What does God want you to do?

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By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient. Hebrews 11:31

Listed with all those greats of the faith is a prostitute named Rahab. There were a number of strikes against her. She was a prostitute, she was a pagan — a Canaanite — and she was a woman. Strike three. But that didn’t matter. She had faith. She had heard how God was with the children of Israel — how they had been freed from Pharaoh through a series of miracles including crossing the Red Sea, and they had already had military success on this side, and word was getting out that they were to be feared. Certainly their God was more real than her gods who had done nothing for her. So she had put faith in God and hid the two spies that had entered Jericho. For that she and her family were spared when the walls of her city fell down. 

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Faith is …

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Faith is:

     A. Spiritual exertion

     B. Mustered up feeling

     C. A choice to believe

     D. A strongly held belief

     E. None of the above

The answer is “None of the above.” Faith is not something you or I come up with. Faith is not what we bring to the party. Faith is the thing itself. Faith is self-evident. Faith is faith. You have faith because you have faith. If you didn’t have faith, you wouldn’t be able to believe. If you don’t have faith, don’t try to exert yourself, or tell yourself to believe. That’s because faith doesn’t come from you. If you don’t have faith, and you desire it, then you need to ask for it, because faith comes from God.

Hebrews 1:1 describes faith in solid terms. The words “substance” and “evidence” describe something solid. Faith is a thing. It is the substance of what you hoped for because you can’t see what you hope for but you can “see” faith. You can “see” faith because you can believe. And again, it’s the evidence of what you can’t see, because things you can’t see, like God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit and heaven, can be known by faith because you have faith. You know God is real because you have the faith to believe He is. 

I know this sounds like a lot of double-speak, but that’s because faith, even though you can’t see it, is there, because you “see” it with your inner eye. You know it to be true. You have it because you have it.

Hebrews 11:6 says “he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” In other words, He who comes to God is in possession of what it takes to believe that He exists. He (she) is in possession of the God-given faith to believe it. So it comes down to faith — you either have it or you don’t. 

So the conclusion of all this is: if you have faith, be grateful for it and use it. Find out what the Lord wants you to do. Be one of those “by faith” people. “By faith George or Sally did this or that.” If you have it, apply that faith to your life, and to serving those around you and fighting the spiritual battles in your midst. If you have it, apply it to praying for revival. Pray to receive more of Him. And if you don’t have faith, ask for it. “[God] is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” If you earnestly desire to know Him, He will never turn anyone away. He will give you the faith to believe He exists. And then you will have what you hoped for, and what you can’t see will become real to you because you will have, in your faith, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

HAPPY VETERANS DAY

Vanguard Veterans Mike High and Pat Klever would like to invite you to help close the gap on our fund-raising campaign by giving a gift in honor of a Veteran. Be sure and include with your gift the name of the Veteran you would like to honor and we will include your name and his/her name in tomorrow’s Catch.

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So how are we doing?

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All these people were still living by faith when they died. Hebrews 11:13

This is my new favorite verse from Hebrews 11. It tells us something incredible. I think of the Old Testament characters as those who had the Spirit of God come upon them only for certain tasks such as the ones mentioned here in this famous chapter on faith — like crossing the Red Sea, smiting the Midianites, shutting the mouths off lions, conquering kingdoms, administering justice, enduring torture, etc.. But we rarely think of them as living or walking by faith all the time. This indicates that their faith continued even after their mighty acts, so that they were able to “live by faith” all the time, and did so right up until their death. They lived by faith even though they did not have the Holy Spirit as a permanent possession. Now that’s something. How much more are we, who have the eternal Spirit of God living inside us, able to experience the power of God in our lives continually? Continue reading

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The Hebrews Eleven Hall of Fame

As a member of the Board of Directors, I wish to thank everyone who made a contribution to the Catch Ministry’s Fall fund-raising campaign and, at the same time, wish to encourage those who have yet to contribute.  We are so close to goal with only $2,170 yet to go.  Together with other Catch citizens, your gift or perhaps your consideration to provide an additional gift can take us over the top!  (Click here)

We are grateful for your participation in introducing the Gospel of Welcome – Grace Turned Outward –  to everyone, worldwide.  

Mike Boland

The Catch Ministry Board of Directors

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By faith Abel …

By faith Enoch …

By faith Noah …

By faith Abraham …

By faith Sarah …

By faith Isaac …

By faith Jacob …

By faith Moses …

By faith the people …

By faith the walls of Jericho …

By faith Rahab …

By faith Gideon …

By faith Barak …

By faith Samson …

By faith Jephthah …

By faith David …

By faith Samuel and the prophets … (Hebrews 11)

Did anyone do anything that was worthy and lasting without faith? No. Has anyone since? No. Whatever we do by faith is going to be done in and through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is why we need a revival of the Holy Spirit, because it is the Spirit who enables all these acts of faith. 

If you were on this list, how would your entry read? Complete the sentence. Come on, I’m serious. Is there one particular thing that stands out for you? In our Vanguard group last week, we studied Deborah and Jael (Judges 4) and how Jael drove a tent peg through the head of Sisera, the leader of the Canaanite army while he slept in her tent. All week we’ve been thinking about the one thing we will be known for. Jael is still known today for what she did. “By faith Jael …”Write out yours. Put it down on paper. See what it looks like. Put your name there and complete the sentence. What do you need to do by faith?

By faith John …

By faith Michael …

By faith Marti …

By faith Elizabeth …

Almost always it’s something difficult. These people were not mighty heroes. They were fragile human beings like all of us and easily intimidated. Moses stuttered. Gideon hid behind a winepress. Sarah laughed. Samson had a weakness for women. David was an adulterer and a murderer. But they did something great for God when called upon, and they did it by faith, trusting in God through the Holy Spirit to empower them. They did it by faith. Remove the faith and they could not do it.

Notice that all these things are actions. It’s not that we reach some spiritual pinnacle by faith. By faith I became a great Christian. No. That’s useless. It’s by faith I accomplished something for the kingdom of God that I am incapable of doing on my own, but God through His Spirit enabled me to do it by faith. And it’s something that He wants us to do.

Now the big thing you are known for may not make you famous. It may be big for you because it’s dealing with a weakness or difficulty unique to you. It may be easy for someone else, but for you it’s like crossing the Red Sea. But when you meet it by faith, you can do it, just like these men and women before you have done what seemed impossible for them. It’s the Spirit. It is the breath of God. “Breathe, oh breath of God, now breathe.” 

So complete the sentence: By faith (Your name here) did what? 

Mark it on your calendar for the week, Thursday night, 6pm Pacific for our Zoom Revival Meeting.

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Come Alive

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We call out to dry bones, come alive, come alive

We call out to dead hearts, come alive, come alive

Up out of the ashes, let us see an army rise

We call out to dry bones, come alive

From “Come Alive” by Lauren Daigle

We are going to conduct a revival over the next three weeks. Here at the Catch. Online. “Are you crazy?” you say. “What do you know about revivals? Were you raised Pentecostal and you never told us?”

Actually, I know very little about revivals except to expect the Holy Spirit to show up and for God to do something evident in our lives. The Holy Spirit has already been invited. I haven’t heard an R.S.V.P. yet, but I’m sure He will come. Jesus said that God would never withhold the Holy Spirit from anyone who asks.

Oh, by the way, by inviting Him we aren’t saying He isn’t already here. He is here, in our lives already, for all those who believe. So what’s a revival then? Let me guess. It’s a shaking up so that what remains is solid. It’s a fire — a burning off of dross. It’s a pruning — a cutting away of dead wood. It’s something new we haven’t experienced before. It’s the Holy Spirit actually doing something in our lives. It’s real. It results in a transformation from which we will never be the same again. That’s what I think. I also think that if you expect it, you will see it. If you don’t or if you doubt, you probably won’t.

Though we will be in the last three chapters of Hebrews throughout this experience, we are going to start off today with a well-known story from Ezekiel 37 about the Valley of the Dry Bones. In this story, which is a prophesy about how the Lord is going to restore the dead nation of Israel, God sends Ezekiel to the Valley of the Dry Bones and tells him to prophesy to the bones. As he does, the bones start to rattle and come together to form skeletons of people. And as he continues to speak, sinew and muscle, soft tissue and skin form on the skeletons until they are fully formed human beings, “but there was no breath in them.” Then God said to Ezekiel; “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army” (Ezekiel 37:8-10).

I would say a revival is all about the breath of God. What about us? Are we a bunch of dry bones lying on the ground, or do we have flesh and skin on our bones, or are we on our feet with the breath of God in us? 

Lauren Daigle has written a worship song about this story that cries out, “Breathe, O breath of God, now breathe.” 

I have selected this song as a theme song for our revival, because our revival is all about the breath of God from the four winds. You may be dry bones or you may be fully formed, but you can do nothing without the breath of God. Revival is a fresh wind from four corners of the earth that will prepare us for whatever lies ahead in these troublesome days. “Breathe, O breath of God, now breathe.”

I want you to listen to this song and save it where you can easily access it from any of your devices because I want you to listen to it often and use it for your own worship. The words are below. Click on the title for a YouTube version of the song. And get ready for something special. 

Oh yes, and mark your calendar for the next three Wednesday nights at 6pm Pacific for a special Zoom meeting related to our revival with special guests. You won’t want to miss it. More on that later.

Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.

Come Alive

by Lauren Daigle

Through the eyes of men, it seems there’s so much we have lost

As we look down the road where all the prodigals have walked

One by one, the enemy has whispered lies

And led them off as slaves

But we know that You are God, Your’s is the victory

We know there is more to come

That we may not yet see

So with the faith You’ve given us

We’ll step into the valley unafraid, yeah

As we call out to dry bones, come alive, come alive

We call out to dead hearts, come alive, come alive

Up out of the ashes, let us see an army rise

We call out to dry bones, come alive

God of endless mercy, god of unrelenting love

Rescue every daughter, bring us back the wayward son

And by Your spirit, breathe upon them, show the world that You alone can save

You alone can save

As we call out to dry bones, come alive, come alive

We call out to dead hearts, come alive, come alive

Up out of the ashes, let us see an army rise

We call out to dry bones, come alive

So breathe, oh, breath of God

Now breathe, oh, breath of God

Breathe, oh, breath of God, now breathe

Breathe, oh, breath of God

Now breathe, oh, breath of God

Breathe, oh, breath of God, now breathe

As we call out to dry bones, come alive, come alive

We call out to dead hearts, come alive, come alive

Up out of the ashes, let us see an army rise

We call out to dry bones, come alive

We call out to dry bones, come alive

Oh, come alive

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The Ultimate Adventure of Transformation

Dear Fellow Catch Citizens:

There are people like me who want to impact the Catch Ministry by participating in its fall campaign but are not in a position to financially contribute at this time.

I am writing to ask all of you who find it difficult to donate at this time to join me before the Creator of the universe to ask Him to provide the remaining $3,500 toward the $15,000 goal by encouraging those within our community who have the capacity to contribute or can provide a second gift toward its goal. 

Having prayed together, I challenge those who are capable of contributing to the Catch Ministry to prayerfully consider if God is calling you to be part of the answer to our prayers.

As the Catch Ministry closes out its campaign, my heartfelt gratitude goes to all participants of this campaign; to those who came together to pray and to those who have given or are prayerfully considering a gift.

Blessed to be a member of the Catch Community,

John Shirk

Minister for Discipleship and Community

John is building communities within very diversified areas of interest including people who are poets, musicians, and artists. Troubled by the cultural gulf separating most churches from those who have yet to follow Jesus, John identifies with the Catch Ministry and its reconciling Grace Turned Outward voice. John disciples both believers and non-churched people. They like his interactive personality. They participate in the communities he creates to talk about the struggles of living in a broken world, the questions we all wrestle with, and each person’s search for meaning and purpose.

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Day Eight: Friday, November 5. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18

I don’t know how He does it, but He does it. Sometimes it’s sudden — almost overnight — most times it’s gradual. But God is working in us a total and complete transformation that turns us inside out and completely overrules anything we are trying to do to maintain some kind of spirituality that we think we control. You don’t experience transformation until you give up your Christian charade and turn to the Lord.

When you turn to the Lord you lose that self-righteous protective guard we all like to hide behind like Moses hid behind his veil. Moses kept the veil on long after it had out-served it’s function. It was supposed to protect the people from the brightness on his face from being with God, but he kept it on long after so they wouldn’t see the brightness fade away and lose heart. He was really protecting himself. The veil was Moses’ way of hiding and claiming a spiritual authority that had nothing to do with the Spirit. It was pure manipulation.

In the same way, we rely on a protective layer of spirituality that we are in control of. We learn to hide behind a false self — a fake spiritual straw man that hides the fact that we know we are not measuring up. We are miserable and bored, and yet we try to maintain an air of authority. Surely we are better than most Christians. We do all the right things and don’t do the wrong things, but we are dead inside because we are following the law and the law always kills.

The only way-out of this spiritual playacting is to turn to the Lord. When we turn to the Lord, everything falls off. We lose the veil. The gig is up. God sees right through us. We can’t hide anymore. We are who we are, vulnerable, broken, tired, sinful and failing, and yet this is where transformation begins. Now, because our scheming is out of the way, the Holy Spirit can take over and this is where the adventure begins. This is why “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Liberty from trying and failing. Liberty from self-righteous comparisons. Liberty from being something that we are not. Liberty from the game. Liberty to experience what God wants to do with our lives. Liberty to discover His idea of what that is, not our own. When God transforms us, you never know what to expect. God has more in mind for us that we can ever ask, think, or imagine.

All of this happens by way of the Holy Spirit, and it happens when we turn, open-faced and vulnerable, to the Lord.

God’s way of transformation starts with losing our carefully crafted image and coming before God and others with honesty and total transparency. It involves coming clean with our sins and our failures. John tells us that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That is transformation — to be forgiven and cleansed and not in control of our image anymore. It’s having the Lord transform us into something we can’t create or control because we don’t even know what it is! We know it reflects Christ in us, but who can manage that? Can you make yourself look like Christ? No. But you can keep your eyes on Christ as He transforms you into what He wants you to be, and reflects Himself through your life in ways you will never know.

This is what it means to turn to the Lord — to become completely vulnerable and open before Him and allow Him to transform you into what He wants you to be. It’s the ultimate adventure of transformation.

Here is a song that pretty much says it all.

Lookin’ Straight On

by John Fischer

(Click on the song title for a YouTube version of song.)

Keep lookin’ straight on at the Lord and then

Keep lookin’ straight on at me

There’s nothin’ to hide but the light inside

So shine where the people can see

Keep lookin’ straight on at the Lord and then

Keep lookin’ straight on at me

Your eyes reflect the glory of God 

So let everybody see

Once you’ve had the Lord see through you

You’ve got nothin’ too hide

Once you know He loves you anyway

You’ve got nothin’ but love inside

Why not turn full-face to Him

Let His light flow into your soul

And in the mirror of your eyes

We’ll see He’s makin’ you whole

Keep lookin’ straight on at the Lord and then

Keep lookin’ straight on at me

Your eyes reflect the glory of God  

So let everybody see

Keep lookin’ straight on at the Lord and then

Keep lookin’ straight on at me

There’s nothin’ to hide but the light inside

So shine where the people can see 

This brings us back to recognized fund-raising as a ministry that always calls us 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 doing 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).

Are you ready?

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MATCH! MATCH! MATCH!

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Wayne Bridegroom, our Associate Pastor, would like to challenge other pastors and former pastors to Match his donation of $100.

The Catch Ministry’s Associate Pastor, Wayne Bridegroom, is leading with his experiences working with Laotian, Hmong, Cambodian, and Hispanic peoples starting and pastoring churches for each of these nationalities as well as working with the African American churches in Modesto, California. Wayne was awarded the Martin Luther King Legacy Award for his contribution to the African American community in Modesto, the first time the award was given to a white person.

Hooray!

We are now over the $10,000 mark, and with two matches totaling $1,500 yet to come in, that leaves us only $3,500 to goal! With an ambitious $15,000 goal, that’s great news! We are extending our deadline to Sunday night to give time for the new Matches to come in. We can do this, but we need a second wave to step up. Get ahold of the fact that the Catch is a cure for Boomeritus and we are in a position to make a big change in the world as we join hands across the generations and across the globe and turn grace outward to everyone, everywhere. Join those below and enter into this incredible ministry of fund-raising. Thank you and God bless every one:

  • David from Lakeville, Minnesota
  • Michael from Tucson, Arizona
  • Cynthia from Harlingen, Texas
  • Terri from Reedley, California
  • Daryl from Cherhill, Alberta, Canada
  • Daniel from Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Jay from Gainesville, Florida
  • Stephen from Clarinda, Iowa
  • Rick
  • Michael from Sacramento
  • Markus from Köln, Germany
  • Priscilla from Spencerport, New York
  • A member of Chri’s discipleship group challenge
  • Roberta from Kent, Washington
  • 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.

Contribute Today Here is the link again. Contribute now.

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The cure for boomeritus

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Day Seven: Thursday, November 4. “I know there are older people who might like me, and me them, but generally speaking, it appears older people naturally go up in age and inward in focus. I do not think there is an intent in them to go downward in age and outward in focus.”

So states one of our Millennials in our recent “Your Participation Matters” questionnaire. He’s right. And for those of us of the age to qualify, there is, most definitely, a tendency, as we get older, to pull inside and become more private — more isolated, more protective of ourselves. It’s dangerous out there and I am slowing down, walking with a cane, not so quick on my feet, and I tire more easily. 

Besides, it’s harder to make sense of the world around me. It takes a good deal of effort to understand another generation that is of a different time and age. They have their own language, their own humor, and they play by a different set of cultural rules. Those of us who are older could work at this, but the prevailing assumption is “Why?” Why bother? We’re not going to be around much longer anyway — it’s their world, they’re going to have to fend for themselves. We’ve already put in our dues. Our world was hard enough to navigate, but we’ve earned the right to kick back and take it easy now, so don’t bother me. We’re done. We shouldn’t have to work that hard anyway.

This is a seriously ineffective and I dare say unChristlike way to think. To checkout now is to surrender to the enemy. We have life to live and battles to fight to our dying day, and even evidence that there will be more battles to fight in heaven (Revelation 22:14-15). 

If you think you’re done, may I kindly and gently see you to the door?

Believe me, you won’t be comfortable here, because we’re not giving up or giving in. We are giving out, and we are seeking a way to connect with younger generations that we might be used of God to find out what turning grace outward means in this day and this age. Not what it might mean, or what it used to mean, but what it means now, to everyone, everywhere.

This is transformational. Transforming what it means to go upward in age and inward in isolation into going downward in age and outward in connection. That is a true transformation out of boomeritus. Not up and in, but down and out. 

The cure for boomeritus is transformation. 

This brings us back to recognized fund-raising as a ministry that always calls us 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 doing 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).

Are you ready?

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MATCH! MATCH! MATCH!

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Terri Main would like to continue her challenge to all teachers and former teachers to match her $50. Michael, Rick, Stephen, Jay, and Daniel have all checked in. I bet there are more teachers and former teachers out there who would love to join them.

Hooray! 

We are now over the $10,000 mark, and with two matches totaling $1,500 yet to come in, that leaves us only $3,500 to goal! With an ambitious $15,000 goal, that’s great news! Tomorrow is our last day. We can do this, but we need a second wave to step up. Get ahold of the fact that the Catch is a cure for Boomeritus and we are in a position to make a big change in the world as we join hands across the generations and across the globe and turn grace outward to everyone, everywhere. Join those below and enter into this incredible ministry of fund-raising:

  • Daryl from Cherhill, Alberta, Canada
  • Daniel from Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Jay from Gainesville, Florida
  • Stephen from Clarinda, Iowa
  • Rick
  • Michael from Sacramento
  • Markus from Köln, Germany
  • Priscilla from Spencerport, New York
  • A member of Chri’s discipleship group challenge
  • Roberta from Kent, Washington
  • 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.

Contribute Today Here is the link again. Contribute now

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Gratitude flows from gifts received and shared

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Day Six: Wednesday, November 3. Gratitude is the sign that this transformation is spreading into all aspects of our lives and takes us full circle in this series on transformation.  

Gratitude flows from gifts received and shared

How do we become people whose security base is God and God alone? How can we stand confidently with you on the common ground of God’s love? How can we ask you for money without pleading, and call you to a new community without coercing? How can we express not only in our way of speaking but also in our way of being with others the joy, vitality, and promise of the Catch Ministry’s Purpose to develop disciples and Vision to introduce the Gospel of Welcome — Grace Turned Outward — to everyone, everywhere? In short, it’s a call to transformation.

The call to transformation comes when we pray, because prayer is the spiritual discipline through which our minds and hearts are converted from hostility or suspicion to hospitality and graciousness. And graciousness is the sign that this transformation is spreading into all aspects of our lives, and thus impacting every aspect of our culture. 

Prayer uncovers the hidden motives and unacknowledged wounds that shape our relationships. Prayer allows us to see ourselves and others as God sees us. Prayer is radical because it uncovers the deepest roots of our identity in God. In prayer we seek God’s voice and allow God’s word to penetrate our fear and resistance so that we can begin to hear what God wants us to know. And what God wants us to know is that before we think or do or accomplish anything, whether we have an abundance of money or little money, the deepest truth of our human identity is this: 

“You are my beloved son. (You are my beloved daughter.) With you I am well pleased” (see Luke 3:22). 

God was well pleased with His Son before he performed any ministry on earth. And, in the same way, God considers us as his beloved children with whom he is already pleased. When we can claim this truth as true for us, then we also see that it can be true for anyone else. God is well pleased with you. God is well pleased with us, providing us freedom to speak with you in the freedom of God’s love. Whether you respond is less important than the knowledge that we all are gathered as one on the holy ground of God’s generous character toward us. In prayer, therefore, we learn to trust that God can work fruitfully through us no matter where we are or who we are with. 

Grounded in prayer and undertaken in gratitude.

As our prayer deepens into a constant awareness of God’s goodness, the spirit of gratitude grows within us. Gratitude flows from the recognition that who we are and what we have are gifts to be received and shared. Gratitude releases us from the bonds of obligation and prepares us to offer ourselves freely and fully for the work of the Kingdom. This is a time of significant transformation for all of us from rest and regeneration to God’s call unto himself. Those who respond to Him are already separated out, some by choice and some by surprise, to spend time putting our homes in order and solidifying our relationship with God. It is as if the first harvest is occurring — a new outpouring of the Spirit of God on a global scale. 

The focus of this transformation is nothing less than the fulfillment of Ephesians 1:10: to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment — to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

He is gathering together in one, all things. It is the time for oneness where we all reach unity in the faith, and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13)

This transformation is about a new calling, a new wineskin, a new expression of church, the new government of God, and the coming of His Kingdom within our midst. He is making all things new!

Therefore our confidence in our Purpose and Vision, and our freedom to love one another does not depend on how or whether you respond to our freedom to love. Similarly, in this way, gratitude allows both of us to approach a fund-raising request without grasping neediness and to leave it without resentment or rejection. Coming and going, we can together remain secure in God’s love with our hearts set joyfully on the Kingdom.

God’s kingdom come. Therefore, when we pray, we are asked to pray:

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven …”

Our desire as kingdom builders is to come alongside you and connect you to other kingdom builders. This is a very rich and beautiful activity. It is a confident, joyful, and hope-filled expression of our ministry together. In ministering to each other, we work together for the completion of God’s Kingdom “on earth as it is in Heaven.” 

This brings us full circle to our first Catch in this series that recognized fund-raising as a ministry that always calls us 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 doing 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).

Are you ready?

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MATCH! MATCH! MATCH!

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Christina DelMonte Robinson’s challenge to Marti’s former discipleship group has been matched! And Terri Main would like to challenge all teachers and former teachers to match her $50. We’re 2/3 towards our goal!

Hooray! 

We are very pleased to announce after day five of fund-raising, we have received another $1,5000 toward the $15,000 required, totaling now over $9,500! Many, many thanks to you who are sharing with us as we add to the list:

  • Markus from Köln, Germany
  • Priscilla from Spencerport, New York
  • A member of Chri’s discipleship group challenge
  • Roberta from Kent, Washington
  • 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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