December 2016 Update

Pastor Tom and Lisa Goss with Christmas hatOn behalf of all of us here with B4L Ministries, greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Ministry Update

Things are well with us here. Hopefully we will have closed on the Flory Street property by the time you read this. We are thankful to have an official headquarters to work from as this is our first step.

Some security concerns forced a major change of the B4L website (Breakthrough4Life.org) in the last month. The timing of the change was unexpected and a bit disruptive. But with the change came some opportunities to minister that we might not have had otherwise as the Lord led someone in desperate need to contact us. God has proved once again that He works all things—even technical problems for good to those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose.

Christmas Blues

I encourage you to be on the lookout for hurting, lonely souls this time of year. For many, the holiday season can be such a depressing, lonely time. Perhaps there was a time in your life when someone caught the towel in mid-air that you were throwing in and handed it back to you with a word of encouragement.

How powerful a simple word can be at the right time. (Prov. 25:11) And what a difference a word fitly spoken or a simple act of kindness, a warm smile of acknowledgement or even a plate of cookies, etc. can be.

The holiday season in general, and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in particular, are great times to begin to mend fences with family, friends and enemies as well. A phone call (or a text if a call is just too awkward) or a letter can set things in motion.

Space would not allow me to share testimonies of families and relationships that have been restored with the start of what I term as: “The Christmas Call.”

Prayerfully consider passing on The Christmas Call idea to those you know that might need restoration with others. Your friend or family member may not have even considered doing such a thing.

The risk of feeling awkward or being viewed as meddling in bringing it up to them is worth the blessing of restoration that could be reaped in due season in their lives. Sometimes we all need a gentle push from people who really care. Amen? (Prov. 27:6) (Gal.4:16)
-Tom

Thoughts from Lisa

As I walked around the neighborhood with our kids the other day, I saw a nativity scene and pointed it out to my daughter. “They are waiting for the baby Jesus,” I told her as I realized that the Jesus figure was missing.

The Holy Spirit took those seemingly innocent words and began to speak to me. Yes, the world is waiting for the baby Jesus, not the crucified and risen Jesus. The attitude towards Jesus’ return seems to be the one that the apostle Peter warned us about: “Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:4) Jesus did come once, and that coming fulfilled a promise of God.

We celebrate that fact every year at this time. Once here, Jesus promised that He was coming back a second time. God Christmas treeplans on fulfilling that promise just as thoroughly as the first. So all this leaves me asking the Spirit to search my own heart. Which Jesus am I waiting for? The baby, or the One “who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing?” (2 Tim. 4:1 NKJV)
-Lisa

Thanks for your prayers, help and support.
Merry Christmas! And stay ready…
Jesus is coming back soon!!!

Linda KidderA Word from Linda

Dear Ones,

Php 3:13 –14 Brethren, I do not imagine that I have yet laid hold of it. But this one thing I do—forgetting everything which is past and stretching forward to what lies in front of me,
14 with my eyes fixed on the goal I push on to secure the prize of God’s heavenward call in Christ Jesus. (1912 Weymouth N.T. translation)

Church history tells us that the apostle Paul penned these words in the last years of his life on earth. He never stopped pursuing what the Lord had for him to do and to become.

Satisfaction with what he had already accomplished is never an option. We are called to take up this challenge as well.

This year has been one of pursuit for Breakthrough. We’ve pursued the Lord’s presence individually and corporately;Holly berries and leaves sought lost and wandering souls; searched for buildings and property; and tackled administrative goals and avenues for ministry in New Mexico before the Lord’s repositioning.

His call is sure so we will continue to push forward into all He has for us.

-Linda

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