WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

 
   O come, let us worship and bow down;
   let us kneel before the Lord our maker
   Psalm 95:6

Kom, laat ons aanbid en neerbuk; laat ons
kniel voor die Here wat ons gemaak het
Psalm 95:6
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(Hierdie bladsy in Afrikaans)

SCRIPTURE READINGS


Mark 5:21 - 24; 35 - 43
"Jesus went back across to the other side of the lake. There at the lake-side, a large crowd gathered around Him. Jairus, an official of the local synagogue arrived, and when he saw Jesus, he threw himself down at His feet and begged Him earnestly, " My little daughter is very ill. Please come and place your hands on her, so that she will get well and live!" Then Jesus started of with him Messengers came from Jairus' house and told him, "Your daughter has died. Why bother the Teacher any longer? Jesus paid no attention to what they said, but told him, "Don't be afraid, only believe." Then he did not let anyone else go on with Him except Peter and James and his brother John. They arrived at Jairus' house, where Jesus saw the confusion and heard all the loud crying and wailing. He went in and said to them, "Why all this confusion? Why are you crying? The child is not dead - she is only sleeping!" They laughed at Him, so He put them all out, took the child's father and mother and his three disciples, and went into the room where the child was lying. He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talita kumi" which means, "Little girl, I tell you to get up!" She got up at once and started walking around. (She was twelve years old) When this happened, they were comletely amazed. But Jesus gave orders not to tell anyone, and He said, "Give her something to eat."

2 Timothy 1:5-14
"I remember the sincere faith you have, the kind of faith that your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice also had. I am sure that you have it also. For this reason I remind you to keep alive the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid: instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love and self-control. Do not be ashamed, then, of witnessing for our Lord Instead, take your part in suffering for the Good News, as God gives you the strength to do it He has ended the power of death and through the gospel has revealed immortal life Hold firmly to the true words that I taught you , and remain in the faith and love that are ours in union with Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, who lives in us, keep the good things that have been entrusted to you."

Message
When Jairus begged Jesus to heal his daughter, he knew in his heart that Jesus is the source of salvation and life. He trusted and hoped in Him, even when the child was declared dead. Jesus said to him: "Be not afraid, only believe." Believe in the resurrection. (ref. John 11:43; 1 Kings 17:20-22; Acts 9:40) The dead have no power to arise. It was by the power of our Lord, Jesus Christ that the girl arose - by his life-giving command "Talitha kumi!"

God is the only source and giver of life- that is what the Gospel is all about. Those who are by nature dead in trespass and sin, can no more rise from that death by their own power than this child could. (Eph. 2:1, 5; Col. 2:13) Let us therefore trustingly plead with Jesus Christ, as Jairus did, that He should raise us and our loved ones to eternal life. (John 11:25, 26; Phil 3:10; 1 Cor 15: 42-57) As soon as life returned, the child arose and walked. Jesus commanded to give her food. In the same way, we also receive spiritual life by rising up (Luke 15:18-24) walking in Christ's Name (Eph 2:10) eating the Bread of Life (John 6:35, 48,50) and drinking the Living Water (John 4:14). Having been thus raised, we must help those who have never heard the Gospel and those who are slaves to sin, that they come to Christ to be set free and enjoy His temporal and eternal blessings. We are called to be witnesses for Him. (Matt. 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15,16 Luke 24: 47-49; John 20:21; Acts 1:8)

Paul tells young Timothy to expect afflictions for the Gospel's sake. He encourages his youthful friend: "Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young." He bids him to be strong, not trusting in his own sufficiency, but in the grace that is in Jesus Christ. He bids him to willingly join the suffering saints in this world. Did not Jesus suffer for our salvation? Why should we have it easy? (Matt. 5:11, 12)

Jesus abolished death. (1 Cor. 15:54 - 57) Death, once an enemy, has become a friend. It is the gate by which we pass out of a troublesome, sinful world into a world of perfect peace and purity. (Heb.4; Rev 21:4) Death does not triumph over those who believe the Gospel. Jesus brought life and immortality to light. But, He also warned that there is a day coming when we will have to account for our souls and our deeds. Let us therefore spare no effort to do good into true witnesses of the Resurrection and Eternal Life. God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind.


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