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Giving Thanks When Adversity Strikes
November 7, 2006
Dear Friend of Mary Craig Ministries,
When a heavily armed outsider violated the peace and security of a small one-room schoolhouse in the Amish community and shot execution- style 10 girls but let teachers, aides, and boys go free, the nation was shocked and outraged at the evil. Five girls aged 7-13 died, and the shooter killed himself; yet the Amish community found it within their hearts to minister the grace and forgiveness of Christ before the watching world by forgiving the assailant and extending forgiveness and financial help to his family. How?
1 Thessalonians 5.16-22:
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Quench not the Spirit.
Despise not prophesyings.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Itís November, the time when our thoughts turn to feasting and football, to turkeys, parades, to the smell of stuffing and pumpkin pies, and to various family traditions. Itís also a time when our thoughts turn to giving thanks and returning grace by blessing God for His bounty and by blessing others who have been instruments of blessing in our lives. But how are we to thank God in every thing? When adversity strikes, how do we continue in the grace that appreciates God for His love?
Every believer can learn to give thanks in every circumstance by seeking God for grace to do the following from a heart of love:
Pastor Jim and I thank God for you. We remember you in our prayers and hold you in our hearts. You are so important to God and to the work of extending His kingdom to every nation and to every person who will hear the call of the gospel of Christ.
Our next international mission trip will be to Ethiopia. This may occur late January/early February, 2007. Pray for those preparing to go. Pray for Ethiopia and for the church in Addis Ababa where we will be ministering. Pray for the children. Pray that the gospel of Christ penetrates the darkness of menís souls and that many are saved, healed, and delivered. Pray for protection, for travel details, etc.
Our next Barnabas Project Distribution will be Saturday,December 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Delevoe Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We thank all who have given toys, childrenís clothing, school supplies, household items, Bibles, evangelistic tools, etc. Pray for good weather and for many to hear and receive the gospel. Pray that many give thanks to the God of all Life and Blessing.
God enables MCM as you give generously, gladly, graciously, and as He guides. Please pray for us as we pray for you, and send in your best gift today. Letís join hearts and hands as we take the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world and across backyard fences.
Thanking Him today,
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O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good:
because His mercy endures forever. Psalm 118.1
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