e-Zine Association of Messianic Congregations - Issue 3

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PRAYER AND PRAISE      

PRAYER AND PRAISE      
Let us rejoice together and engage these issues in intentional prayer. Amen.

CONTENT:
 - PRAISE REPORTS
 - ONGOING PRAYER REQUESTS
 - PRAYER REQUESTS FOR IMMEDIATE NEEDS

PRAISE REPORTS
Praise the Lord for the growing Messianic movement in the Ukraine. Congregations are now in many cities, including Kiev, Kharkov and Odessa.

The staff of The Shofar thanks God and those of you who have contributed, whether by prayers, the use of your skills, or the submission of articles, for the successful launching and flight of this tool in the hand of the Lord.

ONGOING PRAYERS
Salvation in Israel
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. (Psalm 122:6)

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth; if I do not prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy. (Psalm 137:5-6)

Pray for the salvation of all Israel (Isaiah 59:20, Romans 11:26), upon which Messiah, Prince of Peace, will return.

Sound Doctrine and Practice
Pray for the establishment of sound doctrine and practice in Messianic circles and in the church at large, especially in regards to the essentials of the faith, Israel and the Jews.

Member Ministries and Ministerial Members
Pray that the Lord will grant congregation and ministry leaders wisdom, skill, strength and protection "for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the body of  Messiah" (Ephesians 4:12). Pray that Messianic congregations and ministries stand firm and glorify God in their outreach despite opposition by highly organized antimissionary organizations. Pray that, as Saul, many antimissionaries would see the Light and zealously proclaim the faith they now seek to destroy (Gal 1:23).

AMC Board
Pray that the Lord will grant continued vision, wisdom, skill, strength and spiritual protection to the members of our board as they seek to lead us. Pray specifically for Steve Shermett, President; Pete Koziar, Vice President; Dr. Alan Levison-Poyner, European Director; Mottel Baleston, Secretary.

The Church
Pray that the Lord would open the eyes of the church to bless, and not curse, Israel (Genesis 12:3); that is, to lead Israel to their Messiah and to love them as they love themselves (Matthew 19:19) with special regard to Israel's chosenness among the nations.

Antisemitism
Pray that the Lord will stand against antisemitism in all of its forms, whether it be rabbinic (anti-gospel), doctrinal, social, academic, journalistic, political or economic.

AMC Web Site
Pray that the Lord would continue to use MessianicAssociation.org for the fulfillment of AMC's call in His Name. Pray that He will grant webmaster Mottel Baleston vision, wisdom, skill, strength and spiritual protection in the carrying out of his call.

The Shofar
Pray that the Lord will use this, our email magazine, The Shofar, for the fulfillment of AMC's call in His Name. Pray that He will grant editor Norman Manzon and coeditor Courtney Tinnan vision, wisdom, skill, strength and spiritual protection in the carrying out of their duties. Pray, as well, that the Lord will move in the hearts of AMC members for the writing and submission of timely articles and for the contribution of editorial and technical assistance.

PRAYER REQUESTS FOR IMMEDIATE NEEDS
AMC Los Angeles Conference
Pray for our upcoming Los Angeles Conference at the Crown Plaza Hotel this July 16th and 17th, just one and a half months away. Pray for speakers Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Sam Nadler, and AMC board members as they prepare to speak on “Living a Fulfilled Messianic Life.” See our ad in The Shofar for more information.

AMC European Conference
Pray for our upcoming United Kingdom/European Conference this September. Pray for featured speakers AMC President Steve Shermett and European Director Dr. Alan Poyner-Levison as they prepare to speak on "Messianic Perspectives." See our ad in The Shofar for more information.

Hope of Israel Congregation, Charlotte, NC
Hope of Israel seeks Messiah's grace and provision as it raises money to be able to build a facility on the land that the congregation owns.

Jewish Outreach in Scottsdale, Arizona
The Jewish outreach ministry through Scottsdale Bible Church and Beth Sar Shalom Messianic Fellowship in Scottsdale, Arizona, is praying toward a Russian Jewish outreach in Central Phoenix and the possibility of holding a showing of the Jesus Film in Russian. Other upcoming events include an outreach to Jewish executives and professionals as well an event to bring more Messianic believers out of "the woodwork" at Scottsdale Bible Church. Pray that these outreach efforts will not be impeded by the increasing opposition to and/or misunderstanding of the ministry among church leadership. Pray also that the Lord will bring forward more leaders for the ministry.

Messianic Jewish Movement in Ukraine
Praise the Lord for the growing Messianic movement in the Ukraine! Congregations in many Ukrainian cities, including Kiev, Kharkov and Odessa, are exploring options for ministry through the media, such as, the internet, television, and radio. Many congregations are also considering the use of  their own buildings for outreach meetings. Pray that the Lord shows them which options to engage. Pray also as many Ukrainian Messianic believers are seeking to learn more about the Jewish mind-set, traditions and customs for effectiveness in ministry. Pray for good training literature in Russian, including tracts, articles and books, as resources are very limited. Pray whether you or your congregation can help in the provision of such literature. Contact Vladislav at n-vladislav@yandex.ru.

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PRAYER AND PRAISE GUIDELINES

I. WHO MAY SUBMIT?
The AMC, a member congregation or an individual member

II. TYPES OF PRAYER AND PRAISE SOUGHT
1. MINISTRY ORIENTED - not individual needs oriented - FROM THE AMC OR A MEMBER CONGREGATION.

2. FOR JEWISH PEOPLE WITNESSED TO. Prayer or praise may be made, but not in such a way as to reveal their identity without their permission.

3. PRAYERS FOR ISRAEL OR FOR JEWISH COMMUNITIES ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

4. URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS FOR INDIVIDUALS.

5. PRAISE REPORTS FOR ANSWERS TO PRAYERS.

III. SUBMISSION PARAMETERS:
Send prayers that will still be current at the next publication date. Publication dates are: the 1st of February, May, August and November.
Limit total submissions to 100 words. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the editorial staff.
Submissions must be received no later than the 10th of January, April, July, or October for publication in the next edition.

Submissions will be published, edited or returned for editing at the discretion of the editorial staff.
Similar submissions may be combined by the editing staff into one prayer or praise offering.
Please let us know in which future editions, if any, a prayer request is to be repeated; and if a published prayer is no longer current, please let us know.
Please send submissions and information to Norm Manzon at BibleStudyProject@hawaiiantel.net.