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Jesus in Synagogue

Garments of Praise

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Jesus in synagogue

Jesus announcing ministry objectives in a synagogue

A garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…(Is. 61:3) An excellent way to end any year is to arrange your through-the-Bible reading schedule so that you dive into Isaiah during December. This has been Debbie’s habit in recent years to help focus on the revealed meaning of Christmas. A new year peeks around the corner, beckoning us to great exploits with Jesus. Although a media vortex of pandemics, politics, and polemics swirls about us, our lives can be otherwise occupied. Despite the turmoil, we do not have to abide in the mental chaos and worry of worldly thinking. In Christ, during each day of 2021, we can choose to uncloak any “spirit of heaviness” that envelopes our world and put on a “garment of praise” as we worship and serve King Jesus. Let us draw living water from our Lord, the well of enduring solutions!

A Chant Sublime

We in Tennessee are still stunned by the Christmas morning bombing in beautiful downtown Nashville. Longfellow had it right when he penned, “For hate is strong, and mocks the song of peace on earth, good-will to men.” He endured the tragic loss of two spouses, his children’s care as a widow, and the injury of a beloved son fighting in the Civil War. Life was no bed of roses for him in the 1860s. The details of 2021 may be similarly difficult for us. Are we prepared with our “garments of praise?” If so, we will be able, like Longfellow, to see beyond the cannons thundering and proclaim the truth, “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; the Wrong shall fail, the Right prevail, with peace on earth, good-will to men.” Dear friends, may we all choose to focus on the mercies and blessings of our Lord in 2021, even if the world blows up around us. (More details on how this ‘chant sublime’ has helped us understand our path through prior hardships are linked here and here.)

Prayer & Praise

  • 🙏 Here is the full text of Isaiah 61, from which Jesus read verses 1-2a to announce His earthly ministry of messianic fulfillment (Luke 4). Verses 2b and the following indicate the changes that accompany His rule through His disciples. Rejoice and recommit with us!
  • 🙏 We praise the Lord for news of over 60 people being baptized recently in FWB churches due to leaders motivated by their CHE trainings and resulting contexts in Cote d’Ivoire!
  • 🙏 Pray that rapid justice prevails upon any perpetrator of the bomb. Pray for people who will return to that area of Nashville to work, that fear will not reign in their hearts. Thank the Lord with us for public servants who run to danger to help preserve citizens’ lives.
Your Partners in the Gospel,
Verlin and Debbie

Christian Health Service Corps (CHSC) is a mission of dedicated medical professionals who participate in the CHE Global Network. Together, in a loose affiliation of individuals, churches, denominational, and nondenominational agencies, we share God’s Light and Truth through Community Health Evangelism (CHE). Verlin and Debbie accept donor partners to contribute as led to provide support as we maintain residential ministry in Cote d’Ivoire to expand CHE ministries under the auspices of CHSC & Ivorian partners. Tax-deductible contributions by check are to be made payable to the CHSC with Andersons #0118 written on the memo line. Mail to CHSC – PO Box 132 – Fruitvale, TX 75127. Give online via the CHSC @ www.che4a.org (3% fee) or TDF (0% fee).

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