Major Move

     The Lord has been doing some wonderful things in our life these past few months. Both of us are excited to see that the Lord has once again begun to use us for His purposes! It has been a step-by-step restoration of the years the cankerworm and the palmerworm and the locust have eaten.

     Can those times be recovered? No. But, the word of the Lord is sure that they can be restored (Joel 2:25).

     Without going into great detail as to the dealings of the Lord that have brought us to this place, suffice it to say that we are moving. We have known for quite some time that the Lord is through with us here in SW Missouri; but we were not clear on what was next.

     Now we are clear.

     We are in the process of packing what few things we must have, leaving the rest behind, and moving to a small town in east central PA. It is happening so quickly that it is quite possible that the next message you will hear from us will be from that area.

     There are some who have criticized us in the past for what appeared to them to be a sudden return to the Lord. Then, as now, this only appears to the natural mind as being sudden.

     We have no idea about the dealings of God in a person’s life when they are being kept hidden from view.

     Moses “all of a sudden” appeared in Egypt after 40 years of people deciding that he must be dead. Jesus “all of a sudden” appeared on the banks of the Jordan after not being heard from almost 20 years. Paul “all of a sudden” appeared in Jerusalem preaching the gospel that he had once destroyed.

     We are “all of sudden” moving to PA after many months of the Lord’s speaking to our hearts. We have waited upon the Lord, kept His word close to our hearts, and He has given direction each step along the way.

     It is an exciting time for us as we step out into the great unknown.

     Your prayers for us are greatly appreciated.

Dale

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~Learning to Speak the Word

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Learning to Speak the Word
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Gracie Hill

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus!

As you can see, there have been some changes in the way we are doing things. Take time to read Gracie’s article and then browse around the new Blog.

Hill’s Happenings is no longer a part of the newsletter, but is posted on this site under its own category. Whenever something worthwhile happens, we post it to that area. That way we don’t have to wait until something occurs; and neither do we have to struggle to find something to put into the newsletter. Besides, I don’t imagine everyone on this list cares about what is going on. (grin) For those who do want to keep up, you can subscribe to this blog and be notified when something is posted.

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There are more changes coming, but, for now, enjoy and learn from Gracie as she writes about

Learning to Speak the Word.

Speaking the Word must begin with learning the word. That begins with reading the Word and placing it in our minds continually, until it filters down into our hearts as we continually repeat it. This process works so well that the advertising business has used it for their products. It changes the way we think.

James is a good place to start the renewing of your mind, with the goal of placing God’s word in your mouth.


Picture a teapot. God’s word, living water, is poured into the pot. It filters through the tea of your mind into the body of the pot, your heart, and is poured out the spout, your mouth, to refresh those around you.

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (KJV)


The words of the song come to mind: “Give us clean hands, give us pure hearts, let us not lift our soul to another, O Lord let us be a generation that seeks your face, O God of Jacob.”

Matthew Henry wrote the following for James 4:1-10:

“Draw nigh to God, in his worship and institutions, and in every duty he requires of you.” 2. Cleanse your hands. He who comes unto God must have clean hands. Paul therefore directs to lift up holy hands without wrath and doubting (1 Tim 2:8), hands free from blood, and bribes, and every thing that is unjust or cruel, and free from every defilement of sin: he is not subject to God who is a servant of sin. The hands must be cleansed by faith, repentance, and reformation, or it will be in vain for us to draw nigh to God in prayer, or in any of the exercises of devotion. 3. The hearts of the double-minded must be purified. Those who halt between God and the world are here meant by the double-minded. To purify the heart is to be sincere, and to act upon this single aim and principle, rather to please God than to seek after any thing in this world: hypocrisy is heart-impurity; but those who submit themselves to God aright will purify their hearts as well as cleanse their hands. (Emphasis added)

(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All Rights reserved.)

Drawing near to God requires faith, repentance, and reformation. It requires clean hands, free from wrath and doubting. It requires a pure heart, free from double-mindedness. It requires a single purpose, aim and principle. We believe, we turn from the present way of thinking, we change to a new way of thinking as we converse with God, we accept his way of thinking. We put it into action, denying doubts and WRATH {The Bible declares that all people are “by nature children of wrath” (Eph 2:3) (from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)}. Sin is a translation of wrath. We keep a single purpose that has one aim, to please God, and one principle to be what he wants.

To summarize,

we believe,

we turn from the present way of thinking,

we change to a new way of thinking, [the renewing of our mind] as

we converse with God,

we accept his way of thinking,

we act by denying doubts and wrath (sin), and

we focus on a single purpose that has one aim—to please God,

and one principle—to

be what he wants.

Read the Word, learn the Word, speak the Word, share the Word.

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