October 2020 Newsletter
Blessings Vs Curses
One of the constant battles we speak against in Liberia is the preaching of destroying your enemies. We hear in the churches and on the radio “Holy Ghost Fire” or “Fire for Fire” on the enemy. Even the small children in the streets call for fire on their enemies. What enemies?!
In the Old Testament there were two mountains, Mount Ebal (for cursing) and Mount Gerizim (for blessing). If the Israelites were obedient to the Commandments, they received blessings from God. If they disobeyed, then they received curses. The Law was summed up in “Do good—get good; Do bad—get bad.” Jesus changed that with the New Commandment to “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34-35). He also said to love your enemies!! See Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-36, Romans 12:14-21, and Proverbs 25:21-22.
Your words are very powerful. If you speak over your child “you’re stupid or you’ll never amount to anything”, they will live up to your
“curses” over them. If you teach them hate, they will hate others who may be different from them. I like the way Jewish fathers bless their children on the Shabbat evening dinner. Look at how successful they become! They live up to the blessings spoken over them.
Our words not only have power over our families, but society as a whole. If words of hatred, destruction, or cursing come out of our mouth, we will bear the fruit of those words.
Let us continually love and encourage each other. Let us speak blessing over our families, neighbors, and country.
By Grace, Caleb & Monika
“Your ancestors have also been taught, ‘Love your neighbors and hate the one who hates you.’ However, I say to you, love your enemy, bless the one who curses you, do something wonderful for the one who hates you, and respond to the very ones who persecute you by praying for them. For that will reveal your identity as children of your heavenly Father. He is kind to all by bringing the sunrise to warm and the rainfall to refresh whether a person does what is good or evil.”
Matthew 5:43-45 (PTL)
We have three pastors that have joined the radio program who share the message in the Kpelle language two hours a week
Local Churches are helping support the radio program
For the expansion of the radio program to surrounding counties
For the upcoming Youth Camp in December