September 2015 – Partner Update
Through your gifts you and I together are loving people to life.
Early on a Wednesday morning a couple of weeks ago we passed through the change of the seasons – from summer to autumn. Our life is grounded in seasons, not only the seasons of the planet but the seasons of life that we pass through all of the time. The Scripture has much to say about the seasons of our life – the times of trouble, of joy, of challenge and opportunity. In my message to you this month I talk about these seasons or times in our life, how we handle them and how the Spirit uses them to mature us in His love. What many do not realize is that Jesus is God becoming one with us and therefore joining us in our seasons of life. He became one with us in our joys, sorrows, in our greatest achievements and our deepest despair. He joined us to reclaim these periods of time to fill them with purpose and divine life. It will be worth taking the hour to listen to what I have to say and let these words give you a new lens through which to understand life.
The retreat continues to fill up which means that we are rapidly approaching the last seat being filled after which we start a waiting list. At the time of writing we still have some seats and so if you plan to come do not wait another moment! Go to our web page or call our office and secure your place with us in this weekend that promises to be the best retreat in a long time.
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.
Thank you for your prayers for me as I lectured the students at the Global Grace seminary. It was exhausting as I spoke hour after hour but very rewarding. I am very aware that the words spoken in a weekend will have an ongoing effect on the lives of many generations of students who will be viewing these lectures over the internet. It was so good to know that I was upheld by your prayers as I was speaking.
Talking of students, we will begin a new cycle of modules in our Bible School in January of 2016. This is Module I of 7 that will be spread over the next months (the dates of the remaining 6 modules is set by the class to fit their finances and schedule). In our first module we have approximately fifteen hours of teaching that deals with the Trinity answering the question “Who is God?” These modules are open to all and are not aimed at producing a full time minister but to educate every believer in this Gospel of God’s love and grace. The class will be held in San Antonio making it easier to get from the airport and the students may stay in the hotel where we are conducting the module. The class is rapidly filling up and again I would urge you to contact us immediately if you plan to be there.
Keep it in your calendar that I will be in Baton Rouge La. 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 throughout the summer. 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.
Three weeks ago we began a weekly radio broadcast that is listened to on every continent. From my desk in Bandera Texas I speak to natives in Africa and people on their way to work in India and Thailand! It is an amazing opportunity that reaches people not reached by the webinars. Pray for the broadcast that goes out at 6:30 p.m. CST every week. Listen every week at www.missionsradio.org
Do not forget that if you miss the Tuesday night webinar 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/
The blessing of the Lord be with you all –
Malcolm and Nancy.