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JL's Journal

July 22, 2014

NURTURING PARTNERSHIP

… " Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns 

where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing. "

(Acts 15:36)

 

Dear Ministry Partners,

   The Apostle Paul was not only an evangelist and church planter:  he was a builder of Kingdom relationships. He did not travel around in the world of his day instituting programs. His focus was on people. He did not just initiate projects he built partnerships. And his partnerships were not temporary – but rather, eternal, covenant, Kingdom partnerships. 

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July 15, 2014

NO VACATION FROM MINISTRY

“…they gathered the church together

and reported all that God had done through them

and how He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles”

(Acts 14:27)

Dear Ministry Partners,

   For most of us Americans, summer is a time when we take a “family vacation” of some kind. It is a wonderful time we all look forward to. Whether for a few days … a long weekend … or a week or more, it is a time when we step away for our daily work schedules for a time of relaxation and recreation. And most of us “go somewhere” for our vacation – whether to the beach … the lake … the mountains … to Disneyland … to a theme park … or to some favorite get-away. Many love to go on a cruise through the Caribbean Islands. We are so blessed in America to have this as a tradition – and the affluence to do it.

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July 01, 2014

NATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…”

(Psalm 33:12)

Dear American & National Friends & Partners,

   This is the week of July 4th – a traditional time for patriotic events that remind us of our independence and freedom and how blessed we are as a nation. It is an annual reminder of the signing and adopting of the “Declaration of Independence” on July 4, 1776. It was our American Magna Carta that declared our freedom from Great Britain and autonomy as a new nation. It is also a time when we remember the many military sacrifices that brought us this liberty and freedom, and that have maintained it across the years.

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June 24, 2014

THE POWER OF READING

“When you come, bring…my scrolls, especially the parchments…”

(II Tim. 4:13)

Dear Ministry Friends & Partners,

   There is no substitute for reading in the Christian life! As we were growing up, my parents often reminded us of this simple principle: “A reading Christian is a growing Christian.” And the primary source for our reading, study, memorization and meditation was and is the Bible.

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June 13, 2014

FATHER’S DAY MESSAGE

INTRODUCTION

   During the month of June, we commemorate and celebrate “Father’s Day” in America. There has never been a time in American history when an authentic “Father’s Day” is more needed! Fatherlessness is an epidemic in America
today – as well as in many other countries! Even though there are encouraging signs through various men’s movements, there are still millions of men who haven’t yet gotten the message. As a result, over 18 million children in America are basically growing up fatherless!

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