Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. —1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Dear Family & Friends,
As life continues on, inflation rises, uncertainty remains in the world around us and sinful ideas & pleasures permeate our culture, there is great need of truth and hope! Indeed, there is no such thing as legitimate hope apart from truth.
Not only does God’s Word admonish us to stay away from the demonic & manmade ideas of this world, but it tells us where to go instead. We are to cling to God. He is our rock and our hope. He is the joy of our lives. One brother on YouTube reminds us that America’s inflation does not diminish Heaven’s supply. We must choose to be close to God through prayer, His Word, godly friendships and discipleship as well as good podcasts and books. Don’t forget about obedience either. The more we choose to trust and obey God, the more intimacy with Him will be the mark of our lives.
It was pastor Mike Solecki who said, “the more time we spend with Jesus, the more of Jesus we will have to share with others”. Wow…how profound is that! Let us make sure then that the first priority of our lives and the first cry of our hearts is time with love for and obedience to God. All else He will produce from there.
In the 1800’s William Wilberforce said… It makes no sense to take the name of Christian and not cling to Christ. Jesus is not some magic charm we wear like a piece of jewelry we think will give us good luck. He is the Lord. His name is to be written on our hearts in such a powerful way that it creates within us a profound experience of His peace and a heart that is filled with His praise”
God has blessed us so much! Our church family is a wonderful blessing and God is answering our prayers to build dear friends into our lives through our local fellowship of believers. It’s a process and it takes time, but we are so humbled and so enriched through this family. There was a baptism a couple of Wednesday nights ago and this past Sunday after church was our first park day of the year. It’s a huge potluck at park a couple minutes from church. There are outdoor games, a playground for the kids, camping chairs people bring and a lot of laughter and fellowship building time. Many people were there for about 3 hours. Our kids are starting to make some good friendships there as well as through the homeschool co-op we are getting plugged into which is a huge blessing.
AnneMarie and I are making some time each week for a short date not far from the house. Nothing fancy, but wonderful time to invest in each other and cultivate the friendship and marriage that God gave us many years ago. We’re thankful that Brendan and Alana are old enough and willing enough to help watch the other kiddos.
We’re flying out to see AnneMarie’s side of the family this weekend, so we’re excited about that. It’s always a blessing to be able to spend time with them and just be reminded of how blessed we are to have the family God has given us.
Brendan just finished up flag football (thanks to Auntie Kirsten) and Patrick & Danny had to help us out since we were short a few players. They are also running track & field for the first time through the city parks & rec department.
We just renewed the rental lease on our house, so we are looking forward to seeing God continue to work in us, on us and through us here on the mission field in Utah.
Gospel Seeds & Opportunities
Our kiddos continue to connect with our mormon neighbors which we’re so thankful for, for them and for us. AnneMarie gave a couple of our friends some gifts and a Bible centered book to point them to truth that way. It’s so cool to see God working through her with the personality He has given her. She is her simple, sweet, and quiet self and God uses that to share truth & light with our lost neighbors.
One of our mormon neighbors continues to reach out to me personally just to check on us and see how things are. I’m thankful to be his friend and I’m praying that God saves him and his family from a well-structured and sincere but false religion. May God use us as His ambassadors to those around us.
The Lord has continued to expand my opportunities to engage co-workers in Gospel conversations. One co-worker is now mad at me because I told her plainly that Joseph Smith is a false prophet and the mormon church is like the titanic. Seems good but will ultimately sink. She’s not talking with me anymore but that is the price of truth sometimes and I know God is drawing her. Another co-worker who is a lesbian and I’ve talked with her several times about God and truth and I try to be there to share God’s love with her as she has had some really hard things lately. The other day, she come up to me as I got out of my car and introduced me to the woman that she “married”. Of course, their marriage is not valid in the eyes of God and I don’t support that at all but brothers and sisters we are called to speak truth, live truth and walk in love. May God pour Himself out through us to others and may they come to know Him!
We’re continuing to build some behind the scenes stuff for the ministry. We’ve decided to change the name to Truth Pointe to be more specific to the primary apologetics and evangelism focus of what we’re doing so please continue to pray for that as we’re taking a step of faith this summer by me not getting a summer job so that I can invest time into this ministry. We went out street witnessing last weekend which was a challenge and a wonderful blessing. We hope to be putting some of these videos up on YouTube going forward.
Also, there is some more opportunity to be on the local Christian radio station here alongside the husband & wife missionary team that runs that ministry and has a strong heart for the local mormon people and the local Christian church.
GOD IS FAITHFUL!! THANK YOU for praying for us and please continue to do so as we respond to God’s goodness and calling in our lives!
We’re praying God will continue to bless & grow our missions work here in Utah and beyond for His glory, the equipping of His body and the saving of the lost! This work is impossible for us to accomplish, but it is not by our might or power but by God’s Spirit!!
GO CONTEND FOR THE FAITH & PREACH THE GOOD NEWS!!
Many blessings to you all in the Lord our God!
In Light of Eternity: Corry, AnneMarie, Brendan, Alana, Patrick, Daniel, Emmie, Micah & Noelle