AND I in Him…

AND I in Him…

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This morning I am meditating on John 15:5, “I Am the Vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without Me ye can do nothing.”   Taking the time to dissect the verse, allowing each phrase to have its impact on my mind, the phrase, “and I in him” really hit me this time.  Like many, I’ve read this verse many times and have it memorized, but this phrase reminded me of a passage I read in the book, Christ’s Object Lessons.  Here is that passage:

“The class represented by the foolish virgins are not hypocrites. They have a regard for the truth, they have advocated the truth, they are attracted to those who believe the truth; but they have not yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit’s working. They have not fallen upon the Rock, Christ Jesus, and permitted their old nature to be broken up. This class are represented also by the stony-ground hearers. They receive the word with readiness, but they fail of assimilating its principles. Its influence is not abiding. The Spirit works upon man’s heart, according to his desire and consent implanting in him a new nature; but the class represented by the foolish virgins have been content with a superficial work. They do not know God. They have not studied His character; they have not held communion with Him; therefore they do not know how to trust, how to look and live.” page 408.

This stopped me dead in my tracks and sent me to my knees.  It isn’t enough just to not be a hypocrite!!!  “Is it I, Lord?”  I believe it behooves each of us to do some serious soul searching!  NAY! It behooves is to pray with the Psalmist, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  138:23,24.  We do not know ourselves.  (Jeremiah 17:9).

We may to all outward appearances be abiding in Christ.  But is HE abiding in us?  It says in John 2:24 that Jesus would not commit Himself to men because He knew what was in them.  What about me?  What about you?  Can Jesus commit Himself to, can He abide in you right now?  An inward change must take place within us such that Christ will identify and commit Himself to abide.  Remember, two cannot walk together unless they are agreed!  (Amos 3:3)  SELAH.  Let us meditate on these things!

Ministry Update and Thanksgiving

Ministry Update and Thanksgiving

Days are much shorter now, and the air is crisp.  Heavy frosts linger in our valley until mid-morning, and the fire in the wood cook stove in our home is very welcome!  We are diligently trying to get the house ready to move in before the end of the year, Lord willing.  It’s exciting to think that we could begin meetings very soon!

God has abundantly blessed us this year, and our hearts are full of gratitude.  We closed on the farm Aug. 11, and here, less than 4 months later, we are dried in and more on both our home and the ministry building.  The garden has its first amendments, and the blueberries are planted. So much to be thankful for!  We are thankful for the strength to labor, for the helping hands of friends, for the delicious greens we’re eating from our own garden!!, and so many more!  We are very grateful for our first student/worker, Robert Phillips.

Robert comes to us from Nebraska, having found us on the internet.  His heart’s desire is to go to the middle east as a missionary, but he feels he lacks practical skills and wanted the opportunity to come and learn.  At only 22, Robert has committed his life to spreading the three angel’s messages, and is zealous and energetic to work for the Lord.  With his 1 1/2 years of experience in market gardening, he hopes to help us establish an orchard on the farm.

At this Thanksgiving season, we want to thank each of you for your continued prayers and support, and pray the Lord will bless you abundantly for helping forward His work.  We also want to take this opportunity to lay some current needs before you and ask you to consider helping us with one of these needs.  I will list some of our most pressing needs below with an estimated cost.  If you would like to pick one of these needs to sponsor either in part or entirely, please contact us.  Donations may also be made via our paypal donate button on this page.

Needs:

  1. Sponsorship for Robert, as he has living expenses and we don’t have income to support him.  We have some suggestions for how this could work, but please contact us for more details.
  2. While we will soon have heat in the ministry building, we have no ceiling, and the roof is vented.  Much of the heat will escape!  We need: a) the metal for the ceiling ($1,300), b) insulation for either just the ceiling ($800), or c) the entire building ($1,700).
  3. Lumber for wall framing ($900)
  4. Wiring and small solar system for lights ($4,000)
  5. Water Well, ($2,500)
  6. Hand Water Pump for well ($1,700)
  7. Entry Ramp for those with disabilities ($2,000)
  8. Seating.  We only have 15 folding chairs right now.  Benches or chairs.  I guess a price on this is dependent on what option is pursued.

While there are more needs, these are the ones that are most pressing.  Meetings are already in the planning for next Spring, but we really would like to get started sooner, even if it’s only short meetings.  We could rent porta-potties if need be for now, but are considering “outdoor facilities of another kind” as well.  We also want to get some IBC water tanks for outdoor showers for camp-meetings.  McKee Bakery, I am told, sells food grade tanks for $60.  We would need at least 1/2 dozen of those.

We know that the Lord is coming soon.  We need to do all we can to educate God’s people!!  We have invested all we have in the establishment of this, as our Mennonite friends call it, Heilen Schul–Healing School.  They left us a note on one of the floor joists asking God’s blessing on our work.  Will you pray for this too?heilen-schul

 

Temperance and Epigenetics

Temperance and Epigenetics

Did you know that by limiting your caloric intake you can lengthen your life-span?  Sound too good to be true?  Well, it is!  By limiting our use of those foods that are good for us, and eliminating those that are not, we can actually “turn off” the epigenetic switches for diseases.  Listen to learn more:

How Do I Know if I’m Right With God?

How Do I Know if I’m Right With God?

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Did you ever wonder how to tell if your heart was right with God? Have you ever been unsure of your relationship with Jesus? Here, in just a few sentences, is an acid test. It’s taken from the book, Desire of Ages, page 539, and is a comment on the experience of Simon the leper/Pharisee. Here it is:

“Simon of Bethany was accounted a disciple of Jesus. He was one of the few Pharisees who had openly joined Christ’s followers. He acknowledged Jesus as a teacher, and hoped that He might be the Messiah, but he had not accepted Him as a Savior. His character was not transformed, his principles were unchanged.”

Catch it? You may know you really belong to Jesus when,

1) Your character is transformed, and
2) Your principles are changed.

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Cutting Down a Widow-Maker Tree

Cutting Down a Widow-Maker Tree

A video for our homesteading/country living section!  Cutting down trees is risky business to begin with, but when you add a widow-maker situation, the risk goes up exponentially!  In this video, Titus demonstrates how to safely bring down just such a tree.

A Sabbath in Kentucky–Titus Morris

A Sabbath in Kentucky–Titus Morris

We spent a Sabbath afternoon with our friend and brother in the faith, Titus Morris.  Young Chris Roethle joined us as we experienced some of the beautiful countryside of rural Casey County, Kentucky.  Titus took a few minutes to explain what it means to know Jesus, adding a bit of personal testimony.  We pray you will be blessed!