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We Remember

November 11, 2019
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By Lisa McMahon
 
Dear Friends,

As we remember the fallen on this special Remembrance day, those who defended our countries and nations, those who gave up life in a sea of pain and grief, my mind goes back to remember the fallen Christians throughout the ages, starting from faithful Abel (Gen 4:3-8) and ending with today’s Christian persecution worldwide.
Only our God knows the exact number of those that have died in Christ, died in persecution, died for their faith, but over the millennia of world history the war between evil and good has resulted in the suffering and martyrdom of saints without number.
Today in Middle Eastern countries someone who converts to Christianity from Islam may face the death penalty, someone in China’s underground churches may be imprisoned and face substantial persecution. Christians in Africa are mercilessly attacked, kidnapped and enslaved by their non-Christian neighbors.

The most ferocious persecution today is felt in North Korea, Pakistan, Indonesia, 
China, India, Philippines, large number of African countries, and the attacks have been felt throughout Europe and North America. We are surrounded by death at all times, whether through sickness or persecution. However our authority on this subject is found in the Scripture. We should not be surprised that the world hates Christianity. (1.John 3: 12-13) The world is hostile towards the righteousness of God and His people. Darkness cannot tolerate light, immortality mortality, hatred love or greed sacrifice. All the works of darkness are shown to be what they really are by the light, hatred that can lead to such brutality as Cain’s slaughter of Abel, his own brother.

Erna’s article below will throw a light on the most supreme sacrifice of the One who was absolutely innocent, without sin and without a spot, the Lamb of God who did not shrink of even death, but overcame death for Himself and also for us. We cannot fathom the price and must be eternally grateful for the immense and precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Because of Him, we shall overcome death also.

Love Lisa.
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Erna McCann 
Prayer Ministries Canada
A Legacy of Loyalty...


This is the time of year when we remember those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy and take for granted, here in Canada/North America. If they hadn’t fought and won, where might our country be today?

Dying for a cause demonstrates a level of loyalty that is difficult to come by in the “discard” society we find ourselves a part of in the 21st century.  If our clothes wear out we don’t patch them, we discard them and buy again. When our vehicles get old, we trade them in for newer ones. If our relationships get tough the pressure is on to discard them and live for ourselves or find a “better” partner.  But…loyalty fights for the betterment of others.  Loyalty will die to bring you freedom, happiness, security….Loyalty will sacrifice itself.

There are many amazing examples of loyalty and self-sacrifice, but Jesus is the ultimate Demonstration.  We often think of how much He gave up to become human in order to be able to pay the death-price for our sins.  He couldn’t die, as God, so He became human. What loyalty!

Not just Jesus, but all of heaven having to watch Him be rejected by those who claimed to know Him best and be His special people. They all stood by and watched it happen without interfering. I know it had to be incredibly painful to watch, and how their hearts must have longed to help, defend, heal…but they didn’t. Their loyalty to us, and the plan to save us, is incredible.

Then the Father, withdrawing His presence from Jesus when everything in Him wanted to pluck Him from the hands of His abusers, or at least stop their abuse.  He chose to place His loyalty on our side, instead of Jesus’.

Think of the three days Jesus was in the tomb.  During His life He had been in constant communion with heaven, but now His voice was silenced. How it was missed – must have seemed like eternity until He was raised.

Heaven is loyal to us, without fault. The Holy Spirit has been sent, faithfully to us, and continues the legacy of loyalty – leading, influencing, wooing us to believe that the commitment of heaven to us…is true. We must believe it. 

I’m praying for you,
Erna
 
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, through poppies grow
In Flanders fields

~Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
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