Without your support GospeLines Ministries would not be what it is today.Since our beginning in March 2000, we have become a respected Christian witness in the world.You have told others, who have shared the word with their friends and family, and so on and so on.Every day, people around the globe pray for the success of this ministry, and every day we at GospeLines Ministries pray for you.
It has been two years since we last requested financial support.I recognize that these are not the best of times for many of us. If there was a way that we could effectively share the gospel without asking for financial contributions I would do it.Nevertheless, I come to you to ask that you share a small financial gift during the next three months, February through April, 2010.
During our last campaign in 2008, one of our readers sent us $5.00 along with a touching note stating that she really had to stretch to do that.Others sent $1, some shared larger gifts, and we had a gift from South Africa for twenty Rand, also.But this year, I realize that even the smallest gift could be a burden for some.Beloved, if you can share one dollar, if everyone would do that it would be enough.Maybe some could send $1 per month for three, five or maybe even ten months.
Please know my heart…if you are unable to contribute this year, will you pray earnestly for us during the next three months?That commitment would mean as much as anything you could do.
Let me mention, also, that every dollar which is shared with GospeLines Ministries goes toward operations and a few benevolent activities.No one on the team receives a salary.
If you wish to ask questions or make a comment about my request for financial contributions, please send an email to,email@example.com.
1.Please send cash gifts and checks to:
P.O. Box 1793
Cordova, TN 38088-1793
2.You may go to the first page of our website and follow the instructions to send contributions by credit card using PayPal.www.gospelines.com.
3.It is important that your gifts to GospeLines Ministries NOT be taken from your regular tithes and offerings to your church.
For the last two weeks I have carefully sought God’s will regarding what we do at GospeLines Ministries.Sometimes I even ask “Why do we continue?”“Why do we do this?”There are two things which come to me when I ask those questions:first, there is no other way that we could reach every country in the world except through the internet.And the second answer comes from a scripture passage in Isaiah, chapter 6, which God gave me when I was called to the ministry as a teenager.
8“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send?And who will go for us?’ ”
and I said, “Here am I.Send me!”
11Then I said, “For how long, O Lord?”And he answered:
‘ Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant,
Until the houses are left deserted and the fields
are left deserted.’ ”
As long as there are people, and as long as I am able, I invite you to continue in this journey with GospeLines Ministries.
GospeLines Prayer:Father, thank you for all those who allow GospeLines Ministries into their workplace or home every day; we thank you for those readers who undergo persecution, or live in a country where receiving these kinds of emails is illegal; thank you for those in the military who read what is published through GospeLines; and we give thanks for those missionaries who read and share the messages we send them.May they all be richly blessed for their support of your ministry.Amen and amen.
≈ Devotional for Tuesday, February 02, 2010
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Those who live where it really gets cold will laugh as I whine about the recent cold spell here in Memphis, TN.Everything around our house came to a halt.For the record, this is coming from a transplanted Texan who spent most of his life on the Gulf Coast and experienced snow only a couple of times in his life!
Dealing with the recent ice storm was a pain.Our driveway sits on about a 30 degree incline; so much of my weekend was spent chipping ice off the cars and the pavement.It’s not like it slipped up on us unexpectedly; we knew it was coming and we were grateful that most of it missed us.I suppose it could have been worse, but being trapped inside the house for two days with my wife, mother-in-law and two dogs isn’t how I had planned to spend the weekend.However, walking on ice (or water, for that matter) has never been my forte, so there weren’t a lot of choices.
Most of us have experienced cold spells like the one I’ve described.Have you ever been through an “ice storm” in your spiritual walk?I am guessing that every Christian has experienced a time when they felt empty, like God had deserted them for awhile.Sometimes this comes because we have never really invited Jesus to completely take control in the first place.So we try to live like a Christian by just cleaning up a bit, changing our actions in order to make it seem that we are a better person.
Or, maybe, there are unconfessed sins in our lives which need to be dealt with.“Search me O God, and know my heart… see if there be any offensive way in me.”(Psalm 139:3-4). If those things exist we need to deal with them immediately.
I think cold spells for the Christian come for a lot of different reasons, and we are looking for something that will help us.Next time you feel spiritually cold, check this out:
1.Don’t make “knowing God” too complicated.You were literally made for God.Talking to Him should be as simple as talking to someone you love.Don’t think that something spectacular must happen before you can feel close to Him.He is already involved in every simple detail of your life.
2.Warm, fuzzy feelings do not necessarily coincide with spiritual reality.If you are waiting for your emotions to be at a certain level before God can be validated, you are limiting Him.Sometimes His presence may cause an unusual type of feeling, but not always.Don’t throw away a unique opportunity with God because you aren’t “feeling” it.
3.God wants you to make it through this ice storm.If you are seeking, you will find Him.“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…”(James 4:8) That is the divine promise.
GospeLines Prayer:O Lord, when I am feeling cold toward You, encourage me to just talk it out with You; help me to not limit the ways you want to make your presence known; and remind me over and over how much you really do care about me.Thank you for your love.Amen and amen.
≈ Devotional for Friday, February 05, 2010
“The Thrill of Victory”
Part 1 of 2
Do we all have the tendency to read from the New Testament more than the Old Testament?I am guilty of that.Reading from a book with a title I can’t spell isn’t something I do every day.But when my brother in Christ, Simon from Zimbabwe, wrote with great excitement about the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy, my fingers couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to look it up!
“This year we have declared it at our church, 'NO MORE DRY SEASON.' We are saying whatever you do , the days of dryness are over( Deut. 28 Vs 1 to 14) To every Christian who worships God in Sprit and truth, the dryness should go and the rain season should be to everyone.”
The message of Deuteronomy can be stated in one sentence:“Devote yourself wholeheartedly to God.”This book deals with hardship, testing and doubt, but it also teaches promise, hope and trust.Faith is not something we do automatically, but it comes from personal trials and practical application; it springs from living a victorious lifestyle with a God who loves us.
When a nation devotes itself to God and fully obeys the commands He gives, the Lord will set that nation high above all the nations on earth (28:1).Their productivity will be blessed and their enemies will be defeated (28:7); the entire world will see that God has favored the obedient nation because they will be so rich they “will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.” (28:12)
The results of obedience are immeasurable blessings and universal respect from the world.These rewards were promised to Israel so that they would be a witness to every nation and also want to follow Jehovah.Praise God for such wonderful promises to those nations who follow His laws and precepts; woe to those nations who will not.
When the wicked prosper on earth, and by God’s mercy they do, THAT IS ALL THEY HAVE.Unlike the Christian, there is nothing for them to look forward to because they have no hope.The Bible compels Christians to obey/live by the laws of Almighty God.But justice is not completed in this lifetime.Even though we may not always have as many material riches as we think we deserve on earth, we will enjoy the thrill of a victorious lifestyle in the world that is to come.
The reward for obedience is more eternal than temporal.We follow God, not for worldly trinkets but for the opportunity to walk the golden streets of heaven.Hallelujah!Our great legacy should be that while we may live in a disobedient nation, our godly principles will never change.THAT is the authentic thrill of victory.
“This world is not my home, I'm just passing through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from Heaven's open door And I can't feel at home in this world anymore.”
By Albert Brumley
(In Monday’s devotional, “The Agony of Defeat,” we will see the consequences a disobedient nation faces when we visit Deut. 28:15 ff.)
GospeLines Prayer:Father, help me to keep the math straight:obedience plus a godly lifestyle does not guarantee riches on earth.Yet, I will stay the course because my reward will be greater than anything this world can offer.Amen and amen.