As we close out 2015 we are very thankful for the things the Lord allowed us to accomplish through those who support us prayerfully and financially.
We conducted fourteen regional leadership meetings around the nation, furnished a Church Discipline Conference, and produced a very practical video set designed to equip young men for life and business called, “Lifeskills.” Our national conference on “The Highway of Holiness,” had a very centering influence on us, and many of the people to whom we minister.
I was particularly thankful to conduct a conference for couples married less than seven years… Wow. What a hopeful experience it was to be with them as we spoke of “Getting the Picture Right.”
We also published a book specifically for young people who have grown up in Christian homes, called “Early Piety.” This book helps children and parents to understand where they are spiritually and to understand the true gospel. It is a passionate appeal for them to seek the Lord early in their lives. We expect to be shipping this book out in early January.
It seems to me that one of the most significant things that happened this year was through our Regional Facilitators. These men launched a major effort to clean up our church network list, make contact with those who have been affiliated with us through the network, to conduct regional meetings – and to listen and pray. These efforts have resulted in the strengthening of relationships, discovering of new relationships, building bridges as well as clarifying what we are really advocating. I am very grateful for Mike Cheney, Steve Hopkins, Tom Ford, Ross McDonald, Kirk Smith, Jason Dohm, Greg Thornberg, Mike Cox and Tony Lepore who worked on this effort. One of the facilitators explained the bond we have with these churches this way, “The true commitment that binds us together is a commitment to the Scriptures and this makes our churches and our families similar to one another.” As I was contemplating on some of these similarities as a result of the regional leadership meetings I attended, I wrote an article on the commonality that these churches share.
Ultimately, our prayer is that the result of our work – when all is said and done – is that we were a blessing to a Church Network of biblically ordered churches and families and that we thereby contributed to the work of reformation that God is working around the world.
We believe that the reformation of churches and families is pivotal to this work of reformation that Jesus described in Matt 28, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Our prayer is that our work in 2015 and the years to come will be a fulfillment of these words.
I’ve been preaching through Isaiah in our local church and I recently did an exposition of Isaiah 61:1-12. In that chapter Isaiah is speaking of the power of the preaching of Jesus Christ (61:1-3) and then describes many of the results in people’s lives. One of the marks of the true church is that she is rebuilding what has been broken down, “And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the ruined cities, the desolations of many generations (Isaiah 61:4).
One of those results is that people will look at the church from the outside and marvel at the strength and the beauty of the peoples lives within and they will be calling the people, “trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah further explains how people – non-Christian people will notice that something very good has happened to them and how different their children are, “Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed” (Isaiah 61:9).
We are working and praying for a reformation like that. Would you help us in this reformation?
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