Awareness, Opportunity, and What You Need to Know

What We’ve Been Up To:

     Over the past several years, Seasons of Life has provided discipleship to men, women, and couples regardless of their financial status. In many cases, we have essentially “given away” tens of thousands of dollars in bible based counseling to people who both needed it and couldn’t afford it. 
     Thanks to the incredible training we’ve received over the years from organizations and individuals from North Point Community Church to BTCP to Elijah House to Free Chapel’s “School of Discipleship” to Jesus Spoken Here, we’ve been able to lock arms with men and women who truly desire deeper intimacy with Christ and walk with them through the various trials and seasons God has laid out for them.

Today, I’m asking for your help to meet two needs – one with a November 5th deadline and the other on November 23rd.

The “Now” Need

     Our current need for all October ministry expenses is a bit over $4,000. Not so bad, considering that’s needed by November 5th, and we have a little more than $1,000 in matching funds available to get there. Every little bit, big chunk, and ridiculously huge bit counts. To help meet this need in the next 6-7 days, simply click here or go to our support page at www.seasonsoflifeministries.org/support and designate your gift using the drop down menu or follow directions there for check giving and our mailing address. Yes, all donations are tax deductible as permitted by IRS section 501(c)3.

      Next year, we anticipate “giving away” hundreds more hours of biblical counseling to dozens of men, women, and couples, caring for the needs of the working poor in our sphere of influence, and exhorting/encouraging believers forward into a more mature faith. The support of those who give sacrificially to this ministry are absolutely essential to making that happen. A large scale fundraising opportunity has come up that could make next year’s efforts possible in just one day. Here’s where you come in: 

Awareness and Opportunity…
The “Later” Need
: “One Thing-a-thon”

     This event will happen on November 23rd. Now, this is a really cool opportunity for those who may not have a whole lot of giving capacity at this time: One Th1ng, a local ministry that spurs men on in their walk with God is sponsoring a picnic and walkathon called “One Thing-a-Thon” on November 23rd to raise support and awareness for four local ministries, including Seasons of Life Ministries! Watch the video below as Kirby Wisler explains 3 ways you can help out…

What To Do:
     Today, I’m inviting you to consider supporting Seasons of Life Ministries and all we’ve been called to do by:

  1. Join us as a runner: invite people around you to sponsor you by the mile or for the walk
  2. Be a “recruiter”: share this video with people close to you invite them to sponsor me as I walk/run 10 miles that morning.
  3. Sponsor me (I’ll be walk/running 10 miles) as a corporate sponsor or individual donor for $1, $10, or even $100 a mile or give a flat donation for the day.


As always, thank you, for your readership, prayers, and support!

in Christ,

AP

That Day is Coming… So is Commentary! Plus, Wisdom Hunted

Good morning –
Last week’s performance of “That Day” was a tremendous success. So many people showed up, we needed more tables and chairs! Our heart’s desire was that it wasn’t in the quantity of people who showed up, but that the people God wanted to see it were there. Mission accomplished. He is sovereign.

The audience was wowed. As the performer, so was I. God has inspired so many poignant changes to the script over the past three years (especially the past three weeks), that I’m amazed all the right lines came out of my mouth that night. There was laughter, tears, a little uncomfortable laughter, elbows to the people next to us, and a whole lot of wonder inspired by the main character’s journey through his look at eternal rewards at the judgment seat of Christ.

The worship team – Ryan and Crystal Casey and former boy-band member Kevin Swan, gave their best and created inspiring punctuation for story. We are grateful for their service to the kingdom.

For more details on “That Day”, go to www.thatday.info.

In the coming days and weeks, we’ll have photos (possibly videos), testimonials, and commentary regarding the show, as well as detailed information on how you can bring this story front and center for your church or organization.

This morning, as we regroup from a very busy month, I leave you with some uplifting thoughts from Boyd Bailey – author and President of “Wisdom Hunters”.

http://www.wisdomhunters.com/2013/10/humble-and-gentle/?preview=true

in Christ,

AP

P.S. For now, keep us in prayer for the upcoming One Thing, Pier Foundation, Seasons of Life fundraising event in November: “The One Thing-a-Thon”. To participate, volunteer, donate, or just attend, go to “http://www.onethingathon.com/”.

Intimacy with God in Four Simple Stages

The Train Wreck:
     Everytime I pick up Chuck Swindoll’s “Intimacy with the Almighty”, it’s a spiritual train wreck… but a wreck that needs to happen. This book first exposed me to Paul’s mission statement in the Amplified version. This is a translation I very rarely pick up, but it seems to tease out Paul’s greatest desire as also captured in other epistles:

[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]
That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body]. (Phil 3:10-11 AMP)

     If you’re so inspired to do, read that again. Paul desires God – the whole package: good and bad. The bliss and that sanctifying affliction that leads to it.

     Sounds like quite an awesome quest on a grander than “Fellowship of the Ring” scale, yes? 

     So, how do we get there?

Psalm 1 reads:
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked 
or stand in the way of the sinner or 
sit in the seat of mocker.
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and he meditates on his law day and night.”
 4 Minutes, 4 Stages
     Here’s a great key to that intimacy – meditating on the law of the Lord day and night. “Quiet time” or “time with the Lord” is often one of the places where languishing faith gets stuck in the mud. Many having never “learned” to have a quiet time simply find themselves wandering. Other times, I’ve found the tyranny of the urgent crowding out my time with God at precisely the time I should be leaning into it.

     So, here’s a touch of structure a mentor once shared with me. I challenge you to try it first with a four minute block of time and see how fast it begins to grow to over an hour. Divide the time up into four stages and commit to using it in these four ways:
1. Read in Psalms or Proverbs
2. Praise and thank God
3. Listen silently
4. Present one BIG request before Him

     Don’t aim for great length, rather consistency. If you find one of the stages getting longer (which you will), do everything you can to keep the others the same length as that longest one. You will find the time expanding rapidly. It’s okay, this is the work of the Spirit drawing you to the Father.
    I have discovered my appetite for the word to be growing deeper and desire to be in His presence greater in just two times through this structure. I hope you will share this with someone who is in a dry season or stuck in second gear in their faith. But, most of all, I pray that He will catch you heart on fire for Him as Paul describes in Philippians.

in it with you,

AP

Will You Pray for Aarron and "That Day"?

Who’s Afraid of Judgment Day?
     Go ahead, say it… “Judgment Day”. How does that pairing of words make you feel in your gut? The way that day is talked about in our culture, even in Christian culture, it doesn’t sound very exciting. Sounds terrifying. Ever notice that?

     But, 2 Corinthians, Chapter 5 tells us that day is when we get to cash in our eternal IRA and see what Jesus has saved for us in our heavenly investment portfolio. How cool is THAT?!


     So, in three weeks, I’ve been asked to perform this wild story, “That Day”, based on the Tim Stevenson book “The Bema: a Story about the Judgment Seat of Christ” at a big church over in Woodstock. Just drive down 92 – you can’t miss it. It’s a one man show where I play a guy named Dan Matthewson and about 11 other people in his life – from his boss, to his cleaner, to the Lord Jesus Christ – and what happens when he comes before the judgment seat of Christ.

     Rather than our usual Monday Morning post for encouragement, I’m encouraging you to dig into scriptures like 2 Cor. 5:10 and 1 Cor 3:10-16 and meditate on this:

If heavenly rewards are what is at stake – how will what you do today impact what you receive in eternal rewards? Now, how should it cause you to live?

     These are questions most of us can’t answer with great accuracy. But, on Saturday night, October 26th at 7PM you’ll have a chance to watch what it could be like for at least one guy who’s a lot like most guys you know.

     
    In the meantime, take a look at this 90 second video and pray like crazy for me over the next three weeks that God will guard me and guide me in my very rigorous rehearsal schedule leading up to “That Day”. 

     I hope you will be there – it’s a free show, so we’ve made it a little easier for you. But, my prayers – our prayers – are that you would get a look at this story and it would change the way you live every single day until That Day.

     For more information on “That Day” and a behind the scenes look, go to www.thatday.info.

in Christ,

AP

Leadership in the Home – at ONE TH1NG for Men

A Message from Ron Dunn 
About Leadership in the Home     

     If over 50% of the automobiles produced by a car manufacturer failed, the company would close down.

      If over 50% of airplanes crashed before completing their flights, people would not fly anymore.

      When the goal is 100%, but the success is less than half, a crisis exists.

      In business…on Wall Street… analysts and critcis would expose the weaknesses and call for changes while downgrading stock.

      Men, the percentages on failed and troubled marriages is staggering, yet in our society more is being done to accept the fact than to fix it.

      We have a marriage crisis and need to call help… “broken arrow”… on the ground we stand and the thinking… and lack of thinking that has now become the majority norm in our society.

      Broken Arrow requires examining manhood and marriage theologically… rather than being influenced sociologically.

      What does our God say about these two entities that He designed and created…?

      What our culture says and likes isn’t working.

      Last week we had lively discussions around a biblical definition of a great husband: a man who loves, lives with, knows, honors & prays with his wife under God’s rule.

      What is true for me in this area is true for you… I need insights and encouragement to help me establish, lead and live winning, healthy marriage dynamics.

      This week we will unpack 3 marriage cues from Jesus that will bring deeper understanding and applications to the definition of a great husband.

Hope to see you early!

– Ron

Ron Dunn leads ONE TH1NG for men at The Cabernet Steakhouse on Windward Parkway and GA 400 on Friday Mornings from 7AM to 7:59AM. It’s a come as you are when you can environment for men called to “spur men on in their walk with God”.