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Pennireef West Our home base for serving the Lord with Frontline Fellowship - USA



October 31, 2015

     In the Middle Ages the Church had three successive and special days in the autumn: All Hallows Day on October the 31st, a day of prayer and preparation for All Saints Day, a feast commemorating all canonized Saints on November 1st, followed by All Souls Day on November 2nd, remembering all Christians who had died, especially those who had been martyred for their faith. It was like our Memorial Day in America when we remember with honor our military personnel killed in battle. Thus the evening of October 31st was a very Hallowed Eve - from which we get the word Halloween.


     Times have changed and not for the better. Today, instead of preparing through prayer to celebrate the heroes of our Faith who kept Christianity alive and thriving across so many Centuries, we pay homage to ghosts and goblins and things that go 'bump' in the night. Scary isn't it, teaching our children that they are 'entitled' to a treat from total strangers - otherwise they're free to inflict some 'trick.'


      At Jesus' one-word invitation "come," Peter walked on the water like a pro, until he took his eyes off Jesus and saw the waves and felt the wind. As he considered the adverse circumstances surrounding him, he began to sink. We will too if we ignore Him!


     It is a fact that in the 20th Century more Christians were martyred for their faith in Jesus than in all the preceding 19 centuries combined. We worked for 28 years behind the Iron Curtain serving our Brothers and Sisters in Christ who suffered unbelievable persecution from their communist masters during the Cold War. Many of our Pastor friends were killed in Marxist prisons, churches were destroyed, Bibles confiscated.


     Muslims have replaced Marxist as the great persecutors now. The 21st Century is destined to be the bloodiest ever as we near the end of this age.


     This weekend marks 498 years since Dr. Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg's Castle Church on Saturday October 31, 1517. It is Reformation weekend. Please ask your Pastor to remember this in his message on Sunday?


     The Reformation changed the history of the entire Western World and laid the foundation for all the freedoms we enjoy in America today - freedoms that we are currently losing at an astonishing rate.


     On this Hallowed Eve, please remember to pray for America.


 Yours in His grip,


Pennireef West

ATTN: Bill Bathman

PO Box 7555
Mesa, Arizona 85216-7555

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