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Pastor Dewey and Sharon Moede:
My life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus. Acts 20:24 
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To Dewey’s Daily Cup

Dear People of God,

It has been a very busy time here at FGGAM! Last Thursday I presided over a funeral then left for FBC in Reserve, NM on Saturday where I was so super blessed to preach at the Sunrise Service and the 11am Service. On Tuesday I presided over another funeral. It is a blessing to be able to minister to families as they go through the grieving process.

I was able to give an Easter message on the radio stations in Minnesota and on The HUB of New Mexico. God is so good to us.
The ministry has exploded into 2018 with huge growth. So many people are hungry for JESUS! AMEN!
As I have mentioned in past CUP’s, the ministry work we do at the website, spreading the good news all over God’s World, is reaching millions, not thousands.
God has given us two hands—one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoardings; we are channels made for giving. Billy Graham

Christ makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:16

Please pray about supporting FGGAM, giving is down here in 2018. FGGAM is a non-profit ministry 501c3.
Will you partner with us, please? We love you! https://fggam.org/donate/

I love this post by Pastor Don Kimbro and it is POWERFUL!

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-25

 I have been a pastor now for over forty years. That means I have been through at least that many Easter Sundays and Christmas services as those years represent. And that doesn’t include the number I attended before I became a minister of the Gospel.

We just celebrated Easter and our church along with many others was filled to capacity, some maybe for the first time and some maybe for last time this year, (or until Christmas anyway)!

Like every pastor and church leader, my heart always gets excited when I see the church overflow as I think to myself, “Maybe, just maybe they’ll all be back next week.” But alas, when next week comes, for most churches, it’s usually business as usual.

A few years ago The Barna Group, a research organization that provides primary information on the state of the church in America, stated that while America is growing in its spirituality, 76 million adults regularly avoid going to church. “One-third of the adult population (34%) has not attended any type of church service or activity, other than a special event such as a funeral or wedding, during the past six months…Six out of ten unchurched people (62%) consider themselves to be Christian.” That last figure means that 47 million Christians do not claim membership in a local church, or if they do, they just don’t attend.

 The word “church” in the New Testament is ekklesia. It literally means, “called out ones,” those who are called out of the world to form God’s church on the earth. The word is used in the New Testament seventy-seven times and this might surprise you, but the vast majority of the time it refers to a local church of any size.

Now what’s the advantage of attending and belonging to a local church? Why can’t you just go it alone? Just Jesus and you? Well, perhaps you will consider these points.

When you belong to a local church:

  • You become a participant rather than a spectator. You belong to something bigger than yourself.

  • You are identified with a local church body that loves Jesus Christ as the head of the church.

  • You live out your life as a disciple as you learn about God.

  • You commit to others just like you to stand with them in your Christian life and grow together.

  • You minister to others as God develops your spiritual gifts to be used for the common good.

My friends, your local church family would love to see you this weekend, as well as last. Why not make it a point to see them as well on a more regular basis?

Now, if I’m preaching to the choir perhaps you know someone you could send this to who are not part of the choir. Just click on the “Share” button and send it to them. It could help change someone’s life. Maranatha!

 

I love Dr. Jim Denison also……….

 

Finding faith, hope, and love in a very personal loss
Dr. Jim Denison | April 5, 2018
Many of our longtime readers know that Rev. Jeff Byrd has been my ministry partner for thirty years. He and I served three churches together before co-founding the Denison Forum nearly ten years ago.Jeff and his wife, Billie, have two sons and a daughter named Morgan. Janet and I have known her since she was born. We rejoiced with their family when she married a fantastic young man named Caleb Scott nearly two years ago (I was privileged to conduct their wedding ceremony). Caleb was a firefighter with a true servant heart and deep love for Jesus.

Tuesday morning, Caleb was found unresponsive in his North Richland Hills fire station. Paramedics were able to revive his heart and rushed him to the hospital, but he died around 5:30 that afternoon. We have no idea what caused Caleb’s death and are in shock over this tragedy. He and Morgan both turned twenty-nine last month.

Please pray for Morgan and her wonderful family, and for our ministry team, as we grieve this sudden and tragic loss.

Tomorrow is promised to no one

Caleb’s death brings home the fact that tomorrow is promised to none of us. Our ministry team had no idea Tuesday morning that we would be grieving his death that evening.

Paradoxically, our culture makes death more imminent but more remote than ever before.

The 24/7 news cycle reports tragedies from all over the world in real time. There is more violence in movies and on television than ever. Video games and virtual reality technology make violence more realistic than ever.

But this accessibility to suffering inoculates us against its reality. When you learned about the YouTube shooting last Tuesday, was your first response something like, “Here we go again”? Violence and death are so present in our world that they have lost much of their impact on us.

It’s therefore easy to ignore the fact of our mortality. Satan would like nothing more.

He wants us to overlook the reality that we will live forever, either with God in heaven or separated from him in hell. He wants us to focus our attention on this life to the exclusion of the life to come.

If Jesus is our Lord, our enemy wants us to live for the temporal rather than working for the eternal, hoping we will have as little spiritual impact in this life as possible. Meanwhile, he wants non-Christians to ignore eternity and the imminent peril of their souls.

As C. S. Lewis noted, the devil believes that “the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

Three ways to live for heaven on earth

One way our Father wants to redeem tragedy is by using it to remind us of the brevity of life and the importance of eternity.

God asks, “What is your life?” Then he answers his question: “For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that’” (James 4:14–15).

Our Father wants us to remember that heaven and hell are forever. Imagine a hummingbird that made a trip from the moon to the earth once every thousand years, bringing back in its beak a tiny piece of our planet. When the bird has moved the earth to the moon, eternity will have only begun.

What does it mean for us to live for heaven on earth?

One: We serve Jesus with bold courage.

wrote yesterday on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s amazing courage in the face of imminent peril. He could serve his cause so bravely because he knew that his physical death would lead to his eternal reward in heaven. Can you say the same?

Two: We live a life God can bless today and reward forever.

It was announced yesterday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress on April 11. By contrast, “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5:10). Are you ready?

Three: We do all we can to help everyone we know to know Jesus.

A retired missionary once lamented to me, “We spend more time praying saints out of heaven than sinners out of hell.” Are his words true of you?

Faith, hope, and love

Scripture teaches, “Now faith, hope, and love abide, these three” (1 Corinthians 13:13). To make sense of this fleeting life, we need faith in God, hope in his future, and love from our Father and his children.

In The Irony of American History, Reinhold Niebuhr noted: “Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be saved by love.”

Caleb Scott embraced hope, faith, and love. Let’s join him.

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