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Eleanor and I look to you, our prayer warriors, to empower our ministry of the holy, eternal, inerrant, written Word of God through your fervent prayers and petitions. We live in an age when confidence in the Word of God is eroded by spiritism, mysticism, false apparitions and divinations of every kind. Everybody wants a â€śword from Godâ€ť but nobody wants to read through the Bible every year. Everybody wants a â€śmiraculous conversionâ€ť but through a so-called appearance of Jesus and not by memorizing and using the Word of God in personal evangelism. Everybody wants to know about heaven, hell, angels and demons but not through the careful study of Godâ€™s Word. They want to attend meetings or read books where false prophets and false apostles relate â€śvisionsâ€ť of going to heaven, hell, meeting demons and angels.
The â€śword from Godâ€ť we offer is the holy, eternal, inerrant, written Word of God. The â€śmiracleâ€ť we offer is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the redemption of sins. The powerful ministry in which we engage is that of the gospel of Christ which is the â€śpower of salvation to all who believeâ€ť (Romans 1:16).
We stand in opposition to this present era of mysticism and spiritism in the church. In stark contrast, we place our confidence fully in three things:
1. The gospel of Christ - "but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God" (1 Corinthians 1:23-24).
2. The ministry of the Word of God - "And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified" (Acts 20:32-33).
3. The power of the gospel - "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek" (Romans 1:16-17).
We know that the key to the redemption of mankind and the building up and renewal of the church is getting men and women into the Word of God. This, then, is our ministry - getting pastors, men, women, and couples into the Word of God.
I close this blog, as always, with a deep and abiding thankfulness for your sacrificial and effectual prayers which empower and drive this ministry ever forward in the cause of Christ.
By His mercy, II Corinthians 4:1 Rev. John S. Mahon Grace Community Int.
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