Wow, 2012 has gone by in a flash. So much has taken place this year for Renewed Heart Ministries. This year, during the holiday season, I want to stop and simply say “Thank you!” to you, our supporters, for making 2012 the best year yet for RHM!
Here is a sampling of just some of the highlights of this year that I am especially excited about:
First, at the top of my list for 2012 is the creation of our new HeartGroups. HeartGroups are home gatherings patterned after the open, mutually participatory nature of the New Testament gatherings where we can share life together, putting on display the beauty of who God is to the world around us. The aim of a HeartGroup is to provide an environment marked by mutual love, mutual fellowship, mutual dependence, mutual honor, mutual submission, mutual dwelling, and authentic community.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in please check it out at:
And for more information on what a HeartGroup is and what it is not, please see the eSight series on our website published between the dates October 9, 2012 and November 30, 2012 (https://renewedheartministries.com/Esights).
In addition to the eSight series on HeartGroups, there are also two more eSight series from 2012 I want to point out. Both were pivotal this year for us as a ministry and I believe that if you have not read them already, they will both be a tremendous blessing to you as this year comes to a close.
The first is the “Christus Victor” series published between the dates February 22, 2012 and March 12, 2012
The second is the eleven-part series on the peace teachings of Jesus entitled “The Active Non-violence of Jesus.” These were published between the dates May 27, 2012 and October 3, 2012.
New Online Series!
Also, this year we published a few new series that we are now offering for free download on RHM’s website. Included in these are the three presentations I had the privilege of giving on the campus of Princeton University. You can find them at the following links:
By love is love awakened. That the world might be won back to God, the deceptive power of the lies surrounding His character had to be broken. This could not be done by force. The exercise of force is contrary to the principles of God’s kingdom. He desires only the service of love and love cannot be commanded. It cannot be won by force or authority. Only by love is love awakened. His character must be manifested. Only one being in all the universe could do this work. Only He who knew the height and depth of the love of God could make it known. Only one could say, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father” (John 14:9). When we begin to see God through the radical lens of Jesus Christ, not only does love begin to define and shape everything we believe, but it also revolutionizes all the ways we relate to others in our daily lives, even our enemies. Love is more than a concept. It’s a way of life. And only by love is love awakened (Ephesians 5:1,2; 1 John 4:19).
Forgive Us Our Trespasses:
Some of the most significant, relationally inhibiting misconceptions of God in our modern culture are the misunderstandings that surround the subject of divine forgiveness. We relate to God and to others the way we, in our hearts, perceive God relates to us. Does God really withhold forgiveness until we apologize? Which comes first, repentance and confession or forgiveness? Does a loving God require us to ask Him before He’ll forgive? How can God require us to forgive those who have wronged us, even those who have never asked to be forgiven, if He Himself doesn’t even give blanket forgiveness to everyone, too? What does forgiveness even mean? When we place the transparency of the life of Jesus over these questions, a new dimension to our understanding begins to emerge. Did Jesus really mean, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father” and what does this mean when we apply it to what we believe about God’s forgiveness? If you have ever wrestled with truly feeling that you are forgiven, this series is for you. If you have ever wrestled with truly forgiving others who have hurt you, this series is for you too. Have your heart set free, as you encounter God and experience His radical, self-sacrificial, other-centered forgiveness as you never have before. Experience the difference it makes when we embrace the truth that Jesus is the exact “Image” of what God is like, especially in relation to divine forgiveness (Hebrews 1:1-3; John 1:18; Matthew 5:44,45).
The NEW Life Unlimited Series:
In today’s Western individualistic culture, many seek to get worth, value, identity, and security from their success, social strata, possessions, sex appeal, and for some, even their religion. Sadly, for many, it’s an endless pursuit of always feeling “hungry.” Life Unlimited gets us back in touch with our original center for worth, value, fulfillment, and meaning through rediscovering God’s character of love through the lens of Jesus. This series is truly life transforming. Thousands have shared that their lives became dramatically revolutionized as they began to encounter God as they never had before.
In 2013, we are hitting the ground running with lots of travel, seminars, projects, and events. 2013 is already shaping up to look like a pretty exciting year! Also, we have a new “sharing book” coming out, published by the Review and Herald, in the fall of 2013. We’ll keep you posted on all the details as the fall draws closer.
Thank you for your continued support of Renewed Heart Ministries as we partner together to put on display the radical, other-centered, self-sacrificial, indiscriminant, love of God as seen in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, reproduced once again in the communal lives of His followers, as we proclaim, in relationally responsible, intellectually honest, and culturally relevant ways the last message of mercy to our world today: the revelation of God’s character of love.