Prayer, Week of August 1

[View as PDF]

Bringing the Lord Back by Becoming Pillars

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

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

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

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

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

FTTA Middle-Age Training

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

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

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

Full-time Training in Anaheim

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

India – FTTND

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

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

European YP Conference

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

Announcements

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

Prayer, Week of July 25

[View as PDF]

Blending for the Reality of the Body of Christ

"…But God has blended the body together, giving more abundant honor to the member that lacked, that there would be no division in the body, but that the members would have the same care for one another." (1 Cor. 12:24-25)

The word blended means "adjusted," "harmonized," "tempered," and "mingled," implying the losing of distinctions. In order to be blended for the reality of the Body of Christ, we have to go through the cross and be by the Spirit to dispense Christ to others for the building up of the Body of Christ. Such a blending is not social but the blending of the very Christ whom the individual members, the district churches, the co-workers, and the elders enjoy, experience, and partake of.

The purpose of the blending is to usher us all into the reality of the Body of Christ. We need to be in the local churches as the procedure to be brought into the reality of the Body of Christ as the goal. The blending is for the building up of the universal Body of Christ to consummate the New Jerusalem as the final goal of God's economy according to His good pleasure. (Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life, msg. 7, IV, IV.A, D, E.1, 5)

North America College Training

Thank you, saints, for all of you prayers for the College Training! We had more than 90 saints from LA participate. The Lord truly blessed this training and spoke some special and timely words to us. Please pray that the students would begin right away to enter into the reality of what the Lord spoke to them.

During the training, we were also able to spend time with some of our incoming UCLA freshmen. Please pray that they would continue to be built in with us during these summer months.

Lastly, pray that our brand new Southern California College Students podcast, Discovering Christ, would be a source of nourishment to many students this summer, including new incoming freshmen.

North America Chinese-speaking Saints Perfecting Training

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

  1. All the trainees to open their whole being to the Lord for the burden to be released and received.
  2. The trainees to be perfected in truth, life, gospel, and service unto the work of the ministry, unto the building up of the Body of Christ.

Bibles for America

In the fall of 2020, BfA purchased a new shipment of Bibles. The first installment of this order, which included 125,000 copies of the NT Recovery Version—100,000 in English and 25,000 in Spanish—arrived at our distribution center in Anaheim at the end of June.

Please pray for the thousands of people who will be ordering these English and Spanish Bibles. Pray that once they receive a Bible, they would read it with an open heart and be enlightened, encouraged, and nourished by the riches in God's Word.

European YP Conference

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

Lord's Move to Europe

A recent report on the Lord's move in Europe in video and written form was made available during the July Semiannual Training. This report can be found at http://amanatrust.org.uk/page/reports. An earlier report from different areas across Europe written in May 2021 is available on the same web page. Please do not download the video report.

Please continue to pray that the Lord will gain a prevailing testimony of the one new man, His Body, in every major city in Europe for His coming back.

Bangladesh

Pray for the translation of the NT Recovery Version into Bengali to be completed in five years and for the translators to be strengthened to have a proper understanding for translation.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 7 of Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life (ITERO). After next week, starting August 9, we begin Knowing the Truth, Being Absolute for the Truth, and Proclaiming the Truth in the Present Evil Age (Memorial Day Conference).
  2. FTTA Middle-Age Training: The FTTA-MA 2021 fall semester will begin on August 30. Registration is open. The application deadline is August 10. For details, visit http://fttamidage.org.
  3. A Timely Speaking of Supply: Each week Living Stream Ministry posts a free video from messages given by Brother Lee at http://lsm.org/timely-speaking.html.
  4. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

Prayer, Week of July 18

[View as PDF]

Denying Our Natural Disposition for Growth and Usefulness

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

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

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

Lord, Go Forth to Conquer Through Us

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

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

North America College Training

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

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

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

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

North America Chinese-speaking Saints Perfecting Training

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

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

Full-time Training in Anaheim

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

Nordic-Baltic Online Conference

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

Durban, South Africa

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

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

Announcements

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

Appendix

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

Dear saints,

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

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

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

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

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

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

The brothers in the church in Durban


Prayer, Week of July 11

[View as PDF]

Praying Together in One Accord

"Again, truly I say to you that if two of you are in harmony on earth concerning any matter for which they ask, it will be done for them from My Father who is in the heavens." (Matt. 18:19)

"These all continued steadfastly with one accord in prayer…" (Acts 1:14a)

In Matt. 18:19 the Lord spoke of two praying together on earth in harmony, in one accord. That was His leading, His training, and His directing us to pray in one accord. As a test of whether we are practicing the oneness or not, we may check to see whether there is one accord in our prayer meeting.

To say Amen in response to others' prayer is a practice taught by Paul in 1 Corinthians. In 14:16 Paul says that we need to pray in such a way that others can say Amen. If there are no Amens to indicate our one accord, we should not expect that our prayer will be heard. If only two on earth pray in one accord, their prayer will be answered. The one accord is the practice, the application, of the oneness, and the oneness is the basis on which we practice the one accord. (CWWL, 1989, vol. 4, "Elders' Training, Book 10: The Eldership and the God-ordained Way (2)," pp. 371-372)

Gaining, Possessing, and Experiencing More of Christ for Christ

"…Now then arise, and cross over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, to the children of Israel." (Josh. 1:2)

Our need today is to gain more of Christ, to possess more of Christ, and to experience more of Christ. Our gaining, possessing, and experiencing Christ will make Him real to us. This is not only for our enjoyment but also for Christ to be what He should be. At present, the Christ among us is much less than the Christ in the heavens. The Christ among us is different from the Christ in the heavens. This means that among us Christ is not yet what He should be.

We today need to take and possess the land for Christ. We need to gain Christ for Christ. If we do this, we will do Christ a favor. However, if we go on living a routine Christian life and church life, we will not be able to gain the land for Christ. For this, God needs some overcomers. (Life-study of Joshua, msg. 6)

Pray that the Lord's speaking in the recent Crystallization-study of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth would operate in us through our musing and laboring on the Word. Pray that through this training the Lord will gain a people in His recovery who are one with Him to possess Him as their God-promised good land and who are the proper persons to bring Him forth to meet today's need of both God and men.

FTTL

Starting from this upcoming term of the Full-time Training in London, non-UK residents will be attending the training via a two-year visa designed for people attending a residential Christian community. Over the coming two weeks young people from different countries will be making their applications. Please pray that the Lord's hand would be with each application and that each trainee would successfully receive their visa for the sake of the Lord's move in Europe.

Indonesia

Indonesia, the world's fourth-most populous country, is currently experiencing a devastating wave of coronavirus cases. More than 850 of our saints have been infected, 8 of whom have passed away, and over 150 have recovered. We have also witnessed the churches fellowshipping and praying more fervently in one accord, and the saints have been offering themselves selflessly to care for the sick saints.

We hope that the churches all over the earth can stand one with us in prayer. Pray for the safety of all our saints who have been infected, for the spread of the virus to be contained, for the saints to be strengthened into their inner man, and for the Lord to gain what He is after.

Please refer to the Appendix below for the full letter of fellowship from the brothers in Jakarta on behalf of the churches in Indonesia regarding the current situation there.

Lord's Move to Africa

The June 2021 newsletter of the Lord's Move to Africa reports on how the Lord is strengthening His testimony in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. We thank the Lord that the restrictions from the pandemic have gradually been lifted, and the Lord is now able to move unhindered.

This issue is available to download in English and Chinese at http://www.lmafrica.org.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 5 of Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life (ITERO).
  2. FTTA and FTTA-XB virtual graduation videos may be viewed for a limited time at http://www.ftta.org.
  3. Ways to Give: Information about the church's online giving platform, Subsplash, and where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

 

Appendix

A LETTER OF FELLOWSHIP FROM THE CHURCHES IN INDONESIA

Dear saints in churches in the US,

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the frailty and the uncertainty of our human existence, while at the same time it has afforded us the opportunity to enter into the practical application of the reality of the Body of Christ.

As of July 10, 2021, the number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in Indonesia is 2,491,006, with an increase of 35,094 new cases from the previous day. With the rest of the nation and the region, we have been reeling in the past two months with the swift turn of events as we assist hundreds of saints who have been infected with the virus to have access to limited medicines, hospital beds, and timely medical treatment.

As for today, more than 850 of our saints, their families, and their gospel contacts, mostly in Jakarta, have been infected, and 8 saints have passed away, while more than 150 saints have recovered. As we are feeling the sorrow of those who have lost a loved one and the worry of those who are currently sick, we have also witnessed the churches fellowshipping and praying more fervently in one accord, and the saints have been offering themselves selflessly to care for the sick saints.

On the practical side, the serving ones are daily coordinating with the saints in all localities to assist the infected ones in finding resources for medicines and treatment. The leading brothers in the churches are also calling all the saints to rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and persevere in prayer through shepherding one another. We believe that through this pandemic we can practice to love one another, to allow Christ to make His home our hearts, and to have a substantial expression of the Body in the church for the spreading of the gospel and the truth.

Although we are many, we are one Body in Christ, and the sufferings of the members of the Body is our suffering. With this pandemic, we are reminded that no one is safe unless everyone is safe, and the same holds true for our church life. We hope that the churches all over the earth can stand one with us in prayer. Please pray for the safety of all our saints who have been infected with the virus, for the spread of the virus to be contained, for the saints to be strengthened into their inner man, and for the Lord to gain what He is after.

Your brothers in the church in Jakarta
On behalf of the churches in Indonesia

 


Prayer, Week of July 4

[View as PDF]

Semiannual Training

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

Persevering in Prayer

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

Bibles for America

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

GTCA Cities

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

European YP Conference

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

Announcements

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

Prayer, Week of June 27

[View as PDF]

The Divine Authority in the Church

"Immediately I was in spirit; and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and upon the throne there was One sitting." (Rev. 4:2)

"And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street." (Rev. 22:1)

There is a divine government in the church life today, and this government comes from the throne of God and of the Lamb. The divine authority in the church is for God to dispense Himself into us as life, as the life supply, and as the all-sufficient grace. Only by submitting to the throne can we share in His all-sufficient source of the flowing grace.

We should never separate authority from grace or grace from authority. Grace and authority are one. Today the Lord Jesus does not reign merely with authority. He is reigning in the church, among the churches, and over all the churches through the flowing of His life as grace. (Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life, msg. 4, V, V.A, B.2.a, B.3)

Semiannual Training

The July Semiannual Training will be held online beginning next Monday, July 5. The books to be crystallized in this training are Joshua, Judges, and Ruth.

Ask the Lord to prepare all who have registered to be good listeners and absorbers of the word, and to participate as much as possible in study times. Pray that through this training the Lord will gain a people in His recovery who are one with Him to possess Him as their God-promised good land and who are the proper persons to bring Him forth to meet today's need of both God and men.

SoCal Chinese-speaking Gospel Meeting

The Southern California Chinese-speaking Gospel Meeting was held online last Saturday evening. The fellowship was on "An Unknown God" from Acts 17:23. At least 850 people attended, and we got immediate feedback from 17 gospel friends, 3 of whom expressed the desire to be baptized. Praise the Lord! Please pray for all the follow-ups.

FTTA

"Because out from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen" (Rom. 11:36). The virtual graduation for the FTTA Spring Class of 2021 is this Saturday, July 3 at 10:00 am, followed by a recognition of the FTTA-XB (Boston Extension) at 12:00 pm. The video links will be at http://www.ftta.org. Please pray for:

  1. The Lord's leading of all 90 FTTA trainees and 16 FTTA-XB trainees who are graduating to follow the Lamb wherever He may go.
  2. The Lord to increase our number by sending 120 first-term FTTA trainees to Anaheim and 20 FTTA-XB trainees to Boston for the Fall term.

FTTL

The graduation of the Full-time Training in London is also on Saturday, July 3. Praise the Lord that despite the pandemic, the training has been able to continue, and this term 22 trainees are graduating. Please pray for these ones to be useful, living functioning members of the body and at least 20 new first term trainees from the UK and Europe to begin next term.

Furthermore, Amana Trust is in the process of applying to become a sponsor for a new two-year, multi-trip visa which will be ideal for those from outside the UK and Ireland who would like to attend the FTTL. Please pray that Amana Trust would be granted this sponsorship status and that this could be processed in a timely way so the trainees can begin to use it for the coming term. Also pray that each individual trainee would be covered throughout their visa application process.

European YP Conference

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

Bangladesh

Please pray for:

  1. The translation work and more translators to be raised up to cooperate with the Lord to release His riches; also pray for the saints to redeem the time to enter into His riches and experience Him.
  2. The saints to establish a life of morning revival, prayer, Bible-reading and gospel preaching and become vital members in the church life.
  3. The spiritual atmosphere of the online perfecting meetings to be strengthened and for more saints to join this meeting and be perfected in truth.
  4. The release of visas for the overseas saints.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 4 of Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life (ITERO).
  2. North America Chinese-speaking Perfecting Training is online from July 24 to 31. Any interested saints from Los Angeles may register until July 11 at http://tinyurl.com/bd3ny3fc.
  3. Summer School of Truth concluded last weekend. Videos are posted at http://scyp.com/ssot2021.
  4. Holy Bible Recovery Version App is the official app from Living Stream Ministry that contains the Recovery Version of the Holy Bible in English with its enlightening footnotes, valuable cross-references, and useful charts and maps. For more information, go to http://www.lsm.org/rvapp.html.
  5. Living Stream Ministry has launched a digital newsletter called "Having This Ministry…" To learn more and subscribe, go to http://newsletters.lsm.org/having-this-ministry/index.html.
  6. FTTA Middle-Age Training is pleased to announce that the 2021 Fall semester begins on August 30. For details, visit http://fttamidage.org.
  7. Ways to Give: Information on setting up online giving through Subsplash, as well as where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

Prayer, Week of June 20

[View as PDF]

The Universal Fellowship of the Body of Christ

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

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

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

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

July Semiannual Training

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

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

California Summer School of Truth

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

Please continue to pray that:

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

SoCal Chinese-speaking Gospel Meeting

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

Please pray that:

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

North America Chinese-speaking Saints Perfecting Training

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

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

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

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

FTTA

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

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

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

European Parents Conference

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

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

Turkey

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

Announcements

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

Prayer, Week of June 13

[View as PDF]

Closely Following the Completed Vision of the Age

"Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision." (Acts 26:19)

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

The vision that the Lord has given to us in His present recovery is the all-inclusive vision of God's eternal economy with its ultimate consummation—the vision of the New Jerusalem. The totality of what the Bible reveals to us is the New Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem is the total composition of the entire revelation of the Bible.

Our living out the New Jerusalem is for us to become the New Jerusalem, and our working out the New Jerusalem is for us to build the New Jerusalem by the flowing Triune God. Every local church should be a miniature of the New Jerusalem, and every believer should be "a little New Jerusalem." Whatever is ascribed to the New Jerusalem should be both our corporate and personal experience.

The New Jerusalem is the embodiment of God's complete salvation with its judicial and organic aspects. As we experience each section of God's organic salvation, we go up level by level until we become beings in the New Jerusalem. (Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life, msg. 2, II.A-E)

Semiannual Video Training Registration

Saints in LA and Santa Clarita will participate in the 2021 July Semiannual Training by video training. The schedule is July 5 to 10 for English, Chinese, and Korean, and July 5 to 14 for Spanish. The firm registration deadline is Tuesday, June 15. Details are at http://tinyurl.com/summertrainingla.

This training will be a Crystallization-study of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. Please pray:

  1. For the Lord to motivate many saints to register so that God would gain a people according to His heart who would possess the good land and produce the divine inheritance for His return.
  2. For the saints to prepare themselves and exercise to maintain a high training atmosphere to receive the Lord's timely speaking.
  3. For the brothers who are pre-recording the messages that the Lord's burden will be fully released.

California Summer School of Truth

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

In Los Angeles, we have a few in-person activities to gather and be encouraged together. These gatherings are being announced and coordinated by the serving saints in the various halls.

Please pray that:

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

Bibles for America

BfA offers free copies of the NT Recovery Version in Spanish, along with 7 free e-books in Spanish available to download from our site.

We recently had a phone call with a Spanish-speaking Bible recipient. She was overjoyed with the NT Recovery Version and all the e-books, which she had already downloaded. She described the Recovery Version as "a jewel" and spoke at length about how easy it is to understand. She also particularly appreciated the application of God's Word found in the ministry books. She was so excited about the free offers from BfA that she is sharing them with her website subscribers and Facebook followers.

Please pray that many more Spanish-speaking believers would be led to the free materials available from BfA and be richly fed with the ministry of the age.

GTCA Cities – St. Louis, MO

A GTCA mini-conference this Saturday, June 19 will be held with the church in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference will cover the Lord's present move in the United States. Go to http://gtca.us for Zoom information as well as recordings of the previous two mini-conferences with Memphis and Cincinnati.

Bulgaria

We thank the Lord for His faithfulness and the provision in His Body that despite the pandemic, the saints were able to purchase a meeting hall near Sofia University and the saints' homes. Since then, the saints have been meeting almost daily via Zoom and in person at the meeting hall. The church in Sofia has also been participating in the seven annual feasts and other online events.

Last November, the ministry books distributed by Rhema became available in Bulgarian and were advertised online. Since then, the ministry of the age has reached hundreds of seeking ones. In addition to the seven Bulgarian LSM publications, which the local saints have been enjoying, there will be another 15 titles printed by the end of this summer.

Please pray for all the saints to be constituted with the ministry of the age and receive a governing vision of God's economy unto the organic building up of the church in Sofia and the Lord's testimony in Bulgaria. Pray for the Lord to build them together as the local expression of His universal Body through the corporate God-man living and the God-ordained way carried out by the vital groups for the accomplishment of His New Testament economy.

For more recent reports from Central and Eastern Europe, visit http://churchesceeb.org/2021-reports-en.

Myanmar

Please continue to pray for the saints to be covered, protected and preserved during this time of social unrest and pandemic.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 2 of Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life (ITERO).
  2. European Parents Conference will be a series of five online messages for parents and burdened saints, plus a special family meeting, June 25 to 27. For more information, visit http://epcconference.eu.
  3. Holy Bible Recovery Version App is the official app from Living Stream Ministry that contains the Recovery Version of the Holy Bible in English with its enlightening footnotes, valuable cross-references, and useful charts and maps. For more information, go to http://www.lsm.org/rvapp.html.
  4. Living Stream Ministry has launched a digital newsletter called "Having This Ministry…" To learn more and subscribe, go to http://newsletters.lsm.org/having-this-ministry/index.html.
  5. FTTA Middle-Age Training is pleased to announce that the 2021 Fall semester begins on August 30. For details, visit http://fttamidage.org.
  6. Ways to Give: Information on setting up online giving through Subsplash, as well as where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.

Prayer, Week of June 6

[View as PDF]

Cooperating with the Lord to Bring in a New Revival

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

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

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

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

California Summer School of Truth

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

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

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

Semiannual Video Training Registration

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

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

GTCA Cities – Columbia, SC

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

Gospel to All the Nations

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

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

Azerbaijan

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

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

Malawi

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

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

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

Announcements

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

Prayer, Week of May 30

[View as PDF]

Living and Active for the Spread of the Truth

"And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding that we might know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life." (1 John 5:20)

"For I rejoiced greatly at the brothers' coming and testifying to your steadfastness in the truth, even as you walk in truth." (3 John 3)

"Fight the good fight of the faith." (1 Tim. 6:12a)

To stand one with the victorious Christ in fighting against the devil, the father of lies (John 8:44), and for the consummation of the divine economy, we need to learn the divine truth, know the truth, love the truth, be constituted with the truth, apply the truth (firstly to ourselves), walk in the truth, testify the truth, fight for the truth, and be absolute for the way of the truth and for the propagation of the truth.

Lord, we are open to You and ready to pursue and absorb Your truth. Be merciful to us that our self would not hinder us. Impart more of Your truth into us, and be our boldness to speak Your truth and to be living and active for the spread of Your truth.

SSOT Teachers' Training

The California-wide Summer School of Truth from June 12 to 26 is a crucial time for our young people to be educated in and to develop a taste for the rich truths that we have inherited in the Lord's recovery. This Saturday, June 5, 10:00 to 11:30 am, we will have a corporate Teachers' Training for all the participating parents, serving ones, and college students.

Please pray for all those who attend this time to be filled with a fresh burden for the young people they are shepherding and for this year's SSOT.

National College Training

This year's National College Training for the US and Canada will be held July 21 to 25 as a hybrid online and in-person training. The schedule is designed so that those interning, working, or taking summer classes can still fully participate. The registration deadline is June 7.

Please pray that the Lord would lead many students, including newly-graduated high school seniors, to consecrate their summer to Him. May this generation respond to the Lord's call to rise up, bring wood, and build God's house today!

FTTA Middle-Age Training

The FTTA Middle-Age Training is pleased to announce that the 2021 Fall semester will begin on August 30. After a long recess due to the pandemic, we are looking to the Lord for a new beginning in the spirit of a fresh consecration and a renewed sense of the Lord's imminent return. We pray that the Lord will stir in the hearts of many saints to rise up to redeem the years that the locusts have eaten (Joel 2:25) and seize the opportunity to be trained. In the Middle-age Training, saints of different races, nationalities, and languages, come together to be perfected in an atmosphere of blending to usher in the reality of the Body of Christ for the one new man.

Please pray that many saints in the Lord's recovery between the ages of 35 and 65 will seize this opportunity to be perfected. The application deadline is August 10. For more details, visit http://fttamidage.org.

Bibles for America

BfA has fulfilled over 50,000 Bible orders so far in 2021. This is the largest number of orders we've ever shipped out during the period of January to May. Despite the many restrictions resulting from the pandemic, by the Lord's mercy we've been able to meet this growing demand for Bibles.

As we look to the Lord regarding reopening the distribution center to volunteers, please pray that He would cover all the packaging and shipping processes so that the orders would be fulfilled in a smooth and efficient way. Pray also that these Bibles would be read by God's seekers all over this country.

GTCA Cities – Cincinnati

The second of four GTCA mini-conferences is this Saturday, June 5 at 9:00 am and 4:00 pm PDT (12:00 pm and 7:00 pm EDT). This conference will be with the church in Cincinnati, Ohio. It will cover the Lord's present move in the United States. Zoom information will be posted at http://gtca.us.

Albania

The Rhema literature in Albanian is now available in both electronic format and as printed books. In Tirana, two small groups meet during the week to enjoy the books, which have enriched our fellowship and provided the necessary food to care for the new ones. We noticed the importance of having the proper atmosphere and relationships in the church life to lead the saints to waters of rest. Practically this means we need to love and consider the saints and care and pray for them. The ministry of the age is not a set of doctrines but a ministry of life that brings us into the genuine church life.

As the church life in Tirana is still quite young, we need much prayer and blending. We need patterns of those who enjoy the Lord through His word and follow the Lamb wherever He goes. We praise the Lord for what He is doing in this city and what He will do throughout Albania!

For more recent reports from Central and Eastern Europe, visit http://churchesceeb.org/2021-reports-en.

Announcements

  1. Morning Revival: Week 12 of Crystallization-study of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Vol. 2.
    Next week, on June 7, we will begin Vital Factors for the Recovery of the Church Life (ITERO).
  2. FTTA Information Session: Saturday, June 5, 2:00 to 3:00 pm. This webinar includes a word of fellowship, current exceptions for the Fall term, testimonies, and Q&A. Please register by June 3.
  3. Holy Bible Recovery Version App is the official app from Living Stream Ministry that contains the Recovery Version of the Holy Bible with its numerous study aids, including the subject and background of each book; detailed, interpretive outlines; enlightening footnotes, valuable cross-references, and a variety of useful charts and maps. Available in the App Store and Google Play.
  4. Living Stream Ministry has launched a digital newsletter called "Having This Ministry…" To learn more and subscribe, go to http://newsletters.lsm.org/having-this-ministry/index.html.
  5. July Semiannual Video Training Registration: LA's video training begins July 5. See our church app or http://tinyurl.com/summertrainingla. Registration must be completed by June 15.
  6. Ways to Give: Information on setting up online giving through Subsplash, as well as where to mail checks, are at http://www.churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings.