Three Steps to Lowliness
(From Feed My Lambs, by Rex Andrews)
Meekness is the blessedness of bearing one another’s burdens and getting along with one another. Thus we get the life of patience: for patience means to stay down under. IN this is the subjection of pride which should be subjected to Jesus. In this meekness is also the submission of the will. ‘Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.’ Matt. 5:5
These are those who suffer loss (if we are but willing to go through it). The loss we suffer of anything, if it is something we love, is to our good. In this suffering of loss we become more and more conscious that we are away from Him. The thing we loved has taken His place in our hearts. We begin to be aware of the conflict in giving up something we desire and want to dwell on. It may be our home, our loved ones, thoughts or things that we unconsciously love more than Jesus. But if we are willing to go through the degree of loss so that we can say with our whole heart, ‘I am willing to suffer the loss of anything or persons that my heart holds dear,’ we will be brought into the realization of just Himself. Happy are the true mourners. The Comforter comes to all who suffer this total loss. ‘Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.’ Matt. 5:4
POVERTY OF SPIRIT
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.’ Matt. 5:3
Poor like a beggar – dependent upon God for everything. This is the utter lowliness one comes to in utter lowliness: ‘I AM NOTHING, I KNOW NOTHING, I HAVE NOTHING, I CAN DO NOTHING, AND I WANT NOTHING BUT JESUS.’
Adopt an Intern - A Letter from the President
Amos 8:11 Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord God, when I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but [a famine] for hearing the words of the Lord.
Dear folks and friends of Evergreen Center,
Today, in nations all around the world, those words from Amos are true. However, God is not leaving us to that famine! Peoples of all nations, languages, skin colors, and religious affiliations are aware that something is happening in the world that surpasses previous visitations of God, namely, “God’s Word is Rising!” Little groups of people, here and there, have been praying for a “rising of His Word in the earth, now!” It is not a call for Christians to get involved in political activism; that is partly what has got us into the trouble we’re in now. The call is to “hear the words of the Lord and obey them.” While this applies to every Christian, it is especially directed to ministers, evangelists, priests, rabbis and teachers of the Word.
God has, for His Glory, raised up Evergreen Center to be a “voice in the wilderness” not only to its congregation, but also to the young people who go through the discipleship training program. They learn to know Jesus as He really is. At the outset of the program, we felt we should not enroll more than ten interns per term.
At present, in term 21, for the first time we have full enrollment. For term 22, which begins at the end of January 2019, it looks like we will be full again. I wish all of you reading this could visit and see for yourselves what God is doing in the lives of these young people. Some have, literally, given up everything to be here: house, land, cars, all worldly goods, and even well-paying jobs. In addition, God has sent teachers that will drive for hours, one way, to come and share with the interns what they have learned of Jesus.
When one intern was asked what it is like to be at Evergreen Center, he answered it with one word: “FIRE”. A former intern described it as “a slow transition back to sanity.” Has this been the experience of all interns? Honestly, no. However, Jesus is offered to everyone who comes to Evergreen Center, whether they are a part of the discipleship program, the congregation, or as visitors and retreat attendees. We have nothing to offer anyone, except Jesus.
Up to now, most of the interns that have come to Evergreen have been from the United States. We are now starting to get real interest from overseas. Some of them are from very poor countries and do not have finances to come to the US or to pay the fee for the discipleship program. Therefore we are introducing a program that many of you may be interested in. It is called “Adopt an Intern.” The goal is for friends of Evergreen to pray and ask the Lord if this is something you would be willing to invest in. I say “invest” because that is what we do here at Evergreen Center we invest in the lives of young people. Did not Jesus invest in your life and mine on the Cross?
At this time, the “Adopt an Intern” program is designed only for those from overseas that do not have the means to attend Evergreen as an intern. For anyone interested in investing in a young person’s life from overseas, please write or call and we will send you detailed information about how you can bless an intern from another country.
We are so grateful for all of you, your prayers and support!
Elizabeth Metz on behalf of the Evergreen Center Staff