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Weekly newsletter – 8 November 2013

picture-baptism-sueWe remember
Micah 4: 1-8
In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more. Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken.

This Sunday we will be remembering on Remembrance Sunday those who have fallen through the many conflicts through the ages – those who have stood up for freedom and have paid the great price. As we remember the soldiers who have fought on the battlefields we also remember those Saints who have fought the good fight in the persecuted church. This Sunday we also remember those Christians in Syria, Iran, Iraq and North Korea and other countries around the world who are fighting the good fight through continuing to share the good news of Jesus in the midst of suffering, anger and violence. We look to a kingdom come day when Jesus will come again and as the passage in Micah says “They will not train for war any more”. So how do we defeat Satan’s attacks and our enemy’s barbs? Dietrich Bonhoeffer who paid the ultimate price for standing up against the Nazi evil said this:
“The will of God, to which the law gives expression, is that men should defeat their enemies by loving them.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
Prayer – Dear Lord, on this Remembrance Sunday we remember the fallen and those who have given their lives up that we can enjoy freedom. Help us through the knowledge and love of Jesus to use the freedom we have for the good of all, to give up selfish desires and to standup for the oppressed. This we ask in the name of Jesus, AMEN

God bless and much love from
David