Monday, July 26, 2010

Roosevelt's Last Message

LLast one... Best one!

It did not dawn on me till today, that Rho preached his last public sermon this day last year: It thrills me to know that I had the privilege to walk in covenant with one of God's most trusted generals. I remember that morning clearly: He stood on the platform, quickened by the Holy Spirit, as He delivered what would be a timely and prophetic word to me and to thousands of others for years to come.

Title: Event Vs. Encounter

Text: Isaiah 6:1- 8

Many of us allow the enemy to eclipse the encounter God desires to bring our way, with catastrophic events that surround us. "In the year that King Uzziah died." (Isaiah 6:1) How devastating to have what you hoped for, believed in, just vanish.

I can remember sitting on the pew feeling rattled ... Why is Rho preaching from this text? I am trying to stay anchored Lord, why did the king have to die?

Isaiah reminds us that in that same year... I also saw the Lord...

More than just sight, that day, Isaiah received insight that would change his ministry life and Israel forever.

In the year of Roosevelt's homegoing, I also saw the Lord remain faithful to give me peace, keep hope alive, love me unconditionally. I am not completely defined by the events in my life, but by those wonderful moments when God shows up and allows me to encounter His love and plans for me and the kids.

Like Isaiah, I found my self looking up to heaven, recognizing that our God is Holy and unparalleled to any other. His ways, thoughts, and promises far exceed my humanity. Like Isaiah who said woe is me I am undone, I needed to take an inward inventory, recognizing God must change me in order to accomplish great things. Finally Isaiah, who said; Here am I, send me; I must allow my life to be marked by compassion for others.

Roosevelt knew this was His last recorded message and it meant more to him that when you look back in this year, for you to remember how God's been faithful show up just for you.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Win Your World

Roosevelt’s contagious passion to do great things for Christ has marked my journey. He would tell me, “Eileen, God wants to raise up and rescue a fallen generation!” Many times I have felt completely inadequate to do anything of significance. I can list off my limitations in a matter of microseconds. What me? A Single-mom? What can I possibly bring of value?

“I can’t do everything, but I can do something” - Helen Keller. How can I just sit back and not participate in the greatest generation that ever lived?

In the past 11months of widowhood, I have been forced to trust God to move forward daily. Not allowing my feelings or past circumstances, but God’s Word to navigate my forward momentum. Quitting is the EASY way out! If I left it up to my feelings or my past, I would never get out of bed. God told me to lean on Him and He will direct my path (Prov. 3:5-7).

July 18th I was able to host our first graduating class for NuNation. With a team of leaders and volunteers, we mobilized 22 students through academic training and hands on ministry. I have learned so much from stepping out in faith and offering to God what I did have. We will begin again in the fall as we believe for twice this amount of interns.

Now, I can’t preach like Rho, or sing/dance like many of the talented people I see on stage; but I can be a voice. A voice that declares His Testimony (Revelation 12:11), a voice that shouts His Cause (Isaiah 1: 17), and a voice that cries out in the wilderness (Mark 1:3) to prepare this generation for Christ’s soon return. It doesn’t seem like very much, but it’s something. It’s my offering!

Why not give what ever you have? I know first hand, that life is too short to waste it on things that don’t bring eternal value. You are a gift to this generation that no one else can be. Dreaming God’s dreams, will remove limits! You may find that if you dare to dream you may win the world!

Living Life on Purpose!

Your sis & friend,

Eileen Hunter