HAPPY NEW YEAR
It seems that it was just day before yesterday that I said the same thing for the beginning of the previous year. Time seems to leap past us at such a rapid pace, but I thank the Lord that my health is excellent, that I feel better than I’ve felt in a long time, and that the Lord is blessing abundantly so. I want this to be the greatest year that we’ve ever had, and when I say “we,” I’m speaking of “you.” When I say the best year, I mean in every capacity—financially, domestically, physically, and above all, spiritually.
EXPECTING THE GREATEST YEAR YET
I believe that we are on the eve of the greatest move of God that we’ve ever seen and, in fact, the world has ever seen. While the Lord has not given me the year that this will take place, He has, I think, told me explicitly that it is going to take place. When I say the greatest time or the greatest year, I’m speaking of souls being saved, believers being baptized with the Holy Spirit, deliverance coming to those who need this great work effected within their lives, and those who are sick being healed. Our Lord is able, and we give to Him all praise and glory.
I would urge each and every one of you to get a copy of every book that we put out. We always cut the price as much as we can to make it possible for all to get a copy, and I do so for a reason. The material contained therein is heavily laced with the Message of the Cross, irrespective of the subject. That will be a tremendous blessing to you in helping you understand the Word of God a little better. No matter how busy you are and no matter if you have to sacrifice to get the book, it will be well worth your while for you to make it a habit of getting this material. I know that we have information in all of the books that we put out that cannot be found anywhere else, and, of course, I’m speaking of the Message of the Cross. You need to know all about this that you can, even to where it becomes a part of your nature. That’s how important all of this is.
We have people from all over the nation who are moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the express purpose of attending Family Worship Center. How so pleased and happy we are to have them. They are tremendous blessings to the work of God, to the church, and to world evangelism in general. Many of these people help us with the phones, and how so much that is appreciated.
I’m not telling you to move, but I am telling you to be led of the Lord. So, if you have been praying about this, ask the Lord to give you leading, and we will help you pray as well. If it’s God’s will, we want you here.
DONNIE’S AND GABRIEL’S RALLIES
It doesn’t really matter where they’re going to be, wherever that is (it’s listed here in the Evangelist), if you are in driving distance, you must avail yourself of the opportunity of being there. All of these rallies are one night only, and all have the musicians and singers that you see on the television, plus, of course, the dynamic preaching of both Donnie and Gabriel. This I promise: you won’t be disappointed, it won’t be a waste of time, and when you leave, you’ll know that you have been to church.
Frances and I attend every one that we can, and what a blessing! This I can say: Whichever you attend, you will hear preaching that will lift up Jesus and music and singing that will cause you to worship. It will be a little bit of heaven on earth.
THE MEDIA CHURCH
We have an average of approximately a hundred each week who join the Family Worship Center Media Church. If I remember correctly, the biggest number we had in one week was 375. Irrespective, how glad we are to have these people, no matter where they are in the world. To be sure, we have people who are members of Family Worship Center literally from all over the world.
What are the qualifications to join?
Actually, there is only one qualification, and that is to be born again.
Are there any monetary charges?
That’s between you and the Lord. Of course, as you well know and understand, it costs us money to come into your homes, your hearts, and your lives 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So, we encourage all of the people who are members of the church to pay their tithes to the ministry; however, as I’ve stated, that’s between you and the Lord.
People ask me all the time, “Brother Swaggart, where do I pay my tithes?”
The answer to that is very simple. You support that which feeds you. As I said, it’s just that simple.
Again, let us say a very happy new year to you, and we pray that God will bless you abundantly, and I know that He shall.