Finally, my dear family, pray for us, that the word of the Lord will go forward quickly and be glorified, as it has among you; and that we may be rescued from evil and wicked people. Not all, you see, have faith! But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.
We are confident in the Lord about you, that you are doing, and will continue to do, what we instructed you. May the Lord direct your hearts towards the love of God and the patience of the Messiah.
Listen to my resounding noise, God,
heed my plea.
From the end of the earth I call to you,
while my heart flags.
To a crag that rises high above me may you lead me,
because you’ve been a shelter for me,
a vigorous tower before the enemy.
I shall reside in your tent permanently,
I shall shelter in the hiding place of your wings. (Rise)
Because you, God, have listened to my pledges;
you gave their possession to the people who hold your name in awe.
You will add days to the king’s days;
his years will be like generation after generation.
He will live permanently before God;
appoint commitment and truthfulness so they may preserve him.
Thus I shall make music to your name permanently,
in making good my pledges day by day.
Psalm 61, Bible for Everyone
Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. Now we offer up to God all the glorious praise that rises from every church in every generation through Jesus Christ—and all that will yet be manifest through time and eternity. Amen!
In this article from Premier Christianity magazine, Sam Hailes explains why the popular author and preacher Francis Chan’s book Letters to the Church is so important.
Francis Chan’s first book in six years – Letters to the Church – doesn’t make for comfortable reading. You won’t like all of it, much less agree with it. But when it comes to finding a challenging, thought-provoking, paradigm-shifting Christian paperback, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Don’t be deceived by the easy-to-read style of this title either. It might be most convicting for church leaders or those who are heavily involved in church ministry, but every Christian can get a huge amount out of this. It’s a must-read for anyone who cares about the health of the Church, especially the Church in the Western world.
Here are just six of the many much-needed wake-up calls which can be found inside the pages of Letters to the Church.
‘Ask and it will be given to you! Search and you will find! Knock and the door will be opened for you! Everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened. Don’t you see? Supposing your son asks you for bread – which of you is going to give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish – which of you is going to give him a serpent? Well then: if you know how to give good gifts to your children, evil as you are, how much more will your father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
‘So whatever you want people to do to you, do just that to them. Yes; this is what the law and the prophets are all about.’