Monthly Newsletter, Feb. 2014 “Are You in Order?”

Are you out of order? Are you making a #1 deal out of a #3 problem? Realign your soul with Truth to EXPERIENCE and EXPRESS Jesus in the NOW!
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** Are you out of order? What do you do with guilt?
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For the most part, I grew up in a church (in a denomination for that matter) that put a great deal of emphasis on SIN. “Sin is the great disease of mankind. Sin is a curse! The greatest problem in the world is sin. Sin is why Jesus Christ had to die for you. You must admit that you’re a sinner in order to receive grace and forgiveness. The rest of your life will involve a huge battle with sin. You’re always gonna sin, but you gotta keep trying not to. Re-commit and rededicate yourself often. Keep ‘short accounts’ with God in regard to sin in your life.” On and on… I’m not saying that sin is not a problem—it’s definitely “out of order” behavior—I’m just saying that the way we deal with it is often out of order.

I believe it would be accurate to say that we’re all a bit obsessed on sin. A guilty conscience, a self-righteous heart, a judgmental spirit, and even a sincere believer may all equally obsess on sin. There are two ways to be controlled by sin: 1. Running to it, or 2. Running from it; either way, where is the focus? On the sin! You know, I’ve never known anyone to ever be delivered from what they are focused on. One could argue that what we do to ourselves in all our obsessions with a sin (both before and after) has a more damaging effect than the sin act itself. Fighting sin is like fighting the “Tar Baby.” The more you swing at it, the more you’re stuck in it!

When I meet with people ridden with guilt over something they’ve done, I realize that part of their problem is that they have made their sin into a #1 priority when, with God, it is #3! Let me explain:

I’m seeing in Scripture that God never gets things out of order: Priority #1 is GOD, #2 is YourSELF, and #3 is SIN. For example, David said, “Against You, You only, I have sinned.” Now, you might say, “I wonder if Uriah or Bathsheba’s parents would agree.” Certainly David’s sin with Bathsheba had horrific consequences on others and his own soul, yet David had his priorities straight. That may be why Scripture calls him “a man after God’s heart!”

Here’s the deal: You fall out with God before you ever “fall” into sin! The fact is you NEVER fall into sin; you PLAN it! #1: You turn from the Source of joy, love and Life. #2: You rationalize with your SELF, seeking justification for what you are planning on doing that you know is wrong. (“God will forgive me,” “It’s just this once,” “I can quit whenever I choose,” “Why would God make me this way if I can’t act on it?,”, “I deserve a little ‘me’ time,” etc.) You betray your SELF every time you sin. #3: You act on your SELF-ish desire and you sin.

NOW, the funny thing is, when you make a mess of everything, you want to start with #2 to get #3 right. Insane! NEVER WORKS! The only remedy for #3 is #1, so you better inform #2 to get his eyes on #1! #2 ironically will to blame #1 for #3, but #2 planned #3 only AFTER he left #1. Insane again, so #2 ends up beating up #2 (himSELF) for doing #3, OR he seeks to restore #2 by trusting his #2 efforts*, which landed him in the middle of #3 in the first place. The Enemy will gladly encourage #2 to make all sorts of #2 commitments* and promises and vows and acts of remorse, confessions, etc., yet never suggest he simply return to #1, which is the ONLY REMEDY for #3. There is NOTHING the presence of Jesus cannot overcome!
[*Couldn’t help but notice that Paul called “#2 commitments” “DUNG!” LOL! (See Phil. 3:8 KJV)]

Jesus said the greatest commandment is what? Love God (#1) with all your heart, soul, mind, strength… AND the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as your… (What?!)…SELF!” (#2). Look, #3 never happens when you follow God’s priority! NEVER! When #3 happens, it’s ONLY because “you have left your first [#1] love” (Rev. 2:4)! Jeremiah told Israel this: “For My people [#2] have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me [#1], the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns [#3], broken cisterns that can hold no water” (2:13).

And when you stay in #3 because #2 can’t achieve what only #1 can, you are out of order! You have made a #3 priority into a #1 priority with God. Again, you have surmised that your sin is the #1 problem between you and God, when God says, “NO! I have dealt with sin once for all through the sacrifice of My Son! The #1 problem is that you (#2) won’t come to ME with your guilt! Your priorities are completely flipped!” The believer (#2) who avoids #1 (God) because of #3 (sin) is actually now in opposition to God’s “soul remedy!” If #2 could overcome #3, she wouldn’t need #1! #3 is only remedied by Jesus Christ becoming #3 so that you (#2) might become the righteousness of God (#1) in Him! (2 Cor. 5:21.) Coming to Jesus is the ONLY right answer for “What do I do with my guilt?” Jesus is still calling, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 10:28). Are you out of order?

P.S. I believe we need to take a serious look at the source of teaching that makes a #3 priority into a #1 problem. I think we’d have to conclude it is Satan himself, the father of lies, the accuser of the brethren, the thief, murderer and destroyer of all that is true, pure, lovely and good. Only God’s enemy would “resurrect” what God has put to death—your sin!

** InYou Ministries Updates:
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** Want to go to PRISON!?
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“Orientation for becoming a SCDC regular volunteer will be @ 10 am April 26, 2014 at Brushy Creek Baptist Church, 4999 Old Spartanburg Rd., Taylors 29687. If you would like to minster in a SC prison on a regular basis, you must attend this orientation every 3 years or you will not be allowed in institution. In the past grace was given, now SCDC is committed to the law.” —Chaplain Russell Painter

• Pray for this semester of S.P.I.C.E. (Self-Paced-In-Class-Education) at Tyger River Correctional Institution on Monday mornings. There is an increase of false teachings in the prison.
inYou’s THE FIRM Foundation: Jesus Christ has brought clarity to the Truth of Christianity.
• Scott is currently re-designing “The FIRM Foundation: Jesus Christ” to use more effectively in prison. Pray for a Grant to subsidize the cost.

5th annual
InYou Indoor Trichotomous Triathlons
BOTH events Jan. 25, 2014 and Feb., 15, 2014, were a huge success although participants were down this year. I am SO grateful for the inYou Ministries’ Board and others who volunteered their time two Saturdays. (See pics on Facebook.com.)

** Calendar:
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• 1-on-1 discipleship-counsel sessions occur by appointment weekly.
• Every Sunday, 7:30-10 am, Scott helps and teaches @ Refuge—a ministry of FBS to the homeless.
• Every Friday, 6:30 am, inYou men’s discipleship meets @ Scott’s house. Come join us.
• Every 2^nd Thursday, 8 am, Scott speaking @ Grace Management
• Feb. 17: Scott & Kelli really enjoyed singing 3 duets for a FBS senior ladies’ Sunday School class Valentine dinner @ Four Seasons Restaurant. They were so much FUN! (And thanks for dinner!)
• Mar. 6: Scott speaking @ DHS FCA, 7 am
• Apr. 21, Dr Jim & Kathi Herrin for dinner! (Jim was 1^st Pres. of inYou in TX)
• May 18, Chase graduates from Wofford College! (Double major in Chemistry & Chinese. Pray for emplyment!)
• May 23-25. Marriage Retreat, Greensboro, NC, was cancelled.
• May 30-June 1, Nephew, Hub Blankenship III’s, wedding in Washington, DC.
• Summertime visits from TX friends, Day’s, Berwick’s, Hayes’, Walker’s, Others?!

** Family Update:
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** Kelli was voted “2014 Teacher of the Year” @ Roebuck Elementary.
Chase broke his finger skiing with his youth group! He’s seeking employment and looking forward to a Sr. trip to Jamaica.
Carson is working weekends as he completes his sophomore year @ USC.
Cooper is a lead in a play at school (Mar. 21) and enjoying his first adult role in “9 to 5” (with Chase) @ SLT Mar. 7-9 & 14-16.
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January 2014: “If you don’t work, you don’t eat!”

“If you don’t work, you don’t eat!”

Ever hear that phrase? I was raised on it. No, I wasn’t a slave or victim of forced child labor. I was just parented by a man who was the youngest of nine children and whose father died when he was only two. Julia Wolfe couldn’t possibly support five boys and four girls without a little help around the house and farm in Neeses, SC, so she taught my Dad and his siblings the value of a hard day’s work.

As so many of us do, Dad recreated a part of his childhood and fathered six children. My brother and I were outnumbered two to four so the lion share of the work outside the home was apportioned to us. (That’s not to say my sisters didn’t work; even manually! Cindy and I once roofed a house on our own.) It was an unwritten rule (and, frankly, a godly example) that my father expected a strong work ethic if we were gonna eat and sleep under his roof.

Although I may have complained and compared my plight to my friends who got to play on the weekends, to this day I am grateful for his leadership. My dad modeled 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12: “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.” I’m certain Dad was encouraged and supported by mentoring adults along the way, but my recollection is that he felt it was “more blessed to give than to receive.” Grandma Julia modeled that ethic, too, often giving away half of what she received. Dad is still more a giver than a taker.

As you may have noticed from the last INYOU WINDOW, I‘ve been thinking a lot about this working vs. raising support tension. It appears to me that the Apostle Paul may have had a grandma like mine. He never wanted to labeled “lazy” or a “mooch”: “For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:9). Paul would have fit in well with our family.

“For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example. For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread” (2 Thessalonians 3:7-12).

So, you see, the “If you don’t work, you don’t eat!” idea IS Biblical! It’s certainly easy for me to read into Scripture my own perspective and bias, but the art of interpretation (Hermeneutics) requires us to consider the context. Some believers in Thessalonica were simply slackers (maybe expecting Jesus to return and bail ‘em out)—undisciplined, unwilling to work, yet faking like they were all that! My aunt Nett would say, “They’re just runnin’ their mouth!” Paul’s point was that it’s not wrong to be paid for ministering, but that in this situation he desired to be an example and not be associated with those who talked a big talk but didn’t pull their own weight.

Dad was head of the Physical Plant at a Bible college for over 40 years and often mentioned how students in chapel were praying for miraculous provision—“mailbox experiences”—from God, yet seldom came to the Work Order bulletin board at “the shop” to select one of 105 jobs on campus they could do and be paid! Can you begin to catch my drift?

It is without question that a Gospel minister has an obligation to serve and a privilege of receiving his support from his service. Jesus Himself said to His disciples: “Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support” (Matthew 10:9-10). This is the stance I have taken with INYOU in regard to discipleship-counsel session fees: “There is no charge; give as the Lord leads.” As you can see, there is an element of faith required from those who are called to disciple others and “walk with an empty bag.” Just as Jesus fills an empty soul, He will fulfill every financial need of the one who offers the gospel of grace without cost.

The peace of God rules in my heart when I see myself in the pages of Scripture and I find that His Word is also written in me! Paul is my example in 1 Corinthians 9:1-18. (Read that.) In Acts 18:3, we learn that Paul made tents with Aquila and Priscilla. (So Paul made the tents and I’ve been painting them for 13 years!) In 2 Corinthians 11:7-9, Paul says, “Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge? I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you; and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so.”

So why all this exhausted exposition of Scripture? Well, I’ve been thinking about my life and my future lately. I don’t want to be a burden, and I don’t want to be a “mooch.” (I was raised better! LOL!) But sometimes I wonder which one is in a worse wilderness: the minister lacking support or the hard worker lacking time for ministry? Jesus “nips it in the bud”: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). It appears that a man called of God is to be about his Father’s business.

Last month I talked about my “wilderness experience” and felt compelled to “enter into the promised land.” If God supplies in the wilderness of the past, He can supply in the unforeseen future. My job is to walk in faith and obedience. I’m simply inviting you to walk with me.

Ministry Update:
• 5th annual “INYOU Indoor Trichotomous Triathlons” Jan. 25, 2014 and Feb., 15, 2014.
• PRAY for 181 more INYOU INVESTORS who give $20 per month for 10 months of the year. (Take two months off for birthday and Christmas and spend the $20 on yourself!) We need 300 INYOU INVESTORS. You can sign up for regular online giving via a credit or debit card now through www.inyou.org. Or you can send a check to INYOU MINISTRIES using the envelope provided.
• in 2013, 73 people and a grant contributed nearly $24,000.
• Scott just started an 18-week semester of SPICE (Self-Paced-In-Class-Education) at Tyger River Correctional Institution on Monday mornings.
• Scott is currently re-design “The FIRM Foundation: Jesus Christ” to use more effectively in prison.
• 1-on-1 discipleship-counsel sessions.
• Every Sunday, 7:30-10 am, Scott helps and teaches @ Refuge—a ministry of FBS to the homeless.
• Every Friday, 6:30 am, INYOU men’s discipleship meets @ Scott’s house. Come join us.
• Every 2nd Thursday, 7 am, Scott speaking @ Grace Management
• Feb. 7-9: Scott travels to Houston (Conroe), TX to visit men and INYOU INVESTORS!
• Mar. 6: Scott speaking @ DHS FCA, 7 am
• May 23-25. Marriage Retreat, Greensboro, NC,

Family Update:
Kelli was an amazing cook and hostess all Christmas break! The family sang for a ladies’ banquet and a rehearsal dinner, and she sang New Year’s Eve at church.
Chase (and Carson) just returned from Passion 2014 in Atlanta. He will be choreographing a play for interim @ Wofford College, then begins rehearsals for “9 to 5” with Cooper @ SLT and starts his final semester of college!
Carson is classified a junior in his 2nd year @ USC.
Cooper is in college, too! (A dual enrollment class @ DHS.) He’s taking piano lessons, helping in FCA.

December 2013: A Wilderness?

“Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass” (Joshua 21:45).

I have been teaching through The Story (the Bible in novel form) in Refuge (a ministry of FBS to homeless people) on Sunday mornings and cannot help but parallel the journeys of Biblical characters with my own. (Isn’t that the point?) Moses seems to have had three stages in his life: Age 0-40—Salvation and preparation; Age 40-80—Sojourning in the wilderness; and Age 80-120—Fulfilling God’s redemptive purpose. I, too, have experienced similar stages:

Stage 1: Salvation and Preparation
I received Christ at age 3 and answered God’s call to ministry at age 14. He has proven Himself faithful every step of the way through Bible College, seminary, marriage and full-time ministry.

Around age 30, I began discovering that ministry was far more about who I am than what I do. This revelation led me out of traditional, vocational church work into a new ministry leading people to experience and express Jesus in the NOW through conferences (speaking), counsel (discipling) and curricula (writing discipleship materials). INYOU MINISTRIES was born in 1998 with a clear destination: “My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed INYOU” (Gal. 4:19). Life is Christ and Christ is life! “Abide in Me and I INYOU“ (John 15:4).

Naturally, with this step of faith came the continued responsibility to provide for my family, but now without a church salary. Kelli shouldered that burden for 2 years working full-time as a Children’s Minister while I stayed home with the boys, founded INYOU MINISTRIES, traveled to speak and counsel, wrote curriculum, built relationships with local ministers, raised support, etc. After “The Firm Foundation: Jesus Christ” curriculum was completed, Kelli enrolled at Converse College to complete her degree and I began painting houses to support the family. I often wonder if this is where I may have entered into “the wilderness. “

Stage 2: Sojourning in the Wilderness
I tell my friends I’m a “successful goat herder” like Moses, sojourning in the wilderness of sorts, always wondering: “Am I missing out on the ‘promised land’ because I’m painting houses instead of raising support? Am I living in disobedience and fear—hiding behind a paintbrush—or am I living like Paul: “You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’”? (Interestingly, in 12 years of painting, I have never advertised or used a business card, yet God has provided for me, my boys, some of their friends, several homeless men and other men needing temporary employment. Crazy God-thing!)

Stage 3: Fulfilling God’s Redemptive Purpose
Now I have not seen any burning bushes lately, but I have experienced an ever-increasing, burning desire to spend more of my time sharing the message of “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27) and less time painting houses. Just as He did with Israel, God has increased my hunger to enter in to His promises through this wilderness experience!

“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD. Your clothing did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son” (Deut. 8:3-5).

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“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matthew 6:24).

This is a very real tension! In the moment I cannot have it both ways; it’s money or ministry. When I make that early Monday morning commute to prison to disciple inmates or get up early on Fridays to disciple a small group men; or when I spend time preparing a PowerPoint presentation for Refuge or any other Bible study, devotion or sermon; or when a phone call comes in and someone requests a counseling appointment or another homeless person asks for a ride or a job or more of my “spare time” (Who really has any of that?!); or when my family has a very real emergency; I either obey and experience the blessing of the Holy Spirit orchestrating His divine work in and through me (and wish I never had to pick up another paint brush) or I grumble and complain about being “inconveniently interrupted” and pour myself into my labor (and wish people would leave me alone and let me finish my job).
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God is a genius! He makes His way clear through the contrast. In the moment, I must trust God or play “god.” When I feel the power of my next choice rising in my chest, it’s like I’m standing on the edge of the river Jordan wondering “What if?” I can enter into the promise land or wander around in the wilderness a few more years, but I cannot serve two masters. Which master will I choose to serve today?

“He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).

The most precious and magnificent promises of God are not those given that we might possess a personal “promised land” or our daily provisions or a non-profit 501c(3) ministry, but that we might possess Him. Jesus is the fulfillment of every good promise. God wants us to partake of His very life—Christ living His life in and through you and me. That’s the message of INYOU MINISTRIES and I am asking you to prayerfully consider joining me on my journey by giving a one-time, tax-deductible gift or becoming a regular INYOU INVESTOR. Simply send a check to INYOU MINISTRIES using the envelope provided or you can sign up for regular online giving via a credit or debit card through www.inyou.org. Whatever you decide, please…

Pray for INYOU MINISTRIES needs:
• 268 more INYOU INVESTORS.
• Complete the book “Jesus in the NOW (The moment-by-moment significance of the cross)” It’s been brewing since 2001!
• Complete the website (with new ways to stay in touch, donate, pray, be encouraged, be informed, promote, sell curricula, etc.)
• Serve and train pastors of local churches and support those on the front lines.
• Organize and conduct fundraisers like the annual INYOU Indoor Trichotomous Triathlons coming up Jan. 25, 2014 and Feb., 15, 2014.
• Re-design “The FIRM Foundation: Jesus Christ” and use it to disciple people in drug rehab ministries, homeless shelters, Juvenile Detention centers, prisons, etc. in the Spartanburg area. (I have requests for all of these ministries now, but no time to pursue them and support my family.)
• Start selling the many curricula I have written these past 15 years through a new online store.

Family Update:
Scott is teaching Refuge Bible study every Sunday morning. The homeless of Spartanburg are invited to shower at FBS at 7:30 am, attend Bible study at 8:30 and eat a hot breakfast provided by Life Groups at 9:30 am. He also teaches “The Firm Foundation: Jesus Christ” at Tyger River prison every Monday and Friday, counsels individuals, leads a men’s discipleship group every Friday morning and paints houses (among other projects and house repairs).

Kelli is in her 10th year teaching fourth graders at Roebuck Elementary and still loves singing in the choir and praise team at FBS. She lost her dear sister Donna VanHoy this year.

Chase is a senior at Wofford College. He will be graduating with two degrees in Chemistry and Chinese. He loves ultimate Frisbee and teaching hip-hop dance at the Chapman Cultural Center and Houston Elementary. He’s also still working as a youth minister at Reidville Rd. United Methodist Church and in the foreign language lab at Wofford. One word: BUSY! Pray for his life decisions after college.

Carson is a sophomore at USC and has changed his major to Hotel & Restaurant Management. He enjoys his roommates and newly renovated house in Columbia and now has chickens, rabbits and a garden (and a sweet girlfriend)!

Cooper is a junior at Dorman, enjoys the challenge of the STEM academic program, works with Scott painting, takes piano lessons and helps lead FCA and worship at Crossfire (Weds. Youth Worship at FBS).

We got four hens this year and enjoy fresh eggs. We all joined the YMCA. (Lord, help us stay healthy.) Keep in touch with us more personally and see our pics by friending us on Facebook.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

P.S. THANK YOU to all those who already support us through prayer and contributions. Like “InYou Ministries” and “Jesus in the Now” pages on Facebook.

Re-Incarnation: Christ inYou

Re-Incarnation: Christ inYou

 

Are people re-incarnated? The thought is appealing to the flesh of man, which seeks its own perfection. Who, upon experiencing his own weakness and failure, doesn’t want a do-over? The whole idea of self-improvement sells more books than most any other topic. It makes sense that a world religion would prosper with this ideology. It resonates with a deep desire in man’s heart: “I want another shot at this life. I want to do better. I want to mature, improve, start over, fix myself!”

I almost hate to tell you this, but God’s words are clear: “it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). There is only one physical life and one physical death for humans. According to Scripture, there is no re-incarnation as Wikipedia.org defines it: “Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_%28spirit%29) or spirit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit) , after biological death (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death) , begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions.” As is the case with every deception, there is enough truth in it to make it desirable or believable.

HOWEVER…we are not without hope! There is a potential do-over in this life! There is a way to have every weakness transformed into strength and every failure washed clean…and you don’t even have to physically die to experience it! Now this I can’t wait to tell you, because, like Paul,^ “of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me (Colossians 1:25-28).

The hope is Christ in you! Through the simplicity of faith, all those who receive Christ receive a brand new life! That life is Christ’s life. Jesus Christ “re-incarnated” in you! NOT the physical Christ, for “once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26); but the Spirit of Christ! “He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12). In His divine grace and wisdom, God has made a way for a real-time, in-the-now, spiritual re-birth! This mystery of a Divine Life living in you and conforming you into His image is at the heart of the gospel! It is most clear in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

So hear me carefully: Jesus Christ is “re-incarnated” in every believer. The Christian life is a “mysterical” life—a mystery and a miracle! It is Christ living in your mortal flesh! Paul stated it clearly: “For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” (2 Corinthians 4:11). And “God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me…” (Galatians1:15-16). It’s not Jesus’ physical body that is re-incarnated in you, but His Spirit, His life, Him! The already-perfected life of Jesus—the one-and-only Son of God—wants to become your life, living His life in you as you! The longing of your heart can be fulfilled in Christ! Every sin forgiven, every weakness transformed, every inadequacy exchanged for completeness, wholeness, purity and victorious life!

One day we who trust this “mysterical” work of Christ will be gathered up with Him: “so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him” (Hebrews9:28). The ultimate and final deliverance is yet to come, but don’t miss out on experiencing and expressing Jesus in the NOW! God’s Holy Spirit is alive and at work to convince you of your need to stop trying harder in the flesh, but, instead, “die to self” and receive Christ’s Life today “re-incarnated” in you! John the Baptist got it: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+3:30&version=NASB) ).
Thanks for you patience as we work on our website and email newsletter.

 
Please pray for InYou Ministries:
1. Refuge (a ministry of FBS to the homeless of Spartanburg’s inner city.) The homeless are welcomed at 7:30 am each Sunday for a shower, hot breakfast (provided by FBS Life Groups) at 8:30 and Bible Study & worship at 9 am (I teach each “Brand new Me” week).
2. SPICE Program @ Tyger River Correctional. Each Monday and Friday, I lead 12 inmates through Houses of Healing and The FIRM Foundation: Jesus Christ. These men will be released back into society after this 18-week discipleship class.
3. InYou Men’s Disciplship, each Friday, 6:30 am at my house. (All men all welcome to attend.)
4. Website redesign
5. Writing “Living in the Now.” (I need a new blog page.)
6. Safety as we work this summer painting with the boys.

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November 2012 Update

Ev’ry joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

A friend, co-Kingdom worker and InYou Investor quoted the words above from an old hymn. If these words were not true, we would find ourselves overwhelmed by circumstances. A fellow painter shared his story in the paint store last week: how he chose NOT to abort his daughter when it was discovered that she would be “a vegetable.” He was a new believer and the Spirit told him to read Exodus 15:25– “Then he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet.” Put Jesus in the middle of your situation and He will make the bitter waters sweet.

That’s the message of InYou Ministries! Christ is sufficient; He is enough; there is nothing His nearness cannot heal; nothing touches us that doesn’t first pass through Christ; we can rest because He is working on our behalf to transform us into the image of His Son. A change of focus can change you!

NEW things on the horizon:
1. 4th annual InYou Indoor Trchotomous Triathlon! We are again partnering with the BRAND NEW Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA, Spartanburg, Saturday, January 26, 2013.
• InYou needs your help in promoting the event. Search the event on Facebook: “InYou Indoor Trichotomous Triathlon”
• InYou needs volunteers from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm, Sat., Jan. 26, 2013.
• InYou needs sponsors. This is the only way the event succeeds as a fundraiser for the ministry. Vic Bailey Subaru is a 2013 $500 water bottle sponsor. His Way at Work (www.HisWayatWork.com) is a $250 Logo on T-shirt sponsor again this year. Other 2012 sponsors included Applebee’s, www.OnOnTri.com, www.GreatEscapeBikes.com, Chiefs Wings, Midway BBQ, Dr. Gary Horvath Ortho., www.HopePoint.org, Spartan Customs, www.Santuc.com Precision, www.BroadwayBagelman, www.LittleRiverRoasting.com., Southern BBQ, Ray Cross & Chase Wolfe!
• Restaurants can donate gift certificates to be used as prizes.
• You can register online at www.active.com or SOON at www.inyou.org!…

2. InYou’s website: www.inyou.org is being upgraded to include a number of new features like an Indoor Triathlon section where people can sign up, see blogs, pic, video, donate, volunteer and sponsor the event. Soon we will be directing more traffic to the site for updates, emails, calendaring, articles, messages, and the InYou online STORE!, etc.

3. I will be preaching at Tyger River Correctional Institution (TRCI) today, Sunday, Nov. 11 @ 5:00 pm.

4. I have been teaching “The FIRM Foundation: Jesus Christ” each Friday at TRCI from 8:50-10:15 am. I have also been facilitating “Houses of Healing” each Monday from 7:50-10:15 am. Plpease pray for the 16 men who attend these classes. They all participate in SPICE (Self Paced In Class Education) and will be released from prison in the next six months.

5. “A Taste of Christmas” (feeding 150 inmates at TRCI) is Wednesday, Dec. 12 this year. Hope Point Church will be volunteering, but if you would like to donate food, help fry 18 turkeys (Tues, Dec. 11, 3-8 pm), help prepare food (Weds. Dec. 12, 12-4 pm), serve the inmates (5-8 pm) or participate in sharing your talent or testimony, reply!

6. I begin teaching “The FIRM Foundation: Jesus Christ” each Sunday at FBC, Spartanburg, from 9-10 am, to our city’s homeless. Through REFUGE, we offer showers @ 7:30 am, hot breakfast @ 8:30 am and Bible Study @ 9 am each Sunday. You can volunteer and attend! Food, clothing, toiletries, etc., are always needed.

7. InYou, like so many people and ministries, is experiencing an all-time low in contributions. If you plan to give in 2012 (tax-deductible), we could use your help. A grant from the SC Christian Foundatioin has really helped with prison ministry this fall, but a steady flow of counselees still need scholarships. A simple $20 per month is all in takes to become an InYou Investor. You can give online (www.inyou.org/contribution), by check (PO Box 998, Roebuck, SC 29376) or monthly draft (send your credit card info or call 864.587.2830).

On a personal note, Chase comes home from China Dec. 15. We have “adopted” a Chinese Wofford student, John Li (see pic), to takes Chase’s place. John will be with us during the holidays. Carson is a pre-med freshman @ USC, Columbia, and we are seeking a permanent rental property for his college career. Cooper is busy in his sophomore year at Dorman (already taking a college class) and enjoying swing dancing, leading Bible study @ Oakview Apts each Sat., his “D group” each Sun nite, occasionally working with me, and was just cast in “Joseph and the Techni-colored Dreamcoat” with Chase (as Benjamin). Kelli was named Spartanburg School District 6’s Distinguished Reading Teacher of the Year. Thanks for your prayers and support.

“Until Christ is formed inYou!” (Gal. 4:19)
Scott Wolfe
Executive Director