God’s Plan in Eustace, Texas

God has His own plans.

Glowing Heart went to Eustace, Texas one Wednesday afternoon for a youth rally. Earlier that morning, students all over the country (including those in Eustace), gathered around their school’s flag poles for “See You At The Pole” (SYATP) to lift up prayer and worship. Since our youth rally was after SYATP, we called it “Saw You At The Poles.” This was a particularly important event since we would be going back to Eustace in a couple weeks for a DNOW. “Saw You At The Poles” was not only these youths’ first impression of GH, but it was going to be a good time to get to know some of the students and invite them to DNOW. We were there to make good connections early, so the “real” work could be done at the DNOW.

God has His own plans.

First, we were not expecting the response we got at “Saw You At The Poles.” Ephesians 3:20 expresses that God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,” and He far exceeded our expectations at the rally. Over twenty students asked to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior. Being with Glowing Heart, I’ve seen things I would safely call a revival, and this was one mighty revival, for sure! We were all surprised. We always go into events with the expectation that God will do amazing things, but He just blew us away.

God has His own plans.

Second, we were expecting to come back to Eustace in a couple weekends for a DNOW. In a lot of ways, we were there to encourage and invite student to DNOW. But the Thursday before DNOW, it was cancelled. Of course, Glowing Heart was disappointed. But that didn’t stop God’s work in Eustace. We still went to FBC Eustace for a Sunday morning service. It wasn’t what we had on our schedule, but it was on God’s schedule. We were blessed to be there, and the congregation was so welcoming to us, eager to worship. Henry brought the Sunday morning sermon on why we come to church– because we are the church. The Holy Spirit did His work on convicting and comforting, and brought many people to the altar that morning.

God has His own plans.

There was an awakening in Eustace, Texas over the past couple weeks. I pray it continues to grow. When we watch the news or get on the internet, it looks like Christianity is sinking under political and social pressure. It is looking darker and dimmer down the scope of time, and many American Christians are worried. We are trying to come up with great church programs, fit in with the culture, and we have our own plans on how Christianity is going to stay alive in the West. But,

God has His own plans.


“Behold, the former things have come to pass,

and new things I [the LORD] now declare…”

– Isaiah 42:9a

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CWC Operation Reality 2015

“So shall my [the LORD God’s] word be that goes out from my mouth;

   it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

   and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

– Isaiah 55:11


This past weekend in Perryton, Texas, the Word was preached and taught. It went forth before us and worked in many student’s (and I’m also sure adult’s) lives. The gospel was explained with clarity and with passion across the board, from our bible study sessions to worship, and even dropped here and there in between. Every time I heard the word of God or spoke the word of God this weekend, my heart was warmed, encouraged, and convicted. This weekend in particular had a passionate focus on the life-changing, one and only, God-given gospel of Jesus Christ. And yet, while teaching right from the heart the need for a Savior, I saw some of the students unengaged, taking the truth like a chore, and simply not caring about the gospel. Why?

First, I personally thought about my methods. Was I meeting these students where they were at spiritually? Was I giving enough easy-to-understand illustrations to explain certain points? Was I sounding passionate myself, or did I sound just as bored as some of them looked? Then I remembered the above quoted verse, Isaiah 55:11. The Word of God does all the work, I am just to be faithful to the preaching and teaching of the Word. The Word of God is sent from God and the response is sent back to God, and only sometimes will I be there to witness that in the lives of those I teach. The Word of God is sent to accomplish the Lord’s purposes, not mine. I often want immediate, dramatic life-change in every student’s heart, but God has a more perfect purpose than immediate results. He wants a relationship, and oftentimes relationships need time. There’s not enough emotionally charged experiences I can share, enough passionate bible teaching I can do, or enough accurate illustrations I can use to change the heart of any person. Only God can take out their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. I can only share the truth and trust that God can and will use it, even when I don’t see the results.

We live in a world based on effort and results. If we work hard and do the right things and say the right words, we will see all the fruits of our labors. Advertisements change all the time based on results. Products work harder to become “new and improved” in hopes that more people will buy that product. Things are falling off the market everyday because people are simply not buying. Companies close their doors when there are no results. But that is not how the gospel works. We don’t improve the gospel; it is already perfect. We don’t change the message of God, because to do so would warp the truth. And we are not supposed to stop sharing the gospel when there are no results, because we are promised that there will be results, no matter how far down the road, and we are called to share the gospel no matter what.

That’s not to say that Glowing Heart didn’t see results this past weekend at the Community Worship Center in Perryton. In fact, over a dozen students came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ! But that was only after possibly years of hearing the gospel and multiple efforts by many faithful Christians who may never know that they had a part in their salvation story.

I encourage you to continue sharing the gospel. Never give up, never lose hope! Our God is faithful to save, so we should be faithful to share.

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South Park Summer Retreat 2015

God is a great designer. Actually, He is the Grand Designer. He has designed the universe, the ecosystems, humans, and all creatures. He designed numbers and their functions, physics and sound waves, chemical reactions of the brain and language itself. He is the Grand Designer. And one of His designs was this past weekend with South Park Baptist Church.
How did God design the weekend? First, He prepared the hearts of everyone who would be in attendance. Like tilling soil, God was making sure that those involved would be ready for whatever He had planned for them. Second, He brought everyone there for a specific reason. Each and every person that attended the South Park Summer Retreat was there because God wanted them there. He had a reason for making the weekend available and for making sure they weren’t going to stay home because of sickness or other hindrances. Third, He matched each student perfectly with a leader for one-on-one time.
The male leaders greatly outnumbered the male students. It was over a three-to-one leader-to-student ratio. But what was amazing about the weekend was how each student happened to choose a leader that was able to help them specifically by either being a trusted listening ear or saying exactly what they needed to hear. And I’m not only talking about the guys. Each girl student was matched perfectly with a girl leader to make that one-on-one time effective in their heart, mind, and soul. While this is something that happens every weekend retreat Glowing Heart does (by the grace of God!), it seemed very apparent this weekend. I saw how each leader was able to speak truth and life into the hearts of the students, and I was pleased to see God’s handiwork all over it.
It was a wonderful weekend with a totally unique group of students. Their youth is one of the most diverse groups I’ve seen, which is surprising given how small it is, and is one that GH sees on a weekly basis. This weekend was a great foundation, a breaking of the soil, for what God will plant and grow throughout the year as we invest in them week in and week out. God is a great designer, the Grand Designer, and this is the beginning of one of His masterpieces.

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Sand Springs DNOW 2015

Two of the luxuries of having DNOWs with churches we are familiar with are as follows: we have already formed relationships with the students, and we get to see them progress over the years. Our energy isn’t spent so much on forming relationships as it is on building on top of them. But in the case of this past weekend, with a new church and an unknown youth group, we threw all our passion into quickly forming Christ-like friendships.

It’s actually quite strange that we haven’t worked with Sand Springs Baptist Church before this weekend. Only a couple minutes down the road from Focus Pointe Base Camp, their church is nestled comfortably within the community Glowing Heart has been reaching out to for years. And after the friend requests I received from the students on Facebook, I quickly noticed that they had mutual friends with people that are involved with either PaceSetters or other DNOWs. Sand Springs was hiding in plain sight, but now we know them.

Friday afternoon, the van pulled up to Focus Pointe, and students poured out, standing a little awkwardly to the side. So that’s when we stepped in. Instantly, GH members were greeting the students, learning names, and making connections that would become the foundations for further conversations in sessions and free time. I can’t speak for the girls, but for the guys we were already onto favorite Marvel movies and talking about Christian rap. Within a few minutes, the atmosphere felt comfortable, loving, and united in a way that only the Holy Spirit provides among fellow believers.

The weekend ended up being one of the best “first DNOWs” Glowing Heart has had, and there are a few reasons why.


  • It was Disciple-NOW, not Salvation-NOW. Don’t get me wrong, we love to see people come to a saving faith in Christ at DNOW weekends, and it’s one of the greatest fruits of our labors. Sometimes I will come to a youth group and think, “These students just need Jesus!” But the students this past weekend do have Jesus. They just need discipleship. It is just as important to see ten students grow deeper in their faith as it is to see twenty students come to faith. The call to sanctification is just as important as the call to regeneration. This was the only DNOW I can remember where there were no professions of faith the entire weekend, but I wasn’t worried, because in a way the weekend was more like: “I have faith, now what?” And Glowing Heart had the blessing of being able to show what faith does.
  • It was family. Sometimes GH has to break down some walls within a group to be able to do any lasting work. But this weekend felt more like a family reunion where you meet cousins you didn’t know you had. It was a sweet surprise and a warming of the heart to be with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. It was a smooth weekend mainly because we were found under the banner of Christ. The Gospel does many things, but one thing I have seen over and over again with Glowing Heart, and especially at this DNOW, was how the Gospel unites.


Our DNOW material this year is focused on preparing for battle against the Enemy, Satan and his minions, and encouraging the students to stand firm because the war has been won. In the end, Sand Springs DNOW was a military training camp in preparation for battle, instead of a plea for those to join the army. I met many new comrades in the Lord’s army, and I can’t wait to see them again.

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Support Glowing Heart – Special Edition

Dear Glowing Heart Family and Friends,

Over the last 28 years Glowing Heart Ministries has traveled over one million miles through 15 countries and many states. During our travels we have ministered to and along side hundreds of thousands of people. We have witnessed over ten thousand confess their love and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. This last year we had almost 100 high school students come through our after school CoffeeStop each day. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Today we find ourselves in a world desperately needing an increased Christian witness to the young generation, not only in our own nation, but also in the nations of the world.


However, GHM also finds ourselves with a new challenge. Not a political challenge. Not a moral challenge. Not a lack of opportunity, nor of personnel. We face a financial challenge which affects each current GH member.

Since very early in our history, GHM has been able to provide scholarships to each of its members as a meaningful and often necessary financial support for their commitment and time. Since 2006 we have been blessed through a particular foundation which has given $30,000.00 per year for this purpose. Due to the financial woes of our US oil industry, this foundation has had to cut the grants which they have supported for this upcoming year and the foreseeable future. They are saddened and have been a friend to Glowing Heart for many years.

When I received this news, it came with a commitment from the president of that organization to donate personally toward our scholarship need. I then reached out to former Glowing Heart members and have received pledges for $8,400.00. Now, I am reaching out to you.

We still need to raise $21,600.00 for these well deserving Glowing Heart members. There are several ways you can give. You can set up a monthly donation marked “Scholarship” through your bank or PayPal. You can give a one-time gift marked the same and sent to Glowing Heart Ministries, PO BOX 542511, Grand Prairie, TX 75054. You can donate through the www.glowingheart.org website. And you can pray. Really pray, that God will bless those who are serving Him so diligently with continued scholarship money. Please, no gift is too small.


If you have any questions, please contact me at 214.354.8794 or henry@glowingheart.org. Thank you!

– Henry Loftin

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PaceSetters – High School Week

My first “taste” of PaceSetters was last summer, when I visited the camp for the day. And even before my first full PaceSetters experience, I was at Winter Reunion in January. Both times I came back feeling refreshed and at peace, mainly just from being around the people there. Let me just start off by saying: I get extremely exhausted around people. I love people, don’t get me wrong, but I need a lot of moments where I can slip away and read a book or be still. So it’s rare for me to find a group of people where I feel relaxed. But that’s what I have found even in my limited experience of PaceSetters.

Being in Glowing Heart feels much more like being in a family. The members are more like (and sometimes literally) siblings, to the point where I’m very comfortable around them with no need to try to impress anybody to be accepted. Even meeting former GH members is like finding out you’re related to someone. There’s a group on Facebook for past and present GH members called “Glowing Heart Family,” and it’s true. But one part of the family I was missing out on was the PaceSetters Family. And this past week at camp, I truly started to feel the power of God’s family through this group of students. Being instantly welcomed and gladly meeting new people was a great experience and one that has been totally unique to this group.

I’ve been to leadership camps before. I have gained great friendships and learned so much from those camps. But there is something entirely different about the connections made at PaceSetters. The people make all the difference.

One of the greatest features of PaceSetters is the “Personal Assignment Time,” or PAT. Twice a day, the students have one hour sessions to spend in the midst of God’s creation and personally get closer to or hear the will of God. That time is spent in a variety of ways, whether reading the camp material, studying the Bible, or praying. But the goal is Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” It’s the break in the busy schedule to take a deep breath and refocus on glorifying God. It’s puts the students in the right mindset, but not merely for their mindset’s sake, because the verse continues: “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” And that’s where the service projects come in.


After dwelling on who God is, our purpose isn’t to keep it to ourselves, but to go out and share it with others. Whether it was visiting nursing homes or doing manual labor around homes and businesses, our goal was to show that God is the God of Purpose. Oft-neglected elderly people were rejuvenated by the warm smiles and conversations of the students, and yards and buildings were brought back to their right order. And though it is easy to take the praise of those we helped, Glowing Heart is always reminded of Psalm 115:1 – “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to Your Name be all the glory, because of Your love and faithfulness.”

PaceSetters is a family, a community of believers, whose goal and purpose is to know God and to serve Him. That alone was most clear. I am blessed to see that in action and to finally be a part of it.

To Him be the glory! Amen.

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PaceSetters – Middle School Week

I’ll never forget my first week of Pacesetters. Two busloads of middle schoolers rolled into the camp on that Monday afternoon and it was “go time.” We got everybody situated into the right cabins, into the right groups, and into the right attitude of excitement for the week. And boy, did it start off right.

For Middle School Week, it is the Glowing Heart members that bring the message during the evening services, and it tapped right into the hearts of those pre-teens and early teenagers. When I think back on my mindset as a middle schooler, I wasn’t preoccupied by apologetics or doctrines of faith. It didn’t matter to me how many ancient biblical manuscripts have been uncovered or how our moral laws point toward an intelligent Creator. What I cared about was how to simply live like a Christian. And by having younger brothers and by looking at the younger portion of the youth group, I see the same questions. Despite the mix of puberty, hormones, and intense peer pressure, middle school Christians have proven to be rather bold for their faith. And this group was there.

Our electric guitarist, Bobby, spoke passionately on how God has created us with a purpose, with a destiny. Our acoustic guitarist, Mikaela, reminded the middle schoolers of Jesus as the Healer, and how to live a life freely. And I got to speak on how the Gospel is meant to be worked outwardly towards God and others. Each of those messages added a layer to the week, as the students studied, worked, and fellowshipped with purpose, freedom, and selflessness. It showed through their group sessions, in their service projects, and in their rec time. These students were striving to be like Christ.

I was amazed to see the middle school students step it up. They were given the same reading material as the high schoolers, the same discussion questions, and service projects. It was an almost identical schedule of the high school week, and yet the middle schoolers kept up and, in some cases, pushed the pace. We cleaned up tornado-torn towns and tackled subjects like judgement in the afterlife. It was absolutely amazing, and I was so proud to see the rising generation on fire for a Christianity worth living and dying for. It gave me hope.

In the end, it was a wonderful week, with a lot of great memories, from bug swatting to learning about “da Holy Jesus,” and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Pray for this generation. God has something planned.

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Prepare for the Work of the Lord

It’s Pacesetters time! And Pacesetters time means Prep Week time. Glowing Heart and the other leaders loaded up into the van, cars, and trucks on Monday morning and headed for Focus Pointe Base Camp in Alba, Texas for a week of hard work, fellowship, and preparation for camp. Everyone had brought clothes for working, props for tables, and a good attitude to match. It felt like it had been forever since I had last seen my GH friends, and even longer since I had been out to the camp.

Last time we had been out there for Winter Music Camp, I mentioned that there is something special about the dirt road that leads into the camp. And it’s true. My favorite part of the trip is the last few minutes as we pull in. The atmosphere feels different, I feel different, and it primes us for the next week at camp.

Once we got there, it didn’t take long for us to get to work. After unloading our luggage, we were out there in no time with gloves and bug spray to tackle the unkempt forest. We did everything from “bug bombing” the cabins to taking down dead trees. We burned many fallen branches and had a hilarious (though not at the time) “man vs. ant” experience as we tried to throw the same ant-ridden log into the fire…multiple times. After a few days, and many hours of hard work, the cabins and outdoors were now “Pacesetters ready.”

Inside the worship center a transformation was taking place. We turned those four walls and stage into the World of Narnia and the Narnian ship, the Dawn Treader, complete with a large dragon painting and rope. The team tables were set up, from the underwater world of the Mer-people to the star-filled skies, and everything in-between. It was all coming together, and the next coming weeks were becoming very real. At anytime you could see either someone dressed up as a lion, or a large nest for Firebirds, or even a gigantic storybook that related the events of Reepicheep the Valiant Mouse. It was magical.

And even though it was important to prepare the campgrounds and to transform the worship center, what was most important was the preparation and transformation of our hearts. Through prayer and study, all the leaders were softening their hearts for the coming and continuing work of the Lord. All the students were prayed for by name, and the camp material was studied diligently. It doesn’t matter how clean the campgrounds are, or how magical the worship center looks, if our hearts and minds are not aligned with the will of God, and we are not consecrating ourselves to the Lord’s service, then all our work has been in vain. Prep week isn’t just about preparing the camp, it’s about preparing ourselves for the work God is already doing and about to do at Pacesetters. And if that’s the goal of Prep Week, then get ready for Pacesetters, because God is about to do some amazing things in the lives of everyone involved.

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Christ in the Community

This past weekend was our last DNOW event of the year, with the Glowing Heart 2014-2015 team. We piled into the GH vans and drove all the way to Floresville, Texas for a wonderful weekend that really added some great closure for the year. Oak Hills Community Church was truly impacted by the Holy Spirit this past weekend, but God taught me a lot during a time when I wasn’t discipling students or preaching on stage. God used the time that we went out into the community to spend time at nursing homes and veterans homes to teach me about His crowning jewel of creation: mankind.

The youth group divided into two groups, one group was the girls, the other group the guys. While the girls went to a nursing home to add some decorations and talk to people, the guys went to a veterans home to do the same thing. And for the entire time I was there, I only talked to one man, and his name was Bob. He was sitting comfortably in his wheelchair, watching a basketball game on tv, while proudly holding a box of snacks such as Oreos and Goldfish (he won them during a Bingo game earlier that day). I introduced myself and we started talking. I learned so much about his life, from his time in the service, where he was only in the Army for three years (1958-61), though he never left the country, to his family life and later career, which he described as “doing a little bit of everything.” He told me about his passion for music, which led him to join the Naval Academy of Music (since they didn’t have an Army band at that time) and how he played in bands and venues all across the country, in and out of his military service. Ironically, he told me about his affiliation with the Church of Christ, and we laughed about how funny it was that he’d go to a church without musical instruments, even though he had a strong passion and career in playing them! Overall, we talked a lot about music and family, and how he liked the veterans home, and how his wife was doing, and all of that. By the end of the time we had at the veterans home, I didn’t want to leave, and I still had so many questions. I had made a connection with this man, and I didn’t want to lose it. I looked around the room and I saw the young guys we brought with us, and saw that many of them had made similar connections with the other men. Oak Hills Community Church has “community” in the name, and for a very good reason: they are there to impact the community in a Christ-like way.

Jesus spent a lot of His earthly ministry with the fringes of His community, from the “sinful sinners” to the blind and decrepit, and He did it out of love. His love isn’t just for the religious and middle class. His love isn’t only for the privileged and the well-known. His love is for all people, for the forgotten and lonely, for the people who are proud to have won Oreos at Bingo, for the ones that our own culture pushes to the side and sadly mishandles. If there’s one thing I learned while at Oak Hills this past weekend, it was that God has called us to a ministry of remembering the forgotten, loving the unloved, and listening to the ones that still have their stories to tell. Oak Hills Community Church was the perfect example of how to reach those people, how to work in a community, and how to be Christ to those who may still need Him, sitting quietly in a nursing home.

Remember those people, and think about ways you can impact the community around you for Christ. There are plenty of hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, and homeless shelters that need the light of Christ to shine on.

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Sleeping on the Job

“I know that drifting is a deeper threat than betrayal.

No one has to convince you to abandon anything,

You just inevitably end up downstream,

Maintain your pride and wonder why the world keeps on shifting,

Convinced you’re still standing in the same place.

You never mean to drift away.”

— “Chapter Eight: White Whales Like Black Plagues” by Levi the Poet

I keep drifting away. I keep finding myself in places I know I shouldn’t be. I keep “following my heart,” which only leads me astray. Every time I take one step forward, I get scared and become apathetic to everything, especially to the things of God. Now I’m three steps back from where I started, and I just don’t have the energy to face the climb. If you read my blog consistently, you’ve probably realized that this is not new to me. I do good for a few weeks, then fall miserably the next. It’s a torturous cycle. It’s not intentional, though. It’s only when I get distracted, when I forget to rely on God day after day, when I put on my mask to hide my insecurities, instead of handling them in the light of Christ’s love and mercy. It’s when I get too caught up in the moment of the crashing waves, that I mindlessly move farther away from the safety of my Father’s shores. I never mean to drift away.

When Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain to pray, Jesus’s “face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white” (Luke 9:29 ESV). And in miraculous display, Moses and Elijah appeared, so they could discuss with Jesus about His mission on the earth. And what were the disciples doing during all of this? Well, exactly what they do best: sleeping. While Jesus was engaging with others about His mission, his own disciples were sleeping on the job. They were missing out on what Jesus was doing, they were not being informed about what was to be done on Calvary. God in the Flesh was talking to two “rock stars” of the Hebrew Bible about the ultimate salvation of man, and the disciples missed it because they were napping. They didn’t mean to drift to sleep, the disciples weren’t doing it because they despised the Lord. This is the “in-crowd” of Jesus’s closest friends we’re talking about here. They love Him and know Him intimately. They just weren’t being proactive in Christ’s ministry at that time.

Only after the conversation is over, and Moses and Elijah are leaving, do the disciples wake up and realize what they missed. Peter (Good ol’ Peter. Gotta love him!) says, “Wait, wait, wait, don’t leave just yet. It’s good that we (the disciples) are here! John, and James, and I can pitch some tents, and everyone can stay” (Paraphrase). But Peter had missed his opportunity to spend time with Moses and Elijah, and with the transfigured Christ. The Bible is very clear that Peter didn’t even know what he was saying (v. 33). He was a few steps behind the mission of God, instead of in the midst of His work, because of his inactive decision to take a nap when Jesus was still working.

We can give Peter a hard time, because he was physically there with Jesus, but we do the exact same thing all the time. We sleep on the job, we forget to do our quiet time, we’re too exhausted or distracted to engage with the culture about the Gospel, and we have excuse upon excuse as to why we’re falling behind. And when we realize that we’ve drifted away or fallen asleep, we try to play catch-up and make up for what we missed. We say, “Wait, wait, wait. It’s good that we’re here. Let’s stay a little bit longer, because I missed out.” But the time has come and gone, and God is already moving on to the next step in His plan. I begin to contemplate all the ministry opportunities I’ve missed out on, all the lives that could’ve been impacted for Christ, and all the things God could’ve taught me, had I not been sleeping on the job, and it’s scary how much I’ve really missed. I begin to worry if God is going to keep me out of what He’s about to do next, but there’s hope.

Back on the mountain, a cloud covered the area and God’s voice said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” (v. 35). The cloud went away, and Jesus was alone. Moses and Elijah were gone, but Jesus was still there. Realizing that we missed out on part of God’s mission doesn’t mean the end for us. It just means that we need to listen to Christ alone.

Listen. He still has something to say to you.

Alone. He should be the only one you hear.

“There is no responsibilty on you for the work; the only responsibilty you have is to keep living in constant touch with God, and to see that you allow nothing to hinder your cooperation with Him.” – Oswald Chambers

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