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Adullam House

People in prison have kids. People in prison cant take care of their kids. If there is no family, or is no suitable family, then what happens to the kids? That is precisely where Adullam House steps in.  A ministry birthed in the hearts of Pete and Angie Spackman, Adullam house takes in kids that have no where else to go. Mothers who are pregnant when incarcerated who have no suitable family can give their kids to Pete and Angie and the staff at Adullam House will raise them in a Christian environment.

Adullam House is located in Wetumpka Al.  The kids have private school there, and can grow to adulthood and become useful citezens, filled with the knowledge of God, and loved by people who really care.

The heartbeat of LTCM is children. We could use our resources to go to foriegn soil and help orphans and children (and we do), but here is a need that lies at our doorstep. Vicki and I made the decision to donate a certain portion of our ministry to Adullam House.

A new link has been placed on the right hand column, that will click you right to Adullam House. We invite you to go to their website and take a look for yourselves.

For the Children – Mike and Vicki

March 29, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

WOW……Not How

“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NLT)

Mission — Long ago and far away, there was a teacher who worked painstakingly to teach me how to play the guitar. Every week, we’d climb up and down musical stairs crafted from the pentatonic, hexatonic, heptatonic, and octatonic scales. This emphasis upon technique frustrated me, and I grew to hate it so much that I abandoned the guitar – until playing it became a positive part of my mid-life crisis.

OK, OK … Yes, I would have been better guitar player today if I’d practiced what my teacher told me (and, kids, eat your spinach too). But somehow I became so buried in the technique of making music that I lost the exhilarating pleasure of the music – with its power to make my heart soar toward the grace-filled face of God.

You might say the How of guitar-ianity muted the Wow of the music.

And in our well-intentioned focus on the How of missions and evangelism, I sometimes wonder if we lose sight of the Wow – that God’s Holy Spirit lives within us, and that he is with us always, day after day after day, until the very end of time.

Wow!

Can I get an “Amen?” Say this with me, brothers and sisters:

Wow! The God of the universe is present by his Spirit within me!

Wow! The God who spoke the world into existence lives within me!

Wow! The same God who placed the moon and the stars and the sun into the sky also placed his Spirit within me!

Wow! The God who owns the cattle on 10,000 hills considers me one of his heirs and is pleased to give me a share in his kingdom!

Wow! The God of Creation spoke me into my mother’s womb, SHAPEd me as a masterpiece crafted for the mission of proclaiming his Wow throughout the world! (Jeremiah 1:5)

It’s not the How; it’s the Wow!

Good God Almighty, he lives, he lives, Christ Jesus lives in me today! (Galatians 2:20) The Wow is with me always and forever, yesterday today and tomorrow, forever and again, amen.

The Good News we proclaim without shame is that the Wow is in our hearts, and the Wow will come into any heart that confesses Jesus Christ as Lord.

So what?

· Relationship over results – God is more interested in you than he is in your methods. Wow! And the Good News we carry is that God is truly interested in the life of each person he placed on the planet. Are there some relationships where you emphasize the How over the Wow?

· Set your heart on the Wow – You must be deliberate in staying focused on the Wow. “… Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1b-2 NIV)

· No commandment harmed – No commandment was harmed in the making of this devotional. Ha! Staying intimately focused on the Wow does not suggest the How is unimportant or that the How can compromise biblical truth or downgrade “the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6 HCSB) But the greatest How is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” The second is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-40 HCSB) The Wow guides the How.

May the WOW guide you, my friend.

March 23, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Putting Jesus Back Together…….

A father wanted to read a magazine but was being bothered by his little  girl, Shelby. She wanted to know what the United States looked like.

Finally, he tore a sheet out of his new magazine on which was printed the map of the country.

Tearing it into small pieces, he gave it to Shelby and said,” Go into the other room and see if you can put this together. This will show you our whole country today.”

After a few minutes, Shelby return ed and handed him the map, correctly fitted and taped together. The father was surprised and asked how she had finished so quickly. “Oh,” she said, “on the other side of the paper is a picture of Jesus. When I got all of Jesus back where He belonged, then our country just came together.”

March 16, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Are you a Teacher????

We are teachers of the faith
by Jon Walker

“Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other.” (Colossians 3:16a NLT)

 

Discipleship – We are all teachers of the faith.

 

We may be good teachers or we may be bad teachers, but we all are teachers. Everyday, hopefully, we model biblical behaviors and respond with Christ-like attitudes.

 

Teaching involves more than unpacking Bible stories or giving theological insight; we teach when we help one another know how to love a spouse, make wise decisions, keep our thought-life pure, or get out of debt.

 

The Apostle Paul says we’re to “counsel each other.” That means we should be learners also – listening to other believers as they tell us about God’s work in their lives, and watching one another to see what “Christ in you” looks like in another human being. (Colossians 1:27 NIV)

 

He says the power of collective spiritual growth occurs when we:

 

·                            Let the words of Christ live in our hearts. We must know God’s Word before we can teach it. As we hear, read, study, memorize, and meditate on the words of Christ, we take them into our hearts. This gives us the wisdom we need to help one another grow in godly character. (Romans 15:14b, NCV)

 

·                            Use God’s words to teach and counsel each other. The Bible reflects the mind and will of the Father. When you’re carefully stepping along a slippery slope, would you rather consult the wisdom of God, or the wisdom of man?

 

It’s not enough to merely learn the Word; we must allow it to take root in our hearts so we then can apply it in our lives, holding tight, not relaxing our grip: “Guard it well – your life is at stake!” (Proverbs 4:13, MSG)

 

So what does this mean to me? Your friends and relations are not an accidental part of your life. (Remember that during the next family reunion!) They are gifts from God. They are the very people God designed to help you grow in Christ-like character. Even if they are not Christians, God can still use them to create Christ-like character in you.

 

If your life is a lesson to others, what are you teaching them about faith in God?


March 14, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A New Thing

It had been a long time since Horace Walpole smiled. Too long. Life for him had become as drab as the weather in dreary old England. Then, on a grim winter day in 1754, while reading a Persian fairy tale, his smile returned. He wrote his longtime friend, Horace Mann, telling him of the “thrilling approach to life” he had discovered from the folk tale.

The ancient tale told of three princes from the island of Ceylon who set out on a pursuit of great treasures. They never found that for which they searched, but en route they were continually surprised by delights they had never anticipated. While looking for one thing, they found another.

The original name of Ceylon was Serendip, which explains the title of this story—“The Three Princes of Serendip.” From that, Walpole coined the wonderful word “serendipity.” And from then on, his most significant and valued experiences were those that happened to him while he was least expecting them.

Serendipity occurs when something beautiful breaks into the monotonous and the mundane. A serendipitous life is marked by “surprisability” and spontaneity.  When we lose our capacity for either, we settle into life’s ruts. We expect little and we’re seldom disappointed.

Though I have walked with God for several decades, I must confess I still find much about Him incomprehensible and mysterious. But this much I know: He delights in surprising us. He dots our pilgrimage from earth to heaven with amazing serendipities.

Isaiah’s words make me smile every time I read them because I have seen their truth come to pass time and again. God still stands behind this promise:

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland. (Isa. 43:19 NIV)

Your situation may be as hot and barren as a desert or as forlorn and meaningless as a wasteland. You may be tempted to think, “There’s no way!” when someone suggests things could change. All I ask is that you read that verse one more time and be on the lookout. God may very well be planning a serendipity in your life.

God has been doing “a new thing” in drab deserts and wintry wastelands for centuries.

 

March 12, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment