THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST, 2017
|"[...] Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body."(2 Corinthians 4:10)
The cross of the Lord Jesus Christ brought new life and a new identity for us. We have been birthed anew through the sacrificial love of our Redeemer, by faith. This new life is not something we can manufacture or cultivate in our strength, by trying to build on the foundation of our old man. It cannot spring forth because of our abilities, strengths or natural talents. It is not even the result of our determination to imitate the Lord's perfect and holy example. Rather, the life of God in us is a complete miracle, a gift from above.
Yet, it is in this body of flesh and blood, in this mortal and perishable body, in this earthen vessel that the miracle of God's nature is to be revealed and manifested. We are to always bear about in our bodies the dying of our Lord Jesus, established in the truth that we no longer belong to ourselves, walking in obedience to Him, having our hearts set on Him and our thoughts focused on the things above. This is when His life shines through every facet of our obscure, simple and normal day-by-day lives, raising us above whatever contrary circumstances we may experience, helping us to contemplate the temporary adversities and trials we face from the perspective of eternity.
For that which gains the victory over this world is our faith. And the reality of our redemption is manifested through the life that we now live in the flesh, by the faith of the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us (Galatians 2:20). Let our hearts be focused solely on Him, and our only preoccupation be to walk in obedience to His voice, being tuned to the urge of His Holy Spirit. He is fully able and will bring to fullness the work that He started in us. When Christ, our life, will be shown, His life in us will swallow what is temporal and imperfect, gloriously shining all through eternity, if so be that we are hidden with Christ in God even from here, even now, no matter what comes our way.
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The Lord blessed the evangelistic work in the Republic of Moldova, and we had the great joy of seeing people coming to the Lord. We had recent baptism in Rascaieti, Pistrueni and Hartop where a great number of unbelievers were present and had the opportunity to listen to the message of the Gospel and to witness the public profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ of those who stepped into the waters of baptism.
Hundreds of children took part in the Christian camps we organized in several locations in the Republic of Moldova throughout the summer. Many of them had their first contact with the Bible and Christian teachings, as they learned songs, Bible verses and how to pray. It was an exciting privilege to introduce them to the Christian faith and to the grace and love of God, and to plant in their hearts the seed of God's Word that we are praying springs to life in due time and brings fruit for their salvation.
We started a new evangelistic work in Niorcani village (Soroca District) where there is no Evangelical church. We are praying that God will touch many hearts through the message of the Gospel so that people will turn to God with faith and repentance and a strong testimony for the name of the Lord will be built in this village.
We rejoice for the opportunity God gives us every day to encourage local communities of believers throughout Moldova and eastern Romania, to comfort elderly brothers and sisters who are in suffering or in need, and to share the Gospel with friends, neighbors and relatives we meet during our visits.
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)