October Partner Letter 2016
Nashville, Tennessee is known as “Music City, USA.” Many famous songwriters and performers of country music live and work there. Once, while unloading our luggage, guitars, and sound equipment at a hotel in Nashville, my husband was asked by a tourist, “Are you a famous person?” Although he was at a loss for words, I had been studying Hebrews 11, and knew that verse 2 of the Living Bible said, “Men of God in days of old were famous for their faith.” So, my response was, “Yes, we’re famous! We’re famous for our faith!”
How do people who were weak, old, heathen, abused by family members and considered most unlikely to succeed – ‘nobodies’ with nothing to give and going nowhere – are changed into people who are “famous” – unforgettable in the eyes of God and this world? By Faith!
God has always used weak, broken vessels to change cities, nations and generations. Their weakness did not stop them because, as Hebrews 11:32-33 says; “by faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. …”Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight”.
There is no limit to what faith can do because there is no limit to what God can do. By an act of faith, the men and women in Hebrews 11 found the way to…
…Be dead and yet speak (Heb. 11:4b -Abel)
…Leave this earth and never see death (vs. 5 -Enoch)
…Leave the place you do know to find a place you don’t know (vs. 8 -Abraham)
…Have strength to give birth like a young, fruitful woman when you are old and barren (vs.11 -Sarah)
…Build a big boat when it’s never rained before (vs. 7 -Noah)
…Give your only seed to the God who said He would multiply it (vs. 18 -Abraham)
…See the blessings of tomorrow while it is still today (vs. 20-21 – Isaac, Jacob)
…Choose the invisible to do the impossible (23-29 -Moses)…
And they all did it… BY FAITH!
We love you so very much and continually carry you in our hearts everywhere we go. How we thank God for you! We are forever grateful, triumphant, and redeemed because faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes everything!!
Because He Lives,
Cindy, Lois and Ray