February 13th, 2018 — IGNITE

I don’t know who this is in reference to, but somebody reading this, woke up this morning, and you’re at your wits end and even thinking about doing some things you wouldn’t normally do. Everything has gone haywire in your life, and right now you don’t know if you’re coming or you’re going. You don’t know if you should sit down or stand up… if you should speak up or remain silent. You’ve tried to make sense of everything that’s happening, but you just can’t. And it seems like the more you try, the more broken you feel. Your marriage isn’t going right… your children are acting up… that sickness just won’t let you go… your behind your bills… your coworkers are trying you and you know your just one word away from losing it. At times, it feels like you’re losing your mind. But you’re not!

Friend, by God’s providence, I showed up just in time. You opened your email and this message just came. You just got a notification on FaceBook that I just put a new message up and I’m here to tell you: there’s a breaking process that needs to occur. I know we don’t like it or even want to hear it, but things breaking is part of the process and the preparation. If you don’t believe me, just open your Bible and read it. You see, whenever Jesus prepared to bless a hungry multitude it says, “When He had given thanks, He broke it.” You don’t have to believe me, look for yourself. It’s in 1 Corinthians 11:24, Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:22, Luke 22:19 (all the Last Supper), Matthew 14:19 (when He fed the 5000+) and Matthew 15:36 (when He fed the 4000+).

Do you see the process. God is preparing you. First, He blesses you, then He breaks you and finally He uses you. Breaking is part of the process of preparation.

Now, I don’t know what you are being prepared for, but I can pretty much tell you that it’s about to bless a multitude of people but you’ll have to make it past the breaking point. Yeah, God is preparing you for the masses but you have to endure the breaking. God is about to use the gift He’s placed in you, but you have to outlast the breaking.

Okay, you’ve lost some stuff… some relationships have ended… you’ve received some declines… invitations have stopped coming in… and you phone has stopped ringing. It’s all part of the process of preparation. And God only puts you through the process of preparation in order for you to then profit off the pieces left over and gathered into the basket. Which means, in order to receive the profit coming you have to make it through the breaking first.

How do I know that to be true. Because the Bible says…
“And they all ate, and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full.” Matthew 15:37

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I know you’re being broken right now… but it’s just in preparation for what’s about to come! You can do it! You’re never alone!

Father,
A broken and contrite heart You will not despise. Bless me, break me, use me. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen

February 12th, 2018 — IGNITE

We have in my family that which we call “The Marxhausen Exaggeration.” My whole family has got this genetic code which they got from my bride and I. My bride would probably tell you that her exaggeration trait was not in her genetic code, but a learned behavior she got from me. Either way, it was passed down from our oldest to our youngest and I’m suspecting even my grandchildren will carry this peculiarity.

Simply described this “Marxhausen Exaggeration” is taking something so minuscule and insignificant and blowing it up into magnificent proportions. In other words, we have this uncanny way of fabricating any situation, any story, into something that is totally distorted, inflated, overdone and overdrawn. What can I say… it’s a gift. It generally works on everyone else, but within our own ranks it’s not very effective.

Why do I tell you this little family secret? Because I found someone in the Bible who also possessed this gift. His name was Aaron. He was the brother to Moses. There was a time that Moses was up on top of the mountain in the presence of God for an extended period of time. The people of Israel became restless and demanded that Aaron make for them a god they could worship.

So Aaron had all the people bring their gold ornaments and jewelry. He melted all the gold down and then we’re told he…
“… fashioned it with a graving tool, and made it into a molten calf…” Exodus 32:4

The people were elated and started worshipping this inanimate object, much to the displeasure of God. God sent Moses down from the mountain to handle the situation and when Moses arrived he was furious. He questioned his brother Aaron as to whatever would possess him to do such a thing.

Aaron’s answer was pretty straightforward at first. He reminded Moses how obstinate the people of Israel were and that they were “prone to evil” (Exodus 32:2). He even told Moses how the people asked for a god to worship and how he had told them to bring all their gold to him. But the real problem came when Aaron expanded his story to utter these words…

“So they gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and out came this calf.” Exodus 32:24

Can you almost hear Moses? “So, let me see if I really get this. The people wanted a god, so you told them to bring all their gold to you. You threw it into the fire and melted it down and “wallah” out came a golden calf. Can I just tell you, I may have been born at night, but not last night.”

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: There’s no hiding anything from God. Telling the truth to Him is of great importance. Don’t exaggerate your sin. Come clean and let Him totally cleanse you, forgive you and restore you. That my friends, is not an exaggeration.

Father,
Make us whole again. In Jesus name we ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen

February Prayer from Wendy Showalter President of National Secratariat for Via de Cristo

 

May you allow Jesus to lead you to edges of your comfort zone and give you a fresh vision for where He’s taking you.

May you put everything on the table and give Him permission to rearrange your life.

May you dare to open your hands, look up and breathe a prayer of thanks right in the midst of this uncertain time – knowing that He’s far kinder than you can fathom and far greater than you ever imagined.

Can you sense Jesus’ invitation to join Him on this adventure of faith? Will you trust Him?

Choose joy this day. God wants to do a deep and profound work in and through you!

Your security is found in HIM!

Love and joy from your fellow servant in Minnesota

Wendy Showalter

NLS Board President

February 9th, 2018 — gnite


Trusting God isn’t always as easy as it sounds. I mean, it’s actually very easy to say, but once you start walking in the direction He wants to you go, there are always some pretty intense moments. At least that’s been my experience. I say I trust God, but when the storms start raging and my boat starts filling up with water, I’m not always as trusting as I should be.

But I’ve got to tell you, sometimes you have to leave what you know in order to grow. About year ago, I started praying and asking God what He wanted me to do with this life He gave me and where He wanted me to go. It took many months for me to get the answer. I tell you that because maybe, just maybe, your in the same place today I was in a year ago and you need to read this.

This is for you who’s about to give up and quit because you’re tired of being denied and rejected. This is for you who’s about to throw in the towel and not apply for that job. This is for you who’s about to give up on relocating because you’re just not certain. This is for you who’s afraid to submit the resume because you think you’re too old or unqualified. This is for you who won’t go back to school because you don’t think you can afford it. This is for you who wants to just walk out of that relationship because you think it’s over.

Can I tell you, at this very moment, God is getting ready to shift some things around in your life, behind the scenes. He’s about to alter the acoustic sound of your ministry and it’s going to blow some people’s minds. He’s getting ready to elevate some people who no one has ever heard of. And He’s already prepared the details to ensure that your name is spelled right.

All you have to do is move when God says move. Stop explaining why you quit your job, they won’t understand anyway. Stop clarifying why you’re doing what your doing when it doesn’t look like anything to anyone else. Quit trying to get people to understand the vision God gave you. MOVE! You owe nobody a reason for the anointing when they didn’t give it to you.

Here’s what the Word says…
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Trust God and move. If anyone would have told me ten years ago, I’d be where I am today, I probably wouldn’t have believed them. But when God told me it was time to move from the parish ministry to missionary ministry, He left me very few options. Was it easy? Actually, when I got my mind wrapped around it, yes!

Now, I’m not sharing this for somebody to get up and make a drastic life change immediately. However, I am telling you to move when God says move! This move, whatever it is to whereever it is – God has a purpose for it. Plus, you cant’ grow in a place you’ve outgrown, nor can you expand in an area with limitations. Move with God and when God says.

Father,
I’ll move when You tell me where to go! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen

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Live From The Field

Well, it’s been awhile, but I’m back. The last time I wrote to you, I was sitting in the Brisbane, Australia International Airport on my way to Papua New Guinea. I just returned last night from a three week stay there. I thought maybe today I’d tell you a few things about that trip because of what I read in my Bible this morning. Here it is…

“Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones, and give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning… That my soul may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to Thee forever.” Psalm 30:4-5, 12 NASB

I started my trip with some pastors and leaders of Via de Cristo (www.viadecristo.org) in Goroka, in the Eastern Highlands. We planned, prepared, taught and visioned for a refreshed new start to this wonderful ministry. Each night I taught a Bible for a couple of hundred people on “God’s Liberating Grace” using the book of Jonah as our baseline. It was a wonderful time.

Then I made my way back to a village in the mountains of Jiwaka province, called Nondugal. There is a pastoral training center there that I used for a base to train, equip, and encourage pastors from the Jiwaka and Chimbu provinces. I had created teaching materials which I call, Solid Ground, which are 13 elementary teachings of scripture, to give to these pastors, none of which have ever had the opportunity to attend a Bible College or Seminary, but each who have been called by God to serve Him and the people of their villages. We were blessed to have about 80 pastors join in.

After a week of training, I then traveled to the Western Highlands of PNG, and to my home base of many years, Kagamuga. There we did the same things as in Nondugal, using the elementary teachings of Solid Ground to inspire and enlighten the pastors. Another 40 pastors attended there. All in all, it was a blessed trip. They were richly blessed in the study of God’s Word and I was blessed to be in a position to bring it to them.

Plans are now underway to return this Fall to continue to teach Solid Ground to those pastors who did not attend this last visitation and to provide Higher Ground for the pastors who did.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I had no idea how any of this was going to turn out, but simply walked by faith, knowing God had a bigger and better plan. He deserves all my praise. He has a bigger and better plan for you too. Trust Him today. Walk by faith and give a shout of joy in the morning!

Father,
I praise You for life, love, and joy in the morning. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen