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                                                                                                                 Ministry Update
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   July 2010 • Issue 10.7


                                                                                             Prayer Requests
                                                                                             Pray that Linda will continue to be bold in sharing her faith.
                                                                                                                                                                                      I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be

                                                                                             Pray for the College Veritas Open Forums this summer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                welcomed into eternal
                                                                                             Pray for continued boldness for those men sharing the WTM message.                                                                                                       dwellings. Luke 16:9
                                                                                             Pray for the successful raffling off of our restored muscle car, a 1971 Nova.

                                                                                             Pray for successful WTM evangelism training seminars and workshops.
                                                                                             Pray that God continues to use Christopher Perry in his new staff position
                                                                                             Pray that the ministry’s financial needs will be met

                                                                                                                          Though we have been through a tough time these
                                                  The ramifications are                                                   past 5 months…God has been faithful. Thank you all       Greetings from Quest Ministries!
                                                  freeing and exciting                                                    so very much for praying for me and my family. Also
                                                                                                                          I’m so thankful for all of you who came by to see
                                                                                                                                                                                   Welcome to our quarterly newsletter designed
                                                                                                                                                                                   to let you know what God is doing in and through us.
                                                                                                                          me or sent beautiful cards and flowers of encour-
                                                                                                                          agement. As you may know, I’m still unable to get
            The Scriptures are clear: God damage to the freedom that Christ                                               around on my own. I’m still using a wheelchair and       Integrating the Sharing of
           loves freedom. It has always been and his apostles talked about in the
           His desire to set His children free New Testament. If freedom, liberty,
                                                                                                                          transitions are difficult for me, but tomorrow I begin
                                                                                                                          an 8 week out patient physical therapy routine. I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                   the Gospel into Our Everyday Lives
          and to give them the power to ac- and the empowering of the individual                                          hopeful that we will see improvement soon. Please        For the past fourteen years, Quest Ministries has been attempting to encourage

                                                                                            Linda’s Corner Thank you all for your love and prayers.
         complish eternal things for His glory. are so pivotal in true Christianity, then                                 continue to pray for strength in my legs and deter-      the believers we touch to be like Jesus and to make friends with the lost in their
         Jesus said, “And you shall know the why have so many Christian leaders                                           mination to push forward.                                 sphere of influence. We believe that God wants us all to integrate the sharing
        truth and the truth shall set you free.” and organizations failed to impliment                                                                                              of the gospel into our everyday lives not merely into our outreach events. Our
       (John 8:32) The Apostle Peter spoke or at least communicate those free-               A special thank you to my weekly helpers for their time and care:                      key verse has always been Luke 16:9, where Jesus says, “I tell you, use worldly
      to this point when he said, “Live as doms?                                             Natalie Gordon - Lorraine Dishman - Lu Andrews - Donna Spoelstra                        wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be wel-
     free men, but do not use your freedom                                                   Victoria Larson - Sarah Moore - Donna Drake - Patty McClure                             comed into eternal dwellings.” This passage leaves little doubt that making
                                                 The answer to that question is obvious:
     as a cover-up for evil; live as servants                                                                                                                                        friends with the lost is important to God and consistent with the life and ministry
                                                 too many church leaders have strayed
     of God” (1 Peter 2:16). Paul said it this                                               Financial Update                                                                        of Jesus Christ. In Luke 16:9 Jesus challenges all of us to invest in unsaved
                                                               from God’s Instruction
     way to the Galatian                                                                     Thank you for letting God use you to set us free financially. Our expanded               people in such a way that we gain their friendship. Using this “worldy wealth”
                                   We have taken on the        Manual—the Bible. We
     believers, “It is for                                                                   budget for Chris and me is now $8,800 per month. In May God blessed                       includes more than just our money. It includes all the resources we’ve been
                                                               have taken on the in-         us with $6,136 and in June with $6,866. We both have not recieved our
     freedom that Christ         institutions of men and                                                                                                                                given on this earth, including our very selves. continued on next page.
                                                               stitutions of men and         salaries at the end of June. Please join us in praying for this need.
     has set us free.             labeled it “The Church”      labeled it “The Church.”
     Stand firm, then, and                                                                   Car Donations
     do not let yourselves
                                                               We have been willing to                                                                                                   Quest Ministries’ New Website Up and Running
                                                 use the wisdom of this world to trump       A donation of your used vehicle will bring a tremen-
     be burdened again by a yoke of slav-                                                                                                                                                 Have you had a chance to take a look at our new website? If not, please
                                                 the wisdom of God. At Quest our goal        dous blessing to the ministry. As long as your car,
     ery” (Galatians 5:1).                                                                   van or truck is presently registered and running, we’ll pick it up for free,                 do so and let us know what you think.
                                                 and focus has been to free individual                                                                                                     We want to inspire you…to encourage
                                                                                             fix it up and then give you a tax deductible receipt for the selling price.
     There are many in this world, both believers from the shackles of religion.                                                                                                           you and equip you to make disciples
     saved and unsaved, who see Chris- We’ve sought to empower them to                                                                                                                      and share your faith. In addition to
                                                                                              Quest Ministries Antelope Valley
     tianity as an authoritative religion that make disciples, share their faith, and                                                                                                        that, you can discover what mo-
                                                                                              Phone: 661-816-6935
     forces its followers to obey its laws, exercise the rights and privileges that           Mailing Address: 641 West Avenue J11, Lancaster, CA                                             tivates us at Quest and the ap-
     rules, and traditions. Down through the Reformation leaders called “The                  Dave Ludwig - Executive Director                                         proaches that set us apart from
     history, the church has done great Priesthood of Every Believer.”                        Christopher Perry -
                                                                                                                                                                                                 many other ministries.

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                                                                                                                 Ministry Highlights
                                                    Integrating the Sharing of
                                                    the Gospel into Our Everyday Lives
                                          continued from front page                                                                                                                 Aren’t all religions the same?
                                   Another verse     First of all, Paul wanted his Christian
                                                                                                      Re cent Hi g h l i g h ts
                                 that I’d like to    Brother Philemon to be active in sharing
                                                                                                      2010 has brought many new opportunities to the ministry of Quest.
                              share with you         his faith. As you know, many believers
                                                                                                      Thank you for your continued commitment to the Ministry and we hope,
                            goes right along with    don’t share their faith at all. This is truly
                                                                                                      in some way, we have been able to encouraged you.
                          Luke 16:9.                 a tragedy, and the latter half of this verse
                        It also conveys my           tells us why. Paul says, “so that you will       Christopher Perry joins Quest - Christopher Perry has joined Quest
                      heart for you and for your     have a full understanding of every good          staff as our part time Ministry Communications Director on June 1.
                    blessing as you become           thing we have in Christ.” The direct im-         Ryan Moore, Amy Spoelstra and Daniel Ludwig volunteer - Ryan
                   more willing to be a friend       plication is that, if a believer does not        has graciously volunteered to take over accounting and bookkeeping
                  of sinners. It comes from the      actively share the gospel, then he or she        duties for the Ministry. Amy, sharing her wonderful writing skills, has
                 pen of the Apostle Paul and         will not have a full understanding of ev-                                                                                      “I really don’t see any difference between      As the group broke up, Steve shook
                                                                                                      made herself available as a writer/copy editor. Daniel’s diverse talents      the world religions,” Tom said. “They           Tom’s hand. “I enjoyed talking to you
                is written to his good friend        ery good thing. In other words, if we            have been a tremendous asset to the Ministry. Whether helping with            teach basically the same things: they be-       about this, Tom.” “Me too…but it ended
               and disciple Philemon. In this        don’t share our faith we miss out. Do            Graphic Design or working on the Nova renovation with Mike Rienhold-          lieve in a supreme being, they speak of an      too abruptly,” said Tom. “Let’s continue
              often ignored book of Philemon         you ever feel like you have been missing         son. What a blessing all of them are to Quest.                                afterlife…It’s kind of like shopping around     the discussion later.”
             the Apostle Paul says something         out on the Christian life as God intended                                                                                      for the religion that fits you.”                When someone tries to tell you all reli-
            that is very motivational when it        you to live it? If so, the reason may be
                                                                                                                                                                                    Steve Jacobs entered the room. “Tom,            gions are the same, it is helpful to point
                                                                                                      Upcomin g Ev en ts                                                            I’m intrigued by your comments, but I           out that Christianity is fundamentally
           What are the implications of Philemon 1:6?                                                 Hot Rod Raffle and Barbeque                                                   think you’ve left out one very important        different from other world religions.
                                                                                                      Our Hot Rod car raffle is coming in July.                                     point.”                                         Here’s how:
       comes to evangelism. Philemon 1:6             because you have chosen to step back             We will be raising ministry funds by raffling a fully                         “What’s that?” Tom responded.                   First, Jesus is the only religious leader who
      says:                                          from sharing your faith.                         restored 1971 Chevy Novsa. We will be sending pictures
                                                                                                                                                                                    “The law of non-contradiction.” Steve           claimed to be the one true, creator God.
      “I pray that you may be active in                                                               and details in a couple weeks. The Nova will be raffled off at a Quest bar-
                                                     The Apostle Paul had a deep love for             beque in September. We’d love your help in getting the message out and        said. “This law of logic says that if I say     Second, only the Bible claims to
     sharing your faith, so that you will                                                                                                                                           your sweater is all white, and you say it is    be able to predict the future and
                                                     his friend Philemon and when he had              selling raffle tickets.
    have a full understanding of every                                                                                                                                              all black, we can’t both be right. Either       actually did so, (such as when it
                                                     a chance to move him forward in his              Please contact Dave if you can help out. 661.816.6935
    good thing we have in Christ.”

                                                                                                                                                                                    you are right, or I am right, or we are both    prophesied the coming Messiah).”
                                                     Christian walk—the Apostle exhorted                                                                                            wrong. We can’t both be right at the            Third, salvation by grace alone
                                                     him to be active in evangelism. When                                                                                           same time.”                                     is unique to Christianity. Other
                                                     Paul thought of his friend Philemon he                              college gr oup                                             “So how does that affect my argument?”          world religions claim that
                                                     prayed that he would be “active in shar-         A few weeks ago we started a series entitled,                                 Tom retorted.                                   salvation or reincarnation is
                                                     ing his faith.” Do you pray this prayer          “God’s Will Made Simple”. Through searching                                                                                   obtained by doing certain
                                                                                                                                                                                    “Well, you say that all the world religions
                                                     for yourself, for your children, for your        it out ourselves and through discussion, we’re                                                                                works.
                                                                                                                                                                                    are the same, and yet they teach very dif-
                                                     spouse, for your Christian friends?              seeking to discover if the Bible actually teach-                              ferent things. Look at the major world reli-    Bill Hybels in his book
                                                                                                      es us to look at specific “Road Signs” (i.e. -                                gions - Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hindu-    Honest to God, says
                                                     Our hope is that you are in-                     common sense, circumstances, the Spirit’s                                     ism, and Buddhism. Each has a radically
                                                     spired by Paul’s words. Let us                   leading, etc.). In the month of July we will be                                                                               “other religions are
                                                                                                                                                                                    different view of God, they talk about very
                                                     know how we can assist you in                    conducting our monthly Focused Forum and                                      different kinds of afterlives, and they teach   spelled DO. But
                                                                                                      Coffee House. Our goal is to reach out and                                    contradictory methods of gaining access         Christianity
                                                     having a full understanding of                   invite our lost friends and acquaintances.                                    to the afterlife. So, according to the “law     is spelled
                                                     every good thing.                                                                                                              of non-contradiction,” either all these reli-   DONE.”
                                                                                                     bible study l focused forum l open forum l outreach
                                                                                                                                                                                    gions are wrong, or one is right. But they
                                                                                                                                                                                    can’t all be right at the same time.”

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