DONATION GIFTS

BY NOW THE POST OFFICE HAS PACKED YOUR MAILBOX WITH CHRISTMAS REQUESTS FOR DONATIONS FROM CHARITIES AROUND THE WORLD. SOME YOU KNOW WELL. OTHERS, YOU MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR. ALL IN ALL, CHARITIES ARE RELIANT ON DONATIONS. REVIVAL MINISTRY RELIES ON DONATIONS AS WELL. WE WILL NOT BE SENDING CUTE STICKY NOTES OR ADDRESS LABELS. WE DON’T SPEND MONEY ON FRILLS. OUR LIMITED BUDGET PAYS FOR BASICS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN OUR WEBSITE AND SUPPLIES WHILE REACHING OUT AND ASSISTING CHURCHES WITH SPECIAL EVENTS AND REVIVALS TO BRING THOSE WITHOUT A CHURCH HOME AND UNSAVED TO JESUS. THIS IS A SIMPLE REQUEST ASKING YOU TO PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER INVESTING IN THIS SPECIAL PART OF GOD’S WORK IN THE KINGDOM. ANY AMOUNT IS GENEROUS. YOUR DONATIONS LARGE OR SMALL WILL BE ANSWERED PRAYERS. REVIVAL MINISTRY IS A GROWING 501 C 3 AND ALL DONATIONS ARE DEDUCTIBLE FOR INCOME TAX PURPOSES. WILL YOU CONSIDER SENDING A GIFT OF LOVE AND SUPPORT TO HELP US CONTINUE SPREADING GOD’S WORD? “EACH OF YOU SHOULD GIVE WHAT YOU HAVE DECIDED IN YOUR HEART TO GIVE, NOT RELUCTANTLY OR UNDER COMPULSION, FOR GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER.” 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7 NIV PLEASE SEND YOUR DONATIONS TO: REVIVAL MINISTRY 2727 WEST AMMANN RD. BULVERDE, TEXAS...

“PASS THE MASHED POTATOES!”

“PASS THE MASHED POTATOES!” “PASS THE GRAVY!” SOUND FAMILIAR? FOR MANY, CHRISTMAS IS THE TIME OF YEAR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS COME TOGETHER TO EAT! TURKEY, HAM, A SELECTION OF SALADS AND VEGETABLES, BREADS AND DESSERTS OF CAKES AND PIES MAKE THE FEAST COMPLETE. AS A SOCIETY AND INDIVIDUALLY, WE OFTEN OVERINDULGE. OUR CHRISTMAS SEASON GIVES US A FALSE EXCUSE TO DO THINGS IN EXCESS. WE EAT TOO MUCH. WE SPEND TOO MUCH ON ‘THINGS’ AND EXCUSE OURSELVES ALL BECAUSE IT IS CHRISTMAS. FOR MANY, JANUARY COMES AS A HARD REMINDER OF OUR EXCESSES WHEN THE CREDIT CARD BILLS ARRIVE. THERE IS A BETTER WAY. IF YOU ARE GONG TO DO ANYTHING IN THE EXCESS…LOVE. IT STARTS WITH YOUR FAMILY AND LOVING THEM FOR WHAT AND WHO THEY ARE. THEN IT IS LOVING FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND CO-WORKERS WITH THE SAME LOVE. THAT IS JUST THE START. THE FIRST STEPS ARE THE HARDEST. SOMETIMES IT IS DIFFICULT FOR US TO LOVE SOMEONE WHO HAS DONE OR IS DOING THINGS WE DON’T APPROVE. WHO LOVES YOU? YOU MIGHT ANSWER YOUR SPOUSE, PARENTS, CHILDREN OR OTHERS. THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU THE MOST IS GOD. GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON IN A GRUESOME HUMANLY DEATH IN ORDER THAT YOU CAN HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AS THE BIRTH OF JESUS. YET, WE KNOW THE WHOLE STORY…A HOLY BIRTH, A PERFECT LIFE, A CRUCIFIXION, A RESURRECTION AND A RETURNING SAVIOR! SO, ENJOY THE MASHED POTATOES, GRAVY AND ALL IN MODERATION. BUT, DON’T BE MODERATE IN YOUR LOVE OF GOD. BE EXCESSIVE! PUT THIS CHRISTMAS IN PERSPECTIVE…PUT CHRIST...

“THREE WILLS OF GOD”

“THEN GOD SAID, “LET US MAKE MANKIND IN OUR IMAGE, IN OUR LIKENESS, SO THAT THEY MAY RULE OVER THE FISH IN THE SEA AND THE BIRDS IN THE SKY, OVER THE LIVESTOCK AND ALL THE WILD ANIMALS, AND OVER ALL THE CREATURES THAT MOVE ALONG THE GROUND.” GENESIS 1:26 NIV READ: GENESIS 2:16-3:24 WHEN I HAVE PREACHED ON GOD’S WILLS. SIMPLICITY SEEMED BEST. AS WE READ AND STUDY GOD’S WORD, WE CAN FEEL THE HAND OF GOD LEADING US. WHY WOULD GOD NOT LEAD US? GOD CREATED US OF HIS DESIRE AND HE DESIRES THE BEST FOR US. WE CAN IDENTIFY WITH THREE VERY DISTINCT WILLS OF GOD; HIS DESIRING WILL, HIS ALLOWING WILL AND HIS DEMANDING WILL. WHEN WE CONSIDER HOW WE GET UP EVERY DAY, PRAY TO DO GOD’S WILL AND LIVE THE LIFE HE INTENDED, WE CAN UNDERSTAND HOW WE CAN BE A MOMENTARY DISAPPOINTMENT TO OURSELVES WHEN WE ‘BACKSLIDE’. A FEW WEEKS AGO WE STUDIED THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT NAMES OF GOD AND HOW THEY EXPLAIN THE DIVINE PERSONALITIES OF GOD. TODAY WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT THE THREE WILLS OF OUR CREATOR. GOD’S DESIRING WILL “I DESIRE TO DO YOUR WILL, MY GOD, YOUR LAW IS WITHIN MY HEART.” PSALM 40:8 NIV FROM THE FIRST VERSES OF GENESIS WE SEE GOD’S DESIRING WILL. GOD CREATED THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH AND WITHIN BY HIS DESIRE. SCRIPTURE TELLS OF THE PRESENCE OF OUR TRIUNE GOD METICULOUSLY CREATING ALL FOR MAN. EVEN MAN WAS CREATED BY GOD’S DESIRE. AS HE CREATED ADAM AND EVE HE GAVE THEM ALL THEY NEEDED. HE DESIRED THEIR...

“ONLY _____ DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS!”

IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN, YOU ARE HEARING; “ONLY ___ DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS!” THE COUNTDOWN IS REAL: 15, 14, 13… THEIR ANTICIPATION IS EVER PRESENT. THEY ARE MORE THAN ANXIOUS FOR THE MAGICAL DAY WHEN PRESENTS WILL BE FOUND UNDER THE TREE. AT THEIR YOUNG AGES, IT MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS. A LOT OF ADULTS ARE THE SAME WAY. TOO MANY ARE CAUGHT UP IN THE BUYING AND GIVING OF A HOLIDAY PRESENTS RATHER THAN ‘THE REASON FOR THE SEASON’. STORE CLERKS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SAY “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” RATHER THAN “MERRY CHRISTMAS”. STORES PROMOTE SALES AND THE SHOPPERS RESPOND IN UNYIELDING CROWDS. PUSHING, SHOVING, ARGUING, EVEN PHYSICAL ALTERCATIONS ARE COMMON PLACE. IT DOESN’T SOUND MUCH LIKE CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. ARE YOU INTO THE COMMERCIAL CHRISTMAS PROMOTIONS OR CHRIST? YOU CAN CHANGE ALL THAT. IT STARTS WITH ONE PERSON…YOU. SHOW OTHERS THE JOY OF CELEBRATING JESUS’ BIRTH. YOU CAN PUT ‘CHRIST’ BACK INTO CHRISTMAS. TELL EVERYONE “MERRY CHRISTMAS” WITH A GREAT SMILE. ALLOW SOMEONE TO TAKE THAT PRIZED PARKING SPACE YOU REALLY HAD WAITED FOR THE LONGEST. ALLOW THAT WEARY MOM, STRUGGLING WITH LITTLE ONES, TO GO AHEAD OF YOU IN LINE. ALLOW THAT GRUMPY MAN TO GO AHEAD OF YOU IN LINE AS YOU TELL HIM WHY YOU ARE HAPPY TO LET HIM AHEAD OF YOU. TELL HIM OF THE ‘REASON FOR THE SEASON’… JESUS’ BIRTH. CONCENTRATE ON GIVING OF YOURSELF INSTEAD OF EXPENSIVE GIFTS THAT WILL BE MARKED 1/2 PRICE IN A FEW WEEKS AND BROKEN OR DISCARDED IN MONTHS TO COME. GIVE YOUR WAITER ENOUGH TO...

“ONLY ____ DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS!”

“ONLY ___ DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS!” IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN, YOU ARE HEARING; “ONLY ___ DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS!” THE COUNTDOWN IS REAL: 15, 14, 13… THEIR ANTICIPATION IS EVER PRESENT. THEY ARE MORE THAN ANXIOUS FOR THE MAGICAL DAY WHEN PRESENTS WILL BE FOUND UNDER THE TREE. AT THEIR YOUNG AGES, IT MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS. A LOT OF ADULTS ARE THE SAME WAY. TOO MANY ARE CAUGHT UP IN THE BUYING AND GIVING OF A HOLIDAY PRESENTS RATHER THAN ‘THE REASON FOR THE SEASON’. STORE CLERKS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SAY “HAPPY HOLIDAYS” RATHER THAN “MERRY CHRISTMAS”. STORES PROMOTE SALES AND THE SHOPPERS RESPOND IN UNYIELDING CROWDS. PUSHING, SHOVING, ARGUING, EVEN PHYSICAL ALTERCATIONS ARE COMMON PLACE. IT DOESN’T SOUND MUCH LIKE CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. ARE YOU INTO THE COMMERCIAL CHRISTMAS PROMOTIONS OR CHRIST? YOU CAN CHANGE ALL THAT. IT STARTS WITH ONE PERSON…YOU. SHOW OTHERS THE JOY OF CELEBRATING JESUS’ BIRTH. YOU CAN PUT ‘CHRIST’ BACK INTO CHRISTMAS. TELL EVERYONE “MERRY CHRISTMAS” WITH A GREAT SMILE. ALLOW SOMEONE TO TAKE THAT PRIZED PARKING SPACE YOU REALLY HAD WAITED FOR THE LONGEST. ALLOW THAT WEARY MOM, STRUGGLING WITH LITTLE ONES, TO GO AHEAD OF YOU IN LINE. ALLOW THAT GRUMPY MAN TO GO AHEAD OF YOU IN LINE AS YOU TELL HIM WHY YOU ARE HAPPY TO LET HIM AHEAD OF YOU. TELL HIM OF THE ‘REASON FOR THE SEASON’… JESUS’ BIRTH. CONCENTRATE ON GIVING OF YOURSELF INSTEAD OF EXPENSIVE GIFTS THAT WILL BE MARKED 1/2 PRICE IN A FEW WEEKS AND BROKEN OR DISCARDED IN MONTHS TO COME....