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Peace, Joy, Hope and Love

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This morning I spent some time pondering some verses in Romans. I was struck by how much what we all long for is provided to us through Jesus. Jesus is the solution and often, walking with Him, takes us through some difficult times. But the end is secure in Him. What we long for is found in Jesus.

Take a moment to read this passage.

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Rm. 5:1-5)

Here are a few questions for reflection:

  1. What are your longings?
  2. What does this passage bring to your mind?
  3. What hope does this passage give you?

Take a moment to thank Him for all He has done and is doing for you.

Maranatha (Come Lord)
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Christmas Greetings From Eastern Africa

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Merry Christmas to you from us. This past Sunday in worship I heard words from Romans 15:4-7 that seem particularly timely. Consider the vision and virtues in this passage.

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in
accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

Amid the many ways of Christmas celebrations this season, I hope we can see in some way the presence of the One who loves us and expressed that love in Jesus-Yeshua, Immanuel, God with us.

Jesus-Yeshua knew and respected the scriptures. Being “Word in flesh”, Jesus-Yeshua embodied and revealed the heart of God – the essential, sacrificial, eternal, passion of God to love and be loved. The kind of love that gloriously envelops the world as the Angels continually call out, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of God’s glory” [Isaiah 6:3]

And to think that Lifeway Missions (LMI) gets to be part of this world mission of love – person by person, small and big steps of hope, forgiveness, and healing, through faith, reason, and justice among the unreached people groups (UPGS). Thank you for participating in this kind of love. I thank God for you!

May you celebrate Christmas with joy and thank you for being part of what God is doing through Lifeway!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. [Romans 15:13]

With love and joy,

Dr. Aila Tasse
Founder/President- Lifeway Mission Intl.

His Kindness

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In these last few weeks, I have been spending time studying and pondering Paul’s letter to his fellow worker, Titus. The following passage leaves me with hope, perspective and gratefulness for what He has done for me.

Take a moment to read Paul’s words.

“For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7)​

Here are some questions to ponder:

  1. What was the Father’s role? The Son’s? The Spirit’s?
  2. What did we do to deserve His kindness?
  3. How does this passage give you hope?

Take a moment to thank the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for their great kindness.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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Fix Our Hope On Him

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This week I have been reflecting on passages in 1 Peter 1. I was struck by the “hope” we have in Jesus’ return. Here are a few passages in the first 16 verses that stood out to me.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope  through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Pt. 1:3-5)

“so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;” (1 Pt. 1:7)

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Pt. 1:13)

Take a few moments to reflect on these verses and ponder these questions for yourself:

1. Where have I placed my hope?
2. What do I really long for?
3. What is the source of my hope?
4. When will my hope be fully experienced?
5. How does He want me to respond?

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
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