The 2017 InYou year-end (brief) newsletter is on the way! Thanks to Laura Olson (wife of Chris Olson who sponsored InYou’s Indoor Triathlon for 7 years) who made the bulk mail process bearable. NL includes a discipleship diagram inside that you may want to call me to explain. LOL! Also thanks to Kelli, Ralph Erwin, and Refuge volunteers for helping me stick on 4500 tabs!
Brian Naylor “nailed it” sharing his story of a troubled teen life to 9 young men in juvy tonight. HIghlight was Gal. 2:20, for only Christ can live His life through us. Thx Brad Smith & Mark Hendry for pouring your heart & hands out in loving service to these hurting kids. The cupcakes were fun! Also left “Jesus in the NOW” tract and allowed boys to share a little of their stories through the shaping of a clump of Playdo.
Thank you for this year-end gift and others who support the ministry and message of Christ in you!
I dropped off two “Refugees” (our houseless friends at FBS’ Refuge ministry) at Turning Point rehab/work facility. Pray they stay sober, find work, and remain submissive to God and the rules that will set their feet on a better path.
Thanks to the three volunteer “houseless” friends who are learnign to give back by serving the ministry that serves them. Pray we mature from “poverty mentality” to productivity and servanthood.
Scott shared the session one lesson from “The FIRM Foundation: Jesus Christ” with several men from Michael Archer’s ministry this morning at 8:00 am. FHL is a ministry to men who have graduated a recovery program and need transitional housing, jobs, and accountability.
Great meeting with Chip Banke and Brian Naylor this am. Nothing like authentic men encouraging one another to find their completeness in Christ alone.
This morning I began a mid-week Bible study for my “houseless” friends from FBS’ Refuge ministry. We met at the public library but immediately outgrew the room and FBS agreed to allow us to use a room in the MPact office nest week. 8:30-10 am each week.
Refuge volunteers served 50 “houseless” friends a Christmas finger foods buffet and gifts of blankets, Refuge-logo “hoodies,” gift cards, and more. Ralph and I were Santa and his Elf. Ralph lived in his car until MPact was able to get him qualified for housing. He now stands at the door each Sunday morning, checking off the names as our “houseless” friends as they come in for showers, Bible study, and breakfast.
Have you ever been grateful in a trial? Have you ever experienced peace in a time of trouble? Have you ever felt powerful and free after choosing obedience? If so, then you have exercised faith: “Blessed are you…because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven“ (Matthew 16:17). You have “seen God” in the midst of your circumstance.
This “flesh and blood” is the soul and body— the human mind, emotions and will operating independently of the Spirit. The flesh cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit. (See 1 Cor. 2:10-16.) God must reveal Himself, His Word and His ways by His Spirit in the spirit of a man. This is “spiritual revelation.” “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever” (Deut. 29:29; Also read 28:12-28!). [In a way, the Holy Spirit is God’s “Toto,” pulling back the curtain to reveal the One who is working behind the scenes.]
Our earthly experience is all about our spiritual journey of faith and revelation—seeing God in everything we are going through, learning to trust and to surrender, rather than stress and work, for He is continually working “behind the scenes.” Faith is the “ear” of the spirit, which doesn’t produce the word or work of God, but receives it. Faith doesn’t perform for God, but rests in God’s performance (“For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.” Heb. 4:10) Faith recognizes, acknowledges, and is aware of the presence of God in all situations. Faith must continually expand and expand in us until it includes all things. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28).
There seems to be a dual-fulfillment quality to God’s promises—a future and a here-and-now. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time [NOW] are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us [FUTURE]” (Rom. 8:18). Only “eyes of faith” can “see” this and choose rest. Surely, we may never know, until we get to heaven [FUTURE], all the reasons why God allows certain things in our lives [NOW], but we have hope that, in the end, everything will be (and is) as God intended. Hope applies to the final fulfillment in the future (heaven), but faith is for the present assurance in the NOW!
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). “…but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?” (Romans 8:24). “For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day” (2 Tim. 1:12). “Seeing God” in your current situation results in peace, rest, freedom and gratitude for Who He is and what He’s done.