New Hope In The Lord
       International Ministries

Office Hours: M-F 9:30am-5:00pm
PO Box 418 Valhalla,
New York, USA 10595              Phone: (914) 948-4481


                                                                        January 2018
Dear Family,

Thank God for the many blessings of 2017. No one knows (except God) what the New Year holds. It may or may not become more difficult than last year. One must always remember that we walk by faith and not by sight. We must continue to look to the Lord and at the things that are not seen. "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." 2 Cor. 4:17-18

One of the things that we don't see that is eternal, but we need to look at, is Jesus our High Priest praying for believers. Heb. 7:25 says "Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. " Think about this, Jesus is praying for you and me. He is the same yesterday today and forever. He watches over us His sheep and includes us in His time of prayer with the Father. Setting our mind on Jesus and obeying Him, will cause one's spirit to rise above any negative attacks from the flesh. Doing this should cause us to be concerned about others and their needs.

Dr. Luke in his Gospel, particularly shows Jesus to be a Man of prayer. He prayed: "at His baptism (Luke 3:21); all night before choosing the twelve disciples (6:12); alone with the disciples before Peter's confession of Him as the Messiah (9:18); on the Mount of Transfiguration, during which His appearance was changed (9:29); for Peter before Peter's denial (22:31); and on the cross the prayer for the forgiveness of His enemies (23:34) and the final committal (23:46). Also, whereas Matthew gives the Lord's Prayer in the context of the Sermon on the Mount, in Luke the prayer is Jesus' response to the request of the disciples, who have seen Him at prayer (11:1-4)." (from International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised Edition, Copyright © 1979 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)

Further, "some of His prayers are thanksgivings to God (John 6:11; 11:41; Matt 26:27 particularly at the Last Supper). When some rejected the Gospel, in contrast to those who accepted it, Jesus thanked the Father for His sovereignty in revelation (Matt 11:25; Luke 10:21). Other prayers are intercessions. In the great intercessory prayer of John 17, as in the Lord's Prayer and the OT prayers, are the ideas of glorification of God on earth, protection from evil, and the importance of God's Name." (from ISBE, Revised Edition). Jesus' zeal for prayer can be seen in His cleansing of the temple from those buying and selling. He declared, "My house is a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves" Luke 19:46. We indeed are the Lord's house for He resides in us.

One song says, "I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back". Since we follow Jesus, we need to be doing what He is doing: interceding for people and situations that He puts on our heart. We are His hands, feet and mouth on planet earth. The love of God for ourselves and others is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. He will help us to pray, for He is our Helper. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior 1Tim.2:1-3. Then in Eph. 6:18, he exhorts believers to "pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."

Please pray for: JoAnne - arthritis in the left leg and back pain; Evelyne & Milagros, Lyme disease; Regina-thyroid condition; Charlie-full recovery from Thymoma cancer; Barbara-metal cutting into knee; Neil-lung cancer; Sharon-direction for life, finances; Wilbur-recovery from kidney operation; Joe-no prostate cancer; David-recovering heart surgery; Jerry-shrinkage of lump left side; New Hope-radio & TV shows; Aiden- deliverance from situation; Amie-peace at work; Shannon-ministry & family; Salvation of family members; President Trump; Peace of Jerusalem.

If Rev. Joseph's ministry has been a blessing to you, please help him to further the Gospel, by sending a love gift made out to the Master's Hand Christian Fellowship at the address located in the letter head Serving Our King Together,
Rev. Benjamin