Week of July 21

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Keeping the Faith and Laying Hold on Eternal Life

“I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim. 4:7c)

“Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold on the eternal life, to which you were called…” (1 Tim. 6:12)

To keep the faith is to keep the entire New Testament economy of God—the faith concerning Christ as the embodiment of God and the mystery of God and the church as the Body of Christ and the mystery of Christ. A proper Christian life involves keeping the faith for participation in the divine riches in God's economy. The economy of God is a matter in faith, that is, a matter that is initiated and developed in the sphere and element of faith. God's economy, which is to dispense Himself into His chosen people, is not a matter in the natural realm nor in the work of the law but in the spiritual sphere of the new creation through regeneration by faith in Christ.

We today must fight the good fight of the faith. This means that we must fight for Christ as the embodiment of God and for the church as the Body of Christ. Furthermore, we must not merely fight objectively but fight subjectively, by laying hold on eternal life…

Do you realize that you have been called to eternal life? This eternal life does not mainly refer to blessings in the future. To be called to eternal life does not mean that we have been called to enjoy blessings in heaven. Eternal life should be our life today, a life for our present daily living. By our first birth, the physical birth, we received the adamic life. But because we have been called to eternal life, we should no longer live the adamic life, the natural life. Yes, we must be truly human, even Jesusly human, but not in our natural life. On the contrary, we need to live a human life by the eternal life. We have been called to this life, and now we need to live it. (Fighting the Good Fight, Finishing the Course, Keeping the Faith…, msg. 3, II.C, V.A-B; Life-study of 1 Timothy, 2nd ed., p. 102)

Heavenly Rule over the United States

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

“Let every person be subject to the authorities over him, for there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are ordained by God.” God ordains the authorities over man in order to maintain peace and security in human society so that He may have the time and the opportunity to preach the gospel, to save sinners, and to build the church for the spread of His kingdom. (Rom. 13:1 and footnote 4)

The U.S. elections at all levels of government are Tuesday, November 5. The church takes no position on how to vote. Each saint must seek the Lord about whether to vote and how to vote. As Romans 14:4a reminds us, “Who are you who judge another's household servant? To his own master he stands or falls.”

Let us labor with the Lord in prayer to bring His heavenly ruling into all the elections that there may be a proper atmosphere for the gospel and the raising up and building up of the churches.

2024 SoCal Labor Day Blending Conference

The co-workers in Southern California are burdened to conduct a blending conference among the saints and the churches during the upcoming Labor Day weekend on Saturday, August 31 and Lord's Day, September 1. Please set aside these dates on your calendar. The plan is to have two meetings (afternoon and evening) on Saturday and a concluding meeting (with the Lord's table) the following morning. The specific schedule will be announced later.

The conference meetings will be held in person at the Ministry Conference Center in Anaheim. A way to participate online will be provided for saints who live too far from the LSM campus or for other reasons cannot attend in person. Because a major purpose of this conference is to carry out the blending among the churches and the saints in Southern California for the reality of the Body of Christ, in-person attendance is encouraged as much as possible. Please note that no childcare will be provided at the MCC.

“In the blending of the churches we receive nourishment, we receive revelation, and we receive a vision of God's eternal purpose concerning Christ and the church. Such a blending is not only for our own mutual spiritual benefit but is also for the mutual building up of the Body of Christ” (1993 Blending Conference Messages concerning the Lord's Recovery and Our Present Need, ch. 2).

Please pray for the Lord's blessing on all aspects of this conference and for the saints to set aside this Labor Day weekend to be gathered and blended together for the reality of the Body of Christ.

2024 LA Truth School

Our Truth School for the young people begins this Friday, July 26 and runs until Saturday, August 3. The whole church is needed to bear this burden in prayer. This week, let us pray:

  • For a good beginning to our 2024 LA Truth School, and the Lord's presence at each gathering.
  • For the Lord to anoint the word in each meeting and speak to the hearts of the young people.
  • For the young people to overflow with the enjoyment and appreciation of God's full salvation.

UCLA Freshmen Orientations

This summer, UCLA is hosting 12 orientation sessions for incoming freshmen. During these two-day sessions, students pick classes and get acquainted with campus life. A big component is a club fair on the first day of orientation, where students can sign up for various clubs that appeal to their interests.

Our club will have a table at most of these orientations in order to meet and connect with new students. Over the years, these orientations have been very fruitful for our labor at UCLA. Please pray:

  • For the Spirit to brood over the incoming freshmen to open them to the Lord and bring them to the table.
  • For our timely follow-up with all contacts to maintain contact throughout the summer and into the fall.
  • For the Lord to flow through our own students and full-timers at the table to minister to the freshmen.

North America Chinese-speaking Saints Perfecting Training

Following five days of in-person sessions in Cerritos, the perfecting training on “Shepherding According to God” continues from July 24 to 28 at Camp Penuel, New York. Please pray for the Lord to:

  • Strengthen, protect, and prepare the saints who have registered for this training.
  • Cover all the practical needs of the training so that the burden of the training can be fully released.
  • Encourage and perfect the seeking Chinese-speaking saints in the churches in truth, life, and service.

2024 Paris Olympics Gospel Trips

The quotas for participation in the gospel trips have been filled. Praise the Lord! The first set of gospel trips during the Olympics (OL1) are currently taking place from July 21 to 30 in Paris, Lille, Rouen, Lyon, Mertzig (Luxembourg), and Geneva (Switzerland). Please pray:

  • For the beginning of the 50 days of continuous Bible distributions and visitations during the Olympics.
  • That the day-by-day and house-to-house church life among the local and visiting saints will open the way for the Lord to add to the churches, even raising up new districts and lampstands.
  • That the existing churches in French-speaking Europe will be strengthened by the gospel teams.
  • For the Lord to raise up new lampstands in Marseilles, Montpellier, Toulouse, Caen, Nantes, Lille, Rouen, Versailles, Mertzig, and Geneva.
  • That the Lord will cover and rule over any disturbances or hindrances from the enemy.

A special report on the Lord's move in France and a presentation on migration to serve in France given at the recent July Semiannual Training are at lme.org/reports.html. Subscribe to receive trip reports and testimonies at courantdevie.myflodesk.com; archived reports are at tinyurl.com/2024gospeltrips.

Saints in LA burdened to give for the distribution can do so through the Church in Los Angeles designated for “Paris Olympics.”

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 3 of Fighting the Good Fight, Finishing the Course, Keeping the Faith, and Loving the Lord's Appearing in Order to Receive the Reward of Christ as the Crown of Righteousness.
  2. Bibles for America's latest blog post “How Should Christians Respond to the World Situation?” is available to read and share at blog.bfa.org.
  3. Shepherding Words: Seven new articles concerning Israel in God's economy have been posted to shepherdingwords.com, a helpful resource in ushering the saints into a view of the present situation in the Middle East according to God's view in His eternal economy.
  4. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

 
 
 


Week of July 14

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Running the Race and Finishing the Course

“Do you not know that those who run on a racecourse all run, but one receives the prize? Run in this way, that you may lay hold.” (1 Cor. 9:24)

“Run with endurance the race which is set before us, looking away unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith…” (Heb. 12:1-2)

“I have fought the good fight; I have finished the course…” (2 Tim. 4:7)

Like the apostle Paul, all Christians must run the race to win the prize, not salvation in the common sense but a reward in a special sense. We run the Christian race by “looking away unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.” When we look away unto Him, He ministers heaven, life, and strength to us, transfusing and infusing us with all that He is, so that we may be able to run the heavenly race and live the heavenly life on earth. As we look away unto Him continually, He will finish and complete the faith that we need to run the heavenly race.

We need to be encouraged and warned by the type of the children of Israel, whose journey toward the good land typifies the Christian race toward our good land, the all-inclusive Christ. We have been redeemed through Christ, delivered out of Satan's bondage, and brought into the revelation of God's economy. We may yet fail to reach the goal of God's calling, that is, to enter into the possession of our good land, Christ, and enjoy His riches for the kingdom of God that we may be His expression in the present age and participate in the fullest enjoyment of Christ in the kingdom age.

The last part of the journey ordained by God for each one of us is the most difficult part of the journey. An important thing in the Christian life is to seek out the journey that the Lord has ordained and faithfully walk on it. We may be delighted to be on the right course; but how we run and end is still a question. We should not grow weary, fainting in our soul for any reason; rather, we should be those who run the race to the end. (Fighting the Good Fight, Finishing the Course…, msg. 2, II.C.1, D, 4.b-c, E-G)

Southwest College Training Follow-up

Dear saints, thank you for your prayers! Around 50 saints from LA participated in last week's regional college training at Oak Glen. This five-day training was on “A Vessel Unto Honor,” based on Paul's epistles to Timothy, and consisted of four lines of fellowship:

  1. Touching the Lord through personal and intimate pray-reading for the daily nourishment of our spirit and soul. (Students had the opportunity to spend personal time with the Lord in the mornings.)
  2. Experiencing life and dealing with the Lord to have a pure heart and a good conscience.
  3. Carrying out one's ministry of preaching the gospel on the college campuses, especially in the areas of personal and corporate prayer and coordination.
  4. Having a vision of God's economy. (This was the main burden of the training.)

Special fellowship topics included the history of the Lord's recovery and an introduction to the FTTA. Students also spent time memorizing Bible verses.

Overall, the training was blessed with the Lord's fresh burden and speaking. The students were charged as men of God to flee and pursue, to be patterns to the believers, and to be open vessels that cooperate with the Lord to cleanse themselves from dishonorable things. A special commission came at the high point of the training for the students to be the next generation of good ministers, nourished and constituted with the revelation of God's New Testament economy through the apostles' teaching. The last day prepared the students for going on after the training as good soldiers fighting the good fight.

Please continue to fight through prayer for the students' immediate practice of all that they touched during this training, specifically:

  • For the students to rise up regularly in the mornings to inhale God through His word.
  • For their cooperation with the Lord to deal with their conscience and flee from unrighteousness and dishonorable things.
  • For the Lord to impart into them a burden for others' salvation and gain the prayer for specific names He would put on their heart.
  • For their daily nourishment with the words of the faith and of the good teaching that they may be good ministers of Christ Jesus in God's economy.

May every one of these young saints become gold and silver vessels in His hands and for His use!

2024 LA Truth School

This year's LA Truth School will be from July 26 to August 3. As we approach the start date, we ask the whole church to join in prayer. This week, please pray:

  • For the coordination of all the serving ones and service groups planning for the Truth School.
  • For the oneness and one accord among the saints upon which the Lord can pour out His blessing.
  • That the activities and atmosphere during the Truth School would be cherishing and facilitate blending.

North America Chinese-speaking Saints Perfecting Training

This summer's perfecting training for Chinese-speaking saints in North America will take place in two parts—July 19 to 23 in Cerritos and July 24 to 28 at Camp Penuel, New York. The subject of this year's training is “Shepherding According to God.” Please pray for the Lord to:

  • Strengthen, protect, and prepare the saints who have registered for this training.
  • Cover all the practical needs of the training so that the burden of the training can be fully released.
  • Encourage and perfect the seeking Chinese-speaking saints in the churches in truth, life, and service.

2024 Paris Olympics Gospel Trips

The quotas for participation in all the gospel trips have been filled. Praise the Lord! The ninth and final Torch Relay trip (TR9) is currently underway from July 11 to 17 in Paris. The first set of trips during the Olympic/Paralympic Games (OL1) will take place July 21 to 30. Please pray:

  • For the Spirit to continue opening the hearts of the people to the gospel and to bring the seekers into contact with the saints.
  • For the Lord to give us more follow-up and shepherding time with the new ones in order to bring them to maturity so they can be rooted and grounded for the building up of the church.
  • For the Lord to strengthen existing churches through the gospel teams and raise up new lampstands in Marseilles, Montpellier, Toulouse, Caen, Nantes, Lille, Rouen, Mertzig, and Geneva.
  • That the Lord would cover and rule over any disturbances or hindrances from the enemy.

A report was given during the July Semiannual Training concerning the present gospel move in France, with a strong call for those burdened by the Lord to migrate there. The presentation slides are at www.lordsmove.org/reports.html and the report video is at www.lsm.org/announcements.

Gospel trip reports and testimonies are compiled for the saints' awareness and prayer. Subscribe to receive these at courantdevie.myflodesk.com. Archived reports are at tinyurl.com/2024gospeltrips.

Saints in LA burdened to give for the Bible distributions can do so through the Church in Los Angeles designated for “Paris Olympics.”

Nordic-Baltic Conference

This summer's Nordic-Baltic Conference from July 19 to 22 will be hosted by the church in Stockholm, Sweden. The subject is “Knowing and Doing the Will of God in the Kingdom of God.” Please pray for the Lord's timely speaking and for the blending of around 160 saints from the Nordic countries, the Baltic States, and other Russian and English-speaking churches for the building up of the Body of Christ. Pray that the word concerning the will of God would be released and received by the saints.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 2 of Fighting the Good Fight, Finishing the Course, Keeping the Faith, and Loving the Lord's Appearing in Order to Receive the Reward of Christ as the Crown of Righteousness.
  2. Bibles for America's latest blog post “How Should Christians Respond to the World Situation?” is available to read and share at blog.bfa.org.
  3. Shepherding Words: Seven new articles concerning Israel in God's economy have been posted to shepherdingwords.com, a helpful resource in ushering the saints into a view of the present situation in the Middle East according to God's view in His eternal economy.
  4. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

 


Week of July 7

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Fighting the Good Fight

“I have fought the good fight; I have finished the course; I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim. 4:7)

“Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold on the eternal life, to which you were called and have confessed the good confession before many witnesses.” (1 Tim. 6:12)

To fight for the faith [1 Tim. 6:12a] means to fight for God's New Testament economy. In particular, it is to fight for Christ as the embodiment of God and for the church as the Body of Christ. The eternal life [1 Tim. 6:12b] is the divine life, the uncreated life of God, which is eternal. Eternal denotes the nature more than the time element of the divine life. To fight the good fight of the faith in the Christian life, especially in the Christian ministry, we need to lay hold on this divine life and not trust in our human life. Hence, in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus the eternal life is stressed again and again (1 Tim. 1:16; 6:19; 2 Tim. 1:1, 10; Titus 1:2; 3:7). To bring forth God's dispensation concerning the church in 1 Timothy, to confront the process of the church's decline in 2 Timothy, and to maintain good order in the church life in Titus, this life is a prerequisite. (The Conclusion of the New Testament, pp. 1862-1863)

Not only heretical teachings but even fundamental teachings may be used by the enemy to keep us from enjoying the eternal life. Teachings that are scriptural, fundamental, good, ethical, and moral, teachings about the improvement of character and about making up our mind to do good things, keep the believers from the experience of the processed Triune God as eternal life to them.

It is crucial for us to see that all the matters in the New Testament concerning the believers are related to the dispensing of the processed Triune God into us. To experience this dispensing is to enjoy eternal life. Some may teach according to the Bible without teaching the believers how to contact the processed Triune God and to receive His dispensing, which becomes the vital factor of our Christian life. Because even fundamental teachings may be subtly used by the enemy to keep us from enjoying eternal life, we need to lay hold on the eternal life. Then we shall be able to fight the good fight for the faith. (The Conclusion of the New Testament, pp. 1863-1864)

Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ

Thank the Lord for His rich speaking in last week's Semiannual Training in Anaheim. Please pray that the spoken word would penetrate the entire recovery in an unprecedented way to match the Lord's burden. Pray for all the saints in the churches to spend the time praying over the word, allowing it to have a thoroughfare in their being so that it becomes their constitution. May we all upgrade our experience and enjoyment of Christ for the expression of Christ for the fulfillment of God's economy!

Southwest College Training

Five regional college trainings are taking place around the United States from July 10 to 21. The topic is “A Vessel Unto Honor,” mainly based on 1 and 2 Timothy. The Southwest College Training will be July 10 to 14 at Oak Glen for saints from California, Arizona, and Nevada. Over 300 saints have registered for this training, including over 40 students related to Los Angeles. Please pray:

  • For a prevailing atmosphere of pursuing Christ with all those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
  • For a sweet fellowship and blending experience for mutual encouragement among all the students.
  • For a fanning into flame of the spirit within each student, resulting in a genuine consecration to the Lord and a desire to flow Him out to others on their campuses.

2024 LA Truth School

As we near the start of our 2024 LA Truth School (July 27 to August 3), we ask the whole church to join in prayer. New burdens will be added each week for the saints to follow along and strengthen by prayer. This week, please pray:

  • For many young people across LA to register for this time. The registration deadline is July 12.
  • For the preparation of the hearts of our young people to be soft and open.
  • For our young people to be impressed with the overall topic this year—“God's Full Salvation.”

2024 Olympics Torch Relay Gospel Trips

A report was presented during the recent Semiannual Training in Anaheim concerning the present gospel move in France, with a strong call for those burdened by the Lord to migrate to France to support this move and strengthen the Lord's testimony there. The presentation slides are available at www.lordsmove.org/reports.html.

The ninth and final Torch Relay (TR) gospel trip will be July 11 to 17 in Paris. Please pray that:

  • The existing churches in French-speaking Europe will be strengthened by the gospel teams.
  • The Lord will gain local French speakers along with their families for the church life.
  • The Lord will raise up new lampstands in Marseilles, Montpellier, Toulouse, Caen, Nantes, Lille, Rouen, Mertzig (Luxembourg), and Geneva (Switzerland).
  • By Summer 2025 there will be a team of 20 full-time serving ones in Paris to take care of the Lord's needs throughout France.
  • Many students, families, and mature saints will migrate to France within the next couple of years for the Lord's interest.
  • The Lord will cover and rule over any disturbances from the enemy that might hinder the distribution.

Gospel trip reports and testimonies are compiled for the saints' awareness and prayer. Subscribe to receive these at courantdevie.myflodesk.com. Archived reports are at tinyurl.com/2024gospeltrips.

Application information is at www.amanatrust.org.uk/page/2024Paris. Saints in LA burdened to give for the distribution can do so through the Church in Los Angeles designated for “PARIS OLYMPICS.”

India

Pray for the general political situation in India, that the Lord as the Leader and Savior can sovereignly arrange the situation so that the door of the gospel can remain open for many more to be saved and for the testimony of the Lord to be spread into many more northern states of the country.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 1 of Fighting the Good Fight, Finishing the Course, Keeping the Faith, and Loving the Lord's Appearing in Order to Receive the Reward of Christ as the Crown of Righteousness.
  2. The LA Years: Chapter 6: Visiting Seekers Throughout America is now available at www.layears.org, an oral history project documenting the early years of the church life in Los Angeles from 1958–1974, including written history, photos, and first-hand accounts.
  3. Bibles for America's recent blog post, “Jesus the Lamb of God,” is available at blog.bfa.org.
  4. Free e-Booklets: Living Stream Ministry offers free e-booklets to read and share. The latest release is “Paul's Secret of Sufficiency in Christ” at www.lsm.org/life-study-philippians.
  5. Living to Him: A recording of the working saints gathering at the recent Memorial Day Conference in Bellevue is available at youtu.be/u5fRTZ5LrrQ. The fellowship focused on the actual carrying out of the God-ordained way, especially in the practice of the vital groups and shepherding.
  6. 500 Life-studies App: To learn more about the burden for the Life-studies, including the 500 Life-studies app, please visit 500lifestudies.org.
  7. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

 
 
 


Week of June 30

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July Semiannual Training

The July Semiannual Training is taking place this week, July 1 to 6, in Anaheim and by webcast in Los Angeles and around the world. The subject is “Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ (1)."

Pray for the saints to receive and respond to the Lord's burden in His up-to-date speaking, and to participate as much as possible in study times. Pray that through this training the Triune God will operate more in us to accomplish His will, fulfill His purpose, and satisfy the desire of His heart.

FTTA and FTTA-MA

Last weekend, trainees graduated from the FTTA, FTTA-XB, and FTTA-MA. Please continue to pray for all these ones to follow the Lamb wherever He may go. Pray also for many college graduates and young working saints to answer God's call to go to the FTTA next term. A video of the graduation meeting is available for a limited time at ftta.org.

The Fall 2024 term of the Middle-age Full-time Training in Anaheim goes from September 9 to December 21. The classes are given in English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish. It is hoped that many saints in the Lord's recovery, especially those between the ages of 35 and 65, will seize this opportunity to be perfected. All FTTA-MA applications must be received by August 20.

France

The first round of France's elections for all members of the national parliament was on June 30. The final round is on July 7. The first round results led to strong expressions of political concern by many groups in France. The election and reactions are outwardly manifested, but at the same time the Lord is doing a marvelous, hidden work in the country, especially among students and young adults.

Let us petition the Lord that the coming vote will do nothing to hinder His present move in France and its spread all over French-speaking Europe.

2024 Olympics Torch Relay Gospel Trips

The eighth gospel trip is currently taking place June 27 to July 8 in Lille and Brussels. Lille was previously was visited on three occasions by Russian-speaking trainees and saints; it will be visited six more times in the remaining trips. May the Lord gain many seeking ones, particularly among the younger generation, for His testimony in these cities!

Please pray that:

  • The existing churches in French-speaking Europe will be strengthened by the gospel teams.
  • The Lord will gain local French speakers along with their families for the church life.
  • The Lord will raise up new lampstands in Marseilles, Montpellier, Toulouse, Caen, Nantes, Lille, Mertzig (Luxembourg), and Geneva (Switzerland).
  • By Summer 2025 there will be a team of 20 full-time serving ones in Paris to take care of the Lord's needs throughout France.
  • Many students, families, and mature saints will migrate to France within the next couple of years for the Lord's interest.
  • The Lord will cover and rule over any disturbances from the enemy that might hinder the distribution.
  • The Holy Spirit will prepare the ground in Paris, which will receive multiple teams starting July 11 and in the remainder of the gospel trips.

Reports and testimonies are compiled for the saints' awareness and prayer. To receive these directly, subscribe at courantdevie.myflodesk.com. All archived reports are at tinyurl.com/2024gospeltrips.

Application information is at www.amanatrust.org.uk/page/2024Paris. Saints in LA burdened to give for the distribution can do so through the Church in Los Angeles designated for “Paris Olympics.”

Ukraine

Please pray that the Lord will protect the tripartite being of all the saints and will rule in the heavens over every aspect of this conflict so that the result will advance His economy on earth.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Repeat Week 12 or enjoy material from the Semiannual Training. Next week, starting July 8, we will get into Fighting the Good Fight, Finishing the Course, Keeping the Faith, and Loving the Lord's Appearing in Order to Receive the Reward of Christ as the Crown of Righteousness (ICSC).
  2. No Prayer Meeting: To make way for the Semiannual Training, there will not be a church prayer meeting on Tuesday, July 2. It will resume on July 9.
  3. The LA Years: Chapter 6: Visiting Seekers Throughout America is now available at www.layears.org, an oral history project documenting the early years of the church life in Los Angeles from 1958–1974, including written history, photos, and first-hand accounts.
  4. Bibles for America's recent blog post, “Jesus the Lamb of God,” is available at blog.bfa.org.
  5. Free e-Booklets: Living Stream Ministry offers free e-booklets to read and share. The latest release is “Paul's Secret of Sufficiency in Christ” at www.lsm.org/life-study-philippians.
  6. Living to Him: A recording of the working saints gathering at the recent Memorial Day Conference in Bellevue is available at youtu.be/u5fRTZ5LrrQ. The fellowship focused on the actual carrying out of the God-ordained way, especially in the practice of the vital groups and shepherding.
  7. 500 Life-studies App: To learn more about the burden for the Life-studies, including the 500 Life-studies app, please visit 500lifestudies.org.
  8. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

 


Week of June 23

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Living a Life of Enjoying Christ

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.” (Col. 3:16)

“In whom all the building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in spirit.” (Eph. 2:21-22)

God's will is for us to enjoy Christ. We need to seek to enjoy Christ and experience Him in every situation. In order to experience the riches of Christ as the good land, we must be dominated, governed, directed, moved, and led by our spirit.

When we enjoy Christ personally in our daily life for our collective enjoyment of Him in our meeting life, God is among us, and we are His dwelling place and His kingdom. When we enjoy Christ to such an extent, the church meeting will be filled with God, and all its activities will convey and transmit God to people that they may be infused with God. The true worship of God by His people is when everyone is full of Christ, radiant with Christ, and exhibiting the Christ upon whom they have labored. (Laboring on the All-inclusive Christ Typified by the Good Land…, msg. 12, II.B, E.8, III.A-C)

July Semiannual Training

The 2024 July Semiannual Training will be held next week at the Ministry Conference Center in Anaheim from July 1 to 6 and by webcast in Los Angeles and around the world. The general subject is “Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ (1).”

Please pray for the Lord to bless all the preparations for the upcoming training and cover the travel of all the saints. Pray for the Lord to strengthen and protect all the speaking brothers in their tripartite being as they seek Him and labor diligently in cutting straight the word of the truth. Pray for the release and receiving of the Lord's up-to-date burden, that the Spirit will operate through the speaking to build up the Body and prepare the bride for His return.

FTTA Graduation

This Saturday, June 29, the graduation meeting for the 2024 Spring Class of the Full-time Training in Anaheim, including a recognition of the Boston Extension (FTTA-XB) trainees, starts at 9:30 am at the Ministry Conference Center. This meeting can also be seen online at www.ftta.org/graduation.php. In the afternoon, the Middle-age Training (FTTA-MA) graduation starts at 3:00 pm at 1853 W. Ball Rd.

Please pray for the graduates of the FTTA and the FTTA-MA trainings, that they will continue to pursue Christ, gain Him, live Him, and minister Him for the building up of the Body.

2024 Olympics Torch Relay Gospel Trips

This week, the seventh and eighth gospel trips are taking place, respectively, June 24 to July 1 in Strasbourg and June 27 to July 8 in Lille and Brussels. May the Lord gain many seeking ones, particularly among the younger generation, for His testimony in these cities!

Please continue to pray for:

  • The whole situation in France—from the legislative election on June 30 and July 7 to safety concerns—that the Lord would have a way to move in the hearts of the people during this time.
  • The Lord's blessing and protection on the saints from different countries going to serve, and for their blending together to serve as in a heavenly team in one accord without opinions.
  • The Lord's covering and ruling over any disturbances from the enemy that will hinder the distribution.
  • The follow-up shepherding of contacts from Lille and TR1–6 (Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Caen, Rennes, and Nantes), including a weekly Zoom seminar, through the coordination of both local and overseas saints.
  • More saints to apply for OL3–5 trips (starting August 10, 20, and 31, respectively).

Reports and testimonies are compiled for the saints' awareness and prayer. To receive these directly, subscribe at courantdevie.myflodesk.com. All archived reports are at tinyurl.com/2024gospeltrips.

Application information is at www.amanatrust.org.uk/page/2024Paris. Saints in LA burdened to give for the distribution can do so through the Church in Los Angeles designated for “Paris Olympics.”

Israel

Please continue to pray for the situation in Israel and the Middle East, that through the prayers of the saints the evil rulers and authorities in the air, and the human agents used by them, will be bound, and God's interests will be furthered and His chosen ones preserved.

Pray that God will use the situation to cause the gospel of the kingdom to be proclaimed, and that many people, regardless of ethnicity, religion or background, will be unveiled to see Christ as the Savior and the only way to God.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 12 of Laboring on the All-inclusive Christ Typified by the Good Land… Next week, repeat Week 12 or enjoy verses and related material from the Semiannual Training.
    Starting July 8, we will get into Fighting the Good Fight, Finishing the Course, Keeping the Faith, and Loving the Lord's Appearing in Order to Receive the Reward of Christ as the Crown of Righteousness (from the ICSC earlier this year).
  2. Wednesday Night Ministry Meeting: This Wednesday, June 26 at 7:25 pm will be the last ministry meeting of the Spring term on “The Crucial Points of the Truth in Paul's Epistles—2 Corinthians.”
  3. Memorial Day Conference: As a reminder, saints are encouraged to watch or listen to the archived messages, available at no charge only until Wednesday, June 26 at www.lsmwebcast.com.
  4. The LA Years: Chapter 6: Visiting Seekers Throughout America is now available at www.layears.org, an oral history project documenting the early years of the church life in Los Angeles from 1958–1974, including written history, photos, and first-hand accounts.
  5. Bibles for America's recent blog post, “Jesus the Lamb of God,” is available at blog.bfa.org.
  6. Free e-Booklets: Living Stream Ministry offers free e-booklets to read and share. The latest release is “Paul's Secret of Sufficiency in Christ” at www.lsm.org/life-study-philippians.
  7. Living to Him: A recording of the working saints gathering at the recent Memorial Day Conference in Bellevue is available at youtu.be/u5fRTZ5LrrQ. The fellowship focused on the actual carrying out of the God-ordained way, especially in the practice of the vital groups and shepherding.
  8. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

 


Week of June 16

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Laboring on Christ for the Corporate Worship of the Father

“But to the place which Jehovah your God will choose out of all your tribes to put His name, to His habitation, shall you seek, and there shall you go. And there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices and your tithes and the heave offering of your hand and your vows and your freewill offerings and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock.” (Deut. 12:5-6)

“What then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.” (1 Cor. 14:26)

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truthfulness.” (John 4:24)

Daily, we should labor on Christ to have a harvest of Christ's riches to bring to the church meetings for the corporate worship of God the Father. Christ will be exalted and glorified, and the Father will be pleased and satisfied. It is crucial that we diligently labor on Christ to have our hands full of Christ and then come to the church meetings to enjoy this rich and glorious Christ with God's children and with God the Father Himself.

Whenever we come to the Lord's table meeting to remember the Lord and worship the Father, we must come with the riches of Christ produced by our daily laboring on Christ. To worship God with Christ is to worship Him collectively with all the children of God by enjoying Christ with one another and with God. We need to produce enough of Christ so that there will be a surplus to share with others and to offer the best part of the produce to God the Father for His joy, delight, and satisfaction. (Laboring on the All-inclusive Christ Typified by the Good Land…, msg. 11, III.C-E, 1-2)

LA Family Bible Day

The church in Los Angeles will be hosting our first Family Bible Day this Saturday, June 22. This gathering will include a time for singing and storytelling, crafts, fun activities, and lunch at a park. Over 100 people have signed up! Please pray for:

  • The preparation and coordination of our gathering.
  • An increase in fellowship among all the families.
  • A sweet atmosphere for the children to get acquainted and to form friendships outside of the meetings.
  • All the children to realize that they are precious and to aspire to be precious to God.
  • The strengthening of the vision and care for the families and children across all the halls in LA.

FTTA Middle-age Training

The Fall 2024 term of the Middle-age Full-time Training in Anaheim (FTTA-MA) will be from September 9 to December 21. All classes are given in English, Chinese, Korean and Spanish and designed with a full year in view in two 15-week terms. Saints may also attend on a short-term basis.

Please pray for more saints in the Lord's recovery to seize this opportunity to be perfected. All applications must be received by the training office no later than August 20.

2024 Olympics Torch Relay Gospel Trips

Following what it considered to be disastrous EU election results, the French government called a snap election for parliament just two weeks before the Olympic Games. Aside from this political upheaval, there have also been terrorist threats to the opening of the games. Please pray for:

  • The whole situation in France—from the election to the safety concerns—that the Lord would have a way to move in the hearts of the people during this time.
  • The Lord's blessing and protection on the saints from different countries going to serve, and for their blending together to serve as in a heavenly team in one accord without opinions. The next Torch Relay trip starts on June 24 in Strasbourg.
  • The follow-up shepherding of contacts from Lille and TR1–6 (Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Caen, Rennes, and Nantes), including a weekly Zoom seminar, through the coordination of both local and overseas saints.
  • More saints to apply for OL3–5 trips (starting August 10, 20, and 31, respectively).

For the saints' awareness and prayer, the following detailed reports and testimonies are available:

Botswana

Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. The church life there began in 2014 with four faithful sisters who had touched the ministry through Europe and began practicing the church life and entering into the ministry publications. Currently, of the 19 saints, only 7 are meeting regularly. Most of the saints are located in the capital city, Gaborone, while 4 saints are scattered around the country. Six saints have graduated from FTT Pretoria; two brothers are learning to bear responsibility.

From 2022 to 2023, fifty university students who had met the saints while studying abroad in Israel returned to Botswana; out of the 10 students we were able to have fellowship with, at least 4 are positive. Through our labour at the University of Botswana, we have another 5 positive students. There are also families and sons of peace in the community under the care and shepherding of the saints.

This weekend, June 22 to 23, the seventh annual Botswana Blending Conference will take place. with 80 to 100 saints from Southern Africa are expected to attend.

Please pray for:

  • The Lord to establish a lampstand in Gaborone.
  • The care and shepherding of many dear ones not currently meeting, that the Lord would heal any wounds and restore the joy of their salvation.
  • The Lord's bountiful supply and wisdom to the saints caring for their gospel contacts.
  • This weekend's blending conference, that Lord would use it to gain Botswana for Himself; pray for some who were invited to be released in every way and hear the gospel of the kingdom.
  • The migration of families to strengthen the Lord's move in Botswana, along with much visitation and blending with neighboring nations.
  • The Lord to raise up the proper eldership and add to the brothers in Gaborone.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 11 of Laboring on the All-inclusive Christ Typified by the Good Land…
  2. Wednesday Night Ministry Meeting: The ministry meeting continues this week starting at 7:25 pm.
  3. Bibles for America's newest blog post, “Jesus the Lamb of God,” is available at blog.bfa.org.
  4. Free e-Booklets: Living Stream Ministry offers free e-booklets to read and share. The latest release is “Paul's Secret of Sufficiency in Christ” at www.lsm.org/life-study-philippians.
  5. Memorial Day Conference: Saints are encouraged to watch or listen to the archived messages, available at no charge until June 26 at www.lsmwebcast.com.
  6. Living to Him: A recording of the working saints gathering at the recent Memorial Day Conference in Bellevue is available at youtu.be/u5fRTZ5LrrQ. The fellowship focused on the actual carrying out of the God-ordained way, especially in the practice of the vital groups and shepherding.
  7. The LA Years: Chapter 5: Publications to Reach the Seekers is now available at www.layears.org, an oral history project documenting the early years of the church life in LA from 1958–1974, including written history, photos, and first-hand accounts.
  8. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

 
 
 


Week of June 9

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Walking in the Corporate Christ

“As therefore you have received the Christ, Jesus the Lord, walk in Him.” (Col. 2:6)

“For even as the body is one and has many members, yet all the members of the body, being many, are one body, so also is the Christ.” (1 Cor. 12:12)

[In Colossians 2:6] the One in whom we need to walk is the incorporated God. To receive Christ is to receive the Body-Christ, because Christ today is a corporate Body (1 Cor. 12:12). We need to receive this Christ. (CWWL, 1973-1974, vol. 1, “The Vision and Experience of the Corporate Christ,” p. 496)

It makes a great difference in our Christian life to walk in the corporate Christ. Most Christians today have been robbed of the riches of Christ. Most are spiritually poor and weak simply because they care only for Christ and not for the church.

Many of us in the Lord's recovery can testify that since the day we came into the church and began to care for the church, there has been a great difference in our spiritual life. We have the inner sense that we are rich. Everyone in the church is a spiritual billionaire; we are all rich.

In the meetings of the church every member of the Body has a portion of Christ. For this reason, we each need to open our mouth to release the riches of Christ within us. We all need to share our portion of Christ and enjoy the portion of others. (CWWL, 1973-1974, vol. 1, “The Vision and Experience of the Corporate Christ,” pp. 496-497, 490-491)

Semiannual Video Training Registrations

The general subject of the upcoming July Semiannual Training is “Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ (1).” For saints in Los Angeles, the firm registration deadline to participate in this training by video is this Lord's Day, June 16 ($130). Register at tinyurl.com/summertrainingla.

Please pray for the release and receiving of the Lord's speaking in this training. May the Lord grant us to treasure these trainings and seize every opportunity to attend them not only to see the intrinsic essence of the divine revelation but also to serve as a proper audience for the unhindered release of the crystals in the Word of God. (For more fellowship on the history and significance of the semiannual trainings, see the April 2022 issue of "Having This Ministry…")

LA YP Summer Kick-off

This Saturday, June 15, there will be an LA YP Summer Kick-off gathering that will include time at a park, lunch, meeting, fellowship and dessert. We hope many of the young people in LA will be free to join all or part of the time. Our burden is that this time will provide some strong momentum and blending among our young people ahead of next month's LA Truth School (July 27 to August 3).

Please pray for the preparations for this Saturday, the availability of the young people, and an encouraging atmosphere. May the Lord bless this time with His living word!

Lord, Move Onward in Europe

From June 6 to 9, citizens in the 27 European Union nations voted to select the 720 members of the European Parliament. The new parliament will shape the direction of the European Union for five years on various matters. Politics in Europe will have a big role in preparing the world for antichrist to rise up and for the Lord's return. Let us release in prayer on earth the Lord's will in heaven to move Europe in the direction He desires.

Following these elections, the President of France suddenly set French national parliamentary elections for the end of June. Petition the Lord that nothing in French politics will hinder His current move in the gospel and in raising up new churches.

2024 Olympics Torch Relay Gospel Trips

Currently, the Torch Relay (TR) trips are paused for two weeks while the torch travels to overseas French territories. The seventh trip will start on June 24 in Strasbourg.

Before the start of the official TR trips, and concurrent with some of them, the Russian-speaking trainees from FTTM-XW (Warsaw Extension in Poland) were sent to Lille in northern France, near the border with Belgium, on three separate trips (April 8 to 15, May 11 to 18, and June 1 to 8). In addition to Lille being the location of our distribution warehouse, this region also has some Russian-speaking saints.

The goal of these trips was to till the soil, preparing the ground for the next stage, to strengthen the testimony there, and to encourage and refresh the local saints. More than 2,400 NTs were distributed and many contacts were made. The saints testified, “Our concept about French people being very closed was completely broken. We were so impressed by their openness, especially the young people, some were literally running to the table.” Hallelujah!

Please pray for:

  • A lampstand to be raised up in Lille and a strong testimony in this city.
  • Communications with the French authorities, that there would be no hindrances to the Lord's move.
  • The follow-up shepherding of contacts from Lille and TR1–6 (Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Caen, Rennes, and Nantes), including a weekly Zoom seminar, through the coordination of both local and overseas saints.

For the saints' awareness and prayer, the following detailed reports and testimonies are available:

More information is at www.amanatrust.org.uk/page/2024Paris. Saints in LA burdened to give for the distribution can do so through the Church in Los Angeles designated for “Paris Olympics.”

Ramenskoye Meeting Hall

When the Lord's recovery came to the Russian-speaking world, the Lord raised up a group of Christians in Ramenskoye, about 20 miles from Moscow, to take the way of the recovery and become one of the first churches in Russia. Later, the saints in Ramenskoye obtained a plot of land on which the work in Russia, through the giving of the saints mainly in the United States, built a blending facility to serve the needs of the churches in the Russian-speaking world. All these years the church in Ramenskoye has been meeting in this facility without a meeting hall of their own. The brothers in Russia all feel that it would be beneficial if the church in Ramenskoye could have its own meeting hall and the blending facility be used exclusively for the Lord's work in Russia.

A few years ago a plot of land next to the blending facility was purchased for the church there. The co-workers feel that it is now the right time to build a meeting hall on that land. The estimated construction cost is about $500,000. Saints in LA burdened to offer toward this need may do so through the Church in Los Angeles designated for “Ramenskoye Meeting Hall.”

Azerbaijan

Pray for the saints who will join a short-term training in Moscow that their eyes can be opened to see the vision of the church, renew their consecration, and serve the Lord together.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 10 of Laboring on the All-inclusive Christ Typified by the Good Land…
  2. Wednesday Night Ministry Meeting: The ministry meeting continues this week starting at 7:25 pm.
  3. Memorial Day Conference: Saints are encouraged to watch or listen to the archived messages, available at no charge until June 26 at www.lsmwebcast.com.
  4. Living to Him: A recording of the working saints gathering at the recent Memorial Day Conference in Bellevue is available at youtu.be/u5fRTZ5LrrQ. The fellowship focused on the actual carrying out of the God-ordained way, especially in the practice of the vital groups and shepherding.
  5. Semiannual Training: July 1 to 6 in Anaheim. The general subject is “Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ (1).” For LA saints, registration for participation by video is still open until June 16 ($130) at tinyurl.com/summertrainingla.
  6. Bibles for America's most recent blog post, “Jesus Sympathizes with Us in All Things,” is available to read and share at blog.bfa.org.
  7. The LA Years: Chapter 5: Publications to Reach the Seekers is now available at www.layears.org, an oral history project documenting the early years of the church life in LA from 1958–1974, including written history, photos, and first-hand accounts.
  8. Free e-Booklets: Living Stream Ministry offers free e-booklets to read and share. The latest release is “A Life That Lives Christ” at www.lsm.org/life-study-philippians.
  9. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

Week of June 2

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Concentrating on Christ for the Maturity in Life

“Whom we announce, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom that we may present every man full-grown in Christ.” (Col. 1:28)

“Seeing that His divine power has granted to us all things which relate to life and godliness, through the full knowledge of Him who has called us by His own glory and virtue.” (2 Pet. 1:3)

If we see the vision of the all-inclusiveness and extensiveness of Christ, we will concentrate our whole being on this Christ, and He will fill and saturate us. To us to live will be the Christ who takes possession of us and fills and occupies us with Himself. To be full-grown in Christ is to be filled, saturated, and permeated with Christ. This is the growth in life and the maturity in life, the issue of experiencing the Christ revealed in Colossians.

Life is within, enabling us to live, and godliness is without as the outward expression of the inward life. Life is the inward energy, the inward strength, to bring forth the outward godliness, which leads to and results in glory. Eventually, we will have the full development and maturity in life from the seed of faith, through the roots of virtue and knowledge, the trunk of self-control, and the branches of endurance and godliness, to the blossom and the fruit of brotherly love and love. (Laboring on the All-inclusive Christ Typified By the Good Land…, msg. 9, I.C.2, b, 3, b; V.A.1-2, C)

May we all concentrate our whole being on the all-inclusive Christ that He might bring us to the maturity in life and express Him in godliness and love.

Bibles for America

So far this year, Bibles for America has sent out over 65,000 free copies of the NT Recovery Version to people throughout the United States. Please pray that everyone who receives a copy would be helped to understand and experience the riches in God's Word. Pray that the recipients would grow in their faith and develop a taste for the ministry of life.

2024 Olympics Torch Relay Gospel Trips

Gospel trips to distribute the NT Recovery Version during the 2024 Paris Olympics began on May 6 and will continue until September 9. We praise and thank the Lord for an unprecedented openness and hunger among the French people. This openness is surely due—on heaven's side—to God's desire and—on earth's side—to the prayers of the saints in churches around the globe. The goal of these trips is to raise up lampstands in more French-speaking cities, so following up with contacts will be critical.

The sixth gospel trip is currently underway from May 31 to June 8 in two cities in the northwest of France—Rennes and Nantes. After a two-week pause while the torch travels to overseas French territories, the seventh trip will start June 24 in Strasbourg.

Please continue to pray for:

  • The fresh and detailed consecrations of all the saints going out, as well as their health and safety.
  • Local French speakers and their families, as a result of meeting us and speaking with us, to have a powerful hunger and desire to seek after God in His Word and pursue Him with those who call on Him out of a pure heart.
  • The follow-up shepherding of contacts from TR1–5 (Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse, Bordeaux, and Caen), including a weekly Zoom seminar, through the coordination of both local and overseas saints.
  • The Lord to continue casting “fire” on French-speaking Europe and have His way for His testimony.
  • The Lord to thrust out the workers to labor with Him in France, not only during these gospel trips, but also afterwards.

For the saints' awareness and prayer, the following reports and testimonies are available:

More information is at www.amanatrust.org.uk/page/2024Paris. Saints in LA burdened to give for the distribution can do so through the Church in Los Angeles designated for “Paris Olympics.”

FTTL

The graduation of the Full-time Training in London's spring semester will take place at Bower House this Saturday, June 8. Please pray for the graduating trainees—whether they serve, work, or study—to continue in the things that they have learned and been assured of during their two years in the training.

Ramenskoye Meeting Hall

When the Lord's recovery came to the Russian-speaking world, the Lord raised up a group of Christians in Ramenskoye, about 20 miles from Moscow, to take the way of the recovery and become one of the first churches in Russia. Since the saints in Ramenskoye had been registered with the government since 1968, this registration allowed the churches in Russia to gain a solid legal standing. Later, the saints in Ramenskoye obtained a plot of land on which the work in Russia, through the giving of the saints mainly in the United States, built a blending facility to serve the needs of the churches in the Russian-speaking world. All the conferences, trainings, and blending meetings in Russia take place in that facility. The brothers and sisters in Ramenskoye also serve there in a practical way.

All these years the church in Ramenskoye has been meeting in the blending facility without a meeting hall of their own. The brothers in Russia all feel that it would be beneficial if the church in Ramenskoye could have its own meeting hall and the blending facility be used exclusively for the Lord's work in Russia. A few years ago a plot of land next to the blending facility was purchased for the church in Ramenskoye. The co-workers feel that it is the right time to build a meeting hall there. The estimated construction cost is about $500,000.

Saints in LA burdened to offer toward this need may do so through the Church in Los Angeles designated for “Ramenskoye Meeting Hall.”

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 9 of Laboring on the All-inclusive Christ Typified by the Good Land…
  2. Wednesday Night Ministry Meeting: The ministry meeting continues this week starting at 7:25 pm.
  3. Memorial Day Conference: Saints are encouraged to watch or listen to the archived messages, available at no charge until June 26 at www.lsmwebcast.com.
  4. Living to Him: A recording of the working saints gathering at the recent Memorial Day Conference in Bellevue is available at youtu.be/u5fRTZ5LrrQ. The fellowship focused on the actual carrying out of the God-ordained way, especially in the practice of the vital groups and shepherding.
  5. Semiannual Training: July 1 to 6 in Anaheim. The general subject is “Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ (1).” For LA saints, registration for participation by video is still open until June 16 ($130) at tinyurl.com/summertrainingla.
  6. Bibles for America's most recent blog post, “Jesus Sympathizes with Us in All Things,” is available to read and share at blog.bfa.org.
  7. The LA Years: Chapter 5: Publications to Reach the Seekers is now available at www.layears.org, an oral history project documenting the early years of the church life in LA from 1958–1974, including written history, photos, and first-hand accounts.
  8. Free e-Booklets: Living Stream Ministry offers free e-booklets to read and share. The latest release is “A Life That Lives Christ” at www.lsm.org/life-study-philippians.
  9. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

 
 
 


Week of May 26

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Taking Time to Absorb Christ

“Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light.” (Col. 1:12)

“Having been rooted and being built up in Him…” (Col. 2:7)

Colossians 2:6-7 reveals that Christ as the good land, a land in which we do not lack anything, is the rich soil in which we have been rooted so that we may grow with the elements that we absorb from the soil. Day by day we need to take time to absorb Christ, the One into whom we have been planted; we must take time to enjoy the Lord as the all-inclusive land so that all the elements of Christ as the rich soil may be absorbed into us for us to be made full in Him in our experience. We need to forget our situation, our condition, our failures, and our weaknesses and simply take time to absorb the Lord.

As we take time to absorb Him, we grow with the growth of God in us for the building up of the Body of Christ. Our contact with the Lord should not be rushed; we must exercise our spirit to stay in the Lord's presence to absorb Him; we must spend more time to absorb the Lord—to adore Him, to praise Him, to offer thanks to Him, and to speak to Him freely. The growth of the Body depends on the growth of God, the increase of God, within us in a very subjective way; the growth of the Body is the growth of God's building; the actual building of the church is by the believers' growth in life. (Laboring on the All-inclusive Christ Typified By the Good Land…, msg. 8, II, B, 2; C, D)

The Christian Life

The Christian life is a life of living Christ; our living should be Christ, and the way to live Christ is to love Christ. We can live Christ by loving Christ to the uttermost; if we do not love Christ, we cannot live Him, and loving Him is the best way to concentrate our entire being on Him. The Christian life is a life of loving God and loving one another with God Himself as our love; Christ lived in this world a life of God as love, and He is now our life that we may live the same life of love in this world and be the same as He is in His lost-one-seeking and sinner-saving ministry journey.

In order to live the Christian life, we need to enjoy the flow of life out of the house of God. Our enjoyment of Christ as the flow of life is for us to be sowers, planters, waterers, begetters, feeders, and builders with the ministry of life for the marvelous organic building of God, the magnificent house of God. (Memorial Day Conference, msg. 1, I, A, E; msg. 5, I, II)

Please pray for the advance of the Lord's recovery based on His speaking in the Memorial Day Conference, that the burden released in the messages would be worked into and worked out through the saints in all the churches. Praise the Lord for His rich speaking!

The conference messages may still be accessed at no charge until June 26 at www.lsmwebcast.com.

UCLA Celebration Meeting

This Friday, May 31, we are having a special celebration meeting for our students at UCLA and nearby colleges along with the Hall 5 saints. This will be a joyous opportunity for students to share their top experiences of Christ from this past academic year, including a particular emphasis and recognition of the graduating seniors. Please pray for:

  • The Lord to gather our students together, including any ones who were new with us this past year.
  • The loving, Spirit-filled atmosphere to cherish everyone there, especially the graduating seniors who will be finishing their undergraduate careers.
  • The rich overflow of Christ through testimonies from all the students that would bring glory to the Lord for all that He has done.

FTTA

The deadline for Fall Term applications is this Friday, May 31. We are continuing to pray and trust in the Lord for His blessing on many young saints through the Full-time Training in Anaheim. In light of this week's deadline, please pray that the Lord would touch and lead many more college graduates and young working saints, especially from the United States and Canada, to consecrate themselves and apply to the FTTA. We expect that the Lord will increase the number in the Training through such prayers.

2024 Olympics Torch Relay Gospel Trips

We thank the Lord for a strong beginning to these gospel trips. So far, we have been amazed at the unprecedented openness and hunger among the French people. Since the goal of these trips is eventually to raise up lampstands in more French-speaking cities, following up with all the new contacts will be critical.

This week, the fifth and sixth gospel trips are taking place, respectively, May 25 to 31 in Caen and May 31 to June 8 in Rennes and Nantes. May the Lord continue to cast “fire” on French-speaking Europe and have His way there for His testimony!

Please pray for:

  • The fresh and detailed consecrations of all the saints going out, as well as their health and safety.
  • Local French speakers and their families, as a result of meeting us and speaking with us, to have a powerful hunger and desire to seek after God in His Word and pursue Him with those who call on Him out of a pure heart.
  • The follow-up shepherding of contacts from Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse, and Bordeaux, including an ongoing series of Zoom seminars, through the coordination of both local and overseas saints.
  • The Lord to thrust out the workers to labor with Him in France, not only during these gospel trips, but especially afterwards.

A compilation of reports and testimonies from the first four trips for the saints' awareness and prayer is available at www.lordsmove.org/pdfs/FranceTorchRelayReports-27May2024.pdf. Application information is at www.amanatrust.org.uk/page/2024Paris. Saints in LA burdened to give for the distribution and associated expenses can do so through the Church in Los Angeles designated for “Paris Olympics.”

Cambodia

Pray for the new believers who were saved in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Battambang in April to be remaining fruits and building materials.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 8 of Laboring on the All-inclusive Christ Typified by the Good Land…
  2. Wednesday Night Ministry Meeting: The ministry meeting resumes this week starting at 7:25 pm.
  3. Semiannual Training: July 1 to 6 in Anaheim. For LA saints, registration for participation by video is still open until June 16 ($130) at tinyurl.com/summertrainingla.
  4. Bibles for America's most recent blog post, “Jesus Sympathizes with Us in All Things,” is available to read and share at blog.bfa.org.
  5. The LA Years: Chapter 5: Publications to Reach the Seekers is now available at www.layears.org, an oral history project documenting the early years of the church life in LA from 1958–1974, including written history, photos, and first-hand accounts.
  6. Free e-Booklets: Living Stream Ministry offers free e-booklets to read and share. The latest release is “A Life That Lives Christ” at www.lsm.org/life-study-philippians.
  7. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

 
 
 


Week of May 19

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Knowing the Ascension

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little inferior to the angels because of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor…” (Heb. 2:9)

“And what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe…And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church, which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.” (Eph. 1:19a, 22-23)

What God gave Christ to be is to the church; it is transmitted to the church. The church shares it. This corresponds to the word His power toward us in Ephesians 1:19. The phrase toward us is a key, for it also indicates a transmission.

Man condemned Christ and sentenced Him to death. But God came in to raise Him up, to seat Him in the heavens, to subject all things under His feet, and to give Him to be the Head over all things.

The best translation of the second part of Ephesians 1:22 is: “gave Him to be Head over all things to the church.” If Paul had concluded Ephesians 1 by saying that God gave Christ to be Head over all things, Christ's ascension would not have anything to do with the church. Paul, however, added the important phrase to the church…Whatever Christ, the Head, has attained and obtained is transmitted to the church, His Body.

The church should continually receive this transmission. Electricity may be installed in a building once for all, but the transmission of electricity takes place continually. Likewise, God raised up Christ, seated Him in the heavens, put everything under His feet, and gave Him the great gift of being the Head over all things. Now whatever Christ is in His ascension is being transmitted into the church. This is the continual transmission into the church of the ascended Christ with the full significance of His ascension. (Life-study of Luke, 2nd ed., pp. 646, 649-650)

International Memorial Day Blending Conference

The 2024 International Memorial Day Blending Conference will take place this weekend in Bellevue, Washington. The general subject is “The Christian Life.” All the saints are invited and encouraged to participate in person or by webcast. Living Stream Ministry will broadcast the conference messages according to the live schedule; a few hours after the message is given, the video will be in the archives.

All information, schedules and outlines are now posted at conf.lsmwebcast.com. The live broadcast schedule is as follows:

Message 1: Friday, May 24     7:25 pm
Message 2: Saturday, May 25     9:55 am
Message 3: Saturday, May 25     7:25 pm
Message 4: Lord's Day, May 26   9:55 am
Message 5: Lord's Day, May 26   7:25 pm
Message 6: Monday, May 27     9:55 am

Please pray for the release of the Lord's up-to-date speaking to His recovery and for the blending of the entire recovery in that speaking. May all the churches and all the saints prepare for this upcoming time of ministry and sanctify these days for the hearing of faith among us. May this conference turn out to be a real memorial among us to the shame of God's enemy and to the glory of God's grace!

FTTA

The deadline for Fall Term applications is next Friday, May 31. We are continuing to pray and trust in the Lord for His blessing on many young saints through the Full-time Training in Anaheim. In light of this week's deadline, please pray that the Lord would touch and lead many more college graduates and young working saints to consecrate themselves and apply to FTTA. We expect that the Lord will increase the number in the Training through such prayers.

2024 Olympics Torch Relay Gospel Trips

During the Olympic Torch Relay we are preparing to till the ground in many major cities along the route of the relay. We pray that during this time, Christ's triumphal procession will move from city to city all over France (2 Cor. 2:14). Since the goal of these trips is eventually to raise up lampstands in more French-speaking cities, following up with all the new contacts will be critical. This week, the fourth and fifth gospel trips are taking place, respectively, May 20 to 25 in Bordeaux and May 25 to 31 in Caen.

Please pray for:

  • The fresh and detailed consecrations of all the saints going out.
  • The Lord's casting “fire” on French-speaking Europe.
  • Many divine appointments to take place for the Lord to gain local French speakers and their families.
  • The Lord's testimony in Bordeaux to be strengthened and a lampstand in Caen to be raised up.
  • The follow-up care of contacts from Marseille, Montpellier, and Toulouse, including a series of Zoom seminars beginning this weekend.

The May 2024 issue of LSM's newsletter features a report from the FTTA-XB Gospel Trip to Marseille and Montpellier at newsletters.lsm.org/having-this-ministry. More information is at www.amanatrust.org.uk/page/2024Paris. Saints in LA burdened to give for the distribution and associated expenses can do so through the Church in Los Angeles designated for “Paris Olympics.”

Ukraine

Pray that the Lord will protect the tripartite being of all the saints and will rule in the heavens over every aspect of this conflict so that the result will advance His economy on earth.

Israel

Please continue to pray for the situation in Israel and the Middle East, that through the prayers of the saints the evil rulers and authorities in the air, and the human agents used by them, will be bound, and God's interests will be furthered and His chosen ones preserved.

Pray that God will use the situation to cause the gospel of the kingdom to be proclaimed, and that many people, regardless of ethnicity, religion or background, will be unveiled to see Christ as the Savior and the only way to God.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 7 of Laboring on the All-inclusive Christ Typified by the Good Land
  2. No Wednesday Night Ministry Meeting: There is no ministry meeting this week due to preparations for Memorial Day Conference. The meeting will resume next week, May 29.
  3. Free e-Booklets: Living Stream Ministry offers free e-booklets to read and share. The latest release is “A Life That Lives Christ” at www.lsm.org/life-study-philippians.
  4. Bibles for America's most recent blog post, The Crucial Role of Our Mind in Our Christian Life, is available to read and share at blog.bfa.org.
  5. Semiannual Training: July 1 to 6 in Anaheim. For LA saints, registration for participation by video is still open until June 16 ($130) at tinyurl.com/summertrainingla.
  6. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.