Friday, November 03, 2006

Pray This Sunday!

Please remember to pray for our activities this weekend. We have a college group that will be assisting us. Pray for Safety, pray for our provision, pray for fruit. Pray that the people we serve will have safety this week. Pray we will meet real needs, spiritual and physical. Pray we will maintain unity through the Spirit of Christ. Pray for something good to happen.
Thank you for your prayers!!!

G. Brandon Hoyt

I have included a link to Mending Hearts in Nashville (Nashvegas if you are Michelle Hammond. It is an outreach to women referred by Phil Wilson While we work mostly with Men at B.A.S.I.C., I like hearing that other people care about people with problems.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Catching up on Blogs....

Kevin Says it here
America has a problem.
We are self satisfied, myself included, and believe we are entitled to have what we have because of who we are. What about Iraqi George? doesn't he deserve to live in a blessed land too? Chances are (I don't know the man) that he has a better appreciation for faith than I do. Yet he suffers. In America I complain because John Kerry says something stupid (I speak for the general american conservative) but George runs literally for his life!
We need perspective in marriage too:
Adam Ellis gives some great perspective on the Christian's role in a marriage relationship. He says a lot I've thought, and articulates it better than I could. Let's learn to start giving in our marriages! Then the culture will change. I also recommend his "Post Restoration Radio" podcasts.

Newsweek catches on to the Orlando feeding Debate Sometimes I feel like this issue is a dead horse. people who are homeless will get fed in Orlando, Ordinance or not! I am glad that it is getting attention toward a time of year that most people at least are thinking about homelessness. I do know Jessie, BTW, and the picture of him is take in our "Church Sactuary" Thanks to The Thirteenth Juror for the redirect! Jackie has Jury duty, pray she maintains her sanity. Well, she is a lawyer....

One of my favorite blogs I don't read enough is the pyromaniacs. In the most recent important post, we are called to a mission field, not a voting booth, very interesting...
Seems like the church all over is saying a lot of the same thing: Look around, take action. Just do it...
BASIC is more than an inner city mission in orlando...
Believing And Serving In Christ is every Christian's responsibility.

Have fun checking out the new links on the side...
Adam Ellis is a great speaker. The blogs under him are kinda related to what he teaches (he is half of Post Restoration Radio, Phil Wilson is the other half)
Highlands Church of Christ is where my family currently worships. Grace centered magazine is Joe Beam's publication.

Take care,
G. Brandon Hoyt -- Positive activist.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Change is Dangerous

Change is dangerous to everyone.
Change is also the secret to successfully reaching people on the streets. Something has got to give if a person is to go from homeless to having a home, and being restored to functionality. First we have to understand something, Man IS created with an overarching purpose. Every time I read the Bible, I see this purpose becoming more and more crystalized.

Our Universal Purpose as the people of God is to suffer with others and Change Things!!!

Change is dangerous to everyone.
It means giving up the comfortable rountine of "let's meet here" and "let's do this" and it asks us instead : "What is wrong here?" Nobody like finding out that there is something wrong, yet we all know there are some things that just don't make any sense whatsoever. I can't explain hurricanes, crack babies, good people who die, bad people who prosper, but I do know that I am here to change that. I am here, Created in the image of God because God wants me to change my environment. One thing that has got to change about homeless people is their living environment. If we love God, we will seek to live "quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may live properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one." 1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12 English Standard Version. The homeless lifestyle does not encourage such living conditions. I don't believe this passage teaches self reliance, I believe it teaches Godly reliance. All support networks break down eventually, and we need to learn that the "living" we make, and the quiet life are gifts from Him. Ecclesiastes teaches :

Ecclesiastes 3:10-15 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. (11) He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (12) I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; (13) also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil--this is God's gift to man. (14) I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. (15) That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.

We long for eternity, but until then, enjoy the work and toil we do! It's what we've been given as a gift from God. I'll be remembering that tonite at work.

On a personal note:
My wife's grandmother passed away this morning at about 4am. She is 93 years old, and had a rough last couple of months. My Mother-in-Law is up in Louisville with her family right now. Kelly is unsure right now if she will make the funeral or not. Please pray for our family as we grieve through this time.