Ministry Flows from the Heart

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Ministry Flows from the Heart

“When you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible.” (3 John 1:5, The Message)

As we begin the journey toward extravagant generosity together, let’s start with a check-up. Find your heartbeat. Did everyone find a pulse? If we checked our spiritual pulse, what would we find? Over the next few weeks, we will learn some ways to check our spiritual health. Some of you have already begun that process by answering the “heart” question you received by postcard: “What you love about OCF conference center ministry?” Today, we will consider how Paul begins to address the subject of spiritual health.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. (1Timothy 6:17-19)

While the idea richness has many meanings, the truth is that we in the United States are materially blessed when compared with the rest of the world’s population. Some of our lifestyle choices might not leave much margin, but the fact is, by most standards, we are extremely well off. It often seems that the more we have, the more we worry about keeping what we have and about getting more. When that is the focus of our thoughts, expressing faith in God is more of a challenge.

Paul’s remedy is to put our faith in God. He suggests that we do good things, that we should be rich in good deeds, and that we be generous and willing to share. Today we have shared what we love about OCF’s conference center ministry and where we see Jesus working. These are illustrations of the ways that we do good as a ministry and of how very rich we are in good deeds.

Then, Paul says that there is a difference between just living in our culture and living a Christian life—what Paul calls “truly life.”

2017-09-20T09:45:13-06:00 March 17th, 2014|Weekly Messages|4 Comments


  1. The Nowlins--Scotty, Joelyn, Faith, Christy, Jonathan, and Seth March 17, 2014 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Jim & Bea Fishback poured Godly wisdom into this married couple’s lives through a Marriage Conference back in 1994 when we were basically newly-weds. We still hearken back to that week of encouragement, discipleship, teaching, challenges, charges, and blessing. Thank you Fishbacks, for allowing us to be one of the hundreds and hundreds of couples the Lord has used you to bless over the years!

  2. Darrell Farmer March 17, 2014 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    I was blessed to serve on the Roact Board during the late 70’s-early 80’s.I couldn’t choose between the exceptional/spirtual men that I was associated with.during those meeting times— George Meaders, Paul Pettijohn, Cal Dunlap, Tom Hemingway, Cleo Buxtoin all impacted my life in some way. I trace my conversion back to 1964 at Scott AFB and a weekend seminar led by Mr. Tolk. Dot Meaders ministered so much to my family duriing these times, also..

  3. Jeff Silliman March 18, 2014 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    Clay and Marty Thomas have been our “old friends” at WSS since the next year after our first visit in 1988 on our return from Europe. We stopped by to see our OCF Ramstein Bible study friends the Buck and Dale Dunn who were serving on staff at the “new” OCF Conference Center, White Sulphur Springs. Clay and Marty welcomed us back on our second visit a year later and they have seemed like family ever since. However, I’d also have to highlight Mr Toc who we first met on our first OCF conference center visit to Spring Canyon where he was teaching in 1970. He was also speaking just a few years ago when I visited WSS with my mother. His person and teaching were unique and deeply impacting..However, again, I couldn’t skip Mrs Kent who will always have a special place in our hearts. She just wonderfully connects with guests and staff alike. Her and my mother really clicked and she is like a favorite aunt every time we get to see her there.
    Just so many wonderful people memories that are life treasurers from OCF’s wonderful conference centers.
    Jeff & Grace Silliman

  4. Mike Tesdahl March 20, 2014 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Many names and faces come to mind, but my thoughts keep coming back to Kristy Lathrop. Kristy served as a Rocky Mountain High senior guide or outdoor program leader during some of my most formative and memorable years as an RMH instructor. She put a face to Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” She could balance the need for technical excellence, discipline and safety on the mountain with the equally important need to have fun and to become awestruck by God and his creation. As a result I arrived at camp every year asking myself, “On this stage and with this cast of characters, what is God up this week?” I could also acknowledge a number of college age guides who enriched my life and whose antics are burned into my heart and memories…but at the risk of leaving someone out, I won’t start down that slippery slope!

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