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Do Talk to Strangers
THREE REASONS

TO SHARE
JESUS

WITH A HURTING Generation


by John Dawson

I clipped on my seat belt and stared out the window.

Today would be a difficult day.

The Los Angeles Times laid folded on my lap. I spread out the front page and stared again at the tragic headlines:
“TWELVE DIE IN PLANE CRASH”

As the Texas-bound jet took off, my mind tried to grasp the implications of that crash - death is so final, so absolute in its separation of earthly friends. Just a few days ago I sat with Keith by a river in Colorado as he excitedly shared his dreams for the future. Now, he had suddenly graduated - gone to be with Jesus.

I looked at my hands. “Our bodies are so fragile,” I thought. “How much longer do I have to live?” My soul stared into eternity and earthly anxieties seemed to fade away. “My life must count. It must fulfill its purpose, I can't waste the brief opportunity of life.”
Your Own Stories Have Power

The man next to me looked confident, wealthy, and secure. The image of a successful executive. But this time I wasn't going to be intimidated. “Have you seen the front page?” I said. “See this article about a crash? The musician mentioned was one of my best friends.”

During the next thirty minutes, I told him the story of Keith Green. I told him about a young Jewish singer who was transformed by the life of Jesus and propelled into ministry.

The man seemed to show only a polite interest. He asked about the funeral and what I would say at the memorial service, but revealed no weakness in his armor of studied indifference.

The truth was that he knew far more about Jesus than he'd first admit. After nearly two hours of conversation, he admitted to a conscious knowledge of the mercy of God in his own life. He recounted to me two stories of God's protection from accident and disease.

Finally, he told me that his sister is a Christian who prays for him regularly.
 
A Time For Boldness

People like this man are far more vulnerable to the Gospel than we'd at first imagine. If there's ever a time when it's easy to talk to people about spiritual things, it's now. It's time to begin boldly speaking about the wonderful relationship all men can have with their heavenly Father.

We're often reminded of our duty and obligation to evangelize the lost -- and into our mind flashes a picture of a dying race stumbling in hurt and depravity. We must tell people about God's broken heart and His plan to redeem them.

Most Christians contemplate evangelism with a heavy heart and fear of rejection. But a twinge of guilt reminds them that their obligation is clear.

Why should we share Jesus?

Because people need Him? Because we look at strangers and just love them so much? Because of duty and obligation? There should be three main reasons why we share the Gospel with others.
Three Reasons For Sharing

1. Healing The Heart Of God.

If you love someone, you'll seek to comfort them and help them at the point of their greatest hurt. We have a brokenhearted Father Who has entrusted us with an awesome responsibility and privilege: expressing His love to a hurting generation.

Jesus said, “As My Father hath sent Me... even so send I you.” (Jn 20:21 KJV) Our very name is the “Body of Christ.” This means our hands become His hands, our eyes shine with His love, and our voices speak His words. As His people we represent Jesus to the world. Where else will they see Him?

I have three children. I love to hold them, comfort them, and teach them. I can't imagine what it would be like to have no arms to hold them and no voice to comfort them in pain, but God has entrusted us with the tremendous privilege to express His heart of love to His own wayward children.

How vulnerable God has made Himself to us. We cannot fail His trust. We cannot ignore His broken heart over millions who still walk in ignorance of His plan of reconciliation.
 
Can you "love the lost”?

Preachers often talk about a “ministry of reconciliation” and evangelism is literally that. When you see strangers walking down the street, you don't immediately love them. 

Actually, you can't love them. Have you ever wondered what it feels like to have a “love for the lost”?  This is just an expression we use as part of our Christian jargon.

Many believers search their heart in condemnation, looking for the arrival of some feeling of benevolence that will propel them into bold evangelism.

It will never happen.
It's impossible to "love the lost.”

You can't feel deeply for an abstraction or a concept. It impossible to deeply love an unfamiliar person in a photo, let alone a nation or a race or something as vague as “all lost people.”

You may read testimonies of praying missionaries who wept with loving compassion for the people of their calling, but remember this experience is a result of God's emotions being shared with a human heart in the intimate place of intercession. God doesn't relate to commodities and abstractions.

In His omnipresence, He knows and relates to individuals. He does not see a conglomerate such as the nation of China, as much as He sees every Chinese person, whom He has known intimately since conception.
Don't Wait for a Feeling

Don't wait for a feeling of love in order to share Christ with a stranger. You already love your heavenly Father, and you know that this stranger is a child of His, separated from Him, so take those first steps in evangelism because you love God.

It's not primarily out of a compassion for man that we share our faith — it's first of all love for God.

The Bible says in Ephesians 6:7-8, “With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.”

The fact is: mankind doesn't deserve God's love
any more than you or I did. We're never to be Christian humanists, taking Jesus to poor sinful man and reducing Him to some kind of product that will better the lot of mankind.

Men deserve to be damned, but Jesus, the suffering Lamb of God, deserves the reward of His suffering: which would be that none perish, but that all are reconciled to the Father.

When you do open your mouth to testify to others as a love response to God, you'll be amazed at the change that comes in your feelings and emotions. This brings us to the second point.

2. The Love Of Christ Controls Us.

Evangelism involves a strategy of both saturation and penetration. Saturation in that every person needs to hear the good news (ie. literature distribution to every home), and penetration in that we must intensely disciple as many as we can through personal relationship.

We need to do both: to make disciples and evangelize masses.

Witnessing at Gym

A great many opportunities to share the Lord are a result of contact with our acquaintances in our work, school, or neighborhood. Unsaved family members are also an important opportunity and responsibility.
But we Must Press Beyond the Frontiers of Routine Contact!

There are millions who will never be reached unless we gain the courage to share with a stranger. Some of the most dramatic and rewarding times I've had have resulted from approaching a stranger with the Gospel.

There's even a time when we should organize in a strategic way and set aside time for a planned outreach. The reason this type of ministry is less popular is because we have to deal with our own insecurity and fear of rejection.

This leads us again to the question of motivation. The strongest motivation in the world is the "indwelling love of Christ." (II Cor. 5:14)
Will We Follow Jesus?

What if Jesus suddenly appeared in the flesh in front of you, calling you away from your friends — beckoning you to follow Him? Where would He take you?

Jesus is not attracted to pleasant places and popular people, as much as He is drawn by His great compassion to the dark and lonely places where people are shut away from the eyes of the crowd.

In a way, we have the advantage, the emotional protection, that comes with the limitation of our five senses. We are boxed in. There's always a horizon to our vision and a limit to our hearing. God has no limits.

We don't see our fellow man in all his pains unless tragedy intrudes into our personal world.

But God sees it all. He Who is more sensitive and compassionate than any human parent has to witness all the cruelty and despair of this dying planet.

If you followed Jesus out the door, I believe you'd find yourself following Him into the wards of a hospital, into the bedroom of an abused child, or simply to the side of a someone bewildered by his personal emptiness.

Witnessing at Grocery StoreThis doesn't mean to follow Jesus always takes us to strangers, but the fact is that most of the unfinished task of world evangelism lies among cultures and peoples unfamiliar to us.

Having taken the initial step of contacting a stranger, you'll be amazed at the ability of the indwelling Christ to arouse within you compassion and empathy for the people you talk to.

Don't sit around asking God for love to propell you, He IS love and He dwells within you. If you will just obey Him in making the initial contacts, His love, wisdom, knowledge and
power, will be poured out through you.

The Apostle Paul testified to the supernatural enabling power of God in his ministry. “And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” (I Cor. 2:4-5 NASB)

After decades as an evangelizing Christian, I still grapple with fear and inadequacy in sharing the Lord with others, but this human weakness only serves to remind me that soul-winning can only be accomplished in total dependence on Jesus, the Savior.

“So everywhere we go we talk about Christ to all who will listen, warning them and teaching them as well as we know how. We want to be able to present each one to God, perfect because of what Christ has done for each of them. This is my work, and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me.” (Col. 1:28-29, LB)

Witnessing at Bank


3. Obedience: We Were Born To Reproduce.

Jesus said, “If you love Me,... keep My commandments.” (John 14:15) We've been clearly commanded to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with every person on earth. (Matt. 28:19-20)

It's not an option or a special ministry for a few, but a normal activity in the life of every believer.
Just as any marriage naturally brings forth children, we were born to reproduce when we were born again through vital union with Jesus.
Some Practical Steps

It's important to clearly know the Gospel message and develop skill in communicating it, but let's not be intimidated by our lack of training. By all means, get trained where possible, but don't miss the many obvious things you could be doing. Let me ask you about a few:

1. Do you have a supply of favorite tracts that you carry with you in your handbag or briefcase?

2. Have you ever rented one of the many excellent Christian films and shown it to a non-Christian audience?

3. Do you invite people to Christian concerts or services?

4. Have you ever purchased gripping testimony books like The Hiding Place or The Heavenly Man to give away to non-Christian acquaintances? 

5. Do you join with the programs of your church that reach out to the poor or the institutionalized?

6. When you use public transportation, do you share Christ with those around you?

These are all simple things, but even using these obvious methods can turn each day into a supernatural adventure. God will take the little loaves and fishes that we offer Him and multiply them in the feeding of a surprisingly great multitude.
Be Someone Who Brings Hope

Remember, the only hope millions of people have is that some obedient Christian will cross a language, cultural, or even psychological barrier to bring them the “Good News” of God's love.

My wife went through all her school years here in America without anyone explaining the details of God's plan of salvation. When she first heard a clear presentation of who Jesus was and what He had done, she eagerly accepted Him as her Savior and within a year was engaged in missionary service.

There are people all around you who need the knowledge of God that you have. You're sure some of them would never listen so you don't even try. Don't try to decide how they will respond, let them decide by giving them the opportunity.

We never know what work the Spirit of God has been doing in drawing a person to Jesus. When I talked to that executive on that airplane, I was part of a divinely orchestrated chain of contact. It was only a small contribution, but part of God's loving pursuit of His child.
 
Look For Divine Appointments

I'm reminded of another place and time when the Spirit of God strongly moved upon me to reach a soul. I was walking through the International Airport in Puerto Rico, when God impressed me to share Jesus with a man standing alone on the observation deck. I went upstairs and walked around the observation deck praying until I became convinced that it was God's appointment. We struck up a conversation and I began to share my testimony.

Within minutes we were praying together. He was very vulnerable at that moment, having just experienced divorce. His heart was crying out in loneliness, pain, and confusion, when a stranger appeared at his side and brought a message from heaven itself. “God loves you, He knows all about your pain. He has lovingly pursued you all your life, and even now wants to forgive you, heal you, and reveal Himself to you.”

I'll never forget the gratitude of that lonely man when we finally parted. It had dawned on him like a thunder clap that he had a heavenly Father. “God was alive and could be known!” The thing that touched him most deeply was my story of divine direction to him out of all the people there that day.

People without Christ are empty vessels living in emotional turmoil and spiritual poverty. Don't he afraid of them. The exterior may be intimidating, but all people struggle with guilt, hurt, and a need for real love. Look past that veneer of self-sufficiency and the hollow mask of human pride.

Underneath is a child who needs a father. A sinner needing grace. Tell them what Jesus has become to you, and invite them home to the Father's house. Give them the GOOD NEWS.

Words - Do Talk

John Dawson, a native of New Zealand, is President of Youth With A Mission.  He is a well-loved leader and author of Taking Our Cities for God, and Healing America's Wounds.
 
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When selecting Melodys Biothis, one of my favorite articles, I forgot John started out by talking about the plane crash.

Keith and John were very close friends — John was the first person to phone me after the crash.

On his flight to Texas to speak and comfort us he recounts his own tragic loss to a total stranger next to him -- and shares Jesus.


John reminds us of how much Jesus loves people and why it's so important to love the ones God brings across our paths — especially those we don't know.

The strangers.
 
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These arrived in the last month — via our LDM online Ministry and those who connect with Melody her on Facebook Page.


I just heard Melody's new song on Facebook. It is awesome; I am so thankful for her sharing it!

My youngest daughter (15 next week) loves Keith's music. It has been such a blessing to us to share that with her and she is so encouraged in her walk because of it.

Thank you for continuing to minister and pour out your life for the Lord, Melody.
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Thanks Melody for your
last article on Holy Spirit guidance, "Rushing Wind". I so often don't realize 'til afterward, hey that was the Holy Spirit whispering to me in my thoughts! Bless you and yours.
Ruby


Love Melody's last newsletter "Rushing Wind". Please post it here [on Facebook] so we can share it. What wisdom and encouragement!
Lesley


The Lord has caused me to reevaluate my life recently, and I found your life book "No Compromise" to be both enlightening and challenging. 

Thank you for writing it all down, and continuing yourself to lead a life of No Compromise. 

May God grant us all the empowerment of the Spirit to do likewise. 
Mike

 
Only within the last week have I ever heard of Keith Green. "No Compromise" was passed on to me by my co-worker. 

We are both undergoing major life changes due to the difficult financial times.

I am touched by the story, the way God has worked in the lives described and I praise Him for it.

Thank you for displaying such dignity and grace in your writing, continuing the ministry and letting the Lord use you.

You have ministered to me over time and distance.

Love to you all at LDM.
Yvonne
 

I just finished reading No Compromise. Thank you!!

I was inspired, challenged and
uplifted in so many ways. I was touched by some of your comments regarding the links between our Jewish brothers and sisters and Christianity.

Your comments about how Jesus, the disciples and the 5,000 who Jesus fed (etc etc) were all Jews, went straight to my heart as I read your words.
 
Thank you again Melody.
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A Few Recent Events from Melody in California

This month a special lunch was arranged to connect with this amazing couple:

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First inspired by LDM, the Bergmans lived for 17 years in the slums of South Africa serving the poor in the streets and in prisons — while raising their young family.

They also opened their home to the needy, especially many who were just released from prison with nobody and no where to go.

They gave these ex-prisoners comfort, mercy, and Jesus as they helped them rehabilitate.


We talked for hours and I was inspired by their journey — and humbled to be just a small part of it.

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Chris DuPre' Blesses Us


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My dear friend Chris DuPre' (pastor, songwriter, and author from Nashville) was in town and I asked him to come to my loft to minister to some of my friends — both new ones and longtime ones. www.chrisdupre.com


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It was my first home worship and bible study in Hollywood — a desire come to pass.

We went to very deep waters in the Lord... All were blessed!


My little loft was prayed over, and blessed too :)

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I recently went to hear my dear friend Peter Tsukahira minister. Peter lives in Israel with his wife Rita and is a pastor in Mount Carmel at Kehilat HaCarmel.

I've stayed with Peter and Rita a few times there.

Peter gave a powerful teaching that really touched the hearts of all who came.  It was such a blesing to get some time with him.

 Peter is also the
Director of the School of Ministry at the Kehilat Ha Carmel.

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February 2014

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And starting the year off well...
 

 
Rushing Wind
Holy Spirit Wisdom and Direction
by Melody Green
 


Each year I take an inventory of my life. I invite the Holy Spirit to speak to me and give me fresh insight. 

We all know God is always with us whether we feel Him or not. But there's something words can’t describe when we do feel His holy presence.
 
I count on the Holy Spirit constantly for so many things comfort, help, wisdom, and direction to name a few.  I'll briefly focus on the last two... wisdom and direction.

 
The Holy Spirit Our Friend
 
The Holy Spirit needs to be known intimately as our best friend. Then we can more easily catch the nuances of what the Spirit wants to tell us.

Gian Lorenzo BerniniWe don't ignore a friend. We care enough to listen to their joys and as well as their concerns and sorrows. Our friend the Holy Spirit is constantly speaking to us to help direct us and correct us.

I knew early on as a believer that if I wanted to live the Spirit-Led Life I'd heard about, I needed to stop being afraid of what I might be asked to do, or asked not to do.

I fail often. But I am getting better at it. For me, grieving God is painful... either in the moment or for years, after choosing something too lightly.

 
A Few Ways of The Spirit

Sometimes the Holy Spirit comes to me quietly, like a gentle breeze or a slight nudge.

Or maybe like getting "that look" from a friend or spouse a signal only we notice. Yes. No. Let's go now. Run! Things we understand without a word.


Carsten Tolkmit CrossroadsIn my life when the Lord wants to  redirect a small moment or even a big one, a big decision, I've often felt a literal shift in the atmosphere. Like all the air suddenly being sucked out of the room, leaving behind only discomfort or a grief in my heart.

But usually it's more subtle. I trust God to let me know when I hurt Him or hurt someone else, which is basically the same thing. Said something I shouldn't have. Missed a cue from Him. Hit a boundary line I didn't see or ignored.

But it's not a legal thing. It's more like realizing I hurt someone I love and feeling wounded because I was so capable of doing it. I thank God for His mercy and forgiveness!

 
Paul Knew the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit can also give us visions or dreams. These can be tricky over- or under-spiritualized. Ignored or idolized.

But God can speak profoundly in these ways. For one, He spoke to Paul.

Paul had a plan to take some guys and head to Bithynia to preach, but God changed it. Luke tells us "the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them." Once they obeyed, this happened:
 
"During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them." Acts 16:9,10
 

Marcus Obal flameIf Paul had not known the Holy Spirit so intimately he might have dismissed it as a bad-pizza-bagel-vision. If prideful, Paul may not have wanted to tell the guys. After all, his other plans were a flop. But God showed up and totally redirected.

Today many await their "Macedonian Call" to firmly guide them to the right place, people, or thing. But the way God did it with Paul might not be the way God does it with us. The Holy Spirit customizes.

So we need to be familiar with God's Word and His Spirit to hear and discern. Again, intimacy is the key.

The Holy Spirt is not only for us, but leads us to others who need a touch from God like those in Macedonia or those around us today which also becomes a blessing to us. So it's win-win in any case.

 
The Guy at My Dumpster

In my daily things I'm always asking the Holy Spirit to guide me. Earth is my mission field. My city, my street, my neighbors, wherever I am, I hope God will use me in some way.

A few weeks ago I took a bag of trash to my dumpster and as usual a guy was digging in the mess.  As I walked up he motioned to me to hand him my trash bag, and not toss it in.


dumpsterI saw he was gathering bottles for deposit money, so I said, "I doubt anything in my bag is usable."

He said, "But it's a clean bag..."

I handed my trash to him and close-up I saw the dumpster bags he was trying to use were torn and fithy.

I said, "...have a good day," and about 15 feet away the Lord gave me a gentle nudge, "Go back and give him some money."  In these situations, I used to wonder if it was my own compassion or God speaking. But not so much anymore.


This man was scavaging trash for pennies and delighted to have a clean trash bag, why wouldn't Jesus want to help a little? And if my own mercy, that's good too.

Vee Alexander Sun AbstractSo I dug in my pocket and found ten dollars, walked back and handed it to him, simply saying, "I know you didn't ask, but Jesus just told me to give this to you. He wants to bless you today."

He was surprised and awkward. He had decent clothes and looked like a guy hoping to make a little extra to feed his family.  He seemed both grateful and humbled as I went on my way with a happy blessing on my lips for him.

Who knows? Maybe his heart had been crying out to God for help and Jesus wanted him to know He was there for him, using my small gesture.

It was a victory for me that I heard and obeyed. 

Many are the times I heard but didn't turn back, or realized later (sometimes many years later) that an
opportunity was missed, a horrible decision made. I didn't hear, or sadly, just didn't want to hear.

Who Cares?
 
Ask For Wisdom

God's ways are higher than ours. He is smarter and wiser. It's only a fool who wants to lean on depend on his own understanding. (Is 55:9, Prov. 3:5)

We
need to ask for His wisdom on how to please Him. Like asking a friend the best way to help. He will lead us in amazing ways that serve His priorities and purposes instead of our own.
 
Wisdom from on high gives us the ability to see things from a perspective other than our own. It also gives us the desire to choose the highest goal according to God's purposes.
 
The Holy Spirit gives us divine insights. He sharpens our
discernment and instincts. He lines up our will with His, so pleasing God is more automatic... with lots of practice.

James wrote, "Wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." James 3:17

 
2014 Fine-Tuning

Broken GuitarThis year is just beginning. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you fine-tune your discernment and put you on high alert about where He wants you to go and how He wants you to live.

We all want to be led by the Spirit. Even in our brokenness God still holds the strings of our spirit. This year re-commit to understand, hear, and obey.

I am. Do it with me.


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*Dove:  Gian Lorenzo Bernini [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons  *Crossroads photo: By Carsten Tolkmit from Kiel, Germany (crossroads) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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*Broken Guitar photo: By Melody Green

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Energized by
Book "No Compromise"
 
There is so much I've taken from this book. I'm so grateful to find the story of Keith Green.

I was encouraged to keep using my gift of music. I pray God helps me to be even more "souled" out for Him and for souls that don't know His Son.

Thank you for obeying what God asked you to do. Keith's words... your life... this ministry... it all remains even in my generation. God bless & love you all.  - Josh


Facebook Find!
 
 
Wow, Ms Green. I was just flipping around FB and saw the name Melody Green... and wondered... and it was true. It's YOU!

Can't tell you how much ... ummm 'stuff' Keith's music saw me through so many years ago.  I still listen. 

Can't wait to learn more about what you are doing on this page. It's like an early Christmas gift. God Bless.  - Jim

 
Online Ministry Impact

I have been a Christian over 10 years and over the last 2 years I have been highly impacted by your LDM website and the Keith Green story.

It has given me a new fire for Christ and encouragment to seek Him more and and to serve Him more with my life. Thank you for all you do for the body of Christ.  -George

 

Love For the Abandoned

I'm someone whose life has been deeply changed by the ministry of Keith Green.

As a child I'd sit with my feet on our record player listening to Keith's message about serving God with my whole heart and life.

In 2004, the words of his song, "Asleep in the Light" came back to me as my husband and I were deciding whether to adopt an abandoned baby with Cerebral Palsy and deafness from an orphanage in Uganda.

All I heard was the chorus of God's beckoning, "Come away with me my love..." as God called me on a life-changing journey.

We adopted our little girl Ruth, who taught us so much about God's love for the broken and abandoned. 

Melody once said, "People can't look to Keith now because he's gone. So if they ask who's going to do the work, they'll see that they will."  
- Meadow



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Ministry Years
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NO COMPROMISE
The Life Story of Keith Green


No Compromise

BY MELODY GREEN
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Curl up this cold winter with the galvanizing story of Keith and Melody's story of finding Jesus, and the whirlwind life of growing and ministering God gave to them. 

A great read.
A powerful example!



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"Heritage"
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New Beginings

 


It's great to watch sunsets over palm trees here in California. It's where I was born of my mom and born again of the Spirit.


But before Sunrise of 2014 it's important to reflect back. LucySo many great things happened in 2013. I'll share personally and about LDM.


Baby Lucy is Born


This September my daughter Rebekah and her husband George had their first baby, little Lucy.

And I Love Lucy!

Here she is at 12 weeks
and 10 pounds. Just look at those bright eyes and happy smile. Yes, we are in love.



Bobby and Rachel "Gave Birth"
to their Worship CD
 


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Rachel and Bobby already have three beautiful children, but this CD is "their baby" in 2013.  Bobby is an ordained Worship Pastor at a local church and they lead together often.

They also lead together at conferences and Worship Events. I love their hearts for Jesus.
 
All my children and grandchildren are heirs of their families sharing the rewards both physically and spiritually.

 
Your Support for LDM Ministry
Means YOU Share a Reward with LDM


 
I'm so grateful for your prayers and financial gifts. You've kept LDM going strong in 2013.

We all have, and are, physical heirs as we can see in our families.  It's the
same spiritually, as you know.

You've partnered with LDM, and so you share in all the fruit God gives us.
 
LDM Online Never Stops


LDM is like a 24/7 invisible meeting.
We'll never know how many came and what God did for them.

It's amazing how people "happen to stumble" onto LDM's website and find exactly what they need when they need it:
 
in an LDM article; a call to passion,
to follow Jesus, to have their baby,

often moved by a song, a teaching,
small little miracles, every day

No matter how much we hear, it's only the tip of the iceberg as percentages go. Most never write.

Only God knows so He gets the glory. And we get to serve Him with you, so thank you for being part of serving Him with us.

A Special Gift to You

  The Taylors with Jaxon, Nyah Rose, and Asher

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As a special thank-you to those who can give $30 or more, my daughter Rachel and her husband Bobby, along with LDM, want to send you a free copy of "Heritage", their debut worship EP.
 

Your year-end gift of any size
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Bobby and Rachel Taylor


1. Magnify the Lord
2. Rushing Wind
3. This Is What Love Is
4. You Are the One
5. Why This Way

   
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The Rewards You Share With LDM:

Testimonies of Lives Changed, the Gospel Preached in
2013
...
 

Thank you for listening to the Holy Spirit!  YOU REACHED OUT and loved me into a NEW life in Jesuha!  Now I'm alive in Christ, and that is forever!

 

My wife and I don't feel so alien, strange, and "crazy" when we hear more about Keith and Melody's story.  It's a honor to have come across the LDM website!


Me, my wife, and kids are in
missions in Guadalajara from Keith's article,  "Why You Should Go To The Mission Field." My first prayer partner here, I met 7 years ago, said, "You know Keith Green's messages challenged me to get involved in missions too..."  I was amazed we had a common influence by God's grace. THANK YOU FOR YOUR MINISTRY!!!!


I was straying from God and it seemed my wife and I may part ways.  One of the lines from “Make My Life a Prayer to You” forced me to take a hard look at my walk, "Oh it's so hard to see, when my eyes are on me."  My marriage was failing because I was serving myself rather than my wife.  We are doing much better.  Thank you for writing that song. 
 

Your newsletter and excerpt from David Wilkerson was right on time. At a time when I needed it most.

 

I've returned to my First Love, and I thank the Lord for your steadfastness. And for the LDM Site... GOD STILL USES YOU AND KEITH!!!

The fire has again been ignited to share the Word with non-believers. Last night God gave me the opportunity pray with a neighbor and lead him to the Lord ... he is Jewish!

 

Your ministry has helped me a lot over the last few years to strengthen my faith and get right with God during a tough time.  

 

I googled "spiritual burnout" and Malcolm Smith's article, on the LDM Site, appeared.  What a gift from God!  It spoke so much to me.

 

I am 20 and from Switzerland. I started reading the book about Keith Green. And I came to a Point when I was so desperate. I cried to God and asked him to Change Me.  And He did. I never felt like this. I AM FREE. The Lord has forgiven me. Thank you for your ministry. May God give you everything you Need.


Jesus is so good!


Melody


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Merry Christmas, almost...

 
I dedicate this issue in memory of my dear Friend and Unsung Hero:
Pamela Jane Stead



Christmas is About Giving


We try to lay down our lives and serve others. But some are exceptional at it.

Jesus came to earth to give His life. He also showed us how to live.  He was a Servant living His daily life as an example of how to live ours.

We especially rejoice at His birth. The baby Jesus grew into a man who freely gave His body as the bridge we cross over into eternal life.

Being a bridge of life by serving others is how we resemble Jesus in the truest way.


 
Selfless Giving

   Pamela Jane Stead
   Dec. 24, 1955 - Oct. 9, 2013

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My friend Pamela looked a lot like Jesus. 
She was even born on Christmas Eve. Surely there are many selfless givers like Pam out there, but far too few.

Those believers’ names aren’t up in lights. Their hometown doesn’t proclaim their birthplace with a big sign.

Even their church may not properly acknowledge them… but Jesus does.


Pam and her husband Laurie knew I was alone and needed friendship and help.  And they loved on me and opened their hearts and home to me unequivocally.


 
Giving Without Money

We often think of money when it comes to giving.  And sometimes money is  the very thing needed. However Jesus gave of Himself in time, energy, and what most of us call inconvenience.


Pam knew I kept lights on at night as part of my living-alone-security. If she noticed my lights off she called to make sure I was okay.  If I was evasive, she was quickly at my house.

I ate countless meals the Stead's table. I didn’t “need the food" but I longed for the invitation to be in their home for friendship, laughter, and fellowship.

Pam organized “student servant groups” at church for those who needed help. I wasn't on the standard list of recipients, as it wasn't my church and many others there had great needs.

But if someone cancelled a team, Pam sent them to me.
Usually when I was praying for help. And if I had a special need coming up, Pam tried to round up people to pitch in. She always had me on her radar!

Giving During Your Battle

During her fierce faith-filled battle with cancer and its ugly aftermath, Pam didn't forget other people.

In her sickest times I visited her at home.
One late winter night I got a bit annoyed that she was constantly texting and taking calls instead of resting. So I said something.

She replied, "Well, I'm tracking down a stove for a single mom with no way to cook for her children.  And I think I just found one!"  That was Pam.

And Laurie, Pam's constant companion and care-giver, came over in burning sun or snow to charge my car battery, check fuse boxes, outlets, wiring, change high light bulbs, find people to gather firewood for me – lots of man stuff. He even did some special work on my guitars.

 
Giving Until the End

At Melody's, Fall 2008   
pamelaPam was hospitalized too many times to count. Just as Pam finished (another) death-door month in the hospital, I was in the thick of my final packing for CA.

She knew I was busy and barely eating, so for several days before I moved she cooked extra, and sent Laurie over with a plate of hot food each night.  I was so grateful but utterly humbled.

Then I moved to CA and Pam landed back in the hospital.  This time they said she would not not survive. She beat the odds many times before, but not this time.

Having just moved to Los Angeles, I wouldn’t have flown back to Kansas City so soon except to honor Pam and her family at her funeral.

 
Giving Like Jesus

God might have used the timing of Pam's homegoing to save my life. I won't know for sure until I get to heaven.

But that story was partially told in the last Update and the whole story is too long to tell right now.


But as we all celebrate Christmas this year let's remember those who have blessed us. And seek to be more like Jesus to all we meet.

Pamela came and went without a lot of fanfare.  But in heaven I bet they are still clapping.

I'm sure Keith and our kids have already hugged her. That is if they could get through the crowds thanking her for the generous love she gave them.

 
Remembering Others

Let's remember as we shop and cook this year that perhaps someone needs to be with us at our table or needs some extra help this Christmas.

It's wonderful to enjoy our blessings, but we can add some blessings to others at the same time.

Thank you, Jesus, for coming to earth so I could be redeemed by Your great love. And thank you, Pamela, for loving and serving so well.

With Love Near Christmas,


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Three Kings

"...they set out and there, ahead of them, went the star that
they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where
the child was.

When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed
with joy.


On entering the
house, they saw the
child with Mary
his mother; and
they knelt down and paid him homage.

Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts..."

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