Written by: Herb Bailey
This year has been one of the most defining of any year that we have experienced.
The theme for 2018 was Identity. Who am I? Whose am I? The more we listened to
the Lord, the more we realized that we had multiple hats with multiple labels, but
one Identity rose to the top.
Child of God
As a child of God, first, we can prioritize the other identities and filter our
relationship with the Creator and creation in the proper order. If indeed we have
given our will and emotions over to the Lord, we have come to the end of ourselves
and accepted the free gift of eternal life. Trusting the Lord to lead us, trusting our
future to Him, frees us from having to, and instead we are privileged, or we GET TO.
What we have seen, heard, and experienced is the blessing of the Lord as we
continue to get our priorities straight.
Trust the process.
We have been blessed by others joining us in reassessing priorities, and through
their giving of time, talent, and treasure, we have seen the Awareness of the
Kingdom of God expand. With that expansion comes real Freedom as the message
of God’s grace is spread, hearts opened, and lives changed.
This season is a great opportunity to reflect on the victories as well as the struggles, ongoing, that the Lord has yet to remove. We continue to walk with the marginalized who may be disconnected from family and we ask that not only will you pray for them, but also connect with them as the Lord leads you. We have been blessed with such great opportunities to love the community, and as rewarding as this is, we are painfully aware that needs don’t end as the season of giving often does.
Our prayer for you is the same prayer that we have for ourselves. That your first
identity will be “Child of God” and you will live out of that, give out of that, and love
as a lifestyle, because the least , the last, and the lost are in desperate need year
Blessings this Christmas from our family, Herb, Angel, Kyah, Amara, Andrenna,
Maggie, Nancy, Turk, Jim, Jim, Greg, Helen, Tess, Marla, Scott, Paul, Karen, Tim,
Terrell, Josh, Chris, Lilikae, Steve, Jared, Deamonte, and a whole host of other
volunteers. May the Lord Bless you and Keep you and make His face to shine upon
Luke 2:10 He told them, "The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few.
Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.
Written by: Greg Miller
During a recent trip to the Beaver County jail for our weekly bible study one of the participants stated that he had been having a lot of difficulty with his cell mate. There were also tensions on the pod in which he is confined. This man is a believer who wasn't sure what to do. He was sharing his trials with someone else who suggested that he pray about those situations. So, he began to pray. He was amazed at the transformation that took place within one week. The relationship with his cell mate improved dramatically. The tensions in the pod disappeared. Most of all, he was in awe of the fact that God had answered his prayers so rapidly and so obviously. As a result, his faith and his trust in the Lord grew.
Even though he is incarcerated, he is experiencing a growing relationship with Jesus that surpasses what a lot of Christians experience. His body may be locked up, but his spirit is free and growing. He is experiencing God's love in a way that many of us don't get to do. That is a marvelous reality of God's work. It is not hindered by our physical circumstances. He can work anywhere; anyway; with anyone. God is amazing!
When this man is released back into society I look forward to seeing what the Lord will do with his faith that is growing, even while in jail. I can't help but think that the Lord has some big plans for him!