Streetreach

I have been so lifted and blessed recently – by what ? – God of course and how he has used the young people in my area through Streetreach . Over a period off 3 days- about 160 young people , 40 leaders from about 30 churches took part for the third year in streetreach, by doing simple acts for others in the area to help demonstrate Gods love. Often when churches provide help for the communitiy there is a catch – a hidden agenda- Like we are having a service please come ? No hidden agenda , just the simple message that God loves us.

Faith expressing itself through love” Galations 5v6

It was wonderful , so often we hear of the negative side of our young people , rarely the good. We all worked hard, praised and worshiped God even harder , some wonderful teaching which I have to say some people seem to think that if it isnt traditional then its not real and not as Godly – well all I can say God is the judge on that one . I think they miss the point , its not instead off but part of the faith and worship based firmly on our dear Lord Jesus – I saw young people who loved God so so much and weren’t ashamed to show it , just wanting to please him .. God has to be at the centre, its had to be all about him , and just as often some can lose their focus among the excitement of more modern worship so too can people become complacent with the traditional liturgy. I remember our minister getting muddled saying the creed once – just tripping over his words – well my goodness you would think that after how many years we would have carried on correctly – well no we all stumbled like lost sheep – Im sure its happened in most churches – doesnt that say something ?. I really have been convicted recently about how we close the door on our young people, expect them to follow a service which was written so many hundred years ago and I also have been thinking of those who reformed the Church – methinks they would be turning in their graves to know that the “ new” that they began and lost their lives over where still being held on to for grim death . We are going to have to answer for what we do to reach out to our young people or should I say what we fail to do . If Jesus came back during street reach – I have no doubt that he would have got stuck in with us and oh the joy on his face during worship –

Praise God and thankyou Lord for each and every one of those young people who took part and for the passion in their hearts- we can surely learn a lot form their example

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BIBLE SCHOOL STUDENTS BEATEN BY MASKED MEN

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord”

Philippians 3:7-8 [NIV]

Sri Lanka – South East Asia

Ten students from Believers’ Church Bible College in Putlam district were attacked as they walked to the school by a group of masked men on motorbikes.

They were beaten with rods and kicked. More men arrived in a van and dragged a student inside, where he was beaten severely. When the attackers left the scene, one of the victims who hid during the onslaught managed to run to the Bible school to get some help, but a masked man immediately followed him close behind.

A few hours before the incident, a member of the Wennappuwa Provincial Council met the students and learned about their destination. The same council member then arrived later on the same day at the gate of the Believers’ Church Bible College threatening to shut down its operations. A security guard from the school was also beaten by a masked man, who escaped after the assault.

The injured students were rushed to the Lunuwila Government Hospital and three of them were transferred later to the Marawila hospital for additional treatment.

Evangelical churches have been growing rapidly but Buddhist nationalists have introduced new laws to curb this. Anti conversion laws are under discussion and permits to build churches are limited.

Source: National Christian Evangelical Alliance in Sri Lanka / Open Doors

Please pray…

  • Pray that the students of Believers’ Church Bible College in Sri Lanka would be protected from further attacks and that the school would remain open.
  • Pray for the continuing growth of the evangelical churches in Sri Lanka and that there would be freedom to preach the Gospel.
  • Pray that plans to introduce new laws to curb Christianity would be thwarted.

Thank you for praying with us.

Easter Scripture`s:Matthew 28

The Resurrection

1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.

3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.

4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.

6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 1

0Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

The Guards’ Report

11While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.

12When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,

13telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’

14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”

15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

The Great Commission

16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.

17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.

18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Easter Scripture`s:Matthew 27:62-66

Matthew 27:62-66 NIV

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate.

63″Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’

64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65″Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

Easter Scripture`s:Matthew 27:57-61

Matthew 27:57-61 NIV

The Burial of Jesus

57As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.

58Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.

59Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

60and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

Easter scriptures: Matthew 27:45-56 (NIV)

Matthew 27:45-56 (NIV)

The death of jesus

45From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land.

46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi,lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

47When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

48Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.

49The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.

52The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

53They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

54When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

55Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.

56Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.