5/2 Precious Promises

5/2 Precious Promises.

2 Peter 1:4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

Valuable and of exceeding great worth are the promises he has made to you. This is not a promise from a man but from God. These promises are those that transform you of from self-seeking to the divine nature of giving freely and abundantly like him. He gives to his friends, to his family, to those aloof and even his enemies. You can do this now because of him. This is of great worth. There is incredible freedom and eternal life.

Give into this, you are now a lover. You are now one who enjoys agape and give it liberally. Learn to love it and appreciate it whenever you participate in it or see it done. Exalt the idea and take pride in living in the supernatural.

He always keeps his promise and never fails. Stick this in your head. Never does he fail to deliver. Do not rely on your feeling. Push past them in faith. Give and if it hurts, give more. Submit yourself to his rule and accept his promise. Enjoy the fruits of freedom, hope, peace and love.

Our Church

http://www.OperationDeluge.com is the link for our Church website and our senior pastor Cliff Williams can be found on Facebook. Here is a link to our production video for the church https://youtu.be/B1DD3_9W_qo
We are World Mission Bible Fellowship and we have several HELP houses that cater to those that have been cast aside by society. We help people change their lives and become self sufficient by teaching the basics of life through Gods word. When we start to apply Gods word to our lives, we can achieve true purpose and change. Our animal rescue site will also be a part of helping people recover and turn their lives around. Come join that page (Kellie’s Critters Rescue and Rehab)at http://www.facebook.com/fortheloveofkellie

True hearts for Gods people

History of the Salvation Army

William Booth embarked upon his ministerial career in 1852, desiring to win the lost multitudes of England to Christ. He walked the streets of London to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute.

Booth abandoned the conventional concept of a church and a pulpit, instead taking his message to the people. His fervor led to disagreement with church leaders in London, who preferred traditional methods. As a result, he withdrew from the church and traveled throughout England, conducting evangelistic meetings. His wife, Catherine, could accurately be called a co-founder of The Salvation Army.

In 1865, William Booth was invited to hold a series of evangelistic meetings in the East End of London. He set up a tent in a Quaker graveyard, and his services became an instant success. This proved to be the end of his wanderings as an independent traveling evangelist. His renown as a religious leader spread throughout London, and he attracted followers who were dedicated to fight for the souls of men and women.

Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among Booth’s first converts to Christianity. To congregations who were desperately poor, he preached hope and salvation. His aim was to lead people to Christ and link them to a church for further spiritual guidance.

Many churches, however, did not accept Booth’s followers because of their past. So Booth continued giving his new converts spiritual direction, challenging them to save others like themselves. Soon, they too were preaching and singing in the streets as a living testimony to the power of God.

In 1867, Booth had only 10 full-time workers, but by 1874, the number had grown to 1,000 volunteers and 42 evangelists, all serving under the name “The Christian Mission.” Booth assumed the title of general superintendent, with his followers calling him “General.” Known as the “Hallelujah Army,” the converts spread out of the East End of London into neighboring areas and then to other cities.

Booth was reading a printer’s proof of the 1878 annual report when he noticed the statement “The Christian Mission is a volunteer army.” Crossing out the words “volunteer army,” he penned in “Salvation Army.” From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army.

From that point, converts became soldiers of Christ and were known then, as now, as Salvationists. They launched an offensive throughout the British Isles, in some cases facing real battles as organized gangs mocked and attacked them. In spite of violence and persecution, some 250,000 people were converted under the ministry of The Salvation Army between 1881 and 1885.

Meanwhile, the Army was gaining a foothold in the United States. Lieutenant Eliza Shirley had left England to join her parents, who had migrated to America earlier in search for work. In 1879, she held the first meeting of The Salvation Army in America, in Philadelphia. The Salvationists were received enthusiastically. Shirley wrote to General Booth, begging for reinforcements. None were available at first. Glowing reports of the work in Philadelphia, however, eventually convinced Booth, in 1880, to send an official group to pioneer the work in America.

On March 10, 1880, Commissioner George Scott Raiton and seven women officers knelt on the dockside at Battery Park in New York City to give thanks for their safe arrival. At their first official street meeting, these pioneers were met with unfriendly actions, as had happened in Great Britain. They were ridiculed, arrested, and attacked. Several officers and soldiers even gave their lives.Three years later, Railton and other Salvationists had expanded their operation into California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. President Grover Cleveland received a delegation of Salvation Army officers in 1886 and gave the organization a warm personal endorsement. This was the first recognition from the White House and would be followed by similar receptions from succeeding presidents.

The Salvation Army movement expanded rapidly to Canada, Australia,

Switzerland, India, South Africa, Iceland, and local neighborhood units. The Salvation Army is active in virtually every corner of the world.

General Booth’s death in 1912 was a great loss to The Salvation Army. However, he had laid a firm foundation’ even his death could not deter the ministry’s onward march. His eldest son, Bramwell Booth, succeeded him.

Edward J. Higgins served as the first elected general, beginning in 1929. The first female general was Booth’s daughter, the dynamic Evangeline Booth, serving from 1934 to 1939. The Army’s fifth general was George Carpenter, succeeded in 1946 by Albert Orsborn. General Wilfred Kitching was elected in 1954, succeeded by Frederick Coutts in 1963. Erik Wickberg followed in 1969; Clarence Wiseman in 1974; Arnold Brown in 1977; Jarl Wahlstrom in 1981; and Eva Burrows, the second female general, in 1986. General Bramwell Tillsley was elected in 1993 and was succeeded by General Paul Rader in 1994, followed by General John Gowans in 1999, General John Larsson in 2002, and General Shaw Clifton in 2006.

The lives of both William & Catherine Booth are amazing and have been documented in other books. I recommend reading about their plight for the poor and their biographies.
Get involved, go be the difference my friends.
    
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My insane adventure to deliver a message

I can’t begin to tell you how crazy things were after accepting the speaking engagement in Texas this past week. First, the date I thought I was speaking was wrong, so I had to make an attempt to change my flight. For the sake of time, I’ll cut that short by saying it took a few days and a little more money to make that happen, but I got it handled in time. The place I lined up to stay was with a “christian” man I met through a church that helped with low cost housing for me when I was with my daughter. He would take me to lunch from time to time and seemed to be a nice guy. I asked to stay with him and he was glad to help, we’ll get back to that in a bit.
There were a few other minor things that made my trip difficult to plan and arrange but again, for times sake, we’ll just say they got handled in short order with help from my parents and grandmother.
As I took off I knew it would be a long day. My flight had 2 stops and 1 transfer. My transfer was in “Orange County, Santa Ana” and I had fallen asleep on the flight. I awakened to the pilot announcing “we have arrived in Orange County, San Jose. If you are continuing on to Houston we will be leaving after we unload and load passengers.”  I was a bit confused so I asked the flight attendent if I was supposed to get off here and showed her my ticket. She told me this was where I transferred, so yes, and I got off the plane. I almost went to get a bite to eat after a quick bathroom break but decided to head to my terminal, which was empty. I asked a guy at the counter if my flight was coming in and explained what had just happened. He was just a computer tech but checked my info for me, nice guy, and he told me I needed to get back on the plane I had just got off of. The race was on and through some small mirical I got back on my flight. After my next stop, I got my plane to Dallas and was relieved to arrive there. My ride picked me up about a hour later.
It was unusually cold for Texas but I was prepared. It stormed every day until the morning I left, I had packed 3 pairs of shorts and one pair of jeans. My bad, should have checked the forecast.

We arrived at the house I was to be staying at and I was immediatley overwhelmed by the smell of cat urine and feces. The house was obviousley that of a hoarder, organized trash everywhere that formed a path through the entire house, but I was on a mission bigger than the mess I had in front of me. I was a bit taken back by the request to remove my shoes, the carpet was covered in filth, mostly urine and feces stains. So, now I’m walking through the house to the room where I’m to sleep in. There was a cat box outside my door with shredded newspaper, covered in cat mess. The cats had scratched most of the used paper out of the box which was at the entry of my door.
My room was not any better, my private bathroom was a regular bathroom break for one the cats and I had a present to pick up each morning.
Every night I prayed for sleep so I could overcome the smell that was overwhelming me. Still, the mission was far more important than my situation.
I had a great meeting with my attorney the eve of my speech and he fed me well, thank God.
The man I was staying with also told me I didn’t need to worry about any meals, but he didn’t feed me once. He also drank the entire visit. It was getting late so I contacted Patty, who was my ride and the other speaker for the event. She had something come up and now I had to scramble to figure out how I was going to get 60 plus miles the next morning for the event, and it was late in the evening. I would also need to figure out how to use her speaking time up at the event.
I made several attempts to find a ride but people didn’t answer or they weren’t available to take me, so I borrowed money to take the train, that was a small mirical borrowing the money too. My MADD advocate (Suzette Pylant) met me half way and gave me a ride. It took 2 trains and 3 hours but I made it. The event went very well, it was worth the whole adventure. Suzette bought me some food, again, thank God! Then it was 2 trains home, which turned into 3 trains and an extra hour.

Upon returning to where I stayed, I was again overwhelmed by the stench in the house, and once again, no food. I had 2 meals in 4 days, thank God for those meals.
I tried to sleep early, my host wanted to “spend time with me” which meant he wanted me to watch the Bruce Jenner Trans sexual interview with him, oh joy, I can’t imagine anything two grown hetrosexual men would enjoy more together.
After that sack of fun, I hit the urine stenched bed and prayed for morning. My flight back was direct and only 4 hours and 10 minutes. I was wiped out both physically and emotionally. The weeks leading up to the event had been filled with revisiting horrible memories and graphic pictures in order to tell our story of my baby girl. I was ready to come home and relax and eat some good food.
Upon arriving, things didn’t get much better. I came home and my cat was missing. This broke me down. All my emotions came out and I needed to leave the ranch for a couple days. It was all very overwhelming. A couple days later I returned home, still sad but healing and trying to put myself back together to do it all again. I have no plans on quitting or making this a one time deal. I am not surprised by the attacks for doing good, just overwhelmed. In the end, Jesus wins my love and I will continue to do what is right.
Anyway, I’m home now and I got a story out of the adventure, all is returning to normal.
A special thank you to all our friends following this blog.

John Seaman

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Consequences for our choices

In the video i have on Youtube video featuring my daughter Kellie (http://www.youtube.com/seadaddy101/dontdrinkanddrive), i talk about consequences for your choices affecting the lives of others. I make a plea to people to be responsible. Christ is asking the same from us. He wants us to take care of ourselves and our brothers and sisters, and others around us. Matthew 22:36-40 (NKJV)

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” So knowing our responsibiIity
and our “role” in life, we can begin to move forward toward that goal of being able to handle EVERYTHING with love. I realized that Mathew Moore (the man that killed my daughter Kellie) wasn’t doing anything differently than myself, he was just out “having a good ol’ time” and then bam! His “choices” had devastating consequences on innocent people. I had just been lucky up until that point, i realized i had drawn many long straws compared to Mr. Moore. So many other people just like Mathew Moore and myself were choosing to “have fun” and party, never thinking there would be devastating consequences for our selfish acts. I realized that the problem was huge, so many people with “selfish” behavior all out for number one. How do we change such a huge problem? I was determined to find an answer. I couldn’t stand the thought of another family suffering the horror our family was experiencing. I found a pretty simple solution through prayer and study of Gods word. I read about this incredible man they called Jesus. His life was full of sacrificial service to others. In everything he did, there was love. He gave mercy, kindness, forgiveness, and love to all that sought Him, and He still does. So here i was, knowing my “duty” as a Christian and now had a foundation for my new life of good choices, and i knew there was sacrifice and even the possibility of prison or death involved in serving God. I knew this because i’ve read about the lives of these great men and women of God and knew that i was to emulate their lives as a fellow Christian. They sacrificed, they served. People were loving one another, caring for those around them, it caught on big and spread around the globe. In many ways people have lost that simple message from God. If Mathew Moore had been living his life loving and caring for others, that night would have never happened. I couldn’t change the choices Mathew Moore made, but i could change my choices, and i did. I made a choice to step away from the life i had chosen for myself and do what Christ has instructed us all to do. I changed myself and am still changing, i’m also working on those around me to help them make better choices with their lives. Then i will teach them to do the same with their family and friends. That is how we change our communities, that is how we change society, that is how we change the world! Is it huge? yes, but not impossible. It starts with you. It is very important to reach out to others and show that sacrificial love to. That is how they experience Christ is through us, loving, forgiving, and giving grace and mercy to them. Are you gonna suffer for it? Did Christ? Yes and yes, but our sacrifice doesn’t matter because this isn’t our home. We are simply soldiers for Christ that have been sent away from home to battle evil with good, it’s as simple as that. We have the free will to choose, good choices or bad choices, selfish or selfless, loving and sacrificing or hateful and greedy. If your making both good and bad choices then you are still part of the problem, that’s why it is important to understand Christs mercy and forgiveness. We will never reach perfection but we should ALL strive for it. It changes you. Every step i make toward Him, He blesses me. I am not perfect, but Christ loves me. Others around me aren’t perfect but i will love them Just like Christ loves me. Everything i needed to move forward was given to me through love. I was able to forgive Mathew Moore because Christ forgave me of my awful sins that i never got caught for. We are all the same, we all have free will and we all make our own choices. If more “Christians” would step up and start acting like Christ, it would change the world. Are you willing to commit to a better life today? Have you had enough of all the horrible things in this world? Are you willing to pick up your cross and suffer to serve those around you? Are you willing to be the difference you want to see? It is as simple as making a decision to do it, and then start doing it. The apostle Paul was a great example after Christ. He was always on the move for God, suffering, sacrificing and teaching others to do the same in the name of God, all of his Christian walk he sacrificed and he endured till the end! 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NKJV)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Paul was not a slacker. He went out and sought those in need, he cared for those around him, he sacrificed. You don’t read about these men getting anything to serve their selfish desires. That is the life they put aside and now allowed Christ to live through them. That is what we do, put our selfish lives aside and serve God the way He intended. Don’t make a mockery out of Christianity and call yourself a Christian if you’re not living by the example laid before you through the word and life of God Himself. This isn’t for sissy’s and whimps, it is a true battle of good and evil and we are feeding one beast or the other Which one are you feeding with your choices? The battle is real, our choices have consequences, good and bad.

I pray for our brothers and sisters sacrificing for the Lord. I pray that more people will start making choices out of love instead of selfishness. I cant wait to go home and see the Lord. Meanwhile, i will continue to serve Him and live the way He showed us all to live. Read Matthew 25:31-46 and ask yourself if you measure up. Go be the difference my friends.
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Speaking event in Arlington Texas

On April 24th I did a 40 minute speaking event at Summit High School in Arlington Texas. There were about 1000 juniors and seniors in attendance.
This was my first public event and it was very emotional to prepare and deliver. I did record it on my phone and will post a video to youtube soon.
The response was fantastic and all the students, parents and staff were wonderful. Thank you all for your encouragement and support.

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Upcoming speaking event in Arlington Texas

April 23, 2015 I will be speaking at Summit High School in Arlington Texas about my daughters crash and the effects of drunk driving. I am doing this free of charge to them but do need help with airfare and expenses. In total it will cost approx. $500 and I have $150 of that saved. If you would like to donate to this great cause, please donate here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=T2ULDPBVQC3J8

Our video and testimony are changing lives and reducing Drunk driving around the world. We need more educational programs like this one to make a huge impact on drunk driving.

If you would like me to come speak at your school or event, feel free to contact me at 425-359-0028 in Washington State.
You can also join my daughters memorial facebook page dedicated to her love of animals at http://www.facebook.com/ForTheLoveOfKellie.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement. God bless you all.
John D Seaman

Staying positive

There are no failures in life, only lessons. If we keep calling things failures, we tend to feel as such. Stay positive and value those lessons. We use those lessons to further the kingdom and that is how we bruise the devils head. Remember, things aren’t happening to you, for you, or against you, they are just happening. Your job isn’t to control what happens. Your job is to control how you react to what happens. How you react to what happens will determine how your life unfolds from that point forward. If you respond with drama, you’ll have a drama filled life. If you respond calmly and with love, well, you get the picture.
Go be the difference my friends.

Moving forward in 2015

It appears that our vision will begin In just a couple months. I’ve been invited to move with a couple church members to our 14 acre ranch in Sedro-Woolley Washington where we can begin our Animal Rescue facility. We have already been caring for homeless and addicted people there as well as others who have been cast aside by society. If things go as planned, i will be joining them at the end of April. We have been offered a good deal to purchase the property and are working hard to make this vision come to pass. Thank you all for the continued prayers and support. -John Seaman