“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Dear brothers and sisters, our sins are forgiven, we are redeemed and able to receive the gift of eternal life. One day, we’ll be where He is in eternity. Oh, what a blessing it is to know the Lord God Almighty. This we know, we love Him because He first loved us with an everlasting love. This is what believers give thanks for, now and forever.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I remember a familiar song that my dear pastor, who is now in glory, led us to sing.
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son (repeat)
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us” (repeat)
What a beautiful song! I hope you were able to listen to the full version in the video above.
On Thursday, Americans will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Preparations for the big meal are well underway with visions of turkeys dressed with stuffing taking center stage on the holiday table. Many will travel near and far to be with family and friends on this day of thanksgiving. It’s a tradition well known to much of the world.
As we get ready to celebrate, let us remember the One who loves us so dearly. Thank Him for our precious freedom to worship Him freely, for as long it may last. Let us not forget that many of our brothers and sisters around the world do not have this same freedom. With love, pray for them as they endure hard times, sorrow and persecution. It’s our Heavenly Father’s desire that we too love our brethren as He does.
“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16
Tonight, as the Spirit leads, I invite you to come on the call and pray with me for the persecuted Church.
A blessed Thanksgiving to you all.
In Christ love,
Nadia Dybvik, Prayer Call Moderator
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin has led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also serves as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer. Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you. If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ.
Meet you on the call!