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September 2020 - September to Remember

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Dear Partner,

2020 has been an unforgettable year of many challenges.  For some it’s been one of loss and for many, it’s been a year of open doors to new opportunities.  We believe this month will be A September To Remember.  The Holy Spirit has been reminding us of story after story of God’s miraculous provision when we trust Him in the area of our finances.  “Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,” 1 Chronicles 16:12.  Let’s take time to remember, to testify, and to tell our children what the Lord has done for us.

Years ago, when I was a pastor, the biggest giver in the church walked out and I felt hopeless.  I was wondering how we would support the missionaries and pay the bills without this man’s support.   The Lord spoke to me and said, The biggest giver is still here.”  When I asked Him who that giver was, He said, “It’s Me!  As long as I’m here, you’ll never lack for anything.”  I have to say that was true and God has never failed. 

I remember when I was part of a meeting at my dad’s church.  I wasn’t ministering during this service, but one of the speakers was teaching from 1 John 5:14-15 about how we can receive anything we ask for when we praySeveral of this pastor’s church ladies were sitting on the row behind me. I commented to Pastor David Shearin, who was sitting beside me, that “anything” means refrigerators.  I was confused as to why I said that but on the inside the Holy Spirit said, “There’s a woman sitting behind you who has prayed and believed Me for a refrigerator.”  At the end of that meeting, I got up and shared what the Holy Spirit told me and asked that woman to stand.  One of those women stood up. She told us she was caring for a houseful of foster children and her refrigerator had gone out.  The day before she had gone to the store to look at refrigerators.  She did not have the money to buy one, but she prayed and believed God He would provide.  I told her the Lord told me to buy it for her.   Immediately this lady began to rejoice like I’d never seen before!   She danced, she shouted, and before long we all joined in!  God cares about His children.  He hears every believing prayer and sends the answer when we pray.

I also remember the time I bought my dad a Rolex watch. I actually wanted a Rolex, but the Holy Spirit prompted me to get him one first.  He was getting up in age and all he had ever worn was a Timex.  I took him to the jewelry store, and he picked out a beautiful Rolex.  I really didn’t have the money to do that (I made payments for a year on it) but I never regretted honoring my dad.  After he went to heaven, my mother gave me his Rolex and it’s the watch I wear today.  Another time, I wanted to get him a new suit.  We were at the store and he couldn’t make his mind up between two suits that he really liked.  I realized this was my opportunity to bless my father.  I counted it an honor to spend the extra money and bought him both suits, along with shirts and ties.           

Another unforgettable moment to remember was in the Philippines.  A group of ministers from Vietnam were attending our conference and I felt like the Holy Spirit wanted to bless them, so I called them forward and gave them each a hundred-dollar bill.  They were so thankful and actually fell on their faces and began to weep in gratitude.  I later found out the wages they earned in an entire year was only one hundred dollars.  Jesus wanted to bless them.  I was so grateful to be a part.

Remember the woman who broke the alabaster box of perfume and poured it on Jesus’ head?  While some around criticized her extravagant demonstration of love, calling it a waste, Jesus said, “Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always...but me ye have not always,” Mark 14:6.  She didn’t realize it at the time, but she was actually anointing Jesus for His burial. The rich fragrance of the oil must have comforted Him with each step towards His crucifixion, reminding Him of this woman’s gratitude and worship.  She will never be forgotten, and her story is still being told wherever the Gospel is preached. 

God wants to bless His children, but He uses people to reach out with generosity to help or honor them.  Opportunities are everywhere if we will take them. We recently ate at a restaurant and the waitress was a preacher’s daughter and a Bible School student.  We gave her a good tip and she was so thankful that God prompted us to bless her more.  In fact, all the pastors at the table wanted to give and she was blessed with over $800.   What we didn’t know was she was broke, had just wrecked her car, needed money to go home and she had just cried out to God for a breakthrough.  Her need was our opportunity to make a difference, to let her know her Father God would take care of her.  There’s no telling where the blessing will end when we are generous.

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith,” Galatians 6:10. The blessings of giving are not just financial, but they are spiritual and eternal.   “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. I am full, having received...things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” Philippians 4:15-19.   

Your partnership with the ministries of MHM are a sweet-smelling aroma that get the attention of God.  We believe as you remember what the Lord has done and recognize the opportunities He has given; this will be an incredible “September To Remember.”

In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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July 2020 - The North Side of the Mountain

July 2020 

Dear Partner,

THE NORTH SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN

…for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.   2 Timothy 1:12

Several years ago, I bought Trina a beautiful baby grand piano.  I enjoy hearing her play and sing many of the old hymns we sang in church growing up.  We have a piano tuner come to our house and tune the piano regularly.  One day when I came home I heard beautiful classical music coming from our den.  As I entered the room I began to talk to the gentleman as he tuned the piano.  He said that our piano has a particularly “sweet” sound.  I asked him what he meant by that and he said that some pianos just have a sweeter sound than others.  He also said that piano manufacturers prefer to use the wood from spruce trees that grow in the highest parts of the mountains. The higher altitudes and the cold north winds make it difficult for trees to grow and survive.  As a result, the wood grain usually grows stronger and finer together. He said most piano manufacturers actually prefer the wood that comes from the trees on the north side of the mountain.  The finest piano manufacturers will only use the wood from the north side of these trees.  This wood produces the sweetest sounds.  I found it interesting that the sweetest music comes from the trees that have the most difficult environment.

THE SWEETEST SOUND ON EARTH 

Many times, we face difficult situations in life that threaten to destroy us.  However, if we will believe God and feed on His Word, He will strengthen us in every situation.  The Holy Spirit will strengthen our inner man with mighty power and will enable us to stand.  He will cause the “wood grain” to grow finer so that the “sweet sound” of grace and faith come from within.  What the devil intended for destruction can actually cause you to turn to God with such faith that His grace is imparted unto your spirit and soul.  God specializes in turning even the most difficult situations around.  

The Apostle Paul went through great adversity and yet played the “sweetest music” in Ephesians and his other letters.  Many of the greatest men and women of God have faced all the challenges that come from the “north side” of the mountain.  Yet refusing to quit, they have acted on the Word of God and found strength to do the will of God.  Today, we play a part in determining the sound that comes from our lives.  What will we do when we are facing the pressures of life?  What is the secret of surviving and finishing your course?  The answer is in the Word of God.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.     James 1:2-4

 GOD’S PERFECT AND ENTIRE PLAN 

When you are facing different kinds of adversity, don’t lose your joy.  The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).  The joy of the Lord will strengthen your inner man and fortify your faith.   In Philippians 4:4 Paul said, “Rejoice in the Lord always….”  How can you rejoice in the middle of trouble?  Because you KNOW that the trying of your faith works patience and brings you into God’s perfect and entire plan (James 1:2-4).  You must KNOW something other people don’t.  Paul said, “I KNOW whom I have believed,” 2 Timothy 1:12.  In Job 19:25, Job said, “I KNOW that my Redeemer liveth.”  Job declared his faith in the midst of adversity (Job 5:22).  Many miss the importance of the joy aspect of faith.  1 Peter 1:8-9 says, "Yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith.”  Once you know and understand this, you will no longer get angry or depressed in times of adversity.  Instead, you will act on the Word of God.  The wood grain will grow strong and fine in your spirit and YOU WILL OVERCOME.  Get ready for the sweet sound of victory that gives glory to God!

SUMMER JOY PACKAGE

To help sustain your strength, we have a tremendous offer for you!  For your gift of $30 or more we will send this Summer Joy Package, which includes 12 CD messages, including The North Side of the Mountain, Faith Laughs at Impossibilities, Joy the Serious Business of Heaven, and the book, The Secret Power of Joy for a gift of just $30. 

LOOK WHAT THE LORD IS DOING

When the world is in turmoil and upside down, Jesus is leading us forward! Here are some things that are happening at MHM because of your partnership:  We are conducting daily online Bible School and have given away over $60,000 worth of free books! The 2020 MHM Campmeeting in Alexandria, LA was well attended and power-packed!  The Korean translation of our books is now in progress!  The Holy Spirit has given us the green light to begin plans for constructing a Conference Center!  We will soon share these plans with you.  It’s time for increase!  “God bless you and keep you, God smile on you and gift you, God look you full in the face and make you prosper.”

In Christ,

Mark and Trina

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