Next week is Valentine’s Day and everyone is thinking about love. My message attached is “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told”. The old adage holds: “The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell.” Anyway, here is another feeble attempt to tell it, and it is my joy and blessing to have struggled again with “the greatest verse in the Bible” to tell The Greatest Love Story Ever Told. As I mention in the message, John 3:16 is both the greatest delight and often the greatest despair of a Christian preacher; a delight in the great story it recounts, a despair in that the preacher feels thoroughly inadequate to address such a magnificent theme. I have several messages which I preach on John 3:16, and always I have these same responses to my assignment.
Please pray for the continuing work of Spiritual Life Ministries—teaching, preaching, Bible conferences, spiritual-life retreats and disciple-making retreats, traveling over the U.S. and outside, writing (which has become a major demand upon my schedule and energy, but which offers an astounding reward for the effort), maintaining duties here in our city and nearby, etc., etc. Just the recounting of all of this nearly takes my breath away. I have always known what “busy” means, but I think the word has reached new heights of demand and delight to me. “We are too soon old and too late smart,” a clever old adage says. I can’t comment much about the “smart” part, though others have their opinions (: <)) – but I am becoming more of an expert every day about the “old” part. “Too soon old” could be echoed by most “old” people, each one wondering “where the time went.” “Time waits on no man—and only fifteen minutes on a woman” (!). Or, as a little frog said gleefully, paraphrasing a quote of human wisdom: “Time sure is fun when you’re having flies!” (: <)) “Time is of the essence….” Whether it is the essence of purpose, of productivity, of fulfillment, of contentment, of ministry, or of responsibility, etc., etc., depends entirely on your stewardship (management) of Time. Ben Franklin said, “If you value life, then you must not squander time, for time is the stuff life is made of.” Every day offers 24 hours of that precious “stuff”, and we must be wise enough to guard the time by giving our lives in a maximum way to God. If I do so, one day I and many others should be very, very glad that I did—and the same is true of you.
March 6-8, 2014 Ruston’s Hope Disciple Conference at Mt Gilead Baptist Church, Hwy 19 S, Griffin, Georgia
For more information see attached documents or contact Ron Cook at 770-468-6606 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
April 4-6, 2014 Linden Valley Disciple Maker’s Retreat, Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center, 1225 Baptist Camp Road, Linden, TN 37096-2622
It is that time of year again to begin registration for the Linden Valley Disciple Maker’s Retreat. God has been doing some exciting things over the past year and many of us have had our worlds completely turned upside down. The days are short before our Lord comes back and we must be fully engaged in His commissioned work. The Disciple Maker’s Retreat is a great time to get refreshed, equipped, connected, and encouraged for the task at hand.
The retreat this year will be April 4-6th. Friday night we will begin with dinner and will dismiss after lunch on Sunday.
This year we will have three tracks. There will be a Women’s, Men’s, and Youth (6th Grade – 18 years old) track available. I want to remind everyone that there is no childcare available. Please do not bring children to the Retreat because we want to limit distractions that may take away from your attention or the attention of others. It’s not that we don’t like kids. We do. We just like them a lot more when they are at home :)
The cost for 2 nights, 6 meals prepared for us on site, and the securing the training rooms is as follows:
· $110 per person for Individual in the Cabin, or $270 per couple for Double occupancy in the Hotel / private room.
Please register on line at www.corbanresourceoutfitters.org (click on the picture of Camp Linden) and pay your full amount by March 21st. If you have questions, please call 931-796-3062. Lisa is handling registration. You can speak with her or you can call Bert Spann at the same number. We look forward to seeing you all at Linden and may God bless you richly until then.
Don’t forget to order my latest book entitled Salvation.
You may order by replying to this e-mail with your mailing address and the number of copies you would like to order or you may order online through my website www.herbhodges.com. The cost is $10.00 plus postage.
Spiritual Life Ministries
2916 Old Elm Lane
Germantown, TN 38138