Sept/Oct 2021 Editor's Note: God is Moving!
By Liz Kimmel
I was reading Haggai the other day. The first nine verses of chapter 2 are filled with instruction and promise. In The Message, this passage begins, “On the twenty-first day of the seventh month…” I decided to read the same words in some other translations. In the NLT it begins like this: “Then on October 17th of that same year…” As October 17th is my birthday, that phrase jumped off the page and grabbed my attention anew.
This Word of God was originally directed to the Governor, to the High Priest, and to the people. To apply that to present day, He is speaking to our political leaders, to our religious leaders, and to you and me.
He said things like, Get to work. I am with you. Don’t be timid. Don’t hold back. I will shake. I will fill. I will hand out wholeness and holiness.
Those are all words that we need to take to heart today. And the best way to start any God-given task is in prayer. This is an integral part of who we are as a congregation, as the Church of Christ. He has raised us up to be a House of Prayer for All Nations.
As you read through this issue you will be visiting many places around the world. There are articles from members who have come to us from Africa (The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, and Uganda), SE Asia (Burma, Indonesia, Thailand), and from India. We know all these people. We love all these people. We pray for all these people. And we pray for these nations, as well as all those not represented here.
God is moving today. He wants us to move with Him. He is with us. Don’t be afraid. Step in with confidence even as our world is shaking. He knows the end from the beginning, and He will fill our world and us with His holiness. He will make us whole by His mighty hand!