January 2013 Partner Update
First of all, I bless you all into this new year of 2013. May it be a year where your body is filled with health even as your spirit is joined and filled with the Holy Spirit!
This is the first communication since we changed our name and I thank you for remembering to give all of your donations to the new name – no one forgot and that is amazing!
My message this month deals with the peace of God that Jesus personally gives to us. May all of us live daily – hourly – in that peace in these troubled times. All of us are aware that we face global unrest and disintegration of society; for those who simply look at the news the only conclusion is that darkness is creeping across the world. But how do we believers look at world events and the events that are in our lives and neighborhood? Many of you have been in disasters from hurricane and tornado to local chaos – what do we believers do and how do we approach the possibility of such situations?
The Bible was written against the backdrop of unstable and chaotic times and so how we approach and act within them is the subject of thousands of passages of Scripture. Many of these have been overlooked because we have lived much of our life in relatively stable times. As times change we must learn the faith that walks boldly and at peace in the midst of trouble.
What is our heart attitude to this present darkness?
How do we pray the bold prayer of faith in uncertain and unstable days?
Do we prepare for days of disaster or take no thought for tomorrow?
How do we live in the protection spoken of in Psalm 91?
What do we do when human authority conflicts with the authority of God?
What is our witness to our neighbor in unstable days?
What is our responsibility to our children in this chaos?
Above all, where is God in all of this?
These and other questions will be answered from Scripture, and you will be taught how to live filled with the Spirit in fearful days, at our Spring Retreat May 17-18 at the ranch in Bandera, Texas. It is “Standing Strong in Unstable Times”. Beginning Friday night it will run through Saturday, and of course you can join us Sunday at 3 p.m. for our regular meeting of Unconditional Love Fellowship. Call the office today for further details and reservation. It is imperative that you register because seating is limited.
For those wishing to study the Scripture in our Bible school we are beginning a new class and Module one will be June 13-15 at the ranch. Call the office today to register.
We continue to give thanks to the Lord for the multitude that join us around the world for the Tuesday night webinars at 7 p.m. central time. These can be watched through Malcolm’s You Tube Channel throughout the week. Thousands more are receiving the podcast and so the message pours out to multiple thousands each month. Thank you for making this possible with your gifts.
These last weeks have been financially challenging but we give thanks to the Lord for those of you who heard the voice of the Spirit and sent your special gifts. Both Nancy and I thank you again for standing as one with us in this ministry of God’s love in Jesus transforming the lives of millions around the world.
The blessing of the Lord be with you all!
Malcolm and Nancy