IN THE FIRE

50 people killed so far1. 200 missing. 125,000 acres and 7600 homes ravaged2. The wildfires in California are beyond frightful; they are devastating nightmares.

Thousands of lives—including celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Neil Young3— have been affected for the worst. People have lost everything; from treasured family heirlooms, to pictures, to expensive houses and cars. And it’s got me thinking.

In such an event, would you lose everything? I mean, everything that mattered to you?

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
(Matthew 6:19-21, ESV)

As we pray for the people literally going through a sort of hell on earth in the Campfire Fire, Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire, let’s remember the fragility of holding onto the material items in our lives for dear life– especially if they are getting in the way of a deeper relationship with Jesus. Those things can and will quickly disappear; but the things we do in putting Christ first will stay forever.

May the people affected by these fires come to know Jesus, and be given the resilience, strength and protection needed to go through such hard times.

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Do you know Jesus?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, ESV)

satan has done much to ruin people’s lives in this world; but Jesus came to give us eternal life, among other things. Learn more about Jesus, and how He gives eternal life, here.


Please pray for…

  • Those being affected by the multiple fires blazing in California. May they be kept safe, and may the number of fatalities not go up any more. Most of all, may firefighters be aided in stopping the fires!!!

Thank you for your prayers!!!

1 https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/14/us/california-fires-camp-woolsey/index.html

2 https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/state/california/article221585875.html

3 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/13/us/celebrities-lost-homes-california-fires.html

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Prayer Request: House on the Rock Church Burned Down

Imagine: Your home church, the place where you have spent and “done” life with one another in Christ, goes up in flames. The rafters come down. The sanctuary is no longer there.

This very thing is happened today in Southern Nigeria, in the capitol of Abuja, to House on the Rock Church. It is leaving behind a displaced body of Christ– still intact, but without a place to worship. The source of the fire is not yet known (source).

This place burning down is not the end of the Church– because in reality, according to scripture, the Church is a body of Believers, not just a building.

“‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’
16 Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’
17 Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.”
(Matthew 16:15-20, NIV)

The people, like a family, make up the Church. But like a family without a home, this body of Believers and their servant-leader, pastor Paul Adefarasin, are without their meeting place.

Our God, Jesus Christ, is a God who hears prayer. Will you pray with me, over this pastor, and the congregation?

“Dear Lord Jesus,
You are God alone, and You are Sovereign over all that is happening right now. Thank You for who You are. 
Dear  Jesus,
We pray over our brothers and sisters within House on the Rock Church. As their Church Building burns down, and as Pastor Adefarasin does not know what to do, we pray that You would be with this grieving church family. Please continue to keep the Church, as a body of Believers, together… and please grant them a new place to meet and be with each other.

Hold their hurting hearts, Jesus. 
In Your Name we pray,
Amen.”