The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

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By: Dr. Adrian Gammon

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” -Nehemiah 8:10 NIV

I’ve often thought of God’s power being my strength, or His wisdom, but have often struggled to understand His joy as being my strength too. I keep thinking of the song “The Joy of the Lord is my strength” – which repeats that line somewhere around a million times. It’s repetitive, but it does stick in my head as well. Which is what I need when I don’t feel like being joyful. But there is strength found in God’s joy.

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Prayer Changes Everything

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By: Dr. Julie Henderson, CVM Associate

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. (Luke 2:36-37)

“There is nothing left to do but pray.”

It is what we say when we are at our wits end. We say it with a sense of despair. After we have done all that we can do to unsuccessfully rectify a tragic situation and are almost out of hope – we pray. We doubt that anything good will come of it except, maybe, a sense of peace. But will prayer actually change anything?

Why should we pray? How much should we pray? How should we pray? What is the good of prayer?

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Reflections from the Field

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Melanie Thompson, a veterinary student from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, was given the opportunity to serve on her first short-term trip with CVM to India where she served with India Gospel League. IMG_1688

Melanie was kind enough to answer some questions for us!

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Peace

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By: Dr. Kit Flowers, CVM President

“How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”  Isaiah 52:7

Each July we start a new fiscal year here at Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM).   It is something like the start of the new calendar year.  It is a time to review the past twelve months as well as a time to consider the new fiscal year.   Time is spent in review of each of the program areas seeking to understand afresh how God is working and how we can continue to stay on track with Him.   We also start a new budget year and so we spend time considering how we have served those who have been faithful to give, encourage, and pray with us.

It is also the time when we start a new theme verse.   We have found great encouragement over the years having a focus on a particular theme and verse during the fiscal year.   We seek to integrate the truth of God’s work into our own personal lives as well as into the programs and ministry models within CVM.  Our theme this year is “Peace” based on the verse quote above.

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Choosing Joy

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By: Dr. Denise Thagard, long-term candidate currently raising support to serve in the Central African Republic

 “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!”

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t always responded well to commands, especially when I was little. I loved doing things for my mom—I remember cleaning our bathroom for her one Saturday. I was proud of myself, and my mom was grateful, but then she followed it up with, “now you can do it more often.” Suddenly, I went from doing it of my own free will to having to do it as a chore. I don’t know about you, but when I read Paul’s command that we must “Rejoice” I sometimes have that same negative response especially if I am not feeling happy at that point.

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Is Jesus Enough?

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By: Dr. Fred Van Gorkom, Africa Regional Director

Is Jesus enough?

God had given peace in the land, and Joshua was getting old, so he called all the leaders of Israel together and challenged them.  It’s the same challenge for us today.

Serve the Lord!  Otherwise, choose who you are going to serve—whether the gods your forefathers served, or the gods of the culture and place where you live now. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Fredaphrase, Josh 24)

You and I are serving someone: the living God or our own gods… gods of food, comfort, sex, security, entertainment, power, position, self-reliance, even the god of Me.  Who do you serve?

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