"Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always." Psalm 105:4
Lifelines Outreach shares the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
and by making disciples in the greater Nashville area.
Being confident of this very thing that He which began a good work in you will perform it to the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 This is one of my favorite promises in the Bible. It assures me that God saved me and that He will see that work through to the very end of my life here on earth. I really cannot do anything to mess that up. God is Sovereign and in complete control. I rest by faith in that fact and it provides me with confidence.
I remember when I first got saved in 1972 as I look back, I can see that each day being a child of God is the greatest gift and the greatest miracle in a person’s life. It truly is a miracle because men are lost in sin and are dead to God. The only God that can raise a dead man back to life. I did not read the Bible before I was born again. I went to church and I sat in Sunday School classes. I heard great Bible teachers and preachers at church but none of that motivated me to read the Bible. When I became a child of God, I could not get enough of His word. It was cool water to a thirsty man. I continue along that same path today. The Bible is not just a good book, but it is The Book. As I have moved along in my years, I’ve always loved reading books. I’ve not been a great fan of fiction, but I love non-fiction. I especially like biographies of famous Christians. I love to read about how God has worked in the lives of others. What kind of guidance did God give them that they would do great exploits for God? How did God continue to do that good work in their lives? Many times, just reading about how God directed their lives. It just reinforced the things that I read in the Bible. I can truly see faith in action. I desire what they have in their lives. I picked ten books out of my library that has a been a great help in encouraging my faith. However, I could have picked out many more. These books I continue to read over and over.
Here is my list:
“The Ministry of Intercession” by Andrew Murray
“Destined for the Throne” by Paul E Billheimer
“Daws The Man Who Trusted God” by Betty Lee Skinner
“An Army of Ordinary People” by Felicity Dale
“The Mission and Praying in the Holy Spirit” by H. A. Ironside
“Religion and Shoes, The Story of Brother Brian of Birmingham” By Hunter Blakely
“Out of the Comfort Zone” by Ray Comfort
“Hudson Taylor, the Growth of a Soul” by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
“Hudson Taylor, the Growth of a Work of God” by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
“The Mind of Christ” by TW Hunt
I’m looking forward to a great year in 2019, pray that God gives me the opportunity to lead many to Christ and to be discipled. Please continue to pray for us in our faithfulness in following God’s commandments. He truly will perform the work He has started in my life. Thank you for your prayers and financial support! Couldn’t do it without you!
Remember to pray and to read your Bible every day! -Richard Gay
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