17 January 2013
Dear Friends and Partners,
The New Year is well on its way and we see so many blessings on the horizon. As we look into the Word of God, we see the words of the prophet Balaam, when attempting to prophecy against the nation of Israel, was stopped by God and could only say, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it” (Numbers 23:19-20 NKJV). Unfortunately, there is a negativity seeping into many in the Body of Christ that is robbing the Church of its confidence and determination: confidence in God and His promises and the determination of faith.
In the Psalms we find a familiar passage that has blessed us so much over the years: “Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth” (Psalm 47:1-2 NKJV). A great truth caught our attention, found in the last phrase: “He is a great King over all the earth.”
God truly is “THE” great King over all the earth and He has not abdicated His position nor stepped back in His care for His people. Some are saying, “He has lifted His hand of protection and blessing from His people.” We say “NO!” We must remind ourselves of the promise of God: “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me” (Hebrews 13:5b-6 NKJV)? The time in which we live is a time of pressure, of course, but it is also a time of believing to “…see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13 NKJV).
We do not intend to disturb any of you with the comments above, but it is our desire to see each of you, as well as the two of us, walk in the great stability of faith in this hour. God has not changed and His Word has not changed. He is not only able to do all things well, He has promised to do all things well in all of our lives. Therefore, be encouraged!
You will notice from the schedule that we are getting busy with ministry after several months of being at home dealing with physical issues and getting some welcome rest. We are traveling to Indiana for an annual gathering of the ministers of Apostolic Resource Ministries (ARM) that we call R & R (Rest and Relaxation). It will be a time of blessing as we spend several days ministering to one another and building deeper relationships. In addition, we will be speaking in several churches in the region.
We ask that you especially pray for us as we begin this year’s events. God has opened many new areas of ministry for this year and we desire both physical and spiritual strength to accomplish His will in each place. We also are praying for you that you will be blessed with all material and spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.
Eugene & Sherry