NOTE FROM LES
We just returned from Florida, where we shared the word almost every day for two weeks. It was encouraging to see so many younger people in attendance and we were thrilled to meet several families personally who watch the program daily as part of their home-schooling. By the time you get this letter, we will have spent a few days at home and then gone on to Chippewa Falls Wisconsin to participate in teaching at a weekend retreat there.Many of you have asked about how the cattle coped with the ice storm that we had in January. Since they had not started calving yet and it was not too cold, about 29 degrees with very little wind, it did not seem to bother them much at all. However, we were without phone and electricity for eight days which meant the office was shut down and the girls got way behind. Everything is looking up now and Greg is busy with the ranch from morning to evening with new baby calves arriving daily. We continue to praise the Lord for your prayers and faithful financial support.
The following is a catchy tune that folks have been singing at the Oceola Retreat for several years now. Bob Juneau wrote it for Les and we thought it would be fun to share a couple of verses with you.
Heís out on his tractor for most of the day cutting and baling the hay;
Still finding time to take our calls, our letters he reads every day;
Will there be critters in heaven one day, I donít think itís possible;
For cows to get saved, though I know of a few that can probably recite the gospel.
What does the book say -What is it saying to me;
What does the book say - This is the key......Itís settled for me.
NOTE FROM LAURA:
As most of you know, I am Lesís daughter and I was the office manager until September 20th of 2004, when I was thrown from a horse into a fence and broke my neck. I am now quadriplegic and I have had several callers ask me if I get angry with God. I can honestly say that I have had a wide gamut of emotions, but anger with God has not been one of them. How could I be angry with God? It is not God who brings about the bad things that this world has to offer. Satan is the prince of this world and always is the one who is to blame. Yet I realize that God allows things to happen (as we see in the book of Job) and we also know that God has a reason for everything that happens in the life of one of his children. I have to feel that for some reason that I do not understand, God knew I could bring more glory to him by being in a wheelchair than by being normal. Of course I feel like I am not doing near the work for God that I was doing before, but once again, Isaiah 55:8 and 9 comes to mind, that His thoughts and ways are higher than ours. We cannot understand the mind of God, nor do I think we should even attempt to. As His children, we should be able to have the peace that passes understanding and rest on the knowledge that this life is but an eyewink compared to eternity. In honesty, yes, some days I get kind of down in the dumps, but when I stop and think about all the good things to be thankful for and most especially that I have a God who made my salvation sure and that I have the hope of the rapture; that is usually enough to help me get my priorities straightened out. I have so much to be thankful for and Iím so happy that I can help, even though in a limited capacity, with the ministry. I enjoy answering the phone and staying involved in Godís work. I appreciate everyoneís prayers and ask that you continue to keep me and my family in them.
NOTE FROM THE OFFICE:
First we would like to thank everyone for their patience with us during and after the January ice storm that put the office out of commission for an entire week. Lingering problems with the telephone may also have been a hindrance to some of you in trying to call in orders or questions, and we apologize for any problems this may have caused. We realize it is also sometimes an exercise in patience in trying to reach Les with a Bible question or comment, occasionally taking several tries. Les and Iris have been traveling and they work very hard when they come back home to return phone calls as well as catch up on their mail. I think most of you would be amazed to know how many hours of Les and Irisís day are spent at these tasks.
QUESTION / ANSWER
Question: We have had numerous people continue to ask about the Sabbath, so we are doing a reprint in response to the question, ďDoes God require us to keep the Sabbath?Ē Answer: In the beginning, after 6 days of creating and bringing Adam on the scene, God rested the 7th day.There is nothing in scripture to indicate that Adam, or anyone else, kept the Sabbath. It was never mentioned until God gave it to Israel as part of the Covenant of Law. Then, it was to be a day of rest for man and beast alike.It was a sign between God and Israel (Exodus 31:12-17). Since we are under Grace and not Law, the Sabbath Day has no place in our experience. It, with all the other ordinances and laws, was crucified with Christ. (Colossians 2:14)Never was the Sabbath changed to Sunday. The first day is never called the Sabbath. It was merely the day, in view of the resurrection, that the early church came together. (I Corinthians 16:2 and Acts 20:7)Romans 14:5 and 6 make it plain that no one day is to be above any other. But, our Lord is our all-in-all, seven days a week, not just one. (Colossians 2:16 & 17)
ATTENTION CABLE AND DIRECT TV VIEWERS
Cable viewers look for ďThrough the Bible with Les FeldickĒ on your ion (formerly PAX) station Monday through Friday. Check your local listing for the channel at the following times: 7:30 a.m. Eastern and Central and 6:30 a.m. Mountain and Pacific.
Direct TV subscribers will find Les on ion channel 255 Monday through Friday at the following times: 7:30 a.m. Eastern, 6:30 a.m. Central, 5:30 a.m. Mountain, and 4:30 a.m. Pacific.
The current program will air on Direct TV WHT channel 321 Sundays at 12:30 am Eastern and Saturday at 11:30 pm Central, 10:30 Mountain, and 9:30 Pacific time.
redemption: The process of buying back something lost. Paying the price. We are redeemed by His blood.
justification: God declaring us just as if we had never sinned when we believe the gospel.
election: Godís foreknowing that we would become a believer. I Peter 1: 1&2
faith: Taking God at his word. Believing what he has said.
love: Seeking anotherís highest good.
grace: Unmerited favor. Everything that needed to be done was done on our behalf.
sin: The inherited nature from Adam.
sins: The acts. Transgressing, missing the mark.
propitiation: The sacrifice plus the place of sacrifice. So everything in the tabernacle was a picture of Christ.
* Local Class Notes: *
There will no longer be a McAlester class.
For those of you who are conducting Home Bible Studies, donít forget the refreshments. It will make a real difference!
Hereís an easy three point recipe that Iris has used many times for class. Itís always popular and goes great with coffee. YUM YUM
1 - 12 oz. package of chocolate chips (melted in micowave.)
1 - Large package of Chow Mien Noodles.
1 - cup of Spanish peanuts.
Mix noodles and peanuts into melted chocolate. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper and refrigerate until solid. Remove from paper and serve. Extras can be stored in airtight container.
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