Not So Private and Confidential (Mutual Encouragement)
You are one of a very few to receive this.
I'll leave it up to you about sharing it with someone that may need some encouragement as the day draws closer.
Earlier this morning, I was told, "___ asked if I thought they would try to get rid of you."
They've been trying for 16 years.
Actually, they've been trying since May 8, 1977.
As I have said for years, I have always offended - in a Christian kinda way - people with salt, enthusiasm (photos), Christocentric leaven and heaven on my mind.
I kinda like being Paul's "fool" for Christ!
I did the academic BS thing until I realized I was separating myself from Him and His by degrees with 1 Corinthians 1 coming to mind.
Now I just want to be faithful.
I have often said, "There are people that really hate me and want me dead because I took the church away from them and gave it back to Jesus."
Jesus was serious about that; so I have always been serious about that...and recall conversations over 45 years ago with Paul Swedlund and Paul Watermulder about that very real possibility for anyone that keeps looking up and won't shut up about Jesus alone as Lord and Savior by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book.
While I have never wanted to use that spiritual gift used only once, it has always been in the back of my mind with Paul(s); and I would rather do that than deny Him with Babylon's whore or false church of America 2021.
My passion in gratitude for Jesus intensifies daily.
God knows I love life.
I love my sons.
My wife and I are moving into deeper emotional, intellectual, and spiritual intimacy.
The saints on the Corner of Lincoln and Main encourage me and I have the best friends in the world.
When it's working, I find peaceful retreat on my motorcycle and really, really, really enjoy a good fuma with amigos on my back porch, JT's, SE and Bad Ash Cigars in Oregon, Illinois.
Then there's Billy my favorite Special Olympian.
Unless you've read Henri Nouwen's In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Leadership, I won't even try to explain Billy's place in my life.
But I'm a Matthew 10:16 kinda guy within a Matthew 10 and John 10 context and parallel texts.
I know I'm a target.
Like you...or you wouldn't be receiving this.
My eternal perspective keeps me keepin' on.
Practically, at the beginning of the CCPC19 hyperbole, hysteria, and histrionics, I prayed God would send reinforcements because I knew the sleeper cells of the dark side would use it as an opportunity to undermine fidelity and silence people like you and me.
So I prayed for reinforcements.
I prayed our Lord would bring people together that really - authentically - love Jesus, want to leave the days of Noah and worship, witness, and work for Him without looking at the clock or counting the cost.
I did that when I was in Kansas City and...it/He happened at 55th and Oak.
While I don't doubt God's providence and don't look back, my ego got ahead of me and I left that church for a "bigger" one.
Confessed that along with many other ones, ones now, and ones to come with 1 John 1 in mind.
Back to today, authentic-real-deal-Jesus-loving-Bible-believing saints are on the move!
Denominational allegiances and political loyalties are as irrelevant to them as they are to Jesus in a John 17 kinda way.
It's almost as if people are really paying attention to Revelation 18:4 when it comes to their "church" attendance, membership, etc....if given the opportunity to join other bravehearted sisters and brothers that want to leave their religion about Jesus for a personal and truly corporate relationship with Him.
At least that's what's happening on the corner of Lincoln and Main and other remnantal churches.
Consequently, I have never experienced worship like it's being experienced now with more and more and more folks being emboldened for Jesus and so many coming into a saving relationship with Jesus for the first time.
You get the picture because you get the picture.
I'm not really sure why I am sending this to you.
I'm not asking you to pray for my safety.
I'm a Psalm 62 kinda guy.
I'm not worried about being kicked out of the church.
That window closed long ago in a 1 John 4:4 kinda way.
I've got too many pension credits and I'm so energized for Jesus that I've got lots of years left in the tank - Gonna rival Don Lyon on that! - and still get inquiries about accepting a call to another church. Just last week again.
Moretheless, why would I leave a church that's been born anothen?
And while I think if any of those people roaming around the city and county and region in their sleeper cells get a copy of this that they might take a shot at me because they know their master is losing and they are nakedly apostate before the remnant, I'm really not that concerned anymore.
I know where I'm going after the last breath.
I just want to be faithful to Jesus by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book.
I am so excited and overjoyed to be in worship these days and helping the thirsty and hungry grow into greater intimacy with Him and His by the grace of God through His Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus for strong, calm and serene sanity in the midst of the meanness, madness, misery and miscreance of life in the modern world.
So why have I written to you?
I just felt led to do it.
Maybe I'm asking you to join me in praying God will continue releasing more and more and more people to come together on the corner of Lincoln and Main and the other remnantal churches led by pastors like Adam, Brian, Chuck, Cliff, Dan, David, Doug and others.
Maybe I just want you to know because, humbly, I know you care that I have never been happier in my entire life and ministry.
Like you, I'm getting closer to Jesus.
I'm just scratching the surface of my relationship with Jesus by the book; but I'm scratching!!!!!!!
Worship is so...awesome!
Opportunities to share Jesus and pray with people for existential relief in the assurance of eternal salvation are increasing almost exponentially.
I feel strong and calm with increasing serenity and sanity.
I live in the assurance of eternal life by grace through faith in Jesus and that's why I live so confidently in complete dependence upon Him a la Matthew 5:3.
Humbly, I know you care.
I know you know I'm a target...like you.
Like you, I'm fine.
Maybe that's why I write to you.
Mutual encouragement in/through/for Jesus.
The preceding is not about you or me.
It's all about Jesus.
Blessings and Love!