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        (08/24/2000) is suffering necessary?
Hello prayer warriors,

1. Prayer note: is suffering necessary?

[Matthew 5:48]
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is
in heaven is perfect.

Isn't it interesting that what God wants us to pursue
in this world now is not happiness, but maturity in
Him? Paul also demonstrates this desire of his to
follow after God's perfection in
[Philippians 3:10-12]
10 That I may know him, and the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings,
being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the
resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were
already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may
apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of
Christ Jesus.

How do we attain this maturity and this perfection?
One of the key points here is fellowship of His
sufferings. Jesus suffered many trials including
rejection, loneliness and hardship. Is it necessary
for us to experience suffering?

[Romans 5:3-4]
3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. (NIV)

Yes, it is necessary because suffering produces
perseverance and perseverance character and character
hope. God wants us not just to be happy but to mature
and be perfect in Him. And the steps to perfection
require that we obtain perseverance and endurance. In
order to obtain perseverance and endurance, we need to
go through trials and be able to persevere and
triumph. If we can triumph over our sufferings, we
will obtain an increase in our character and with that
character, we will learn to live in a constant state
of hope.

What is this hope? It is the knowledge that things can
only get better because God is with us. I remember
something that my pastor said that has really touched
me: You only become bitter when you believe that
things cannot get better.

Do you believe that God can make things better? If
that is the case, let us rejoice in our sufferings
because we are going one step up the ladder of
perfection and things can only get better if only we
learn to believe and persevere.

2. New prayer requests:
i. Daughter -- guest
Please pray for my teenage daughter who is pregnant. I
don't seem to get the support from her dad and the
church. Pray for a healthy baby which comes in
December. For me to be strong for herand also for the
baby's father & his mother to be understanding, also
for my husband to be supportive & understanding.
Things happen in life that we never expect but when it
comes we have to pull together. Right now I am facing
a really tough time. -Yvette

ii. Friend needing prayers -- joyce
My friend, Linda, has been battling cancer for several
years. She's had so much chemo & radiation that now
there is fluid build up around her heart & lungs.
Because of this she is scheduled for 3 different
surgeries over the next week or so. Please pray for
her & her family. It has been quite a struggle & she
has been so courageous. Thanks!

iii. Healing -- missaudrey
My doctor has told me I have a large cyst on my left
ovary (which has grown to the size of a softball). The
cyst is fluid filled & he feels it is not cancerous. I
was given an injection today in hopes that the cyst
will shrink & go away on its own. If the cyst is not
fully gone in 6 wks, or has increased in size, they
will have to do surgery & remove it. I am young, & any
surgery on a woman's reproductive organs can lead to
future complications. Please pray that the cyst will
diminish & I will be spared the surgery. I have been
to several doctors (my former gynecologist & ER docs)
for the past 8 mos. and this doctor (my new gyn.) is
the first to accurately diagnose the severe pain that
I have been having. God bless you all & I thank you
for your prayers.

iv. new baby -- hearts
Please pray for my friend Jeanette. She is 6 months
pregnant. She is on her way to the doctor to have a
sonogram. They say the baby may have a cyst on the
brain, which could cause "spina bifida". She's so
worried. She's a wonderful friend & fellow Christian.
thanks to all the prayer warriors. God bless you all.

v. please pray for my Uncle Scottie -- woodchuck
My husband's uncle had a heart attack I believe
yesterday, & they found out that he has major
blockages in his main arteries in his heart. They are
getting him ready for surgery right now. Please pray
that the Lord will guide the doctor's hands & that His
anointing will cover Scottie & the whole situation.
Scottie is also in the middle of a seperation from his
wife Rhonda, please pray that the Lord would use this
situation to bring the two of them back together. They
have been married for almost 20 years. Thank you so
much prayer warriors for standing in the gap for our
family! I pray for you all as well. God bless

3. Number of prayer warriors: 389
We welcome 3213, apostle13, tjm9, eagles, kayeblue,
melody, paris, stine and cttoh into our prayer group.

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in Christ alone,
Thursday, August 24, 2000 1:28:32 PM   waihun
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