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           Prayer of Agreement               Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they     may ask, it shall be done for them           by my Father who is in heaven.                      (Matthew 18:19)                                                                 ________________________________                                                                                                                       A Prayer for Bible Teachers                                                                     Father, we come in the name of Jesus, asking You for called teachers for our classes and studies. We thank You for teachers who are filled with the Spirit of God, in wisdom and ability, in understanding and intelligence. Father, may these teachers recognize that they must assume the greater accountability. According to Your Word, teachers will be judged by a higher standard and with greater severity than other people. We pray that they may have fully developed characters…each one able to control his/her own body. Thank You that our teachers are part of the five-fold ministry who are perfecting and fully equipping the saints doing the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s Body. Thank You, Father, that Your people are no longer children, tossed like ships to and fro. Father, You are effectually at work in our teachers, energizing and creating in them the power and desire, both to will and to work for Your good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. Father, in the name of Jesus, their power and ability and sufficiency are from You. It is You who have qualified them as ministers and dispensers of a new covenant. They are not ministers of the law which kills…but of the Holy Spirit, which makes alive. Father, we rejoice in the Lord over our teachers and commit to under-gird them with our faith and love. We will not judge or criticize them, but speak excellent and princely things concerning them. Each is not merely concerned for his/her own interests, but each for the interest of others. Jesus is our example in humility, and our teachers shall tend, nurture, guard, guide and fold the flock of God which is their responsibility, and will be examples of Christian living to the flock. Thank You, Father, for the performance of Your Word in our midst; in the name of Jesus, amen and amen.             
Question of the Week                                                                                          What is the Book of Life?                                                                                         Revelation 20:15 declares, “If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” The Book of Life, in this context, is the set of names of those who will live with God forever in heaven. It is the roll of those who are saved. This Book of Life is also mentioned in Revelation 3:5; 20:12; and Philippians 4:3. The same book is also called the Lamb’s Book of Life because it contains the names of those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lord Jesus (Revelation 13:8; 21:27).How can you be sure your name is written in the Book of Life? Be sure you’re saved. Repent of sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5). Once your name is written in the Book of Life, it is never erased (Revelation 3:5; Romans 8:37-39). No true believer should doubt his eternal security in Christ (John 10:28-30).The Great White Throne Judgment described in Revelation 20:11-15 is a judgment for unbelievers. That passage makes it clear that no one at that judgment has his name in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:12-14). The fate of the ungodly is sealed; their names are not in the Book of Life; their punishment is sure. Some people point to Revelation 3:5 as “proof” that a person can lose his salvation. However, the promise of Revelation 3:5 is clearly that the Lord will not erase a name: “He who overcomes . . . I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life.” An overcomer is one who is victorious over the temptations, trials, and evils of this world—in other words, one who is redeemed. The saved are written in God’s registry and have the promise of eternal security .Another passage over which confusion sometimes arises is Psalm 69:28: “Let them [David’s enemies] be blotted out of the book of the living.” This “book of the living” should not be confused with the Lamb’s Book of Life. David is referring to earthly, physical life, not eternal life in heaven. The same is true of the “book” mentioned in Exodus 32:32-33. God keeps good records. He knows His own, and He has set the names of His children permanently in His book.