Beloved in the Lord Jesus-Christ, hallelujah!
The overflowing heart of joy, I find you through this first edition of our newsletter announcements for the year 2015, and invite you to resume in chorus with me these few words of Lamentations 3: 22-23: «The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness». At the only Lord be glory now and forever, to the victorious name of our Lord JESUS CHRIST.
By GOD’s grace, we made a happy travel for the Mombo Universal Convention and each returned to his house in peace. We have exalted the glory of the Lord and the power of His Word to Mombo. For more than four days, there he has gathered his people from around the world for the feast of the Explanation of the Book. More than 20,000 people have indeed spent unforgettable moments in this locality. They came to hear the Word of GOD and be cured of their multiple diseases; More than 900 were counted!
By GOD’s grace, we have just gone through the first month of 2015. It is true that this crossing was not full of colors; it was made here and over there in pain. We know that the Lord comforts his people more than any other person on the earth. We also know to understand the will of GOD in the most difficult times, and further sharpen our love for Him in the days that he lends us on the earth, awaiting our day and the great event: the Banquet of the lamb with all the saints and holy angels of GOD.
It is for this reason that we must not stop be grateful to him in all things. Glorify GOD is an obligation for the saved. Indeed, the Apostle Paul tells us that we are saved to serve to the praise of the glory of GOD (Eph 1: 12-14). The Lord JESUS-CHRIST said in his prayer: «I have given them the glory which you have given me, which they may be one as we are one» (John 17:22). The glory that JESUS CHRIST has given us is that we have the authority over demons and their works, said the Man of GOD during the Servants of GOD’s meeting at Ngousso on January 7, 2015. Give glory to GOD is to publicly acknowledge that what we have is not the result of our competence, but of God alone. The Apostle Paul expressed it well when he said: «But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to GOD and not to us » (2 Cor 4: 7). The story of the 10 lepers in Luke 17: 12-19 shows us that GOD wants us to give him glory. JESUS-CHRIST was outraged to see that from the 10 lepers healed only the Samaritan came back to give glory to GOD, falling on his face at the feet of Jesus. And as a result of this recognition, he will be told by the Lord: « Rise and go your way, your faith has saved you».
Let agree here that the Leper wanted only the healing. However after obtained it from JESUS, he came back to thank him and acknowledged before men that it is JESUS-CHRIST who is the author or his issuance. He left saved while the 9 others were not saved.Yet salvation is more important than the cure of leprosy. The MAN of GOD has repeatedly said in 2014 that GOD calls His glory. Let’s not just be those who spend time doing strength requests to GOD; also let be those who render to GOD His glory. Don’t we sing, «What Jesus wants it’s His glory and holiness»? It does not give glory to GOD in secret as do several, since GOD himself did not make us feel good on the sly. He requested that we gave him glory before men, so that ignorant acknowledge the omnipotence of the Creator. Give glory to GOD, it is not just coming to thank him; it is also leading a life that don’t make him upset. It is to live as God wants in recognition of what good GOD has made to us: JESUS-CHRIST died so that we might live. What actions can we take to the delight if not to live for him? Escape the sin is to give glorify to GOD. JOB gave glory to GOD, and the LORD was pleased and proud of him. He feared GOD and turned evil; and on the earth, GOD saw that Job honored him.
Beloved, my wish at the beginning of 2015 is that it is one year for each intended to give glory to God. The Lord calls his glory to all men who do not even want to recognize him as GOD. To force them to recognize his omnipotence, he sends calamities. It should not be the same for the people who claim to him. Read in meditation the passage from Jeremiah 13: 15-17 to understand the requirement of GOD about it and the consequences of ingratitude. It says: «Hear and give ears! Be not proud! For the Lord has spoken. Give glory to the Lord your God, before he brings darkness, before your feet stumble on the twilight mountains, and while you look for light, he turns it into gloom and make it gross darkness. But if you will not listen, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the LORD’s flock has been taken captive».
In this issue we are back especially on the conditions for admission to the school of marriage. This information is important for all the beloved, especially those who are soon to come. Thus, we found worth remembering all the provisions of the Church on that subject.
We ask all the beloved to send us the articles of their respective localities (Birth Announcements, wedding, assignment, meetings …) and we will be happy to have correspondents in all the ecclesiastical departments.
Hoping to see you for the next month, beloved, I wish you a good read and the peace of GOD being with you in the name of JESUS-CHRIST.
The Director of Publishing and Communication
Rev. TCHANA Landry
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