God's truth for today's world.

Most people have heard of Jesus and have some knowledge about what happened regarding his crucifixion by Roman Authorities. Not everyone quite knows the simple facts about who Jesus really is. A lot of people think of Jesus as the son of God but according to the literal translation, Jesus is one with God himself. He even claimed to be God while on earth. He performed miracles on earth and was born as a Virgin birth in which no father was part of the process.

Key Takeaways:

  • The religious leaders of his time understood that Jesus claimed to be God (John 5:17-18). Paul wrote that when Jesus died, the Father revealed to the entire world that He was God (Philippians 2:5-11).
  • This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
  • For nearly 2,000 years, Jesus Christ has been changing the lives of people all over the world. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.

“These are the facts upon which even the greatest skeptic will agree. But there is so much more to Jesus than that. Where he came from, what he did on earth, what he can do for us now is all revealed in the Bible.”

Read more: https://journeyonline.org/series/who-jesus-is/

Forgiveness is a personal journey. It is difficult, very personal, and the path is never the same for any two people. Sioni experienced sexual abuse at the hand of her family members. It was being repeated throughout her childhood and made her adult life difficult to understand and under influence of these past experiences. It also led to her daughter going through similar experiences, the result of mistakes that were repeated over and over again. Only after her daughter was arrested at the age of 18, and spent a few months in jail, she reached out to churches and sought help.

Key Takeaways:

  • Scheila, Sioni’s daughter, spent her childhood living a life of trauma. Her mother prostituted herself in order to provide the barest of meals and a place to live.
  • The atrocities committed against Sioni as a child and as an adult led to Scheila experiencing emotional trauma and sexual abuse.
  • Despite Sioni’s lack of skills when it came to mothering, she clung desperately to God for His help and stayed faithful in her love for her daughter, despite the hurt.

“It’s not hard to trace the source of Scheila’s rebellion. Sioni says by age 12 Scheila was openly defiant, and even as a young child, she lied profusely. However, she was unaware of the molestation of her daughter, that Scheila says was taking place for as long as she could remember, until she was 11.”

Read more: https://news.ag.org/Features/Forever-Forgiving

AGWM has been very busy this year. It was a storm season much more active than in previous years, and different regions have been hit hard. Coupled with the global pandemic impact, it is clear this year presented many challenges to our volunteers. We’ve been focusing on relief efforts in the Philippines and Central America region where typhoons and hurricanes, respectively, caused a lot of damage. Our missionaries provided materiel such as baby supplies, hygiene products and other essentials.

Key Takeaways:

  • AGWM missionaries and national believers in each location are riding out the storms and their aftermath, while also serving as first responders to begin addressing overwhelming immediate needs.
  • An estimated 145 lives have been lost, and tens of thousands are displaced across Mexico, Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
  • Mattresses for shelters, COVID rapid tests, and other essentials are needed for displaced people currently being sheltered with an attempt to keep pandemic patients separated from the unexposed.

““Please pray for the Philippines as so many communities across the islands struggle to recover from devastating floods,” Hartensveld says. “AGWM Relief is already responding with preliminary financial assistance to help with urgent needs.””

Read more: https://news.ag.org/News/AGWM-Responds-to-Double-Disasters-on-Two-Continents

Many of us live with anxiety when we face coping with the troubles, trials, and joys of life. One way to cope with anxiety is through prayer. Prayer can remind us that we are not alone, and in placing our anxieties in God’s hands, we can feel lighter. Prayer helps us think beyond ourselves and remember that God has placed us here for a reason. Prayer can provide solace in the turbulent storm that life is, at times, and help us recognize that we have a higher purpose.

Key Takeaways:

  • Life creates many anxious moments. But when the pressures of life continually increase, you may feel anxious all of the time.
  • You can find relief from the anxiety that controls you. It may not be easy to see right now, but anxiety does not need to rule your life.
  • My wife and I learned to bring our worries and fears to Jesus each day. When she became pregnant again, we brought our anxieties to Jesus every time they arose.

“Ask Him to become Lord of your life and take away the pain of wrong decisions. Ask Him for new life and to help you live without fear. It may take time, but remember that Jesus loves you and can help you live without anxiety.”

Read more: https://journeyonline.org/how-to-deal-with-anxiety/

There are many people who live with deafness, and seek to overcome the lot they were dealt. Recently, through LifeChurch, a handful of deaf parishioners found themselves finally able to hear. On October 18, these three deaf parishioners attended a typical Sunday service. As usual, a call for prayers for members of the community was raised, and one parishioner, Paula Patterson, was called up on stage. The prayer station leader placed his hands on her ears, the group began to pray, and for the first time, Patterson was finally able to hear.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pastor Paul Long says the miracles that occurred one after the other at LifeChurch, a new church plant in Middlesboro, Kentucky, left him speechless — overwhelmed at the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Longs had last ministered at an independent church for nearly a decade, and their leaving was not a pleasant departure. They left that church questioning God’s call upon their lives.
  • As with Patterson, the prayer team leader learned of Medlin’s need and then placed his hands over her ears and the group began to pray.

““I’m 51 and I’ve been in ministry for a good number of years, but I’ve never personally witnessed anything like that,” Long says. “The wow factor just overwhelmed me. It was indescribable . . . I’m still having a hard time articulating what I saw.””

Read more: https://news.ag.org/News/The-Deaf-Will-Hear—-Miracles-in-Kentucky