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Partner Letter

Partner Letters from Dr Allan Bagg

Posted by on in Partner Letter
Partner Letter November

Dear Partner

Here we are at the end of another great year with our Lord. We began 2017 with Him calling us to Walk With Him and to Work With Him…and we would see Heaven Invading Earth.

James tells us in his letter James 4:8,

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

If we have ever not experienced the presence of God, it has not been on His part. As we read through the Word of God, we will see time and time again that God is constantly visiting, reaching, calling out, inviting man into His presence. In fact, the very existence of the Word of God is proof of this.

We would not even be aware of the existence of God if He did not tell us about Himself. It was His idea to visit Abram in Genesis 12:1-2,

Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.”

And again, in Genesis 17:1-2,

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”

Almighty God…that is El Shaddai. The great God who protects, holds safe, nurtures, feeds and watches over you!

God’s great desire is for us to know Him. His greatest desire is to be believed! We are told in Hebrews 11:6,

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

As this year draws to a close, I encourage you…keep walking with God.

It is not a hard, laborious chore. It is not something that should bring pressure and concern. Jesus said in Matthew 11:30,

            For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

This does not mean that there will not always be a lot to do for Him. What it does tell me is that if I am taking heavy strain then I have not been walking with Him and have been trying to do things in my own might. Worry, concern, anxiety, stress are all symptoms of fear. If I have experienced any of these then that would tell me that I have not drawn into the love of God. John reminds us in 1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.

Remember, he said in 1 John 4:16,

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-29,

Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

There have been some great challenges this year…and maybe the enemy has tried to bring doubt to our thinking. Instead of thinking on those things, as we head towards the New Year, take time to spend with your Heavenly Father. Draw into the precious presence of Jesus. Look back and recall all the great things where and times that you were aware of the presence of God and where you saw Him move in your life. Celebrate His goodness!

Know God loves you…Believe His Love…and you will see that you did indeed experience Heaven on Earth!

Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.

Have a VERY blessed Christmas…and an Awesome 2018.

Jesus is Lord,

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Posted by on in Partner Letter
Partner Letter September

Dear Partner

After having made the ultimate sacrifice on the cross, paying for our sins and rising from the dead, opening the way for us to receive eternal life and be reconciled with our heavenly Father, Jesus gave this outstanding command in Mark 16:15,

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

I am sure at the time, with their limited technology, it must have sounded like a HUGE undertaking.

When one studies the travels of Paul, it is amazing how much distance he covered using very basic modes of transport. Some of their critics talked about them turning the world upside down (Acts 17:6). In truth, the disciples were teaching how to turn the world the right way up again. Paul tirelessly travelled across continents, planting churches and revisiting them to teach. Much of his travels would take days, if not months, to get to where he needed to be.

Looking at the immense work that he accomplished in his lifetime, I heard someone once comment, “Can you imagine what Paul would have got done if he had a Jet plane and a laptop.”

Fast forward to today…we have the technology available. Never before has it been easier and quicker to reach a multitude of people. When I think of our television programme, Wisdom For Life, I am still amazed at how many people have been impacted by the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through this powerful medium. The millions touched and changed; saved, healed, delivered and transformed!

I consider it an extreme privilege and honour that the Lord has called us to minister through this awesome avenue and that He has granted us His grace to achieve great things through it.

I heard a man of God say that Television wrote the book on “Expensive”. It sounded like a humorous statement until we launched into this great call. I was surprised at how much it took to broadcast a programme of high quality 5 days a week as we do.

I was even more amazed at how our God, according to His covenant promise, has always supplied every need when we needed it (2 Corinthians 9:8, Philippians 4:19). We have the most amazing partners that He has brought alongside us to ensure that we can carry this out together. Janine and I are so blessed to celebrate and pray for our partners every day.

And so, it is with GREAT EXCITEMENT that we announce that it is time to take our programme to a new level.

Television has been fast moving to High Definition and we have wanted to convert our program to HD as well.

We have trusted our God for some time now to take this huge step of faith. Through the faithfulness of our partners, the diligence of our great team here at ABM and the patient walk of faith we are thrilled to announce that we are ready to launch our new look HD, Wisdom For Life.

We have been working tirelessly to make sure that we bring you exciting new content. You can look forward to the same power packed, spirit filled Word of God being taught…but with a refreshing new look.

Make sure you tune in on Monday, 30th October 2017, 6:30am on FBN, DSTV Channel 341 for the first of our new programs…and then watch Monday to Friday, 6:30am.

Thank you, Partners!

As you sow your seed this month, know that your offering is enabling us to take this powerful outreach tool to a whole new level. I believe that it is going to reach even more people than we ever have before…and there is a great reward in that for you too.

Declare this over your gift this month, “This seed is planting the Word of God in the heart of multitudes. My offering ensures that the Word of God can be taught further and more effective. Souls are saved and delivered. And I receive the harvest from my seed so that I am enriched for generosity (2 Corinthians 9:11).”

Let’s take this Gospel to the nations!

You are blessed.

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Posted by on in Partner Letter
Partner Letter August

Dear Partner

Jesus was having a conversation with a woman at a well in Samaria. After a brief interaction, she noted that she perceived Him to be a prophet, which led her to ask where was the correct place to worship God. Jesus responded that the physical location did not matter but said in John 4:23-24,

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

We recognise from this that our worship is far more than a ritual that we carry out in a specific place. We never have to be restricted in our worship of our Father. His desire is that we worship Him from our hearts; in spirit and in truth. It is about our attitude rather than a religious ritual.

It is interesting to note that when Abraham was taking his son, Isaac to be offered as a burnt sacrifice on Mount Moriah that he told the helpers with him in Genesis 22:5,

And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”

One of the things to take note of is that there were no musical instruments and no choir. So, what was Abraham referring to? Worship, in its essence, is being obedient to God and His instructions.

What makes our singing worship? It is not that singing is called worship, but that worship is a response to God’s desire to be acknowledged and following His instructions as to how He prefers our singing. We are given insight into this in Psalm 100,

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! 2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. 3 Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

The way into God’s manifested presence is through singing. In fact, the Word tells us in Psalms 22:3

But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.

How are we to praise Him? Again, God lets us know in Psalms 150,

Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! 3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

To summarise…if it makes a noise, use it to praise God. God enjoys it when we let Him know how much He means to us.

It is amazing to see how many people will scream and shout, jump up and down and cheer when their favourite sport team does well on a field. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that. However, Jesus has done SO MUCH MORE than any sport team has ever done for us!

He conquered sin and death so that we could have life. He made the ULTIMATE sacrifice so that we get to enjoy being in the presence of our Heavenly Father now and for eternity. Now that deserves a shout of praise!!

When you sow your seed this month, let it be a declaration of praise. Say out loud, “This is my sacrifice of praise to You, my God. You have been so good to us! You are great and I praise You according to Your excellent greatness.”

We love you dearly and pray for you every day.

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GREAT NEWS!! Mark your calendar for 31 October 2017. We are launching our HD new look studio with exciting fresh and new content! Make sure that you tune in on FBN, DSTV channel 341. We will let you know more in subsequent letters.

This was made possible because of great partners! THANK YOU!!

Posted by on in Partner Letter
Partner Letter 31 July 2017

Dear Partner

“Why am I here?”, “What is this all about anyway?”, “Is there any purpose to my life?”

These are some of the soul-searching questions that have plagued people for centuries.

Jeremiah wrote in Jeremiah 1:4-5,

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Think about that for just a moment… God knew you before you were even formed in your mother’s womb. And He had a plan for you. No one is born “by accident”. It may have been unplanned on some parents’ part, however, the life that was formed as a result came from God. And God sent that person, you, me or anyone to this earth with a specific plan in His mind.

One of the reasons so many people are struggling and battling with life is that they are not walking in the place that God has designed for them. It would be like asking a fish to walk around on land. It was designed for the water. On land, it looks like it is useless…and would either be flopping in the process of dying or die very quickly.

Drop that same fish back in the water and in seconds it will swim away with expertise and ease!

If we could discover the plan that God has for us and chose to obey Him and walk in His call and purpose, we would be able to handle our situations with expertise and ease. It does not mean that we would never have any problems again, but when they came we would know how to walk through them successfully or solve them. To someone watching, it would look like you made it look easy. They may even say something like, “He/she was born for this”.

How then will I know this plan?

Last month we looked at our ability to hear God’s voice. God has not left us as orphans but wants to be a part of leading you to your success. Just before Jesus was to go to the cross for us, He told His disciples in John 14:15-18,

If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

A Helper! The Holy Spirit is our helper. Jesus called Him “another” Helper. In other words, He would be able to help them just the same way Jesus did while He was with them on the earth. Jesus could lead them, teach them, feed them, heal them… in fact I cannot imagine the disciples having any problems for any length of time while they were with Jesus.

And Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would do the same for us. Look at John 16:13-14

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

HE WILL TELL YOU THINGS TO COME! All we need to do is spend time with Him and He will guide us and teach us.

I encourage you today, if you have not yet discovered God’s plan and purpose for your life, set some time aside and worship Him thanking Him for His guidance in your life. Then listen…listen for His guidance. Over a period of time, or even immediately, He will prompt you and lead you…guiding you along His plan and purpose. And when you see His will manifesting in your life you will experience the greatest joy knowing that you too can say, “I was born for this!”

Thank you to all our Partners who stand with Janine and me. Together we are walking out His perfect plan for this ministry. As you sow your seed this month, declare this, “This seed enables the plan and purpose of God to preach the Gospel to be fulfilled. And I thank God, as a part of this great plan, I receive my harvest to continue walking in His plan and purpose for my life!”

Please remember, we love you and pray for you every day.

You are blessed,

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Posted by on in Partner Letter
Partner Letter July 2017

Dear Partner

When I think back on my life, I have seen times when I made decisions that really hurt me or crippled any chance of success. In all sincerity, I thought I had made the best decision that I could with the information available. Certainly, I would not have purposefully made a decision that would have harmed me. So, how come I made supposedly good decisions that turned out bad for me?

The Word of God tells us in Proverbs 14:12,

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

A fair question would then be; if it seems right and it is not, how would I know?

Praise God, He has given us the answer. Romans 8:14,

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Or, you could read it this way…the sons of God are led by the Spirit of God. Our loving heavenly Father does not want to see us defeated by our own ignorance. He wants to guide us in our everyday walk.

Someone says, “It would be great if I could hear the voice of God.”

My first question is, are you born again? Because, if you are, you do hear His voice!

“What, no I don’t.”

Yes, you do…look what Jesus said in John 10:27,

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

If Jesus said it, that settles it…we hear His voice.

Someone might respond, “Well, I beg to differ…I have not heard it.”

Again, Jesus said you do…if I think I have not heard Him it is not because He has not spoken. Jesus said I hear His voice. In that case I have heard Him speaking…but, may not have recognised it as His voice.

Sometimes we will say things like, I have a hunch. Or, something told me. Well, it’s not something…it is someone…the Holy Spirit!

James gave us a promise in James 1:5,

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Look at 1 Corinthians 1:30,

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God…

Paul prayed in Colossians 1:9-10,

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

I pray this prayer over you every day. Make a quality decision today to receive this and to pray it over your life every day. Declare this out loud, “I believe that I am filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. My walk is worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him and I am fruitful in every good work as I increase in the knowledge of God. Christ has become for me wisdom…I receive the wisdom of God. I hear the voice of my Shepherd. I hear the voice of God and I follow Him.”

Now trust the Word of God and your confession of faith. Be expectant. Be listening. And as you receive guidance, follow His promptings in obedience. The more you practice His presence, the more sensitive you will become to His leading. And we can look forward to making wise and accurate decisions that lead us to God’s perfect will for our lives.

Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.

You are blessed!

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