- Read17 Hostages and Daniel's Dream = HOPE
As I write this, there are seventeen Christian missionaries being held hostage in Haiti by a violent Haitian gang who holds them for ransom at a price of one million dollars each. These hostages include four children and a baby. When events like this happen in this chaotic world what does God want us to think? What does God want these seventeen missionary hostages to think as they are fearing for their lives in Haiti?
God gave Daniel a dream in the year 550bc for us and for these Christian missionaries to never lose Hope. God wants believers to know that there are endless nations, kingdoms and gangs who roam this earth thinking that they are in control as they all desire to be the top dog in the kingdom of man. But wait! In Daniel’s dream God shows Daniel and us what is really going on in heaven as these tribulations take place on earth. God says, “I sit in judgment over all of these nations and kingdoms” (Daniel 7:9-10). God is telling believers, especially those in tribulation, that even though each nation in this kingdom of man looks like a ravenous beast working out its own desires, He is providentially working out His purposes perfectly. God wants us to never lose hope in these very difficult times. God says, “trust in me as I work out My heavenly purposes” even as these beastly nations rage. God is at work! God says, I will destroy and consume these godless nations and gangs” (Daniel 7:26). And His children, including each hostage, will inherit the everlasting kingdom of God and its dominion (Daniel 7:17, 27). HOPE!
Church, let us surround our brothers and sister in Christ in prayer. Join me in praying for their steadfastness in these persecutions. Here are some letters from the families of the missionaries to direct our prayers:
Dear Church of Christ around the world,
Thank you for your prayers on behalf of our family members who are being held hostage in Haiti. God has given our loved ones the unique opportunity to live out our Lord’s command to, “love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you” (Matthew 5:44). God invites us to call upon His name in the day of trouble. (Psalm 50:15) We thank Him that He is God, and ask Him to hear our prayers and bring our families home. We also pray that the light of God’s love might shine out into the darkness of sin, and that the gang members might be freed from their bondage to sin and experience freedom in Jesus Christ.
Thank you, brothers and sisters in Christ, and PLEASE keep praying! - The families of the hostages
- Pray for the hostages—for their release, that they could endure faithfully, and that they would display Christlike love. Jesus, when nailed to the cross, said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
- Pray for the kidnappers—that they would experience the love of Jesus and turn to Him. We see that as their ultimate need.
- Pray for government leaders and authorities—as they relate to the case and work toward the release of the hostages. We appreciate the ongoing work and assistance of those knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with kidnapping cases.
Thank you for your prayers. We greatly appreciate the outpouring of support during this difficult time. God bless you. - Christian Aid Ministries | October 21, 2021 1:30 p.m.
Daniel 7:27 And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
- ReadGodly Men are Godly Husbands
Godly husbands have never been given the authority to lead their families in ways that are contrary to the Bible. Headship does not give men the right to be wrong. Simply because God has invested in the husband the authority to lead does not give him the freedom to lead in ways that are contrary to God’s Word.
See you tomorrow at 6am for breakfast and Bible. - 77Holy
- Read-Terri Lynn Martin-
Church Family: Terri Martin passed from this earth to be with her heavenly Father in heaven this afternoon (Sunday) at 2:15pm. Her death was sudden and unexpected. Plans for a memorial will be forthcoming. Please, reach out to Terri's husband, Saint Clair, with cards of encouragement and love as he grieves during this time. His address is:
Saint Clair Caddell
122 Gull Dr
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- ReadWhen is it good to defy the government?
Church family: When is it good and righteous for believers to defy the government? We know that there are several scriptures throughout the Bible that command Christians to submit to the ruling authorities (i.e., Romans 13:1-7). Paul, who wrote Romans, commands believers to obey the government. However, Paul made that command presuming that rulers would be fulfilling the task that God has given them to "establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity" (US Constitution).
However, what about those times when the government prohibits us from doing something the Lord commands or when the government commands us to do something the Lord prohibits? When the government makes such laws, then believers must not submit to the laws of the authorities. Christians are never given the permission to sin, nor are they permitted to abandon the commands of God in order to obey the mandates of other human beings.
This week in Daniel 6 we find the God-fearing and faithful Daniel acted out in defiance of the Persian government’s new law of not allowing any prayers to anybody but King Darius. For 70 years Daniel had kept the pagan Babylonian law so perfectly that the jealous government officials could not find him guilty of breaking any law. Daniel had obeyed the pagan government perfectly because it did not forbid him to do what God commanded him to do - pray to the One True God. When the sinful law was enacted by Darius, Daniel shows us that we “ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). So, Daniel did not hesitate one moment to disobey the government that forbade him to pray to God (Daniel 6:10).
Throughout Scripture, the only examples of defying the law of government are found when the government is clearly commanding Christians to sin. For example, the Hebrew midwives (Exodus 1), Rahab (Joshua 2), Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego (Daniel 3) and Peter (Acts 5) are a few. All of these defied the government in order to be faithful to the Lord. Similar circumstances justify the same response from believers today. While considering resisting civil laws, we should be sensitive to our sinful nature looking for any excuse in God’s law to pursue defying the government.
As Christians we must make great effort to bend over backward to be happy, responsible citizens of the government because improper resistance to the civil authorities is a rebellion against a Holy God. But when the commands of God’s kingdom directly contradict the commands of the kingdom of men, the commands of our Holy God must be victorious.
I look forward to worshiping the One True God with you this Sunday, Steve
Daniel 6:10 When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.
- Colossians 1:16 (ESV) For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
- Church family, please see below from Michael Ramos. If you know anyone in need please contact myself or Mike. Thanks! “Good morning, God’s blessings to you all. This is Mike Ramos I have a very nice dining room table & chairs to give to the church or someone in need needs to be pick up here when you can and I need help loading and we can use my truck.”