Please note: I will be on annual leave from Friday, so the next report will be July 21, 2016.

The Word: ‘"We have walked to and fro throughout the earth, and behold, all the earth is resting quietly." Then the Angel of the LORD said, "O LORD of hosts, how long will You not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah… And the LORD answered the angel who talked to me, with good and comforting words. So the angel who spoke with me said to me, "Proclaim, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "I am zealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with great zeal.

The Word:   Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria... was a mighty man of valour, but also a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a Sabra, a young girl from the land of Israel, and she waited on Naaman's wife. Then she said to her mistress, "If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy."  And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, "Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel."  ...So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.  And he returned to the man of God [Elisha], he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, "Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel...  (2 Kings 5:1-4, 13-15) Read the whole of 2 Kings 5 for the full story.

The Word:  “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.” (I Timothy 2:1-2)

"Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.  (Exodus 18:21)

The Word:  Moshe (Moses) led Isra’el onward from the Sea of Suf. They went out into the Shur Desert; but after traveling three days in the desert, they had found no water. They arrived at Marah but couldn’t drink the water there, because it was bitter. This is why they called it Marah [bitterness].  The people grumbled against Moshe and asked, “What are we to drink?” Moshe cried to Adonai; and Adonai showed him a certain piece of wood, which, when he threw it into the water, made the water taste good.

The Word:  He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.  When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live.

The Word: Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth… I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you… (Isaiah 46:3-10) 

The Word:  Pointless! Pointless! — says Kohelet — Utterly meaningless! Nothing matters!  What does a person gain from all his labour at which he toils under the sun?  Generations come, generations go, but the earth remains forever…  Everything is wearisome, more than one can express; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, the ear not filled up with hearing.  What has been is what will be, what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1: 2-4, 8 &9 CJB)

The Word:  But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it.

The Word:  Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD.  "I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, 'I had a dream! I had a dream!' How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds?

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