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December 2012 ~~~~~~~~~~~ volume 15

our tribe to yours – outside the walls

We recently watched The Grace Card again and it reminded me and confirmed so many things the Lord had been showing me. Don’t you love how He does that? I was reminded that not only was one of the main characters a pastor of a church, but that he was a servant first OUTSIDE the church. He was a little bothered by the fact that the Lord had him working a job that saw as fruitless while his church seemed stagnant. But he was obedient, even if grumbling and of course God knew what He was doing.

We have been ministry pioneers long enough for me to understand his frustrations.

We don’t mind being on the front line, in fact most of the time we thrive on it, but every once in awhile we would kind of like to be part of a nice big safe army. In a perfect world everybody is on the same side, right? But we are not living in a perfect world, we are living in a spiritual desert here in America. An often unexplored, and seriously overgrown with weeds land. I believe we each have our own place in ministry, and ours has always been on the frontline. Taking a spiritual machete and blazing a path. And the true fact of the matter is that most church folks, not all mind you, but most are comfortable, and they want to stay that way. So the Lord takes us outside the walls. When was the last time you shared the love of Jesus to someone at the grocery store? Now for some it is a way of life, but for others they think it is the preachers job. It is a job for all of us, but actually it isn’t a job it is a blessing of an opportunity. But it is also for the preacher. And more often than not even he only preaches at church.

So. We blaze through the tall weeds of busy-ness, and pre Christmas nonsense, (yes sadly most Holiday stuff really does not glorify the Lord at all) and we share the love, the actual, can you feel it, He DIED for you so you don’t have to, LOVE, of Jesus. And folks are changed, and folks are healed, and relationships restored. And it happens outside the church. It happens wherever I am.

This is our calling, and we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

For those of you who have supported us in prayer and filled the gas tank that takes us to the prison and county jail and everywhere else we go, we thank you, you mean more to us than words can say.

too busy for God?

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; ~ Matthew 24:37-38

And just as in those days like today, folks were busy. Busy. busy. Busy. Too busy.

It takes a very conscious effort to spend time with God. An hour can become a day, and a day a week, and a week a year. And before you know it, in the blink of an eye, things can get out of hand. Relationships lost, part time jobs turn into lifetime careers that were never planned, and the roof caves in. All in what seems like overnight but was really a decade. We cannot, CANNOT be too busy for God. It is like being too busy to breath. We must make that very very, oh so important conscious effort to commune with the one who always has time for us.

Now, here is the challenge … has He heard your voice yet today?

The Well and Beau Barton coming!

Special meeting with Beau and Rachel Barton Friday Jan 4th at 7 pm.

THE WELL thewelltn.com
-is the site for our local church. The Well. As always I am updating it.

The Well is located in downtown Mt Pleasant TN. Check the site for more details, or give us a call at 931-379-9244. If you are hungry for more of Jesus and within driving distance then this is the place to be! We meet Sundays at 3.

We would love to have you!

Behind bars

The Holiday season is really hard for guys in jail. It shouldn’t be any different but it is. Society puts such emphasis on this time of year that it leaves most inmates feeling really hopeless. There are lots of suicides and depression. They don’t need to be reminded that they can’t buy their children toys when in reality half of the time they have neglected their children’s necessities. What they need to be reminded of is that there is healing in repentance and their children need a father more than a tree and a  toy.

But alas, the same ole story.

Please pray that through all of the nonsense these men find Jesus in their loneliness.

in closing, needs, and prayer requests

The needs are always many and we have had requests to do more meetings at the jail and at the prison, please pray for provision.

We know that we couldn’t do any part of this without your prayers and support, we thank you!

We love you!

Sincerely, in Him, Penny, Jim, and the Raine Tribe
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