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Monday, January 30, 2017

Every tribe and tongue and people and nation

I have some dear friends who work very closely with refugees who I feel called to stand with in prayer at this time. Many refugees have already fled places where the political climate turned against them, from countries ravaged by war, famine or persecution. I don't pretend to be an expert on this subject. One friend works as a resettlement specialist with World Relief, and the other with students from other nations. Both are seeing and feeling first hand the distress of people they care about as a result of changes being made by our Government.  While I don't want this blog to be a place of arguing politics I do want it to be a place of prayer.  I have to trust that God hears the sincere cries of all of the people he created no matter their color or language or nation of origin. I hope you will pray that we might all receive deeper revelation of His heart for for the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked and the sick among us.



Note: You will see dividers between sections that look like ******סֶ֫לָה*******
From Strongs: Original Hebrew Word: סֶ֫לָה  Short Definition: selah: to lift up, exalt  
This is a quote from got answers "Selah is also thought to be rendered from two Hebrew words: s_lah, “to praise”; and s_lal, “to lift up.” Another commentator believes it comes from salah, “to pause.”  For me it is placed between things to remind you to pause, lift up, exalt the Lord and calmly consider what the Lord would speak to you. Perhaps, pause and pray. 

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Matthew 25:44-45 (NKJV)
 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?  
Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.

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Today I wanted to find Worship songs from people of other tribes, tongues and nations.  I want to pray for the refugees and the underground church all over the world and those who have not yet come to know the great love of Jesus. There are some documentaries about the underground church at the bottom of this post.

Please pray and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you as you enjoy these Praise and Worship videos that I have collected today.

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This one is so fun! You may recognize this as Undignified by Matt Redman Hindi Translation by Sheldon Bangera & Vijay Belola Copyright © 1995 and in this translation Thankyou Music  


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1 John 4:20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

I found this prayer at
  http://www.crs.org/resource-center/moment-grace-prayer-refugees

"God of our Wandering Ancestors, 
Long have we known That your heart is with the refugee: 
That you were born into time In a family of refugees Fleeing violence in their homeland, 
Who then gathered up their hungry child And fled into alien country. 
Their cry, your cry, resounds through the ages: “Will you let me in?” 

Give us hearts that break open When our brothers and sisters turn to us with that same cry. 
Then surely all these things will follow: Ears will no longer turn deaf to their voices. 
 Eyes will see a moment for grace instead of a threat. 
 Tongues will not be silenced but will instead advocate. 
And hands will reach out— working for peace in their homeland, 
 working for justice in the lands where they seek safe haven. L
ord, protect all refugees in their travels. 
May they find a friend in me 
And so make me worthy Of the refuge I have found in you"

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Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. ~ Mother Teresa


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"Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Isaiah 55:1


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I love the way this one is translated

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LIVE WORSHIP FROM MAYAYNI REFUGEE CAMP. 
This one starts with reading from the Word and then moves into worship.


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This prayer called A Franciscan Blessing
has really stretched me in recent weeks. 

"May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, 
half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts.

May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, 
so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, hunger, and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference 
in this world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done, 
to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor."

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English Translated Lyrics to the video above

Chorus : 
Jesus you are The Life.
you are the only Reason of our worship,
you are our God

you are the truth and the way of life.
there is none like you.. 
you are our King(badshah badshah) 

Verse 1 :
you are The Ocean of mercy and king of Glory,
My every breath is longing for you..
we Surrender our body, souls and spirit to you.. 

Verse 2 : 
you are strength for the weak, in our troubles you are our only help,
you Give us peace .. you are our everything... 

We Got salvation through your Holy Blood.. 

Bridge:
the sky and Earth sings your praises and they glorify you. 

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Not to forget Israel: Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: 
"May those who love you be secure.
Here is the translation to the song that follows. 

"Kadosh Atai (You Are Holy) by Joshua Aaron. I worship before You Lord, I'm down on my knees Giving You all my days, my God and my King I will praise You forever Lord, for You are Adonai You alone Yeshua are the joy of my life Kadosh, kadosh, kadosh Ata Kadosh, kadosh, kadosh Ata"



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This last song is actually the first beautiful song that I discovered on my worship journey today.

 


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I found this on World Reliefs website:
"The world changes. The Church's calling doesn’t. Still we stand.
On Friday, January 27, the new presidential administration announced significant changes to U.S. Immigration policy, including a substantial reduction of refugees allowed to enter the U.S., as well as funding cuts to the Refugee Admissions Program—and to resettlement agencies like World Relief—that compromise our ability to adequately care for refugees and immigrants.
While governmental policy may change, our commitment to standing alongside the persecuted, displaced, and vulnerable remains firm—but we need your help."


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Rare footage from the underground church in China 


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Saudi Arabia Secret Churches 


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The underground church in Iran




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