Fall Semester 2023 begins

Hey Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Well, another summer break has ended. We did get one person baptized and took a short trip to the Ark Encounter & Creation Museum, but otherwise just worked on the house. Seems to have triggered some sciatic nerve pain but otherwise I survived my accomplishments unscathed. I am hoping the pain will lapse for walking around school in a week or so.

I wondered at times this summer if school would start up again. We might have dropped into a world war or a Monkey Pox pandemic. Such fears proved thus far unsubstantiated however. If the dollar buys less, hopefully students will still get more of them and take classes at school so God can lead me to them to hear the Gospel.

The world is full of the cancel culture. But having no Instagram account, nor a presence on Twitter, I have stayed out of trouble. We’ve no January plans to vacation in DC which seems to be a bad month to wander around the Capitol. And you can rest assured Third Watch Ministries still does no political endorsements, so you will not be visited by any Government agency based on our mailing list. But if you are running for office let us know. We’re praying for ya anyway and could use some good peeps at the top, so we’ll ask you get in.

We began praying a while ago that God would be preparing hearts to hear the Gospel at school. Paul writes asking, “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;” [Eph. 3:16,17] It would seem there is a strength given by God to us that He might dwell in us.  Jesus says in John 6:44 “No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.” So, in God’s work of evangelism, we know He must also be preparing the way to hear, drawing people to Himself. We just have to find them, which seems like no small task some days at school. Most kids politely decline to talk about God. Some more than once, and then finally decide to give it a shot saying something like, “I’ve seen you around.” Or “OK, you talked to my friend.” So even days I hope will be rare where there is no one to talk to, maybe someone sees me who, on another day, will hear the word of the Lord. Then as He says through David in Psalm 91 God will, “…let him behold My salvation.”

So, we’d be grateful for your prayers as we’re, “Once more into the breach dear friends, once more” [Henry V, William Shakespeare]. It’s a Spiritual battle after all is it not? But we know as John writes, “…greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”

Thanks for the blessings of your prayers and support.

In Him,       Bob & Ellen