Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Loveless Church

Revelation 2:1-7

“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,
‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’

What is it like when you are in that right place with your first love?

All you can think of is that person. You can't wait for the moment when you can spend more time with them. You are completely enamored by that person and would be willing to do anything for them, without question, even to look like a fool to the rest of the world. You would do it just to bring pleasure to their heart, doing what you know they like, desire, love. You love to just look at that person, you love to hear their voice, you love their smell. You don't even have to talk the them, you are just happy to be with them. You want the whole world to know about this love you have for this person and how completely wonderful they are. Your friends, or anyone close to you really, are tired of hearing about it because that is all you ever talk about. That person is practically all you ever think about...

Return to your first love. Repent and do those first works. He wants all your heart, all your mind, all your affections.

I give you all of me, all of mine Lord!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

the good fight

But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:11-16

Friday, August 19, 2011

YWAM Supernatural Ministry DTS

Hello Friends,

I want to let you all know that I am going to be attending a Supernatural Ministry DTS (Discipleship Training School) through YWAM (Youth with a Mission) Alternatives Network in Toronto starting September 25th, 2011. I have sought the Lord about this and I feel He has spoken that I am to go. I have had in my heart to do missions work for some time now and it is time to take that first step.

The DTS consists of 5 months of intense training. 3 months of classroom teaching, training and mentoring as well as I am told some outreach opportunities in the Toronto area. This is followed by 2 months of an overseas outreach in Thailand to reach human trafficking victims with the love of God. The DTS also provides a student with 20 university credits towards getting a bachelors degree with the University of the Nations.

The DTS and all its specifics can be viewed at the below locations:

Of course I am writing this note as I am wondering if any of you would like to help support me as I go. The DTS cost is $3,495 for the 3 month classroom section, which included tuition, food, and accommodations. The 2 month overseas outreach to Thailand costs $3,500 for airfare and ground fees. I am selling my vehicle (once I have some body repairs done) to pay off my debt and to obtain part of the funds needed. Depending on how much I am able to sell my car for, I should still need another $1,000 to $2,000 to make it. Also, I need to make the first payment of $1,200 by August 25th, next week. Short notice, I know. I hope to have my car sold before I go in September. If I am unable to sell my vehicle, I would still like to go, but I would obviously need more funds then. I trust God will provide as it seems pretty clear He is directing me to go.

Feel free to contact me if you would like to help. If you would like to contribute, you can meet with me, send me a check, or use Paypal for cash or credit giving (support/partner tab). I am unable to give charitable tax receipts, I am sorry.

Please prayerfully consider it. Thank you so much. And of course I would love your prayers too :)

God bless,