August 2015 – Partner Update
Through your gifts you and I together are loving people to life.
My message this month is a long look at the two words which are found throughout the Scripture – “remember” and “forget”. We have made reference to them before but they have been made real and fresh to me in the last days and I want to share them afresh with all of you. They are words used in understanding the covenant that the Lord had with Abraham and Israel and the covenant that we enjoy made in the blood of Jesus. These words are not to be understood in the way we use them in our western world where we understand remembering or forgetting as something that happens to us. In the Scripture they refer to the act of faith whereby we recognize that all God has ever been and promised to us that He is in this moment in the situation that we now find ourselves; “remember” means that we think of our present situation and of ourselves in the light of who God has revealed Himself to be. He is not part of ancient history! He in the fullness of who He is, is present to us and in us in this very moment. Our problem is that we “forget” Him by looking at who He is and what He has done as locked up in history belonging to another time and another people – we then “remember” all our hurt, shame and failure and define our present moment in the light of it. This message can transform your life! There is so much to see in these words that I will be dealing with it in the webinars for the next few weeks – but you have the first and source message.
I am amazed at the number of people we have registering for the retreat – we are already two thirds full and it is only August. If you plan to come make sure you call our office today! We are limited in the number we can fit into the room and it would be a shame if one of our partners would be left outside!
If you are a new partner I am talking about the December retreat. The location is the Drury Inn in San Antonio with easy access to the airport; the date is the first weekend of December beginning Friday night the 4th and concluding on Sunday morning the 6th. I will be teaching the subject, “More than Conquerors” which practically shows how we live a life beyond merely overcoming! This retreat deals with the warfare that we as believers go through every day and practical teaching on how we are continually more than conquerors. This is not about aggressively confronting Satan but a completely different approach! Spiritual warfare by resting! It is a retreat on spiritual warfare as I have never taught it before and I am certain you have never heard it before – and desperately needed in these days.
Pray for me as I prepare for the retreat and also for a series of lectures that I will be giving to students in Bible seminary in Houston Texas, September 19 and 20. These will not only be exciting hours but also carry the weight of shaping the lives of persons influencing them for the rest of their lives – many will become ministers influencing countless others.
We will also be in Baton Rouge in the spring of next year to video tape a new series to replace and update the Search for Self Worth series that is now over 20 years old. This will be open to the public and I will give more details as we come closer to the date.
We give testimony and thanks to God for special offerings sent in the last weeks. Thank you to those who gave! Thank you for your obedience to the inner voice of the Spirit – know that you were His miracle of love that we were praying for! And we thank all of you for your continued giving. Every dollar that you send is the love of God clothed in finances and wrapped in prayer – the gift of your life joined to the Holy Spirit and sent forth to world.
You and I, along with every other partner do more together than either of us could do alone in our wildest dreams. In your monthly giving you are part of my voice carrying God’s love in Christ in the power of the Spirit to the world.
For those of you planning to come and worship with us on Sunday morning we meet during July and August on the last Sunday of the month at 11 a.m.
You may re-watch archived webinars here at: http://www.youtube.com/user/MalcolmSmithWebinars.
To see this month’s partner letter and mp3 online please visit: http://unconditionallovefellowship.com/partners/
You may also listen to past partner mp3 messages by visiting: http://unconditionallovefellowship.com/partners/mp3-archives/
If you are in the area of Bandera drop by and worship with us on Sunday, August 30th at 11 a. m. (We meet on the last Sunday of each month during the summer.)
The blessing of the Lord be with you all –
Malcolm and Nancy.