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JULY 2016

“And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, “weep not.” (Luke 7:13)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you, and your loved ones. We are fine and enjoying our prayer walking and ministering in the streets and of course, on the phones. There is so much going on right now, that reading the news on the Internet and hearing it on TV certainly makes one wonder if time is short, and if Jesus is coming soon.

I have reached a point lately where I have to take a break from it all. The elections can also leave one in the dumps because who really knows the person who would be best for the job? This almost reminds me of when Israel was being run by God, but the people wanted a King instead. They didn’t understand that God was the perfect Person for the job, and so they got into a lot of trouble. Read 1 Samuel Chapter 8. Samuel tried to warn the people that God was the best person for the job, but they would not listen. “Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel, and they said, ‘Nay, but we will have a king over us.”’(vs.19) Really, at this point I would think that throughout time in history, God certainly would be the best King ever, wouldn’t you?

What saves us is God’s compassion. He looks at us with love, and as He had compassion on the widow in Luke 7:13, He also has compassion on His people today. He sees all that is happening these days between Isis, and elections, and poverty and sickness, and He longs to comfort us. He will not compromise with sin; of that we know for sure. He will not force His will upon us, or step in to help without being asked. This is why it is so imperative that we pray, that we have a relationship with Him, that we choose to live for Him and follow His ways. We cannot live in sin, and say “God will forgive it.” It does not work that way. We need to confess, and repent. In other words, turn around and sin no more. When we call upon His Name, we know that He will hear us! When we confess our sins He is Faithful to forgive us. When we spend time with Him and talk to Him, and read His Word, we develop a relationship with Him that no man can take away. Not Isis, not anyone. As long as we have Jesus on our side, we
are in good shape. Even if we die, we will live forever with Him in heaven! So nothing by any means can take us away from the love of God. He is forever with us, and He lives to make intercession for us in heaven. “Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25) Praise God!

So, getting back to what is happening in the world today, and the elections, let us put aside all that is happening in the world, and let us think upon all that God has done for us, and is doing. His compassion never fails! He loves us with an everlasting love. “The Lord has appeared of old unto me, saying, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jeremiah 31:3) Praise God!

Therefore, there is hope my friend! No matter what we see, or what we hear, we know that God is for us, that Jesus is interceding for us, and that as we keep our eyes on Him, His compassion is upon us. He knows what we are going through; He is there to bring us comfort, and wisdom and help. We need to keep our eyes fixed on Him, and our relationship with Him strong. When we hear the news, let us pray. When we do not know the answers, let us pray. When we need rest and sleep, let us pray.

When there is no place to run, we know that our Savior is there with open arms just waiting to enfold us. He tells us not to fear. However, we do have a part to fulfill. Let us not only keep our eyes on Jesus, but let us encourage others to do the same. Let us spread the word about Jesus and His salvation plan. People need to hear it NOW. They need to know the hope that we have. They need to know the truth of God’s Word. When discussing what is going on in the world, let us bring that hope into the conversation. Not everyone is open to discuss their fears, but hearing the Word of God can answer questions they might be dealing with.

Take to the streets and prayer walk your neighborhood! Stop to talk to neighbors and see if they need prayer. Be a light in the darkness!

Our Hope Connection Prayer line (718) 238-4600 is a way of reaching out to others who may not want people they know to know how they are feeling. They may have questions about God and salvation, or they may want salvation for their loved ones. We are here to help. Please feel free to give out our number to family and friends! We are open 7 days a week from 7am to 12am. Our coverage is light on Sundays but if a person leaves a name and phone number, we will call them back. Let us all do our part together, and give the hope we have to others. If you need prayer, please call! We are here for you!

Let us pray... Father, in Jesus’ Name, I lift up this reader to You, and ask You to fill this person with Your love, Your joy, and Your peace. Father, give this reader encouragement and hope for the future. Let this reader know how important, he or she is in Your eyes, and give a special hug today. Thank You Lord. Amen!

Blessings,

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.

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