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June News 2011

"And it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." - Isaiah 65:24

Welcome to the OOTP newsletter for June.

I want to share with you a story that happened to my mum last weekend.  Her church was collecting socks for the homeless, to keep their feet warm in the winter.  She was at her local fresh food markets, when she passed by a small cheap clothing shop.  Her attention was drawn to socks on sale - 3 pairs for $10.  So Mum went in a bought some socks, and the lady behind the counter said thank you, and hope they keep your feet warm.  Mum said, "Well, actually they are for the homeless, not for me."  The store owner then went out from behind the counter, got a plastic shopping bag, and filled it to the brim with socks.  "There," she said, "take these too."  This was a tiny clothing store, which must operate on very small profit margins.  What a wonderful display of generosity to fill a bag full of socks for the homeless this winter.

As God has been generous to us though the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, so I pray that we all can be generous to those around us in our lives, and share what we have been given.  Whether we are generous with our money, time or worldly good, let us all do it with thanksgiving and an overflowing heart.

Until next month,

The Hot Water Bottle
Some of you may have heard this story before, but I read it for the first time this week.  It is a beautiful story of the power of prayer, and how often we doubt God.  We know he CAN do all things, we know he can answer any prayer.  But do we believe this, truly?

This story is written by Helen Roseveare, and is taken from her book, "Living Faith." Read it here.
golden nugget Bible Nugget

You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain.  You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shot, lift it up and do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!" Isiah 40:9

Our knowledge of Christ is somewhat like climbing a mountain.  When you are at the base you see only a little.  The mountain appears, but only half as high as it really is.  Climbing a little way up, and you see the country spanning out below you, you are amazed and the wide surrounds.  Climb further, and the scene enlarges, until at last, you are on the summit and east, west, north and south, you see all lying before you!  The view is amazing, and you say to yourself, "I could not have imagined that so much could be seen at this elevation."

The Christian life is the same.  When we first believe in Christ, we see but little of him.  The higher we climb, the more we discover His beauties and wonders.  But who has ever gained the summit?  Who has known the heights and depths of the love of Christ which passes all knowledge? Paul, when grown old, sitting grey-haired, shivering in a dungeon in Rome, could say "I know whom I have believed".  Each experience that we have with God, each trial is like ascending another summit, and his death seemed like gaining the top of the mountain, from which he could see the whole of the faithfulness and love of God.  

Thank God for:

  • His generosity to us in the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ
  • The generosity of those who have, to those who don't.
  • That He knows what we need before we even ask
  • That He answers our prayers
  • That we can have a relationship with God, through Jesus
Please Pray for:
  • All of us to have a generous, Christ-like spirit
  • Trust in God that he will provide
  • Perseverance as we climb the mountain towards Jesus
  • The OOTP team
Contact Info

Rosie Da Costa, Editor :: rosie -at- outofthepit.org
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