change

Syndicate content

G.O. Ministry Report

The G.O. Ministry stands for Gateway Outreach. We are taking church to the communities. It’s time for the church to arise! The name comes from the commandment Jesus gave in Mark 16:15 saying,

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (NIV).

We go out every single week ministering to people from various walks of life. We want them to know Jesus cares about them. When we go, we give out bags of food. This ministry is not only changing the people we meet, but also the people of Gateway!

Change

In science, there are two types of changes that can take place. These changes are physical and chemical changes. Water goes through a physical change when we boil it, freeze it, and melt it. It never changes what it is. When baking a cake, you put in your flour, butter, sugar, eggs, and cocoa. The ingredients are mixed up and poured in a baking dish. Then it is placed in the oven and comes out a totally different product. God has been dealing with me about the change.

We all have those years that you do not ever want to repeat. Two years ago, my year started with two surgeries in January that were six days apart. Dealing with the side effects of the anesthesia for several weeks was hard. Then mom had brain surgery in May and TI's in June. There were severe issues at work. All of this on top of college for my doctoral degree. My focus was transferring from where it needed to be to my circumstances. I was like the water, making what I thought were the changes I needed, moving from one form to another.

Only I realized that I was just taking a different form, I was not changing. I was still overwhelmed, fearful, anxious, depressed, oppressed, suicidal, and a conglomerate of other emotions. I realized that I needed to go through a chemical change. When we take the ingredients: Prayer, God's Word, worship, and stir them all together, you create something from the inside out. The bubbles are taken out. The ingredients mesh together to create something fantastic to see and be a part of. Going through an outward, physical change is not a bad thing but for real, lasting change to occur, you need to take the ingredients for change and work them together to become the masterpiece that God has created you to be.

~Ronda Sullivan

Image Credit science © H Berends via freeimages.com

You Are Part of the Change!

For years you go to church, worship, listen to the speaker in the pulpit, and you read the Word. You ask yourself, "How in tarnation can God use me to change the world?" Here I am trying my best to walk out one thing and then I am bombarded with something else. I get that under control and here comes something else. How can I help change the world when I am busy just trying to keep my head above water while walking out what God says about my me and my situations?

Receiving Holy Spirit

  When I was growing up, my family attended a small Evangelical Methodist Church.  We sang the traditional hymns, memorized the Bible in Sunday School, and had inspiring messages about God’s Word from the pulpit.  I was born again at age three, but  I don’t remember anyone teaching about Holy Spirit.  The only time He was mentioned was when the Trinity was mentioned:  Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  That is how I remember Him as a child. 

A Rose of Beauty

I recently experienced the most wonderful, unexpected blessing. To my surprise, my rose bush bloomed. I thought the bush was dead since I neglected it for so long. Usually, if I am lucky enough, it will bloom one rose if it blooms at all. This year was different for some reason. It produced several beautiful, orange roses. They were not very big, but I was excited to see them bloom anyway. I really wanted to share their beauty with someone who needed cheering up for the day. "But, who Lord?" I spoke silently to myself. I really had no idea with whom to share it.