Day 1/17 – Justice and Mercy

The Word  – Joshua 1:8 (ESV)  “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”  Joshua 1:8

“”If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26

“Jesus calls you to an exclusive relationship with Him.  He will countenance no competition; your allegiance to Him must be total.  Your devotion to Him must be so thorough that the love you have for any and all attachments in life by comparison is like the contrast between love and hate.”    Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)

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This email contains, sequentially: Memory Verse (above), Daily Devotion from “Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man” by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”), Scripture Reading  (read the entire Bible in 1 year), and Prayer Requests. 

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Justice and Mercy

Day Seventeen

“For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy; yet mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13

Mercy is the setting aside of justice.  You show mercy to those who deserve justice, but do not execute it for one reason or another.  Early in the Old Testament God talks a great deal about people needing mercy, but little of people showing mercy to one another.  The idea of mercy begins to be manifest in the prophets: “He hath shewed thee, 0 man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy…”22

God charges the state with the task of justice, the individual with forgiveness. When the state seeks to be merciful, oppression and injustice reign.  When the individual seeks justice, relationships are broken, for all are sinners.  Thus when the tasks of the state and individual merged during the Theocracy, forgiveness between individuals tended to be neglected.  For God did not institute a police system in Israel; the people were responsible for policing themselves, ensuring justice in their society.

For this reason the Psalms show a vindictive side to the people of God.  They were charged with executing justice.  Paul says, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves….Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” 23   Not until you come to the New Testament where the people of God are no longer a Theocracy, do you find this shift from the individual carrying the responsibility of executing justice to leaving it in the hand’s of God.

The thirst for justice, common to all people, can only be suspended in favor of mercy if you maintain the conviction that God will avenge injustice for you – if not in this life, then in eternity.  A friend lost his only son in a senseless murder and freely forgave the assassin, seeking to lead him to Christ.  This was possible because of his understanding this truth.  Never confuse the God ordained role of the state with that of the individual when it comes to justice and mercy.

22 Micah 6:8

23 Romans 12:19

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Genesis 41-42 Matthew 12:1-23 (New King James Version)

Genesis 41-42

Pharaoh’s Dreams

41 Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river. Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. Then behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and stood by the othercows on the bank of the river. And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke. He slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good. Then behold, seven thin heads, blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump and full heads. So Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it wasa dream. Now it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there wasno one who could interpret them for Pharaoh.

Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: “I remember my faults this day. 10 When Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, bothme and the chief baker, 11 we each had a dream in one night, he and I. Each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his owndream. 12 Now there wasa young Hebrew man with us there, a servant of the captain of the guard. And we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us; to each man he interpreted according to his owndream. 13 And it came to pass, just as he interpreted for us, so it happened. He restored me to my office, and he hanged him.”

14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh. 15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there isno one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you thatyou can understand a dream, to interpret it.”

16 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It isnot in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”

17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph: “Behold, in my dream I stood on the bank of the river. 18 Suddenly seven cows came up out of the river, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. 19 Then behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such ugliness as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt. 20 And the gaunt and ugly cows ate up the first seven, the fat cows. 21 When they had eaten them up, no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they werejust as ugly as at the beginning. So I awoke. 22 Also I saw in my dream, and suddenly seven [a]heads came up on one stalk, full and good. 23 Then behold, seven heads, withered, thin, andblighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. 24 And the thin heads devoured the seven good heads. So I told thisto the magicians, but there wasno one who could explain itto me.”

25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh areone; God has shown Pharaoh what He isabout to do: 26 The seven good cows areseven years, and the seven good [b]heads areseven years; the dreams areone. 27 And the seven thin and ugly cows which came up after them areseven years, and the seven empty heads blighted by the east wind are seven years of famine. 28 This isthe thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh. God has shown Pharaoh what He isabout to do. 29 Indeed seven years of great plenty will come throughout all the land of Egypt; 30 but after them seven years of famine will arise, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will deplete the land. 31 So the plenty will not be known in the land because of the famine following, for it will bevery severe. 32 And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing isestablished by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

33 “Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh do this,and let him appoint [c]officers over the land, to collect one-fifth of the produceof the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years. 35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the [d]authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. 36 Then that food shall be as a [e]reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not [f]perish during the famine.”

Joseph’s Rise to Power

37 So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. 38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a oneas this, a man in whom isthe Spirit of God?”

39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there isno one as discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be [g]over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44 Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I amPharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” 45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name [h]Zaphnath-Paaneah. And he gave him as a wife Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On. So Joseph went out over allthe land of Egypt.

46 Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. 47 Now in the seven plentiful years the ground brought forth [i]abundantly. 48 So he gathered up all the food of the seven years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities; he laid up in every city the food of the fields which surrounded them. 49 Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it wasimmeasurable.

50 And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On, bore to him. 51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn [j]Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.” 52 And the name of the second he called [k]Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

53 Then the seven years of plenty which were in the land of Egypt ended, 54 and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. The famine was in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Then Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, do.” 56 The famine was over all the face of the earth, and Joseph opened [l]all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians. And the famine became severe in the land of Egypt. 57 So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain,because the famine was severe in all lands.

Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt

42 When Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?” And he said, “Indeed I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down to that place and buy for us there, that we may live and not die.”

So Joseph’s ten brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt. But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “Lest some calamity befall him.” And the sons of Israel went to buy grainamong those who journeyed, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.

Now Joseph wasgovernor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him with theirfaces to the earth. Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he acted as a stranger to them and spoke [m]roughly to them. Then he said to them, “Where do you come from?”

And they said, “From the land of Canaan to buy food.”

So Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. Then Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed about them, and said to them, “You arespies! You have come to see the [n]nakedness of the land!”

10 And they said to him, “No, my lord, but your servants have come to buy food. 11 We areall one man’s sons; we arehonest men;your servants are not spies.”

12 But he said to them, “No, but you have come to see the nakedness of the land.”

13 And they said, “Your servants aretwelve brothers, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and in fact, the youngest iswith our father today, and one isno more.”

14 But Joseph said to them, “It isas I spoke to you, saying, ‘You arespies!’ 15 In this manneryou shall be tested: By the life of Pharaoh, you shall not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here. 16 Send one of you, and let him bring your brother; and you shall be [o]kept in prison, that your words may be tested to see whether there isany truth in you; or else, by the life of Pharaoh, surely you arespies!” 17 So he [p]put them all together in prison three days.

18 Then Joseph said to them the third day, “Do this and live, forI fear God: 19 If you arehonest men,let one of your brothers be confined to your prison house; but you, go and carry grain for the famine of your houses. 20 And bring your youngest brother to me; so your words will be verified, and you shall not die.”

And they did so. 21 Then they said to one another, “We aretruly guilty concerning our brother, for we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us, and we would not hear; therefore this distress has come upon us.”

22 And Reuben answered them, saying, “Did I not speak to you, saying, ‘Do not sin against the boy’; and you would not listen? Therefore behold, his blood is now required of us.” 23 But they did not know that Joseph understood them,for he spoke to them through an interpreter. 24 And he turned himself away from them and wept. Then he returned to them again, and talked with them. And he took Simeon from them and bound him before their eyes.

The Brothers Return to Canaan

25 Then Joseph gave a command to fill their sacks with grain, to restore every man’s money to his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. Thus he did for them. 26 So they loaded their donkeys with the grain and departed from there. 27 But as one of themopened his sack to give his donkey feed at the encampment, he saw his money; and there it was, in the mouth of his sack. 28 So he said to his brothers, “My money has been restored, and there it is, in my sack!” Then their hearts [q]failed themand they were afraid, saying to one another, “What isthis thatGod has done to us?”

29 Then they went to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan and told him all that had happened to them, saying: 30 “The man who islord of the land spoke [r]roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country. 31 But we said to him, ‘We arehonest men;we are not spies. 32 We aretwelve brothers, sons of our father; one isno more,and the youngest iswith our father this day in the land of Canaan.’ 33 Then the man, the lord of the country, said to us, ‘By this I will know that you arehonest men:Leave one of your brothers herewith me, take food forthe famine of your households, and be gone. 34 And bring your youngest brother to me; so I shall know that you arenot spies, but thatyou arehonest men.I will grant your brother to you, and you may trade in the land.’ ”

35 Then it happened as they emptied their sacks, that surprisingly each man’s bundle of money wasin his sack; and when they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid. 36 And Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me: Joseph is no more,Simeon is no more,and you want to take Benjamin. All these things are against me.”

37 Then Reuben spoke to his father, saying, “Kill my two sons if I do not bring him backto you; put him in my hands, and I will bring him back to you.”

38 But he said, “My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he is left alone. If any calamity should befall him along the way in which you go, then you would bring down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave.”

Footnotes:

  • Genesis 41:22 Heads of grain
  • Genesis 41:26 Heads of grain
  • Genesis 41:34 overseers
  • Genesis 41:35 Lit. hand
  • Genesis 41:36 Lit. supply
  • Genesis 41:36 be cut off
  • Genesis 41:40 In charge of
  • Genesis 41:45 Probably Egyptian for God Speaks and He Lives
  • Genesis 41:47 Lit. by handfuls
  • Genesis 41:51 Lit. Making Forgetful
  • Genesis 41:52 Lit. Fruitfulness
  • Genesis 41:56 Lit. all that was in them
  • Genesis 42:7 harshly
  • Genesis 42:9 Exposed parts
  • Genesis 42:16 Lit. bound
  • Genesis 42:17 Lit. gathered
  • Genesis 42:28 sank
  • Genesis 42:30 harshly

Matthew 12:1-23

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

12 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. And when the Pharisees saw it,they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!”

But He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the showbread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple [a]profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? Yet I say to you that in this place there is Onegreater than the temple. But if you had known what thismeans, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is Lord [b]even of the Sabbath.”

Healing on the Sabbath

Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue. 10 And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—that they might accuse Him.

11 Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift itout? 12 Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched itout, and it was restored as whole as the other. 14 Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.

Behold, My Servant

15 But when Jesus knew it,He withdrew from there. And great [c]multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. 16 Yet He warned them not to make Him known, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:

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“Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen,

My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased!

I will put My Spirit upon Him,

And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.

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He will not quarrel nor cry out,

Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.

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A bruised reed He will not break,

And smoking flax He will not quench,

Till He sends forth justice to victory;

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And in His name Gentiles will trust.”

A House Divided Cannot Stand

22 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the [d]blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”

Footnotes:

  • Matthew 12:5 desecrate
  • Matthew 12:8 NU, M omit even
  • Matthew 12:15 NU brackets multitudesas disputed.
  • Matthew 12:22 NU omits blind and

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“You cannot know until after you believe and speak; that is the order: believe, speak, know.” Walt

PRAYER REQUESTS 

UPDATE: PRAISE REPORT & PRAYER REQUEST: Sister Marisa went Home to the Lord.  Please Pray for her husband and children.  

Please Pray for Albert Chong, Lee Yih’s son in law. Albert had a massive heart attack and is currently in an induced coma. Latest update from Lee’s daughter, Christie Chong:

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you so much for the many emails, texts, and phone calls that we received today expressing your deep love and concern for Albert and our family.  It has helped to comfort, encourage, and support me through this incredibly harrowing experience.

Some of the details got a little fuzzy in my quick texts, so here is my more detailed account:

What Happened to Albert?

On Monday, Jan 14th, at 2:00am, Albert was awoken by chest pain that didn’t feel right.  He tried to go back to sleep and took some aspirin but didn’t feel better.  By 2:30am, he decided to wake me up to drive him to the hospital rather than risking driving himself.  He recognized the symptoms of a heart attack but remained calm.  We were out the door by 2:40amand left the girls sleeping in their rooms.  (We had WiFi monitors on them so we could check on them and by God’s grace, they slept through it all and my mother-in-law got to the house before they even woke up.)  I knew this was a serious emergency when Albert told me to leave the girls by themselves at home, speed-drive, and even run red lights (which is so against his nature).  We got to the ER in record time (13min), while Albert called ahead to let them know to expect him.  He got checked in while I parked and waited for a bit in the lobby.

At around 3:10am, I had enough of waiting and went inside to look for him in the ER bay.  He had gotten a first EKG and it looked normal.  What a relief.  He was getting pain meds for what felt like severe pain in his chest, causing him to sweat.  He said the pain was getting worse.  At around 3:30amthe ER doc called for a 2nd EKG and at first, the nurse had a hard time finding a reading because Albert was “fidgeting” and not holding still.  This was because his body was building up to a sudden violent convulsion.  He was going into cardiac arrest (V-TACH)!  It was the most terrifying thing I have ever seen and I will spare you the details.  Suddenly, everyone was rushing around him, pushing buttons that made lights flash, yelling for the docs, etc.  

One of the docs ushered me out of the room, saying, “You don’t want to see this as it’s quite traumatic.”  Stuck in the waiting room down the hall was so nerve-wracking as I kept hearing the “cardiac alert” announcement on the PA and knowing it was Albert.  I snuck back a few times to peek through the window only to see his toes sticking out at the end of the bed, people crowding around the bed, shocking him, giving him CPR, doing chest compressions, passing different medicines back and forth…  I couldn’t bear to keep watching.  I could only pray and beg God for mercy on Albert.  Later, I was grateful that we got there in time with about 30min to spare before he went into cardiac arrest.  It was close and I was sobered at the thought that he could have died had he been anywhere else but inside the hospital during that critical time.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, they stabilized him and the cardiology team arrived.  Later I found out that the ER team were having trouble resuscitating him each time.  They ended up shocking him a total of 12 times.  It was a very bad heart attack.  They were able to take him upstairs to the cath lab to find out where the blockages were.  The procedure started at 4:15amand lasted about an hour.  

Afterwards, they noticed abnormal shaking, which is a sign of a potential neurological problem.  So to be proactive in protecting his brain functions, they put him in a hypothermic coma to shutdown his body and give his brain a chance to rest and recover without being overtaxed.  This was troubling to me because Albert never came to and they didn’t get to evaluate him to see if he was OK after the cardiac arrest.  We would have to wait a grueling 48-72 hours to find out if there was any damage to his brain during such a long time of being in cardiac arrest.  But this is giving him his best chance at recovery at this point.  The cardiologist explained to me that this was not a “run-of-the-mill” heart attack, but quite a complicated one given the events.

How is Albert now?

For the hypothermic coma, they took a long time to cool his body down to 33oC (~92oF) and they have to keep it at that constant temp for 24 hours, taking his blood every half an hour, monitoring his breathing and heart rate, etc.  He had what seemed like a dozen IV bags of medicines and fluids, plus machines that were hooked up to him, and his skin felt cold to the touch.  Once the 24 hours are up (Tues morning), they will start to warm his body up 0.25 degrees per hour (or 2) until he reaches 36 degrees Celsius.  This could take 12 hours, or, if they go doubly slow, it could take 24 more hours.  The docs are leaning toward taking it slow since a brand-new study just got released about the positive effects of that slow rate.  So, we may be looking at another 24-48 hours before they try to wake him up.  That means we are looking at maybe Wed or Thurs possibly getting a chance to learn how Albert was affected.  Tomorrow, they will monitor brain waves to protect against seizures.  Later on, he will get a CAT scan or MRI to evaluate brain function.  So, for now, it is just a waiting game at this point.  Nothing we can do except Pray!

Brother Walt requests Prayer for Kathy his dear friend’s wife. Kathy was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune condition known as dermatomyositischaracterized by skin rash and muscle weakness, and which had a rapid onset about six weeks ago. There is no cure. Treatment is chemotherapy to kill the immune system, which is attacking her skin and muscle cells, and prednisone to reduce the inflammatory response.  They are headed to Stanford to engage medical treatment experts for this rare disease at the end of January. They have three beautiful and talented children. One goes to Brown, the other Stanford and the youngest is a sophomore in high school. Though Kathy is a kind, loving person, she has been a bit resistant to the Gospel; she has a new age concept of Elohim and not sure she knows Yeshua or whether He knows her.  Gerard is a faithful Catholic and believes in the power of Prayer. We Pray that in the midst of this trial, Kathy would accept Yeshua into her heart, and develop an insatiable appetite to execute Elohom’s will in all areas of her life.  That his mercy would abound in her life, including re-establishing a perfectly healed immune system; that he would repair every damaged cell, DNA strands or base pairs; destroy and clear any viruses or abnormal cells, and miraculously perfect all cells, molecules, nutrients, vitamins and neurotransmitters in her body. We Pray He would heal her mind so that she has an insatiable thirst for the Word and to be assured of her place in the Body of Christ. We Pray He would turn her test into a powerful testimony that transforms the lives of others He will assign to her, especially Sean, Daniella and Grant – her incredible children.  That they too would transformed into Disciples by her healing miracle.  Above all, Father, let your will be done! Amen. 

Please Pray for Brother John LaPorte’s sister, Cathy, who had her gall bladder removed. Please Pray there are no other associated problems. 

Brother Nate, wife Jellah and their daughter Jael arrived in Las Vegas from the Philippines on Christmas Eve.  Unfortunately, they arrived sick.  They are still sick almost 2 weeks later.  Please Pray that God would heal them and also keep Dave and his wife Sally from catching it.

Please continue to Pray for Brother Wayde Yeley’s mother‘s heart condition.  

Please continue to Pray for: 

1) Healing for baby Caden (Kevin Odor’s grandson) – born with Agenesis of the corpus callosum (rare neurological birth defect); and

2) Peace and healing for Marlene Webb – 84-year-old who recently received Christ as her Savior; Pray for her to truly embrace God’s Peace and Plan for her remaining time on earth. (She is very sick with congenital heart failure. )

Please continue to Pray for Brother Juan, David Frear’s father in law. He is recovering from a liver AND kidney transplant. 

Please continue to Pray for Sister Fabiola and her children in Mexico. And, please continue to Pray for her church caught up in the tragedies surrounding the murder of her husband, x-husband and one of her children.

Michelle continues to request Prayer for her husband and herself (Michelle and Jesus Arredondo) as they are wanting to start a family.

Please continue to Pray for Micheal Bolognini and his father, Louis Bolognini.  Louis was released from hospital and taken off cancer medication and went into hospice care. Pray they will experience God’s Presence and Hope in Jesus. 

Please continue to Pray for the Salvation of Hagen who is HIV positive and is deathly ill. 

We continue to ask for Prayers and Gods Grace and Mercy for Baby Grace and her parents, Lisa and Darren. 

Please continue to Pray for Alejandro Corral, his son Alejandro Jr., and his aunt Josefina. 

Please continue to Pray for Brother Steve Venable dealing with ALS. 

Please continue to Pray for our Persecuted Brothers and Sisters and their families that are suffering and giving their lives for our Faith.  10 WAYS TO PRAY FOR OUR PERSECUTED CHRISTIAN FAMILY.. Pray our brothers and sisters will:

1. Sense God’s presence (Heb. 13:5) 

2. Know we are praying for them (2 Tim. 1:3) 

3. Experience God’s comfort (2 Thess. 2:16–17) 

4. See God open doors to evangelism (Col. 4:3) 

5. Boldly share the gospel (Acts 4:29) 

6. Mature in their faith (Col. 1:28–29) 

7. Be granted wisdom in covert ministry work (Acts 9:23–25) 

8. Remain joyful amid suffering (Acts 5:41) 

9. Forgive and love their persecutors (Matt. 5:44) 

10. Be rooted in God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16–17)

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Stand with your Brothers and Sisters in Prayer and Support. (See: The Voice of the Martyrs: https://www.persecution.com)

Please continue Pray for our President & government leaders that they will would seek God and Walk in His Ways.    

Please continue to pray for Biblical “headship” in families.

Please continue to Pray for all our children. 

Please continue to Pray that there would be a resurgence of Biblical “Fear of the Lord” in the church and in each of us… “to fear the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.”

Please continue to Pray for Brother Ron Brink’s son who had 3+ military tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and who is now suffering brain damage and PTSD.  Pray for God’s Healing Power to fall upon Johnathon. (Ron is a 20 plus year missionary in Mexico with Touch Baja… for info on Touch Baja and how to touch the Mexican people for Christ, see http://www.touchbaja.com.)

Please continue to Pray for the Sharon India Foundation (“SIF”) to assisting the poor of India.  Through SIF: Widows have received medical treatment and been given quality sewing machines and training on how to use them to make a living. Orphans have been given free education in their neighborhood slum areas.  After natural disasters relief has been provided in the nature of medical, food items, blankets, clothing and building materials.  Bore wells have been successfully dug to provide fresh water to affected areas.  Water purification systems have also been given out on a limited basis. Special shoes have been purchased for lepers with ulcerated feet.  Thousands of books have been translated to assist in the ever growing discipleship outreach of E-Squared (Evangelism and Edification/Disciples).  Sharon India Foundation has no administrative costs and 100% of all donations go directly to the Indian pastors and their ministries. (Let’s reach India and beyond for Christ…see how you can help: https://sharonindia.org.)

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