Connect Locally – James Mission: Nowata

20170210_084649I know that this is slightly a different type of post for me, but I wanted to take a moment, before we move away from the area, to recognize a very worth while ministry outreach in the Nowata / Bartlesville, OK area.

Over the course of the last 2 years or so, I have been privileged to know and work with Allan facebook_1486737907207Cothran head of James Mission Nowata. They have just last week moved into their new facility in downtown Nowata. If you live in the Northeastern Oklahoma area, be sure to connect with Allan and come to the open house (date to be determined soon).


What exactly is James Mission?

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27 (ESV)

Below taken directly from their website: http://www.jamesmission.org

  • fb_img_1486736915104Our Mission is to restore Hope through God’s Love and Grace by providing resources, encouragement and support to those in need.
  •  Our Vision is to equip communities to serve and care for Orphans, Widows, Foster and Displaced Families by providing resources, connections and training for immediate and long term relief.
  • On average we provide for 60 children a week and continue to grow daily. It all started with just a few donations and a small table in our garage and now we have grown into our very own location that houses the Resource Center and the Visitation Center. Our visitation rooms are designed to give biological parents and their children a safe and family friendly environment for their visits together.
  • And our newest project is our Mission: Loads of Love.  Often when a child is removed from their home, it is with what they can quickly stuff in a trash bag.  Clothes, favorite toys, books, even treasured keepsakes are left behind…..Sometimes forever.  Loads of Love fills that mission. This is an ‘On-call’ delivery of filled suitcases/bags for kids who are newly placed into Emergency Foster Care.
  • We have opened another branch in Nowata that is ran by an amazing family, Allan & Jennifer Cothran. They help meet the needs of those in Nowata and surrounding communities. To learn more about James Mission Nowata just click the link below.

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Allan and his wife Jennifer have themselves adopted twin girls, are in the process of adopting a third, and hope to adopt a forth child whom they are caring for right now. They have a heart for children and families, not to mention, witness the love of Christ.

If you wish to learn more, connect with Allan today!

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James Mission Nowata: facebook

Allan Cothran: facebook

James Mission: main website / facebook

Lyndsey Reyes, Executive Director/Founder: facebooklyndsey@jamesmission.org

Joey Reyes, Associate Director/Founder: joey@jamesmission.org


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Daily Desire: Will You Not Revive Us Again?

“Will You not revive us again,

that your people may rejoice in You?

Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,

and grant us your salvation.

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,

for He will speak peace to His people,

to His saints;

but let them not turn back to folly.

Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,

that glory may dwell in our land.”

Psalm 85:6-9

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Thoughts and Reflections

 

Thoughts with God this AM.

I have thought much and prayed some, about how much God really is tired of all my opinions. Oh, it is so much more: Lamentations 3:22-40.

1. Love of God and His mercies know no end.

2. Waiting for God is good and seeks for Him.

3. Waiting quietly for His salvation is good. Read More

Four Pillars of Walking with God – Do you have Joy?

Four Pillars of Walking with God

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Joy comes before obedience, rather than after. If you don’t understand that, you will really be messed up all of your days. Joy is not the result of obedience, joy is the result of what God has done. So now your joy is fixed on a fixed and stable source. When your joy is based on your performance it is going to be up and down like the wind.” – Paul Washer

Too Hard?

Too Hard?

If indeed we are going to walk with God, or claim to be a Christian, should we not at times take a serious introspective look at the profession of our faith? Indeed. Paul even tells the Christians in Corinth to do the same – 2 Corinthians 13:5

The clip below (and the entire message) reminds me much of Jonathan Edwards sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Regardless of how this may at first seem, do please take a moment to ponder the truth of God’s word regarding what is said.

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The Life of God in the Soul of Man – Henry Scougal

Life of God - Henry ScougalJust before the Great Awakening, a young George Whitefield, yet unconverted, was given a small book entitled, “The Life of God in the Soul of Man,” by Henry Scougal. A young Charles Wesley, a member of the Holy Club, and not yet converted himself, gave George the book that would forever change His life, genuinely introducing Him to the true Jesus of the Bible, and thereby sparking a flame that would be used to convert thousands upon thousands of souls in the Great Awakening.

This message by John Piper is a wonderful help as well.

You can purchase the book at Grace and Truth Books, or using this link to Amazon, have 5% of the purchase donated to Strategic World Impact.

Thoughts and Our Personal Response to the Refugee Crisis, and Everything Else

cropped-wallpaper-black-wood (1)It seems today more than ever, opinions of mankind are absolutely everywhere we turn. Now, I could begin to set out on a discourse to rationalize our personal beliefs and then shine the spotlight of the Scriptures onto every single opinion being thrown around, especially regarding the current refugee crisis. But I am NOT going to do this.

Instead, I want to simply ask a few personal questions to every single reader, this of course to myself first, and these directed at those who profess to be Christians:

What is our true motives, as these stand bare before God, regarding our “need” and/or “compulsion” to share our opinions? Are we claiming a bold stance, either for or against, and in doing so disprove our “loving” stance as we slam other professing Christ-followers? Is the love, grace, patience that we boast about for person or people “XYZ” equally strong regarding person or people of “ABC” to whom we are so quick to “spout” out our opinions? Really, are we a people seeking our every word, deed and thought to glorify our God and to edify, sometimes ever so gently so as not to “break the bruised reed“? Read More

How Shall We Respond?

“For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps.” 1 Peter 2:20-21

Read the context prior, and the context post. Look at the relation of these verses and their position; for how shall we respond? Men, are our prayers hindered? Are we a people of 2015 who are acting in such ways? How bad do we really have it? Are we actually suffering as we think? How are we responding? Has a true prophet of almighty God really declared the ideas of your mind, or is much, if not all, of your ideas carved by the cunning of carnal men, men whoes god is of this world, some of which even stand in pulpits? How shall we respond?

Man UP – Fall 2015 Kickoff

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Join us for the fall 2015 kickoff of Man UP. This month Caleb Gordon will be speaking. We will have breakfast and I will have a sign up sheet to purchase my newly released book, “As Christ: A Man and Marriage,” for acropped-as-christ-cover-release.jpg reduced price of only $5 or purchase here. “As Christ” is the 2nd edition to the previous book, “Christ Died For His Bride.” Caleb wrote the forward to the second edition, read below.

Come join us and bring your sons!


Forward by Caleb Gordon

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”[1]

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Are most of us really doing this?  I mean, are we really?  Are we laying our lives out on the line for our wives, expecting nothing in return?  So many men do things to “HELP” their ladies, but it is with an underlying motive? – and you all know what kind of motive I’m talking about.  This is foolish!  I will be honest.  I have been guilty of this in the past.  But it’s not something real men should do, especially if you’re claiming to be a Christ follower.  How is this to be lived out?  Just the way God called it to be.  Love your wife THE WAY JESUS LOVES YOU – even when you’re in a “mood.”  God does not get short with you when you’re complaining and grumpy…what does he do?  He pursues you more, letting you know that He loves you and wants a real relationship with you.  As a result of this, what happens?  He draws you in closer.

Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.”[2]

Don’t be harsh with the wife that you chose to love.  Instead continue to love her, and lay yourself out for her.  I truly do believe that if men would stand up and love their wives with a sacrificial kind of love, that women would have no issue doing the “submitting” part of Ephesians 5.  They would love to be connected to a man who is leading them spiritually, loving them sacrificially, and emptying themselves on her behalf.  I know that when I make an effort to do this with my wife she is beaming with joy and contentment.

What Jeremy is doing through this book is giving us a model of what it looks like to love our wives like Christ loves us.  As you turn the pages of this book I firmly believe you’ll be challenged, encouraged, and enlightened.  Jeremy is one who uses God’s word to speak straight to your heart.  He has a desire to see men come under the direction of God’s Holy Spirit in every aspect of their marriage.  I know that you are going to enjoy this journey you are about to travel while reading through this book.  Read carefully and allow the Holy Spirit to lead you.

MAN UP!

[1] Ephesians 5:25

[2] Colossians 3:19