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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April 2013

Dear Ones, 
I want to expound on my favorite scripture with you today:
John 14:1-6  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.   And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

This is actually the basis of my Good Friday message, but that is way too lengthy to put into this newsletter!  So let me give you a couple of nuggets and then update you on the mission trip.
This word “go” in verses 2 & 3 is not the same word in verse 4. Which is signifigant because of what Jesus is actually saying, if you break it down.
Jesus is saying here: I am going before you. I am leading you over and transferring you to My Father’s House!  And where I am leading you, bringing you under Myself and My Father’s House and all its benefits, you know.  And the way, the road, the journey, the mode or means of transportation and course of conduct you know.
Thomas contradicted him at this point: Lord we do NOT Know! We can’t see any road, or passageway, do we go by boat, or donkey or camel?  We cannot tell where this place is, so how can we understand what you are talking about? Or how to get there?!
Then Jesus said the most wonderful thing! I AM the Way!  I AM the covenant that Yaweh made with Abraham!  And I am here now to seal that Covenant forever for all people, for all time! I am your road! I am your means of transport.  I am what your journey is all about!  Not only that, I am The Truth! I AM your personal truth, in any and every situation. I AM your accepted manner of conduct and behavior. Whatever you are considering, I AM the Truth- the Guide, the measuring stick! And I AM The Life. I AM your vitality, in Me is the fullness that you seek. The very essence of being!  I AM your reason, I AM your season upon this earth, I AM your nourishment and energy. 
Which is why Paul could say in
Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

He has opened the WAY (The Covenant) to all of us. Every Promise in Christ is YES! And AMEN! (So be it!) He translated us out of the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom the HOUSEHOLD of God!  He has led us out of the hands and power of the enemy and carried us over into the Blessings of God! 
He carried us over into our Promised Land, just as the priests carried the Ark of the Covenant over the river Jordan so the children could safely pass into their promised land!  We can safely pass into our promised land; our land of Promises in God, for here and now, and our Heavenly home when we die!
Hallelujah!  And that is EXACTLY what I will be sharing in Nigeria!  That He is our God of breakthrough! So, whatever smacks of death, He has come to bring to life and put newness in our life.  Glory to GOD!
Pastor Titus in India sends his Greetings.  We are hosting the monthly Pastor’s meeting on Mar. 25th.  I’ve already sent my message to him to begin translating for the meeting. 
Pastor Benjamin sends love and greetings. Says he misses all of you.  He just planted a new branch church!  I have lost count…that is either # 13 or 14 or 15 now!  Pictures enclosed of latest crusade!  Here is his report:
Dear Mama,  We made it there and we made it home 10 hrs drive to and fro safely.   God was so awesome!!!!  We preached Jesus with such a passion and over 60 souls came to the Lord.  We planted the Church too.  Pstr. Mugabe had a house Church that comprised of 2 pple besides his wife and 4 kids, but by the time we left on Saturday the Church was over 30 pple and on Sunday the Church over flooded with pple. Someone donated a piece of land to the Church and the Lord also provided for the construction materials, Praise Jesus!!! Its time to hunt for souls,souls, souls!!!!  Love, Ben

I covet your continued prayers and am so grateful that you are my family!  Please find enclosed my itinerary and prayer points.  Also, prayer needed because of much resistance to the crusade in Idah… many complications have been arising.
But BREAKTHROUGH is ours!  Amen?  GLORY!   Love and hugs, from Tom and me.
And Thank You for the lovely Anniversary last week.   Blessings,  Nancy