We are Here for You
Just a quick story today. Because you pray for, participate in, and support this ministry, we are able to reach folks who might not ever find a fellowship of Christ-followers to love them and offer them God's grace.
Charles came to our Sunday group Sunday before last at the invitation of one of our folks. Charles is homeless. He has a sister who lives in the area but he hasn't seen her in several years. He has no other family. He told me he kind of likes living outside because he "doesn't have to deal with too many people and relationships." (That's a pretty common sentiment, by the way.) Charles has some health problems but still walks almost everywhere he needs to go.
That Sunday, he enjoyed breakfast with us and then sat quietly for the rest of the morning. Afterward, another of our folks gave him a ride to where he "stays." He said he'd be back - but I've heard that before and really didn't think we'd see him again.
Well, I was wrong. Charles came again this past Sunday. He was late and apologized to me profusely. It was obvious to all of us that Charles was much more relaxed this week. He participated in our discussion (we are studying Mark's gospel) and all of us sensed he felt almost at home.
I believe God is using our little band of believers to reach Charles and give him some hope for restoration. I am sure God is able and we are excited to participate in that. I doubt that Charles would have ever entered the doors of a church building. He's a little dirty and ragged looking, carries most of his belongings in an overstuffed back pack, and has trouble keeping up with time.
But, because you have been obedient to God's call, 1Twenty2 Ministries and A Gathering of Friends can welcome Charles and let him know he is loved.
Just like you.
Friends, we need your financial support. I hate having to ask so much but we can't do this without you. Please help us today. You can give on our web site - just click this link - http://www.1twenty2.com/donate.html - or mail your gift to:
PO Box 1089
Waxahachie, TX 75168
We are a 501c3 non-profit and your gift is tax deductible. Thank you.
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I probably repeat this too much, but I feel like we’re not reminded enough of the wonderful and satisfying life available to us in relationship to God. So much of our faith is based on rules and regulations, “do’s and don’t’s,” rather than the wealth of life God yearns to give us in His Kingdom. Everything God desires for us to do or not do is based on His passion for blessing us. Anything God leads us away from or into is solely for our best. He is so good and loving and wants to bless His children.
Paul prays powerfully and expresses God’s heart for us here:
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:11-14
As followers of Jesus, we have been redeemed from living in darkness and have received a new name, “saints in light.” We are delivered from the dark things of the world – things that have previously defined us and our lives – and welcomed into a new Kingdom that is filled with light from God.
For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:8
As “children of light,” we must now learn to walk in our new selves. We must practice ‘walking,’ just like my new great-niece and great-nephew are doing today. We must learn what it is to apprentice ourselves to Jesus and become then marked by His characteristics and personality. Jesus has purchased this opportunity with His blood and now offers it to us as a gift.
This new Kingdom exists now on this planet and it also stretches past this span of life and into eternity. God’s Kingdom will never end. His goodness, love, and mercy are boundless and ceaseless.
Yes, while we are on earth we will experience temptations, trials, and doubts. Just as we all fell down many times as we were learning to physically walk, these things will try to pull us back to the darkness. But, by allowing God to sanctify us each day, we will learn to look past the earthly pleasures, possessions, and accolades and find much greater satisfaction in God alone.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
Friends, the true desire of our hearts will never be satisfied by things of the world. They just won’t. All the desire – which was placed there by God in the first place – is only fulfilled in relationship with The One who placed it in us.
Today, let us walk as a “saint in light.” Turn away from anything that even resembles darkness and commit to living in God’s light. Ask God to help you.
He will be most happy to do so. Because…
…you are loved!
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14
"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.
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