“The Gambler” is the title track found on Kenny Rogers’ 1978 album. The song itself tells the story of a late-night meeting on a train “bound for nowhere” between Rogers (as narrator) and an unnamed old man, known as the gambler. The gambler says that he can tell “Rogers” is down on his luck (“out of aces”) by the look in his eyes and offers him advice in exchange for his last swallow of whisky. After the gambler takes the drink (and a cigarette), he gives the following advice, “You may be able to fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot ever fool all of the people all of the time.” This advice certainly will not work for the internal changes that are obviously needed. There is nothing as fulfilling as a person who lives transparently before God and others. Many people today think they are protecting themselves from hurt by keeping others out. They are afraid to take the risk of being transparent, so they live their lives trying to “fool” others. The truth is that they are trapping themselves in a world of loneliness, fear, anger, worry, despair, and even depression. Although the world received this song with accolades and even considered it as sound advice, its truth has had lasting and devastating results. Today, this attitude of “no transparency” infiltrates both outside and inside the local church.
To all of our expected guests:
It would be hard to explain in words how we see the “unseen hand from above” working here in Rockford. Everywhere we turn, we experience God’s favor. We have attempted to give you details as they have developed in hopes that many of you would have enough information to come to this life celebration event. Thank each of you for your participation. Your presence will be very comforting for all of us, especially the family. For those who cannot, we are hoping to have live stream details finalized and announced online by Thursday Morning. (more…)
FRIDAY SUGGESTIONS: Directors, show your love every single week. No matter how hard your week, no matter your personal struggles, no matter your battle-love them with humble transparency. Humilty is allowing people to see you as you really are. PROJECTION is killing our brethren. Do not project yourself to be someone you are not. It will wear you out and those who follow you will be lost and wander aimlessly. Only the Truth makes free! Share your hurts and struggles, but do so as a symbol of love for their hurts and struggles. Don’t share your struggles in a way in which they will feel sorry for you, but rather in a way they will simply follow you.
INTERNATIONAL WORSHIPS & SHOPS: The Kingdom of God is a reward that is available both here and now through an abiding agape relationship with Father God. Heaven is a place of love and so can be our heart. Please study John 15 and pour the simple overflow of its truths to your students. Prepare them for the “Way of Agape.” And by all means, be here for this year’s Conference! I call every director, leader, helper, and student to consider what could possibly be more important on the week of September 27-30 than our International Workshops and Conference. Pastors, on behalf of our man of God, Dr. Kingsbury, I would like to equally implore you to explore what God is doing through the ministry of Reformers Unanimous everywhere else by visiting us here. In Rockford, we and our students are nothing without our church and the “gates of hell support” she provides us. Likewise, your chapter will be nothing without your church and our churches are useless assemblies of apathy without Jesus Christ-Agape Incarnate!
THANKS FOR A SUCCESSFUL GRAND OPENING: Well, we didn’t crash the server, but we had one great Grand Opening for our new Web Store! Special thanks to Will Fowler for all his work to improve the quality of our web store by tenfold or more! Nearly 2,000 people visited in just one day. Thanks for stopping by and we hope you will continue to check out our weekly and monthly specials. As for now, we continue until the end of the month with our sale of 30% off most every product. If you haven’t invested in your personal walk, please do so soon or miss out on the highest savings ever offered. Please remember some items are available only while supplies last.
NEW CHAPTER WEB STORE COMING NEXT: Chapter directors, secretaries, or chapter purchases – your site is next! Bro. Fowler continues his exemplary work in preparing a high-powered, well-developed website offering many new “bells and whistles.” Bro. Barry is working on new chapter specials and I am working on new discount strategies for awards and curriculum. Yes! We will soon be offering discounts that will reach bookstore percentages. As God has provided increased collective buying power through chapter growth and vendor sacrifice, we are ramping up strategies to become a greater source for addiction recovery and relationship restoration. So many hurting people are being helped through the resources of Reformers Unanimous. It truly is a blessing to be a blessing. But those blessings would fail to abound and those discounts would never develop if it were not for your desire to reach people. Thanks for your agape love. It’s the only way to bring the Truth to their life.
R.U.T.H. GRAND STAND: Well, our grand opening is just “around the corner” as we wait on the fire marshall to test every single fixture and mechanical equipment. Remember, rules are NOT a terror to good works (Romans 3:13). If you quote that 1,000 times today, you will catch up with us! J We are having a PRE-GRAND OPENING this Sunday at 3pm and should gain occupancy next week and move in at the same time we anticipated-the first of the month. However, we will hold the actual Grand Opening until we have done all of the above and can focus on making that event all it should be. We are begging God to provide the financing for the costs of this remodel, less the charitable receipts to date. Please join us in that prayer and consider whose life our home may help.
Imagine that you’ve been invited to meet with the President of the United States in the Oval Office. You’d likely look forward to your appointment with great excitement. Now imagine that someone much more exciting – the God of the universe – wants to meet with you personally. This scenario is true; God really does want to meet with you, and He wants to do so every single day through a private quiet time alone.
I have had the privilege of traveling for several years, training good lay-people in local churches to start the RU Addiction Program. I never teach on the “It’s Personal” Daily Journal without seeing many tears. I sense hearts being turned towards Him. Just yesterday, I received a call from a Pastor in Florida, where I had been a few weeks prior. He shared with me that the church members who were involved in their addiction outreach were experiencing revival! He contributed it to their participation in the RU Daily Journal. In fact, he told me how his wife, a 29-year old Christian, testified on Sunday night on the effect the journal was having in her own life. I can verify here testimony and place before you hundreds that would say the same thing. However, I wonder how many started journaling and stopped? I wonder how much more started but now, just pencil whip it, to “get it done”?
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Keeping a journal of your quiet time allows the individual to review their thoughts, moments of clarity, and assist them in developing Spirit-led insight. Daily journaling is a very powerful tool to keep one in the reality of HIM. I often teach how the journal, when approached properly, will give you a “fresh” awareness of God’s presence in your life. Have you had one lately? #ItsPersonal
Those appointments with God should be a source of great joy for you. But unfortunately, quiet times can sometimes seem too intimidating to schedule or maintain regularly. Here are some ways you can enjoy your appointments with God; I can promise you they will be more enjoyable than with any President:
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