Daily Archives: December 2, 2010

Birthday’s and blessings

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Hi!

My 29th birthday is coming around again for the 20th time!  Every year for the past 4 years I have gone to help with the Shoeboxes either in Charlotte or in Boone.  I consider this my birthday present to self.  This year I am going twice!  On Monday we will be going to Boone and then on Weds. to Charlotte.  I can’t wait!  The trip to Boone is super special because we get to take a tour of Samaritan’s Purse Operation Center.  I went last year for the first time and I was in awe of how much SP is involved in worldwide.  I don’t think there’s anything they don’t do!  I would love to be able to work there all the time and I am thankful that I can volunteer there once a year.  Today, at the Shoebox center in Charlotte they had a Christmas celebration.  It was live on the website and I watched most of it.  I got so excited when I heard Franklin talking about the kids and the boxes.  He is ALL about the kids receiving the gift of salvation through the giving of a shoebox.   It is obvious that the Lord has blessed this ministry.  In fact He has blessed it so much that this year 8 MILLION boxes will be going out to 110 countries worldwide!

I am reminded of Abraham in Genesis 12.  Listen to these words from God to Abraham:

The Call of Abram

1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.[a]
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”[b]

4 So Abram went, as the LORD had told him;

 

During the celebration on the live webcast the mayor of Charlotte, Anthony Fox,  came on and spoke these words: ” Let’s work to be a blessing to someone this holiday season.  God has blessed us and we extend our blessings across the world through the Shoebox Ministry.”

I know I talk about Bethel a lot and that just happens to be my “thing” right now, but there hasn’t been one day since I started taking this course that God has not brought what I am learning about the scriptures, through Bethel, to my mind.  This is one of those things.  Abraham was obedient to God’s call and he went.  He didn’t go alone, he took his family with him.

Franklin Graham has been obedient to God’s call on his life also.  He listened, he obeyed and he acted on what he heard.  Today there are many children all over the world who have been blessed to hear God’s Word through a shoebox and Franklin didn’t do it alone-he did it with the help of the church.  All churches everywhere!  It took prayer, time, patience, finances, blood, sweat and tears for both men to fulfill God’s calling on their lives.

Today, both men are still in action.  Abraham is no longer physically with us, but his obedience and  legacy lives on in God’s Holy Word and in the world.  God said GO and he went.  In doing that he was blessed by God and in turn we have been blessed. ” I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse;  and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves.” Without the obedience of Abraham we wouldn’t be where we are today and I don’t even want to think about that and I am glad I don’t have to.

In our Bethel study we have concept pictures and the one for Abraham shows Abraham kneeling on the earth, looking up,  holding a prism in both hands.  A shaft of  light from above hits the prism and the colors pass through Abraham and extend outward over the earth.   I would love to show you the picture but since it is copyrighted I cannot do that here, but if you’d like to see it I’d be happy to show you in person!  Just ask me the next time you see me!  Anyway-the picture is an awesome illustration of how God has blessed us through Abraham’s obedience.   When the light hits the prism it goes everywhere- the blessings of God are all around us and we have Abraham to thank for that!  God promised Abraham that he would bless him if he did what he asked him to do.  God does not break a promise.  I’m not saying it was easy and you can read more about it in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and the rest of the O.T..  In fact, I urge you to get your bible out tonight and say a prayer, before you begin reading, ask God to show you the way through the scriptures-to point out in your mind what He wants you to learn and He WILL!  You may even find it to be a delight to your soul!  I know I do!  It may even be like a breath of heaven!  🙂

 

What are we doing?

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I heard this song for the first time today and I thought I’d share it here.  It makes me wonder what in the world are we really doing?  Who’s birthday is it anyway?  Are we hearing the call of Jesus or are we hearing the marketing ploys of the world?  Are we really trying to buy Christmas peace?

Anyway- listen to the song and tell me what you hear…

All I need-JOIN US!

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This is a beautiful song about what we need to be complete….

GOD’S LOVE.

It would be a beautiful song to play softly during communion…can you see it now?  Lights down low, candles lit in groups, flames flickering gently in the silence and beauty of the moment.   God’s people communing together.  I can see an old wooden cross gracefully draped with a beautiful red cloth as Jay and Laura sit underneath, softly singing and playing this beautiful song of all that we need…

Jesus.

I see people with their hands out, anxious to receive the blood and body of Christ. 

Silently.

We receive.

Some weeping, some somber, some filled with joy while others melt in forgiveness. 

I see Pastor Ronnie in his jeans and on his knees.  He kneels in utmost reverence and awe, on the wooden floor, as a young man bends down in prayer to receive Christ as his Lord and Savior.  I see tears sliding down the tired and worried face of the young man’s mother as she raises her arms in praise and thanksgiving to God.   Her joy is overwhelming!  I hear people praying  and I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit moving in and out with every breath being taken in the room.

Can you see it?

Can you feel it?

God is here.

Join us…Sunday, December 5th, 2010  at 9:30 am at OOTBWC on Main Street in Hillsville.  We will meet you there!

OOTBWC Nursery

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Hi!

The Wytheville District made a gracious donation toward supplies for the nursery at the new worship center downtown.  This past week  some of our Launch Team went shopping for some nursery items for OOTBWC nursery.  Here is what they found!

Colorful, bright and fun table and chairs for the kids to sit at.  They are so cute I want to sit at them!  Easy to clean and care for since they are made of formed plastic.  They remind me of “cartoon” furniture.    The little box seats are also storage as the seat comes off and items can be placed inside.

I can see and hear the children coloring, laughing and playing as they learn about their best friend-Jesus!   I can also see little hands and fingers discovering the joy of God’s Creation and PAINT!  I can’t wait!!!!

A table and seats that can be adjusted to height.

“Wallies…”  These are stick on decorations for the walls.  They are toooooo cute!  Very colorful and fun!  They can be easily removed without harming the wall.

These are just a few of the items that were purchased and I wanted to share our excitement with you as we see God’s plan coming together.   It really is amazing to watch!

Last week the walls came down and this week the walls are going up in different places.  The nursery walls are up and it actually looks like a room now!  We are ALL so excited!  The ceiling is going in, stage is being readied for praise and worship and sawdust is everywhere!  Pastor Ronnie says that like the worship center-we are all a work in progress.  So, come and join us on Sunday!  Our first preview service is at 9:30 am.  Come as you are!  We will be there with smiles on and arms open wide!  No dress code and no perfect people allowed!