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"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.
On this Saturday, Dec. 22, we will gather with family and friends to celebrate the life and homegoing of our dear sister Rhonda Beard. Her memorial will start at 2PM and will be held at Wayne Boze funeral Home in Waxahachie.
Rhonda was a "charter member" of our weekly gathering and later became a member of our Board of Directors at our ministry. Rhonda was a blessing to us and specifically helped us to always remember that our work and focus was on PEOPLE and not programs. That trait was especially helpful to me as I tend to get lost in the administration and details at the expense of remembering to simply love God and love others. Rhonda always helped me stay centered on that.
We will miss her dearly.
Because we had scheduled a Christmas dinner and movie for Saturday evening, we will also make it a time of celebration not only of Jesus' birth and "God with us" but also now rejoicing that Rhonda is with her Savior in His paradise and we will see her again to catch up! Our time will start at 6PM.
You are all welcome to join us for these events and we hope that you will do so.
Our ministry is participating with the local Homeless Coalition for the "Let's Get Warm Giveaway" in coordination with the Point in Time (PIT) count of homeless persons in Ellis County. This event will be on January 24th, 2019 from 9AM to 9PM at the House of Praise on I35 in Waxahachie. Right now we are collecting coats, blankets, socks, gloves, and other items (Please see http://www.1twenty2.com/current-needs.html for more) to give away to folks in need.
There are other opportunities for you to help and I will let you know more in the coming days. Right now, we are looking for a person or group to supply a meal (breakfast or lunch; dinner is covered). We also need volunteers to train and then count our homeless population. And, we will have groups who provide services (churches and non-profits) to our homeless friends to come to the event and set up manned tables to let people know of the resources available to them.
If you want to help in any way with this event, please contact Kasie Linker at House of Praise or to me via reply to this email. We want to help you help others!
You are loved!
2nd and 4th Tuesdays. 7PM
The Light of the World
You may wonder, as I do, why the heart of God is to partner with us bringing the Light of His Kingdom to every dark place on earth. Why, in His perfect wisdom, has He chosen His people to accomplish this task really baffles me.
Never the less, God’s desire to co-labor with US is the truth of Scripture. God has indeed called us to bring His shining light into the darkness of other’s lives with love and grace. Jesus tells us this way:
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
Wow! It’s long been hard for me to even consider that I was capable of giving “light to all the house” much less even lighting up a broom closet. I know my weaknesses and failures all too well. It seems that I mostly see darkness in my life. How could I possibly give light to anyone? How about you? Do you experience the same doubts and wonder?
But here’s the thing – I thought for a long time that the light I was supposed to be distributing was the light of my OWN good works. I thought I had to be perfect in order to have any light to distribute. I believed I needed to get my own life sorted out before I could ever be any help to anyone else. And, because of that misconception, I was failing to experience the abundant life that comes from simply being used by God.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
The truth is, God is not calling us to minister out of our perfection. He is NOT calling us to figure it all out before we can be used. In fact, the most powerful message we have for those in darkness is that we are in desperate need of a perfectly loving Savior because of our imperfection!
When all the world gets to see is our façade of “perfection,” they know right away that they do not belong in Christianity. But, when we live with the courage to be truly honest and vulnerable, we open our lives for those in darkness to see God’s light within us. They see that He, in His grace, is available to encounter, love, and live within weak and desperate people.
Look, God is not calling you and I to share with the world our own perfection. That simply does not exist. He IS calling us to simply be who we are, encounter His loving-kindness, and then share with the dark world the grace and hope we have in Jesus Christ.
We need to make and take the time today to simply let God love us. As we do that, HE will mold and shape us into a child who then completely experiences the love of our Father. And from that place – being loved just as we are – we then open up our lives to love others as we are loved.
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 1 John 4:16
You and I are the light of the world just as we are. Let’s shine today!
You are loved.