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The Recovery of the Priesthood for God’s Building

The subject of ITERO (March 27-29) was The Recovery of the Priesthood for God’s Building. “Coming to Him, a living stone…you yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house into a holy priesthood” (1 Peter 2:4-5a). The coordinated body of priests is the built-up spiritual house. May we all have more coming to the Lord for building up.
The priests draw near to God, enter into the Holy of Holies to touch the throne of God, and allow God as rivers of living water to flow through them and into other persons; the flowing of the water of life from the throne into us and out from us is the only way that builds up the church. (msg. 1, IV.B)

Three Prayers from Southern California Blending (3)

During the March 14-15 conference, we were encouraged to pray regularly for three topics. The first two, in prior weeks’ prayer, are from Ephesians 1:17-18 and 3:14, 16-17a. The third:
God gave Christ “to be Head over all things to the church” (Eph. 1:22b). “To the church” implies a transmission. Whatever Christ, the Head, has attained and obtained is transmitted to the church, His Body.(see Eph. 1:22, notes 2, 3 and Eph. 1:23, note 1) We need to pray for removal of all the obstacles in us which impede this transmission from the Lord to the church.

High School Seniors

This is the time of year in which high school seniors receive acceptance or rejection letters from colleges. Pray that each senior would open to the Lord and seek His leading about which college to attend. Pray also that each senior become firmly attached to the students in the recovery at that college before the fall term begins.

Africa

The respeaking of ITERO in Ghana for West African brothers was from Lord’s Day at night to noon this Tuesday. Afterwards Dick Taylor flies from Ghana to Ethiopia (about a six hour flight). There he will fellowship with the saints then have a conference with them Friday night through Lord’s Day noon. The subject will be The Vision, Practice, and Building Up of the Body of Christ.
James Lee’s health is improving. He stayed home last week but leaves Monday of this week to join Dick in Ethiopia. James will return home next week Tuesday, the same day Dick travels from Ethiopia to Uganda.
Please pray for a rich supply to the brothers in their traveling, speaking, and shepherding. Pray also that all who hear the messages to have an active response, opening to the Lord to apply and experience the word heard in the meetings.
Lord, enrich and expand Your recovery throughout Ethiopia.

FTT South America

The South American FTT began in July 2009 in Caacupé, Paraguay. It is conducted in Spanish. Trainees have come to this FTT from many South American and Central American nations including Brazil. However, the national language in Brazil, the largest South American nation, is Portuguese. To open the FTT door wider to all young Brazilians in the recovery, this August the FTT will begin a Portuguese section.
From the FTT office: Your prayers [for this new beginning in Portuguese] are very much appreciated. We pray for the Lord to call, free, and bring all the young ones who are ready for this training.

Asia

There is a gospel move in Bangladesh all of this week and next. There is a responsible brothers’ training in Cambodia the weekend of April 10 to 12.


Announcements

  1. Morning revival: week 2 of Crystallization-Study of Exodus.
  2. The joint meeting of the whole church in Los Angeles will be Lord’s Day, May 3 at Los Angeles Trade Tech College (same location we used in May and October of last year).
  3. The Memorial Day conference will be Friday night, May 22 through Monday morning, May 25 in St. Louis. Conference information is at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/prayer.
  4. The 2015 National College Training will be July 12 to 18. Please visit http://www.collegetraining.org for information and instructions on how to register.