A New Community that transcends the limitations of time and space.

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Day Five, October 30: A New Community that transcends the limitations of time and space.

Great changes are upon us. When Christ ascended on high, He gave gifts to mankind.

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said,

“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,

and he gave gifts to men.” Ephesians 4:6-8

Some might think spiritual gifts have been mostly dormant since the early church. We know this is not true. We see His gifts at work among us every day. God is using his gifts to build His Kingdom on earth, where He remains available and ready for us to find Him, to look for and worship Him in the anxiety-riddled situations in which we often find ourselves. The Lord Jesus told us clearly that God’s kingdom is on earth, and in heaven, as He taught us to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Since the prophetic Jesus Movement fifty years ago heralded the beacon to recognize a significant Christian transformation, God has used His gifts from one that was independent in nature to one that is interdependent. Billy Graham is an example of an independent nature. He evangelized or preached the Gospel of Salvation to people wherever he went and many, many people came to know Jesus. During the Jesus Movement, on the other hand, the Gospel of Salvation was vigorously preached throughout the world by many people who were interdependently working together to share the message of salvation. Through this message we have witnessed the greatest revival the world has ever seen. There are more Christians alive on the face of the earth today than in all of previously recorded history combined.

This shift of working interdependently instead of independently allows us to experience the team synergy of the gifts working together as one in the Body of Christ. Today, at least, under the virtual roof of the Catch community, you might say we are a crew of many builders with a purpose. We are moving toward unity. We are becoming team players and we look for one another because we want to connect. We have to connect because that is who we are becoming. We are a new community that transcends the limitations of time and space.

Within the Catch Ministry, we are also seeing the beginning of the body coming together from all walks of life. There are Marketplace Christians within the Catch Ministry representing those in government, education, healthcare, military, clergy, banking and finance, communications, transportation, agriculture, the arts, and urban development. They are raising up Christ from where they are working within the marketplace. 

This is true transformation. This is the fullness of Christ expressing itself across a broad spectrum of our culture and with it the saving grace and mercy of God is being experienced by the lost.

This is a new community, indeed, that transcends the limitations of time and space and a new way of belonging.

And as for the lost, many are being called out from their own destruction to Him. Some by choice and some by surprise. They are responding to Grace Turned Outward. They are coming to God and they are spending time solidifying their relationship with Him. It is a time of great transformation for each, from lost to found, as it is for us who became a part of the transformation. 

Allow us to introduce to you Susan, a sister in Christ thanks to your willingness to be there for her. As the hometown emergency crew was responding to our alarm to intercept Susan and the dangerous weapon she held in her hand. She stayed on the phone line with us. We talked about her family conflicts and loss. We know Susan is alive today and receiving treatment because of you. Like a fallen bird, your contributions gave Susan reasons to hope again.

This is a new community, indeed, that transcends the limitations of time and space, a new way of belonging, and expressing God’s passionate yearning for community with us and with all that God created. God desires 

“that the whole creation itself might be freed from its slavery to corruption and brought into the same glorious freedom as the children of God” (Romans 8:21).

This is who we have become. This is who we are. We are Kingdom builders — never Empire builders as we spoke of yesterday. Of course we cannot preach the Gospel of the Kingdom without preaching salvation. But salvation is only the entry point, the beginning of the journey. 

Having shifted from an old-styled independent form of ministry to working interdependently, we experience the team synergy of the gifts working together as one in the Body of Christ. We want to know how best we can come alongside and assist you in fulfilling your calling. We want to continue to build relationships with you, and, together we want to make real the Catch Ministry’s Vision to introduce the Gospel of Welcome — Grace turned Outward — to everyone, everywhere by conducting the business of the Ministry and its Purpose, which is to develop more disciples to go out as the Lord’s ‘Boots on the Ground’ worldwide.

If you invest in the Catch Ministry’s Vision, which is our mutual Vision and its Purpose, which is our mutual Purpose, dare we guarantee your return? Indeed we can. Because we share a new community that transcends the limitations of time and space. 

Fund-raising is always a call to transformation. And this call comes to both those who seek funds and those who have funds. Whether we are asking for money or giving money, we are drawn together by God, who is about to do a new thing through our collaboration:

See, I am doing a new thing!

    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wilderness

    and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:19).

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MATCH! MATCH! MATCH!

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Christina DelMonte Robinson (“Chri”) challenges Marti’s Discipleship Group (from “back in the day” as Chandler would say): Donna, Patti, Patti Y., Gay, and in Cheri’s honor, Ralph, to Match her Gift of $500. We are extending our campaign to allow for the results of these Matches and other gifts. We are just over halfway to goal.

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Hurray! 

We are very pleased to announce after day four of fund-raising, we have received another $2,000 over the weekend toward the $15,000 required, totaling now over $8,000! Many, many thanks to you who are sharing with us and they are:

  • Bob from Iowa City, Iowa
  • Darin from Cozad, Nebraska
  • Arthur from Arlington, Virginia
  • Jill from Wernersville, Pennsylvania
  • Lyn
  • Neil from Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Athelyn from Phoenix, Arizona
  • John from Coralville, Iowa
  • Patrick from Dundee, Michigan
  • Lisa from Sunland, California
  • Michael from Cambria, California
  • Greg from Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Kathleen
  • Laura Campbell, California
  • Siri from Marin, California
  • Merlyn from Goodyear, Arizona
  • Rona from Northampton, UK
  • Joe from Sugar Land, Texas
  • Patrick from Dundee, Michigan
  • Victor from New Castle, Pennsylvania
  • Ann from Rockford, Illinois
  • Olivia from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Larry from Plains, Montana
  • Steve from Keswick, Ontario, Canada

Partner with theses men and women by contributing today: or if you wish, send your contribution to The Catch Ministry, Inc., 1278 Glenneyre, Laguna Beach, California 92651.

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4 Responses to A New Community that transcends the limitations of time and space.

  1. Toni Petrella says:

    Thank the Lord for saving Susan and glad she is doing well. My dad had strong faith but, had a nervous breakdown back in fall of 1990 while I was in the Air Force. He was doing better while I was in the Middle East from January 1991 to May of 1991. However, later in September of 1991 he took his twenty-two pistol and shot himself in the head and when my mom came home from church found him in the garage deceased. I was notified by my husband at the time coming out to my work place at Travis AFB. Sad my dad could not hang on and sad he was alone. Sometimes just need to pray when you feel really down and remember thru his Son Jesus the Lord has you very close and hang on tight for the rest of your life. Take care, and God Bless.

    • John A Fagliano says:

      So sorry about your father. A relapse of a nervous breakdown can be worse than the first one. You think you will never get better. Also it happened one year later because fall was in the air again and the memory of last years breakdown was overwhelming. Not that it’s the autumn that causes this, it’s just how memory gets stronger when it’s that certain season again regardless of the season.

      I know because my mother had a breakdown in the fall of 1968 and was hospitalized. They committed her on December 24th. I was 8 years old. Just like your dad, she was fine during the spring and summer, but in November of 1969 she had a relapse and was worse than before. Thank God she was never suicidal, but she had to go back to the hospital. I’ll never forget seeing her taken away screaming and crying. She had been begging not to go back.

      It’s funny isn’t it how such terrible things can happen to us and yet we don’t lose our faith. I guess faith really is a gift from God and not of ourselves. My mother didn’t lose her faith either. When she got better, and it was gradual, she always said it was God who made her well again.

  2. Toni Petrella says:

    Thanks for the supportive comment. Glad to hear your mother got better. You and I about the same age. Funny 1968 my Dad was in Thailand and my brother and myself living with mom in a house in California City waiting for dad’s remote yer to be over. He left January of 1968 and would return January of 1969. We then left for Homestead Florida my dad’s next duty stop. One month before my dad was to return mom was sick with the Hing Kong flue and it was just the three of us and her trying to care for us and still rest. All our friends on Christmas vacation but, mom was a fighter, never lost her faith and my brother and I as young as we were at t he time became good helpers. All she thought about was dad coming home the following month. My mom today is 86 years and will be 87 December 14 of this year. I know we both have strong moms and still today mom is sharp in the mind and doing alright. Her husband is 96 years and still is sharp in the mind and knows who I am when I call back to Kentucky. Never lose the faith no matter what. Take care, God Bless, and have a great Wednesday.

  3. jwfisch says:

    Truly sad and happy stories. Through it all, God is good. Suicide is not an unforgivable sin.

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