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An Enemy Lies Within and we need your help to overcome its influence in the Western church.

The time has finally come; in less than three weeks, An Enemy Lies Within will be available in print format. We can now work toward getting it into as many hands as possible. For this, we need your help.

The #1 enemy of God and all humanity lies within each one of us – yes, even Christians. That enemy is not the Devil; resist him, and he must flee (James 4:7). Our #1 enemy is not the world; for through Jesus Christ, the world has been crucified to us, and we to it (Galatians 6:14). Neither Satan nor the world have power over a born-again believer… unless we allow it.

Truly and indeed, our #1 enemy is our carnal mind!

When Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, mankind’s ability to reason was forever entangled with the sin of rebellion. Consequently, our carnal mind is at enmity with God and can be nothing else (Romans 8:7).

Christians in the 20th and 21st Centuries have fallen victim to the carnal mind’s deceit and destruction. We have been deceived into exchanging the mind of Christ for lesser and earthly ways of thinking. Collectively, our carnal minds are destroying the Western church from the inside out.

But all is not lost, for God has given us a process for overcoming the deceptions and distractions of our carnal mind; it is the process of faith. Exercising the disciplines of the faith process enables and empowers Christians to lay hold of the grace of God for the renewal of our minds and the transformation of our spheres of influence. Getting our minds right is key to the reformation of the Western church.

It would be naïve to suggest that An Enemy Lies Within is the magic pill for all that ails the church. However, our situation is certainly more dire than we imagine and pursuing God’s ways is the only way our circumstances are going to get better. We must find His ways for our participation with Him in restoring what has been lost.

To this end, An Enemy Lies Within exposes the carnal mind as our #1 enemy, and equips Christians to overcome it through the application of spiritual disciplines. It goes on to encourage the liberated, like soldiers freed from captivity, to help others break free from the deceptions and distractions which plague the Western church. Read the rest of this entry »

the light of GodTo the beloved, whom I love in truth:  I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers; just as you walk in the truth.

… but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Romans 6:13

It has been a while since I communicated the many things God is doing with inLight Consulting. I share them for your encouragement; that you would continue praying for our wisdom and strength.

God continues to leverage His investment in The Map Maker. As mentioned in our last newsletter, the parable is being translated into Farsi – for use in Iran. Additionally, we are publishing the Spanish version to Amazon.com; and waiting for funding to print The Map Maker’s Guide (for leaders) in Ecuador.

The Lord has encouraged me in a number of new directions for writing: A Moment with the Map Maker (devotion); The Pastor as Workplace Leader (ChurchCentral.com blog); and, a collection of discussion questions for each of The Map Maker lessons (the beginnings of a student guide?). Read the rest of this entry »

QuitoTo the beloved, whom I love in truth:  I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers; just as you walk in the truth.

Our trip to Ecuador was a great success! Here are the highlights:

  1. On our first day, after attending church services with Pastor Adrian (one of the 40+ Bethany Baptist Church pastors), we gathered with the other pastors for the drive to their retreat location. Joining the Bethany pastors on their semi-annual retreat is always a blessing – especially so on this trip. I got to hold in my hands, for the very first time, the Spanish version of The Map Maker. Pastor Hugo has done a wonderful job with the translation and publishing (BTW: He led six people to the Lord while visiting with the printer).

    Second, Bethany’s Senior Pastor – Pastor Arturo – agreed to assume responsibility for the distribution of The Map Maker in Ecuador. It was an honor to present a copy of the book to him and Pastor Hugo. They are great men of God. As I understand, Pastor Arturo instructed the Bethany pastors to read and use The Map Maker for discipling in their fellowships.

  2. My friend, Dr. Jim Long, was the hero of the trip. He saw patients four of the six days we were in Ecuador – fixing cavities, pulling teeth, etc. for those that cannot afford dental care. He treated 40 to 60 patients each day. It was a surprise blessing for me to assist him for two of those days.
  3. Last, but not least, the Lord used me to encourage, edify and equip approximately 40 workplace leaders at Fountain of Peace Church in Portoviejo, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night; and over 200 on Friday night, at Bethany Baptist Church. The Lord also had a word of encouragement for the Bethany pastors: to recognize their position, authority and influence as God’s leaders of leaders in the workplace.

I am very grateful to each of your investment in this mission – with your prayers and financial support. Please continue to pray for two related projects: Publishing the Spanish version of The Map Maker to Amazon; and printing the Spanish version of The Map Maker’s Guide in Ecuador.

Please also pray for the inLight Board as we gather this coming Monday to hear and receive God’s plans for the future. God has richly blessed our small investment in His kingdom work; and we want to make the most of all He has entrusted to our stewardship.

Partnering with inLight Consulting

God’s purpose for inLight Consulting is beyond human capability.  We are desperately dependent on Him; and would have it no other way.

We are grateful for the continued support of those that trust God to use this ministry to further His kingdom.  Please pray for our vision and mission.

Share the truths you find here with the leaders in your life; it will make them free.

God bless you with wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; and may He give you the grace and courage to walk in the work He has prepared for you.

Humbly yours and forever His,

As I write this, the Spanish version of The Map Maker is being printed in Ecuador, and details are being finalized for two business leaders’ conferences, and a pastors’ conference (the week of March 5th). We continue to be amazed at God’s providence and grace in taking this humble book to another country and culture. We are grateful for your support in our part of this good work.

Speaking of being amazed, I encourage you to consider your identity as a follower of Jesus Christ; not from your perspective, but from His. He said you are greater than the greatest prophet (Luke 7:28), created to do greater things than even He did (John 14:12). What must He have imagined for those that would follow Him? What exploits filled His anticipation for us?

This is a portion of what the Lord arranged and used me to share with the third year students at the Atlanta School of Ministry; as part of their training for missions in the workplace. The Lord uses this lesson to speak into the hearts and spirits of His disciples, what He has created them to be; for Him, to the Body of Christ and to the world. You can find the complete lesson in Map 17 of The Map Maker. Let me know if you want an electronic copy of the lesson.

The series “These Sayings of Mine” has been completed. To catch everyone up, I have included links to the chapter summaries below. The Woes of Luke and the Sermon on the Mount Harmony round out the series.

These Sayings of Mine – Chapter Five Summary

These Sayings of Mine – Chapter Six Summary

These Sayings of Mine – Chapter Seven Summary

I hope to pull these articles together in an eBook. If you are interested in sponsoring that effort, please let me know.

In the meantime, please continue to pray for our efforts in Ecuador. God has an amazing plan for the business leaders and pastors in South America. He intends to use them to do the greater than works; as He transforms their spheres of influence.

Pray also for our displaced sisters and brothers in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands have been martyred or driven out of Iraq alone. We are to remember them as if chained with them in their suffering (Hebrews 13:3).

Partnering with inLight Consulting

God’s purpose for inLight Consulting is beyond human capability.  We are desperately dependent on Him; and would have it no other way.

We are grateful for the continued support of those that trust God to use this ministry to further His kingdom.  Please pray for our vision and mission.

Share the truths you find here with the leaders in your life;  it will make them free.

God bless you with wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; and may He give you the grace and courage to walk in the work He has prepared for you.

Humbly yours and forever His,

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