And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
George Muller was born in Prussia on September 27, 1805. His father was a collector of taxes and George seemed to inherit his father’s ability with figures.
When Muller was converted to Christ he was impressed by the many recurring statements of Jesus for us “to ask.” At this point in Muller’s life he and his wife launched into a daring experiment. First, they gave away all of their household goods. The next step was even more daring, he refused all regular salary from the small mission he had been serving. He then set out to establish an orphan home to care for the homeless children of England. The first home was dedicated in a rented building on April 21, 1836. Within a matter of days, 43 orphans were being cared for. Muller and his co-workers decided their experiment would be set up with the following guidelines: 1- No funds would ever be solicited. 2- No debts were ever to be incurred.3- No money contributed for a specific purpose would ever be used for any other purpose. 4- All accounts would be audited annually. 5- No ego-pandering by the publication of donor’s names. 6- No “names” of prominent people would be sought for the board or to advertise the institution. 7- The success of the orphanage would be measured not by the numbers served or by the amount of money taken in, but by God’s blessing on the work, which Muller expected to be in direct proportion to the time spent in prayer. When the first building was constructed, Muller and his friends remained true to their convictions. The public was amazed when a second building was opened six months after the first. They kept concentrating on prayer and eventually there were five new buildings, 110 workers, and 2,050 orphans being cared for. George Muller not only counted on God to provide, but he believed that God would provide abundantly. For over 60 years Muller recorded every specific prayer request and the results. Muller was responsible for the care of 9,500 orphans during his life. These children never went without a meal. Muller never asked for help from anyone but God. $7,500,000 came to him over the course of his life and he vows it was all in answer to believing prayer.
Haggai 2:9 (NLT) The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”
Today is a day that I have been waiting for since last June in one sense, but in another sense I have been waiting for this day since July 2007. Since I became Pastor of New LIfe Assembly of God in 2007 it was my vision to see us in a building of our own. When I first came to New Life we were meeting at Mount Gilead High School and it was such a chore to set up and tear down before and after every service. Shortly after my arrival we made the decision to stop holding services at the High School and moved everything back to the storefront at 26 S. Main. In a way that building served us very well, and God did some incredible things in that place. However, the reality is that it was also holding us back. We occasionally got visitors but most of them never returned, and mostly, I think, because of our facilities. Furthermore, there have been so many things we have wanted to do, ministry we wanted to start, but we had no space in which to have it. Several years ago we purchased ten acres of land on U.S. 42, and praise God it is paid for! Yet the reality of being able to afford to build out there was still many years down the road. The problem was that we needed something now! Then something happened last June when I discovered that the old Nazarene church building was up for sale again. When we looked at it we saw two things; how much work it would take, and how much God could do! There is no question that it took a lot of work, and there were many, many obstacles along the way. But our God is able! Today we meet for the first time in our new Sanctuary, and as my friend John Crothers has said for months, “It’s gonna be nice!” Today we thank many people who have helped us get to this point, however, the truth is this was all God’s doing! Without question this is a miracle! That a church of our size and limited resources could pull this off is without a doubt an act of God. Today we thank Him for all that he has done to bring us to this point, and we pledge today to use this building to reach people for him showing them His incredible love. To God be the glory!
Philippians 4:6 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
John Maxwell writes in his book, Partners in Prayer; ”In the summer of 1876, grasshoppers nearly destroyed the crops in Minnesota. SO in the spring of 1877, farmers were worried. They believed that the dreadful plague would once again visit them and again destroy the rich wheat crop, bringing ruin to thousands of people. The situation was so serious that Governor John S. Pillsbury proclaimed April 26 as a day of prayer and fasting He urged every man, woman and child to ask God to prevent the terrible scourge. On that April day all schools, shops, stores and offices were closed. There was a reverent, quite hush over all the state. The next day dawned bright and clear. Temperature soared to what they ordinary were in midsummer, which was very unusual for April. Minnesotans were devastated as they discovered billions of grasshopper larvae wiggling to life. For 3 days the unusual heat persisted, and the larvae hatched. It appeared that it wouldn’t be long before they started feeding and destroying the wheat crop. On the fourth day, however the temperature suddenly dropped, and that night frost, covered the entire state. Result – it killed every one of those creeping, crawling pests as surely as if poison or fire had been used, It went down in the history of Minnesota as the day God answered the prayers of the people.” That is an awesome story! But understand, it was NOT the first and certainly was NOT the last time that Almighty God answered the prayers of his people. What grasshoppers do you have in your life? Prayer is the solution!
Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live (Gen. 3:20, NLT).
Mother’s Day is a day of great celebration. It is a day when we thank God for giving us our Mom, and we thank her for all that she does and has done for us. For some of us, however, who no longer have our Mom’s with us it can be a day of sadness. Yet we have a choice, we can be sad that she is no longer with us, or we can be thankful that we had a wonderful Mother to be missed. I think this following poem tells it all. My mother taught me RELIGION: When I spilled grape juice on the carpet, she instructed, “You better pray the stain will come out of the carpet.” My mother taught me LOGIC: From her decisive words, “Because I said so, that’s why.” My mother taught me FORESIGHT: “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.” My mother taught me IRONY: “Keep laughing, and I’ll give you something to cry about.” My mother taught me about STAMINA: “You’ll sit there ’til all that spinach is finished.” My mother taught me about WEATHER: “It looks as if a tornado swept through your room.” My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.” My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: “Stop acting like your father!” My mother taught me about ENVY: “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have a wonderful Mom like you do!” THANKS, MOM! To all the Mom’s, with us or not, thank you! Happy Mother’s Day!