Prayer, Week of March 29

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Beginning this week the prayer email distribution to subscribers will be Tuesday morning. All may subscribe at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/prayer

The Will of God to Head Up All Things in Christ

The Spring ITERO this past weekend had eight video messages and two small group study times. The general subject was The Will of God.
"He caused [His grace] to abound to us in all wisdom and prudence, making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself, unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him." (Eph. 1:8-10)
We need to understand what the will of the Lord is (Col. 1:9). God's will is what He wants and what He intends to accomplish. Ultimately, God's will in the universe is to head up all things in Christ through the church as the Body of Christ.
The first step in the heading up of all things in Christ is for God to bring His chosen ones, His sons, out of the universal collapse and to place them under the headship of Christ. When the church takes the lead to be headed up in Christ, God has a way to head up all other things.
"Holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ." (Eph. 4:15)
In order to be delivered from the heap of collapse in a practical way, we need to grow in life; the more we grow in life, the more we will be headed up and the more we will be rescued from the universal collapse. (ITERO msg. 1, I., II., VI., VI.D.1.c, D.2, E.4)

The One New Man Praying with One Accord

In light of the current world situation, the co-workers in the Lord's recovery feel that now is the time to call on the saints in every place to pray in one accord as the one new man for the Lord's interests on the earth. To facilitate this burden, we have set up a new website, http://unceasinglypray.org. Please go to this site to join this prayer labor. (The co-workers' complete letter is at the end of this prayer email and posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/prayer)
This is a time for saints from every continent, nation, and locality to pray with watchfulness and perseverance so that the Lord will have a way to advance the divine history within human history unto His return. Let us beseech the Lord that all in Los Angeles will participate in this unique opportunity!

Seizing the Opportunity to Do What Is Good

"So then, as we have the opportunity, let us do what is good [mainly ministering material things to the needy] toward all, but especially toward those of the household of the faith." (Gal. 6:10 and note)
Let us redeem our time by seizing the current unique opportunity to do good in the Lord—helping those isolated at home and giving monetary gifts for the needy. More at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings

Los Angeles Young People

The SCYP Spring Pursuit, which began on March 21, is a 4-week conference with weekly live sessions, pre-recorded messages, group times, and special fellowships for both Junior High and High School students across SoCal. The topic is "Being Watchful in Life and Faithful in Service." Please pray for all of our young people in Los Angeles who are participating in this virtual conference.
The LA YP are also gathering weekly for online fellowship via Zoom on Monday and Wednesdays. We ask all the saints and the parents to pray strongly for these gatherings that the young ones would be encouraged, supplied, and helped practically by them.

Europe

More than 1100 people from about 50 nations viewed at least one video message and/or participated in question and answer times and/or group sessions of the Virtual European University Conference this past weekend. Lord, may the word sown in this conference bear fruit to greatly advance Your current move in Europe!

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy, week 6.
  2. Giving to the church at this time, see http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings

Online Resources

  1. The Church in Los Angeles website has frequent updates on resources and fellowship related to our church life in the present situation. http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19
  2. The Bible Tells Me So is posting daily videos from Monday to Friday for the next five weeks. The purpose is to foster a "Family Time" in each household. http://www.thebibletellsmeso.com/familytime
  3. LSM Christian Radio broadcasts hymns and messages of the ministry 24 hours each day. http://lsmchristianradio.com
  4. GTCA has a redesigned website to present ongoing burdens and updates about the ten target cities for migration this year. Participate by praying, giving or going! http://gtca.us
  5. Living to Him provides a forum for dialogue, study and prayerful exploration with a goal of helping young working saints to practically enter into a vital living for the building up of the Body of Christ. http://livingtohim.com

A Letter from the Co-workers Concerning 21 Days of Prayer

Dear saints,

In light of the current world situation, the co-workers in the Lord's recovery feel that now is the time to call on the saints in every place to pray in one accord as the one new man for the Lord's interests on the earth. To facilitate this burden, we have set up a new website, http://unceasinglypray.org
This site is intended to foster round-the-clock, global prayer for 21 days, from April 1 to April 21, 2020. Visit http://unceasinglypray.org to:
Sign up to receive prayer burdens and reminders via email

  • Read an introductory letter from the co-workers
  • Select 15-minute daily time slots to pray
  • Pray over 21 suggested points for the saints' intercession
  • Confirm participation in this prayer ministry

If we avail ourselves of this opportunity, even while we are under restriction outwardly we will increase our spiritual capacity to carry out the most important service of the church, which is prayer. We believe that because of the strong one accord and rich blending among the co-workers and the churches, we, as the Lord's Body, are more able than ever before to put on the whole armor of God to stand for the Lord's interests against all the spiritual forces of evil.
To meet the need at this crucial juncture, we call on all the saints from every continent, nation, and locality in the Lord's recovery to pray with watchfulness and perseverance so that the Lord will have a way to advance the divine history within human history for the fulfillment of His purpose at the end of this age. Please spread the word so that as many saints as possible can join in this global prayer of the one new man.
The brothers coordinating the affairs for the 21 days of prayer


Prayer, Week of March 22

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Beginning the week of March 29 the LA prayer email will be sent to subscribers Tuesday morning. All may subscribe at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/prayer

Becoming Qualified to Inherit the Promised Land

"See, Jehovah your God has set the land before you; go up, possess it, as Jehovah the God of your fathers has spoken to you. Do not fear, neither be dismayed." (Deut. 1:21)
Those who are qualified to inherit the good land know God's heart and God's government, love God, trust in God, fear God, subject themselves to God's ruling, mind the tender feelings of God, and live in the presence of God. (Crystallization-Study of Deuteronomy, week 5, I.B.)
As the word, Christ is the One who sustains us and makes us those who love God, fear God, subject ourselves to God's ruling, mind the tender feelings of God, and live in God's presence. As long as we have a morning revival through the holy Word and have daily victory also through the Word, we will become those who are qualified to inherit the good land. (WL, Life-Study of Deuteronomy, pp. 16-17)

Prayer for the Current Situation

"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof." (1 Cor. 10:26)
"Be humbled under the mighty hand of God…casting all your anxiety on Him because it matters to Him concerning you. Be sober; watch." (1 Peter 5:6-8a)
"Let us not lose heart in doing what is good….So then, as we have the opportunity, let us do what is good toward all, but especially toward those of the household of the faith." (Gal. 6:9-10)
As God's people, let us pray for the advance of the divine history within the current human history. We need to be sober-minded and vigilant, but without anxiety or panic. We believe "the heavens do rule" (Dan. 4:26) so that the environment might be fit for God's chosen people to receive His salvation. In these days of local and global uncertainty, let us pray for:

  • the Lord's protection of His people globally in their health, economics, and other ways;
  • every believer to experience the peace of God guarding their hearts and thoughts (Phil. 4:7);
  • the Lord's wisdom to leading brothers and co-workers everywhere in guiding the church life;
  • the Lord's ruling as King of kings (Rev. 19:6) over all the governments and their decisions;
  • an increase in mutual contact and mutual care among both active and dormant saints;
  • all the saints to freshly and joyfully pursue the Lord in our new meeting environment;
  • the speaking of the ministry to continue and to reach every part of the earth;
  • the gospel to go out from us to many people who are open due to the current situation.

Stay informed about the church's meetings and fellowship at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19.
A word of encouragement from the leading brothers is available on this church website and at http://youtu.be/1bR4-loqKqE.

ITERO

The International Training for Elders and Responsible Ones will be by webcast March 27 to 29. Registered brothers will watch messages individually and have small study groups together by phone or internet. Pray for the Lord to advance in this time despite the change of format.

GTCA—Gospelize, Truthize, Churchize America

"Then He said to His disciples, The harvest is great, but the workers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest that He would thrust out workers into His harvest." (Matt. 9:37-38)
The basis for the Lord to accomplish His present move in this country is the persevering prayers in one accord (Acts 1:14). Let us beseech the Lord to thrust out laborers into the ripened harvest of middle America. Specifically, we need to pray that at least 300 saints (including 30 full-timers) will migrate to the 10 target cities in the United States. For reports and information, please visit http://GTCA.us.

BfA – Visalia, CA

In February, BfA went on a distribution trip to Visalia. We had a sweet time blending with local saints. They joined in passing out NTs, Basic Elements, and tracts at a junior college. Many young people opened up about their desire to read the Bible more; six left contact information. A staff member, who regularly gives Bibles to students, took a NT and15 BfA offer cards. Pray for the follow-up with the six new contacts, and for the saints to be encouraged by bearing remaining fruit from this campus.

European University Conference

The Spring European University Conference has been changed to an online gathering with spoken messages, live question and answer times, overflow, and special fellowship sessions. Dates are March 27 to 29. The subject is "The Christian Life in Philippians."

India

Please pray for the on-going Recovery Version Translation Project into 6 local Indian languages, that all the translators can be strengthened in their spirit, soul, and body. Also pray for the preparation of Hindi translators for the Recovery Version translation as the 7th Indian language.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy, week 5.
  2. http://LSMchristianradio.com broadcasts hymns and messages of the ministry 24 hours each day.

Prayer, Week of March 15

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All prayer meetings this week in Los Angeles will be by internet or telephone. Each district will announce their plan.

The Building and the Battle

"Those who built the wall and those who carried burdens took the loads with one hand doing the work and with the other holding a weapon." (Neh. 4:17)
Whenever we enjoy Christ to a certain extent, there is always an issue—the building and the battle. These two always go together. If you would have the building of God, you must prepare to fight. For the building of God we need the materials, and for the fighting of the battle we need the weapons. All of these depend on the stones, the mountains, the iron, and the copper.
These minerals signify that there is something in the life of Christ as materials for the building of God and as weapons for the fighting of the battle. (WL, The All-inclusive Christ, chap. 7, sec. 2)
For the building and the battle, may we progress in our experience of this Christ as "a land whose stones are iron and from whose mountains [we] can mine copper!" (Deut. 8:9).

Prayer for the Current Situation

"The earth is Jehovah's, and its fullness, the habitable land and those who dwell in it." (Psa. 24:1)
"In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses every man's understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:6-7)
* "Let us consider one another so as to incite one another to love and good works, not abandoning our own assembling together." (Heb. 10:24-25a)
As God's people, let us pray for the advance of the divine history within the current human history. We need to be sober-minded and vigilant, but we do not need to panic. We believe "the heavens do rule" (Dan. 4:26) so that the environment might be fit for God's chosen people to receive His salvation. In these days of local and global uncertainty, let us pray for:

  • the Lord's protection of all His people in their health, economics, and other ways;
  • the Lord to be wisdom to leading brothers and co-workers everywhere in guiding the church life;
  • the Lord's ruling as King of kings over all the governments and their current decisions;
  • an increase in mutual contact and mutual care among the saints;
  • all the saints to freshly and joyfully pursue the Lord in our new meeting environment;
  • *the speaking of the ministry to continue and to reach everyone;
  • the gospel to reach many people who are open due to the current situation.

Los Angeles Young People

All the upcoming young people's conferences at Oak Glen have been cancelled for the safety of the young people, serving ones, Oak Glen staff, and ultimately all the saints in the churches in Southern California. The coordinating saints are looking to the Lord to provide an alternate arrangement to convey the word and the burden to the young people. We pray that this provision can be as impactful upon them as it would have been at Oak Glen. Further details will be sent in the coming days.
* In LA, we began an online YP meeting Monday and Wednesday each week to check in with our JH and HS students, as well as to share helpful and encouraging topics. More than 30 YP joined the first meeting with positive responses. Please pray for increased care and contact with our YP during the coming weeks. Pray that the hearts of our dear young people would be comforted and encouraged in these days.

FTTA

In light of the rapidly developing situation and in consultation with the medical personnel, the senior co-workers, and the brothers overseeing LSM, we felt it was necessary to continue the FTTA remotely, beginning Monday, March 23, and to ask all the trainees to return to their homes as soon as possible. There is a growing sense of priority, not panic, that we cannot disregard our civic responsibility to society to take measures, though drastic as they may seem, to limit the spread of the coronavirus. It is most definitely wiser to err on the side of caution for the protection of our trainees and the recovery's name.

* FTT Middle-age

We had fellowship with some senior co-workers regarding what we should do. After much fellowship and deliberation, we decided to suspend this term of the FTT-MA and ask all the trainees to return home this week. All the training classes are therefore cancelled for this term until further notice.

GTCA—Gospelize, Truthize, Churchize America

"I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings be made on behalf of all men; on behalf of kings and all who are in high position, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all godliness and gravity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of our Savior God, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth." (1 Tim. 2:1-4)
In order for the Lord's prevailing move in this country to be realized, we need to pray intercessory prayers for all men, and especially for the leaders of this country. Our prayers are not political in nature; rather, we pray for the Lord's will in these verses to be fulfilled so that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in godliness and gravity. Such prayer is with a view to preserving a proper environment that is suitable for "all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth."

New GTCA Website

The website http://GTCA.us has been refreshed. At this site we can subscribe to receive ongoing burdens and news. The site also has information about the ten target cities for migration this year, including a conference and city tour in each city in May. We hope this new site will help facilitate the saints' participation in GTCA, whether by praying, giving, or migrating. May the Lord use this new site to further His move in North America!

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy, week 4.
  2. http://LSMchristianradio.com broadcasts hymns and messages of the ministry 24 hours each day.
  3. Memorial Day Conference: May 22 to 25 in Atlanta, GA. Conference and hotel information is posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/prayer. Saints from LA should RSVP by April 28 at http://tinyurl.com/memdayla.

* additions or updates from the first prayer email for this week.


Prayer, Week of March 8

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Enjoying Christ as Our Allotted Portion

"Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light." (Col. 1:12)
"It is a land which Jehovah your God cares for; always the eyes of Jehovah your God are upon it, from the beginning of the year even to the end of the year." (Deut. 11:12)
The New Testament believers' inheritance, their allotted portion, is not a physical land; it is the all-inclusive Christ. He is the allotted portion of the saints as their divine inheritance for their enjoyment. Because we are practically joined to Christ as the reality of the good land and are enjoying His riches, God's eyes are upon us continually, causing us to enjoy God's presence and making us the object of His care. (Col. 1:12, footnote 2; Deut. 11:12, footnote 1)
Christ is so good. Christ is so sweet. How rich Christ is to us! We must have such an adequate and full experience of Him...as so many kinds of food. We must enjoy Christ to such an extent that the life within us may be matured. Then there will be a building for the Lord and the warfare with the enemy. (CWWL, 1961-1962, vol. 4, "The All-inclusive Christ," pp. 247-248)

GTCA—Gospelize, Truthize, Churchize America

"Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; all day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind Jehovah, do not be dumb; and do not give Him quiet until He establishes and until He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth." (Isa. 62:6-7)
Persevering prayer in the church prayer meetings, sisters' prayer times, and vital groups should be the base for all the labor in His present move. May we receive the spirit of Isaiah 62 to "never keep silent." Let us take our stand as the Lord's "watchmen" who day and night do not keep silent but remind Him concerning His will to establish His testimony on the earth. In particular, may we remind Him of His desire to spread His recovery throughout middle America and the Bible Belt region.
For reports and information, please visit http://GTCA.us.

SoCal High School Sisters Conference

From March 13 to 15, sisters from across Southern California with gather at Oak Glen for the Spring 2020 High School Sisters Conference. The general topic is "Being Watchful in Life and Faithful in Service." Please pray:

  • for the Lord to prepare the hearts of all of the high school sisters in Southern California;
  • that they would learn to spend time each day with the Lord to be filled with oil;
  • that they would be watchful to love the Lord, enjoy Him, and deal with their sins; and
  • that they would use the spiritual gifts the Lord has given them to be faithful in service and care for others.

FTTA-MA

The spring term of the Middle-age Training in Anaheim begins this week on March 9. The goal of the training is to foster living, functioning, overcoming members of the Body of Christ for the fulfillment of God's eternal purpose. Lord, release the saints from every restraint, and grace them inwardly to give themselves to begin or to continue this training and to fully respond to God's operation in them!

Germany

From March 15 to 18 there will be a retreat at Gut Elim for up to 60 full-timers from Germany and Switzerland. The burden of this time is for these saints to get refreshed both physically and spiritually, as well as have much prayer.

Scotland

Scotland is a constituent country of the United Kingdom. There are currently two lampstands, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The ground was taken in both localities in 2012; a meeting hall was purchased in Glasgow in 2014; renovations were completed early last year. From March 14 to 15 there will be a mini-conference in Glasgow with saints from the UK and Ireland. Up to 110 adults and 30 children are expected. The subject will be "Living the Christian Life Under the Government of God to Experience Christ and Grow in Life for God's Building."
Please join us in prayer for the Lord to bring the local saints and new ones to the conference and bless the time with His rich speaking and much blending. Also pray that the Lord would gain the local Scots, increase the churches in Edinburgh and Glasgow up to 80-100 saints, and spread His testimony to more cities in Scotland.
For a short video report of the Lord's recent move in Scotland, go to https://youtu.be/66hmq5Ie4hA.

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is a predominantly Muslim country at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. At present there are a dozen saints meeting regularly in the capital city, Baku, serving and coordinating in one accord, and taking every opportunity to establish gospel contacts. Despite many outward restrictions, the saints are looking to the Lord for His blessing and to establish His testimony in Azerbaijan.
Please pray for the saints' practice of the God-man living and the church life and for the gospel work, including contact with other Christian believers. Pray for the Lord to open up the proper channels for the distribution of the ministry. Lastly, please pray for the establishing of the church in Baku.
For the complete report, as well as an update on the Lord's move in Bangladesh, download the February 2020 issue of the Lord's Move to Asia newsletter at:
http://lmasia.org/temp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/E-2020-02.pdf (English)
http://lmasia.org/temp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Asia-2020-02.pdf (Chinese)

Prayer for the Current Situation

As God's people, let us continue to pray for the advance of the divine history within the human history. There are decisions to be made about continuing, modifying, or cancelling various meetings and trips. In some places churches cannot meet face-to-face but meetings continue via Internet. Colossians 1:9 says, "Therefore we also, since the day we heard of it, do not cease praying and asking on your behalf that you may be filled with the full knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding." Let us ask the Lord to fill the elders and co-workers around the earth with wisdom and understanding that the Lord's recovery may advance despite the current environment and its restrictions.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy, week 3.
  2. Junior High Conferences at Oak Glen: for sisters, April 10 to 12 (registration due March 22); for brothers, April 17 to 19 (registration due March 29).
  3. Memorial Day Conference: May 22 to 25 in Atlanta, GA. Conference and hotel information is posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/prayer. Saints from LA should RSVP by April 28 at http://tinyurl.com/memdayla.
  4. http://LSMchristianradio.com broadcasts hymns and messages of the ministry 24 hours each day.

Prayer, Week of March 1

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Knowing the Government of Our Righteous and Loving God

"Seeing that His divine power has granted to us all things which relate to life and godliness through the full knowledge of Him…" (2 Pet. 1:3)
"It is Jehovah your God who is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and lovingkindness to the thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments." (Deut. 7:9b)
God governs by judging; the judgment of God is the for the carrying out of His government. As believers in Christ, we need to realize that we are under God's government… As God is governing us, He supplies us with whatever we need; God grants us His provision so that we may cooperate with His government. (Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy, msg. 2, I.D, F.1)
We need to know God. In particular, we need to know that God is loving and that He is righteous in dealing with us. We also need to know that we ourselves are a failure. If we know this, we will no longer trust ourselves but put our trust in God, the One who is faithful. In spite of our failure in loving God and fearing Him and in spite of our unfaithfulness, God will be successful. No matter what the situation of His people may be, God will be faithful to the end, and eventually He will accomplish His intention that we enjoy His full blessing. (Life-study of Deuteronomy, msg. 2, pp. 18-19)

Spring SoCal YP Conferences

Praise the Lord for the upcoming Young People's Conferences this spring, which will all be held at Oak Glen Christian Conference Center. We encourage all the parents, serving ones and college students to pray for the openness of our junior high and high school students to the Lord and His speaking. Whether our young people are hearing these words again or for the first time, we pray that they would be prepared to enter into more of Christ as their good land and possess Him!
The dates, locations, and sign-up deadlines for the conferences are as follows:
1. High School Sisters, March 13 to 15. Deadline to register: March 1.
2. High School Brothers, March 20 to 22. Deadline to register: March 8.
3. Junior High Sisters, April 10 to 12. Deadline to register: March 29.
4. Junior High Brothers, April 17 to 19. Deadline to register: April 5.

FTTA-OL

The Online Full-Time Training (FTTA-OL) conducts the FTTA curriculum completely online. The hope that this online program will help the believers cultivate a habit of studying the truth through a lifelong pursuit. While some learners may complete all the courses in short period of time, the FTTA-OL is designed with the view that most saints will take one or two courses per year for the next fifteen to thirty years. More information is at http://www.onlineftta.org.
Each calendar year is divided into 5 terms. The 2020 Term B runs from March 11 to May 5. Please pray for every enrollee to be a diligent learner to help others learn and dig into the ministry materials. By the Lord's mercy, may more saints sanctify their time by studying God's Word and being constituted with the divine truth.

Germany

The German YP conference (for ages 11 to 18) will be at Gut Elim March 6 to 8. Pray for full participation by all who have registered and that none would be discouraged by any language weakness.
Gut Elim is a 25-acre property in central Germany with a blending facility which is gradually being improved to increase the capacity. Last week, there was a crucial inspection scheduled from the German foundation for the protection of historical buildings. This inspection was delayed to Wednesday, March 4. An approval means we will be able to move quickly to finish the work here; otherwise, we could be forced to close for an indefinite period. Please pray for no further delays and a fully successful inspection.

Southern Africa

The Southern Africa Weekend Conference will be March 7 to 8 in Midrand, South Africa. The subject will be "The Experience of Christ in Philippians and Colossians for the One New Man." Please pray:

  • for the release of the Lord's speaking;
  • for the participation of saints from the South African Development Community (SADC) region—which includes countries such as Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe—not only in the conference but also in one week of short-term training at the FTTP afterwards; and
  • for the Lord to bless the blending of the leading brothers who will meet before and during the conference to fellowship concerning the Lord's move in Southern Africa, followed by perfecting sessions from Lessons on the Eldership with brother Mark Raabe.

Prayer for the Current Situation

"In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses every man's understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:6-7)
As God's people, let us pray for the advance of the divine history within human history. Let us pray for the people of this world and those in power. We need to be sober-minded and vigilant, but we do not need to panic or overreact. We believe "the heavens do rule" (Dan. 4:26) so that the environment might be fit for God's chosen people to receive His salvation. In these days of global uncertainty, may the Lord turn all anxieties to the advancement of the gospel. This is the environment for us to proclaim the gospel!

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy, week 2.
  2. High School Conferences at Oak Glen: for sisters, March 13 to 15 (registration due March 1); for brothers, March 20 to 22 (registration due March 8).
  3. Memorial Day Conference: May 22 to 25 in Atlanta, GA. Conference and hotel information is posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/prayer. Saints from LA are asked to RSVP by April 28 at http://tinyurl.com/memdayla.
  4. http://ShepherdingWords.com addresses certain critical issues facing the Lord's recovery.

Prayer, Week of February 23

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A Renewed Training in Enjoying and Keeping Christ

"All Scripture is God-breathed..." (2 Tim. 3:16a)
"...It is written, 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.'" (Matt. 4:4; cf. Deut. 8:3)
"But the word is very near to you, even in your mouth and in your heart…" (Deut. 30:14)
All the words in Deuteronomy are God's breathing, and God's breathing is altogether embodied in Christ. As we read Deuteronomy, we need to inhale all that God has exhaled, all that He has breathed out. By inhaling the divine breath in Deuteronomy, we will enjoy Christ, the embodiment of the divine breath. The more we receive the breath of the speaking God, the more we will enjoy Christ.
Whereas the children of Israel were charged to keep the commandments, statutes, and ordinances, we today need to keep Christ. By taking Christ, keeping Christ, and holding fast to Him, we will gain Him, enjoy Him, and live Him. We need to love Christ, keep Christ, teach Christ, wear Christ, and write Christ.
God was leading His people into the good land, a type of Christ, by Christ, and He was sustaining the on their way to the good land also by Christ, who is everything that proceeds out through the mouth of God. Every word in Deuteronomy is the very Christ, who is now the word of God for us to receive as our life and life supply. (Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy, msg. 1, III.B.2-4)

Much Fruit in LA to Glorify the Father

In John 15:7 the Lord said, "If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall come to pass to you." When we abide in the Lord and let His words abide in us, we are actually one with Him, and He is working within us. Then, whatever we ask, it is not only we who are praying but also He who is praying in our praying. This kind of prayer is related to fruit-bearing (v. 8) and surely it will be fulfilled.
Verse 8 says, "In this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit....We need to pray for much fruit-bearing that the Father may be glorified, that is, expressed, in the Son. In fruit-bearing the Father's divine life is expressed and so He is glorified. (Life-study of John, msg. 34, sec. 3)
Lord, keep us abiding in You and praying for much fruit in Los Angeles.

GTCA—Gospelize, Truthize, Churchize America

The basis for the Lord to accomplish His present move in this country is through the persevering prayers of the saints in one accord (Acts 1:14). Three directions of prayer are much needed: first, to persistently remind the Lord of His will as the watchmen in Isaiah 62:6-7; second, to intercede for the people and leaders in this country; and third, to beseech the Lord to thrust out laborers into the ripened harvest of middle America—specifically, for at least 300 saints (including 30 full-timers) to migrate to the 10 target cities in the United States. For more reports and information, please visit http://GTCA.us.

Zagreb, Croatia

Croatia is a country in Southeast Europe with over 4 million inhabitants. In November 2019, the Balkan Regional Conference was held in the capital, Zagreb, with 180 saints in attendance, many of whom were gained through the distribution of the ministry. On March 1, the first Lord's table will be taken in Zagreb. Please pray for a strong beginning to the Lord's testimony in the nation's largest city through the blending and fellowship in the Body.

Germany – Meeting Halls

Thank the Lord for His faithful care through the Body to meet the financial need for the purchase of the meeting hall in Berlin. Pray that in a timely way the Lord will grant the saints favor with the building authorities to enable them to renovate the new meeting hall to make it most useful for the Lord's interest.
The church in Stuttgart has found a place available for lease that can suit their needs. They have submitted to the owner a plan with renovations that would need to be made. Pray that the owner will accept their proposal at a reasonable and affordable price.

Malta

Ten saints from Germany visited the island nation of Malta from February 7 to 10. The people were warm and responsive. Over the course of two one-hour distributions, 155 English NTs and 200 copies of The Mystery of Human Life were given out. Gatherings with seeking people were held on each of the three evenings. On the Lord's Day morning there was a time of singing and prayer. Please pray that the three students who spent time with the visiting saints will attend the European University Conference in March, and ask the Lord to gain a local couple with an open home.

Prayer for the Current Situation

On Lord's Day, February 23, Chinese-speaking believers around the world observed a day of prayer for the current situation with regard to the coronavirus outbreak. Saints began to pray at midnight and continued in intervals of 15 minutes or more for 24 hours. They prayed for an end to the epidemic, peace in the people's hearts, and the Lord's move in China. Many testified of the Lord's presence in their prayer.
Several more countries (including Korea, Japan, and Italy) are now seeing a significant increase in virus-related cases. We need to take up the corporate priesthood to stop the pestilence by prayer. Now it is a critical time to rise up in one accord to pray for prevention and containment not only in China, but all over the earth. At the same time, while the black horse of pestilence is running rampant, let us pray to release the white horse of the gospel to first conquer people's hearts and bring them to salvation.
"The earth is Jehovah's, and its fullness, the habitable land and those who dwell in it." (Psa. 24:1)

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy, week 1.
  2. High School Conferences at Oak Glen: for sisters, March 13 to 15 (registration due March 1); for brothers, March 20 to 22 (registration due March 8).
  3. Memorial Day Conference: May 22 to 25 in Atlanta, GA. Conference and hotel information is posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/prayer. Saints from LA are asked to RSVP by April 28 at http://tinyurl.com/memdayla.
  4. Receive weekly church prayer in English by email: sign up at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/prayer.

Prayer, Week of February 16

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Having the New Man in a Practical Way

"And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God." (Col. 3:15-16)
In the new man there is room only for Christ; He is all the members of the new man and in all the members; He is everything in the new man. If we would live Christ as the constituent of the new man, we need to be ruled by the peace of Christ (vv. 12-15) and inhabited by the word of Christ (vv. 16-17). Through the arbitration of the peace of Christ, our problems are solved, and the friction between the saints disappears; then the church life is preserved in sweetness, and the new man is maintained in a practical way. By allowing the word of God to inhabit us, we can become a proper human being, a God-man filled with Christ as the reality of the attributes of God.
If we allow the peace of Christ to arbitrate in us and if we are filled with the word of Christ, we shall have the new man in a practical way; all the saints in all the churches throughout the Lord's recovery will be living Christ in the one new man. (Knowing and Experiencing the All-inclusive, Extensive Christ, msg. 6, II.A, C, 1.c.(1), 2.c, 3)

Memorial Day Conference

The 2020 International Memorial Day Conference will be May 22 to 25 in Atlanta, GA. Conference and hotel information is at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/prayer. Saints are encouraged to make their hotel reservations as soon as possible if they do plan to attend, and to only reserve the number of rooms at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis that they intend to use, because cancelled rooms will no longer be available to others at the discounted group rate.
For saints from LA and Santa Clarita who plan to attend, please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/memdayla by April 28. Children need to be registered in advance.
Please pray that the Lord will take more crucial steps in the advancement of His purpose during this gathering. Also pray that many would be released and empowered to attend.

FTTA

The FTTA spring term begins this week. Ask the Lord to richly supply each trainee and to speak specifically within each one for their growth into Him. From LA we have three new trainees.

GTCA

As the sowing trips to the GTCA cities concluded last week, there is the need to persevere in prayer for the saints following up with all those contacted over the past few weeks. Pray that they would be bountifully supplied by the Spirit of Jesus Christ to carry out this long-term labor. Please also pray for at least 300 saints (including 30 full-timers) to migrate to the 10 target cities in the US.
In addition, last week the co-workers in North America coordinating for GTCA released a new letter calling on all the dear saints to rise up with a fresh burden to intercede in prayer for His move in this country. The co-workers outlined three directions of prayer that are much needed at this time: first, to persistently remind the Lord of His will as the watchmen in Isaiah 62:6-7; second, to intercede for the people and leaders in the United States; and third, to beseech the Lord to thrust out laborers into the ripened harvest of middle America.
In order to arrive at a strong testimony throughout this country, especially in the so-called "Bible Belt," and for the needed migration to the strategic GTCA cities, we must first and foremost pray. As Watchman Nee said, "Why do we work so much, and pray so little, when we can accomplish much more by prayer than by our work?" The basis for the Lord to accomplish His present move is through the persevering prayers of the saints in one accord (Acts 1:14).
To read this letter and the latest reports from the sowing trips, please visit http://GTCA.us.

Hamburg, Germany

The first Lord's table meeting in Hamburg will take place February 23. This will be the first table meeting in Hamburg since the ground was lost in the 1980s. The burden to recover the Lord's table has been in the saints' hearts for many years, and this past year, the Lord has moved quickly to strengthen the local testimony through the migrating saints and the recovery of local saints. This meeting and the subsequent lunch will be a time of rejoicing and blending of many saints in or near Germany. Thank the Lord for His spread in Germany!

Angola

Angola is a Portuguese-speaking country with over 25 million people located on the west coast of Southern Africa. At present, there are over 350 saints meeting on the ground of oneness in various localities, including Uige and the capital city, Luanda. In recent years, the saints in Angola have benefitted much from increased contact with the churches in South Africa and each year some saints attend the conferences for Southern Africa held in Pretoria.
Last month, there was a two-week perfecting training for Portuguese-speaking saints hosted by FTT Pretoria. It was another step for the Lord's move in Angola: 17 saints from Angola attended, and the goal was to perfect them so that they could perfect others. Trainees came from Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé, and South Africa. It was a marvelous blending!
Please pray for the perfecting work started in that time to continue during the upcoming bi-annual blending conference in Angola from February 22 to 23. Pray for the safe travel of the saints and the Lord's timely word to be released. Pray also for more up-to-date ministry materials to get into the saints' hands, and for the Lord to send out visitation teams to more cities to preach the gospel of the kingdom.

India

Pray for the new term of FTT New Delhi, that the Lord will strengthen the 10 new trainees beginning first term. Pray also for all the continuing trainees to be perfected and to advance further in truth, life, service and character in order to be useful to the Master.

Prayer for the Current Situation

Please continue to be strong in spirit and take up the whole armor of God to pray for the current situation with regard to the coronavirus outbreak. We need to take up the corporate priesthood to stop the pestilence by prayer. At the same time, while the black horse of pestilence is running rampant, we need to pray to release the white horse to first conquer people's hearts and bring them to salvation.
Pray for all the saints to be covered and those afflicted to be preserved. Pray particularly for the saints in China to seize this opportunity to preach the good news of the gospel to their friends and relatives. May the Lord gain the victory, His enemies be put to shame, the church be built up, and God be glorified!

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Knowing and Experiencing the All-inclusive, Extensive Christ, week 6.

    Next week we will begin Crystallization-study of Deuteronomy.

  2. High School Conferences at Oak Glen: for sisters, March 13 to 15 (registration due March 1); for brothers, March 20 to 22 (registration due March 8).
  3. http://LSMchristianradio.com broadcasts hymns and messages of the ministry 24 hours each day.

Prayer, Week of February 9

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Having Been Made Full in Christ

"That their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love and unto all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, unto the full knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ." (Col. 2:2)
"For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you have been made full in Him, who is the Head of all rule and authority." (Col. 2:9-10)
Because all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Christ and because we have been put into Him, we have been made full in Him—filled up with the divine riches—and all that He is and all that He has belong to us, and all that He has experienced has become our history. (Knowing and Experiencing the All-inclusive, Extensive Christ, Key Statement 3)
Do not believe your feelings about yourself, but look away to Christ. Exercise your faith to realize what He is, what He has passed through, what He has obtained and attained, and where He is today. Since He is in the third heaven and we are one with Him, we are in the third heaven also....We have been placed into the Christ who is unsearchably rich. (Life-study of Colossians, pp. 178-179)

Giving Our Money with Blessings

"There is one who scatters and increases yet more, and there is one who withholds what is appropriate but ends up only in want." (Prov. 11:24)
"He who sows sparingly shall also sparingly reap; and he who sows with blessings shall also with blessings reap." (2 Cor. 9:6)
All our giving, whether to the church in LA or for Oak Glen or for something farther away, is a sowing. Because God has blessed us with Himself, we are empowered to give with blessings. We give not out of necessity (9:7), but by grace which enables us to abound (9:8).

GTCA—Gospelize, Truthize, Churchize America

The 21 North American and 1 Ethiopian FTTA gospel trips that were active last week have just concluded. Detailed reports are at http://www.gtca.us. Follow-up prayer is needed. Please pray:

  • for the strengthening of the core college students in our clubs on every campus;
  • for the strengthening of the local saints to care for the positive contacts reached through the various tabling and Bible distributions;
  • for those who have received a Bible to read it and receive life; and
  • for many people in each city to be gradually brought into the church life.

Malta

Acts 28:1 says, "And having been brought safely through, we recognized then that the island was called Malta." Malta is an island nation south of Italy with a population of about 460,000. It is a member of the European Union and English is one of the official languages.
Last weekend there was a Bibles for Europe distribution in the city center of the Maltese capital, Valletta. Please pray for the literature distributed to be read with an open heart by seeking ones and for the raising up of the Lord's testimony in Malta.

Lord's Move to Asia

The January 2020 LMA newsletter has a report from the church in Islamabad and the recent National Blending Conference in Pakistan, as well as an update on the Lord's move in Nepal:
http://lmasia.org/temp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/E-2020-01.pdf (English)
http://lmasia.org/temp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Asia-2020-01.pdf (Chinese)

Prayer for the Current Situation

The following word of encouragement is excerpted from an open letter dated February 7 to the Chinese-speaking saints from the Chinese-speaking co-workers in Southern California regarding the coronavirus outbreak:
We need to be strong in spirit and take up the whole armor of God to pray for the current situation. When people in the world are panicking and human agencies are unable to solve the problem, we need to stand in the breach (Psa. 106:23) to pray to the sovereign Lord of all "on behalf of kings and all who are in high position" and "on behalf of all men" (1 Tim. 2:1-2). We need to take up the corporate priesthood to stop the pestilence by prayer (Num. 16:44-48). At the same time, while the black horse of pestilence is running rampant, we need to pray to release the white horse to first conquer people's hearts and bring them to salvation (Rev. 6:1).
We should pray particularly for the saints in China that they will seize this opportunity to preach the good news of the gospel to their friends and relatives. According to the reports we have received, they have done so. In some localities they changed the large gospel meetings during the Chinese New Year into small gospel gatherings in the homes. As a result, the number of baptisms exceeded their expectation, with hundreds being baptized. Although some saints cannot go out, they have been using phone calls and emails to contact over thirty people a day, thereby bringing many to believe in the Lord.
Thus, we hope that the brothers and sisters everywhere will spontaneously gather in each locality to pray. We strongly suggest that the saints in each locality use the weekend that was originally scheduled for the Chinese-speaking Conference to set aside one whole day for prayer at set times. We believe this crisis is the opportunity given by God to His church to proclaim His salvation to the people in the world.
We also hope that the brothers and sisters will seize this opportunity to be laboring priests of the gospel to preach the gospel (Rom. 15:16). Whether we are at home or away from home, whether we contact people by visitation or via the internet, we should all join this battle in groups of twos and threes so that the Lord may gain a great victory in this matter, that His enemies may be put to shame, the church may be built up, and God may be glorified.
May the Lord bless all the churches and all the brothers and sisters so that we will make new progress before the Lord in this new year.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Knowing and Experiencing the All-inclusive, Extensive Christ, week 5.
  2. International Chinese-speaking Conference from February 14 to 16 has been cancelled.
  3. Reports on the Lord's Move in Germany, website in English: http://germanyreports.info.
  4. http://ShepherdingWords.com addresses certain critical issues facing the Lord's recovery.
  5. http://LSMchristianradio.com broadcasts hymns and messages of the ministry 24 hours each day.

Prayer, Week of February 2

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Realizing and Loving Christ as the Reality of All Positive Things

"Let no one therefore judge you in eating and in drinking or in respect of a feast or of a new moon or of the Sabbath, which are a shadow of the things to come, but the body is of Christ." (Col. 2:16-17)
The reality of all that we need is Christ. We need food, drink, and the feasts. A new moon indicates a new start, and the Sabbath is for rest. However, all these are simply a shadow; they are not the real things. Christ Himself is the reality of all these things.
[May we all] learn to realize Him and love Him. Simply love Him, and do not seek anything else. Everything else is merely a shadow. Of course, while we are still on this earth, we need many things. However, we must use these things in the way of realizing Christ as our reality. The only portion that God gives to us is this wonderful Christ. We must learn to know Him, to live Him, to take Him, to experience Him, and to realize Him. (CWWL, 1964, vol. 2, "A General Sketch of the New Testament in the Light of Christ and the Church, Part 2—Romans through Philemon," pp. 331-333)

GTCA—Gospelize, Truthize, Churchize America

GTCA activities involving FTTA gospel trips continue this week and conclude in the coming weekend in at least 21 North American cities and in Ethiopia. Reports with photos are at http://www.gtca.us. Please pray:

  • for those participating in this time of sowing, that they would be energized to spread God's word in a coordinated and living way, and that they would be empowered in the Lord and in the might of His strength as they speak the gospel of the kingdom to the spiritually needy people they meet.
  • for the BfA packages that were distributed to be read by seeking ones with an open heart.
  • for continuing contact with people who received the Lord or a Bible or other literature.
  • for those invited to events this week to be released from everything to attend.
  • for the encouragement and continued participation of all the local saints in the gospel activities.
  • for many people in each city to be gradually brought into the church life.

International Chinese-speaking Conference CANCELED

After much and thorough fellowship among the co-workers, the decision has been made to cancel the International Chinese-speaking Conference this year. We realize that it is not a small thing to cancel one of the seven feasts and that many saints may have already purchased plane tickets to attend the conference. However, in light of the current outbreak of the coronavirus in China and its spread to other parts of the world, we feel it would be irresponsible on the part of the Living Stream Ministry to expose the saints to the risk of contracting this highly contagious and deadly virus. Please accept our apologies for any hardship this may cause you. (http://www.lsm.org)

Asia

Please pray for the saints to be covered and preserved from any sickness. At the same time, pray for the white horse to run. In this period of hardship and uncertainty, may the gospel of the kingdom be preached like never before!

United Kingdom

As of January 31, the UK has formally left the European Union. However, during a transition period due to last until December 31, the UK effectively will remain in the EU's customs union and single market while negotiating a trade deal with the EU.
Please continue to pray that the Lord will arrange all things for His interests and for the advancement of His move and for a resolution that will not hinder blending among the churches, visitation by the co-workers, or participation in trainings and conferences in the UK and Europe.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Knowing and Experiencing the All-inclusive, Extensive Christ, week 4.
  2. http://LSMchristianradio.com broadcasts hymns and messages of the ministry 24 hours each day.

Prayer, Week of January 26

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Giving Christ the Preeminence in All Things

"...God highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name." (Phil. 2:9)
"And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church." (Eph. 1:22)
For Christ to have the preeminence in all things, God needs a people; apart from God's having a people, there is no way for Christ to be made preeminent. Christ, the preeminent One, must be the centrality and universality in our church life, family life, and daily life.
Under God's heavenly rule everything is working together for our good. This is especially true of the things in our personal universe. Our personal universe includes ourselves, our families, and the church. In our personal universe many things happen day by day for the purpose of making Christ preeminent. We need to realize this and be submissive to God's heavenly rule.
In order to give Christ the preeminence in all things, we must be willing to be adjusted, to be broken, and to be made nothing so that the Lord can have a way in us, through us, and among us for the building up of His organic Body. If we have a vision of the preeminence of Christ, our living and our church life will be revolutionized, for we will realize that in all things Christ must have the first place. (Knowing and Experiencing the All-inclusive, Extensive Christ, msg. 3, I.B, III.B-E)

"The Heavens Do Rule" (Dan. 4:26)

The entire world situation is under the rule of the heavens by the God of the heavens to match His intention in His economy, of which Christ is the center. Under His heavenly rule God is using the environment to make Christ the centrality (the first) and the universality (everything) to us. (Knowing and Experiencing the All-inclusive, Extensive Christ, msg. 3, I.A,C)
As God's people, let us pray for the advance of the divine history within human history. We believe the Lord rules sovereignly over the earth that the environment might be fit for God's chosen people to receive His salvation. In these days of global uncertainty—from politics to epidemics and reminders of the brevity of human life—may the Lord turn all questions and anxieties to the advancement of the gospel. May all forms of "shaking" open the hearts of people to receive the gospel and stir us to speak the gospel in more places at more times.

Southern California Special Training on the Eldership

The third term of the special training on the eldership for SoCal elders and responsible brothers began last Saturday with a plenary session in Arcadia. Through monthly corporate gatherings, weekly group fellowships, and weekly personal study, the burden is to strengthen the present eldership and responsible brothers in the churches, to perfect and raise up the next generation of elders and responsible brothers, and to gradually bring more younger brothers into a functioning role in an organic way. Please pray:

  1. That the Lord will strengthen all the participants and become their perseverance and faithfulness to continually present themselves absolutely to this training.
  2. That an unprecedented one accord among the churches in Southern California will be ushered in as all the participants are attuned in the same mind and in the same opinion.
  3. That the Lord will continue to bless this training so that all participants will be perfected further for the Lord's testimony in Southern California and for the building up of the church, the Body of Christ.

GTCA

GTCA activities, including FTTA gospel team trips, continue this week in at least 23 North American cities and in Ethiopia. Please ask the Lord to use these trips to:

  • strengthen all the local saints and the churches receiving and coordinating with the trainees;
  • encourage the trainees with a rich view and experience of church life outside the training center;
  • bless the distribution of NTs, gospel tracts, and other literature;
  • continuing contact/appointments with people who received the Lord or a Bible or other literature;
  • those invited to events this week to be released from everything to attend;
  • bring seeking believers into homes these weeks and into long-term fellowship with the churches.

United Kingdom

Please continue to pray for the Lord to rule over the UK's withdrawal process from the European Union. Brexit is scheduled for January 31, although many details will be negotiated throughout 2020. Ask the Lord to exercise His authority so that every aspect is beneficial for His move in the UK and in Europe.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Knowing and Experiencing the All-inclusive, Extensive Christ, week 3.
  2. The International Chinese-speaking Conference is February 14 to 16 in Anaheim. Information is at http://www.2020icsc.org and at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/prayer. All saints are welcome, and there will be translation via FM radio. Advanced registration by January 31 is required only for childcare, and for special Saturday fellowship sessions (one for Chinese-speaking saints presently in school, and one for Chinese-speaking working saints).
  3. GTCA—Gospelize, Truthize, Churchize America: a fresh expression of this burden is presented at http://www.gtca.us. All are encouraged to read the home page, where you may sign up for email updates.
  4. LSM Internet Radio: http://lsmchristianradio.com broadcasts hymns, Life-study of the Bible broadcasts, and spoken messages of the ministry 24 hours each day.