May Newsletter - Living the Love Song
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Greetings from the Mally family and Bright Lights staff.
Living the Love Song (by Grace Mally)
I know I should ask her forgiveness, but that’s the last thing I feel like doing at the moment, I thought. I was still upset, and I did not have any desire in my flesh to humble myself! But I knew that’s what the Lord would want me to do.
Then I had another thought: This is a special opportunity to say “I love you” to Jesus.
Our submission to the Lord when it’s extra tough must be especially meaningful to Him, don’t you think? Humbling ourselves before others, even when we feel they were wrong too, is one of those “tough things.”
We sing to Jesus, “As the deer panteth for the waters so my soul longeth after You ... You alone are my Strength, my Shield. To you alone may my spirit yield …” But singing a love song to Him is one thing. Living the love song is another.
What a great treasure we have in this reality: Jesus has actually given us ways we can truly love Him back for all the love He has shown us. Can you imagine if there was no way to demonstrate your love for the Lord? If there was nothing you could do that He would appreciate? Can you imagine having all this love for Him and then no way to express it?! I’m so glad that He gave us an “outlet” for our love for Him. In fact, He gives us plenty of ways to express it! He said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments ... This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you” (John 14:15, 15:12).
And we can take joy in knowing that He sees the struggle of each act of obedience. He knows when we are doing the last thing we feel like doing. And He knows when we are doing it “as if we were sending a love note to Him.” If our prayers are like incense to Him (Psalm 141:2, Revelation 8:4 ) how much more our obedience (2 Corinthians 2:15)!
Humbling ourselves before our brothers and sisters in Christ, saying we were wrong, taking the blame, and being “the loser of the argument,” are some of the hardest things to do. But guess what results? Love. Strengthened relationships. Joy. Glory to Jesus, and pleasure to His heart.
All over the globe God’s people are laying down their lives out of love for Christ. In light of their sacrifices, we can certainly join their number in a lesser way and do “that hard thing” before us, whatever it is, as unto Him. “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).
2017 Bright Lights Conference Schedule
We are excited to announce our upcoming Bright Lights conferences in the Cincinnati and Detroit area this July. See information here. If you’d like to help us spread the word, please email and ask for our promotional email, or use the image on this post for sharing on Facebook or Instagram.
Iowa State Fair Outreach
Grace produced this 3-minute video about the Answers in Genesis gospel outreach at the Iowa State Fair last year. See additional stories and reports on Ken Ham’s blog. This outreach was a huge blessing to believers and unbelievers alike, and we pray that many more will volunteer to help at the booth this year.
- TESTIFY Training Camp
August 10-14 we will be running a 4-day (4-night) training camp, together with Tony Ramsek from Answers in Genesis, to equip believers in witnessing. The camp will be held simultaneously with the Iowa State Fair, at a location about ten minutes away. After witnessing training sessions in the morning, we will drive everyone over to the fair where we will put into practice what was learned together! We ran this camp last year and were blessed by the sharpening fellowship. It was so encouraging to see the Lord’s hand in putting it all together. See more information on our flyer. More pictures and details from last year’s outreach and camp can be seen on Grace’s blog post about it. Register here.
Testimonies From Campers Last Year:
“It’s encouraging to be around so many Christians who want to share to gospel.”
“Very encouraging and helpful training in sharing the gospel.”
“I realize that I am given the responsibility to share the gospel and the Holy Spirit does the work.”
Prayer Requests and Praises:
- We had a wonderful trip to Mexico in February. Grace documented it here. Our good friends the Clarks and their team did an amazing job hosting everyone at their camp (near Morelia) for our “Speak Truth in Your Heart” conference. We were moved with joy to learn that girls and moms had driven from all over Mexico—even up to 16 hours—to attend. This demonstrates their THIRST for discipleship in the Lord. Praise the Lord for what He is doing! We’ll be returning to do the same “Speak Truth in Your Heart” conference in Torreon, Mexico and Monterrey, Mexico (still tentative) this September.
- Grace was grateful for the opportunity she was given to speak on “Sharing the Gospel with Confidence and Grace” at Answers in Genesis’ Answers for Women Conference last month. Her message is available for download on the Answers in Genesis website.
Online Resource of the Month: Will Our Generation Speak? Study Guide and Handbook
Available this month for $5.00 (retail $14.00)
162 pages, by Grace Mally
“… provides much-needed training in evangelism that upholds the authority of the Bible. It teaches Christians to boldly proclaim the gospel and defend biblical truth. I heartily endorse it.” – Ken Ham
“Expanding on her extremely effective book, Will Our Generation Speak?, Grace Mally manages to not only give deeper insights into the principles of biblical evangelism, but through this new exhaustive study guide and handbook, she continues to present powerful, gripping, and transformative truths. This excellent resource is calculated to greatly inspire and equip all who study its pages.”– Ray Comfort
Although this study corresponds to the chapters in Will Our Generation Speak?, it was not designed to merely produce discussion about the book, but also to provide a “trail to discovery” of what Scripture teaches about evangelism. It includes many short articles on topics such as “How to Use Evidence,” “Keys to Boldness,” “Building Relationships with Neighbors,” “What about the Sinner’s Prayer?” and “Tract Tips.” It also includes over fifty cartoons drawn by Mr. Mally and examples of gospel sketches and illustrations.
This study guide is recommended for high school and college groups, personal Bible study, family study, or for a homeschool Bible course in evangelism.
Often we hear from young people who are excited about witnessing, but they feel alone. Their friends from church do not share their enthusiasm. They easily become discouraged. For us, we have found that it helps so much when the Lord provides a team to come witnessing with us. The accountability helps, the prayer helps, the encouragement helps, and doing it together makes it easier. In addition, when we have a witnessing outreach on the calendar, it’s harder to back out! In the New Testament, we often see believers sharing the gospel in pairs. Our prayer is that individuals who have a heart for evangelism will lead this study with a group and form a witnessing team.
This offer will be honored on our online store through June 30, 2017. At checkout, use promo code: studyguide2017 (Please note: This price is not for resale.)
Upcoming Speaking Schedule:
June 2-3, Lancaster, PA CHAP Homeschool Convention
July 21-22, Cincinnati, OH Speak Truth in Your Heart Conference
July 24-25, Bloomfield Hills, MI Strong in the Lord Conference
July 27-28, Bloomfield Hills, MI Speak Truth in Your Heart Conference
August 10-14, Des Moines, IA Testify Training Camp
September 2-3, Torreon, Mexico Speak Truth in Your Heart Conference for ladies
Torreon, Mexico Just Men Conference for men
September 8-10, Monterrey, Mexico Speak Truth in Your Heart Conference (tentative)
God bless you and your families!
The Mally Family and Bright Lights Staff, Nickie Biegler, Bekah Hicks, Shelby Rathke, David Rodgers, Emily Selander, and Haley Skrnich
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Marion, Iowa 52302
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