Freedom House Update 2/1/2012: Progression with ongoing battle. Response of trust, obedience, prayer, and requests

The battle does continue with no resolution on licensing concerns at this point. However, there is a progression going on in the steps needing to be taken.  Currently one property has been approved for Board and Lodge license. The property that has not is a duplex. It is scheduled to have four per unit.  The city has stated that it does not meet requirements for licensure at that number.  The units are at that number at cities request according to zoning laws. Kingdom Pathways has sought to be submissive and obedient to all city requests.  Yet, they have refused licensure on that property due to the number per unit. The part that is hard to understand is that licensure law is written that is one building that has to be over four members not a part or unit, so it should meet requirement for being able to license the one property. However, the city has declined licensure and directed Kingdom Pathways to go through the appeals process.

The other end of things is the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services which requires funding in order to receive the Chemical Dependency treatment funds.  They have been insisting on the licensure for funds even though the city does not require the licensure.  Attempts are being made by the lawyer to negotiate with the state to take inspection reports in lieu of licensure but so far they have declined to accept that condition.  Please pray for a potential favorable outcome here and if not, pray for the movement in the process to those that will make a favorable decision in the appeals process.

It is worth noting that in the process Kingdom Pathways has sought to be obedient and submissive to authority. It has not sought to create publicity, nor find methods of exerting pressure by finding connected members in community to exert influence. Rather, the steps in the battle have been to obey, submit, and pray.

It is noteworthy that in the process, the six resident building has been approved for licensure by the city.  Also, Kingdom Pathways has received a U-Care insurance contract. There will be services starting.  The plan is to start staff receiving training and starting on February 23rd.

Now it is important to make people aware that the financial needs are ongoing. Director Jim Michaud has missed is own personal mortgage payment for the first time ever.  The family has literally given all and put total financial health at risk by taking on personal debt to keep buildings running.

In terms of need, there have been several mortgage payments missed on the two properties. Jim Michaud has been able to negotiate with the banks but payments are expected in February with no ability to hold back payments.  One building has a payment due of $1400 on February 10th. So donations are needed ASAP to be able to make this payment.  The other property has a mortgage due of $2200 dollars on February 20th.  Please go to http://www.kingdompathways.org/generosity.php and make a donation online.  You can also send donations to:

Kingdom Pathways
P.O. Box 4125
St. Paul, MN 55104

You can reach the director of Freedom House and Kingdom Pathways at info@kingdompathways.org.

If unable to give please pray.  Also feel free to send an email with any encouragement or connections to the Kingdom Pathways email. 

Please pray for the obedience and submission to be honored with a negotiated resolution to the licensing issues on the duplex property. Pray for God to bring in donations. Pray for other preparations to start with things becoming operational by the end of February.

If you have considered donating but are waiting for the end result of the licensing please do not hold  back.  There are resources in place to start that will enable beginning but the biggest need is the financial resources, in particular with full funding not being in place for both properties.

It is also worth noting that the plan is develop multiple funding sources, as money from government is often fickle.  Yet, those all take time and need operations to be active in order to obtain.  Yet, God can and will raise up people to meet needs. So currently the steps on the path are to walk in trust and obedience.  The obedience it to both God and man (the established authorities) as go through the due process. The response has not been to go the way of the world but to pray, make requests known, and to obey. Please consider how God wants you to be a part.

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For those awaiting new content that is not simply a Freedom House update, there will be a return soon to new content.  In the meantime please read an old post on God’s provision that is appropriate to this situation: https://peacebringer7.wordpress.com/2010/01/16/some-principles-of-god%e2%80%99s-provision-found-in-1-kings-17/

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The Obama Election: How then should Christians respond?

The election has been decided and the citizens of the United States of America have selected Barrack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.  This election result brings up much chagrin to evangelic and conservative professing Christians who tend to side with the Republican party and their touting of moral family values.  Some professing Christians may even look down and be angry if other brothers and sisters chose to cast there vote for President Elect Barrack Obama.  The anger is stemmed in fear of what is a head and what this election will bring and the concerns of the potential polices and direction for the country.

Some of the concerns include the following:

  • The potential for expanding the numbers of abortions and abortions funded.
  • The increasing the powers and scope of government.
  • Increased globalization and following the lead of Europe and the United Nations.
  • Increased influence of the New World Order and New Age Movement.
  • Decreased freedom of speech by re-instituting the Fairness Doctrine.

  These concerns are all legitimate concerns for the Church to have over the current presidency. Of equal concern is the large number of people who put there hope in a man to solve the problems of this country and play a role in solving the problems of the world.  Those of us who have surrender our life to the true King of Kings know that no man can solve the problems of the world.  No man can heal the wounds of our nation, much less the world. 

So given all this angst over the pending Presidency of Barrack Obama, what are those of us who have surrender to Jesus the Messiah to do? Each Christian should be doing three things; submit, pray, and make disciples regardless of who is President.  These tasks are for each of us believers and it is important to consider what each task means.

     First, we need to submit.  This is a very hard thing to do when there are legitimate concerns over the direct the President Elect will lead the country.  Yet, we are Biblically directed to submit to authority as seen in 1 Peter and Romans:

1 Peter 2:13-15 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.

Romans 13:1-6 1 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. 4 For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.

     Now this does not mean that we submit to laws that direct us contrary to the Word of God. The disciples did not stop preaching the Gospel in spite of being directed to do so by the Sanhedrin.  Daniel didn’t stop praying when the King of Babylon outlawed prayer.  But unless a law directs us to go against God’s commands, we are to submit.

   Second, we need to pray.  This is vitally important.  You can dislike President Elect Obama, but we are to pray for him.  Pray that God works on his heart and leads him to wise and Godly decisions.  Pray that God softens his heart to things he holds that are false. Pray that the Holy Spirit leads him to repentance in the areas God leads.  Pray for his safety. 

    In thinking over how to pray for the President Elect, the thoughts of the story of two sons in Matthew 21:28-30:

28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ 29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. 30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

Now granted, the context of the passage is about belief and unbelief, but what a tremendous thing if a person who states goals contrary to doing the Father’s will, actually does what is righteous.  Especially since leaders that have professed righteous, have not followed through doing what is righteous.  So pray that God’s will and righteousness prevail and pray for President Elect Obama’s salvation and safety.

     And the third thing we need to do is make disciples.  Making disciples is the very essence of everything we do as we engage in the world.  It is our commision, to as we are going, to make disciples.  This means we need to spread the Gospel and build up believers.  We are about the business of building the church.  In modern times, we lose the concept of what a disciple is, it is not simply someone who learns from someone else.  Rather, a disciple is someone who has chosen to submit to the authority of a teacher.  A disciple takes on the “yoke” of their teacher.  We are to take on the yoke of Jesus, to come under His authority, to come under His leadership, to walk in His ways.  We will fall short, but we learn.  By focusing on making disciples, we are focusing on God’s will and surrendering to the yoke of Jesus. 

Now, while these three tasks are simple to write about, it is very hard to do.  It is hard to be submissive when the direction of the government is headed to evil.  It is hard to pray for leaders who appear corrupt, evil, and manipulative.  It is hard to make disciples and focus on God’s will, when our lives, finances, and freedom are threatened.  But yet, this is what God calls us to do.  The disciples lived during times of great evil and immorality in government, yet were given these directions.  We are no different then they were, we are all disciples of the true Teacher.  We are all servants of the King of Kings.  And if you have not yet accepted into the Kingdom of God by surrender to the King of Kings by repenting of seeking your own Kingdom and accepting the gift of Salvation to enter into God’s kingdom, you still have time.  

   In summary, President Elect Barrack Obama may well lead the country down evil and dangerous paths but do not focus on that, rather set your mind on the things of Jesus and humbly submit, pray, and disciple.  This is the will of God for us during this time, regardless how anything appears.