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JL's Journal

June 13, 2012

Dear Friends & Partners…the summer storm season is upon us!  According to meteorologists, the storms have already started earlier than ever.  The weather specialist tell us that these early "storm clouds" are warnings of a rough season of hurricanes between now and the end of summer.  But these physical storms are also a reminder of the spiritual storms that are raging all across our globe!  From a personal to a national level, destructive storms are raging – ravaging lives, homes, cultures and countries in the process.

In anticipation of this storm season, I have revised my book entitled "The Storms of Life."  We would like to send you a copy for any gift of $20 or more to JLPF*.  You will be blessed by the book and your gift will help us bring spiritual, emotional and physical relief to those who have been impacted by the "storms of life."

Anchored in Jesus,
JL & Patt

* In the note section please type 'The Storms of Life Book' or, if you prefer, please send a note with your donation to:
JL, Patt & Friends
P.O. Box 4066
Glen Raven, NC 27215

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June 12, 2012

“We dealt with each of you as a father deals with
his own children, encouraging, comforting,
urging you to live lives worthy of God.”
(I Thess. 2:11-12)

Father’s Day is always a day to honor our fathers, the men who provided for us, loved us, and protected us.  I was very fortunate to have a father who loved the Lord and lived his whole adult life as a local pastor in dedicated service to Him.  He did remarkably well in that role even though he struggled with some masculine deficiencies.  His natural father died when he was a young boy and his stepfather was an abusive alcoholic.

Dad and I shared a lot of common interests, like a love for animals, exploring the great outdoors, travel, camping and hunting.   We were both “collectors” and “fixers” who never threw anything away that we thought we should save, repair and use later!  We both shared a love for adventure and travel.  While I was a young teenager, we even drifted down the Yadkin River for a week in a homemade raft I had made from six 50-gallon oil drums – Tom Sawyer style!

I also remember how intently he listened to me as I explained why I had been expelled from school for fighting in the ninth grade!  His major concern was the reason for the fight…whether I had initiated it…if I had fought fairly – and whether I’d won or lost!  His own background growing up on the “wrong side of the tracks” made him sensitive to my situation – in spite of the fact that he was the local preacher!

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May 06, 2012

For North Carolinians, there is a strategic vote on Tuesday, May 8th, about the nature of marriage.  This is what the Amendment says: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”  Simple and clear enough.  Should be a slam-dunk vote!  Right?  Not necessarily.  Even though that is how most societies have understood and defined marriage since the beginning of time, that definition is increasingly being challenged morally and legally.  The necessity of Marriage Amendment One is the legal response to this battle to redefine traditional marriage.

The key legal issue is whether the traditional definition of marriage, as an exclusive relationship between a man and a woman, will stand.  Or whether it will be amended to legally validate and protect other “domestic relationships” – specifically between people of the same sex.  In other words, will the definition of marriage be widened to include homosexual relationships rather than just heterosexual relationships?  Will two homosexuals or two lesbians be granted all of the social and legal marital status of a man and woman?

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April 16, 2012

Dear JLPF Partners…In America and all over the world people are suffering.  Here at home thousands are suffering from wild tornados that are coming in unprecedented numbers.  In addition to the suffering from natural disasters, there is also the ever-present physical suffering through sickness and disease.  Many of you are already aware of the suffering we have been facing as an extended family through the meningitis that my grandson, Luke, has come down with -- which we deeply appreciate your prayers for.

As you know from my recent emails, in Mali, West Africa, our Christian brothers and sisters are suffering at the hands of Radical Islamic groups.  They have been forced to flee from their homes, lands, churches, Bible Colleges and towns and become refugees in their own country.  In Haiti where I just was for Easter, hundreds of thousands of earthquake victims are still suffering from homelessness and lack of basic essentials.  In parts of India,  Christians are suffering at the hands of Hindu militants who are destroying their homes and churches.  In Sri Lanka, Believers are being persecuted by Buddhist militants -- who were previously tolerant and non-violent.  The list of suffering goes on and on...

To help put this into a wider Biblical perspective, I am sharing this timely study entitled "The Fellowship of His Suffering."   I believe you will find it helpful.  After you read it, please feel free to forward it to other family and friends who might also be facing a particular time of suffering -- whether physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally or financially.  If they are not suffering now, it is only a matter of time!  None of us get through this life without some level of suffering.  So arm yourself with these timeless Biblical truths!  Then share them with others.

In His Sustaining Love,
JL

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February 22, 2012

As we begin this season of Lent, I wanted to remind folks of a book I published a few years back, The Passionate Christ.  It takes you through a detailed accounting of Jesus' last days and hours before His crucifixion.  Through this study you will discover afresh His passion for you!  The book can be purchased online at our Amazon store.

I also encourage you to review a series I posted online a few years ago, one for each of the 40 days from now to Easter. 

Below you will find the links.

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