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Partner Letter March 2016
This is the season that we remember THE GREATEST gift EVER given to mankind. When our loving heavenly Father, in His great mercy, reached out to us and gave His only Son to be propitiation for our sins. We read in John 3:16 that this was an outpouring of His love,
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
There is no greater demonstration of love. Jesus said in John 15:13,
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.
Not only did He lay down His life for us, He paid the supreme sacrifice for our sins. So much so that, because of His awesome love, we were raised to life and seated with Him in heavenly places. Ephesians 2:4-6,
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
This is the Gospel message. We are now a blessed family of God called to be a blessing to the nations of this world. Galatians 3:8-9,
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.
Paul told us in Galatians 3:13-14 that this was what we received when Jesus went to the cross for you and me,
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Our greatest calling is to be able to take this great Gospel message to the world. Paul encouraged Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:8-9,
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
Together we are able to do this. We may not suffer the same way that Paul did through beatings and imprisonment, but sometimes people may try to make us seem foolish for having chosen to walk with Jesus. WE WILL NEVER BE ASHAMED!
Know this…you chose to follow Jesus…He called you with a holy calling. Not only that; He gives you the grace to walk in His purpose.
That’s why we are called together in partnership…to walk together as one. To uphold each other in prayer. To support the work of God where someone else might not be able to. Through your seeds of love we are able to continue more powerfully than ever before.
Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day. I know that you are strong in the Lord and power of His grace manifests in your life in greater and greater measures.
Let’s always remember…no matter what we are going through… He endured more than we could ever imagine because of His great love for us. There is no greater love!
You are blessed!
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