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May God bless all of you and your families this holiday season and beyond! It’s been quite a year and we’re optimistic for the next. To those struggling and those hurting, our heart is with you as we’ve been through some trials and have shared in the company of loved ones whose trials have been great at times this past year as well. Be encouraged because the Lord is close to the broken-hearted, He upholds the righteous, He knows our names, and He will never leave or forsake us. Hold fast to Him each day. Our prayers are with you. May the Lord show His love greatly to you and heal you and fill you with unspeakable joy and sustaining grace both now and throughout every day of the year. While this holiday season will certainly be observed differently by many, we place our trust in the reason for the season, Jesus Christ and thank God for sending His Son to save us from our sins and restore us to relationship with the Father.

We were at a Christmas nativity production recently and it was lovely, but something the narrator said tweaked me slightly… He touted the birth of Christ as the most important event in history. I do agree and I am so thankful, yet I couldn’t help but wish he had continued his comments to include the cross of Jesus, His death and resurrection; for without that gift, none of us would be saved and none of us would know the blessing of His Holy Spirit dwelling within us. The fact that God humbled Himself to rescue sinners by shedding His own blood is a more amazing gift than I can fathom. Far more beautiful than any lighted tree, host of wrapped presents, or holiday cheer (though I enjoy all of those things)! It is the true gift that God blessed us with in Christ Jesus that causes my heart to be filled with real joy, not just on Christmas, but every day (and even through every trial)! THAT is the merriness of this celebration I wish to share with you all and it is with that heart in mind that I say MERRY CHRISTMAS and the happiest New Year to all of you from my family! God bless each and every one of you!!!

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My wife Tammy, me (Dave), my mother Ruth, and our little dog Zoey


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Just a few weeks ago I visited a church organization with my mother one Sunday morning (a rare occurrence for me these days). In case you’re curious, my mother doesn’t quite hold the same conviction about church world that I do. She sees glimpses of what I have expressed to her and she listens to my heart and often nods in approval concerning the things I’ve shared from my personal experiences, but church remains an important activity she enjoys participating in (and it’s often been important to her to experience it along with family). Recently, mom relocated from her home across the miles to move in with my wife and myself due to some health issues. You can imagine the challenge here as we are not “church-going folks” these days and here we are with mom who is and she wants to find a place to attend and we’re just not in that mode or mindset at all. I’ve suddenly found myself in a position where I’m taking my mom to church because this is important to her, though I (quite honestly) detest it myself. I share this because I know many of you have found yourselves in similar predicaments and I want you to know that I understand and I hope I can encourage you with something today.

I know the feeling of thinking that if you happen to sit in a pew after which the Lord has opened your understanding about the errors of churchianity, that there might be a concern that you’re somehow endorsing it and compromising by being there. If any of you are anything like me, it’s no longer an enjoyable environment for you, but there may be times when (for whatever reason) you find yourself back in that environment and it’s unsettling. Perhaps some of you have felt a conviction that churchianity is full of error and you’ve wanted to distance yourself from it, but (in the honesty of your heart) you still enjoy and crave the experience of fellowship with other believers, or singing the songs, and sometimes just being in an environment that (for the most part) seems to at least intend to encourage people to seek the Lord and you’re a little torn by these contrasting feelings about involvement with it. You’re not alone. Lots of folks have struggled with these same concerns, including myself over the years. These days the kinds of things I struggle with concerning it have transitioned a bit (quite a bit actually), but I still relate to the many letters I’ve received about this because I really have walked through this as well and my heart goes out to those who are working through this.

The whole thing reminds me a bit of the movie the Matrix; and the thought of the “Matrix” as being “church world”. Those of you who have seen the movie might know what I’m talking about. Church world (“the Matrix”) isn’t real Christianity, but for those still inside it, they don’t seem to know otherwise. Yet some are awaking and others will find themselves “plugging” back into it from time to time (though they are no longer a part of it). It can pose a real mind trip for some of us.

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David Wilkerson went home to be with Jesus in 2011. The following is a message he gave in January of 1993 about the love of God and I really like this one, so I’m passing it along. David was not like so many of the cookie-cutter variety preachers out there today. He was a man broken by God, in love with Jesus, and loved people. While so many pastors in traditional churches today are preaching about prosperity and money and serving the church program, David preached the Gospel of Jesus, the love of God, and the joy of knowing Christ as Lord. I remember one message he gave where he said the following about money:

    The Holy Spirit has laid on my heart something I need to share with you. It is a loving warning from the very heart of Jesus, who said: Take heed, and beware of covetousness (Luke 12:15)… Peter warned that false prophets would arise and through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you (2 Peter 2:3)… Peter warned us to beware of covetous ministers who would use the Word to exploit believers — greedy preachers who would develop a false doctrine of avarice and greed… God’s Word says of these rich, greedy preachers: Their judgment is near, and their destruction will not sleep (see 2 Peter 2:3). They have become blatant and arrogant in their greed. They now preach that you cannot receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit until you prosper. That’s blasphemy! Beloved, do not listen to this false gospel. It is satanic. It comes from the heart of men who are light and frivolous, jokesters, greedy for more. Isaiah the prophet has their number: Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain (Isaiah 56:11). I thank God that he has promised to supply all our needs. And I do not want any believer’s money to make me rich. We are rich when we have His peace and can live without fear all the days of our lives in holiness before the Lord! Thank you for your prayers and support for this ministry to the masses in New York City.

I just wanted to share that in preface to show the heart of this man who wrote the following article. I hope this encourages you! -Dave
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