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Worry

Emma and I produce a prayer letter every couple of months. If you want to join the mailing list just say so in comments.

Here's the opening...

This morning I read Jesus' words in Matthew 6:34:

"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

That's a good verse for the start of a new year. Jesus does not counsel us to take on 2014 - only today. Today is hard enough to handle without fretting over 12 months worth of commitments. Therefore it's a great blessing that we never actually have to deal with 2014. In our Father's kindness, he feeds us this year in bite-sized chunks. This is something I'm sure I'll have to remind myself many times this year!

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Emma and I are producing a little prayer letter every month or two.  If you'd like to support us in prayer, just email and I'll send you one: glenscrivener at gmail dot com.

 

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Sorry I haven't been blogging so much recently.  Among other things I've been busy preparing for this.  The Christian Union have done a terrific job preparing and publicizing.  Please pray that the word of Christ would go out with power!

 

I've got a crazy busy week - seven talks in the next six days.  And on Thursday I'm helping a friend in court against an unscrupulous landlord - please pray for that, we're way out of our depth!

But here's what's been going through my head all day...

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Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air
I know I can count on you
Sometimes I feel like saying "Lord I just don't care"
But you've got the love I need To see me through

Sometimes it seems that the going is just too rough
And things go wrong no matter what I do
Now and then it seems that life is just too much
But you've got the love I need to see me through

When food is gone you are my daily meal
When friends are gone I know my Saviour's love is real
Your love is real

You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love

Time after time I think "Oh Lord what's the use?"
Time after time I think it's just no good
Sooner or later in life, the things you love you loose
But you got the love I need to see me through

You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love

Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air
I know I can count on you
Sometimes I feel like saying "Lord I just don't care"
But you've got the love I need to see me through

More than 160 were arrested the first week Shouwang tried to meet outdoors, about 50 were arrested the second week, approximately 40 on the third week, about 30 on the fourth week, 13 the fifth week, 20 the sixth week and 25 the seventh week.

Last week 22 were arrested.  Pray, especially as they seek to meet again tomorrow.

UPDATE: Josh VB asks us to pray in particular for a girl called Tingting. She's been going to the outdoor meetings week by week. She's now under house arrest every day and so unable to get to work.

And keep praying for unity in the churches.

Read more here.

There are lots of new things going on for me (and for Emma).  If you would like to receive a prayer letter from me, please email and I will send it out to you:

glenscrivener at gmail dot com

Would love your support, thanks.

In the wake of Nigerian presidential elections in which a Christian from the south has won, the north has erupted in violence. Open Doors reports that 60 churches have been torched and thousands of Christian homes destroyed.

My brother in Christ Yahaya Ibrahim is a brave pastor of a congregation in Kaduna. He contacted me to ask for prayer:

Please pray for:

* God's intervention,
* Pray against fear,
* Pray against retaliation,
* Pray against rumour mongering.

From Josh's blog.  Please spread the word to get people praying:

About 18 months ago ShouWang (a large “Family Church” in Beijing, English name: The Rock) bought a building to meet in, but the Government put pressure on the property manager to not hand over the keys so they were forced to rent a place instead. The Government then put pressure on the landlord to evict them which he did a couple of weeks ago. The therefore felt they had no alternative but to meet outside, which they did last Sunday (10th April).

Consequently over 100 people (including our friend MM) were taken away by police for questioning, with most being (including MM) released 24 hours later having signed a statement saying they won’t take part in any other illegal meetings.

This Sunday (17th April) since they want to keep meeting as a church, and have no alternative, they will meet outside again. Today, the police have personally visited a number of the congregation (including our friends Carol and DQ) warning them not to take part in the service.

We’ve just been on the phone to Carol, she’s not sure what she should do: whether to honour her dad by staying at home and away from a likely conflict with the police, or go and identify herself with fellow believers and obeying the command to keep on meeting with brothers and sisters. We’re not sure what to advise her.

The leaders of the church have reportedly been placed under house arrest, however it seems that the two senior pastors have been taken away and it’s unclear where they are at the moment.

Do please be praying about this situation.

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