Prayer, Week of October 10

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Seeking the Lord's Direction and Having His Presence

"And He said, My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest." (Exo. 33:14)

"The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you." (2 Tim. 4:22)

As God-men, we should practice being one with the Lord, walking with Him, living with Him, and having our entire being with Him. This is the way to walk as a Christian, to fight as a child of God, and to build up the Body of Christ. If we have the Lord's presence, we have wisdom, insight, foresight, and the inner knowledge concerning things. The Lord's presence is everything to us.

In order for us to fully gain and possess Christ as the all-inclusive land for God's building, we must hold on to this principle: God's presence is the criterion for every matter. Regardless of what we do, we must pay attention to whether or not we have God's presence. If we have God's presence, we have everything, but if we lose God's presence, we lose everything.

The presence of the Lord, the smile of the Lord, is the governing principle. We must learn to be kept, to be ruled, to be governed, and to be guided, not by His secondhand presence but by the direct, firsthand presence of the Lord. His precious presence is the power for us to possess the all-inclusive Christ as the reality of the good land flowing with milk and honey. (CS Joshua, Judges, Ruth, msg. 4, II.A.3-4, B.1-2)

ITERO

"Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth." (Matt. 6:10)

Last weekend's International Training for Elders and Responsible Ones was on "Meeting God's Need and Present Needs in the Lord's Recovery." In order for His will to be done on earth and for His eternal purpose to be fulfilled, God needs our cooperation in the present age. He needs man to subdue the earth and recover it for Him. Furthermore, for His greatest dispensational move to end this age, God needs the man-child, the overcomers in the church, to defeat His enemy and to bring in His kingdom so that His eternal purpose might be accomplished.

Pray for the digestion and application of these messages, that the Lord would gain our prayer and practice to cooperate with God to carry out on earth what He has planned in heaven.

Church in Los Angeles Joint Meeting

The whole church in Los Angeles—all halls, districts, and languages—will meet together on Lord's Day, October 17. Saints are encouraged to attend their regular in-person or online gathering by hall at 10:00 am, then combine together on Zoom from 10:45 am to 12:00 pm at http://tinyurl.com/churchinlosangeles. There will be translation to Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.

Please pray for a healthy attendance and blending, and for the timely speaking of the Lord as our Captain and Leader to bring all the saints in the church in Los Angeles more into a revived living.

California-wide Junior High Conference

This weekend, October 15 to 17, will be the Fall 2021 Junior High Conference. The subject of this California-wide conference is "The Church." Pray for all our junior high brothers and sisters to be enlightened to see the church as the pearl of great value and to choose one thing—to dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of their life!

FTTA Online

The Online Full-Time Training (FTTA-OL) conducts the FTTA curriculum completely online. Online learning requires active interaction with the materials, deliberate written responses, and participation from every learner. More information is at http://www.onlineftta.org.

Each calendar year is divided into 5 terms. This year's Term E runs from October 20 to December 14 (8 weeks). The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 13. Please pray for every enrollee to be a diligent learner to help others learn and dig into the ministry materials. By the Lord's mercy, may more saints sanctify their time and cultivate a habit of studying the truth through a lifelong pursuit.

GTCA Cities – St. Louis, MO

The next GTCA mini-conference is this weekend, October 16 to 17, with the church in St. Louis, Missouri. This conference will cover aspects of the Lord's present move in the United States. The Saturday session is from 5:30 to 7:00 pm PDT; the Lord's Day session is from 8:00 to 10:00 am PDT. Recordings of previous mini-conferences and video updates may also be viewed at http://gtca.us/updates.

Please continue to pray for the saints' migration to strategic cities in the United States for the spread of the Lord's testimony. May many receive the grace of God in order to have great resolutions of heart and great searchings of heart for their participation in the Lord's move through migration.

Germany

The saints in Tübingen plan to distribute Bibles in the city from October 16 to 30. They will also distribute on the university campus during its first week of classes, since students are able to attend in-person classes for the first time since Spring 2020. Please pray that we would bear remaining fruit from this freshman class and for a harmonious coordination among all the saints in and around Tübingen to labor together as one corporate priesthood.

Pakistan

Pray for the gospel and shepherding to be strengthened in Karachi, that the saints can enjoy and flow Christ for the increase and propagation of the church and for God's move to go forward.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 4 of Crystallization-study of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth, vol. 1. Next week, after our Joint Meeting, we will proceed to Week 5.
  2. Living Stream Ministry is offering a free e-booklet, The Bible—a Romance of a Universal Couple. Formats include PDF, Kindle, Audiobook, and more! Visit http://www.lsm.org/bible-romance.
  3. Bibles for America's latest blog post is called "What Does It Mean to Be Poor in Spirit?" based on Matthew 5:3. Read and share it at http://blog.biblesforamerica.org/blessed-are-the-poor-in-spirit.
  4. Wednesday Night Ministry Meeting: Live broadcast this Wednesday beginning at 7:25 pm at http://lsm.org/live in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Outlines will be posted on the same site.
  5. North America Korean-speaking Conference: On Zoom, October 23 (5:00 to 6:30 pm) and October 24 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm). Subject: "Meeting God's Need and Present Needs in the Lord's Recovery."
  6. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

Prayer, Week of September 26, 2021

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Engaging in Corporate Spiritual Warfare to Bring Christ Back

"Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil, for our wrestling is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies." (Eph. 6:11-12)

On the positive side, Canaan, a land of riches, typifies the all-inclusive Christ with His unsearchable riches. On the negative side, Canaan signifies the aerial part, the heavenly part, of the dark kingdom of Satan, the heavenlies that are full of Satan's forces.

If we would possess the good land for the fulfillment of God's purpose, we must engage in spiritual warfare to defeat the satanic forces. It is crucial for us to see that behind the scene a spiritual struggle is taking place, a struggle not seen with human eyes. If we would take possession of Christ for our enjoyment, we must be a corporate warrior, the church as the Body of Christ, fighting against and defeating the satanic forces so that we can gain more of Christ for the building up of the Body of Christ, setting up and spreading the kingdom of God so that Christ can come back to inherit the earth. (Crystallization-study of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth, msg. 2, IV.A, B; V, D.1, F.2)

May we pray that the whole Body would be mobilized to fight the spiritual warfare, defeat the Satanic forces, and build up the Body of Christ so that Christ can come back to inherit the earth.

UCLA

Thank you, saints, for your prayers last week. The Lord is truly blessing the labor in the Body. We had contact with many new ones throughout last week and had more than 40 of them join us Friday night for our welcome event. As we head into the first full week of classes at UCLA, please pray that:

  • We would continue to be able to see many new students face-to-face throughout the week.
  • The Lord would group and connect the students together.
  • Many Bible study groups would be raised up this week that could continue throughout the fall quarter.
  • Many students would build an altar to the Lord, consecrating their quarter to Him even as their studies pick up.

SCYP California-wide Young People's Conferences

Registration is now open for the California-wide Fall YP Conferences. The registration deadline is October 3 for Junior High (October 15 to 17) and October 10 for High School (October 22 to 24).

As we prepare for the upcoming fall conference season we encourage all the saints—especially the parents, serving ones and college students—to pray that our young people will take possession of Christ as their promised land to become the proper persons to bring forth Christ into the human race.

GTCA Cities – Columbia, SC

Last weekend there was an online mini-conference with the saints in Columbia, South Carolina. As of mid-September, 16 saints plus 12 children have migrated to the city; another 5 saints (2 families) are planning to do so in the near future. For a short video update from some of the families who have recently moved to Columbia, visit http://gtca.us/updates. Please pray for:

  • A total of 30 saints to migrate to Columbia.
  • Migration to the center of the city of the campus work.
  • The formation of a full-time team to labor on the campus.

European University Training

The training for European university students concludes this week from September 29 to October 3 in Germany. The subject is "Rise Up and Build." Please pray that the health of all the participants will be fully covered and protected for the duration of the training and that nothing will happen to hinder the completion of the training. Pray that the students will be "wrecked" with a vision of the desire of God's heart and offer themselves willingly to Him for His building.

Azerbaijan

Please pray for the further development of the publication work so that the ministry of the New Testament can continue to be translated into the local language (Azerbaijani/Azeri), and that the Russian language publications can increase and spread here.

Also pray for the furtherance of the gospel through the visitation of the overseas co-workers next month. They will meet with the local translators, with the new ones, and with all the saints unto the furtherance of the gospel.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 2 of Crystallization-study of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth, vol. 1.
  2. LA Joint Meeting: Lord's Day morning, October 17, we will have a meeting of the whole church in Los Angeles. More details to come.
  3. Wednesday Night Ministry Meeting: Live broadcast this Wednesday beginning at 7:25 pm at http://lsm.org/live in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Outlines will be posted on the same site.
  4. SCYP Fall Conferences: Registration is open for the California-wide Junior High (October 15 to 17; register by October 3) and High School (October 22 to 24; register by October 10) conferences.
  5. Living Stream Ministry is offering a free e-booklet, The Dispensing of the Triune God to Produce His Abode. Formats include PDF, Kindle, Audiobook, and more! Visit http://www.lsm.org/dispensing.
  6. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

Prayer, Week of September 12

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Spreading the Truth of God's Economy for the Church's Increase

"Who then is the faithful and prudent slave, whom the master has set over his household to give them food at the proper time?" (Matt. 24:45)

"And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is…" (Eph. 3:9)

Today we must bear the responsibility for spreading the translated, interpreted, and understood divine truths for the Lord's recovery. The Lord has given us these precious truths for us to spread them not only to Christians but even to the unbelievers. What the Lord needs today is for thousands of His dear saints who love Him, who live to Him, and who know nothing but His recovery to take one way to spread the same truths to make them the faithful and prudent slaves to serve food to the Lord's people at the proper time; then we will fulfill the commission of the Lord's recovery.

The increase of the church depends on the spread of the truth. Only the truth can subdue and gain people. From now on we all should spend time to learn the truth of God's eternal economy and minister Christ to others for the multiplication and spread of the church. (Knowing the Truth, msg. 6, V.B, 2-3)

California

"The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof." (1 Cor. 10:26)

Voting for the recall election of California's governor concludes this Tuesday, September 14. The state also has many cases of COVID-19 with associated restrictions and protests. Furthermore, wildfires have already consumed more than 2.2 million acres and destroyed hundreds of buildings, and the fire season is not yet over.

Lord, preserve California, its people, and its social atmosphere for Yourself. Exercise Your authority here! Use the current difficulties and uncertainties to advance the spread of the gospel, to build up the churches, and to increase the number of churches. California is the Lord's!

UCLA

This week 32 college students are moving into the brothers' and sisters' houses in the UCLA area, including some who are moving in for the first time. Throughout the week we are having gatherings and meetings with the goal of being built up in Christ together as much as possible. Please pray for:

  • An atmosphere of mutuality and blending in love;
  • The joy of the Lord to fill all of the housing units;
  • A strong beginning in the spirit to be a testimony of Jesus at UCLA this fall quarter!

European University Training

Between September 4 and October 3, a training for European university students is being carried out in-person throughout Europe in different locations. The topic is "Rise Up and Build." This week the training is taking place in Scotland for those from the UK and Ireland and coincides with the student club fairs taking place at the major universities in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Please pray:

  • That the health of all the participants will be fully covered and protected for the duration of the training and that nothing will happen to hinder the completion of the training.
  • That the Lord will stir up eternity in the hearts of the Scottish students this week as the saints go out to contact them, and that the Lord will bring to us all those whom He has chosen.
  • That all the university students will be "wrecked" with a vision of the desire of God's heart and offer themselves to Him willingly for His building.

Chinese-speaking Conference in Paris

Praise the Lord for His continued shepherding of the saints in Europe, especially the Chinese-speaking saints, through the two annual European Chinese-speaking Conferences in London and Paris. The upcoming fall conference from September 17 to 19 is based on the ministry book The Ten Great Critical 'Ones' for the Building Up of the Body of Christ. This conference is intended not only for the Chinese-speaking saints, but also for the building up of the Body of Christ. Please pray for the Lord to keep advancing rapidly in Europe according to His desire to obtain the reality of the one New Man.

Azerbaijan

Please pray for the applications and visas for all the foreign saints to be approved.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 6 of Knowing the Truth, Being Absolute for the Truth, and Proclaiming the Truth in the Present Evil Age. Next week, we begin Crystallization-study of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth.
  2. Living Stream Ministry is offering a free e-booklet, The Dispensing of the Triune God to Produce His Abode. Formats include PDF, Kindle, Audiobook, and more! Visit http://www.lsm.org/dispensing.
  3. SCYP Parents and Serving Ones' Fellowship Time: September 25 from 9:30 to 11:45 am. Translation into Spanish, Chinese, and Korean will be provided.
  4. Wednesday Night Ministry Meeting: Live broadcast this Wednesday beginning at 7:25 pm at http://lsm.org/live in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Outlines will be posted on the same site.
  5. Thanksgiving Conference will be November 25 to 28. Due to the pandemic, Living Stream Ministry will again host this conference completely online. More details will be provided in the coming weeks.
  6. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

Prayer, Week of August 29

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Recovering the Subjective Truths for the Church Life

"As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me." (John 6:57)

"Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him." (John 14:23)

The truths in the Holy Scriptures are always of two aspects: the objective aspect and the subjective aspect. We have to be clear that all the objective doctrines are for the subjective experience. If we pay attention only to the objective doctrines and neglect the subjective aspect, we will not be able to fulfill God's eternal purpose, which is that He be expressed through the church. The objective doctrines are for the subjective truths, and the subjective truths are for the producing of the church… The practical church life is an issue of our experience of the subjective truths. When we have the experience of the subjective truths, the church is spontaneously produced.

Furthermore, all the subjective truths are linked to the Spirit and life. The Spirit and life are the substance of the subjective truths… Objective doctrines are composed of letters, whereas subjective truths are constituted with the Spirit and life, not with letters. Without the Spirit and life you do not have subjective truths. Therefore, it is by the Spirit and life that the church is produced. Because we live by the Spirit and in life, we have the experience of the subjective truths and therefore have the church life. (CWWL, 1977, vol. 3, "The Subjective Truths in the Holy Scriptures," ch. 2)

May we pray for all the saints to experience the subjective truths for the sake of the church life!

Praying for Man's Salvation

"I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings be made on behalf of all men; on behalf of kings and all who are in high position, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all godliness and gravity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of our Savior God, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to be borne in its own times." (1 Tim. 2:1-6)

Even as we pray for peace in our environment and in our heart and spirit for the sake of the church life, let us also pray to match our Savior God in His desire for many to be saved through Christ Jesus, "for He Himself is our peace" (Eph. 2:14) and "made peace through the blood of His cross" (Col. 1:20).

Gospel to All the Nations

The next gospel to all the nations session will take place online this Saturday, September 4 at 1:00 pm Los Angeles time. The fellowship will continue from the Gospel of John on "The Troubled World and the Peace-Giving Christ." Registration is not required. The Zoom link is http://tinyurl.com/sep4gospel.

All the people of every nation are invited to join! Those of African origin are particularly encouraged to join and to invite friends, relatives, and colleagues. Come and see how the life of Christ meets the need of every person and enjoy the pure ministry of the Word as the gospel of the kingdom.

FTTA-MA

After a three-term hiatus due to the pandemic, the Middle-age Training in Anaheim begins its fall term this week on August 30. The goal of the training is to foster living, functioning, overcoming members of the Body of Christ for the fulfillment of God's eternal purpose.

Pray for the Lord's covering and blessing of all the trainees, serving ones, and their families. Pray for the Lord to release the saints from every restraint and grace them inwardly to give themselves to be perfected in an atmosphere of blending to usher in the reality of the Body of Christ for the one new man.

European Church History Trip

This year's European church history trip is September 1 to 16. About 40 saints are participating; two-thirds or more are European university students and young adults. The first week will be to visit the sites of the seven churches to which the Lord spoke in Revelation 2 and 3. The second week will be on the island of Patmos (Rev. 1:9) where the saints will have the opportunity to pray and muse personally over what the Lord spoke to the churches and how we can participate today in His call to the overcomers.

Last year's trip had a deep impact on the students. Please pray that this year's trip will have the same or greater impact resulting in the producing of more overcomers.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 4 of Knowing the Truth, Being Absolute for the Truth, and Proclaiming the Truth in the Present Evil Age (Memorial Day Conference).
  2. Wednesday Night Ministry Meeting: Live broadcast this Wednesday beginning at 7:25 pm at http://lsm.org/live in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Outlines will be posted on the same site.
  3. Bibles for America has released a new gospel tract called "How Can I Know God Exists?" The digital version of the tract and the video are available at http://gospel.biblesforamerica.org and can be shared via text message, email, or social media.
  4. Living Stream Ministry has a monthly online newsletter called "Having This Ministry..." The August 2021 issue contains an encouraging report from the Cairo International Book Fair and a detailed introduction to LSM's recent digital distribution endeavors. Go to http://newsletters.lsm.org/having-this-ministry/index.html.
  5. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

Prayer, Week of August 15

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The Truth Setting Us Free and Sanctifying Us

"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free." (John 8:32)

"Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth." (John 17:17)

We cannot sanctify ourselves. The more we try to be sanctified, the more involved we become with things that are common. But when the word mingled with the essence of the Triune God is imparted into us as the truth, this truth sanctifies us.

Every morning we can touch the living Word and have the divine reality infused into our being. In this way the Triune God is transfused into us. This transfusion of the element of God frees us from such negative things as temper, jealousy, hatred, and pride. It sets us free from every kind of falsehood. This is real liberation, real freedom.

As we are being set free, we are also sanctified, separated, made holy to God, not only positionally but also dispositionally. We become one with God because His very essence is being wrought into us. This is what it means to be sanctified by the word of truth. Like breathing, we cannot do this once for all; rather, it must be a continual exercise. (CWWL, 1978, vol. 3, "Truth Messages," pp. 327-328)

Resumption of School

On Monday, August 16, all LAUSD schools had their first day of class. Other schools in the Los Angeles area have already begun or will be starting shortly as well. With most schools practicing in-person instruction, we need much prayer for our elementary, middle, and high school students and their families. Please pray that the Lord would:

  1. Be the peace to each student and their family as they face various complexities and anxieties related to resuming in-person classes.
  2. Shine brightly out from our students to their classmates and use this situation to bring some to salvation.
  3. Cover the atmosphere, health, and safety of students, teachers, and administrators for the fulfillment of the Lord's purpose.

Wednesday Night Ministry Meetings

We are pleased to announce that the weekly Wednesday Night Ministry Meeting will resume this week on August 18 at 7:30 pm. To limit the spread of COVID-19, only the FTTA trainees and staff will be allowed to attend the live meetings in person. The saints and churches in Southern California can watch the meeting free of charge via webcast at http://lsm.org/live. The meeting will be broadcast in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Korean. The outlines will be posted on the same site.

Please pray for the ministry of the Lord's word week by week and for many more saints to take advantage of the live broadcast format to be nourished and edified. Pray for the Lord's continued blessing of the Full-time Training in Anaheim and covering of all trainees and serving ones.

FTTA-XB

The fall term of the Full-time Training Extension in Boston begins in person this week. The burden of this training is to produce full-time serving ones who are equipped to serve the Lord for an extended period of time. The primary aspects of this training are the learning of the basic lessons in service and the deeper development of the necessary experiences of life. A secondary but very important aspect is to train the young saints to study the truth and read the Bible properly to enable them to apprehend the depths of God's revelation progressively over the full course of their serving life.

Please pray that the trainees would be equipped in the realization of the divine truths according to the Scriptures by the revelation of the Holy Spirit and would spend much time and effort to study the truth so that they may be fully equipped for the Lord's service.

FTTL

Pray for the Lord's blessing on the fall term of the Full-time Training in London, which began this week on August 16. Pray that the Lord will continue to use the FTTL to raise up a group of young overcomers in Europe who will be obedient to the heavenly vision and will be one with Him for His final move to build up His Body and prepare His bride for His return.

Myanmar

Continue to pray for the saints to be covered, preserved and supplied during the social unrest and Covid-19 epidemic. Also pray for the Full-time Training in Yangon and the translation work to be strengthened and supplied.

Ethiopia

Amana Ethiopia Printing and Publishing is currently operating in Ethiopia for the propagation of the ministry. At present we are working to get copyright permission from the Living Stream Ministry for the translation and printing of the ministry books.

We are also producing video messages to introduce the ministry in Ethiopia and East Africa. Three different Facebook pages have been created for this purpose. Messages from books such as The Normal Christian Life, Twelve Baskets Full and Life-Study of John are shared on these pages in order to help our viewers know and experience the truth in their daily life. We have already posted 45 short videos in English and 39 videos in two of the local Ethiopian languages.

Within a short period of time, we have attracted 6,300 followers and received over 200 contacts from different parts of the country. The openness and hunger of those who have contacted us for further fellowship impelled us to start a 30-day program on "God's Full Salvation." Currently we have translated these messages into the Amharic language, and we are preparing for the recording of these messages. We plan to use them as shepherding material for our contacts.

To read more about the campus and literature work in Ethiopia, download the July 2021 newsletter of the Lord's Move to Africa in English or Chinese at http://www.lmafrica.org.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 2 of Knowing the Truth, Being Absolute for the Truth, and Proclaiming the Truth in the Present Evil Age (Memorial Day Conference).
  2. Living Stream Ministry is offering a free e-booklet, Life's Purpose - To Build the House of God. Formats include PDF, Kindle, Audiobook, and more! Visit http://www.lsm.org/lifes-purpose.
  3. Holy Bible Recovery Version App is the official app from Living Stream Ministry that contains the Recovery Version of the Holy Bible in English with its enlightening footnotes, valuable cross-references, and useful charts and maps. For more information, go to http://www.lsm.org/rvapp.html.
  4. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

Prayer, Week of August 1

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Bringing the Lord Back by Becoming Pillars

"And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." (Rev. 21:2)

"He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out anymore, and I will write upon him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name." (Rev. 3:12)

The governing vision of the Bible is the Triune God working Himself into His chosen and redeemed people in order to saturate their entire being with the Divine Trinity for the producing and building up of the church as the Body of Christ, consummating in the New Jerusalem. The overcomers produced by Christ as the sevenfold intensified, life-giving Spirit build up the Body in this age for the initial consummation of the New Jerusalem in the kingdom age and eventually for the full consummation of the New Jerusalem in the new heaven and new earth.

The Lord Jesus will make the overcomer in the recovered church a pillar built into the temple of God. In the church life today, the Lord is working Himself into us and making us, constituting us, into pillars in the temple of God. Without the overcomers the Body of Christ cannot be built up, and unless the Body of Christ is built up, Christ cannot come back for His bride. (Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life, msg. 8, IV.A, I.A.2, III, III.A.2, I.A.1)

Pray that the Lord would make us all pillars in the temple of God in this age, overcomers who build up the Body, prepare the bride, and bring the Lord back!

FTTA Middle-Age Training

The fall semester of the FTTA Middle-Age Training starts on August 30 in Anaheim. Registration is still open. The application deadline is August 10.

After a long recess due to the pandemic, we are looking to the Lord for a new beginning in the spirit of a fresh consecration and a renewed sense of the Lord's imminent return. We pray that the Lord will stir in the hearts of many saints to rise up to redeem the years that the locusts have eaten (Joel 2:25) and seize the opportunity to be trained. In the Middle-age Training, saints of different races, nationalities, and languages, come together to be perfected in an atmosphere of blending to usher in the reality of the Body of Christ for the one new man.

Please pray that many saints in the Lord's recovery between the ages of 35 and 65 will seize this opportunity to be perfected. For more details, visit http://fttamidage.org.

Full-time Training in Anaheim

New and returning FTTA trainees are in Anaheim this week for orientation. During this period of significant adjustment, please pray for the preservation of each trainee and serving one's tripartite being. Pray for abundant grace to flow to strengthen each one to meet all the needs and demands. Pray for all to learn the secret of experiencing Christ in everything and in every place with His life that is able to fit all situations.

India – FTTND

The fall term of the Full-time Training in New Delhi began last week with 40 trainees, 20 of whom are new. Although the COVID situation in the area has improved, classes are still being carried out online, with first termers situated mainly in the training center and the others in nearby districts.

Please pray for the Lord to cover all the trainees and serving ones, that their spirit, soul and body would be preserved complete. Pray for the trainees' openness to be perfected at this particular time so that the Lord can gain them and become what He should be in all of them.

European YP Conference

This year's European Young People's Conference is being carried out regionally, in person and remotely, and at different times between July 26 and August 15. The topic is "Patterns of Living an Overcoming Life." Please pray for the Lord's continued blessing on the YP conferences in Europe, especially that the Lord will gain a group of young people who will be one with Him to consummate His eternal economy by building up His organic Body for His coming back.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 8 of Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life (ITERO). Next week, we begin Knowing the Truth, Being Absolute for the Truth, and Proclaiming the Truth in the Present Evil Age (Memorial Day Conference).
  2. Living Stream Ministry is offering a free e-booklet, Life's Purpose—To Build the House of God. Formats include PDF, Kindle, Audiobook, and more! Visit http://www.lsm.org/lifes-purpose.
  3. Bible for America's latest blogpost asks, "What Does It Mean to Be Born Again?" To read the answer, visit http://blog.biblesforamerica.org.
  4. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

Prayer, Week of July 18

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Denying Our Natural Disposition for Growth and Usefulness

"Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me." (Matt. 16:24)

"I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." (Gal. 2:20)

The thing that most damages our usefulness in the Christian life and church life is our living according to our natural disposition. It is the real enemy of our growth in the divine life and the major factor that spoils our usefulness in the hand of the Lord. The way to deal with our natural disposition is to realize and remember that we are crucified persons and remain under that realization and reality throughout the day. Our natural disposition is our self; it is in us, and it is us. Practically speaking, to deny the self is simply to deny our natural disposition. As Christians, we have to live Christ by continually exercising our spirit to reject our self and live by another life, the crucified and resurrected Christ, signified by the tree of life. (Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life, msg. 6, I.C, F, G)

Lord, Go Forth to Conquer Through Us

"And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and he who sits on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went forth conquering and to conquer… And…another horse, a red one, went forth; and to him who sits on it, to him authority was given to take peace from the earth, and that men should slay one another… And…a black horse… And…a pale horse." (Rev. 6:2, 4-5, 8)

Human living is characterized by increases in troubling events including murders, rebellions, famines, waves of pandemic, extreme weather, fires, and lies. All of these correspond to the second, third, and fourth horses (war, famine, death). But we stand with the conquering of the first horse (the gospel)! May all the negative events cause people to realize their emptiness and insecurity and turn them to the gospel. May the Lord empower us to rise up more to proclaim the gospel. Lord, run and conquer through us!

North America College Training

The goal of the College Training is to supply our students with a vision, equip them with truth, help them in their experience of life, perfect them in the preaching of the gospel, and develop their character so they can become useful vessels for the building up of the Body of Christ.

This year's NACT will take place as a hybrid online and in-person training from July 21 to 25. The topic is "Rise Up & Build" and focuses on three Old Testament books (Ezra, Nehemiah, and Haggai) that cover the recovery of the building of the house and city of God.

Nearly 1,600 saints have registered, including over 1,100 students. They are encouraged to gather together, if possible, to participate in the schedule. In particular, the 84 registered saints from LA will be coming together on Saturday to watch the messages and fellowship in small groups.

Lord, gain those who will rise up and build Your house today!

North America Chinese-speaking Saints Perfecting Training

The 2021 North America Chinese-speaking Saints Perfecting Training will be from July 24 to 31. The main burden is based on the ministry book The Ten Great Critical 'Ones' for the Building Up of the Body of Christ. Please pray for:

  1. All the trainees to prepare themselves and open their whole being to the Lord.
  2. The burden of the training to be released through the speaking and received by all the trainees.
  3. The trainees to be perfected in truth, life, gospel, and service unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ.

Full-time Training in Anaheim

As we prepare to resume the FTTA in person this August, please continue to pray that the Lord would open the way for many to come. We are asking Him to increase our number by sending 120 first-term trainees to Anaheim. Domestic applications will still be accepted up until July 21.

Nordic-Baltic Online Conference

The upcoming Nordic-Baltic Online Conference will be July 23 to 26, hosted by the churches in Norway. We pray and expect the Lord's rich blessing for this time of fellowship, and hope that many saints, not only from the Nordic countries and Baltic States but also from many Russian- and English-speaking churches, will be able to participate and blend for the building up of the Body of Christ.

Durban, South Africa

The churches in South Africa have been praying for 9 years for the city of Durban, and the saints started meeting on the ground there in 2018. Over the past two weeks, there has been widespread violence and unrest. Pray for the Lord to protect the saints, release the gospel, and increase His testimony!

The Appendix below contains a letter from the brothers in Durban on behalf of the church there.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 6 of Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life (ITERO).
  2. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

Appendix

A REQUEST FOR PRAYER FROM THE CHURCH IN DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

Dear saints,

The church in Durban, South Africa, would like to open our situation in fellowship for the prayer of the Body.

Since July 5, there has been ongoing unrest in our province and city. Things escalated with the burning of trucks on the highway, followed by widespread looting and violence. In the neighborhood where most of the saints live, the mobs have vandalized and emptied every store. We have endured days of hearing gunshots in our neighborhood and have been concerned for the safety of the saints and of our families.

Within the city and the province, we expect that food security is going to be an issue. Food and fuel, where available, are already being rationed. We believe it is no coincidence that there is a battle for possession of this land. The country’s infrastructure has been disrupted as major highways are blockaded. The military have been called in to protect key points, such the airport, the harbor, the law courts, the hospitals, and the fuel refineries, but they are not doing much in the way of protecting the population. The police are understaffed, and armed civilians are now patrolling their own neighborhoods. Similar incidents, but not on the same scale, have also been occurring in Johannesburg and other areas in the Gauteng province.

The churches in South Africa have been praying for 9 years for Durban, and the saints started meeting on the ground here in 2018. For the past couple of years, the saints in South Africa have also been praying strongly for the Lord to strengthen His testimony in 3 cities—Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town.

We would ask the saints to fight for this situation. These occurrences will affect the whole country and will have lasting socio-economic repercussions during a time when COVID-19 and rampant corruption have already devastated the economy. We are at a crossroads and need the saints to pray for Durban.

Please pray with us to stand against the powers and principalities in the air over this city, release the gospel, preserve life in this city, strengthen the testimony, and cover the saints in this province.

The brothers in the church in Durban


Prayer, Week of July 4

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Semiannual Training

The July Semiannual Training is taking place this week. The books being crystallized in this training are Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. Please pray that through this training the Lord will gain a people in His recovery who are one with Him to possess Him as their God-promised good land and who are the proper persons to bring Him forth to meet today's need of both God and men.

Persevering in Prayer

The website http://beseeching.org is a wonderful resource to help the saints to persevere in daily intercessory prayer. Daily posts consist of suggested prayer burdens based on Bible verses and portions from the ministry. Those who wish to receive a daily email can subscribe on the website.

Bibles for America

Please pray for all those who have received a free NT Recovery Version, that they would set aside time to get into the interpreted Word, and that they would experience God's speaking in their daily lives.

GTCA Cities

Please continue to pray for the migration of burdened saints and the strengthening of the Lord's testimony in Cincinnati, Lexington, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Charlotte, Columbia, Memphis, Orlando, Pittsburgh, and Richmond.

European YP Conference

This year's European Young People's Conference in late July and early August will cover "Patterns of Living an Overcoming Life." It will be held regionally in person if the situation allows, or online where it is not possible to meet in person. Please pray for the Lord to release the registrations and bless all the fellowship and practical coordination related to this conference.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Enjoy training verses or repeat Week 4 of Vital Factors.
    Next week, starting July 12, we will get into Week 5 of Vital Factors.
  2. FTTA and FTTA-XB virtual graduation videos may be viewed for a limited time at http://www.ftta.org.
  3. North America Chinese-speaking Perfecting Training is online from July 24 to 31. Any interested saints from Los Angeles may register until July 11 at http://tinyurl.com/bd3ny3fc.
  4. Holy Bible Recovery Version App is the official app from Living Stream Ministry that contains the Recovery Version of the Holy Bible in English with its enlightening footnotes, valuable cross-references, and useful charts and maps. For more information, go to http://www.lsm.org/rvapp.html.
  5. Living Stream Ministry has launched a digital newsletter called "Having This Ministry..." To learn more and subscribe, go to http://newsletters.lsm.org/having-this-ministry/index.html.
  6. FTTA Middle-Age Training is pleased to announce that the 2021 Fall semester begins on August 30. For details, visit http://fttamidage.org.
  7. Ways to Give: Information about the church's new online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

Prayer, Week of June 20

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The Universal Fellowship of the Body of Christ

"And they continued steadfastly in the teaching and the fellowship of the apostles, in the breaking of bread and the prayers." (Acts 2:42)

"...The bread which we break, is it not the fellowship of the body of Christ? Seeing that there is one bread, we who are many are one Body; for we all partake of the one bread." (1 Cor. 10:16-17)

The churches in different localities are for the universal expression of Christ. Local churches are the procedure God takes to reach the goal of His economy—the Body of Christ. Among all the churches that compose the one universal Body of Christ, there is no organization, but there is the fellowship of the Body of Christ. Fellowship is related to oneness; the circulation of the divine life in the Body brings all the members of the Body into oneness. (Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life, msg. 3, II.G, H.1, III.C, C.2)

Therefore, this universal fellowship is the fellowship of the Body of Christ. It is the fellowship passed on to us by the apostles. Hence, it is the apostles' fellowship, and this fellowship is with the Triune God. Such a fellowship must be universal. In administration the churches are separate locally, but in fellowship they are united to be one universally. (CWWL, 1984, vol. 4, "Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life," pp. 493, 495-496)

July Semiannual Training

The July Semiannual Training will begin on July 5. The books to be crystallized in this training are Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. Please pray according to this word written by one of the ministering brothers:

"The 12 messages will not be mere summaries of the Life-study messages on these books but will release light, life, and truth regarding the mysterious intrinsic significance of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. The writing of the outlines involved intense spiritual warfare. This indicates two matters: (1) that the enemy is opposed to the content of these 12 training messages and fights against them; (2) that this training is of great importance in the eyes of God, for these messages will enable the saints to experience and enjoy the all-inclusive Christ, to do the will of the Father in their life and service, to become in Christ those who will conquer the satanic chaos by the victory of Christ and accomplish the divine economy for the new creation, and to take the way of life in reality for the building up of the church as the Body of Christ. This training will be a special blessing to all those who are willing to pay whatever price the Lord requires for us to be trained, matured in life, and fully prepared to be the prepared bride of Christ, loving His appearing and longing for His coming."

California Summer School of Truth

This year's SSOT from June 12 to 26 is currently being held online for all of the saints in the state of California. Thank the Lord for a wonderful first week; we are looking forward to the Lord's speaking in the second week. We are grateful to the Lord for this opportunity that our YP could develop a taste for the truths we have inherited in the Lord's recovery. In LA, we have already enjoyed a few in-person activities. We look forward to a corporate gathering this Saturday at Hall 2 to conclude the SSOT.

Please continue to pray that:

  1. The hearts of the young people would be good ground for the Lord's word;
  2. The group fellowship times would be cherishing and nourishing to minister life, practical help, and experiential impressions to the young ones;
  3. The Lord would supply the serving ones as they shepherd the YP and coordinate various activities.

SoCal Chinese-speaking Gospel Meeting

The Southern California Chinese-speaking Gospel Meeting will be held online this Saturday, June 26, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (Zoom ID: 843 2558 0468). The fellowship is on "An Unknown God" (Acts 17:23).

Please pray that:

  1. All southern California Chinese-speaking saints would cooperate with the Lord for the spreading of the gospel; receive the burden to pray for their unsaved relatives, friends, and neighbors; and boldly invite them to this gospel meeting;
  2. God would prepare the hearts of all participants as good earth, and the gospel friends could see God when they hear His words.

North America Chinese-speaking Saints Perfecting Training

The 2021 North America Chinese-speaking Saints Perfecting Training will be held online from July 24 to 31. This training is a special time for all Chinese-speaking saints, and the burden is based on the ministry book The Ten Great Critical 'Ones' for the Building Up of the Body of Christ. Any interested saints from Los Angeles may register until July 11 at http://tinyurl.com/bd3ny3fc.

Saints who need to work during the training can also register if they could attend all training sessions on both weekends, weekday evenings, all sessions on non-working days, and catch up with the other sessions by watching the video recordings.

There will be an open session to all saints with English translation on the Lord's Day, July 25, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm (PDT).

Please pray that as many Chinese-speaking saints as possible would be open to the Lord, seize the opportunity, and consecrate themselves and their time to register for this training.

FTTA

We are thankful to the Lord and to the churches that we have been able to continue the training remotely for these past 15 months. As we resume the training in person this August, we would like to enter into the term in much prayer and according to the Lord's leading.

The following verse and footnote express our desire: "Thus says the Lord Jehovah, moreover for this I will be inquired of by the house of Israel to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock" (Ezek. 36:37). The footnote on inquired reads, "The Lord promised to increase our number with men like a flock, but we need to pray for this and ask Him to do it."

As the Lord leads you, please join us in prayer in asking Him to increase our number by sending 120 first-term FTTA trainees to Anaheim and 20 FTTA-XB trainees to Boston for Fall 2021!

European Parents Conference

We warmly invite parents and burdened saints to participate in a time of fellowship from June 25 to 27 concerning the raising up of the next generation for the church life. This online conference will have five messages on "Vital Factors in Caring for Children and Young People According to God's Economy." Included in this weekend will be a special afternoon family meeting for the whole family to see other children and families, and enter into the burden of having a regular family time. We will not have a separate family or children's conference. For more information and registration, visit http://epcconference.eu.

Please pray for this conference and for the care for our children and young people. May the Lord use this special time to raise up many young people who would cooperate with the Lord to turn this age.

Turkey

Pray for the Turkish people, especially the saints' contacts and spiritual book readers, that they can be enlightened by the Lord and have a spirit of wisdom and revelation, being saved from religion and darkness and entering into the fellowship of the Body.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 3 of Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life (ITERO).
  2. Holy Bible Recovery Version App is the official app from Living Stream Ministry that contains the Recovery Version of the Holy Bible in English with its enlightening footnotes, valuable cross-references, and useful charts and maps. For more information, go to http://www.lsm.org/rvapp.html.
  3. Living Stream Ministry has launched a digital newsletter called "Having This Ministry..." To learn more and subscribe, go to http://newsletters.lsm.org/having-this-ministry/index.html.
  4. FTTA Middle-Age Training is pleased to announce that the 2021 Fall semester begins on August 30. For details, visit http://fttamidage.org.
  5. Ways to Give: Information on setting up online giving through Subsplash, as well as where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

Prayer, Week of June 6

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Cooperating with the Lord to Bring in a New Revival

"...O Jehovah, revive Your work in the midst of the years..." (Hab. 3:2)

"But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit." (1 Cor. 6:17)

If we practice living the life of a God-man, which is the reality of the Body of Christ, spontaneously a corporate model will be built up, a model living in the economy of God; this model will be the greatest revival in the history of the church to bring the Lord back…[A] revival is the practice, the practicality, of the vision we have seen. The only way to live the life of a God-man according to the Lord's model is to set our entire being on the mingled spirit, walking, living, and having our being according to the mingled spirit. We should all declare that we want to live the life of a God-man. Eventually, the God-men will be the victors, the overcomers, the Zion within Jerusalem. This will bring in a new revival which has never been seen in history, and this will end this age. (Vital Factors, msg. 1, III, A, E, F)

Lord, grant us in Your recovery to have a genuine, real revival. The urgent need today is the practice of a kind of living that belongs to God-men, and the God-men are the very components of God's economy. (CWWL, 1994-1997, vol. 1, "Living a Life according to the High Peak of God's Revelation," pp. 195-196, 198)

California Summer School of Truth

This year's SSOT will be held online for all of the saints in the state of California from June 12 to 26. The young people will be coverings the following topics: "The Triune God" (7-8th Grade), "Life" (9-10th Grade), "The Bible" (11-12th Grade). We are grateful to the Lord for this opportunity that our young people could be educated in and develop a taste for the truths we have inherited in the Lord's recovery.

In Los Angeles, we will also have a few in-person activities to gather and be encouraged together. These gatherings will be announced in the coming days by the coordinating saints in the various halls.

Please pray for this time, that the hearts of the young people would be good ground for the Lord's word and that this time would truly be a summer "restaurant" of truth in which the tasty dishes and healthy teaching of God's economy are served to the young people for their constitution and enjoyment.

Semiannual Video Training Registration

The church in Los Angeles will participate in the 2021 July Semiannual Training by video training. This training will be a Crystallization-study of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. The schedule will be July 5 to 10 for English, Chinese, and Korean, and July 5 to 14 for Spanish. Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 15; cost is $125; details are at http://tinyurl.com/summertrainingla.

Please pray for the Lord to motivate many saints to register so that God would gain a people according to His heart who would possess the good land and produce the divine inheritance for His return.

GTCA Cities – Columbia, SC

A GTCA mini-conference will be held this Saturday, June 12, with the church in Columbia, South Carolina. It will cover the Lord's present move in the United States. Zoom information will be at http://gtca.us.

Gospel to All the Nations

The next Gospel to All the Nations session will be held by Zoom this Saturday, June 12 at 1:00 pm with fellowship continuing from the Gospel of John on "Life Meeting the Need of Man's Every Case." No registration needed; simply click on the link to join at http://gospeltoallthenations.com. Past sessions are also available for viewing at this site.

All the people of every nation are invited! Those of African origin are particularly encouraged to join and to invite friends, relatives, and colleagues. Come and see how the life of Christ meets the need of every person and enjoy the pure ministry of the Word as the gospel of the kingdom (Matt. 24:14).

Azerbaijan

Please pray for the printing and distribution of 6,000 copies of the six "rainbow booklets" in Azerbaijani, 1,800 copies in Russian, and 1,000 copies of Mystery of Human Life in Azerbaijani. Pray for the all the recipients—that the booklets in their hands would be read and shared, and that they would receive nourishment, be enlightened, and seek God's economy.

Also pray for existing contacts to be raised up through faith and baptism to become stable pillars for the testimony of Jesus in this country.

Malawi

Malawi is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa bordered by Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. The Lord's move in Malawi started in the early 2010s, when some visiting saints brought ministry books and materials to the country.

Currently 38 saints are practicing the church life in Lilongwe (the capital and largest city) and Blantyre (the second-largest city). Despite pandemic restrictions, the saints have been able to join online in some regional and international trainings and conferences. This participation has brought more light and has given the saints a wonderful way to experience and enjoy the Lord in a corporate way.

Please pray for the saints to be established and vitalized, and for more lampstands to be raised up in Malawi for the Lord's testimony!

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 1 of Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life (ITERO).
  2. Holy Bible Recovery Version App is the official app from Living Stream Ministry that contains the Recovery Version of the Holy Bible with its numerous study aids, including the subject and background of each book; detailed, interpretive outlines; enlightening footnotes, valuable cross-references, and a variety of useful charts and maps. Go to http://www.lsm.org/rvapp.html.
  3. Living Stream Ministry has launched a digital newsletter called "Having This Ministry…" To learn more and subscribe, go to http://newsletters.lsm.org/having-this-ministry/index.html.
  4. FTTA Middle-Age Training is pleased to announce that the 2021 Fall semester begins on August 30. For details, visit http://fttamidage.org.
  5. Ways to Give: Information on setting up online giving through Subsplash, as well as where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.