Looking back over church history, I have observed that the most effective ministries had these three characteristics in common.
As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and
said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.
Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers. At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise. Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners... he is a joy to be around.." His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle." His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken." Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class."
Greetings to all our Church Family and Dear Friends, I have you on my heart daily. Our prayers are on heaven’s altar for you and your families. This has been a historic week in the history of our Nation. I know that many people are overwhelmed with worry about what will take place in our country during the next four years; but our hope is in God, our Father.
Albania had a place in our heart, long before the Iron Curtain came down this nation was on my prayer radar. I would imagine myself traveling across the nation in a passenger bus looking out the window and praying for the most Godless nation in the world at that time. Little did I know that one of our friends would spend the last 20 years there in the nations capitol serving the body of Christ and leading a prayer movement that plays a major role in Europe. What he has done in Albania is give his life away and sow himself into the lives of the next generation. I encourage you to join us in praying for Barry Ogden during these challenging times. You may not know this, but a small lady from Albania made a real impact upon the Christian community over the past 50 years. She was affectionately called, Mother Teresa. She gave her life away in her mission in Calcutta.
A few years ago, I was in again in Great Britain for a conference. Dave Jones and I, with a few friends, felt as though we should take day trip to Swansea, Wales. I am not much of a tourist; if I go to a nation, I am there for one reason: to preach the Gospel. My friend Paul Mercy said, “Cleddie can go through London fast- er than you can turn the pages of a book.”
Have you ever noticed that Joseph and Mary were so poor that the required sacrifice they brought when they presented their son to the Lord for purification was a dove? (Luke 2:22-24) They were so poor a dove was all they could afford to bring. They were not able to bring a lamb to be a burnt offering but what they did not know, was they had brought the spotless lamb who, would be crucified to redeem those made under the law, for they were under it.
THE BLOOD WILL NEVER LOSE ITS POWER
Let’s look at why the Blood Covenant is so important for us to have a strong grip and better understanding of as we move into 2021. Are you aware of all that the Blood of Jesus does for us and what we have at our disposal through the Blood Covenant that He has made with those who choose to follow Him? Let me list a few for you to sink your teeth into: Not only are we redeemed by His shed blood on the cross, but we are also promised power, authority, and covenant rights to call upon Him. This includes blessings for those who adhere to and cling to the truths of the Word of God.