As 2009 draws to a close Melanie and I just wanted to thank you for praying for us, our family and our ministry during the past year. We treasure our longtime friends and supporters and are grateful as well for the many new relationships that God has given us in the past twelve months.
The year ahead is already affording us many opportunities and challenges. With God's direction and grace we'll walk through each door He sovereignly opens and take on any and every topic that He directs us to.
Above all, we'll be watching for every opportunity to fulfill our calling as expressed at the top of our website's home page - We exist to see the lost saved and the Church changed by the glory of God!
Please pray for our family, in particular Melanie as she continues to care for the needs of her aging parents. She's also working each day in our ministry office. Both of us relish the tiresome but wonderful responsibility of being grandparents to four wonderful kiddos too.
Pray for me as I continue with ongoing writing projects and as I spend many hours weekly answering email questions and inquiries. Also pray for God's leading during the research and construction of several new seminar messages. This is an extremely rewarding yet sometimes very laborious process.
Pray for our ongoing financial needs. God faithfully supplies - but always uses human hands to do so.
Pray for open doors and invitations from local churches, groups, and conferences across the nation where the Lord would have me to minister.
And pray for the fruit of changed lives and souls won to the Lord Jesus through our preaching, newsletters, DVDs, books, website and one-on-one ministries.
Like many of you, I have received numerous end-of-the-year donation requests from ministries and charities. I know there are many worthy causes to give to but if your heart is to see "the lost saved and the Church changed by the glory of God" then I surely suggest giving to Take A Stand! Ministries. We've been here for more than a quarter century giving biblically based answers and reasons for faith always pointing people towards the blood-stained cross of Jesus Christ.
As you consider where you might plant a gift here at year's end or where you might be led to give in 2010, we'd greatly appreciate your support as we follow the apologetics-based directive of I Peter 3:15.
...be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you...
Though the heretical bloggers may mock our mission and resort to mere name calling, I am certain many will agree with me that we must aggressively address the many issues effecting our culture today, not the least of which is the mounting theological and doctrinal confusion among professing Evangelicals. Though astounding numbers are now rejecting the historic and biblical faith for the false gospels of "Emergent," "Feel Good," and "Seeker-Sensitive" we'll continue to boldly remind anyone and everyone of the changeless truth that there is but one way, one Lord and one holy Word of God!
The time is now. The harvest is ripe. All ahead full in 2010!
God bless you!
PS... Another terrific way to support the ministry is to order some of our DVDs, CDs and Books. These valuable tools can be shared again and again and will continue to serve the Kingdom of God for many years to come.