Do You Want To Be Healed?

Screenshot_20170310-091345After noticing that a person has been hurt, sick, weighed down, or [just] in a helpless condition for a long while, the believer ought to ask them, “Do you want to get well?” Don’t just keep scrolling by their social media posts, message them. Or better yet, stop by their home, call or text, invite them over. ** And if you are a believer, who happens to be in a seemingly helpless state, ask yourself that same question,  “Do I have a desire to be well?” If so, reach out to someone who lives like Jesus.**

“And a certain man was there, himself being thirty and eight years in infirmity. Jesus, having seen him lying and having known that he has been a long time already, says to him, “Do you desire to become well?”

The one ailing answered Him, “Sir, I do not have a man, that when the water has been stirred, he might put me into the pool; and while I am going, another descends before me.”

Jesus says to him, “Arise, take up your mat, and walk.”

And immediately the man became well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.” (John 5:5-9)

Can President Trump Be The Means to Which Christ is Drawing You Closer to Himself?

Perhaps, President Trump, #YOURPresident, whether you like it or not, may be the mean in which the LORD GOD chooses to draw YOU closer to Himself.

Perhaps.

Perhaps, maybe you didn’t know you were on your way to hell…as an almost Christian, professing Jesus with your mouth, but denouncing Him with your lie,  I mean life.

But please. If you are a Christian, consider your own ways. Are you a hypocrite because you can’t stand him because of the things he has said? Are you in sin, as you slander him? And does the fact of the possibility of you being in sin give you pause. If not. Then, I want you to #takeaseat and repent and ask God to forgive you and make you right before Him. -Don’t you know, Christian, that Jesus said we will be held accountable for every careless word we speak? (Matthew 12:36)  And if you DO know this, then here we are again, back to sin, because [James says] whoever knows the right thing to do and yet fails to do it, is guilty of sin. (James 4:16-17)    And we know that sin is a BIG DEAL because sin separates us from our beloved Savior Lord, who’s Presence we ought to continually be mindful of, right? (Colossians 3:1-2) I mean are you so willing to forsake His Presence to complain and spew out words you can never take back! Words that will condemn you? (Matthew 12:37)

Colossians 3:1-2 says, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”(Typography added)

Christian. You and I are to make a conscious choice to direct our mind and our hearts towards the things of Christ our Lord. (Philippians 2:4-5) We venture towards having the mind of Christ through prayer, residing in the Word of God, the Bible and through faithful and loving accountable fellowship with other believers. Directing our minds towards the things of God is always best for us because God’s thoughts are so much higher and better than our thoughts. His thoughts are much more noble and upright than ours. Can you agree? Yes, His thoughts are righteous and so are [all] His ways. All of our thoughts and ways are damning and in need of redemption. The prophet Isaiah says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Though some thoughts come quickly, whether naturally or from the enemy. It is still up to us to turn our minds and hearts to Christ and choose to make our residence there.

I know. I know. It ain’t easy. It’s so easy to join throng of naysayers versus countering them! Trust. I know! But, you know Christian; brother, sister. I know you can do it. I know you can love like you are Jesus’.  Listen. The only thing that keeps us from setting our mind on Christ, is our pride. Pride is murderous to anyone attempting to live out the mission of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20)  Pride takes us on a detour far off the path to God, and sets us on a path of it’s very own: destruction. Pride is where the wicked abound. (See Psalm 10)  Do not do what they do.

Again. I know you can DO IT. I know you can LOVE LIKE JESUS LOVES. The kind of love that is virtually selfless and hopes for the best in all things. The kind that keeps no roster with check marks against people. (Check out 1 Corinthians 13)  I know  you can love like this because of Him who lives on the inside of you! I tell you, He is greater than any masterful complaint or snide remark. He is just greater than______.  AND, check it, He has given us EVERYTHING we need to live a life of godliness. (2 Peter 2-3) This means He has given us, who are His, the supernatural ability to love our enemies, to pray for them and actually care about their eternal well being. This also means, we are able to endure the  afflictions of this world and that we don’t have to resort to complaining, shaming, and hateful speech or deeds. We are able to do these deeds  ALL with a thankful heart! Because. Because. Because! Because!!!!  Our GOD is Greater than the sum of them all! He is stronger! He is BETTER!  His way is BETTER. His promises are BETTER. (Hebrews 8:6)

So now, when you hear, see, or think of President Trump (or whomever else), you can praise the Lord for this ‘mean’ He has in place, to draw you closer to Himself.

It’s ALL about Him anyway. Praise be to Jesus!

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  {Philippians 2:1-11}

Sacrifice

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“Where are the young men and women of this generation who will hold their lives cheap (Rev 12v11), and be faithful even unto death?
Where are those who will lose their lives for Christ’s sake – flinging them away for love of Him?
Where are those who will live dangerously, and be reckless in His service (Acts15v26)?
Where are his lovers – those who love Him and the souls of men more than their own reputations or comfort, or very life?
Where are the men who say “no” to self, who take up Christ’s cross to bear it after Him who are willing to be nailed to it in college or office, home or mission field; who are willing, if need be, to bleed, to suffer, and to die on it?
Where are the men and women of vision today?
Where are the men of enduring vision?
Where are the men and women who have seen the King in His beauty, by whom from henceforth all else is counted but refuse that they may win Christ?
Where are the adventurers, the explorers, the buccaneers for God who count one human soul of far greater value than the rise or fall of an empire?
Where are the men who glory in God-sent loneliness, difficulties, persecutions, misunderstandings, discipline, sacrifice, death?
Where are the men and women who are willing to pay the price of vision?
Where are the men and women of prayer?
Where are the men and women who, like the Psalmist of old, count God’s Word of more importance to them than their daily food?
Where are the men and women who, like Moses of old, commune with God face to face as a man speaks with his friend, and unmistakably bear with them the fragrance of the meeting through the day?
Where are God’s men and women in this day of God’s power?”

Howard Guinness, Sacrifice, IVP

May Family Update- 2016

2016.

Two thousand sixteen.  Dos mil dieciseis.

No matter how you say it, the year of 2016 has made a name for itself. 2016 will go down in history as “one of those years”  The crazy part: it’s not even over yet!

If there was just ONE THING my family and I have learned and been reminded of, THIS year, is that JESUS CHRIST is the same yesterday, TODAY, and forevermore! He HAS BEEN and IS our Constant Sustainer! Our ALL in ALL.

He is Sovereign & He Loves US & He’s coming back!

Joseph, 36

Joseph is also known as JOE, daddy, and Pastor and by a few good men, JOJO!

Joseph began the year as FSRP Worker, but now works at the local community college as an ESL teacher. He absolutely loves it! Not only has he found it to be a great place to work, but a very ripe harvest field.  Joseph is a part of one of the BEST College ministries we have ever seen. Praise the LORD for laborers!  Joseph also disciples and train a few young men, who in turn, disciple their various teammates.

Joseph finished his first semester of his Master’s Program at Barclay College. He is enjoying this learning experience, as well as, the comradery amongst other brothers and sisters of the Gospel of Christ.

Joseph continues to serve as Chair to the Local Ministers Association, as Chaplain to Spenser’s Underground Ministry(S. U. G. Ministry), regularly preaches at local retirement homes.

Joseph serves a Pastor at JOY! Fellowship Church. As of September 2016, JOY! Fellowship has entered its second year as a Church plant and continues to spread the Gospel over NW Iowa.

Joseph (& Tamika) serves as contact for IOWA in #NOPLACELEFT Network (#NPL). Here, Joseph and Tamika serve as accountable brothers and sisters to those in the state of Iowa, who are making disciples and training them to reach those in their homes, neighborhoods, cities! You should ask us about it!

Joseph enjoys being with his family. Joseph, particularly enjoys teaching and making a disciple of his son, Cur-man! His favorite pass time has not changed: eating whatever Tamika cooks, watching, seemingly, pointless cartoons, and of course, playing the XBOX with the CREW or AJ!

Favorite Scripture Passage of THIS year: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21the-fellas

Tamika, 40

Yes, 40!!!! 40thdaycake

Tamika was graciously given the opportunity to attend Desiring God Conference for her 40th birthday in Minneapolis, MN! She missed her husband, though!!!

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Tamika continues to serve as wife and mother. She continues to homeschool and disciple the CREW!

Tamika  also disciples a group of young girls at a residential youth facility, disciple a group of ladies via a community Bible study, and  disciples a host of ladies, individually.

This past September, Tamika organized a simulcast for the Lakes area, for Revive Our Hearts, CRYOUT16!

Tamika loves to cooking and making room at her table for anyone who’d come.

Favorite time is  hanging with JOE, reading, watching NCIS, listening to her oldest talk about JEM & the Holograms or share her movies/podcast stories.

Favorite Scripture Passage: “O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12the-ladies

 

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AMBER, 12, 6th Gradeamber

MY! What can I say about this precious gift in a girl!

She is the me I wanted to be at age 12! She is an introvert until it comes to the Gospel, JEM, Barbie and the Rockers, her Podcasts, her movies, and her music playlist from the 60’s and 70’s.

This girl loves her some Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Denise Williams, JEM & Holograms music. OH! I already said that- but that’s how much she enjoys them!

Amber’s art skills have become more creative and defined. She is constantly drawing and thinking of a new storyline for a podcast.

Her favorite subjects are: ART , Podcasting (really not a subject)

She has dreams of being an Podcast-ER (a career in podcasting)

Favorite Scripture Passage: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

 

BROOKLYN, 11, 5th Grade

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BROOKIE-B!!!

All sweetness right here! Tenderhearted, lover of the Word! She is mature beyond her years but yet, every bit of 11!

She has a sense of humor like her daddy! Loves to listen to John Piper books and sermons. She is an avid reader! She loves to build and create. She has remodeled and rebuilt her bookshelf barbie house and furniture, several times, using what I would throw away. She loves to draw and make bracelets. She is loves to make podcasts, but finds her niche in the production and business creativity.

Brooklyn is still receiving lessons on the piano.

Brooklyn wants to be an architect!

Brooklyn’s favorite subjects in school>  Logic & Critical Thinking, READING. She really enjoyed the poetry unit this year. Here is her first poem:

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Favorite Scripture Passage: “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” Psalm 100:1-2

CURRAN, 55, I mean 9, 4th Grade

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THIS GUY!!!

He brings laughter and joy to this family! He is always thinking (fast) and talking! Almost never quiet. He could serve as the Extrovert Model! Seriously though!

He spends most of his time explaining things to us! He loves to read comic books or books that matter to him, et’ al, comic books!

This boy can exegete some Scripture!  You know, for a nine year old.

He loves playing with his LEGOS, superhero people and enacting movies! He occasionally serves his sister by participating in her podcasts (he is pretty funny, too!).

Curran became sick this year, and spent some days in the hospital. Although hard and scary, because of Christ, he was a champ! Since. He has endured having his tonsils removed and recovered well.

This year he participated in summer Art Class (along with his sisters). He loved it.

He also played on a football team for the first time. He enjoyed it and looks forward to next year. Football was challenging for him, but good.

Curran desires to be either a plumber, because he likes his chore cleaning the toilet in the bathroom OR a video game designer OR a trash man, so he can share the Gospel

His favorite subjects> Math and Reading

He looks forward to taking up Tae Kwon Do again, as a yellow belt green stripe! He joined in January and tested in May!

Favorite Scripture Passage:  “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4curran

 

OUR ANIMALS

Leo, Raph and Mikey and Duke

 

Trips and Visits in 2016

Victoria visited for two weeks in May

Granny and Papa came in July

Visit from Clint H!!!!

Visited the Felty’s in Minnesota

Thanksgiving with the Romo’s in Chicago

Had lunch and shopped with baby sister Melinda!

Had to say SEE YA to dear friends Dave and Jaime!

Bre and AJ  for Christmas Eve

 

2016 in Pictures

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All I Have Is Christ

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way.
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave.
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will.
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still.

But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross.
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace.

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me.
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose.
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You.

© 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI), by Jordan Kauflin

Psalm 42

As a deer pants for flowing streams,

so pants my soul for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God,

for the living God.

When shall I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my food

day and night,

while they say to me all the day long,

“Where is your God?”

These things I remember,

as I pour out my soul:

how I would go with the throng

and lead them in procession to the house of God

with glad shouts and songs of praise,

a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my salvation 

 and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;

therefore I remember you

from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,

from Mount Mizar.

Deep calls to deep

at the roar of your waterfalls;

all your breakers and your waves

have gone over me.

By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,

and at night his song is with me,

a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God, my rock:

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why do I go mourning

because of the oppression of the enemy?”

10  As with a deadly wound in my bones,

my adversaries taunt me,

while they say to me all the day long,

“Where is your God?”

11  Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my salvation and my God.