“It is he who saved us and chose us for his holy work not because we deserved it but because that was his plan long before the world began — to show his love and kindness to us through Christ.”
~2 Timothy 1:9 TLB~
Read the Bible
- Duet. 23-24
- Psalm 35
- Luke 22
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Aegean Turks of Turkey
(uh-JEE-an) – A young, newly married couple has been joining a believing couple in their time of worship and reading the Word. The young husband has been professing faith in Jesus and wants to be baptized. The young wife has been attending with her husband from the beginning. She is very open and has mentioned feeling different. She usually reads with the others and will join in during their times of prayer. Not long ago while out at a cafe, she said that she wants to believe! She is very busy with a new job right now and wants to spend time reading and thoroughly understand exactly what she believes before she identifies herself as a follower of Jesus. Praise God for what he is doing in her heart! Would you pray for this young couple? The believers long to see another believing couple in their city.
Albanian Ghegs of Southern Europe
(al-BAY-nee-uhn gegs) – Across southern Europe, Albanian communities are primarily patriarchal. Men lead in the religious communities, the political arena, and most importantly, in the home. Workers among the Albanians believe that the greatest impact to be had for Christ will be through the salvation of these family leaders. When the head of a household comes to faith, he can stand up for and protect his family, allowing them to easily make decisions for Christ. Furthermore, he may stand up as a strong voice in his community that is less likely to be drowned out. Pray for such men to rise up in their communities and to find a deep faith that perseveres through trial, paving the way for many others to turn to Christ.
(dah-KAR) – Life in Senegal is difficult, and people are looking for solutions, anything to make their day-to-day lives easier. They long to reduce illness, to protect their children and themselves from evil spirits and curses, to find employment, to have food for the family, to be able to afford an apartment, and to have water and electricity. Into this milieu step the “fake gospel” people, promising health and wealth. False teachers are hard at work, spreading a “fake gospel” among people who have no idea what the true gospel is. One worker was asked to speak to a group of widows. However, before she was given the floor, a surprise guest speaker arrived amid much ado. Her behavior was like that of arriving royalty. And then she spoke. She told the women, among other things, that if they had enough faith and prayed hard enough and had positive thoughts, their problems would disappear. Then the surprise guest speaker began praying, along with many who joined in. It was a chaos of tongues. Following that morass, the worker was given the floor and presented the true gospel. The whole scene seemed reminiscent of John 6:24-26. Pray that thousands in Senegal will hear the true gospel and desire the Bread of Life, and not be deceived by “fake gospel” teachers. Pray for discernment among new believers so they will not be deceived by the lure of promises from these charlatans.
Pine Ridge United Methodist Church has a monthly breakfast benefit to help with a need a family in this area has. They will be serving a delicious buffet of food at 8 A.M. in a friendly atmosphere. After breakfast, you can have morning worship with them or attend your own church.
FBC, Kentwood will present their Easter cantata Sunday evening at 6 P.M. You are invited to join in this worship service. Other area churches will be having special Easter programs the next two weeks, but I don’t have details to share. Check with church offices or church members to learn dates and times.
Thank you for reading and praying today. Together, we can make a difference.