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It was May 1999. My wife, Tex, and I stood on a lonely beach in southern Brazil. I was about to face one of the greatest challenges of my life and ministry. Later that week I would stand in Rio de Janeiro and preach in the world’s largest stadium to tens of thousands of people. I felt so inadequate. I was having voice problems, but my greatest problem wasn’t physical. It was deeply spiritual. I was overwhelmed with the opportunity. We had the potential to reach one of the world’s largest cities with the gospel. Yet a sensation of insufficiency flooded my heart.
Questions pounded my heart: Was I up to the task? Would people respond? Would God move in a mighty manner? I wrote to our e-mail prayer partners and asked them to pray for me. God used an e-mail from a close friend who has watched God at work in my life for many years. He reminded me of the things God had done in past years. Then he wrote, “Go forward by remembering how God has worked in the past.” Those words gave me the peace, strength, and courage to go to Maracana, the world’s largest stadium, and proclaim Christ. Thousands responded to the message. And I will always remember my friend’s advice.
Each time we begin a new year, questions flood our hearts. What will the next year or decade look like? What will the political landscape look like? Will the church rise to the occasion and fulfill the Great Commission? The questions go on.
My advice to you is the same as my friend gave me: forge ahead by remembering what God has done. Remember by reading the testimonies of His mighty works recorded in His word. Remember what He did through great men and women of old: Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Whitefield, and Moody. Remember that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is our God. What He did with Moody, Whitefield, and Wesley, He can do in and through you and me.
But most of all, remember what He has done for you this past year. Spend some time thanking Him for all He has done in your life and in the lives of those you love. Remember how He gave you strength and courage to walk through the valleys. Remember the joy of the mountaintops. Remember the peace that came with His quiet, still voice. Remember the grace He gave you when you obeyed His commands.
Close this year with a grateful heart — a heart of thanksgiving. There’s so much to be thankful for. As the old song says, “I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow.”

Ephesians : Chapter 2
19)  Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20)  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21)  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22)  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Book of the Month

Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe.  For all other books…

About Sammy Tippit Ministries

STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Sammy Tippit Ministries is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
Contact: info@sammytippit.org

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