MONTHLY UPDATE AND MESSAGE

Corinthians First 13 – TRUE LOVE

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Greetings in the Glorious Name of JESUS. He is Alive and Well and Actively Pursuing His own Great Commission—through His committed people. It is an incredible privilege and joy to be a part of His Great Commission Army, reaching out to “all ethnic groups” (all nations) to “make disciples, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, teaching them to obey all things He commanded us”, and then to experience the fulfilment of His Promise, “and lo, I am with you all the days, even unto the end of the age.”

I have just returned from the beautiful territory of Greenville, South Carolina, where I spent most of six days with Pastor Ben Hill (and his lovely wife Debbie) in the splendid fellowship of Standing Springs Baptist Church of Simpsonville. It was a great time of reunion for me and the Hill pastoral team. I have enjoyed fellowship with them and have worked in the “yoke” of Christian service numerous times in the past, and last week renewed our acquaintance and the mutual ministries and service we have shared. The corporate fellowship and atmosphere of the church were overwhelmingly full of the Holy Spirit, and the services were especially anointed of the Holy Spirit. The quality of attentiveness and listening was acute, and the work of the Holy Spirit was almost palpable among us, and especially in my heart. I had a really great time preaching and ministering under the Direct Guidance of the Holy Spirit and under His Smile all week long. This is a kind of “Heaven on earth” when that occurs. It is extremely satisfying and gratifying.

I had a remarkably free and productive time preaching on: Walking With God (Genesis 5:21-24); Turning a Pot of Oil into an Oil Well (II Kings 4:1-7); A Withered Hand—or Heart—Made Whole (Mark 3:1-8); Christianity Condensed (Philippians 1:21); and Out of the Mire Into the Choir (Psalm 40:1-3). Many great personal responses were made to the messages, both in the church building and outside of it. Also, correspondence has already begun by internet, with a few of the people ordering books by a “church order” or thru our website on the internet. I only took a few of the many books I have in print to the meeting, and they were all sold out at first mention.

Friends, the fellowship of believers on earth should be a harbinger and foretaste of the fellowship of believers in Heaven (do yourself a great favor and read Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-29). Well, we received a “foretaste” like week, and sure enough, it has given an insatiable “taste for” more! I was thrilled to be at The Well pumping and pouring out the Water of Life, so I got well-saturated with it myself. Or, if you please, I was breaking and passing the Bread of Life, and had a feast on the Gourmet Bread of Heaven! “Bread of Heaven, feed me ‘til I want no more!”

Meanwhile, back down to the inanities and insanities of Planet Earth (: <)). This month’s message is a simple reciting of the Love Song of I Corinthians 13. The story of the Love of God, “the TRUE LOVE of the Universe”, always quickens my heart to catch and match HIS PULSEBEAT, and I pray it will do the same for you.

Be Blessed!

In the “Cross-ties”,
Herb Hodges
Spiritual Life Ministries
2916 Old Elm Lane
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 758-2777
herbslm@mindspring.com
www.herbhodges.com

PS – A friend suggested that we send the message in PDF format so that everyone could open it, so I have attached the message in PDF.

May 2015

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Dear Friends

Greetings in the Grand Name of Jesus.  Indeed, in the Name of God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  I pray that you are well and happy in the Lord, and seeing the “much fruit” level of an abiding walk in/with Christ.

Recent years have slowly refined and redefined the word “busy” for me.  Earlier, and for many years, “busy” meant to be on-the-go, on-the-move, always mobilizing a heavy schedule, or “scheduling a heavy mobilization.”  Now, “busy” means more of a stay-at-home and be-ready lifestyle, or a short-trip mobility with heavy daily assignments in scheduled conferences or in short-stay stops along the route.  The “busy” at home means always prayerful, always studious, always prepping, always writing (and typing), always answering correspondence, always responding to requests from many pastors and leaders over the world,  and regularly teaching groups of men who come to my home for teaching sessions on Gospel Truth, Biblical texts (both long and short), with technical devotional details in every study, etc., etc.  Someone defined the typical Western-world rat-race as “hurry, scurry, flurry, worry, and BURY” (:< ))   <><     I think the key is to be sure that you are always “running with endurance THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE YOU” (Hebrews 12:1). The Christian life must be recognized to be an ACTIVE, AGGRESSIVE life, always facing the FINISH LINE, and following ONE INSPIRATION POINT (PERSON), “looking unto Jesus (actually the word “looking” is aphorao, which is “looking away from everything else unto Jesus), the Architect and Perfector of our faith”.  The gratifying result is to watch the many “equipped” men who are streaming out to the ends of the earth to make Jesus and His Strategy of Total World Impact “HAPPEN” everywhere they go.  After an early morning meeting in my home (5—6:45 a.m.) this morning, one of the disciple/disciplers, who is indeed impacting the world from distant “beachheads” in far countries, told me of yet another long trip coming soon to initiate a local burgeoning disciple-making movement on national soil there.  My heart rises in praise each time to think of this Army of men who are going, going, going, and always doing the same thing on the far-away turf when they arrive.

This month’s message “The Everlasting Gospel” is from Revelation 14:6.

May God continue to give each of you the desire of your heart as you CONTINUE TO DELIGHT IN HIM (Psalm 37:4).

Herb Hodges

Spiritual Life Ministries

2916 Old Elm Lane

Germantown, TN 38138

901 758 2777

herbslm@mindspring.com

www.herbhodges.com

 

March 2015

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Jeremiah 08 20-22

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Grace and peace be to you in the Name of God our Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. What a Christian banner is raised by that greeting—an address to members of the Forever Family of God, the “Name” which represents the Character and Conduct of our God, and the greatest reminder of all, that of our blessed Savior, Who is LORD (Master), Jesus (Mediator), and Christ (Messiah).

I have rehearsed and recited His Glory several times recently, using especially the “first chapter” documents of the New Testament—Matthew 1:18-25, Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:1-4 (one of the classic introductory passages in the New Testament), John 1:1-4, 14-18 (another of the same), Acts 1:9-11, Romans 1:1-5; I Corinthians 1:26-31, II Corinthians 1:18-22, Galatians 1:3-5; Ephesians 1:1-3; Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:13-14; I Thessalonians 1:5-8, etc. Those verses alone are enough to drown your heart in the Blood-bath of Calvary and in the Ocean of God’s Love and Grace. Every time I swim in the riches of those verses, I want to emerge with a “Hallelujah” shout of praise to our great God and His Great Son.

You, like me and my house, have been surviving the relative deep-freeze of the recent blast of winter weather which has gripped our neck of the woods. I was on a trip for an intended conference in Crossville, Tennessee, Feb 20-22, but it was abbreviated by a covering of heavy snow and power outages. Due to some closed highways we scooted South nearly an hour and a half out of the way in order to make it back to Memphis. We had a blessed and anointed time in Crossville, though we only had one teaching session in the conference itself. However, the Holy Spirit did His usual wonderful work in maximizing that one service with a load of His Blessed Truth unloaded onto/into many ready and eager hearts. I have always said that the spiritual condition of the audience controls a service more than the preaching and/or ability of the speaker, and the audience in this case drew “the best out of us.” We had great team camaraderie as we drove to and from Crossville, and as we met with dear friends there, notably with the family we stayed with while there, the Bill Selecman family (the parents of my dear brother in Christ, J.B. Selecman). I cite Philippians 1:3 as my appreciation for them: “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.”

For almost the whole month of February I have been sick with head and chest congestion, sore throat, cough, sneezing, running nose, etc., etc. I think the last time I met with any of my disciples that come to the house was Feb 9. The title of the attached message for this month is “A Clean Bill of Health” so it has “special meaning” to me. Ha-Ha!

Herb Hodges
Spiritual Life Ministries
2916 Old Elm Lane
Germantown, TN 38138
(901) 758-2777
herbslm@mindspring.com
www.herbhodges.com