GUEST POST by Bruce Mewett @itsbygracealone

Today so many Christians and others find themselves facing brutally evil persecution. We need only look to Syria as the most recent, but not the only terrible example. So my friend and Aussie Bro wrote just the right post for his blog today. He is listed here as other blogs to read, but I feel compelled to post it below too.

Confidence Amidst Persecution

Unfortunately in our world today, we as Christians, are going to be persecuted but hey! hang on minute! It’s not just the world outside who is out to get us – very frequently it is our best friends, our family and even ourselves.

Persecution comes in all forms and types – we can be ostracised at work for our beliefs, we can even be fired! I recall with much clarity the case of the wedding cake decorator in the USA who lost her livelihood, home and business because she stood up for what she believed and she paid the price.

It seems to me that as the world cries TOLERANCE that it is only the Christians that have be tolerant. We need to show love to all and as Christians it is extremely hard for us to follow the worlds definition of that tolerance.

Tolerance originally meant to acknowledge others beliefs and differences which in fact we are told in the scriptures that is exactly what we are meant to do. (Galatians chapter 4.)

What the world now sees as tolerance is for all people to accept those beliefs as true and if you don’t you are labelled as intolerant and in many cases can be prosecuted, fined and/or even jailed .

So what does God’s word say about the fact that in this day we are being persecuted and actually hated by the world for our belief and acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

Jesus Himself said that we are to turn the other cheek and tolerate others beliefs. In Luke on the sermon on the mount Jesus said “blessed are you when others reject and even hate you for following me”.  They hated Jesus in the same way, so we cannot expect any thing else but the same treatment.

On looking at it from this point of view, we cannot and will not get tolerance from the world out there towards our Christan beliefs because they hated Jesus long before they hated us.We clearly will not EVER receive tolerance from the world.

Sort of makes sense when we see it as Jesus puts it so plainly in Luke.

I was shocked, but I guess I shouldn’t have been, when I read in our local newspaper just yesterday in the ‘letters to the editor’ column of this man’s approach to Easter and what it means to him. He was very scathing in his letter and ridiculed Jesus as some fiction made up because, and I quote,  “astronomical observation has failed to detect him”. He maintained if he did rise from the dead then obviously we should be seeing him in the heavens – I maintain we are!! Just look up!

He went on to say that Christians are living in a ‘pre-scientific’ world and that we should look at “facts and not myths”. He goes on to say and I quote “If the Christians are right, we are all missing out . If they are wrong, they are deceiving themselves and the rest of the world with their message.”

Yes! We are in a world brimming and bubbling over with persecution. What does Jesus say we should do when we are faced with this type of persecution? Take him to court and fight like crazy to clear the name of Jesus? Maybe personally have a ‘dust up’ and see who comes out the ‘winner”? NO!

Jesus said we should LOVE our enemies and pray for them (Romans 12). It goes on to say not only should we do this but we have to provide for them as well. So there we have it – we can expect persecution in often HUGE ways, and how do we respond to such persecution? We look to Jesus and use His example – by love and by teaching often through example of what following Jesus has done in our own lives.

We have been told to go into all the world and preach the Gospel – teaching them in all manner of ways the truth about Jesus and what exactly following Him implies.

Our aim through all of this is to bring other people to the truth about Jesus and how His love, grace and mercy can set us free. It’s not all about us and certainly not about us being vindicated or to be shown that we were right and they were wrong!

#WorldWideHolyCommunion -“Do this in remembrance of Me.”~ Jesus Christ

At Tweeting God’s LoveMinistries we provide sacred events for our family & friends as the Bible informs us.

Holy Communion is one which we celebrate on the first SONday of each month. That is this SONday!

( We do know the typical spelling of The Lord’s Day, Sunday. but we prefer to honor the one for whom this seventh day is set aside by spelling it SONday.)

On Twitter you will find this celebration #GodsPrayerRoom 1pmPST/4pmEST

Jesus met with His disciples in His Last Supper. before His death on the cross. 1Corinthians 11

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Please join us this SONday. You are always invited! To prepare…

  1. Confess in prayer any sin you feel is weighing on your spirit. We approach Holy Communion with a clean spirit. Jesus forgives and restores us thru prayers of confession.
  2. Prepare to have handy a glass of wine or fruit juice, and a piece of bread for each person participating.
  3. Tune in on Twitter at the time listed above and follow along as the Ministry leaders pray and direct you to take each element of Holy Communion.
  4. Praise, pray, sing and celebrate with your savior Jesus after Holy Communion is completed.
  5. Your Holy Communion leaders are Missionary/Pastor Jenyo Omolehin of Tanzania and Founder of Tweeting God’s Love Ministries, Minister/Blogger Cheri Douglas of California

#WorldWideBaptism : March 26th – Last SONday Monthly!

#WORLDWIDEBAPTISM :March 26TH   #GodsPrayerRoom 1pmPT/4pmEST

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name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Matthew 28:19

Jesus instructed the disciples to go make disciples, baptizing them. He felt so strongly about this that he even used himself as an example, offering himself for baptism by John the Baptist.

Baptism is our way of making our commitment to Christ public. WE join Christ in His burial as we are submerged under the water and become resurrected with Him as we come up transformed into his likeness.

With all the Christians being persecuted around the World, this is a perfect time to stand and be counted for Jesus Christ. Let our brothers and sisters in Christ SEE they are not alone. Over 90,000 Christians were killed last year by persecuting terrorists.

Tweet your baptism pics  to #GodsPrayerRoom on March 26th, 1pmPT/4pmEST on SONday! Let’s see #WorldWideBaptism TREND on Twitter on this  SONday!! YAY!

Some believe that the Holy Spirit fills us at the same time. So be ready for the powerful infilling of the Holy Spirit who loves and transforms us to a blessing for all.

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Join us in making a public statement this year with                                                                                                                                                               #WorldWideBaptismFebruary26.  Here’s HOW!

  1. Get a team of folks together to be baptized. Choose already baptized disciples/followers of Jesus to do the baptizing.
  2.  Take the team to a river, lake, pool, or any tub of water.
  3.  Have them each tell you how they know Jesus and why they want to be baptized into a life of following Him and turn from sinful habits with His help.
  4. Say a prayer dedicating the baptism as the person’s public commitment & the beginning of their healthy and lifelong walk in service to the Lord Jesus for His glory.
  5.  Dunk them 1 by 1 in the water repeating instructions Jesus gave us in Matthew 28, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
  6. Have a camera person taking pictures of the Baptism.
  7. Begin uploading your baptism pictures or videos to Twitter at 1pmPT/4pmEST on February 26th with the hashtag  #GodsPrayerRoom and #WorldWideBaptism
  8. If you have pictures of baptisms that you or your church have conducted on other days, please upload them in the same way on the same day.
  9. Our vision is to have #WorldWideBaptism trend on Twitter that day, showing the world of the powerful faith in followers around the world.

We are so hopeful that you and your friends and neighbors from every corner of the world will join us in baptism. Even if you have been baptized before, you can celebrate your walk with the Lord by a re-commitment! We will retweet your precious pictures to honor you and your public commitment and our Lord and the day He sent His Holy Spirit to every believer.

IMPORTANT                                                                                                                          If time constraints make our timeframes impossible for your Twitter postings, just send your pictures anytime  before March 26th, 1pmPacificDaylightTime to @CheriDouglas. I will tweet them for you into the Twitter trending stream on arch 26th.

May God get the Glory this day!!!

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Writers of God…Come write with us!!

New Workshop on Twitter for God’s Writers….

Come to #GodsWritingRoom  for a 2-hour kick-off  our new monthly workshop. The whole idea is to get ourselves writing. Set aside time, start with a short time of prayer & support, and then go write.

Then come back for more prayer support and go  write some more.

Wrap-up with closing prayer support just before we all jump over to our Weekly Praise Hour #GodsPraiseRoom

Timeline:

2:30 Opening Prayer

2:40 Work on your writing project

3:30 Check-in & Prayer Support

3:45 Continue your writing

4:30 Join Praise Hour at #GodsPraiseRoom

Come and join our support group to help each  other #GetWriting4God  #GodsWritingRoom

Tweeting God’s Love SONday Radio: Notes & Memory Verses

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Memory Verses

Episode 1

Genesis 50:20 – Satan meant it for evil to harm us, but God used it for good!

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight.

Episode 2

Psalm 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God!

Judges 6:12 – The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.

Episode 3

2Peter1:3 – His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness

Romans 12:2 –  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Episode 4

Psalm 119:165 – Great peace have those who love your law and nothing can make them stumble.

Psalm 149:4 – The Lord takes delight in his people and He crowns the humble with victory.

Episode 5

1 Samuel 16:7 – The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Psalm 119:165  – The Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.

Episode #6

Psalm 139:23-24 – Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.See if there is any offensive way in me,and lead me in the way everlasting.

1Corinthians 13:13 – And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Episode 7

1Thesssalonians 5:17 – Pray continually.

Philippians 1:9-10 – And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.

Episode 8

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart.,And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,And He shall direct your paths

Isaiah 26:4 – Trust in the Lord forever, For in the Lord, is everlasting strength.

Show Notes: Books by guest Jane Daly :                                                           Because of Grace: A Mother’s Journey from Grief to Hope

The Caregiving Season: Finding Grace to Honor Your Aging Parents by Jane Daly and Jim Daly

Tweeting God’s Love Ministries & Missions -What’s in a name?

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Tweeting God’s Love Ministries began on Twitter  71/2 years ago as God called me to pray for people suffering from America’s recession. Twitter has been my mission field and the people have been a joy to pray for and minister with, one to another.

But we have also been drawn to foreign missions as we have crossed paths with some of God’s most dedicated and amazing missionaries. Their work is so astounding that we are adding the word “Missions” to the name of our Ministries. Unless otherwise specified, all donations to our ministry are split among our foreign Missionaries, who’s sCooEEbOUIAAslOPupport needs are immense.

So I really want you to know our missionaries and what they are doing, so I will update quarterly on their work. If you decide to help in their support, it will not be like giving to some bureaucratic organization. We will take you right onto the mission field to meet them and see their work. I will try to keep you  informed enough that you feel like you are a part of their mission yourself.

I will be briefing you on the three missions  we claim as OURS at Tweeting God’s Love Ministries & Missions. Adding Missions to our name is a symbolic & strategic move. It is symbolic of our love for these wonderful people who have come alongside to minister with us, and strategic, in that we are increasing our focus on support of the important work they are doing in today’s world for God.

13557956_1099667146757118_5246512876412502340_nSo how do we go about  picking a missionary? We don’t, they pick us! How do they pick us? They all have come to minister alongside us on twitter. Without exception, each of our missionaries have first come to join us and lead Bible Studies, Prayer or Praise Hours on Twitter. We get to know them and their families as part of our very own. They labor with us.

Raising the young to love and honor Jesus!
Raising the young to love and honor Jesus!
Rev'd Bankole Joseph Adekunle
Rev’d Bankole Joseph Adekunle

Second, they pick us by becoming concerned prayer partners for our needs. Not one of our missionaries has ever asked for money. Even when I ask them about financial needs, they respond consistently that they know God will supply all their needs. So I keep asking and create a list of the things I know they need and commit that to prayer. Since we have so few resources in TweetingGodsLove…we lean on the same faith that God will provide. And in His time, God does provide. People are moved by the Holy Spirit to help, either on their own or through our ministry donation process where they can leave a note as to what their donation should be used for. Unless specified, all donations go to these amazing missionaries.

Missiionary Wheels
Missiionary Wheels

Our Missionary Team is joining together in a strategic planning process this week and we will be able to share our specific goals soon . In then next few days I will introduce you to each of our missionaries. Once their plan is completed, I will share that as well.Please think about  donating to help keep these Great Missionary Families, hearing from and being blessed by Gods People.

Tomorrow I will begin a profile of each of these missionaries.

 

…with @CheriDouglas & her Amazing Friends from … #GodsLoveChats #GodsPrayerRoom #GodsPraiseRoom & #GodsChoirLoft

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