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Waxahachie, TX

1Twenty2 Ministries

"Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."

We believe that there is nothing more important to man than to be reconciled to God through His Son.  We want to know Jesus more and more and to help others do likewise.  We desire to be obedient and Christlike by being doers of the Word and not just hearers only (James 1:22).  We want to be salt and light to the world by following the Luke 4 mandate where Jesus describes His ministry.  We will seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit at all times as He leads us into the specifics of our ministry work.  We will work from our Spiritual gifts and calling with a servant attitude doing all of this to bring glory to God and not ourselves.  And we will be intentional in working to resolve spiritual, relational, and material poverty in our community and anywhere else where we may have influence. 

Some of you saw this yesterday in my weekday blog.  Skip down if you are in a hurry.  Others, I got some interesting feedback on this so I wanted to share it with you.
Saddle Up
I recently faced a “situation” involving our ministry that took me out of my comfort zone. So as not to embarrass anyone, I won’t go into detail. I mention it because it’s really not that uncommon anymore. Let me explain.
I grew up in church. My dad was a minister. I started in the nursery probably within a week of my birth. Mom sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. It’s what we did.
School years in Beginners, Primaries, Juniors, and Youth Group. (Old Baptists will recognize that along with Sunbeams and RA’s.) And don’t forget Training Union, Prayer Meeting, Visitation and two week revivals. Crown Choir anyone? I rarely missed. Same for my brothers and sister.
Yes, I dropped out for awhile in my college days – typical – but God loves me enough to not give up. So I returned to church.
I became a “leader” in the church; teacher, music ministry, deacon, committee/team member, etc. I did what I thought was the right thing to do. And God blessed what He could and redeemed the rest, or will do so.
But there was always a deep “question” in my heart. Sometimes it would come out in confusion and even anger: “What was our purpose as a church?” It seemed to me that there was really not a lot of return on investment. Yes, there was the rare “mountaintop experience” but where was the abundant life – for me and those around me? I just couldn’t shake this thought.
Now, to today. About six years ago, I and a few others were challenged to start an off-campus Bible study for a group of ladies who would not, for various reasons, go to “church.” Basically, they were intimidated and afraid of the established culture of church.
So, we started one. Now, I “signed up” to lead a Bible study. My primary gift and call is teaching and this was right in my wheelhouse. Little did I know…
Soon, 1Twenty2 Ministries was born and we began to expand our reach. Homeless persons came. Those of different ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds showed up. We added ministries to help them with food, clothing, and some other necessities. We have learned that giving relief is not enough and we now offer restoration and empowerment ministries. This starts with spiritual restoration and then we extend it to relational, financial, and other life needs.
I’m not telling you this for information purposes although I do want you to know what we do. I’m telling you this because I found the answer to my question.
The abundant life has to be an adventure. I could not just sit back doing the same old thing and expect God to hand me joy, peace, freedom, etc. I had to follow the voice of my Shepherd.
I said I signed up to teach. But that wasn’t enough. God had other ideas and plans. And it involves some things that are NOT in my wheelhouse. They stretch me and “bother” me. But, I get to see God come through over and over and over with exactly what is needed for the “crisis.”
I used to be afraid to go beyond what I knew I could do well. Not so much anymore. This really is the great adventure.

Friends, I believe there are some of you reading this that have a similar “dilemma” in your heart. Please ask God where He wants you to go. I would be glad to help you if I can. Just let me know.
And never, ever forget…
…you are loved!

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Ladies, please come to the Pricilla Shirer simulcast event this Saturday from 8:30-4:30 at 1Twenty2 Ministries, 401 Fifth St. in Waxahachie.  We will have donuts and coffee to start and lunch will be provided.  The event is free because of our generous donors.  Penny Haney will be your host.  Contact her at forreston@aol.com so we are sure to have enough food.  Need to know by Friday morning!  Invite your friends.
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Don' forget out fundraiser at Panda Express in Waxahachie all day this Thursday, April 26.  I will be there around noon.  Stop and say hello!.

Oh my, friends - you are so loved!

Bobby

Kingdom Men

 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.  7PM

Our Vision Statement

A Note from Bobby

Saddle Up

I recently faced a “situation” involving our ministry that took me out of my comfort zone. So as not to embarrass anyone, I won’t go into detail. I mention it because it’s really not that uncommon anymore. Let me explain.

I grew up in church. My dad was a minister. I started in the nursery probably within a week of my birth. Mom sang in the choir and taught Sunday school. It’s what we did.

School years in Beginners, Primaries, Juniors, and Youth Group. (Old Baptists will recognize that along with Sunbeams and RA’s.) And don’t forget Training Union, Prayer Meeting, Visitation and two week revivals. Crown Choir anyone? I rarely missed. Same for my brothers and sister.

Yes, I dropped out for awhile in my college days – typical – but God loves me enough to not give up. So I returned to church.

I became a “leader” in the church; teacher, music ministry, deacon, committee/team member, etc. I did what I thought was the right thing to do. And God blessed what He could and redeemed the rest, or will do so.

But there was always a deep “question” in my heart. Sometimes it would come out in confusion and even anger: “What was our purpose as a church?” It seemed to me that there was really not a lot of return on investment. Yes, there was the rare “mountaintop experience” but where was the abundant life – for me and those around me? I just couldn’t shake this thought.

Now, to today. About six years ago, I and a few others were challenged to start an off-campus Bible study for a group of ladies who would not, for various reasons, go to “church.” Basically, they were intimidated and afraid of the established culture of church.

So, we started one. Now, I “signed up” to lead a Bible study. My primary gift and call is teaching and this was right in my wheelhouse. Little did I know…

Soon, 1Twenty2 Ministries was born and we began to expand our reach. Homeless persons came. Those of different ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds showed up. We added ministries to help them with food, clothing, and some other necessities. We have learned that giving relief is not enough and we now offer restoration and empowerment ministries. This starts with spiritual restoration and then we extend it to relational, financial, and other life needs.

I’m not telling you this for information purposes although I do want you to know what we do. I’m telling you this because I found the answer to my question.

The abundant life has to be an adventure. I could not just sit back doing the same old thing and expect God to hand me joy, peace, freedom, etc. I had to follow the voice of my Shepherd.

I said I signed up to teach. But that wasn’t enough. God had other ideas and plans. And it involves some things that are NOT in my wheelhouse. They stretch me and “bother” me. But, I get to see God come through over and over and over with exactly what is needed for the “crisis.”

I used to be afraid to go beyond what I knew I could do well. Not so much anymore. This really is the great adventure.

Friends, I believe there are some of you reading this that have a similar “dilemma” in your heart. Please ask God where He wants you to go. I would be glad to help you if I can. Just let me know.

And never, ever forget…

…you are loved!

Bobby

Started out this morning in the usual way 
Chasing thoughts inside my head 
I thought I had to do today 
Another time around the circle 
Try to make it better than the last 
I opened up the Bible 
And I read about me 
Said I'd been a prisoner 
And God's Grace had set me free 
And somewhere between the pages 
It hit me like a lightning bolt 
I saw a big frontier in front of me 
And I heard somebody say let's go 
Saddle up your horses 
We've got a trail to blaze 
Through the wild blue yonder of God's Amazing grace 
Let's follow our leader into the Glorious unknown 
This is the life like no other 

This is the great adventure – “The Great Adventure, Steven Curtis Chapman

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