applies redemption right to the roots of my being. Thus I can be glad even when I am sad. Thank You, dear Father. Amen.

This devotional is courtesy of Every Day with Jesus.

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Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58

The first Monday of September is set aside each year to observe Labor Day, honoring the economic and social contributions of workers across America. And we praise and thank God all the laborers of our land!

But, more than that, God’s people are called to double duty. First, the Bible says in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” So, we are to contribute to provide for our families and society by working as we are given opportunity. Then, we are on duty for the Lord as His witnesses serving Him. We are servants for God, wherever He takes us, and however He uses us to His honor and glory.

Then, God gives us His wonderful promises in 1 Corinthians 15:58 to persevere in our labors for Him. That is to “Keep on Keeping on!”

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

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