Friday, May 25, 2012

How can a simple intersecting thought make a huge difference in someone's life?

I don't suppose you ever prayed to God asking for something and felt He never heard you?   You wonder did I do something to deserve this hardship?  What can I do to get God's favor? Why isn't God responding?   

How often have you had an intersecting thought about someone?  What I mean by that is, have you been driving down the road and someone's name pops in to your head?  You thought to yourself, maybe I ought to call them.  So you do and you find out they really needed to hear what you had to say.   Maybe you've been on the receiving end.  You find yourself kind of in the dumps, something is going wrong at work and then next you know, a friend is texting or emailing and says just the right thing at just the right time. 

Do you know someone who has a need?  Maybe physical who could use some help around the home or have some errands you could do?  What about emotional needs - your neighbor, a friend or maybe even some one from your workplace or church might be experiencing some loneliness. A simple little visit could meet that need.  Or maybe there's someone you know who is out of work and has been struggling to make ends meet.  I'm pretty sure that there is at least one person you know who fits one of these descriptions?  Has God ever placed them on your heart? Have you responded to that voice?  When was the last time you stepped out and up to help them out?  

God many times speaks to Ken and I through intersecting thoughts.  To be honest, this is where most of the ministry we do each day begins.   I believe God speaks to you this way too.  Often we dismiss these thoughts as our own and therefore we don't take any action.   The problem with that is that there are hundreds of thousands (probably more like millions) of people praying and crying out to God in need.  These people whether followers of Christ or not have been told that we if we pray to God, He will hear our prayers and answer them.  The Bible says God will provide all of our needs (Phil 4:19).   When we fail to respond to that small still voice, we are allowing critical needs of others to go unmet.  We must choose to first trust what we hear and be obedient to it.  

Here's what the Word of God says about this: 

1 John 3:16-18 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (emphasis mine)

The Word is pretty clear.  If we truly are followers of Christ, we will do more for others than we will ever do for self.  If we are not doing things for others, not having pity or helping someone in need, then are we true followers of Jesus Christ?  If we don't have the love of God in us,  are we still just living in the flesh and not by the Spirit?  Faith = knowing the love of Jesus!  We read the Bible but do we actually believe it?  Faith in God means ACTION!  We need to act on those intersecting thoughts (whether you believe they are from God or not).  We need to act on the needs we see with our own two eyes.  You won't have to look to far to see a need and I bet there's something you cold do to help ease their burden.  

I want to share a story in the bible that makes it pretty clear what God thinks about meeting the needs of others or not.  It's always a choice! 

Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. 

Do you want to hear these words at the end of your life?  I sure don't and I wouldn't want to risk my eternal destiny?  How about you?  

If you have money in a bank account, a retirement account or food in your pantry, you have more than most do in this world.  Are you willing to give some of that up to help another or do you feel entitled to hang on to it for the future?  What you sow, you will reap.   Do you believe that?  

Ken and I have been living off of savings for quite some time.  We are thankful we had it.  However, God has stretched those dollars way beyond what they should have lasted in the natural.  Why?  Because every time He tells us to give beyond our tithe, we do.  Is it scary, sometimes.  Sure, but God has been faithful to show His care for us.  Recently someone made a financial donation to us and the very next day the Lord asked us to treat this family of 7 to lunch.  We could of ignored the voice because we have real need right now, but we didn't.  God gave back to us immediately.  A need came up for us this past week and God stepped right up and met that need exceedingly more than we could of imagined.    

I challenge you to tune into God's voice starting now!  Pay attention to that intersecting thought.   Ask Him who He wants you to bless each day, then go do it!  When you bless others, you yourself will be blessed even more!  Luke 6:38.  Don't let that be your motivation but know that it's a spiritual law!  Do you want the Lord to see you as a faithful and radical Christian, a person after His own heart?  Then simply choose to live each day of your life looking for ways to bless others and step out in obedience! 

Ken and I love to pray for folks who need a touch from the Lord - with words of encouragement, words of knowledge and a healing touch.  If you are someone in need, please let us know.  We also have a passion to activate and influence believers to walk in radical obedience to a fun and wonderful God!  There is just nothing like it!

If you are interested in Ken and I coming to minister to you, your small group or church, please give us a call.  We would be delighted to!

God Bless YOU -
Ken & Michele Cole,

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We currently have the opportunity to join in on a SARTECH II exam, June 22-24 in Olathe, Kansas.  These exams do not come this close to home very often, so if you are at all interested in being on ARK's SAR team, seriously consider jumping in on this.

This exam is an intermediate level course.  Persons taking this exam will need to study the SARTECH II book, Fundamentals of Search and Rescue. You should also have a basic knowledge of navigation, compass and survival skills, or have experience with EMS and the Incident Command System. 

We have ordered 6 copies of Fundamentals of Search and Rescue.  Three are still available for purchase at $38.00 ea. (includes shipping).

Cost to take the SARTECH II exam next month, and be added to the NASAR roster through ARK Int'l is $125.00.  
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ARK Orientation and PREP 1 Training.
Saturday, June 16th, 2012

ARK Orientation is an overview of who we are, what we do, how it works and how you can be involed. ARK Orientation is FREE and required to deploy with us.

PREP 1 covers Theology of Crisis- The Biblical foundations of why we prepare and why we respond.  We also introduce  the basics of preparing for a short term emergency.  We will cover steps you need to take to keep you, your family and home safe in an emergency.  We will talk about the 8 essentials of sheltering in place, as well as "Go Bags" and evacuating.  
This course is $25.

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ARK Orientation 10:00am-12:00pm
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This training will equip you to deal with the mental, emotional and spiritual issues most people encounter in times of disaster, including trauma, learning debriefing techniques and much more.  All participants will receive a certificate of completion in CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management/Critical Incident Stress Debriefing) through Living Solutions Counseling Center. This training is recommended for those16 years of age and above.
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