Friday, September 24, 2010

Rich's Fundraising Effort: Pocket Testament League

The easy way to share your faith on the golf course.


On September 27, 2010 I will be participating in the 3rd annual 100 Hole Golf Marathon for The Pocket Testament League. I am doing this because I believe in the power of God’s Word and how the Pocket Testament League is helping to distribute the Gospel of John to its Membership of over 230,000 people who have committed to Read, Carry and Share the Gospel of John on a daily basis.

The Pocket Testament League has been helping followers of Christ develop a lifestyle of sharing their faith on a daily basis since 1893. Currently the vision of the League is to build the largest, most effective and cost-efficient force for one-on-one evangelism in the history of the World. Last year, members of the League were able to share the good news of Jesus with just under one million people!

Contributions are tax-deductible. Simply mark the appropriate box below:

___$1.00 per hole ____$3.00 per hole _____$5.00 per hole

_____$10.00/ hole Other_________ (write in)

You can send a check made payable to: The Pocket Testament League and mail to the address below:

Rich Bradford

Bradford & Bradford, P.A.

150 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Suite 196

Brandon, FL 33511

OR

Click here to make your payment online: http://www.pocketpower.org/appeal/1009-APP/GOLF-FL

Make sure you click “Donate Now” with your amount and then enter 1009-APP/GOLF-FL in the Offer Code

OR

You can send a reply email stating your pledge amount to: rich@bradfordfirm.com or fsusma@verizon.net

I want to personally thank you for the friendship we have. Any support will be greatly appreciated as I know this may have been a difficult year for some.

Rich

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I Will Help You

I Will Help You

See, I am concerned for you and I will come to help you. Ezekiel 36:9

The children of Israel were struggling. They were conquered by a vicious enemy. Their families were torn apart. Many lives were lost, as well as their homes and property. The majority of them were living in exile in a foreign land. In shock, they wondered about their future.

The Lord speaks, through the prophet Ezekiel. The chapters leading to thirty six paint a dark picture. Yet, there is hope. The Lord knows they are suffering. He is aware of their hard times. In response, to their suffering, he lets them know that he is concerned. The God who created the universe, who holds everything together, is concerned about the children of Israel. He feels this way because he truly loves his children. As such, he will pour his love out on his children.

Similar to the time, many generations prior to Ezekiel, the Lord heard the cries of the children and he gave them Moses to deliver them from bondage at the hands of the Egyptians. In the text, the promise is similar. He says he is concerned for them and he will come to help them. He does the same today. We are reminded that to those who received Him [Jesus] to those who believe in His name, He gives the right to become children of God. John 1:12. Then the gospel of Matthew finishes with a promise stating that [He] will be with us always. Matt. 28:20.

Even in the midst of trouble and calamity, we can turn to the Lord for strength and encouragement. He promises to express his concern for us and to come to help us. Lord, thank you for your many promises. Thank you for being with us now, and through the end of this age. Help me to love you more with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. In Jesus name.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Devotional on Revival

The following is not my work. It came from my friend's mentor, whom we know as Papa Roy.



A Touch of Encouragement-REVIVAL! It Can Happen Again!

God desires to wonderfully revive and equip His church today.
Therefore it is our goal to challenge God's people about the spiritual value of child-like faith, deep humility and united prayer as the essential elements in preparing our hearts to experience God's reviving presence. God delights to use the faith-filled prayers of frail and needy people to birth great things into the earth. Remember, the strategy of prayer is God's sovereign design and not the human efforts of overly ambitious men. The inspired Word of God repeatedly exhorts us to pray in cooperation with God's kingdom purposes. (D. Smithers)
Return, we beseech You, O God of hosts; look down from heaven and see, and visit this vine. (Psalm 80:14)
This psalm most likely represents the prayer of a man in the Southern Kingdom for his alienated brothers in the north. He sets aside tribal rivalries and prays earnestly for God to take care of those who are perishing because of the enemy. When revival comes, God's people set aside petty differences and love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. We do not set aside the essentials of the gospel, such as justification by faith alone in Christ alone. But we set aside our pride over being right on minor points of doctrine and practice. Genuine unity glorifies God. (S. J. Cole)

God will never leave you, but there are times when He may need to withhold His power and blessing because of sin in your life. Are you in need of God's restoration? He hears the prayer of revival. Ask Him to clean your heart.
.Depending on His grace.
Papa Roy ><> ><> ><>
August 21, 2010
In God we trust