22 February 2012 (Newsletter for March and April 2012)
Dear Friends and Partners,
Today, 2012, is a great time to be alive. As we read the Word of God today, we read the declaration of Psalm 47:8 (NKJV), “God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.” God has not abdicated His position of rulership over the nations.
These past few weeks have been a great joy for us. We had the opportunity to attend the annual A.R.M. R & R (Rest and Relaxation) Gathering with other ministers and friends in Indiana. It was the first time that we had gathered as a group since the death of our founder and friend, Chuck Clayton. Our new president, Bob Hauselman, challenged us to take new steps of faith and step into our futures with a fresh direction from the Holy Spirit. His words enhanced the very thing that God has spoken to us during the past few months: “Take the limits off and go boldly into new territory.”
God has also been speaking concerning thriving in the midst of change, and all of us, no matter where we live in the world, are experiencing change. The writer of the book of Hebrews wrote of the necessity of entering into a position of “REST” with God: “There remains…a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest…” (Hebrews 4:9-11a NKJV). Rest is a position of confidence in God: confidence in “who He is,” confidence in His promises, confidence in “who we are” in Him, and confidence in His faithfulness to perform His Word. This confidence is a result of faith in God.
Israel failed to enter into the place of promise, the place of “REST,” because of their “unbelief” (Hebrews 3:19), or lack of “FAITH.” Instruction is given to us in these words, “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Hebrews 4:1&2 NKJV). God wants us to mix “FAITH” with what we hear and see that He has spoken in His word. How do we mix “FAITH?” Let us “ACT LIKE GOD TOLD US THE TRUTH.”
You will notice from our schedule that we will be quite busy for the next few weeks. We fly to Trinidad-Tobago on the 1st of March and will be in several churches. We will also minister in Tennessee, North Carolina and Indiana before going to Colombia for most of the month of April. Pastor Dan Dyer and Whosoever Will Full Gospel Church, Dugger, Indiana will be dedicating a new church in the town of Marion, Indiana and we have been asked to participate. Please pray for them and for us.
It is our prayer that each of you will be blessed and follow in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ. The prayer of the apostle Paul found in the book of Ephesians speaks our hearts desire for you, “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man…” (Ephesians 3:16 NKJV).
Eugene & Sherry