FMI REPORT - SEPTEMBER 2010
The Spent Bullet,
Life-Transforming Event, Steve McQueen Lives,
Deception Even Stronger
"Whatsoever things are of good
report... think on these things." Phil. 4:8
a pleasure it is to be in touch with you again. The FMI Report
mainly documents the previous month's activities. We would like to
thank all of you who have been forwarding these messages to your
friends and family.
In This Month's Report:
* Editorial -
The Spent Bullet
* Feedback -
Face to Face
* August Ministry -
GenNet Gettysburg - "A
* News and Resources -
Steve McQueen Lives...!!!
* Products - Four Exciting Resources (see link below).
* Partnership - Invest in God's Program for the Northeast of America
* God Thoughts -
Deception Even Stronger
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Don’t forget the ever-popular 'GOD THOUGHTS' at the end of this report.
The Spent Bullet
H. G. Wells wrote a 'revolutionary' book over
100 years ago about a time traveler who invented a machine that would
take him forward and backward in time. His book, 'The Time Machine' was
a pioneering work that has been the inspiration for thousands of science
fiction stories, movies, TV shows and video games ever since.
MAKING WRONGS RIGHT
Our fascination with the future lies in our fear
of what might or might not happen, and our hopes and dreams for a better
world. Our fascination with the past lies with our desire to undo our
regrets accumulated from past mistakes, and the wish to make wrongs
The past is like a spent bullet! Once it has been
fired, it cannot be put back in the gun and fired again a second time, in
the hope that the second shot will hit the target that was missed the
LIKE A PEBBLE IN A POND
Much as we would like to fantasize, the past
cannot be changed! The consequences of our actions and reactions always
progress forward, just like a pebble dropped in a pond. The resulting
rings in the water always move outward, not inward.
OUR ALLOTTED DAYS
We all make mistakes and an old mentor of mine
used to frequently say, 'He who never made a mistake, never made
anything!' However, as I recently
wrote, 'Wisdom is understanding and
acting upon what is said by those who've already been where you're
going. It saves lost time from learning the hard way and backtracking to
cover unnecessary mistakes, which gives you a better chance of
fulfilling your destiny during your allotted days.'
Our 'allotted days' lie ahead in an unwritten
landscape and even though we can make our own plans for the future, the
'Lord guides our steps....'
Chose your path wisely and write a bright future
with the pen of destiny in your hand, because your destiny is your
"Dear servants of God. Grace and love come to you from Kenya and
your friends. I am very grateful to see your ministry updates. My love
is to continue praying for you always as we continue to partner in this
work of ministry. God bless you as we look forward to meet you one day
face to face."
Pastor Godfrey and Ruth, Kenya, Africa
GenNet Gettysburg - "A
Where we ministered in September:
Sun, 12th - Bethel Assembly of God,
Littlestown, PA, Pastor James Ruddy
Mon, 13th – Leader’s Meeting, Bethel Assembly of God,
Littlestown, PA, Pastor James Ruddy
Sat, 18th - Pastors and Leaders Meeting, Chapel on the Hill,
Emlenton, PA, Pastor Chris Clark
Sun, 19th - Chapel on the Hill, Emlenton, PA, Pastor Chris Clark
Fri, 24th and Sat, 25th – The Great GenNet Gathering in
Gettysburg, PA, Jeff Beacham
Sun 26th – Northeast Assembly, Philadelphia, PA, Pastors Luis and
fantastic weekend with you at Bethel! GenNet is an incredible
platform in which the generations can be blessed. Thank you so much!
Maybe next time, you'll be able to give us drummers a little clinic :-D"
Andrew Norris, Littlestown, PA
"Dear Jeff, Thank you for taking the time to
minister at Bethel.... I appreciate the deposits that you continue to
make at Bethel both corporately and in individual lives.... Thank you
also for staying over Monday to minister to the Bethel pastors, our
leaders, and local pastors on areas of leadership. I know they found your
teaching beneficial and were appreciative that you took time to share
ministry insights with them. Again, thank you for partnering with Bethel
in ministry and in friendship. We appreciate your faithful service to
the Kingdom of God. You have our hearts and prayers." Jim and Mari-Lee
Ruddy, Pastors, Bethel AG, Littlestown, PA
On September 24th and 25th GenNet members and
guests from several states gathered at Gettysburg, PA for our most
impactful meeting yet...!!!
GenNet is all about 'Advancing the Front Line...!' There's no better
place than Gettysburg to brand our young members with what it's really
like to be on the frontline. Fifty thousand men were lost over three
days during the Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln gave perhaps the greatest speech of all time (The
Gettysburg Address) shortly after the battle, and later testified that
he spontaneously received Christ there, partly due to the lingering
anointing that remained for some time. Today, there is an ongoing battle
for the heart and soul of America and a new 'front line' is Gettysburg -
and it's not for the faint-hearted!
On Friday, we had our first meeting in the oldest church in town, built
in 1822, now called the GAR Hall, which was originally a Methodist
Church until around 1910. Our meeting was one of the first 'church'
services in the last 100 years! This went from 7 pm until 12:30 am the
next morning! Everyone present was activated in the gifts of the Holy
Spirit, including prophecy, words of knowledge, and words of wisdom. The
walls of the church were lined with photos and paintings of all the
ministers who served there for nearly 200 years. They were like 'a great
cloud of witnesses' (Hebrews 12), there to see this ground taken back
for the Kingdom.
On Saturday, we
had an in-depth tour of the battlefield with John Wega of the US
Christian Commission, an expert on local history. We had communion
together where General Lee commanded the battle from 'Seminary Ridge.'
This was the most moving time for all, with many tears flowing.
"The GenNet Gettysburg Gathering was a
life-transforming event. It was a monumental and historical
experience to gather in the the GAR Hall, where African Americans first
worshiped with Caucasians. It was such a blessing to be part of praying
and prophesying over each person who was there. The family who is
continuing the work of the Christian Coalition was such an inspiration.
Their dedication and willingness to confront people with the truth
against great opposition was a challenge to my family and team, who
resolved to carry that same dedication in our territory. The tour of the
battlefield was especially inspirational, knowing the Civil War
soldiers' sacrifice to pay the price for the freedoms we enjoy today,
including my marriage, that would never be possible were it not for the
victory of the Union. I am now ready to be a much more dedicated soldier
of Christ to the call of God to set captives free throughout the world."
Joshua Kennedy, GenNet Lead Team Member
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Revealed: What Led to Steve
McQueen Accepting Christ before his Death -
Dan Wooding (October 6, 2010)
(Beverly Hills, CA) — When American entertainer Pat Boone heard that
Hollywood actor Steve McQueen had cancer, he penned a letter to
him about 30 years ago telling that him that he "loved him" and was
"praying for his battle against cancer."
McQueen received an Academy Award
nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films
include: The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown
Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, and The Towering Inferno. Sadly, McQueen died at the age of 50 on November 7, 1980, following
an operation to remove or reduce several metastatic tumors in his
Boone had forgotten about the letter until recently when, while he
was attending the 12th Annual Media Fellowship International Praise
Brunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a lady called Judy Ragsdale
approached him and told him that she had found the long lost letter.
Ragsdale told me, "My husband, Grady Ragsdale Jr., worked with Steve
during the last two-and-a-half years of his life. He was Steve's
mechanic for his airplane and he was right at his side in Ciudad
Juárez, when he passed away. He then flew back to California with
Steve's body in a casket."
Judy revealed that Steve McQueen had
"accepted Christ" three months before he ever knew he had cancer. "I
am sharing this otherwise people might have thought it was a death
bed decision," she said. Judy went on to say, "That was in
1979, and later Grady wrote the book ‘The Final Chapter' and the
Reverend Billy Graham wrote the forward to it. My husband has since
passed away, but I still have the book and the memories."
Her late husband's book focuses on Steve's final year on earth as he
bravely battled the cancer that killed him and in it Ragsdale wrote
about McQueen's views on life, the changes in his life, his marriage
to Barbara Minty, and his beliefs in the afterlife. As Pat
Boone was standing at her side, Judy explained that she was recently
going through her memorabilia and had discovered the letter from Pat
Boone. When she found it, she said she prayed, "Lord, one day please
let me meet this man." Well, this occurred on Saturday and
with a big smile on her face, Judy said, "See how the Lord works in
mysterious ways as I have finally met him today."
Pat Boone then said, "I had forgotten about the letter which I wrote
to Steve McQueen all those years ago in which I was encouraging him
and letting him know that we loved and admired him and were praying
for his battle against cancer."
"I don't even know what else I said but I have now asked Judy if she
would send me a copy because it's one of many that I've written over
the years. I mean, I've written people like J. Paul Getty, H. L. Hunt
and Howard Hughes, not asking for anything, but instead offering to
be of spiritual help. I didn't want to receive, but I just wanted to
give them something."
Steve's wife, Barbara Minty McQueen, in her book, "Steve McQueen:
The Last Mile," writes of McQueen becoming an Evangelical Christian
toward the end of his life. This was due in part to the influences
of his flying instructor, Sammy Mason and his son Pete, and Barbara.
McQueen attended his local church, Ventura Missionary Church in
Southern California, and was visited by evangelist Billy Graham
shortly before his death.
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