You share a passion with every believer all over the world: an intense desire to be involved in a movement of God – to set people free and make the LORD famous. How do I know that? The Holy Spirit lives within every follower of Jesus and is working within us according to His will (Phil. 2:13).
I long to walk moment by moment in His power and to be involved in what He is doing. I know you do too. He is inviting each of us to go deeper in prayer, to experience more dependence upon Him, and to completely surrender. I expressed my longing to one of my friends and mentors just last night. Her advice was to “not delay”. She meant don’t delay when the Spirit prompts you. Don’t put off until tomorrow what the Lord is asking you to do today. Listen to His call on your heart, and be faithful to what He asks you to do. Is He calling you to spend time alone waiting on Him and meditating on His Word? Is the Spirit asking you to “pick up your mat” and walk into what He has for you?
In Acts 4:13, members of the council were “amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.” They waited on the Lord in prayer and obeyed His promptings. Their focus was His mission and making Him famous – being a witness to what He had done. They were involved in an extraordinary movement of God and were changed in the process. The same Spirit is calling us onward, deeper, and to partner with Him in His movement to change the world. Will you say yes and not delay?
If you are interested and the Lord is calling you to join a team committed to inviting women on a shared faith adventure – equipping and mobilizing them to reach their world for Christ – then we need you. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ Donna Mitchell, Director, Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry
Quotes of the Month:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
~ Winston Churchill
“We need the mission as much as the mission needs us.”
~ Donna Mitchell
You’ll want to check out this powerful video testimony declaring Who Jesus is!!
October 23 – 24, 2009 – Join us at the One Voice Conference in Vancouver to help unite and equip the Body of Christ in preparation for the Olympics. Visit www.onevoiceconference.org for more details. Click here for a promotional video you can share with friends and contacts.
October 29, 2009 – Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry presents “The Ripple Effect” – a fundraising dessert evening. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at Dal & Betty Adams’ residence at 52127 Range Road 222, Sherwood Park. Come and bring a friend. Allow God to challenge your faith with exciting volunteer testimonies of transformation, prayer and praise. R.S.V.P. by email to email@example.com.
Nov. 12, 2009 – Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry presents “Embracing the Adventure” – a volunteer event to be held from 7 – 9 p.m. at Sherwood Park Alliance Church at 1011 Cloverbar Road in Sherwood Park. Worship music will be led by Dave Von Bicker. Our guest speaker is Debbie Fawcett. Come and bring a friend. Alone we can do so little, but together we can reach friends, family, colleagues, and the community with the transforming message of the Gospel. Step out in faith, embrace Kingdom adventure, invest in eternity, and…let’s experience God together! R.S.V.P. by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 14, 2009 – Women’s Journey of Faith is celebrating their 10th anniversary by expanding their conference to Alberta this November. Join author and speaker Angela Thomas, author of When Wallflowers Dance and Do You Think I’m Beautiful?, at Calgary’s Telus Centre on Nov. 14. This one-day event is only $59 till Oct. 14 ($69 after Oct. 14). Tickets available at ticketmaster. For all details, go online to www.wjof.com. To volunteer for this event or to find out more information, contact Founder/Executive Director Jodi Kozan (email@example.com). Women’s Journey of Faith’s mission is the restoration of women through gathering…nurturing…discovering…sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ! Their core values are living by faith, walking in love, and affirming the call.
If you desire for us to come and speak to your women’s or church group, let us know by emailing Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to be a part of challenging women to be transformed by the love of God, and to step out to reach their world by taking a faith adventure. It’s thrilling to hear what the Lord does when we are willing to step out in faith – we change! Visit our website to find out more about a faith adventure!!
Discipleship: The New Evangelism, by Michael Kelley
The Roman’s Road. FAITH. The Four Spiritual Laws. The bridge illustration. These are all names of good, useful tools for evangelism—and I’m sure you can add to the list. The goal of each is to introduce someone to a relationship with Jesus Christ in a simple, straightforward way. And they have worked well. Really, really well.The question is not whether they have worked, but are these the best models for evangelism in today’s culture?
It’s worth asking the question because the times, they are a-changin’. The postmodern mindset is one of exploration, journeying, and mystery. It craves depth in all aspects of life—whether in relationships, experiences, or faith. Given this shift in our culture, is there a new way to engage in evangelism that connects specifically to this new kind of mindset? Read more…
Integrity, by Cath Thorlakson
Read Psalm 26
“But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; redeem me and be merciful and gracious to me.” Psalm 26:11
Do you ever find it encouraging to see that a great king, known to be a man after God’s own heart, struggled? Where on earth did we get the idea that a really good leader is always confident and strong? Through the Psalms, it is clear that at times David had strongly negative emotions – emotions that could lead to wrong actions.
In Psalm 26, David refers to evildoers in passing, but he makes it clear where he will choose to focus. He left his own vindication in the hands of the Lord, and instead of going into some kind of personal war with people, he asked God to expose the shortcoming of his own heart and mind. He drew his satisfaction from abiding in the Vine and chose personal integrity – no matter what. Read more…