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The Way Home

Standing beside Dulce and Janet in the huge Catholic church of Tlalixtac, I decided to just be in the moment, present and taking one step at a time, trying to be humble and full of grace while being introduced to our town’s people in a very public and official way.

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Testify About Me

Job 16; Acts 21-23

“While they were trying to kill him, news reached the commander of the Roman troops…‘Please let me [Paul] speak to the people…Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.’ The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, ‘Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.’” Acts 21:31, 39, 22:1, 23:11

Despite the best efforts of the Jerusalem elders to appease the circumcision proponents in the Jerusalem church, Paul was still arrested and almost killed by a mob at the temple. The will of Jesus was that he testify to the gospel of Christ’s death and resurrection in both Jerusalem and Rome. Jesus’ mission would be accomplished through Paul, in ways that James and the Jerusalem elders could not conceive or prevent. Paul was inwardly motivated and directed. Despite the prophets’ warnings of what lay ahead, and the best planned strategies of the church elders, Paul knew his destiny was to speak to kings and that afterward he would die. Jesus’ presence gave him courage. Paul testified to the living presence of Jesus within.

“Thank you Jesus for your presence with me today. Despite opposition, give me courage to testify about you this day.”

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J & F
“Please pray that the ones we are discipling would learn how to walk in the Spirit. They face daily challenges in the work place where the kingdom of this world clashes with the kingdom of God, and they need to hear the Father’s voice and to know how to live as his children–in the world, but not of the world. We are especially asking God how they should deal with bribes, the gossip and slander that they hear from co-workers, and how to handle the pressure to put loyalty to the political party first, and God second.”

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. – Ephesians 5:1-2

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