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Christian Concourse
Newsletter of the Month

July 2013

 

Dear Friends:

 

"I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior. 2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises." 2Peter 1:1 (NLT)

 

Holy Scripture is very clear on how highly valuable our faith is. Who can put a dollar value on ETERNAL peace and joy, in a perfect world, with a new supernatural body with no tears, pain or suffering, surrounded by family who love us dearly, in constant harmony and communion with our Creator God who paid for it all with the blood of His only Son, Jesus Christ, because He loves us with His whole being? How precious is that!?! We cannot buy it. And to top it all, the faith to believe such wonderful promises is a priceless divine gift. And to top the top of it all, that's all we have to do - believe it!!! And to top the very top of it all and to wrap it all together in our soul, our Heavenly Father sends His Holy Spirit into our very being here on earth, right now, to assure us of His promises and to empower us to walk the road to Heaven with Him and be a witness to others of His promises to all who believe. Talk about, "Blessed Assurance"!Talk about, "Amazing Grace"!Talk about, "It Is Well With My Soul"!

 

If you want to put this letter down and cry, or laugh out loud, or shout, or go outside and find somebody to tell - please, go ahead. The letter will wait!

 

We are very conscious how vital this message is to the dear Christians we minister to in care facilities. Not that they don't know it. It is just that the struggles and the pain and the losses and the disappointments of life under their circumstances are a constant challenge to their faith. They need to be reminded. We all need to be reminded just as constantly as the enemy of our soul attacks us.

 

In our nursing home services we sing the type of songs (click here for info on free hymn booklets) like those whose titles we mentioned above. A heavenly choir of angelic melody and divine harmony shatters the atmosphere of suffering in the facilities as His children join to sing together as best they can these anthems of our faith! A frail and humble effort to the undiscerning ear, true. But, can you imagine how God Almighty feels in His heart as one of His little ones sings His praise with tears of thankfulness and trust on their cheeks!?!

 

What a privilege and joy we share with you in your help with us in this mission field. We thank you. All glory to God!

 

Love in Christ,

Jerry and Dar

Jerry and Dar Johnson

 

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