Fred & Jenny Kosin Update - February 2017

 

February 17, 2017

Dear Partners in Prayer

As you look through the prayer list from your church or fellowship it is relatively easy to categorize the extensive concerns to which prayer is applied. We appreciate the one who knows the family of God at a certain location and perhaps the more extensive family scattered around the globe. These faithful informers serve the church by putting before us the needs that come to them or that they solicit from family and friends. We receive many of them and are grateful for a window into churches where we have ministry from time to time. Sometimes it is the only personal peek we have between visits. Many missionaries send us letters asking for prayer for ministry issues and challenges they face serving the Lord.

May I suggest you stop and consider grouping together the same kinds of needs that are presented for prayer?  Without doubt medical conditions are the greatest exercise for the family of God for each other on a corporate prayer list. Sometimes that is the only thing on the list. Cancer and surgery top the list of these needs. It may be that on most lists the second is help for problems in life like job, children, travel, finances, tests, safety etc. A third area is basically to escape from any difficulty, trial, problem or any other untoward thing that might arise in the occupation of daily living as a Christian. It might be simply phrased by asking the Lord to make our life as easy, simple, uneventful, painless, trouble free and quick as possible. Perhaps immediate deliverance from whatever is affecting us adversely is a good summary.

The scriptures are clear there are three aspects which should direct our prayers. One is the ministry of the Holy Spirit, second the will of God, and third the Word of God. Not only is that clear but the record of the prayers of Paul indicate that his primary concern in prayer was the spiritual growth of believers in various churches he wrote. Though he mentions those who are sick he does not generally pray for them to be healed. James does urge folks to pray for healing in the context of sins having affected the health of the one being prayer for. Perhaps we might enquire if poor health is the result of sin before we pray for healing? Paul did pray three tims for the removal of the “thorn in the flesh” whatever it was.

That in itself brings up the most comprehensive issue for prayer which is preeminent in NT prayers but usually lacking in our prayers. When did we last see a prayer request for spiritual development, growth, overcoming strength, courage, fortitude, spiritual maturity, wisdom, appropriation of resources, appreciation of Christ? Why is it always escape from the very things God uses to bring maturity, wisdom, growth, strength and knowledge of Christ and His Word?

We often pray against the will of God as He reveals “If any one suffer according to the will of God…” We pray against the Word of God which says, “In the world you will have tribulation…” Let us return to the biblical pattern of praying personally for the spiritual maturity of those we know and love. Our Lord prayed not that His followers would be taken out of the world and its influences but that we, like Him, would overcome the world.  The same Lord prayed for His weak disciple, Peter, not that a hedge would be built around him or that he would not be tempted but the “his faith would not fail” in the throes of spiritual temptation that was coming to him.

We appreciate your praying for our safety, the supply of our needs, the usefulness of our ministry and many other issues you bring before the throne of Grace. We are grateful when you pray for our spiritual maturity, the appropriation of the riches of His divine grace and that we will grow up into the fullness of His image in a world that desperately needs to see Christ in our lives. 

As you pray you can refer to the list of ministry opportunities in the near future for us at the bottom of the page. A few changes have been made for some dates in the rest of the year but nothing momentous.  Much of next year has also been booked in the will of God. Your prayers for these arrangements are always appropriated because they are a source of concern that we will be where He wants us to be that far in advance. 

We do continue with many varying ministries here at home including weddings, funerals, counseling, teaching, visiting, bible studies, hospitality, many emails and phone calls offering help in different issues. Your bathing these responsibilities in your prayers give us a sense of confidence in the Lord we love and why we continue

Serving the greatest Master

Fred and Jenny

 

 

Camp Hope - Couples Retreat March 10-11, 2017

In the will of the Lord, Camp Hope will be hosting the 2nd Annual Couples Retreat March 10-11, 2017 with Alan Malchuk (NC) speaking on the topic “Marriage on the Rock – Jesus Christ”.

If you are looking to get away as a couple, be encouraged and edified from the Word of God and enjoy fellowship with other couples, this weekend is for you.  We will have ministry from the Word, couple’s activities as a group and time to relax at camp or visit the surrounding areas.

For Saturday night dinner, we will all go into Dahlonega to enjoy a meal together as the retreat ends.

$150/couple

For more information, you can contact:

Steve Roys

678.316.7309

camphopega@gmail.com

Camp Hope - Father & Son Retreat April 21-23, 2017

Father & Son Retreat

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Camp Hope, in the will of the Lord, will host the Father/Son Retreat April 21-23, 2017 with Rod Sharp (NC) ministering the Word.

This weekend is an opportunity for fathers and their son(s) to spend the weekend together under the teaching of the Word that they may be encouraged to “Watch, stand fast in the faith, act you like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13) and to enjoy different activities together through the weekend.

Families can sleep in a tent or in one of the camper cabins.

$70/family (Tent or cabin)

For more information, you can contact:

Steve Roys

678.316.7309

camphopega@gmail.com

A December Message from Life's Key

Good morning!  I sincerely hope that you had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving last week, and that a joyous time awaits you as Christmas draws nearer.  Please continue reading as there is some important information below.

You will notice that this month's letter is NOT attached to this e-mail.  The reason is because I would like to encourage as many visits to our website as possible.  While we have made progress becoming more relevant with the search engines, there is much room for improvement.  Web site traffic helps in that regard, so to read the letter, please go to our site by clicking on the link below, and then click on 2016 under "Life's Key News".  It highlights a wonderful letter I received from Shawn in Ohio, so please check it out when you get a chance! 

http://www.lifeskey.org/newsletters.html

I would also like to inform you that our Christmas music is back!  I heard from quite a few people last year that they enjoyed having the music on in the background while browsing through either our site or other sites.  We have many more options this year, so if you are interested in that, here is another link you can use.  You can also visit the Library page on the site.

http://www.lifeskey.org/christmas-music.html

Finally, I would like to inform you that our website is getting a facelift!  The reason is that people use a variety of devices with different screen sizes to view our site.  This change will allow us to have a "responsive" website, meaning that the site will be able to collapse, expand, and stack based on the screen size it's responding to, allowing the design style to stay consistent between different devices.  Our new look will launch in the near future.  Here's a sneak peek! 
(If you cannot see the image below, please check to see if it transferred to you as an attached file.)

Tim Priano
Director - Life's Key
www.lifeskey.org

What is the 2COR9 Project?

In 2 Corinthians 9 we get to listen in on a conversation Paul is having with the Corinthians about financial assistance he hoped they would give to the needy believers in Jerusalem. Paul announced the needs of the poor church in Jerusalem to the ears of various assemblies in Galatia & Achaia. He then made arrangements for collection, transport, and distribution of funds back in Jerusalem. ACM is attempting to follow the pattern of Paul by letting believers know of certain specific needs of commended workers. We are naming this effort after 2 Corinthians 9 (2COR9 for short). In an effort to respect the privacy of the workers we will not give their names unless you contact us and ask specifically. Each of the needs listed is connected with a worker or widow connected in some way to the N. American assemblies. 

Technology? The technology piece comes in as we use texting, social media and online giving to speed up the communication of these needs. Our hope is to also use the same technology to help divide up the weight of paying for these needs among a wider body of believers. For example, if 1000 people received a text message from ACM sharing about a $5000 need, and all 1000 gave $5, we could address the need quickly and without significant burden to a small number (i.e if 20 people gave each would have to give $250, realistically limiting the number of needs they could easily give to in a particular month. If believers wish to give more, they are welcome to do so. ACM will attempt to update believers with information about needs as they are met.