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Wednesday, July 20

Being Fear-less in a Fear-filled World

Welcome! And thank you for Pressin'In with us for this GREAT NEWS that we can "Be FEAR-LESS in a FEAR-FILLED world"!

Who of us DOESN'T want to walk this earth in the authority that Christ came sooooo far to make available to us, through His Death, Burial, and Resurrection?! We don't know about you, but we know that we surely want both Jesus's authority AND His courage!

        To put it plainly, if Jesus gave EVERYTHING He had, in order that ALL that He has be made available to you and me, and all of us on this earth, then we want EVERYTHING He died to give us!

        Proverb 18:10 tells us, "The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." Do you want to be "SAFE"? Do you want to be fear-LESS, like the title of our message says, from all the fear-filled matters here in this world?

        Never has there been a better time than now for us to stop allowing ourselves to be robbed of the "courage" of "LIFE" that is made available to us through The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

        So, let's journey through the answers to the question, "How do I begin the process of 'running INto' the Lord, our Strong Tower?"

"The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it (Psalm 68:11)."

        Your love and prayers mean more than you know, both to us and to those we reach with The Gospel of Christ Jesus and The Gospel He preached. We pray that The Lord returns to you 100-fold reward for all of the caring, sharing, and faith-fullness you pour out!

We are grateful for the wonderfully fruitful opportunities The Person of The Holy Spirit is blessing us with, to glorify the Great Name of our Father and Lord Jesus Christ, opportunities we simply could not take advantage of if not for the passion and support of our TTM partners to magnify Jesus Christ by sending us into this final hour's harvest! On behalf of the two of us, and those we are reaching, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking part in our work, friendship, and all our family of faith has been doing to encourage and reach this end time's generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ... and with the Gospel Jesus Christ preached! Your friends and servants in Christ Jesus,
    
To Show GOD BIG in a World that Sees Him small… 
sums up the reason Keith stepped out in faith to focus on reaching the lost and strengthening believers everywhere, through Toward The Mark, Inc.  Keith and Brenda's prayer is that you will be encouraged and edified by the Secrets from God's Word that Keith recounts in our written and recorded products.

We couldn't do this without the help of our friends!
This blog channel, along with the complete collection of original podcasts, music, blogs, books, CDs, and other Bible-based resources of Toward The Mark, Inc. is made possible by the faithful prayer and financial support of the TTM Sponsorship Family. We'd like to invite you to come on-board, to become a part of the TTM Family as well, by becoming a monthly financial partner. Your support will go toward fulfilling our God-given calling to help provide effective, contemporary outreach tools that are available to everyone, the churched and un-churched alike, who desire to know more of the love, truth, and salvation of Jesus Christ. We invite you to partner with us, as we, "press Toward The Mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14)

Keep PRESSIN' IN!


We INVITE YOU...
 see and hear, follow and share, more from Toward The Mark, Inc.:

Keith and Brenda "Between The Lines" Podcast on TTM's Libsyn Channel











Thursday, July 7

Our Father Hears Our Prayers! UPDATE...

Hi, it's Bren. Greetings in Jesus Christ's Holy Name. I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for standing in prayer with us through what has been a most difficult six weeks for Keith, and for me. About a month-and-a-half ago, on 24 May, Keith suffered a sudden, rapid onset of what his Orthopedic surgeon referred to as a "severe nerve storm" in the base of his spine and out to his left hip, all from a weekend of annual lawn cleaning he has always enjoyed doing. This time brought more than sore muscles, it brought a sudden attack that woke him up in the middle of the night and stayed, leaving his left hip numb, his major organs in a fight for balance, a continuous fever in the fight through unrelenting pain, and even high blood pressure for the first time in his life, plus the loss of fourteen pounds in just three week's time. I've learned a whole lot more about how the brain works in the body's fight to overcome the effects of excruciating pain. I pray that I never have to watch it happen again.

        We have thankfully worked through an Emergency Room visit, something Keith mostly avoids at all cost, and through MRIs, X-rays, appointments with his Neurosurgeon, an epidural by his Orthopedic surgeon, and a divinely orchestrated appointment with a new pain management physician/specialist. The storm in Keith's pain-stricken body is finally starting to slowly subside... Praise God Almighty! To be totally forthright, I have been very concerned with his pain levels, having been so high for so long, possibly causing more problems as his body was showing the signs of breaking down. Seeing him only able to accumulate two maybe three hours of restless sleep each night, suffering fatigue for weeks... to say I've been frightened is an understatement.

        They have been warning us that the episode that happened 24 May, leading to all he just went through, could happen again without notice. Both surgeons explained to us that, with the disks that Keith does NOT have any more in the bottom half of his spine (due to complete deterioration), the primary nerves coming out of his spinal column are compressed all the time. One surgeon referred what he has gone through all month as a "severe nerve storm".

      Now however, as I am writing to you, we are very grateful to announce that the pain is more under control now and we are able to look back over "the storm" and see, despite the difficulties of it all, our Lord was working through every step we made. The Holy Spirit ordered our steps, one after another, and presented us with opportunities, everywhere we went, to meet with and talk to so many beautiful people, many medical staff members, many who were suffering, and many that received our message of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In direct proportion to Keith's suffering, we witnessed The Holy Spirit draw out of Keith a Word from our Lord that each of them needed at that moment in their lives. And yes, tears were shed.

        The next part of this process of searching for help and recovery options is in progress. We are now getting set up by our family doctor to get another opinion on Keith's case. Praise The Lord for news from a specialist at VCU, one that comes highly recommended by a dear sister in The Lord whose dad dealt with the same type of thing and received help with success there. He had been told by a number of other surgeons that his condition was "inoperable" just like we have been told from a number of surgeons about Keith's spine.

        At one point, as Keith was grimacing from pain, he glanced over at me and said, "What a target-rich environment The Holy Spirit has led us into today." I will admit, what we have just walked through has been perhaps the most stressful and fatiguing month-and-a-half of our fourteen years together. Yet, and miraculously, it has been one of the most fruitful where our working with The Holy Spirit to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ and loving Father are concerned.

        The timing when all of this hit, and the intensity of the physical pain that came with it, I believe was a spiritual attack as Keith was working on a most-pertinent message he was really looking forward to sharing in a new blogpost last month. As he is slowly recuperating, he is gradually able to work on finishing the message, "How Jesus Christ Made Me Free from the Curse of Hereditary Sin." On that note, I want to say thank you for standing in prayer with us and for us! We would also like to publicly thank our faith-full partners and ministry family who make it possible for us to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Gospel He preached the way we are able to. We are praying for each of you that our loving Father will reward you 100 times over for all you are, for all you mean to us, and for all you do that keeps us in our Father's final hour's harvest fields!

        Would you stand with us in prayer as we are seeking God daily for His complete healing? We are especially believing God for a speedy recovery, so we can travel some long distances in the car to see wonderful people who we get to share the things that Jesus Christ has been showing us and has so freely shown us over the years. Your love, friendship, and support mean more than you know!

        Personally, as I war in the spirit realm against wicked forces that sometimes feel like they are going to defeat me/us, The Holy Spirit is faithful to bring back to my mind experiences when I have fought through to victory. We get stronger with each hit we take in the spirit realm, being presented with another opportunity to have built in us, by the steady Hand of the Great Physician Jesus Christ, His strength and endurance that will, in turn, better equip us for the assignments to come on the spiritual field of battle.

        Wow, we are both humbled and grateful for the wonderfully fruitful opportunities The Person of The Holy Spirit is blessing us with, to glorify the Great Name of our Father and Lord Jesus Christ. These opportunities are ones we simply could not take advantage of if not for our bond and united passion with our wonder-full partners to magnify Jesus Christ in this final hour's harvest! On behalf of Keith and me, and those we are reaching, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We thank you for your family-ship, friendship, and all you have done and are doing to encourage us and to help us reach this end time's generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ... and with the Gospel Jesus Christ preached!

"The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it (Psalm 68:11)."

        Your love and prayers mean more to us that you can know. And, for those of you who have called, come by, or sent special cards and emails, we pray that The Lord returns to you 100-fold reward for all of the kindness that you have poured out to us!

Your friends and servants in Christ Jesus,
    
To Show GOD BIG in a World that Sees Him small… 
sums up the reason Keith stepped out in faith to focus on reaching the lost and strengthening believers everywhere, through Toward The Mark, Inc.  Keith and Brenda's prayer is that you will be encouraged and edified by the Secrets from God's Word that Keith recounts in our written and recorded products.

We couldn't do this without the help of our friends!
This blog channel, along with the complete collection of original podcasts, music, blogs, books, CDs, and other Bible-based resources of Toward The Mark, Inc. is made possible by the faithful prayer and financial support of the TTM Sponsorship Family. We'd like to invite you to come on-board, to become a part of the TTM Family as well, by becoming a monthly financial partner. Your support will go toward fulfilling our God-given calling to help provide effective, contemporary outreach tools that are available to everyone, the churched and un-churched alike, who desire to know more of the love, truth, and salvation of Jesus Christ. We invite you to partner with us, as we, "press Toward The Mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14)

Keep PRESSIN' IN!





We INVITE YOU...
 see and hear, follow and share, more from Toward The Mark, Inc.:

Keith and Brenda "Between The Lines" Podcast on TTM's Libsyn Channel












                CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible contribution securely by PayPal.
Every gift is tax-deductible and helps! And we thank you for it!


Mail tax-deductible contributions by check or money order made out to:
Toward The Mark, Inc., P.O. Box 1152, Yorktown, VA 23692-1152. 

Thank you in advance for sowing your financial seed into the fertile soil of this ministry! We pray God bless you with a 100-fold return for your generosity!

"Blessed be The LORD my Strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and He in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me (Psalm 144:1-2)."
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Friday, July 1

THANK YOU! UPDATE...

Our words could not even begin to express just how grateful we are to those of you who have taken time out of your busy schedules to earnesly pray for Keith and I as this last month has been very difficult.

Both of Keith's Orthopedic- and Neuro-Surgeons have stressed to us the importance of Keith's being very wise in what he chooses to take on as physical activity. They are saying, "Before you do anything, you better think about it... or think twice."

They have been warning us that the episode that happened 24 May, leading to all he just went through, could happen again without notice. Both surgeons explained to us that, with the disks that Keith does NOT have any more in the bottom half of his spine (due to complete deterioration), the primary nerves coming out of his spinal column are compressed all the time. One surgeon referred what he has gone through all month as a "severe nerve storm".

We are in the process now of getting another opinion from a specialist at VCU, one that comes highly recommended by a dear sister in The Lord whose dad dealt with the same type of thing and received help successfully there. He had been told by a number of other surgeons that his condition was "inoperable" just like we have been told from a number of surgeons about Keith's spine.

If we could again ask, would you please stand with us in prayer? We are seeking God daily for Him to miraculously move in helping us get to a point where Keith's back and neck are able to travel long-distance in the car to appointments where we get to share with others the things that Jesus Christ has been showing us and has so freely shown us over the years. Or, as Keith has prayed...

"Lord, I only need this old spine for about another 35 years; would You please patch it up and grace me with repairs enough to finish all that you've got for us to do, to glorify Your Name, together?" In Christ Jesus we pray, Amen (let it be so)!

Your love and prayers mean more to us that you can know. And, for those of you who have called, come by, and sent special cards and emails, we pray that The Lord returns to you 100-fold reward for all of the kindness that you have poured out to us!


Good Times Comin' On!

Verse
Don't look to the right don't look to the left/just keep your eyes on Jesus/Don't fume or fret over where He might take you/only He knows where He needs you!

Don't think about what you'll eat or what you might wear/Just put your faith in Jesus/ Don't be concerned with bein' by yourself/He said He'd never leave you.

Chorus
Good times comin' on/Feed on the Word it'll make you strong/
Good times comin' on/Soon all those bad times will be long gone.

Verse
Don't look to the East don't look to the West/Just set your sights on Jesus!/

When all the world seems like it's fallin' around you/Just look to Him and He'll free you!

Chorus
Good times comin' on/Feed on the Word it'll make you strong/
Good times comin' on/Soon all those bad times will be long gone.

Bridge
Tell everybody that you know you really love and adore Him.
Show everybody that you see you really want to live for Him.

Chorus
Good times comin' on/Feed on the Word it'll make you strong!
Good times comin' on/Soon all those bad times will be long gone!


Your friends and servants in Christ Jesus,
    
To Show GOD BIG in a World that Sees Him small… 
sums up the reason Keith stepped out in faith to focus on reaching the lost and strengthening believers everywhere, through Toward The Mark, Inc.  Keith and Brenda's prayer is that you will be encouraged and edified by the Secrets from God's Word that Keith recounts in our written and recorded products.

We couldn't do this without the help of our friends!
This blog channel, along with the complete collection of original podcasts, music, blogs, books, CDs, and other Bible-based resources of Toward The Mark, Inc. is made possible by the faithful prayer and financial support of the TTM Sponsorship Family. We'd like to invite you to come on-board, to become a part of the TTM Family as well, by becoming a monthly financial partner. Your support will go toward fulfilling our God-given calling to help provide effective, contemporary outreach tools that are available to everyone, the churched and un-churched alike, who desire to know more of the love, truth, and salvation of Jesus Christ. We invite you to partner with us, as we, "press Toward The Mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14)

Keep PRESSIN' IN!



                CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible contribution securely by PayPal.
Every gift is tax-deductible and helps! And we thank you for it!


Mail tax-deductible contributions by check or money order made out to:
Toward The Mark, Inc., P.O. Box 1152, Yorktown, VA 23692-1152. 

Thank you in advance for sowing your financial seed into the fertile soil of this ministry! We pray God bless you with a 100-fold return for your generosity!

"Blessed be The LORD my Strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and He in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me (Psalm 144:1-2)."
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 Visit TowardTheMark.com website |  Connect with TowardTheMark on e-mail.



Tuesday, May 31

GOD IS... so much bigger than you think HE is!

"WOW... what exciting times we're in! What some people might call 'tragic' we Believers in our soon-coming Lord and Savior Jesus Christ call PRICELESS opportunities'!" #StayFocused -- Keith, Brenda, and TTM Team


Are there wars, rumors of wars, record-breaking storms, earthquakes in new places, signs in the heavens, new diseases, increases in rage, bitterness, hatred and prejudice, and more prophetic signs just like Jesus tells us to be expecting and watching for? Sure, all of those things are at hand in these recent days... just as The Holy Spirit and Christ Jesus is "at hand", soon to return for The Church-The Bride of Christ. Staying focused is our aim, not merely on doing good things but, doing all that is RIGHT for fulfilling ALL of God's Will during these times. We are taking every opportunity to lead folks from living on a fleshy foundation where they are separated from God to a place of pursuing one-ness with God through Jesus Christ.
Our Father's loving arms are open and waiting to embrace each individual He has created. How do we lead His people into his open, loving, and waiting arms? It starts at... ALL YOU REALLY HAVE TO DO IS TELL 'EM WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU!
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise (2 Proverb 11:30)."
NOW... Let's get to "A Journey Together through The Scriptures:  The New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (reading with audio actor Alexander Scourby) and COUNTING and NAMING our MANY BLESSINGS, one by one!  Selah and Halleluia!


Once you daily pursue ONEness with God, your wisdom and understanding *in Him* changes everything! Your focus on working *with God* will lead you to beyond your greatest expectations! Watch and see!!!

Print this message and read repeatedly 'til it becomes permanent on the tablet of your heart.
If you have yet to invite Jesus Christ into your heart to be your Lord and Savior, or if you have allowed something or someone to come between you and God, now is your time to get right with God. Right there where you are, pray this prayer to God, then relax and watch what God does...

          "Dear Father God, in the precious Name of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and The LORD of all lords, I lay my life at Your Feet. I come before You, confessing that I am a sinner, and I ask for You to forgive me of all my sins - those that I know I have committed, as well as those that I am not even aware of.  I ask that You come into my heart and be my Lord. I lay my life, and everything in it, at Your Feet, and ask that You please take me and begin to change me to be like YOU. I ask that You redeem the time that has passed, and allow me the opportunity to become exactly what You have predestined me to be, from before the foundation of the earth. I commit my life to You now, and thank You for receiving me as Your own. In the wonderful Name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, I pray, Amen."  And AMEN!!!


            WELCOME HOME!

            If you have just prayed this prayer, we want to congratulate you for making the greatest decision that you'll ever make! By accepting Jesus Christ, or rededicating your life to Him, as your personal Lord and Savior, you have begun the wonder-full process of being grafted into the family of God, and we welcome you "Home" to God's Family. We would also like to invite you to contact us so that we can send you information that will help you begin growing in your relationship and daily walk with God. We would encourage you to begin attending a Holy-Spirit-filled, Bible-believing church right away.


            We advise you to begin reading The Holy Bible daily, whether you understand it or not. Always remember, God's written Word in The Holy Bible is LIKE NO OTHER BOOK that has ever been written! When we rendezvous with The Person of The Holy Spirit as we read what God has written there, it becomes stored in our heart for The Holy Spirit to access it to bring to our remembrance.  You will find that the Scriptures will become applicable to whatever you are going through, at any given time!

            There are wonderful Bible teachers on television and on the radio that can, especially early in your walk with God, help you to begin receiving good teaching, and encouragement, right away. Although very informative, these programs are never to be a substitute for close relationships with people who love and serve God. At times, the transformation process that you have now begun will be difficult, and you will be tempted to go back to your old ways of living your old life. It will be during times like these that hanging out with strong Christian friends and mentors will be crucially important. There really IS strength in numbers! (Selah)

            And remember, no matter what, Keep PRESSIN' IN...  learnin', and growin' *with* our Lord and Savior.  You might consider using our book  LETTERS FROM THE FRONT, the special collection of keys to defeating hindrances that have kept many of God's servants from walking with the confidence and authority that Jesus Christ died to give us! Twelve life-changing teaching chapters:


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Sin Makes Ya Stewpit!
The Cart's Before the Horse
The Crisis of Eroding Integrity
The Fruit's on the End of the Limb
Too Quick to Compromise
The Rarest of All Breeds!
Please...Stop Stinkin'
Three Keys to God-Pleasing Faith
Let It Go
Understanding the Fear of The Lord
Into the Secret Place
Give to Give


  To help you further your fight to victory through the battles that confront every one of us in these turbulent times we live in, get your copy of our book, " LETTERS FROM THE FRONT." In this collection of 12 letters written from the front lines of battle fought in the spiritual, natural, and theater of the mind, Keith's Scripture messages will build your faith and help you reach God's full potential for your life.
"LETTERS FROM THE FRONT"
available at
TowardTheMark online.


We pray God uses this message, and all of our resources, to fan the flame in your heart for Christ Jesus, His wonder-full Ways, and His Plan and Purpose for you in this life. If you have any questions about our work, or if you would like to make a special tax-deductible donation, place a special order for any of our books, magazines, or CDs, or to share a testimony or prayer request with us, please  e-mail us. Also feel free to write a letter and mail it to TOWARD THE MARK, P.O. Box 1152, Yorktown, VA 23692-1152.
May God bless you greatly as you listen to our continuing podcast messages with Alexander Scourby reading the Holy Scriptures to be written on your heart. We are eternally grateful for our loving Toward The Mark Family of sponsors who make this blog, and all of our resources, possible by their faithful prayer and monthly financial support!
Stay focused, Your friends and servants in Christ Jesus,
    
To Show GOD BIG in a World that Sees Him small… 
sums up the reason Keith stepped out in faith to focus on reaching the lost and strengthening believers everywhere, through Toward The Mark, Inc.  Keith and Brenda's prayer is that you will be encouraged and edified by the Secrets from God's Word that Keith recounts in our written and recorded products.

We couldn't do this without the help of our friends!
This blog message, along with the complete collection of original podcasts, music, blogs, books, CDs, and other Bible-based resources of Toward The Mark, Inc. is made possible by the faithful prayer and financial support of the TTM Sponsorship Family. We'd like to invite you to come on-board, to become a part of the TTM Family as well, by becoming a monthly financial partner. Your support will go toward fulfilling our God-given calling to help provide effective, contemporary outreach tools that are available to everyone, the churched and un-churched alike, who desire to know more of the love, truth, and salvation of Jesus Christ. We invite you to partner with us, as we, "press Toward The Mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14)

Keep PRESSIN' IN!



CLICK HERE to make a tax-deductible contribution securely by PayPal.
Every gift is tax-deductible and helps! And we thank you for it!

Mail tax-deductible contributions by check or money order made out to:
Toward The Mark, Inc., P.O. Box 1152, Yorktown, VA 23692-1152. 

Thank you in advance for sowing your financial seed into the fertile soil of this ministry! We pray God bless you with a 100-fold return for your generosity!



"Blessed be The LORD my Strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and He in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me (Psalm 144:1-2)."
Toward the Mark, Inc. © 2005 - 2022 | Privacy Policy and Terms of Use apply | Visit TowardTheMark.com website |  Connect with TowardTheMark on e-mail.