CHN is a network of volunteers from churches throughout the United States of America and throughout the nations. Our mission and passion is to carry on the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ.

December 2015

“But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning. For you have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble. In You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense, My God of mercy.” (Psalm 59:16,17)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are all fine and as we look back on this year, we are thanking God for all He has done. This month as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we take the time to meditate on His Mercy and Goodness throughout the year. Think along with us of the many times that God has come through for you this past year! There may have been times when we wondered if we would ever make it through, and almost lost hope. Yet, we are still here, alive and breathing, and getting ready to celebrate Christmas. Praise God!

Now is a perfect time to set our sights on the birth of Jesus, and the new year that follows. Both Mary and Joseph knew that they needed a Savior. Mary said:

“My soul magnifies the Lord. And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.” (Luke 1:46-49)

Could you just imagine the joy of Mary and Joseph at the birth of their Savior? They had no idea what their life was going to be like, and what sorrows they would have to face. They simply rejoiced and praised their Heavenly Father for all He was doing. None of us know what the new year will bring, but for now, we have much to celebrate. Jesus was born, He lived, He died, and He rose again! He is the promised Messiah spoken of in the Old Testament. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is alive forevermore! This is what we celebrate! This is the Gospel in the simplest of terms. Because He lives we who have received Him as Lord and Savior, are Born Again of the Spirit. We have turned away from darkness and entered into His Light. We are promised life eternal forever and ever with Him in heaven! Glory!

We also have His hand upon us in this life as He is our Strength and our Hope according to His Promises. We have the privilege of a relationship with Jesus. He is the Son of God the Father, and because of Him we can present ourselves to the Father in His Name and ask for what we need. When God sees us, He sees His Son Jesus, and

He will never say no to Him. There are times when our prayers are answered in ways we do not understand, but somehow, they are answered, and in time we can see that the answer was for the best. Sometimes we see something we really like, like a new car, but God says “wait.” When we listen to His still small voice, we find out that He wants us to walk or take public transportation. When we get to heaven, we find out that if we had that car, we would have been in a horrible accident. There are always reasons for His answers. I was driving home from church one day and was thinking of how late it was. I had planned to be with my family earlier, but the Altar call was so full that I stood later to pray for people. When I passed a certain block, I saw the ambulances, the two cars badly damaged and the people in the cars seriously hurt. If I was there at the usual time, it could have been me. I prayed for the people, and then continued to my destination.

Christmas is a time to give gifts and appreciation to all we love. Let us remember that the best Gift of all is their relationship with Jesus. Let’s focus on this and recall that first Gift, the Lord Jesus Christ. Having Him in our lives make us the richest people in the world. If we have Him, we have everything. We do not know what next year will hold, but we do have today. Let’s make the most of today! Let’s give the gift of ourselves to our loved ones, and all that we meet. Lets ponder about the New Year, and ask the Lord to make us a blessing to all we know and meet. Each day, ask for Godly encounters where we can be a witness for Christ. Let us take notice of those around us, and if we see someone needing help, let us be the one to help. If we see a young mother struggling with her toddler, let’s give her a word of encouragement! Us moms have been there, done that. Am I speaking to someone now? (Smile) There are so many ways that we can show others the love of Christ. Lets be creative and look for those opportunities! When we focus on others, our own trials do not seem so bad. Helping others gives us a lift in our spirit that lasts. So many pray and ask God to use them, but when there is a situation right in front of them, they do not step in. I have had people say to me, “I am praying for God to use me.” I take that opportunity to ask if they would like to help out with our ministry. Their answer? “I will pray about it.” Could they ever think that my invitation was possibly the answer to their prayer?

I want to thank you so much for staying on our mailing list, and praying for the needs on our Watchmen Battalion. Your prayers are making a difference! I believe that the ministry of Intercession is the most valuable ministry there is. Nothing happens without prayer! When you pray for the needs listed, God sends angels out to do war on their behalf. Souls are saved, healing takes place, finances come in, peace arrives, and more. You are in God’s army and doing a vital ministry that can mean life or death in the lives you pray for. I wish I could send all the answers to prayer in the Praises sheet, but there are too many. God hears! God bless you mightily this Christmas and in the New Year. Please always feel free to write or call 718-238-4600 with your prayer requests. Father, in Jesus’ precious Name I lift up this reader, and ask You to bless him or her a hundredfold this Christmas and in the New Year. I ask that You meet his or her needs and those of loved ones. Amen! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.

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