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Rainbow Divider

MIDNIGHT CRY MESSENGER

October-November-December 2013

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The Missing Ingredient

by Phil Enlow

I Stand in Awe

by Kristen Phillips

Lost and Found

Poem by Lawrence Peter Medici

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Editor's Letter

Dear Saints,

Greetings to all in the wonderful name of Jesus! When I last wrote, Bro. Tony Talbert and I were about to embark on a month-long visit to various overseas locations in the Philippines and India. By the Lord’s grace we did indeed make the trip and return safely!

It is always a rich blessing to fellowship with brothers and sisters in other places and share the wonderful blessings we have in Christ. When we make such a trip it is not only to give; it is also to receive – and we did.

Such opportunities remind us of the truth of 1 Peter 5:9 where we are encouraged to resist the devil, “standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” Despite language and cultural differences people are basically the same everywhere and have the same needs. I’m glad that the Lord’s heart reaches out to people of every tribe, tongue and nation. We are made one family in Christ.

Remember those we met. Pray that the Lord will enable each one to run the race that our Lord has “marked out” for them (Hebrews 12:1-2). Some are reaching into heretofore unreached areas. Pray that the forces of darkness will be driven back by Christ’s presence and power and that souls will be rescued by God’s grace.

When we returned in mid-November we had a little over a week to get back on Eastern Time, try to get caught up with work, and get to the November meeting in Jacksonville! It was a busy time but God’s grace is always enough.

The Lord’s presence was very real in that meeting and we are thankful. One of the brothers we had been with in India, Bro. Philip Thomas, was able to be with us. Others came from a number of different places with one desire: to hear from the Lord – and I believe we did.

We enjoyed our regular evening services, a men’s meeting, a Saturday morning wedding, and a time of food and fellowship after the wedding. The Lord’s presence was wonderful throughout. To him be all the praise.

This month’s main article is pretty self-explanatory. It is the fruit of a lifetime of observation of at least parts of the modern church world. Outright error is one thing but the need I see – in myself and in others – is the need to see beyond simply saying and doing “the right things” and expecting God’s blessing to automatically follow.

We need the kind of relationship that Jesus had with his Father — one of complete dependence. May God bring us to that place, and so much the more as we see the end drawing nearer. Holding fast to our traditions isn’t enough. We need Christ’s presence and power more than ever.

Last issue we ran a small “teaser” from Kristen Phillips’ testimony. This time the entire article is included. I know you will be blessed. How many situations appear to be totally hopeless — and they are, from a human point of view. But nothing is impossible with God!

There is also a short poem by Bro. Lawrence Peter Medici, a prisoner with not only a life sentence but also cancer. Yet in the midst of it all he has had a genuine saving encounter with the Lord that is wonderfully expressed in this and in other poems and testimonies he has shared with us. His earthly circumstances are certainly trying yet there is a hope that reaches far beyond all that we see here.

Till next time may God’s rich blessings be yours.

Your brother in Christ,
Phil Enlow