Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Michael & Dawn Newsletter May 2020


Friends, 
I hope you’re doing well.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I have four preaching opportunities in June and a full schedule July thru October.  While the Covid19 quarantine and church shutdown allowed me to complete a few ministry projects, I am eager and looking forward to getting back in the pulpit.   
As I mentioned last month I have submitted my latest book for printing.  I am hoping that will be completed by early summer.  Also, I have written 10 new songs that are in the process of being recorded.  More about that in the months to come as I see the project being completed.  And I am still coaching/mentoring several guys who are interested in growing into the men God intended them to be.  Also, we will start back this month with our men’s ministry “Iron Sharpening Iron.”  I appreciate your prayers.  I have used this sabbatical to refocus on my calling and renew my commitment to the One who called me.   
If you’d like to have me or Dawn speak at your church…We are available for Revivals, Conferences, retreats, and Special Events.  Thank You…     

Michael’s Preaching Schedule 2020
May
17 Southern Cross Cowboy Ch, Arab, Al.
31 Bethlehem West Baptist, Cullman, Al
June
4-7 Rock Springs Baptist, Stilwell, Ok.
7-10 Bidding Creek Baptist, Stilwell, Ok.
14-17 Macedonia Baptist, Cullman, Al.
19-20 Mt Hebron Men's Conf, Mobile, Al.
July
12-15 Pine Ridge Bap, Union Grove, Al.
18 St. Joseph Baptist, Mobile, Al.
19-22 New Life Church, Falkville, Al.
26 Old Brashiers Chapel, Arab, Al.
August
2-5 Liberty Baptist, Crossville, Al.
9-12 Lebanon Baptist, Hartselle, Al.
16-19 Union Baptist, Raleigh, Miss.
23-26 Serenity Baptist, Somerville, Al.
30-Sep 2 Bethel Baptist, Arley, Al.

Dawn’s Speaking Schedule 2020
June 19 Mt Hebron, Mobile, Al. Couples Conference with Michael
Sept 5-6 Tabernacle Bapt, Vidalia, Ga.
Sept 13-16 Bovina Bap, Vicksburg, MS
Sept 18-19 Pineview Baptist. Harvest AL
Sept 25-26 Parkview Baptist, Decatur, Al. 
October 3 Lee Heights Bap Florence, AL
October 16-18 No Limits Retreat, Shocco Springs, Talledaga, AL


           

For more info…    michaelmasonministries.com.

       

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Michael and Dawn Newsletter April 2020

Friends,                                                                                            
Dawn and I trust you are blessed and doing well during these days of quarantine and social distancing.  My prayer is that, even though we are keeping our distance from others, we will draw closer to God.  
I find it interesting, that in my March newsletter, I wrote about knowing God. ...Knowing God is better than knowing who, how, what, when, or why.  Little did I know, over a month ago, where we’d be today and all that we would face in the past few weeks.  Neither do I know even now what’s coming.  But what I said was true, and will be true whatever we face.  Knowing God is the foundation we can build on when we’re tempted to lose hope.  These are different days for us.  Never, in all my years of ministry, have I felt so uncertain about what the future holds.  It’s not that I am uncertain about God, His work, His word, or His church.  But I am uncertain about how all the changes will affect ministry, specifically me.  But I do believe, and I trust the One who knew and knows all about it.  He always brings good out of bad.  
In this newsletter, I am not including a preaching calendar for the coming weeks.  My calendar has been cleared through cancellations, and reservations.  I have an unusually busy schedule July through November…but for now I am doing ministry from home.  What am I doing?  1. Dawn and I have been busy each week preparing and presenting video series on various subjects.  We have posted these to social media.  2. I have completed my latest book and have submitted it for publishing.  It should be ready by mid-June.  3. I have written several songs over the past few years.  I have met with a producer and gave him ten songs that I plan to record by late spring.  4. I am doing some one-on-one mentoring for a few men who have asked for help and direction in their life.  It’s new ground for me but I am enjoying it.  5. I am using the sabbatical to refocus on my calling and renew my commitment to be faithful to the One who called me.   
One of Dawn’s favorite sayings is, “Even If…”  Even if things don’t go the way I planned, God knows all about it.  And today I say, even if I have no where to preach for the next few weeks I know God is faithful.  I am trusting Him.  If the past is any predictor of the future, I am in good hands.  He has opened doors for me, provided for me, blessed me, and watched over me in times of uncertainty and unanswered questions.  I am believing He will do it again.    
If you’d like to have me or Dawn speak at your church… Now or in the future…in your church or through any digital format available…We are available.  
Thank You…                

For more info…visit michaelmasonministries.com.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Peace Like A River

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you are called in one body; and be thankful.
There are many things to worry about today.  At the top of the list currently is the crisis of the Covid19.  How long will it last?  What about my health, and my job, and my future?  What about my family, friends, and loved ones?  For Paul to suggest that we let the peace of God rule seems a little extreme…or maybe it’s not.  Maybe it is the right thing to do. Maybe it is absolutely necessary.  Maybe it is our only hope.  But what does that look like if I let the peace of God rule in my heart? For me personally, it means practicing what I preach.  For all of us who are believers it means living out what we believe. 
We need to retreat….not to a beach or to the mountains or to a condo…but to our prayer closet.  We need to run and retreat to a place where we can fall on our knees, and perhaps our faces, and cry out to God.  We need a retreat where we hide out from the world for a couple of hours…..Where we can come into His presence and allow everything else to fade away.  We need peace.  We need the Lord.  
We need peace like a river.  Remember that song?  Peace like a river makes me have thoughts that are soothing and serene.  Like drifting lazily down a slow-moving river on your pontoon or favorite fishing boat.  Soaking up the sun, wind in your face, cool drinks, into the evening hours watching the moon and stars light up the sky.  The picture is calm away from the chaos.  …Birds are chirping, the skies are blue, all is well, and you want to say things like, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”  
I want to change your imagery a little.  Not just peace like a river…but peace like the Mississippi River.  The Mississippi is no ordinary river. Like many of you, I have witnessed the power of the Mississippi River.  I have seen what happens when it chooses to flood everything in its path.  In that regard, think with me about a Peace that rules…as the verse says.  Peace that has its way regardless.  Peace that lets nothing stand in its way.  Peace that can flood our lives if allowed.  A Peace that is overwhelming.  A Peace that’s bigger and stronger than anything we face.
...This peace that rules, is the Peace of God which surpasses all our understanding.  When we see the Mississippi River overflowing its banks and consuming everything in sight.....That is a glimpse of what the Peace of God can do with all the heartache, trouble, worry and anxiety that attempts to stand in its way.   
Paul said, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” The word “rule” in this verse is from the Greek word brabeuo, which in ancient times was used to describe the umpire or referee.  Paul uses this word to explain that the peace of God can work like an umpire or referee in our hearts, minds, and emotions. When emotions attempt to throw us into a frenzy, we can stop it by making the choice to let God's peace rule.  When we do, we are allowing God's peace, like an umpire or referee, to call “Time Out.” 
Col 3:15 could be translated:
Let the peace of God call the shots in your life....

Let the peace of God be the umpire in your life and actions....
Let the peace of God act as referee in your emotions and your decisions....
Imagine a referee standing in the middle of the field.  He has made the call even though most of the crowd disagrees with him.  Some are throwing cups and bottles onto the field.  Some are shouting obscenities.  Some are gathering their things and leaving in a rush.  But the referee’s word stands.  He won’t reverse his decision.  It’s done.  PEACE blows the whistle on chaos.  The peace of God that rules in our hearts has the final say.  
Friends, during this season of uncertainty you can be certain God is awake, alert, alive and well.  He is a good God in bad times.  The God on the mountain is still God in the valley.  We must practice what we have preached and live what we have believed.  Our hope is not in political parties. financial prosperity, or in influential people... Our hope is in the Lord.  May the peace of God rule in our hearts.  

Monday, March 23, 2020

Rest

Hebrews 4:9-11

Maybe we need to take a deep breath.  Maybe now is a good time.  Maybe we need to limit how much we're listening to news updates.  Maybe we need to find a quiet spot and listen to God.  Maybe we need to open the scriptures, and rest in His promises.  

R: Redeem the Days...  Eph. 5:15-18 “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”  One way to rest in the Lord is to know His will – and make the most of our time here on earth.  May God help us not waste our days...but enjoy our days even in the midst of a crisis.  Redeem your time - Rest in Him.
E:  Endure Hardships...  2 Tim. 2:3-5 “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” We can’t rest in the Lord if we’re entangled in the affairs of this world.  Enduring hardships is a daily concentration on staying untangled with the affairs of this world.  Be a good soldier...resting in Jesus who has already won the battle for you.
S:  Sing a New Song...  Ps. 149:1-6 “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints. 2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. 3 Let them praise His name with the dance; Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. 4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. 5 Let the saints be joyful in glory; Let them sing aloud on their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth...”  You can’t be anxious and praise the Lord at the same time.  Rest in the Lord!  Sing – be joyful!  Let the praise of God be in your mouth!  What can you praise Him for today?  What good thing has the Lord done for you?  Sing a new song!  Rest in Him!
T: Trust God in All Things... Ps. 20:7 “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;  But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”  Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word...  Trust the Lord in these times of uncertainty.  Trust Him in a bad economy.  Trust Him in sickness.  Trust Him in disappointments.  Trust Him.  Rest in the Lord.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Michael & Dawn March 2020 Newsletter

Friends....
There are days when simply knowing God is the only thing that helps. Knowing God is better than knowing anything else when you lose your best friend. After forty, fifty, or sixty years of marriage there’s not much anyone can say that will fill the hole in your heart.  Only God can do that.  Knowing God is all that will help when you’ve lost a child.  Whether that child is four or forty-four, there’s nothing that hurts like that.  Only God can help.  Knowing God is all that matters when the doctor’s office calls you or someone you love with the dreaded diagnosis.  Suddenly everything changes.  Only God can give you peace. Knowing God is your only help when your husband or wife walks away from your marriage and suddenly you feel alone and unnecessary.  Only God can fill that void. Knowing God is your only hope when your prodigal child won’t come home.  When she won’t answer the phone.  When he turns away from everything that matters.  Only God keeps you from giving up. Knowing God is your only strength when you suffer silently with depression. When you’re abused verbally and physically.  God is your only refuge. Knowing God is your only hope when you lose your job and you’re faced with the reality of no income to feed your family and pay your bills.  Only God can meet your needs.  I hope you know Him……
If you’d like to have me or Dawn speak at your church… I’m available for revival meetings, revival days, retreats, conferences, etc. Dawn is interested in speaking at any women’s events you may be planning.  And we are also available for couples events.                   
  
~ Michael’s Spring 2020 Preaching Schedule ~
March 8-11 Fairview Grace Place, Hartselle, Al.
March 15 Southside Baptist, Albertville, Al.
March 16-18 Milldale Baptist, Zachary, La.
March 22 First Baptist, Foley, Al.
April 5-8 Buhl Baptist, Buhl, Al.
12 Open
April 19-22 Macedonia Baptist, Cullman, Al.
26 Open
April 29 Bethel Baptist, Dora, Al.

~ Dawn’s Speaking Dates Spring 2020 ~
March 13-14 Ladies Retreat Southside Baptist @ Guntersville Lake 
March 22 First Baptist Foley, AL (Ladies  Breakout session @ 4:00 pm) 
April 16 P.W.O.C Redstone Arsenal Ladies Conference
April 23-26 Ladies Retreat Wilsonville Baptist Church

May 16 Belmore Baptist Ladies Luncheon

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Inside Out

Living Life Inside Out
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

The trouble with living from the Inside Out with the evidences of character, integrity, and honesty… is that much of the world lives from the Outside In.  Image seems to matter more than being genuine.  Prestige, performance, and popularity, seem take precedence.  If a man appears humble, loving, and kind – He is often assumed to be weak.  

Would it bother you if the Apostle Paul was bent over, bow legged, balding, and half blind?  I read that possible description of him somewhere.  He sounds 6’8” and grizzley.  But what if he was a small man, scarred, and meek?  In his day and in ours, Paul would lose the popularity contest…He was perishing on the outside but alive on the inside.  

If we live from the outside in, we live, believe, think, and respond backward to Jesus.  We would, however, make a good Pharisee.  … For instance:
Appearance is more important than Actions.  Doesn’t matter what we actually do as long as we appear that we are doing good things.  In Matthew 23 the Pharisees were busy but blind.  They were blind leading the blind.…  All they did was to be seen by others.
Impressions are more important than Intentions.  Doesn’t matter what your actual intentions are as long as you make a good impression – even if it’s a false impression.  In Matthew 15:11 Jesus said it’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles or corrupts you, but what comes out of your mouth.  Because what comes out of your mouth was birthed in your heart.
Reputation is far greater than Relationships…  Relationships with others and with God aren’t the priority.  Instead of loving people and using things, the folks I’m describing use people and love things.  In the process they think too highly of themselves.  And the sad end result is found in Matthew 7 where Jesus said, “I never knew you.”

Paul lived from the inside out.  He lived with an eternal perspective…He writes, “We do not lose heart…”  “the power is of God and not us…” “we’re hard pressed but not crushed…”  “perplexed but not in despair…”  “persecuted but not forsaken…”  “struck down but not destroyed…”  It’d be easy to have wrongfully judged him.  It would appear God was rejecting him…even crushing him.  Some might even judge him as being weak.  Don’t ever confuse humility with weakness.  Paul had a humble spirit but a backbone like a crowbar.  He bowed humbly before God but had the tenacity of a bulldog.  He obeyed God rather than men.

Sometimes we judge others by what we see on the outside… We give up on people. We make assumptions… Not based on anything to do with God and grace… but solely on what we see and assume. We give up on others and ourselves because we fail to see the unseen… what God is doing on the inside.

If I want to live from the inside out, I have to be careful about letting what’s on the outside get in.  Be patient with yourself and with others.  You/they may appear to be perishing on the outside, but they’re actually being renewed and refreshed on the inside.  Trust the Lord when it’d be easier to quit.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Michael and Dawn February 2020 News

Friends,    I hope you’re doing well.  I often pray with people who say to me, “I don’t know what to do…I don’t know what to believe…I don’t know what to pray…”  If you’re struggling in those areas maybe this will help:  What do you do when you don’t know what to do?  You do the next right thing. Prov. 21:3 “To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”  The right thing may not be the easy thing.  It may be the most difficult.   What do you believe when you don’t know what to believe?  God and His word.  Read. Seek. Listen.  Rom 4:20 Abraham, “Did not waver at God’s promises through unbelief but was strengthened…” Stand on truth and trust His promises.   What do you pray when you don’t know what to pray?  Pray for God’s will… because that’s what you want.  And pray for wisdom to discern. Psalm 139:23-24 "Search me O God and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."  
If you’d like to have me or Dawn speak at your church… I’m available for revival meetings, revival days, retreats, conferences, etc. Dawn is interested in speaking at any women’s events you may be planning.  And we are also available for couples events.                   
  
~ Michael’s Spring 2020 Preaching Schedule ~
February
16-19 Oak Ridge Baptist, Hartselle, Al.
21-22 Couples Retreat, Journey Ch, Eva, Al.
23-25 Taylorville Baptist, Tuscaloosa, Al.  
29-Mar1 Pineview Bapt., Thomasville, Al.
March
8-11 Fairview Grace Place, Hartselle, Al.
15 Southside Baptist, Albertville, Al.
16-18 Milldale Baptist, Zachary, La.
22 First Baptist, Foley, Al.
29 OPEN
April
5-8 Buhl Baptist, Buhl, Al.
12 Open
19-22 Macedonia Baptist, Cullman, Al.
26 Open
29 Bethel Baptist, Dora, Al.
May
3- Open
10- Open
14-17 Rock Springs Baptist, Stilwell, Ok.
17-20 Bidding Creek Baptist, Stilwell, Ok.

31- Open

Dawn’s Speaking Dates Spring 2020

Feb 21-22 Journey Ch Couple's Retreat Joe Wheeler Park, Al.                       
Feb 28-Mar 1 Rosemont Bapt (LaGrange, GA) Women's Retre
March 7 WMU Ladies Luncheon @ Enon Baptist Danville, AL 
March 8 Ladies Lunch @ Fairview Grace Place Falkville, AL
March 13-14 Ladies Retreat Southside Bap@Guntersville Lake 
March 22 First Bap Foley, AL (Ladies Breakout session@4: pm) 
April 16 P.W.O.C Redstone Arsenal Ladies Conference
April 23-26 Ladies Retreat Wilsonville Baptist Church
May 16 Belmor Baptist Ladies Luncheon