Count it all joy...
The outreach of United Missions, Inc. has come about because of the "light, love and life" of Jesus Christ. Although at the start of my life I was raised in the church like many I grew up with my focus on other things like: obtaining degrees to get a good paying job; a girlfriend / wife and to eventually start a family. I believed the story of Jesus and wanted to live forever with Him but in this life I was focused on my life and my stuff. As I entered my 40s it became obvious to me that my lifestyle of selfishness, controlled by sin was leading me to a watershed moment. My past lifestyle had put tremendous stress on my marriage and was making me less employable. All along, there was a nagging question that I had to answer and it felt like I couldn't put off answering this question any longer. Was I going to continue to go through the motions of being a church attender or was I going to surrender my agenda / heart / life to Jesus like never before. I knew that my church life was NOT a real life of faith in God's eyes. I knew that my selfish life was NOT a real life of being a good marriage partner for my wife. I found myself in my early 40s now in this very unsatisfying position that felt like being in a vise between a weak commitment to God and a weak commitment with my wife. Thank God I knew what I needed to do to have both relationships restored or created right for the first time. I needed to fall on the mercy of God and let Him be the Lord of my life and my marriage.
The Bible talks about receiving a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26) and on July 13th, 1997 this became reality, a life-changing fact for me. As I cried out to God for help late one night in prayer, the work of the Holy Spirit brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to bear within me like never before. I personally experienced the finished work of Christ on the cross in the depths of my being and my life focus was radically changed. The Bible speaks of the Lord calling God's children to be led, to walk by the Spirit (Gal. 5:16). This "new life" that came to me after praying to the Lord is NOT one of following rules to be a good person rather it's a life of being spiritually led by a new heart that desires more than anything else to know and follow Jesus every day.
Only as one sees their brokenness and separation from God, can one turn to God (repent) and receive the gift of being born again by the Spirit in the perfect love of Jesus Christ. Otherwise, life is just going through the motions whether one is religious or not. When God's Word became perfect flesh in His Son, sin was defeated. Victory over sin through the "life, death and resurrection" of Jesus becomes a reality when one trades everything they think they possess and control for a life of trusting Jesus no matter what. This "new life" of faith is guiding many hearts to "count it all joy" as they look forward to the return of Christ and walk in God's promise of Heaven on earth.
"Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4)"
HEART 4 SERVICE
Jesus said: “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:9-12)"
As we seek the Lord, His servant heart leads us to partner with others in the "love of Christ" which bears Gospel fruit and brings glory to God. Click on the first picture below to bring up the image viewer which shows both activities and descriptions of a sampling of service events performed over the years.
"All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ (Matthew 25:32-36)"
United Missions, Inc.
2403 Griffin Court
Ocoee, Fl. 34761
Jeff R Bradshaw
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