Friday, June 20, 2008

Exciting News

Hello Dear Prayer Partners, our last article shared how awesome is the restoration power of our God. The picture displayed the grass that grew back where the fire we experienced earlier this year had burned part of our yard. May we share that our back yard looks beautiful! In 1 Corinthians 3:12-17 we read “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay and straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” Those works that are not done under the power and presence of the Holy Spirit of God are burned up at the judgment seat of Christ as wood, hay and stubble. We, the children of God, will be purified by fire. In Malachi 3:3 it says, “He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.” Well, it is a joy to share with all of you that we continue in that purifying or refining fire of the Lord that is bringing the impurities in our life to the top so they can be removed and the pure undefiled metal will remain. It is a bit painful to be in the fire as all of you know but it is also liberating to be clean and pure for our Father to use in His daily work. Oh How We Love Jesus!!

These past few months have been very busy with ministry as we have spent many hours on the phone or computer sending messages to encourage and bless those people the Lord has given to us. We made new prayer sheets the other day and we have added so many more names to our lists. We had the joy of hearing reports just this month from missionaries in Europe who experienced the Tsunami several years ago first hand and have seen the power of God manifested in lives saved physically but also lives saved spiritually. The move of the Spirit of God is great in these countries hit by physical catastrophes. Do you know what touches us the most as we listen to these saints of God share all that the Lord is doing in and through them? It is their passion! Their passion is for Jesus and for the people who are lost and hurting. Though they have walked through great trial and seen death and destruction face to face, their passion and their love flows freely from their words and their actions. We in America are far removed from a lot of the world’s trials but in our own country we have experienced earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and fires.

Right now we are listening to our political candidates seek to win votes for the upcoming election and all we can really think about is What Does God want US to do? It is sad that we cannot believe everything that we hear. We must have wisdom from another source than our own minds and hearts. We want to help everyone we meet and yet the only thing that will truly help the lost and hurting is to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord and begin to walk in confidence that He is God! We thrill to hear of the thousands saved at Rallies in Moldova, Russia, the Middle East and other areas of the world where the Gospel is being preached to the masses. We thrill to hear of lives changed and hearts mended by the power of God. But we also thrill to hear of one person who decides to follow Jesus, no turning back to the old way of life but a desire to seek the adventure of being a Christian every day of your life. We rarely see the masses saved in our neighborhood but our witness is no less important than the evangelists who speak to the masses. Ask the Lord what you can do for Him today! Ask Him to show you His plans and purposes for your life. If you are His child, He does have a plan. Join Him in that plan! It is the MOST EXCITING LIFE you will ever lead! An adventure, a process, a covenant, a life lived with fulfillment and purpose.

Thank you for your prayer and financial support of this ministry! We seek to tell you in these articles what Father is doing because you care but human words are very inadequate for what Almighty God is doing.

We love you,
Charley & Karen