Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October 2017 Thank You!

Dear Foothills Family,

There are so many things I wish I could tell you about the great work God is doing at the Center. His good and faithful ways are on display each and everyday as our staff and volunteers work to bring the hope of Jesus to those who are far from Him.

During the month of September, we had one of our two volunteer training events. These are designed to keep our volunteers up to date on changes at the Center and to provide refreshers in client care techniques. I love being with our volunteers and seeing their willingness to serve additional hours for training.

In addition to sharing the training updates, I have the opportunity to share my heart for the truth found in God’s word. To be honest, I live to see the transformation it brings to the lives of our clients. From those who are incarcerated at the Oconee County Detention Center to the ones that are prisoners of their own destructive thoughts… God is able! He is able to set the captives free and to make the blind see. What a mighty, majestic Savior we serve.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Heb 4:12 ESV

Serving a God who is living and active gives me great hope, not just for our clients but for myself as well. His active word never fails to carve out the dead parts of our hearts, in fact, that’s what He does best. He takes dead things and gives them life.

Your gift to the Care Center is used to help bring new life to dead things. It makes strong the weak and gives encouragement to the downtrodden. Your gift provides hope and inspires change in the lives of young men and women. Most importantly, your gift allows the unborn to speak through the science of an ultrasound.

Words cannot express the deep thankfulness we feel toward you and your willingness to support the Center.

Kelly Ross, CEO

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Kingdom of God is like…

The Kingdom of God is like…

Over the last two plus months I have talked about 3 general orders believers are given, or at least the top 3 God has given to me. Today, I will shift the tide and begin to look at the subject of our orders, The Kingdom of God.

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Matt 13:44

Here are a few thoughts on this one verse about the Kingdom:

  • The field is in plain view...it’s the treasure that’s hidden.
    • I wonder how many others walked past that field, but never saw the reason to stop. Maybe they were in a hurry or their minds were full of all the talks they needed to accomplish.
    • I also wonder where the treasure was hidden. Was it just laying on the ground? Was it buried? Was it in a tree or behind a bush?
    • This story reminds me of the pictures which are used to make another picture (I think they are called hidden images). The real image was there all along, plain as day, but sometimes you must take time to see it.
  • The man who found it, covered it up… When we treasure something, it is worth protecting. This can be said for many things in life, including our families or the lives of unborn babies. When we find the value, we are willing to protect it.
  • Then in his joy… What a great treasure he found. To be joyful in selling all he has.
    • We are not told how much he had, how long it took him to sell it or how much he got for it. We are simply told he sold it all because of the joy for the treasure he found.
  • So, what can we learn from this? The Kingdom of God is exceptional and will require us to sacrifice some, if not all of our earthly desires, in order to truly experience its power.
  • During your personal Pit Time today, spend some time thinking about the joy of finding the Kingdom!

Our Third General Order Part 3

Our Third General Order Part 3

Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek you first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”

In a previous post we discussed the general principle of “seek first”. This idea can and should be of great importance, but we always need to make sure we are seeking the right thing first. In this text Jesus says to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Thus giving us a pretty clear picture of the direction of His desire.

As I pondered over this passage, I kept thinking, what did Jesus’ audience think when He talked about His Kingdom. Where did they think it was, what did they think it looked like and how would they know when they found it. In many ways, we are still like the original audience of Jesus. However, we have the valuable tool of the written Word to guide us through this subject.
The Kingdom of God is referred to over 68 times, all in the new testament … this is a phrase is used as a parable, as a direction and in correction. Next week I will break down one of the Kingdom parables, but for today, I want you to spend your Pit Time, describing your view of the kingdom of God.

The kingdom of God is like…..