But ask the birds of the air and they will tell you that the hand of the Lord has done all this. And in His hand is the life of every living thing.
Happy New Year to all of you!
I pray you have been “in” the Word as we start this New Year! Check out these first 5 verses from John chapter 1:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
These are jaw-dropping verses. Now having these verses on lockdown (yeah, right), let’s backup to Mark 16:15,
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” —— Jesus
You notice that I underlined the words, GO – ALL – EVERY. If you look up the original Greek for each of those words they mean exactly what they say: GO – ALL and EVERY. So…….. How are you doing with this command from the Lord?
I had no intention of placing another Hummingbird photo in this letter. I was either going to give you the latest update on the Hunga Tonga Volcano [from an earlier report in a Friday Letter] or some interesting info on the Apophis Asteroid scheduled to have a near-Earth fly-by in 2029 about 20,000 miles above the earth. [According to Egyptian mythology, Apophis is a serpent-shaped god and an embodiment of darkness and disorder which seeks to eradicate the world]. It is now highly unlikely to hit the earth, unless God alters its course, but if it hit NYC, this is how big it would be….. yes, it would be devastating for the region. There’s lots of information about it. Here is just one article.
The reason I switched to Hummingbirds, is due to the fact that I ran across this recent video (YouTube 6.5 min), released only 4 days ago. Also, at my house we have a different species that arrived about a month ago and didn’t head down to Mexico. This is a first for us. (Note: There are 343 different species of Hummingbirds). You will find this 6.5 minute video fascinating. Can you believe that its heart beats at 1250 beats per minute? God and God only…………….
IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD
Well, after 13 years, our washer & dryer finally bit the dust. Yesterday morning the delivery guys, contracted by Home Depot, arrived with our replacements. Kevin was the main installation guy, so the Lord allowed a great opportunity for me to go over the items I had for him. I went over the Million Dollar Book of John, Are You a Good Person (both in English and Spanish) and Steps To Peace with God. Kevin couldn’t be more appreciative. He was actually moved by our whole conversation and said he would go over all the information. I generously tipped him and gave a duplicate of everything for his partner. Kevin is married and praying for children. Here is a photo from yesterday morning with him holding his treasures:
In closing, here are several verses I might suggest you take special attention to, as you begin your New Year:
Much Love in Christ,
SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST:
Last night we received a prayer request from one of the brothers for his wife Audra. His wife had a seizure and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. They ran multiple tests and have yet to determine what caused this “first time” medical episode. Please keep Audra and her family in your prayers. Thank you…..
Men: We better have two critical Biblical truths firmly planted in our mind: 1) God is in Control and 2) He is Good (See Day 11 in the Blue Book)
Day 4 below is a good one to apply……..
By Whose Definition Is God Good? Day 4 – Red Book
The purpose of these devotionals is to help you think Biblically
Solomon said, “As a man thinks, so is he”
NEW MIM PODCAST
We wanted to make you aware of a new podcast page we have started. The MIM Podcast will be available on both Spotify and Apple Music.
Men around the country will be choosing some of their favorite talks they have heard at retreats through the years for the page. We will have interviews introducing the talks and some interaction on what they are about and why they have had an impact in their lives.
Throughout the year we will also add some of the talks being given at the retreats throughout the year at the different conferences.
Right now, we have three posted. We hope you subscribe and enjoy! If you have a favorite talk we should add please let us know!
Trevor McDowell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Who Is Meeting Your Needs?
Listen on Spotify (1 Hour)
Listen on Apple Podcasts (1 Hour)
“God never promises that we can live the Christian life without suffering”
God Is Present When His People Suffer…..
By R.C. Sproul
YouTube (2 Minutes)
This was a great devotional from Our Daily Bread Ministries (founded in 1938). Sometimes we don’t give a lot of thought to the verses from Luke 14:16-26
Men: This is a very good short read to start off the New Year from Tim Challies