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Saturday
May042013

Struck Down But Not Destroyed

2 Cor 4:7-13 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. 

One Sunday not long ago, I enjoyed a wonderful morning worshiping and hearing God’s word preached to God’s people.  I came home and after some personal Bible reading, spent the remainder of the day writing.  I was tired and went to bed early.  During the night, I woke up needing to use the bathroom.  When I leaned over to flush, I blacked out and collapsed to the floor! 

When I came to my senses, I found myself face on the floor, crammed between the toilet bowl and wall.  It was bizarre.  I tried to get up and manage to stand - momentarily.  Then I blacked out again and crashed to the floor on the other side of the toilet.  I regained my senses but slowly. 

After a while I was finally able to extricate myself from my lodged position, move my body across the floor, and prop myself up sitting against the wall.  I waited until I was reasonably lucid.  Then I managed to pull myself up with the help of the sink and return to bed laughing!  It was hilarious!  I could not believe what had happened!  

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Sunday
Apr282013

Mark Prater Is the Best Choice to Restore Trust and Unity

There were 30 churches in 1995.  Twenty-seven in the United States, two in Mexico and one in the Philippines.  The apostolic team was comprised of C.J., myself, Larry Tomczak, Steve Shank, Paul Palmer and Dave Harvey.  Life was all good.  

Then Larry, Paul and Brent left, Dave “resigned” and C.J. “transitioned.”  Last I heard Steve was a “bishop” (i.e., a regional overseer).  Joshua Harris was supposed to take over SGM this September when C.J. turns 60.  He’s gone.  So too 80 plus leaders who were some of the most gifted and honorable men in the former movement.  More leaders plan to leave.  

Who is left to assume the leadership of SGM?  We now have our answer, Mark Prater.  According to the Executive Committee (a.k.a. Board of Directors), he is the best possible leader in all of SGM.  Mark will serve a four year term as Executive Director.  I quote them. 

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