He Is With You

Has it been a rough week?

Do you need some encouragement?

 

“The One who formed you says,

‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.

I have called you by name; you are Mine.

When you go through deep waters,

I will be with you.

When you go through rivers of difficulty,

you will not drown.

When you walk through the fire of oppression,

you will not be burned up;

the flames will not consume you.

For I am the Lord, your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

Do not me afraid, for I am with you’”

(Isaiah 43:1-3; 5 NLT).

 

My precious Dad entered heaven this week. We had his funeral
service today. He was ready for heaven! And I’m so grateful for the
wonderful spiritual heritage he left me.

 

I’m speaking in Salem, OR this weekend and would appreciate your prayers.

Come Back Home

I had been speaking for about a week and a half and was glad to be home. All was perfect: My two miniature Schnauzers were happy Mama was back and Amos had curled his body into a tight little ball in his doggie bed while Obie was nestled underneath a blanket on my lap as I relaxed and watched a little TV.

When I got up to get some munchies, Obie ran outside. I came back and resumed relaxing thinking he was curled next to Amos. About half an hour later, my doorbell rang. Who could be on my porch at 8 pm? I thought. It was totally dark and cold outside.

I turned on the porch light, opened the door and was greeted by my neighbor and friend Mark who was holding Obie in his arms. What?

Mark laughed and said, “Melissa and I were watching TV and looked up to see Obie staring at us from the patio.”

Obie had dug underneath the fence between our yards and decided to visit the neighbors.

I scooped the little furball into my arms and said, “I didn’t even know he was gone! Thanks so much for bringing him home.”

Allow me to state the obvious: Sometimes we tend to wander spiritually—but it’s such a slight detour that we don’t immediately realize we’re not where we should be.

I’m so thankful for a loving heavenly Father who will scoop us in His arms, invite us in from the cold and bring us right back to where we need to be.

Taking Jesus to Peru

Jesus told us to go into all the world and spread the gospel.

We know this as the Great Commission.

(See Matthew 28:18-20.)

 

Each summer I take people on a two-week international

missions trip so we can do just that! Will you pray about joining me this summer?

 

We’ll be going to Peru.

It’s an amazing trip!

Yes, it’s missions come to life . . .

but it’s also packed with the flavor of

old fashioned revival,

adventure,

and brand-new friendships!

 

The dates are June 26 to July 9, 2017.

(We ask adults to arrive on June 24 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.)

 

What will we do?

We’ll minister to orphans, in schools, do work projects at churches,

set up a medical clinic, and we’ll present the gospel through

a 22-minute pantomime drama.

It’s powerful.

It’s unforgettable.

And it’s genuine ministry!

 

I’ll be speaking to our group each evening.

We’ll be staying at a beautiful place outside of Lima.

 

I’d LOVE to have you join  me!

Who can come?

Adults, students, medical personnel, counselors.

I call it “Never the Same”—

because you truly are NEVER the same after experiencing this!

 

I need you.

Will you pray about joining me?

 

For more details go to:

www.NeverTheSameMissions.org

When you fill out the application, write “Susie Shellenberger”

at the very top. This will alert the people handling the applications for me that we know each other, and they’ll process your application much faster.

 

Let me know your thoughts, OK?

Time at Home

I’m enjoying time off this month from traveling and speaking.

I don’t schedule myself to be off during the month of December—

I just don’t get scheduled anywhere.

And I totally understand.

Churches are busy with Christmas plans,

cantatas,

food drives,

and so many wonderful activities.

 

I enjoy being home and getting to attend church

with my brother and his precious family.

 

I love being with friends

and I’m enjoying taking Obie and Amos to the dog park.

 

This is a much-needed break for me.

But because fulltime evangelism (speaking fulltime)

is what I do for a living,

it means no income during the time I’m not speaking.

 

If God prompts you to donate to the ministry He had entrusted me,

I can send you a tax-donation receipt, because I’m a 501 C-3.

I hope you have an amazing Christmas season!

Know that I’m praying for you!

Yes, I’m serious!

If you’re receiving this blog—

I’m praying for you!

You may send a check to:

Susie Shellenberger Ministries

3128 N. Timber Avenue

Bethany, OK 73008

Or use this to donate via PayPal


Gratitude

As I count my blessings this Thanksgiving,

I’m truly grateful for

the holy Trinity:

God, the Father, who created all things and who loves me

enough to send Jesus, His Son, to save me from my sin

and to die for me and grant me mercy, grace and forgiveness—

and the Holy Spirit who guides me daily

and reminds me of the Truth in Scripture

and who empowers me to live the Christian life.

I’m grateful beyond words that Christ is ALIVE—

that He actually conquered death

and is preparing an incredible home for me in heaven!

I’m so thankful for godly parents who have given me a wonderful spiritual heritage . . .

and my godly brother and his family

who love me and pray for me,

and for godly friends with whom I can discuss spiritual truths

and share prayers requests and burdens.

I’m grateful for YOU . . .

for reading my little blog week after week

and praying for me when God prompts you.

You’ll never know what a difference your prayers make

when I’m exhausted and lonely in a hotel room

and miles from home.

On a lighter note . . .

I’m thankful for the smell of brand-new shoes,

all the primary colors,

the taste of raw cookie dough,

the sounds of my two dogs

when we’re wrestling,

cuddling

or talking,

OKC Thunder basketball games,

Stephane’s yummy tossed salad that no one can make like her,

Jennifer’s homemade dressing,

Kent’s special stash of cokes-made-with-sugarcane-sugar-in-a-bottle stored in the garage fridge,

and even the annual Thanksgiving family Ping-Pong tournament

that I never win.

God is good.

 

What are YOU grateful for?

Please share!

Three Strikes

We all know that three strikes = an out.

In 2 Kings 13:1-19, we find a fascinating story in the Bible

in which three strikes are used.

 

King Joash began his reign as a godly little 7-year-old who had been raised by the priest Jehoida. For most of Joash’s life, he did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight. It wasn’t hard, because he had his very own priest guiding him.

 

But the end of Joash’s reign didn’t end so well.

 

Joash (also known as Jehoash) visited the prophet Elisha to inquire about Israel’s future. Elisha told him to shoot an arrow to the east indicating victory over the Syrians.

 

Then Elisha told him to take his arrows and strike the ground.

King Joash struck the ground three times, then he stopped.

 

Elisha rebuked him: “You should have struck the ground five or six times!” he exclaimed. “Then you would have beaten Aram until it was entirely destroyed. Now you will be victorious only three times.”

 

King Joash limited himself.

When we make the same mistake—by stopping too soon—two things happen:

 

1. Our Spiritual Growth Is Stunted

We settle for less than God desires.

It’s easy to become complacent and indifferent in our relationship with the Lord. We aim too low spiritually.

It becomes easy to place our spiritual lives in survival mode

instead of moving in dynamic spiritual growth.

 

 

2. The Mission of Christ Is Limited Through Us

The enemies of God (Moabites) would soon invade Israel after this event. When we stop too soon, we can cause the church (God’s people) to move backward instead of forward.

Israel would now begin to worship idols again.

God’s people would spiritually deteriorate.

 

Guess who NEVER stops too soon?

Satan.

He is relentless.

He is always working overtime to thwart God’s people

and God’s plans.

 

Though Joash had been mentored spiritually by godly Jehoida,

after the priest’s death, Joash turned to idol worship.

When Jehoida’s son tried to get King Joash back on the right path, Joash sentenced him to death by stoning him.

 

Without God’s support, Joash didn’t have the military success he once had, and he was seriously wounded in battle when defeated by Syria. Not long afterward, King Joash was assassinated in his own bed by three of his officials.

 

Let’s not make the mistake of taking a wrong turn off of the narrow road that Jesus describes in Matthew 7:14.

 

Let’s determine together to be diligent!

God is looking for disciples who refuse to give up,

who will go the extra mile,

and who will live with a faith that moves mountains.

 

Will you join me in answering this call?

Thoughts?

 

This weekend (in Temple, TX) is my last time to speak this year—

not by choice . . . but simply because churches don’t tend to

schedule extra events during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

 

Though I’m looking forward to a much-needed break,

I’m not excited about no income coming in during the next month.

The Christmas season can be a tough time for evangelists.

Will you pray for me?

If God prompts you to donate to the ministry He had entrusted me,

I can send you a tax-donation receipt, because I’m a 501 C-3.

 

Susie Shellenberger Ministries
3128 N. Timber Avenue
Bethany, OK 73008

Real Truth, Real Fast . . . Coming Soon!

Beginning in January, I’ll be sending out a weekly one-minute video
devotional video clip called “Real Truth, Real Fast.” I’m really excited
about and would appreciate you helping me pray about the content.

I want to continue to provide inspiring thoughts, Scripture and
challenge (as I’ve done with video devotionals in the past), but I also
want to motivate us to always go deeper in our relationship with Christ.

I’ll also continue to send out my little email devotional blog.

Three things to consider:

#1 Thing: If you’d like to schedule me to speak in your church,
please send me a message, or talk with your pastor and have him
contact me. Here’s what I typically do on a weekend:

Friday pm: Everyone
Saturday a.m.:  Ladies brunch and message
Saturday pm: Everyone
Sunday school hour: Some combined adult classes or youth group
Sunday morning worship service: Everyone

This gives me a total of five times to speak, and I’m seeing God do
tremendous things during these renewal weekends.

 

#2 Thing: If you’d like to participate financially to the ministry in
which God has entrusted me, I’d really appreciate it. You can use
PayPal on my Website, or you can send a check to:

Susie Shellenberger Ministries
3128 N. Timber Avenue
Bethany, OK 73008

I will send you a tax receipt, because I’m a 501 C-3.
(This means your donation is the same as donating to a church.)

#3 Thing: Did you know that by subscribing to my email newsletter,
my YouTube channel and shortly my other social network handles,
that you can help support this ministry and help it grow? Right now
I would especially like your help in growing my Youtube channel.
Simply visit the channel and click the “SUBSCRIBE” button. This is
Free and easy to do! My first goal is to reach 100 subscribers. Can
you help me reach this first goal? Perhaps you could share my videos
and channel with your friends? That would be a big help!

Please know that I love you and pray for you!

Your friend,

Susie

The Walking Dead? Pt 2

Part 2

 

When a dead man’s body was quickly tossed into the same grave as Elisha’s bones, the dead man immediately came to life, stood up and walked out of the cave-grave.
It’s a fascinating two-verse story found in 2 Kings 13:20-21.
Last week I mentioned that we can learn three important things from this little story. See last week’s blog for the first two. We’ll end the story with this final thought that we can apply to our lives.
Thing #3: God is using this truth to awaken US today!

Think about it: Have you ever made a dead man come alive?

Each one of us who have a genuine relationship with Christ should be reflecting His Spirit in our lives so much so that when non-believers come in contact with us, they can see Christ exemplified.

 

Are we seriously walking in the power of the Holy Spirit?

Are we bringing others into the knowledge of the resurrecting power of Christ?

 

Christ is still raising the dead.

And I’m convinced He wants to raise the spiritually dead people—who come in contact with us—to life in Him.

 

Thoughts?

 

I’m speaking in Fairfield, OH this weekend.

It’s connected to Cincinnati. Thank you in advance for your prayers of God’s blessing and ministry!

The Walking Dead?

It’s an interesting story.

After Elisha the prophet was buried (and a few years had gone by), some Israelites were burying a man but noticed a gang of raiders quickly approaching. Knowing time was short, they quickly tossed the dead man’s body inside the tomb of Elisha and ran for safety.

(You can read the story in 2 Kings 13:20-21.)

 

The body of the dead man touched Elisha’s bones . . .

and that’s where this little two-verse story takes a fascinating turn!

As soon as dead body touched Elisha’s bones,

the dead man

immediately

came to life!

 

Coffins weren’t used by the Jews.

And the graves of the Jews weren’t holes dug in the ground

like those found in our modern-day cemeteries.

Dead bodies were usually tossed into caves—

and the mouth of the cave was shut by a large stone.

 

 

What can this interesting little story teach us?

Three things:

 

Thing #1:  Through giving life to the dead body through Elisha’s bones, God confirmed the authority and ministry He had given Elisha. We hope those who witnessed this miracle embraced

Elisha’s faith in God.

 

God had promised Elisha that He would give him a

“double portion” of the power that He had given to Elijah.

This final miracle fulfilled the promise of the “double portion.”

 

Thing #2:  This story also shows us that by Christ’s

death and burial, Christians can view the grave as a calm

and peaceful passage to eternal life.

 

We don’t need to fear death.

We will live forever with Christ.

 

And Thing #3? Ahhhh. That’s coming next week!

 

Thoughts?

 

I’m speaking in Nixa, MO.

Thanks so much for your much-appreciated prayers!

What Is God’s Will?

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who
does the will of my Father
who is in heaven”
(Matthew 7:21 NIV).

Jesus clearly says in the above Scripture
that unless we’re doing the will of Father God,
we won’t enter the Kingdom.

The will of Father God is holiness.
And the only way we can live it is through His Spirit.
This is done by
total surrender to Him.
Giving up control of our lives.
Letting Him reign in every area.

We need to remember that the people Jesus was speaking to
in Matthew 7:21 were the religious.
In today’s terms—
they were the church-goers,
the ones participating on mission trips,
the ones who loved the praise and worship.
They were very, very good people.
But they weren’t on the narrow road
that Jesus talks about in the next two lines of Scripture.

And what’s frightening?
They didn’t even know they weren’t on the narrow road!

I don’t want to be one of those people.
That’s why I need to pray this daily:

“Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life”
(Psalm 139:23-24 The Message).

Thoughts?

I’m speaking in Decatur, Ill., this weekend.
Will you pray for me?