A Time for Gifting

Whether your interest is standing against the culture for religious freedom, reaching others with the gospel of Christ, helping a family of 11 after an auto accident or aiding in disaster relief, 419 Fund has a Funding Opportunity for you during this Christmas season.

Featured Funding Opportunity this week:

Life Altering Auto Accident

https://tinyurl.com/ybfkeep4

This is Nicole – the mother of the 9 children. This was April 25, 2017.

 

 

Isaiah 40:28

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Isaiah 40:28

 “Do you not know?!!

Have you not heard?!!

The Lord is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary, and

His understanding no one can fathom.”

 Can I get an AMEN?!

419 Fund’s Giving Tuesday

Will it Count?

By June B. Clift

“What have you done with your life to show me?

What are the gifts that you hold in your hand?”

These are the questions that He will be asking

One day soon as before Him I stand.

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“What you done for the least of my children?

What did you feed them or give them a drink?

When they were sick, imprisoned or lonely

What did you do? What did you think?”

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My days are passing, so swiftly passing.

When is my time appointed to go?

I have today; tomorrow’s not promised.

I must be busy and have something to show.

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Help me, Dear Lord, to be watching and waiting.

Help me to grow in your knowledge and grace.

Forgive me, Dear Lord, for the things I am lacking.

Love me, Dear Lord, as I look on your face.

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“What have you done with your life to show me?

What are the gifts that you hold in your hand?”

These are the questions that He will be asking

What can I say as before Him I stand?

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Joy to the World!

From school plays and caroling concerts, “Joy to the World” is a Christmas staple. Did you know that “Joy to the World” was not meant to be a Christmas song? There’s no mention of shepherds and wise men or Bethlehem and angels singing. Instead, its lyrics are a jubilant paraphrase of Psalm 98—a psalm of David about salvation and praise.

“Joy to the World” is not about Christ’s birth, but rather His return.

“Joy to the World, the Lord has come! Let earth receive her King!”

Yes, Christmas is a time for us to rejoice and celebrate the birth of Christ. But, the greatest gift God offered through His son was not only His life. It was His death, resurrection and the salvation offered to us as a result. That’s what “Joy to the World” is meant to remind us of.

Jesus’ birth was the start of His mission to save the world. And He will return again someday to claim complete victory over evil, suffering, and fear. This assurance should transform our short bouts of happiness into lasting joy. This is the best and easiest time of year to discuss Who Christ is and what He has done for us. I would like to challenge you to make your gift to Jesus, as it is His birthday we celebrate, a purposeful, intentional mission to share Him with at least one stranger.

The Holy Spirit will do the rest.

Let every heart prepare Him room.

Maybe you have concerns about what’s happening in your life and the evil in the world. Or maybe you’ve gotten so stressed with life, you are thinking, you do not have time for this. But, if we were to set our problems and responsibilities next to the power and promise of Christ’s return—it all pales in comparison. And that is praiseworthy! 1 Peter 1:8-9 says, “Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

This Christmas, transform your thoughts from stressed to happy, from happy to joyous, by resting in the fact that you are loved and forgiven by a great God. A Father that sent His only son to die that we may live!

Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere.
Go tell it on the mountain, Our Jesus Christ is born.

When I was a seeker, I sought both night and day.
I asked the Lord to help me, and he showed me the way.

Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere.
Go tell it on the mountain, Our Jesus Christ is born.

He made me a watchman, upon a city wall.
And if I am a Christian, I am the least of all.

Go tell it on the mountain, over the hills and everywhere.
Go tell it on the mountain, Our Jesus Christ is born!

Share the Joy!!

from BillyGraham.org

with additions by Jacquie Johnson

Spiritual Awakening

What happens when God shows up?

I watched the movie Woodlawn last night. It is the true story of a spiritual awakening that captures the hearts of the Woodlawn High School football team in 1973. “Lead by their coach, Tandy Geralds, and fueled by the team’s dedication to love and unity in a school filled with racism and hate, the team makes an astounding run at the playoffs, leading to the largest high school football game ever played in the torn city of Birmingham, Alabama, and rise of its first African-American superstar – Tony Nathan.” RottenTomatoes.com

What a powerful message of redemption and the how the love of Christ can change everything. That’s the answer to this world’s troubles. That’s the answer to your troubled heart.

In John 13:34-35, Jesus said:

“A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, you also love one another. By this [love] shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.”

Receive Christ’s forgiveness today and start living a spirit-filled, love-filled life serving others rather than yourself. That’s where true fulfillment is found – when God shows up!

Freedom

Colossians 1:13-14

“Who has delivered us from the power of darkness; and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son; in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

As I pondered this verse, I asked myself what is freedom, what does it mean to be free from the power of darkness?

Freedom that only Christ can give is 3-fold: freedom from outside evil forces, freedom from sin and guilt and freedom to live our lives according to the scriptures. I’m sure you can think of other things from which you have been freed, as well.

Forgiveness of sins is the biggie for me. Being forgiven brings its own special kind of freedom – there is no more guilt, and you know if you mess up again, God will forgive you. He is that kind of God – faithful and true and always forgiving.

But, does that mean we can just go on sinning knowing we will be forgiven. As Paul said, “God forbid!” Paul admonishes us in Ephesians 4:1: “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worth of the vocation to which you are called…”

Why should we walk worthy? Because

Ephesians  1:3       we are blessed with every spiritual blessing

1:4       we have been chosen

1:5       we were predestined to be adopted

1:7       we have been redeemed, forgiven

1:13     we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit

1:18     we are called to the hope

2:8       we are saved by grace

2:10     we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus

2:13     we have been brought near

2:18     we have access to the Father

3:11     we have an eternal purpose

3:16     we have power through the Holy Spirit

3:20     we have power working in us

What freedom and blessings God has bestowed on those who have received His Son as their Savior.

Religious Liberty Challenged

PRAY FOR MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP’S
SUPREME COURT HEARING TODAY

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Religious liberty in our nation is at stake. Pray for the people who will be a part of the Supreme Court hearing of this potentially landmark case. Pray for God’s will to be done, the Constitution to be upheld and for religious liberty to be preserved in our nation.

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Lisa Miller Case

“Dear friends,

“We’ve recently received this very disappointing news about Ken’s release. We’ve been looking forward for a long time to having Ken  home by Christmas. He was planning to spend about 3 months here in home confinement.

“Due to budget cuts to the halfway house processing my home confinement, I lost the home confinement time. At this point my release date is March 6 instead of December 15. We’re terribly disappointed of course, but giving it all into God’s hands, and plan to be happy anyway.

“We’re requesting approval for home-confinement through another little-used program. Please pray that the local and regional case managers and the U.S probation office will approve this plan. Please pray that he could still be home by Christmas.”

http://millercase.org/home/updates/131-ken-s-release-date.html

Update on Philip Zodhiates

UPDATE FROM PHILIP ZODHIATES:

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST!

Lisa & Isabella, 2009

I was convicted of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy on September 29, 2017 for my alleged assistance in Lisa and Isabella Miller’s fleeing the country. I am thankful for the prayers, the financial assistance toward my legal bills and hundreds of reference letters sent to the judge prior to sentencing in March 2017.

I was sentenced to two concurrent three-year sentences in a federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia, but remain free pending my appeal. My appeal will likely be heard sometime next year. There are two main basis for my appeal.

  1. The first – the judge instructed the jury to disregard Virginia law (Marriage Amendment) that protects it from recognizing laws in other states that allow same-sex marriage.  The events for which I was on trial for happened in 2009, before the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision.
  2. The other basis for my appeal has to do with the government not getting a warrant prior to acquiring cell phone location data from my cell phone company.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard the “Carpenter” case on November 29.  A favorable verdict in this case could very likely reverse my conviction. My appeal will probably be heard before the Supreme Court’s decision on “Carpenter.”

Please continue to pray, and if possible, donate to my 419 Fund opportunity to assist me and my family.

Thank you again for being such a friend!

In His service,

Philip Zodhiates

Giving Tuesday

We began with Thanksgiving, then Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. As we began with thanking the Lord for all His blessings, we can now bless others (and ourselves) by participating in Giving Tuesday.

Jesus says in Acts 20:35:It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Today we ask that you bless others in need and give to one of our many funding opportunities supporting Christian brothers and sisters seeking financial support around the world.

Legal

Philip Zodhiates  —  https://419fund.com/projects/philip-zodiates/

Isabella Miller  —  https://419fund.com/projects/isabella-miller/

Medical

Life-Altering Auto Accident  —  https://419fund.com/projects/help-with-medical-bills-after-a-life-altering-auto-accident/

Missions

Scriptures for Iran  —  https://419fund.com/projects/scriptures-for-iran-persian-speakers/

Stories of Glory (work in SE Asia)  —  https://419fund.com/projects/stories-of-glory/

Disaster Relief

First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX  —  https://419fund.com/projects/first-baptist-church-of-sutherland-springs/

Houston & FL hurricane relief (God’s Pit Crew & Gleaning for the World)  —  https://419fund.com/projects/houston-relief/