Prayer, Week of September 27

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God's Faithfulness in Fulfilling His Economy

"They are saturated with the fatness of Your house, and You cause them to drink of the river of Your pleasures." (Psa. 36:8)

"God is faithful, through whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." (1 Cor. 1:9)

God intended to dispense Himself into man as man's satisfaction so that He might be enlarged, but man became unfaithful and unchaste and forsook God for idols. An idol in our heart is anything within us that we love and treasure more than the Lord and that replaces the Lord in our life.

Although we are unfaithful, God is faithful. God is faithful in His purpose to turn us from idols and bring us back to Himself. Our peace, safety, health, and possessions may become idols to us, but God is faithful to take these things away so that we may drink of Him as the fountain of living waters. If we realize that we have been unfaithful to God, we may repent and weep, but then we should begin to drink of the living waters, praising God, giving thanks to him for everything, and enjoying Him. This is what God wants. God is not interested in anything other than our enjoyment of Christ. (Crystallization-Study of Jeremiah and Lamentations, msg. 3, II.C, C.1, III.A, A.5, B)

ITERO

The International Training for Elders and Responsible Ones will take place by webcast this weekend, October 2 to 4, with brothers participating from around the globe. The general subject is "The Christian Life, the Church Life, the Consummation of the Age, and the Coming of the Lord."

Please pray for the rich and timely supply of Christ to be ministered to all the brothers that they may grow in life and be equipped further in their function and service. Through such perfecting times, may the Lord gain all the brothers as able ministers of the New Testament, effective building material for the universal building up of the Body of Christ, and good stewards and serving ones in their respective local churches.

United States

"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." (1 Tim. 2:1-2)

The elections for the U.S. president and congress, along with some senate seats and governorships, will take place Tuesday, November 3. We pray to release on earth the authority of the "Ruler of the kings of the earth" (Rev. 1:5) for His choice of elected officials.

UCLA Fresh Start

The UCLA Fall Quarter opens this week with classes beginning October 1. Last Thursday, as part of our campus club's Fresh Start welcome week, we held an online "meet-the-staff night" where the newer full-timers shared their testimonies. Originally intended just for our existing students, this meeting was expanded to include freshmen we met in the summer. At least 12 new freshmen joined, which was very encouraging!

Please pray that our freshman contacts—both those who attended and those who did not—would receive the follow-up care and shepherding. May the Lord make us a corporate net for "catching men alive" (Luke 5:10) for His purpose!

United Kingdom – Brexit

Brexit negotiations enter a key stage in the coming months. Please pray for a relationship between the UK and the European Union that will not hinder blending among the churches, visitation by the co-workers, or participation in trainings and conferences in the UK and Europe.

Lord's Move to Asia

The LMA newsletter is now available in web format as well as PDF download. The September issue contains reports and prayer burdens from Vietnam and Central Asia:

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 3 of Crystallization-study of Jeremiah and Lamentations.
  2. Ministry & Gospel: There will not be a Ministry & Gospel Meeting this Lord's Day, October 4. The series resumes the following week, October 11. Previous meetings can be viewed and shared at http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles.
  3. SCYP Fall Conferences: The junior high conference will be held online from October 9 to 11 (registration was due September 27); the high school conference is from October 23 to 25 (registration due October 11). The cost is $15 per person.
  4. Interim Instructions for Giving: Since our meeting halls are still closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  5. Interim guidelines for in-person meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19.
  6. Receive prayer and announcements by email: sign up at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/prayer.

Prayer, Week of September 20

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Enjoying God as the Fountain of Living Waters

"For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew out for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, which hold no water." (Jer. 2:13)

"But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall by no means thirst forever; but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into eternal life." (John 4:14)

"Always rejoice, unceasingly pray, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thes. 5:16-18)

God's intention in His economy is to be the fountain, the source, of living waters to satisfy us for our enjoyment; He wants us to take Him as the source, the fountain, of our being; the only way to take God as the fountain of living waters is to drink of Him day by day. This requires us to call on the Lord continually (with thanking, rejoicing, praying, and praising) and draw water with rejoicing from Him as the fountain of living waters. Nothing apart from God as the fountain of living waters can quench our thirst and satisfy us; nothing apart from God dispensed into our being can make us His increase for His expression. (Crystallization-study of Jeremiah and Lamentations, msg. 1, II.A, A.1, E)

GTCA – Virtual Tours

In light of the Lord's move and the world situation, the burden to gospelize, truthize, and churchize America has never been stronger. During the recent Labor Day conference, the call was sounded for 300 saints to migrate to the 10 target cities.

To help facilitate this move, virtual tours of each city have been arranged. The first round took place last weekend to introduce Cincinnati, Lexington, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh. This weekend, September 26 to 28, there will be tours of Charlotte, Columbia, Memphis, Orlando, and Richmond. An overview of the local situation and needs will be presented, and visitors can meet and blend with the local saints virtually. The detailed schedule is posted at https://gtca.us/virtual-tours.

Please pray for these virtual tours, that the Spirit will move to make His will known. Pray that many saints would rise up to respond to this call according to the Lord's leading by praying, giving, and/or migrating so that the Lord's testimony would be strengthened in each of these key US cities.

UCLA Fresh Start

The UCLA Fall Quarter opens on September 28, with classes beginning October 1. Although most classes will be online, many students have opted to live closer to campus. Last week, incoming and returning student saints moved into our brothers' and sisters' houses in Westwood. This week, September 20 to 26, the serving ones have planned a welcome itinerary called Fresh Start. In addition to the regular meetings of the church in Hall 5, online activities include prayer sessions for the Lord's move on the UCLA campus and our student club's social media outreach, UCLA's Virtual Club Fair, and testimonies; in-person activities (outdoors, physically distanced, and grouped by house) include singing, picnics and scavenger hunts.

Please pray for all the students in corporate living to have a new beginning in the Lord. Pray for the students to be built up together and for the Lord to burden everyone freshly for the gospel.

SCYP Gospel Meetings

Thank you for all of your prayers! This past Saturday night, over 650 people attended our Southern California Young People's gospel meetings; many raised their hands to pray to receive the Lord. One of the highlights from the gatherings was the participation of our young people in the singing, moderating, and speaking. Please continue to pray for our young people and their friends to pursue the Lord and have a heart for the gospel.

European Church History Trip

About 40 German students and serving ones are near the end of a church history trip (September 8 to 23), visiting key historical sites in Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. A key part of the trip involved handing out Bibles and public singing and gospel preaching in Zurich, Switzerland (September 11 to 12) and Frankfurt, Germany (September 18). In Frankfurt 302 German NTs and 42 in other languages were distributed. Each time some warm contacts were made. There were also meetings and other blending times with local saints in both cities. Please pray:

  • that participants will have their eyes opened and their consecration strengthened by seeing all that the Lord has done through the sacrifice of His many servants in past centuries;
  • for continued contact with the open people met during these times;
  • for many NT recipients to read what they received and touch the Spirit.

India

Please pray for the new semester of FTT New Delhi, that all the 26 trainees can be preserved in their tripartite being and be equipped and perfected unto the work of the ministry, to become useful vessels unto the building up of the Body of Christ.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 2 of Crystallization-study of Jeremiah and Lamentations.
  2. Ministry & Gospel: The last Ministry & Gospel Meeting (English-speaking) for this month will take place at 11:00 am this Lord's Day, September 27; next month, the series resumes on October 11. Previous meetings can be viewed and shared at http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles.
  3. SCYP Fall Conferences: The junior high conference will be held online from October 9 to 11 (registration due September 27); the high school conference from October 23 to 25 (registration due October 11). The cost is $15 per person.
  4. Interim Instructions for Giving: Since our meeting halls are still closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  5. Interim guidelines for in-person meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19.

 

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Prayer, Week of September 13

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Being Tenderhearted and Filled with Intimate Concern

"...The Lord is very tenderhearted and compassionate." (James 5:11)

"But I, I will most gladly spend and be utterly spent on behalf of your souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved less?" (2 Cor. 12:15)

"...You are in our hearts for our dying together and our living together." (2 Cor. 7:3)

Jehovah is the tenderhearted God, and in being tenderhearted, Jeremiah was absolutely one with God; thus, God could use the prophet Jeremiah, an overcomer, to express Him, speak for Him, and represent Him, even in his weeping. In order that God may be fully expressed through us, we need to have spiritual emotions, be tenderhearted with one another, and be able to serve God with tears. (Crystallization-study of Jeremiah and Lamentations, Key Statement 1; msg. 1, VII)

If we have ability to carry on a work but lack an intimate concern, our work will be fruitless... As long as we have the proper concern for people, we are well on our way to be qualified to be used of God for their salvation. A very good testimony of this is in the book Seen and Heard. In that book, the writer, James M'Kendrick, tells us of standing in front of a group of unbelievers and weeping, without saying a word. Nevertheless, a number were saved, for he had a deep concern. Eloquence, gift, and power can never touch people as deeply as your concern for them. (Life-study of 2 Corinthians, pp. 382-383)

SCYP Gospel Meetings

This Saturday evening, September 19, there will be three different young people gospel meetings according to the content covered during the SSOT: (1) The Container and the Content; (2) Two Spirits; and (3) A Certain Man. Young people are encouraged to invite their friends, and the Fall Advance website (http://www.scyp.com/falladvance) provides helpful invitations and promotional videos.

Please pray for our own young people's heart for man to be enlarged, for the invitations to go out, and for many junior high and high school friends to respond positively to the invitation and attend on time.

Southern California College Meetings

This semester, we will be having a monthly meeting on Zoom for all the college students in Southern California. Our first such gathering is this Thursday, September 17 at 7:30 pm. Please pray for the college students to be gathered together, for the Lord to release a timely word, and for the students to mutually incite one another to freshly pursue the Lord!

BfA Gospel Materials

Bibles for America has just launched a new gospel video called "The Greatest Truth in the Universe" based on a quote from Watchman Nee. All the saints can share this video with family, friends, neighbors, and anyone who needs to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please pray that it will help many people receive Jesus as their Savior and personally experience the greatest truth in the universe.

For more videos and gospel materials, visit http://gospel.bfa.org (English) and http://gospel.bfa.org/es (Spanish).

Gospel to All the Nations

The next gospel to all the nations session will be held by Zoom on Saturday, September 19 at 1:00 pm (Los Angeles time) with fellowship from John 4 on "Life Meeting the Need of Every Man's Case." This particular session will focus on "The Need of the Immoral—Life's Satisfying." All the people out of every nation are invited to join! Those of African origin are specifically encouraged to join and to invite their friends, relatives, and colleagues to come and see how the life of Christ meets the need of every person and to enjoy the pure ministry of the Word as the gospel of the kingdom (Matt. 24:14). The Zoom link and more information are available at http://www.gospeltoallthenations.com.

European Chinese-speaking Autumn Conference

We praise the Lord for His continued shepherding of the saints in Europe, especially the Chinese-speaking saints, through the two annual Chinese-Speaking Conferences in London and Paris. The Lord's Move in Europe is advancing rapidly according to His desire to obtain the reality of the one new man. With this goal in view, the Chinese-speaking Conference is not intended only for the Chinese-speaking saints, but to be a part of the building up of the entire Body of Christ.

The church in Paris will host the next conference from September 18 to 20. The general subject of the five messages is "Living the Christian Life under the Government of God to Experience Christ and Grow in Life for God's Building." High-quality translation will be provided in French and English. For more information, visit http://zh.legliseaparis.fr/conference-langue-chinoise.

Please pray for both the speaking and the hearing, and for the overcoming of any language barrier so that the saints may rejoice together in the Word that the Lord desires to speak to His Body.

European University Training Follow-up

The European University Training took place online from August 23 to 27. Thank the Lord for gathering 110 students (204 saints in total) for these five messages concerning "Samuel—An Age Turning Nazarite." To apply what was released, there were workshops on the gospel and fellowships on life practices. Please pray that every saint would:

  1. Respond to the Lord's speaking by going to the Lord willingly to offer the Nazarite vow of consecration that the Lord would have a people raised up by Him to turn the age;
  2. Be vitalized and joined with others to be priestly prophets: bringing man to God and God to man on all the campuses throughout Europe; and
  3. Receive, digest, apply, and practice the life practices to have a Nazarite living of calling, praying, pray reading, and spending personal time with the Lord.

Lord's Move to Asia

The August issue of the Lord's Move to Asia newsletter contains reports and testimonies of the Lord's shepherding care of the saints and churches in Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Turkey:
http://lmasia.org/temp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/E-2020-08.pdf (English)
http://lmasia.org/temp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Asia-2020-08.pdf (Chinese)

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 1 of Crystallization-study of Jeremiah and Lamentations.
  2. SCYP Fall Conferences: The junior high conference will be held online from October 9 to 11 (registration deadline September 27); the high school conference from October 23 to 25 (registration deadline October 11). The cost is $15 per person.
  3. Interim Instructions for Giving: While our meeting halls are closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  4. Interim Guidelines for In-person Meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19.

 

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Prayer, Week of September 6

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Keeping the Oneness and Practicing the One Accord

"That they all may be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that You have sent Me." (John 17:21)

"These all continued steadfastly with one accord in prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers." (Acts 1:14)

The oneness is the Triune God mingled with all His believers, and this oneness is just the Body of Christ. In John 17:20-21 the Lord prayed that all the believers would be one "in Us," that is, in the Divine Trinity; this is the genuine oneness. This oneness is also the Body of Christ, for the Body of Christ is the mingling of the processed and consummated Triune God with His believers.

The genuine one accord in the church is the genuine practice of the oneness in the Body. The one accord is the base, the ground for our present practice in the Lord's move

In the book of Acts the one hundred twenty prayed together in one mind, in the same mind, in the same will with the same purpose around and within the soul and the heart. We must see that the crucial need today is the recovery of the one accord; the one accord is the master key to unlock every blessing in the New Testament. We need to maintain the one accord by prayer, the Spirit, and the Word. (Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference, msg. 2, I,B-C, II, III, C.1, D, E)

GTCA

In the midst of these turbulent times, a fresh burden has stirred in the hearts of the co-workers, leading brothers, and saints in the churches to gospelize, truthize, and churchize North America.

Our Brother Witness Lee considered not only the US as a whole, but, more specifically, Middle America to be most strategic for the Lord's interest. He hoped that a good number of saints would be led to migrate to many cities and states in America's heartland, to gain a solid increase for His testimony and bring in a great blessing.

Please pray that many families and full-timers will continue to respond to the call to go to the 10 GTCA cities to strengthen the Lord's testimony in Middle America. Please also pray that all the practical needs would be met for all of those who are in the process of migrating to these cities.

Midwest
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Lexington, KY
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • St. Louis, MO
Southeast
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Columbia, SC
  • Memphis, TN
  • Orlando, FL
Mid-Atlantic
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Richmond, VA

Oak Glen

The El Dorado Fire is currently burning near our conference center in Oak Glen. Lord's Day night, the fire burned through the upper part of our property with no loss of buildings. Even though the head of the fire has moved away there is still the danger of spot fires developing due to the dry weather conditions and winds. Fire trucks with crews remain on the property to protect the structures from spot fires. We look to the Lord for His preservation of our property and those in the neighboring community. Please continue to pray for the Lord to protect our blending center and to thank Him for no loss of buildings.

Washington, DC

To the dear churches in North America and abroad, and to the precious saints who have been allotted equally precious faith, from the joyous saints in Washington, DC: Grace to you, and peace in the person of Jesus Christ our Lord!

We would like to announce that on August 12, the church in Washington, DC closed on a property located at 4380 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, Washington, DC 20007 two weeks in advance of the contracted closing date. This property will be the location of the first permanent meeting hall in the nation's capital and represents the response to years of prayer and petition.

In May of this year, the building fund of the church in Washington, DC had a total of $1.6 million, representing the faithful giving of the local saints over many years. Since that time, the saints here have poured out above and beyond what could be imagined, raising this total to $2.1 million. In addition, bountiful and cheerful giving pouring in from saints and churches around the world has totaled $1.4 million. The total amount offered, $3.5 million, is the exact purchase price of the property. Renovations are underway to build out a facility that would be home to the saints and fitting for the community. We would encourage you to visit https://churchindc.org/meeting-hall/ for updates and photographs as we eagerly await blending with all the saints.

May the Lord continue to be manifested and glorified in every possible way!

Central and Eastern Europe and Balkans Blending Conference

The saints throughout the Central, Eastern and Balkan regions of Europe will be blending together in an online conference this weekend, September 11 to 13. The general subject is "The Consummation of the Age and the Coming of the Lord." The main language during the conference will be English, but all the fellowship and messages will be simultaneously translated into following languages: Albanian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech/Slovak, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, and Turkish. Please pray for all the saints who speak these languages to be more blended with one another for the manifestation of the reality of the Body of Christ.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Labor Day Conference outlines or repeat Week 6 of A Timely Word. Outlines may be downloaded at http://www.labordayconf.com. Next week, we begin Crystallization-study of Jeremiah and Lamentations (from the July Semiannual Video Training).
  2. SCYP Parents & Serving Ones Fellowship: The SCYP parents and young people's serving ones fellowship will take place on September 12 from 9:30 to 11:45 am. Translation into Chinese, Korean, and Spanish will be provided. Please consult YP serving ones if you need the Zoom link.
  3. SCYP Fall Conferences: The junior high conference will be held online from October 9 to 11 (registration deadline September 27); the high school conference from October 23 to 25 (registration deadline October 11). The cost is $15 per person.
  4. Interim Instructions for Giving: Since our meeting halls are still closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving, which now includes Zelle, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  5. Interim guidelines for in-person meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19.

 

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Prayer, Week of August 30

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The Preparation of the Bride

"Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." (Rev. 19:7)

"And the grace of our Lord superabounded with faith and love in Christ Jesus." (1 Tim. 1:14)

God's economy in the New Testament is to obtain for Christ the bride, the church, through His judicial redemption and by His organic salvation in His divine life. The bride, however, cannot be prepared quickly; this preparation is a gradual work that takes place over a period of time.

The readiness of the corporate bride depends on the maturity in life of the overcomers. In order for the bride to mature, her faith and love need to be fully developed. In addition to being mature in life, the bride must be build up as a corporate person. (A Timely Word, msg. 6, III.C, IV)

Let us pray for our faith and love to be fully developed so that we may mature in life, and for all of us to be build together as the bride for Christ's satisfaction!

Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference

From September 4 to 6, the churches in the entire state of California will blend together in an online conference. Such a conference of all the churches in California is unprecedented and should be a further advance in the blending of the entire Body for the Lord's unique testimony.

The four meetings will be conducted online and will include both spoken messages and breakout sessions for mutual sharing and blending of all the saints. Translation of the messages and all special fellowship will be provided in Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. Details regarding the meeting schedule and links to join the meetings for each language can be found at http://www.labordayconf.com. The outlines should be available for download by Tuesday, September 2, after the evening prayer meeting.

Let us sanctify the Labor Day weekend by setting aside our time and presenting our tripartite beings to hear what the Spirit would speak to the churches. May the Lord infuse us with His words and His burden for His present move and interests on the earth.

Our Young People – 2020 Fall Advance

The Southern California Young People (SCYP) Fall Advance began Saturday, August 22, and will conclude with three gospel meetings on Saturday, September 19. Short videos are released each week, and the young people and their parents are encouraged to watch these videos together. Please pray for our junior high and high school students as they begin the new school year.

For more information, visit http://www.scyp.com/falladvance.

South Africa

The new term of the Full-time Training in Pretoria began three weeks ago with 7 on-site trainees and 9 remote trainees (residing in their own countries). Both sets of trainees face practical challenges. For example, those in Pretoria must remain at the training center and may not yet visit saints' homes or have in-person gospel appointments; these restrictions can easily lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. Those participating from other countries may have challenges such as poor Internet connection or lack of other resources. Please pray for the trainees to not lose heart. Also pray for the FTTP serving ones to be one with the Lord in shepherding the trainees during these uncertain times.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 6 of A Timely Word Concerning the World Situation and the Lord's Recovery.
    UPDATE: Next week, beginning September 7, we will digest outlines from the Labor Day Conference; prophesying on September 13 may include conference overflow or Week 6. After that, on September 14, we begin Crystallization-study of Jeremiah and Lamentations.
  2. Ministry & Gospel: There will be no English-speaking Ministry & Gospel Meeting this Lord's Day, September 6 due to the Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference. It will continue on September 13.
  3. Interim guidelines for in-person meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19.

Prayer, Week of August 23

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Answering God's Call to Turn the Age through Prayer

"And of the children of Issachar, men who understood the times that they might know what Israel should do…" (1 Chron. 12:32)

"So I set my face toward the Lord God to seek Him in prayer and supplications with fasting and sackcloth and ashes." (Dan. 9:3)

People on earth are suffering calamities, and the churches are in hardship; this is not the age of God's heart's desire but the age of God's procedures. God is using His procedures to fulfill His heart's desire. To turn from the age of procedures to the age of God's heart's desire, man must pray the age-turning prayer. Daniel was such a man. The earth is suffering calamities because people on the earth do not want God and do not care for God's affairs. Therefore, if the saints are to pray to end the time of calamities, they must answer God's demands and care for God and His needs. Oh! These many calamities today should wake us up to no longer live to the earth! Oh! Today we should truly consecrate ourselves to answer God's demands on behalf of the church so that God may have a way to come in and to turn this age of procedures into the age of His heart's desire. (CWWL, 1932–1949, vol. 2, p. 27)

Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference

From September 4 to 6, the churches in the entire state of California will blend together in an online conference. Such a conference of all the churches in California is unprecedented and should be a further advance in the blending of the entire Body for the Lord's unique testimony.

The four meetings will be conducted online and will include both spoken messages and breakout sessions for mutual sharing and blending of all the saints. Translation of the messages and all special fellowship will be provided in Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. Details regarding the meeting schedule and links to join the meetings for each language can be found at <http://www.labordayconf.com>.

Let us sanctify the Labor Day weekend by setting aside our time and presenting our tripartite beings to hear what the Spirit would speak to the churches. May the Lord infuse us with His words and His burden for His present move and interests on the earth.

FTTA

The Fall 2020 term of the Full-time Training in Anaheim begins remotely on August 26. Please pray for the Lord to arrange all the trainees' housing, to be wisdom to those overseeing the details of how the training will be carried out, and to encourage and supply all of the incoming trainees as they begin this new term. Lord, in these days, constitute Yourself into each trainee, in their classes and studying, in their living arrangement, in gospel teams, in service, and in blending with the churches!

Our Young People – 2020 Fall Advance

The Southern California Young People (SCYP) Fall Advance began Saturday, August 22, and continues for four weeks until Saturday, September 19. A five-minute video will be released each week, and the young people and their parents are encouraged to watch these weekly videos together by household. Please pray for our junior high and high school students as they begin the new school year. For more information, visit <http://www.scyp.com/fall-advance>.

Gospel to All the Nations

The next gospel to all the nations session will be held by Zoom on Saturday, August 29 at 1:00 pm (Los Angeles time) with fellowship from John 4. Two additional sessions will follow on September 12 and September 26. All the people out of every nation are invited to join! Please pray for many friends, relatives, and colleagues to come and see how the life of Christ meets the need of every person and to enjoy the pure ministry of the Word as the gospel of the kingdom (Matt. 24:14). For more details and to register to receive the Zoom link, go to <http://www.gospeltoallthenations.com>.

Bibles for America

We are thankful to the Lord that over the past year, people have been visiting our blog in record numbers, seeking answers to their questions about God, the Bible, and the Christian life. From July 2019 through June 2020, BfA Blog pages (in both English and Spanish) were viewed over 3.2 million times. Traffic to the blog spiked in April and May, with over 400,000 page views each month. The most popular posts during this time were:

Please pray that people would continue to find this rich ministry and be nourished by it, and that many blog visitors would also be motivated to order a free Bible and download our free e-books.

European Young People's Conference

The subject of this year's four-part online conference is "Men Who Turn the Age." Part 4 takes place this Saturday, August 29. Please pray for this time, for the gathering of the young people, and for the release of the serving ones. More information at <http://ypconference.eu>.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 5 of A Timely Word Concerning the World Situation and the Lord's Recovery. After next week, we will review Material Offerings, Week 3 before starting Crystallization-study of Jeremiah and Lamentations.
  2. Interim Instructions for Giving: Since our meeting halls are still closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving, which now includes Zelle, are at <http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings>.
  3. Interim guidelines for in-person meetings are posted at <http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19>.

Online Resources

  1. The Church in Los Angeles has a YouTube channel to show videos from recent gatherings, such as the Ministry & Gospel Meeting. <http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles>
  2. A Timely Word of Supply to meet the present need from messages given by Brother Lee is posted each week on LSM's website. <http://www.lsm.org/timely-speaking.html>
  3. GTCA updates ongoing burdens about the ten target cities for migration this year. <http://gtca.us>
  4. The Bible Tells Me So is posting daily videos on weekdays to help foster a "Family Time" in each household. <http://www.thebibletellsmeso.com/familytime>
  5. LSM Christian Radio broadcasts hymns and messages 24 hours each day. <http://lsmchristianradio.com>
  6. Bibles for America has easy-to-use resources for telling people about God's salvation. <http://gospel.biblesforamerica.org> (English) and <http://gospel.bfa.org/es> (Español)
  7. Living to Him provides a forum for helping young working saints to practically enter into a vital living for the building up of the Body of Christ. <http://livingtohim.com>
  8. Shepherding Words addresses critical issues facing the Lord's recovery. <http://shepherdingwords.com>

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Prayer, Week of August 16

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Prayer with Authority by Having Full Faith

"And Jesus answered and said to them, Have faith in God." (Mark 11:22)

"And He told them a parable to the end that they ought always to pray and not lose heart." (Luke 18:1)

In Mark 11:20-24 the Lord Jesus taught His disciples to pray by faith for executing God's will according to God's economy. This prayer is a prayer with authority. A prayer with authority does not ask God to do something; instead, it exercises God's authority and applies this authority to deal with problems and things that ought to be removed. The church can have such a prayer with authority by having full faith, being without doubt, and being clear that what we do is fully according to God's will. (A Timely Word, msg. 4, I, D, 1, 4)

God is watching to see whether the church is faithful to its ministry. The ministry of the church is prayer—not small prayers, but prayers that pioneer the way for God. God is accomplishing His work. But the church first prays and prepares the way before God finds the way. The church must have big prayers, serious prayers, and strong prayers. (CWWN, vol. 22, "The Prayer Ministry of the Church," ch. 1)

Our Young People

On July 30 the church in LA held an online meeting attended by more than a hundred young people, parents and serving ones. The burden was to incite the YP to care for others in the church—for example, the high schoolers would care for junior highers, and junior highers would care for the children.

This Saturday, August 22 at 7:30 pm, SCYP will begin its 2020 Fall Advance for all the young people, parents, and serving ones in Southern California. The subject of the first session will be "A Time to Remember and Rejoice in Our God of Tenderheartedness and Lovingkindness." For more information on how to participate in this time, visit http://www.scyp.com/fall-advance.

Most of our young people return to school this week. Pray that they would experience the Lord's love and compassions so that they would spontaneously care for others. Please contact and pray for our YP as they continue their schooling from home.

LA Campuses

USC classes begin on August 17, CSUN on August 24, and UCLA has been having online orientations throughout the summer. Please pray for the students, serving ones, and those related to the campus in their outreach to new students, which is much different than in previous years.

LA Ministry & Gospel Meetings

On August 16, we began a new series of the English-speaking Ministry & Gospel meeting called "Genesis: A Book of Seeds." The first session was on "Image and Dominion." The burden of these meetings is to reach our friends and family as well as the younger ones in the church through an approachable ministering of the word. Furthermore, we will proceed with a particular sensitivity to new ones that we contact in the coming weeks from the campus work.

Saints, let us all reconsider before the Lord whom we can shepherd to these times. All saints are welcome to invite guests and accompany them to this time. The Zoom link is http://tinyurl.com/lachurchmeeting. Videos from previous meetings may also be viewed and shared at any time at http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles.

May we help the white horse run through our prayers and invitations. Lord, expand Your burden for the gospel in our hearts to multiply Your testimony in Los Angeles!

European University Training

The university training, usually held in London, will take place August 23 to 27 and be expanded to include all of Europe. Given the present environment, the training will also be delivered online. The subject, "Samuel—An Age-Turning Nazarite," will be a timely and relevant word.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 4 of A Timely Word Concerning the World Situation and the Lord's Recovery (from the Memorial Day Conference).
  2. Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference: The churches in the entire state of California will blend together in an online conference from September 4 to 6. There will be four meetings. Details regarding the schedule and the way to join will be announced in the coming weeks..
  3. Interim Instructions for Giving: Since our meeting halls are still closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving, which now includes Zelle, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  4. Updated interim guidelines for in-person meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19.

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Prayer, Week of August 9

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The Divine History Within the Human History

"…Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be fashioned according to this age." (Rom. 12:1-2a)

"That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man, that Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith." (Eph. 3:16-17a)

We need to have a clear view of these two histories—the physical human history and the mysterious divine history… The history of man, the history of the world, is outward. The divine history, the history of God in and with humanity, is inward. This history is a matter of the divine mystery of the Triune God in humanity.

We all were born in the human history, but we have been reborn, regenerated, in the divine history. Now we need to ask ourselves this question: Are we living in the divine history, or are we living merely in the human history? If our living is in the world, we are living in the human history. But if we are living in the church, we are living in the divine history. In the church life God's history is our history. Now two parties—God and we—have one history, the divine history. This is the church life.

With the divine history there is the new creation—the new man with a new heart, a new spirit, a new life, a new nature, a new history, and a new consummation. We praise the Lord that we are in the divine history, experiencing and enjoying the mysterious, divine things. (Life-study of Joel, p. 36)

LA Ministry & Gospel Meetings

The English-speaking Ministry & Gospel meetings will resume this Lord's Day, August 16, from 11:00 to 11:45 am. The series topic is "Genesis: A Book of Seeds" with a particular burden to reach our friends and family as well as the younger ones in the church through an approachable ministering of the word. Furthermore, we will proceed with a particular sensitivity to new ones that we contact from the campus work at the beginning of the academic year.

Saints, let us all reconsider before the Lord whom we can shepherd to these outreach times. All saints are welcome to invite guests and accompany them to this time. The Zoom link is http://tinyurl.com/lachurchmeeting. Videos from previous meetings may also be viewed and shared at any time at http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles.

May we help the white horse run through our prayers and invitations. Lord, expand Your burden for the gospel in our hearts to multiply Your testimony in Los Angeles!

LA Campuses

USC classes begin on August 17, CSUN on August 24, and UCLA has been having online orientations throughout the summer. Please pray for the students, serving ones, and those related to the campus in their outreach to new students, which is much different than in previous years.

FTTA

The Fall 2020 term of the FTTA will be conducted remotely and begins August 26. Please pray for the Lord to arrange all of the housing for the trainees, to be wisdom to those overseeing FTTA regarding the details of how it should be carried out, and to encourage and supply all of the incoming trainees as they prepare for this next term!

Oak Glen

Update: As of this past weekend, the forest fire has moved away from the conference center. On Friday, the evacuation orders for the property were lifted, though some fire crews remain in the area. We are thankful to the Lord for answering the prayers of the Body.

Lord's Move to Africa

The August 2020 online newsletter introduces the Lord's move in the southern part of the African continent. Lampstands have been established in five of the ten countries in this region with approximately 1,500 saints in the church life in 25 localities. While Lampstands have yet to be raised up in Botswana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Malawi, Mozambique and Namibia. there are already some saints following the ministry in these places. Read more at http://www.lmafrica.org/newsletter.

Please pray for:

  1. The spread of the gospel of the kingdom to this region which has a predominantly Christian population.
  2. The strengthening of the existing testimonies through perfecting, blending and (post-pandemic) visitations.
  3. The Lord to gain the young people and equip them through training to become pillars in the churches.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 3 of A Timely Word Concerning the World Situation and the Lord's Recovery (from the Memorial Day Conference).
  2. Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference: The churches in the entire state of California will blend together in an online conference from September 4 to 6. There will be four meetings. Details regarding the schedule and the way to join will be announced in the coming weeks.
  3. Interim Instructions for Giving: Since our meeting halls are still closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving, which now includes Zelle, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  4. Updated interim guidelines for in-person meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19. We will proceed slowly, cautiously, in loving care for one another.

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Prayer, Week of August 2

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Seeing the Spiritual Scene behind the World Situation

"And he said to me, Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand this matter..., your words were heard; and I have come because of your words." (Dan. 10:12)

"Epaphras, who is one of you, a slave of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God." (Col. 4:12)

The spiritual scene in Daniel 10 includes both good and evil spirits that are engaged in an invisible spiritual war. While Daniel was praying, a spiritual struggle was taking place in the air between two spirits, one belonging to Satan and the other belonging to God. It is crucial for us to see that behind the scene a spiritual struggle is taking place, a struggle not seen with human eyes. As the struggles are taking place between the human governments, God is behind the scene managing the world situation. (A Timely Word, msg. 2, II.B-C)

Pray that the saints would be empowered in the Lord and in the might of His strength to be able to stand in the battle against all the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies. (Beseeching.org, Day 34)

Pray that we will see a spiritual vision of the throne of God as the center of God's administration throughout the universe and see the ruling of the heavens by the God of the heavens over all human government on earth to match the eternal economy of God for Christ to do two great things: (1) to terminate the old creation for the germination of the new creation through His first coming, and (2) to smash and crush the aggregate of human government and establish the eternal kingdom of God in His second coming. (Beseeching.org, Day 4)

Oak Glen

The Apple Fire is currently burning near our conference center in Oak Glen. The property is now included in the mandatory evacuation zone and all of the saints living on the property have moved off the mountain. Initially, the wind caused the fire to burn away from the conference center, but changing winds over the weekend have caused the fire to progress slowly towards it. We ask that the churches would pray for the Lord to protect His interest at the conference center and that the fire would be kept away and be brought under control by the fire crews.

Bibles for America

Bibles for America has been collecting survey responses from those who order a Bible or download a ministry book. This will help us refine our marketing strategy and reach more young people between the ages of 18 and 24. We're also producing short gospel videos to post on social media that will hopefully capture the attention of young seekers.

Please pray for our new content and the fine-tuning of our marketing. Pray that more young seekers would find our blog posts, videos, podcast episodes, and, most importantly, would order a free copy of the NT Recovery Version.

Kyrgyzstan

Many saints in Kyrgyzstan, including most of the leading brothers, have contracted coronavirus infections. This has affected not only their health but also their ability to earn a living. Please pray that all their needs will be met and that the Lord will sustain the churches in that country, which are crucial to His testimony in Central Asia.

Prayer for the Current Situation

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and around the globe, please pray:

  1. For the Lord to protect all His interests on earth, including the saints and the churches;
  2. For the saints and churches to be open to what the Lord will accomplish during this time;
  3. For the saints to persevere in prayer for the Lord's final move to end this age; and
  4. For the gospel of the kingdom to be proclaimed and the hearts of many men to be open to receive it.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: week 2 of A Timely Word Concerning the World Situation and the Lord's Recovery (Memorial Day Conference).
  2. Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference: The churches in the entire state of California will blend together in an online conference from September 4 to 6. There will be four meetings. Details regarding the schedule and the way to join will be announced in the coming weeks.
  3. Interim Instructions for Giving: Since our meeting halls are still closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving, which now includes Zelle, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  4. Guidelines for in-person group meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19. We will proceed slowly, cautiously, in loving care for one another.

Online Resources

  1. The Church in Los Angeles has a YouTube channel to show videos from recent gatherings, such as gospel meetings and midweek perfecting fellowships. http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles
  2. A Timely Word of Supply to meet the present need from messages given by Brother Lee is posted each week on LSM's website. http://www.lsm.org/timely-speaking.html
  3. The Bible Tells Me So is posting daily videos on weekdays to help foster a "Family Time" in each household. http://www.thebibletellsmeso.com/familytime
  4. LSM Christian Radio broadcasts hymns and messages 24 hours each day. http://lsmchristianradio.com
  5. Bibles for America has easy-to-use resources for telling people about God's salvation. http://gospel.biblesforamerica.org (English) and http://gospel.bfa.org/es (Español)
  6. GTCA updates ongoing burdens about the ten target cities for migration this year. http://gtca.us
  7. Living to Him provides a forum for helping young working saints to practically enter into a vital living for the building up of the Body of Christ. http://livingtohim.com
  8. Shepherding Words addresses critical issues facing the Lord's recovery. http://shepherdingwords.com

Prayer, Week of July 26

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Persevering in Prayer While Discerning the Signs of the Times

"But we will continue steadfastly in prayer and in the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:4)

"...The gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come." (Matt. 24:14)

In the present environment of the world, we need to devote ourselves to and persevere in prayer, while discerning "the signs of the times." We need to pray with the full realization of God's view of human history by seeing that the gospel is speeded up and even maximized by war, famine, and death and by seeing that we need to gain God to the fullest extent to accomplish the goal of His divine economy.

God will listen to our prayer when our prayer to God is toward Christ, the kingdom of God, and the house of God as the goal in God's eternal economy. This means that our prayer should always be aimed at the interests of God, that is, at Christ and the church as God's interests on earth, for the fulfilling of God's eternal economy. (A Timely Word concerning the World Situation and the Lord's Recovery, msg. 1, V, B, C.2)

Pray that we will be in our spirit in order to be men on earth with God's heart, men to whom heaven can be opened to see the vision of God concerning the destiny of the world, who see that the world situation is the indicator of God's move on earth, and who realize that all the major events of human history have been arranged and matched by God in His sovereign authority for His move on earth. (Beseeching.org, Day 1)

European Young People's Conference

The European Young People's Conference is being held online in four parts over a different time period than normal. Part 3 begins this Friday afternoon and ends Monday evening; it is the main part of this year's conference. Corporate meetings will be held every afternoon and evening with activities in the mornings, as well as group times. Please pray for this conference, for the gathering of the young people, and for the release of the serving ones.

Lord's Move to Africa

The theme of the June 2020 online newsletter is "Church Life Under the Pandemic" and features encouraging reports from Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. In the midst of the pandemic, the Lord has been blessing the churches with more blending, increased fellowship and practical care, and more saints functioning. Read more at http://www.lmafrica.org/newsletter.

Prayer for the Current Situation

In the midst of the pandemic in the United States and around the world, please continue to pray:

  1. For the Lord to protect all His interests on earth, including the saints and the churches;
  2. For the saints and churches to be open to what the Lord will accomplish during this time;
  3. For the saints to persevere in prayer for the Lord's final move to end this age; and
  4. For the gospel of the kingdom to be proclaimed and the hearts of many men to be open to receive it.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 1 of A Timely Word Concerning the World Situation and the Lord's Recovery (Memorial Day Conference).
  2. Labor Day Weekend Blending Conference: The churches in the entire state of California will blend together in an online conference from September 4 to 6. Details regarding the meeting schedule and the way to join will be announced in the coming weeks.
  3. Interim Instructions for Giving: Since our meeting halls are still closed, instructions for where to mail checks and options for online giving, which now includes Zelle, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.
  4. Guidelines for in-person group meetings are posted at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/covid19. We will proceed slowly, cautiously, in loving care for one another.

Online Resources

  1. The Church in Los Angeles has a YouTube channel to show videos from recent gatherings, such as gospel meetings and midweek perfecting fellowships. http://youtube.com/churchinlosangeles
  2. A Timely Word of Supply to meet the present need from messages given by Brother Lee is posted each week on LSM's website. http://www.lsm.org/timely-speaking.html
  3. GTCA updates ongoing burdens about the ten target cities for migration this year. http://gtca.us
  4. The Bible Tells Me So is posting daily videos on weekdays to help foster a "Family Time" in each household. http://www.thebibletellsmeso.com/familytime
  5. LSM Christian Radio broadcasts hymns and messages 24 hours each day. http://lsmchristianradio.com
  6. Bibles for America has easy-to-use resources for telling people about God's salvation. http://gospel.biblesforamerica.org (English) and http://gospel.bfa.org/es (Español)
  7. Living to Him provides a forum for helping young working saints to practically enter into a vital living for the building up of the Body of Christ. http://livingtohim.com
  8. Shepherding Words addresses critical issues facing the Lord's recovery. http://shepherdingwords.com