Moments with my Father ~
Once again, my Father has me smiling as I hear His voice to me this morning. If you are like me, you probably can look around and see difficulties in the lives of others or perhaps in your own life. The enemy Satan is at work and the affects of sin that he has brought upon this earth are evident. Despite this, my Father reminds me this morning that as His kids, we need to keep our eyes set on Him, the victorious One. He says there is hope both now and forevermore! How exciting is that thought! What He is saying is that we do not have to wait until the next life after He returns to have victory. We have hope now! David used this very message to encourage Israel. I find these two definitions of “hope” in my dictionary today 1) favorable and confident expectation and 2) happy anticipation of good. Oh, that makes me happy hoping! Whatever we may be facing right now that may seem difficult, let’s rest it with our Father who tells us not to be anxious about anything, but in everything through prayer, present our requests to Him and we can have His peace about it. He even said to present it to Him with thanksgiving – with an attitude of faith or expectation. Why, because He is victorious and in Him, we have hope now and forevermore! Oh, I’m a gal all full of hope today! I hope you are as well. Love to you! Singing this song to our Father:
Ps 60:12, 118:13-16,131:3; Php 4:6-7;
Joseph – A Man of Great Faith and Hope
Genesis 39:20-21 – Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. Continue reading
Issues of Life by Andy Taylor
Trinity Fellowship Church of Sayre, OK
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Issues of Life
Todd and his son Tanner partnered with the Belize Habit Mission Team to carry out a week of ministry to the people of Belize. The first night there, Todd shared his “Born Wild, Created to Be Free” wild-horse presentation. Sunday, they spent time in a local church and then ventured the first of the week downtown to Belize city where they interacted with dozens of homeless people and distributed about 100 sandwiches. Tanner even bought food for the dogs. It is a rough life in Belize!
One man they met was healed of AIDS last year though faith in Jesus. Tanner sat and gave and received wisdom from a homeless man of beautiful character and two minutes after having his picture taken with the man, a man near them picked up a club and beat another man for speaking rudely to Todd and Tanner. Broke the man’s arm! Crazy place!
Tanner loved the kids in Belize. One day, they got to share the Gospel with 100 children. Tanner spoke and read scripture. He’s becoming a great young man! A second morning spent in a local school resulted in around 60 children trusting their lives to Jesus! It was a great day of teaching there! They have been invited back next year to do an outreach to 4,000 kids. What a great opportunity! Here is Todd’s update upon returning:
Hello, family. Have you ever wondered how we can spend our whole lives learning of our Father and never get bored? I have and I have found that not only am I not getting bored, I am more in awe than ever! As our Father just keeps showing more of Himself and I experience more of His presence, it’s changing me. I can’t seem to get over how universal the problems of the world are and how universal the solution. Where fear and greed are, there you will find broken lives and poverty. Where love in the name of Jesus is being shared, peace and joy abound. No matter where in the world you go, sin is the problem and Jesus is the solution. I am thankful for social programs and good governments, but the only real need for the world is to respond to what our Father has made available through Jesus.
Over the last year I have seen fear and oppression effects in Guatemala, Anguilla, Russia, Burma, Belize and America. It causes the same results and reactions in every culture. Because we possess the Truth and the Life, we possess what the world needs. Thank you for sending me to share this most precious gift with so many! It has been a rare and precious treat to share this experience with young Tanner and I am so proud to see the way he uniquely loves people in need. He asked me yesterday, “Why do so many of the people on the streets seem so unthankful when you give them a sandwich and the dogs act so thankful for anything I give them?” I believe he is seeing that the problems these people face is much deeper than physical needs. People do not live by bread alone, but by hearing and understanding God’s word. I don’t have all the answers but I do know that 95% of the 150 or more children that I taught the Gospel to accepted the invitation. There is a point in a person’s life where they know their need for forgiveness and crave the love and acceptance of God. I’m not sure what all happens in the heart of man as we age, but Jesus said that we must be like a child to inherit the Kingdom. My prayer for you is that the reading of this update can be received as a piece to influence you to examine your own heart and your willingness to hear the heart of Jesus and respond with courage and faith. Your life is of immeasurable value and the time you have on this earth is of eternal consequence. Use the life you have to invest in this eternal Kingdom that is your inheritance. Wasted lives are common. How about yours?
There is a reason we have been reminded throughout the entire Bible to be strong and courageous. When you hear the voice of God, it causes change and that is something most people avoid at all cost. The right you have to be a child of the King of Glory is the greatest privilege you will ever have. It becomes the highest level of existence when you realize and operate in your purpose. Make this decree, “It’s my honor, Father, to respond to your invitation to be your child and I desire to join you in this battle for humanity.” If you seek to save your life you will lose it, but if you choose to lose your life for Jesus’ sake, you will gain it and that much more abundantly. Be strong! Be Courageous!
Captivated, Todd and Tanner.