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New Testament Church Proliferation Digest Tuesday, April 23 2002 Vol 02 : 075
[NTCP] Weekly Prayer Needs: Update
Re: [NTCP] Fw: NTCP "Gathering"
Re: [NTCP] Some "If/Thens" to consider for world evangelization

Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 19:01:24 -0400
From: Richard Wright
Subject: [NTCP] Weekly Prayer Needs: Update

Hello all,

Please keep these needs before the Lord on a daily basis. As someone once
observed, "Things happen when we pray, that don't happen when we don't pray".

When the Lord answers your need, please be sure to let us know so that we can
all rejoice together!

Pray for:

Group Prayer List 19/03/02: I am working one on one this week in a bad area of
town just 20 minutes or so from where I am staying in Denver. It is known for
prostitution,drug dealers,and other dangerous characters. Specifically I am
going to be prayer walking the motels on Colfax. I think a lot of them are
looking for something to find relief from their problems and many of them have
turned to church but the system chases them off instead of loving them. Keep me
in prayer as I do this. If God wills allow him to open doors. Pray that God
sends a strong partner in the faith to help encourage me. In what the Lord is
leading me to do. My health hasn't been the best the last few weeks and I could
use some prayer on that as well. a son in the faith,

David

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25/03/02: (Please read the whole post on this, to get the full picture of the
need Dick) I ask you to pray for my heart that it would not become hardened.
I am weary and don't have a desire to fighting to get him help when he keeps
rejecting my efforts to help. I would love for Tom to be healed. I struggle
with questions of why we ask for healing but don't get what we are believing
for. God's timing is not easy to understand. I feel the Lord telling me not to
give in to Tom's threats or manipulation, but to really wait on the Lord and
let him have his way with Tom. Please pray for: Josiah 17 years old and not
walking with the Lord rightly and not desiring to see Dad, hasn't been up to
see Dad. Jacob 16 (walking with the Lord and open to seeing Dad.) Saw Dad March
23rd Hannah 14 years old (walking with the Lord but not willing to see Dad. I
made her go see him March 9th.) Gabe 12 years old. (walking with the Lord and
willing to see Dad) Saw dad March 9th and March 23rd. Mike 21years old not
walking with the Lord Jesus and not very involved with us. Haven't seen him for
several months Tom (my beloved husband of 18 years) walking in sorrow in need
of prayers of the saints of the most high. Debb (Tom's wife of 18 years)
walking with the Lord Jesus (and being carried by the arms of my heavenly
Father) Please pray that God will give me wisdom, discernment, grace, and that
His hand would be upon me, that he will keep me from evil, and that I would not
harm anyone. Ysi Christ,

4/14/02: Dear Brothers & Sisters, Please continue to pray for us all as I had
requested. it has been eight weeks since we checked Tom in the the hospital,
but as of today we are back to square one.

Debbie~ - 25/03/02: From a victim of abuse Please pray for strength and
endurance. Pray for energy and the Holy Spirit's guidance and healing. Pray
that if God will's that this would all go away. Many say I must continue to
rest and God will give me new energy. But God is telling me to give my life
away every day and I will have a new one someday. I long for that. I wish I
could love better. I wish I had more to give. Thanks for the prayers and
encouragement.

A son in the faith, David

- Please help! My mother is old and not well. Her husband is older and had
to be put in a "home" for a couple of weeks. He has dementia and now wants to
come home and my mother cannot take care of him but will literally kill herself
trying. He gets up all through the night and takes things apart and takes money
out of her purse. They are broke. I am a single mother of two and have devoted
my life to the children I prayed for. We could move with her but she is not a
pleasant person to live with and I don't think I could live with her daily
criticism...she means well and loves her husband and I just don't know what to
do.

I am eagerly awaiting some reply. Any reply.

Darlene J. Dowling

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3/30/02: pray for our landfill school project, which will rescue 2000 children
from surviving off a landfill..

Vanessa

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4/01/02: I am looking for someone in Tulsa, OK to minister to a wife and
daughter. They are unchurched, have no friends, little finances, and the
husband walked out on them this weekend for another woman.

Mike S

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4/05/02: We are danger. It's a good time to pray for our land, and to
continually pray for the peace, health and safety of Israel and Jerusalem. We
know that bitter days are marked out by God for that city, but let us not be
found standing on the wrong side of this battle. Better to die a horrible death
on the Lord's side, than to become rich as a traitor.

In Jesus, Jim

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4/12/02: PLEASE PRAY FOR: 1) Lasting peace in this land. The boundary has been
crossed. Israel is at war with the Palestinian Authority, while also the
Lebanese border has become the staging ground for daily attacks by the Iranian
backed Hezbollah. And violence looks to be heating up more and more each day.
It behooves us all to pray (Psa. 122:6). The peace of Jerusalem affects the
peace of the whole world. Even so, come Lord Jesus (Rev. 22:20)! 2) The future
of Jerusalem University College and the Millier family's related plans for
ministry here in Israel ... or possibly the Philippines. To Israel. My
nine-year-old daughter (Dawn) and I have tickets to fly out Apr. 26th to Manila
to meet with the elders of a central Filipino congregation who are interested
in our plans to train Christian Filipino in-house care-givers (to the elderly
and infirm in Israel) in modern and biblical Hebrew, and Jewish evangelism
skills. Pray that only God's will would be confirmed. 3) Serena (Jewish lady
involved with a New Age cult) to come to faith in her Messiah. We meet weekly
in her home for "peace talks" with a group of about fifteen Jews, Muslim Arabs,
"Christian" Arabs, and a few real born again believers-- Jew, Arab, other. She
is still regularly reading her Bible and she has some good Messianic teaching
materials on her shelves, I've noticed. Serena is so close to saving faith in
Yeshua (Jesus), but she hasn't quite put it all together to take that step. 4)
Shlomo (orthodox Jewish man I speak with weekly at the "peace talks") to come
to faith in Yeshua. As he studies the Messianic prophecies to prove me wrong,
pray that the Holy Spirit would catch hold of his heart. Remember Saul of
Tarsus started out as a man intent on disproving the case for Jesus ... and
became one of Jesus' strongest advocates. I can see evidence of spiritual
hunger and conviction in Shlomo. 5) Pray also for Miriam (orthodox Jewish
woman) as she does her own investigation in the book of Daniel. Remember Rob
(orthodox Jewish man) as he has expressed interest in the gospel. In fact, from
a recent conversation we had, I suspect he may be a closet believer. He has all
but come out and openly confessed faith in Jesus to me, ... though I have
prodded. Either way, pray for him. Also don't forget to mention Amy (Mainland
Chinese Buddhist) in your prayers. She is working as an in-house care-provider
in Jerusalem. She too is a seeker. 6) God's anointing on various teaching
opportunies including my Shabbat School class at NETIVYAH (our Jerusalem
congregation) in which I instruct Jewish and gentile children in Matthew's
Gospel. Also, I teach periodically, on a semi-scholarly level, at the Narkis
St. Congregation's "Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research" Bible study.
Likewise I am exploring the possibility of teaching at a local Bible Institute
(affiliated with a house church) which trains struggling Jewish, Arab, and
foreign (African, Filipino) pastors in biblical/theological topics-- for next
to nothing. Thanks, Michael
Jerusalem

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4/14/02: This is a neat story, and I encourage you to read it on:
alt.religion.christian.home-church

She is a new convert with quite a background.

Her name's Melissa, and she needs a lot of strength... old ways are hard to
change. Right now she's full of zeal, but soon she'll come down off cloud 9 and
be stuck with the mundane stuff: 5 kids, no husband, no education, and no work
experience (she's been a prostitute since she dropped out of high school 10
years ago). Terry

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4/13/02: Please pray for us, a coup d'etat has just taken place here, and
oligarchs are trying to pass it off as 'civic action' while keeeping our
president isolated and not allowing him to speak... this is the first president
ever in this country who cares for the people. Please talk to your reps, since
this coup is strongly supported by the US, since Venezuela is the US's only
safe provider of oil outside the middle east... love, Vanessa

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4/16/02: Please pray for Japan.

I have become more and more concerned for the people of Japan. There is an
incredible emptiness of heart there.

Jim

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4/21/02: I have a request. I have a 72 year old neighbor that I have been
helping lately due to heart problems. She is having heart by-pass surgery on
Tuesday. Please pray for that this surgery will be without complications and
that she will recover very quickly. Also pray for her husband, he is disabled
and housebound, so he is not able to be with her. Thanks J.C.

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04/21/02: Please pray that I can stay off medication. I only need Jesus. I'm
almost 30, and feel that I must begin my REAl work for God now... suddenly, a
lot of christians who don't want to go to these 'churches' are asking me to
study with me, and much has come my way to do the work of charity, but the
enemy wants to impede my working... I'm having lots of little dizzy spells and
problems with my family... that come up right when we're about to start. Please
pray for us!

Vanessa

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04/21/02: Dear Saints,

We have received a desperate plea for prayer from a Christian family on the
east coast.

Their daughter is divorced and has a 3 year old boy. A judge has given the
father unsupervised stays with the child . The father has taken the child on at
least three occasions to a child pornography group.

They are desperate!! - Please pray!!

Thanks for your faithful support.

- -- Richard Wright, wright47(--AT--)sc.rr.com on 04/21/2002

When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are
poisoned. - ---Herbert Hoover, 31st US President

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Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 09:01:02 +0200
From: "Deborah"
Subject: Re: [NTCP] Fw:
NTCP "Gathering"

Dear NTCP members, I will be (God willing) in the Destin, Florida area from
July 1st-July 5th, 2002, and in Orlando July 6th-9th, 2002-- although my time
will be limited during that time. "All roads lead to Disney World" ... and I
have kids! Also while returning to Israel, we plan on stopping in the U.K.
(Scotland) to stay with friends during the week of Aug. 2nd-9th, 2002. London
might be do-able from there. These are the dates I am somewhat available for a
gathering. Once in Israel I am less flexible. How early or late are we
planning for? What say ye? Michael
Jerusalem ~ ~ ~ ntcp info page:
http://world-missions.org/planting ~ ~ ~

Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 13:34:28 +0200
From: "Deborah"
Subject: Re: [NTCP] Some
"If/Thens" to consider for world evangelization

Dear NTCP list members,

In the book of Jeremiah, the Abrahamic covenant ...

("I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your
name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and
whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed
through you" [Gen. 12:2, 3].)

... was used by the prophet to appeal to Israel's special calling ... even in
the midst of her widespread apostacy. God pleaded with His erring people:

"'If you will return, O Israel, return to me,' declares the LORD. '*If* you
... (He goes on to list some specific fruits of true repentance for the Jewish
people of that time), *then* the nations will be blessed by him and in him will
they glory'" (Jer 4:1-2, emphasis mine).

Did you get the connection? God said,"*If* Israel repents, *then* the nations
will be blessed". Thus a link is here established between Israel's being
divinely blessed (via returning to God) and YHWH's blessings on the nations of
the world.

One may argue that Israel did repent after the Babylonian captivity, Jesus was
born, and the nations have been blessed through him-- the Seed of Abraham. I
won't oppose that view. As a Gentile Christian, I'm a product of that
blessing. But in some Christians' minds the people of Israel got shelved in
the process as if they have no further portion in the blessing of the Gentile
nations after Christ's advent. If that were so, then Paul (the Apostle to the
Gentiles) would not have later reworded the same formula *If* Israel repents
*then* the nations get blessed) in Romans 11:11-15, ... decades after Christ's
ascension into heaven. Notice what Paul says:

"But if their [the unsaved Jewish people's; see 9:1-5; 10:1-2] transgression
means riches for the world [they rejected the Messiah and the gospel resulting
in the message going to the nations of the world], and their loss means riches
for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness [reinstatement
into the favor of God] bring! [to the nations!!]."

As if we might not catch the importance of that statement, Paul repeats a
similar point a couple of verses down:

"For if their [the Jewish people's] rejection [by God or of the gospel; the
Greek is not clear, but the result is the same] is the reconciliation of the
world, what will their acceptance [either by God or of the gospel] be but life
from the dead [for the Jews, of course, but if the parallel structure of these
verses holds true, the primary referent is the nations!!!]."

Paul is arguing from the lesser to the greater. His point can be worded this
way: "*If* Israel (in general) rejected Jesus as their Messiah and the nations
got such a blessing, *then* consider HOW MUCH MORE of a blessing the nations
will receive if the Jewish people do repent and accept the Lord." Israel's
blessing results in more blessing for the nations. This hails back to the
Abrahamic covenant! Remember, however, that Paul wrote this many years after
the advent of Christ, so he had in mind a future ministry for Israel to the
Gentiles beyond merely being preservers of the Bible and beyond simply being
the lineage of the Messiah. Please let that sink in. The Jewish people of the
world have a future ministry to the nations. What part are you playing in
helping them fulfill their God-given destiny? ... which will result in
international blessings! *If* what I keep highlighting is true, *then* what
are YOU going to do about it?!?!

Michael
Jerusalem


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