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Reconciled with Our Daily Bread

In the Lord’s prayer, Jesus teaches us to ask God for our daily bread. And yet when He is tested during His time in the desert, it is bread that Jesus refuses, stating that “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

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Graduates for His Glory

When we consider the second statement of our Lord’s Prayer, we may ask, “How does God establish His Kingdom on earth?” He is the omnipotent, self-sufficient Lord of Hosts, and yet He wills to use ordinary, finite people so that the name of our Lord Jesus is glorified in us.

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Grateful for Our Forefathers

It was a beautiful Sunday morning when Sheila and her husband Tim made their way to our church in Bikfaya. After the service, a group of seasoned church members enthusiastically gathered around them, each one waiting for their turn to greet the visitors with heartfelt hugs and kisses.

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Dr. Ghassan Khalaf: Truth for Generations to Come

The fondness and respect for the late Dr. Ghassan Khalaf was evident at a thanksgiving service held at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) on 14 October. As guests arrived at the service, several people shared their experiences about the influence that Dr Khalaf had in their lives. And in...

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BBS

Blessed by His Daily Bread

It’s back to school season! Whether your school is back in session or not, around this time of the year many bright young minds once again head
back into the classroom. First-day of school pictures are often posted all over social media and everyone seems to launch into high gear through the fall.

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Small Steps of Faith

If you had visited the Beirut Baptist School this month you would have felt the hustle and bustle of graduation ceremonies, official exams, and summer camp preparations.

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Grateful for Our Forefathers

It was a beautiful Sunday morning when Sheila and her husband Tim made their way to our church in Bikfaya. After the service, a group of seasoned church members enthusiastically gathered around them, each one waiting for their turn to greet the visitors with heartfelt hugs and kisses.

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Prayer Request – BBS

The Beirut Baptist School is celebrating the accomplishments of its students this month as the academic year comes to an end. With graduations around the corner and Father’s day in between, join us in praying for the school through the following: Experiencing God’s unconditional love to the...

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BCYM

Whispers of Heaven

As I watched throughout this summer children of different ages, races and religions joyfully interact together both on the playing field and during spiritual discussions, I was reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 9:14 and the responsibility we have to truthfully share with each tender heart that the God of the universe loves them and cares deeply about every aspect of their circumstances

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Swedish Hummus

Two important aspects of our faith are the intimacy of our relationship with God and that we are part of a community of fellow believers. Both wonderfully highlighted in the opening two words of the Lord’s Prayer.  God’s great love for all people is also a central theme of our latest book release When Righteous Fall by Rev. Dr. Nabil Haddad.

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Knowing Our Father

For many people who’ve grown up in Christian environments, Sunday School teachers have played a vital role in growing their faith. They helped introduce them and guide them as they took their first steps in exploring the relationship together with our Father in heaven.

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DMAH

Arab Christians Hungry and Thankful for Christianity Explored

There has been much excitement from churches in the Middle East North Africa [MENA] region since the launch last year of Christianity Explored (CE) resources in Arabic by LSESD’s publishing arm Dar Manhal Al Hayat (DMAH). Several teams from Christianity Explored in the UK have led training...

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Transformed Lives: A Gift and a Prayer

Shopping is rarely an experience that touches your heart, but sometimes the service you receive can make you smile and think. That was the case for an Iraqi man and his wife who were visiting Beirut. Walking through the city one Spring day, they came across LSESD’s The Gateway Bookshop and decided...

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Transformed Lives: A Book to Treasure

Alongside its locally written publications, Dar Manhal Al Hayat (DMAH) comb through all the Christian world’s publications with great precision, searching for the books that will carry the greatest impact on the people of the Middle East North Africa region today. They know that books can leave...

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MERATH

Swedish Hummus

Two important aspects of our faith are the intimacy of our relationship with God and that we are part of a community of fellow believers. Both wonderfully highlighted in the opening two words of the Lord’s Prayer.  God’s great love for all people is also a central theme of our latest book release When Righteous Fall by Rev. Dr. Nabil Haddad.

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Repairers of Broken Walls

Jesus once told His disciples that the Kingdom of God is like a small seed, that grows into a mighty tree that brings life to its surroundings. Each year BCYM meets over 1000 children at their events at which they aim to plant and nurture the seeds of the Kingdom in their lives.

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The Acceptable Fast

For many people in the world, Lent is all about fasting. But how can we make sure that our fasting pleases God? What is the core essence of fasting?

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Grateful for Your Authentic Witnessing to Our Vulnerable Neighbors

Local faith communities are an integral thread in the fabric of society with unique abilities for holistic impact. As MERATH (Middle East Revive and Thrive), the relief and development arm of LSESD, we believe that it is through caring for the whole person that we best incarnate the ministry of Christ who both fed the hungry and
offered His body as the bread of life; healed the sick and preached forgiveness of sins.

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SKILD

Night to Shine 2020

Fifty stars, fifty dreams, fifty chances for a bright future, if we only give them the right spotlight. Just like diamonds in the rough, young men and women with special needs are buried under mountains of neglect, shame, and social segregation, waiting for their light to be revealed and illuminate the world.

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Family to Gather

Having been encouraged by a friend to attend, on Saturday, January 11th Rana set off for the Family to Gather event that was taking place at the ABTS Moore Conference Center that day. Hoping to find support in the midst of the political and economic crisis happening in Lebanon and keep her family strong despite all of the uncertainty and anxiety it produced, she brought her husband, nursery-aged son, and 8-year-old daughter along with her. What happened for her family there, however, was beyond what she could have hoped for.

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For Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven

Smiles, crowns, genuine tears, and renewed hope: this is what we witnessed this year at SKILD. As our kings and queens were crowned at February’s Night to Shine, they walked down the red carpet into their kingdom, the kingdom that Jesus called them into, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The peace and joy planted in our hearts by the smiles on the faces of children with special needs and their families was the fuel we needed to continue the year.

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One Mom’s Temptation to Deny Her Son

“‘If you are able? All things are possible for the one who believes’ … Jesus gently took his hand and raised him to his feet, and he stood up.” When the disciples asked Jesus why they could not heal the boy, Jesus answered, “This kind can only be resolved through prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:14-29).

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Devotions

Blessed Are the Meek, for They Will Inherit the Earth

After having mourned over our sins, we are, as a natural consequence, humbled into being meek, a term few people use these days especially since being humble and gentle towards others is perceived as more of a weakness than a virtue. However, perhaps ‘meek’ could be better translated as ‘disciplined’.

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Let Us Reflect the Hope of the Resurrection

The news these days seems like a doom report. At times I feel so overwhelmed by the weight of the devastation and grief that many must be experiencing around the world. According to the WHO, at the time of this writing, over 1.6M people have been infected with the virus and more than 96,000 have succumbed to it.

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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn, for They Shall Be Comforted

In a time when the corona virus is wreaking havoc on our healthcare and economic systems, we all need to hear good news, to be comforted and reassured. On the surface, this beatitude fits the job description of a blanket blessing. However, when we look a bit closer, Jesus is literally saying, “Happy are those who are sad”.

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Updates

A Country on Its Knees

In October 2019, many Lebanese took to the streets in a festive manner with dancing and chanting to denounce mounting economic pressures and demand political accountability for three decades of corruption and mismanagement of public resources.

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9 Years in the Syrian Cauldron

After nine years of war, we had hoped that the worst was behind us. However, the most severe humanitarian crisis since the beginning of the war is currently unfolding in Idlib, a province in Northwestern Syria, following efforts by the Syrian government to recapture one of the last rebel and jihadi-held strongholds.

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New Cabinet, Same Old Story?

For a city that has prided itself as one of the best destinations for nightlife in the Middle East, the battlefield-like scenes broadcasted on national TV over the weekend of January 18th – 19th and January 22nd were quite the change from the usual glitz and glamour of Beirut’s party scene.

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