Greetings Christlike Ministries NWA Family.
I am so excited to be writing this update to you today. We’re inching closer to that 100 fan mark, and that’s awesome. It’s humbling to have God draw people to this ministry, and I know that as long as He does…that means I’m doing something right…Amen.
Thanksgiving is on Thursday. I’m excited to be able to fellowship with family, and all month-long on my personal Facebook page I’ve been keeping track of things I’m thankful for…and will be sharing that on November 30th on both my personal page and on here as well.
I thought now would be a good idea to let you know about how I feel we’ll be winding down this year series wise…unless the Holy Ghost changes things…I believe I’ve a pretty good handle on the schedule of our upcoming series…and like I just said tomorrow…we’ll wrap up the Authentic Prayer series.
- Mon. Nov. 19 thru Wed. Nov 21: “Finding Real Happiness”. We’ll do a short 3 Day Series by John Piper…I thought with Thanksgiving coming up, that may give us some time to reflect and find some things to be thankful about…so that when it’s our turn at the dinner table to give something we’re thankful for…so that we can avoid that awkward silence while we think of something. Hopefully this series will help us with that…Amen!?! I mean we have plenty that God’s given us to be thankful for anyways, but just to be sure…this series might provide us with some good stuff to get our hearts full of gratitude…Amen!?!
- Thurs. Nov. 22 through Sun. Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Break…Since many of us may be traveling and possibly off work…I thought it be more important to spend time with family…then online reading or writing messages…Amen!?! So, enjoy Thanksgiving weekend…eating lots of turkey and leftovers, and all the football you can watch…Hallelujah!
- Mon. Nov. thru Wed. Nov. 28th: “God’s Pleasure in Creation”: This is another one of those short, 3 Day devotionals by John Piper that we can do between Thanksgiving and the start of our Christmas Series…Amen!?!
- Friday, November 30th thru Monday, December 24th (Christmas Eve): “Carol: A Christmas Devotional”: I don’t know about you, but this is the series I’m the most excited about. It’s a chance for us to look at some of the most beloved Christian Christmas Carol, and I am just believing that not only remind us that Jesus really is the reason for the season, but I believe that what we’re going to learn through these Christmas Carols may have a powerful impact upon our lives.
Between Christmas and New Years, there isn’t much of a sense of what we might do. I believe that will be left up to the Holy Ghost. I know, you’re probably thinking how is having a schedule leaving things up to the Holy Ghost, but I truly believe that this is the way we’ll finish out 2012. I don’t think we’ll get into any series between Christmas and New Years because I know that’s when a lot of us have family things to do, and so I would rather not be a nuisance…posting all kinds of message during Christmas Break…so we may have various messages here and there…or the Christmas Series might just be the last series of 2012…it’s all up to the Lord.
Starting on January 2nd…out loud I want you to say January 2nd…there’s a definite sense in my spirit that I’ll be doing a 21 Day Fast. Exactly from what…has yet to be determined, but I’m already about 85% certain that things like television, sports talk radio, computer games, soda, junk food, and energy drinks are all going to be part of that fast. However, I want this to be about what the Lord wants me to discipline my flesh from, and completely rely upon Him and His strength to help me get through it. That means that this fast might actually…gulp…include coffee. YIKES!!! The challenge will not only be to make it 21 Days without caffeine of any kind…but to do it without wanting to beat someone senseless because I haven’t have my morning coffee…that could be dangerous…LOL.
Also, starting January 1st we will be starting a full 365 day devotional “Embracing Faith”. I’ve not really read it, but it looks to have some pretty good stuff in it. There’s no introduction for it or anything. Just a verse: “I will praise You, Lord, with all my heart…and will praise Your name for Your love and Your faithfulness.” Psalm 138:1-2 (NIV). In addition to that devotional, I’ll also be keeping a journal along with the 21 Day Fast, and we’ll see what else the Lord might have us get into to start 2013 strong…Amen.
It’s an honor and a privilege to write these messages, and it’s humbling to know that God can take a life like mine, and use it for the advancement of His Kingdom. My hope is always to help us all to develop and maintain our walk with God in a deeper and more intimate and personal way…and I look forward to finishing 2012 on a strong note, and starting off 2013 in a powerful way…and I hope that all of you will continue this journey with me…as we get to know God more and more…and allow more of His love to penetrate the depths of our hearts. Thank you all so much for the encouragement you give me to continue doing this. I remember when I barely had 10 people following my ministry…and now at least 10 people a day are reading these messages that the Lord places upon my heart.
Well, I believe that’s all that is on my heart to share with you. I am so thankful for all of our 93 fans on our Facebook Fan Page: www.Facebook.com/ChristlikeMinistriesNWA, Our 106 followers on Twitter @ChristMinistNWA, and our 29 followers right here on our WordPress page: www.christlikeministriesnwa.wordpress.com. Besides the United States…we’re reaching 12 other nations right now, and I’m believing that God will expand our reaches into more.