Thursday, October 24, 2019

Stumps

John 10:10 "The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.     `  My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life." NLT

       I can look out our front window and see a stump.  It was only last year, where now sits a stump, that a tall, shady, hickory tree stood.  But one day her leaves began to turn brown.  And, within a week of summer heat, the tree was obviously dead.  What was the cause?  Drought and a large population of carpenter ants.  The tree is dead and gone, regardless of the reason for its demise.  I remember the day we cut the tree.  I didn’t want to cut it, hoping there might be a little life left in it.  And besides, that tree was at least fifty years old.  Suddenly, fifty years of life and shade and beauty were on the ground.  The next step was to cut it up and remove it from the yard.  Now what’s left is a stump, a reminder of what was.  

I’m not necessarily a tree hugger, but I wanted to paint a picture of what happens to a fallen believer.  Like that old tree, one day you begin to notice changes in a friend who has been a Christian for years.  They’ve been the epitome of faithfulness and consistency.  But one day, something happens and they’re never the same again.  Maybe they’ve faced some kind of drought in their life with the sudden absence of a loved one, the absence of someone to care for, and suddenly they feel as if they’re no longer necessary.  Or it could be something eating away at them from the inside, like those ugly carpenter ants eating away at the inside of our old hickory.  How does that happen?  Remember, Satan is more subtle than any creature the Lord made and he knows how to bring deception and discouragement better than anyone.  Discouragement can lead to despair.  Despair can lead to depression.  And the leaves begin to turn brown.

Maybe you once stood tall and strong, but someone began to cut you down through criticism and comparisons.  “You’re never gonna make it…You’re not good enough…You need to be more like him…You need to be more like her…”  Someone was used as a tool in the hand of the Devil to bring you down.  That fifty year old tree in our front yard was brought down in less than a minute.  And many a good man has been brought down in less time than that through rumors, speculation, not so innocent prayer requests, and outright lies.  When someone starts a rumor, someone else will believe it.  

I heard he has a short temper.  

I was told she couldn’t be trusted.

I heard he was fired.

I was told she is having an affair.

I heard he is hard to work with.

I was told she is addicted to prescription meds.

I heard he is seeing a counselor.

Rumor is, they’ve got problems.

Be careful what you say about someone.  Your words could be the chainsaw that cuts someone down to nothing more than a stump.  What you heard and what you were told may be no more true that what was heard and told about you.  When you rumor and mock someone else’s problems you’re not just making light of their struggles, you are affecting someone’s life, their well-being, their peace of mind, and their family.  Don’t be a part of making a stump out of someone who once stood tall.


While it is one thing to be made a stump through criticisms and comparisons, it’s another thing completely to be brought down by the Devil himself.  Satan is quite crafty at cutting us down through temptation and traps.  After you’ve fallen, it’s the hope of the enemy to grind whats left of your life down to nothing.  He not only wants to cut you down, he wants to remove your your stump.  How’s he do that?  Let your imagination run with mine because, chances are, you’ve been there.  After you’ve sinned you are then faced with the guilt of what you did.  Satan whispers, “It’s your fault….You gave in….You did the unthinkable….You compromised….You’re guilty.”  That’s why it’s so good to know God’s grace is sufficient for whatever we have done.  Regardless of where I’ve been, where I’m going, or where I am, His mercies are new every morning.  He knows where I am, and what I’ve done, and He’s not surprised.  While God certainly allows us to reap what we have sown, He also stands ready to extend enough grace to cover any and every sin.

        May the Lord bring new life from an old stump.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Michael & Dawn October 2019 Newsletter

Friends,  
Hope you’re doing well. As I type this letter I am finishing up six weeks of Revival meetings in which I have been amazed and blessed.  I read that revival meetings don’t work anymore.  They may not work in every church, but they still work in some churches.  I have witnessed the power of God as He has saved lost people, forgave and restored prodigals, revived churches, and gave hope to those in despair.  Revivals aren’t dead… Churches are dead… That’s why we need revival!
Charles Finney said, “Revival is nothing more than a new beginning of obedience to God.”   We often pray for God to do something…but maybe we (I) need to do something.  Where in my life do I need a new beginning of obedience?  Where have I become complacent?  May God start the fire in me…and may I be faithful to fan the flame.   
Dawn and I will be in El Salvador the first week of November participating in a Pastors Conference.  We will both be speaking.  Thank you for your prayers…and thanks to those who have helped pay our expenses.   
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.                   
  
~ October through December 2019 Preaching  Schedule ~

October
6-9 Edgemont Baptist, Shelbyville, Tenn.
13-16 Ryan Baptist, Ryan, Al.
27 AM Bellview Baptist, Decatur, Al.
27 PM Shoal Creek Baptist, Decatur, Al..

November
3 Bethlehem West Baptist, Cullman, Al.
4-8 El Salvador Pastor’s Conference
10 OPEN
17-20 Liberty Baptist, Chelsea, Al.
24 Oaklawn Baptist, Winchester, Tn.

December
1 New Life Church, Falkville, Al.
8 Trinity Baptist, Trinity, Al.

Dawn’s Speaking Dates……
Oct 18-20 No Limits Womens Conf, Shocco Springs, AL.
Nov 1-3 Mosaic Church, Women’s Conf, Decatur, AL.
Nov 4-8 El Salvador Pastors Conf

Dec 6-7 Neel United Methodist, Women’s Retreat, Crane Hill, Al.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Michael & Dawn September 2019 Newsletter

I trust you’re doing well and blessed.  It’s mid September and I’m in the midst of a six week revival schedule.  Great churches and great meetings. 2019 will soon be winding down and my, my, my… what a year it has been!  I’m blessed and pressing on!
The grandson arrived safe and sound on September 3. He is Levi Garrett.  Garrett and Courtney are doing well.  GoGo and Poppa-Mike are honored to call him ours.  Our family includes five children and four grandchildren.  Our children are Hunter, Jordan, Alyssa, Garrett, and Grayson.  The grandchildren are Harper, Hattie, Magnolia…and Levi.
Dawn and I will be going to El Salvador in November to participate in a Pastors Conference.  We will both be speaking.  If you are interested in helping with expenses, we would appreciate it.  There is a link on my web page where you can give online.  Just click on the link and follow the steps. 
Check out our updated website. (michaelmasonministries.com) Dawn has done a great job updating our schedules, pictures, links, and contact info.   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.                   
  
~ September through November 2019 Preaching  Schedule ~

September
8-11 Bethel Baptist, Arley, Al.
15-18 First Baptist, Jonesville, La.
22-25 19th Ave Baptist, Hattiesburg, Miss.
29-Oct 2 Dry Creek BC, Mendenhall, Miss

October
6-9 Edgemont Baptist, Shelbyville, Tenn.
13-16 Ryan Baptist, Ryan, Al.
20- OPEN
27 AM Bellview Baptist, Decatur, Al.
27 PM Shoal Creek Baptist, Decatur, Al..

November
3 Bethlehem West Baptist, Cullman, Al.
4-8 El Salvador Pastors Conference
10 OPEN
17-20 Liberty Baptist, Chelsea, Al.
24 Oaklawn Baptist, Winchester, Tenn.

Dawn’s Speaking Dates……
Oct 18-20 No Limits Womens Conf, Shocco Springs, AL.
Nov 1-3 Mosaic Church, Women’s Conf, Decatur, AL.
Nov 4-8 El Salvador Pastors Conf

Dec 6-7 Neel United Methodist, Women’s Retreat, Crane Hill, Al.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Black Eyes

I remember my first black eye.  You’d think after 18 years of living I would have already gotten that black eye in a fight, a bike wreck, falling out of a tree, playing football, etc.  But that’s not the way it happened.  At 18, I was laying under my car working on the exhaust when…the wrench slipped, the muffler fell, and suddenly I had a shiner.  I didn’t cry but I thought about it.  

Just so happened I was already invited to a prom that next Friday night.  Perfect.  Actually, I kind of enjoyed that black eye.  Kind of proud of it.  I was never a tough-guy, but for a couple of weeks I looked like one.  The prom pictures made it even better, at least for a temporary tough-guy.  Several people asked about it but I just laughed it off and told them it was a long story.  For all they knew I had been in a fight.  I didn’t have the guts to tell them I’d been hit in the eye by a muffler on a ‘74 Mustang. 

I meet people every week who have a black eye of some kind.  Unlike my shiner from many years ago, their's won't go away.  It goes with them everywhere they go.  What caused it?  A number of things… a bad choice, living for the moment, a party, some beer, a wreck, a baby, a lie, got caught, got fired, went to jail, and the list goes on.  And while that foolish decision was some 20, 30, or 40 years ago, they still wear the black eye.  Why?  People don’t forget and too often won’t forgive.  

And here is the sad truth, with many of those who can’t outlive their past…there’s always more to the story.  And, there’s a real possibility that the black-eyed man we can’t forgive is having a hard time forgiving himself.  He’d like to go back and re-do or un-do what he did.  She would like to re-write her story and leave that chapter out.  But they can’t.  So they live with it.  She lives with the whispers behind her back.  He lives with the raised eyebrows.  And they both live with the memory.  

At this point, they don’t need our advice or suggestions, criticism or comments.  They just need grace.  Forgiveness.  Hope. All of that is found in Christ but sometimes He uses people like us to show it and extend it.  In 2 Corinthians 12:9 the Lord said to Paul concerning his thorn in the flesh, “My grace is sufficient for you…”  In Galatians 6:1 Paul encourages believers restore those who have been overtaken in some sin, some fault.  I’m not suggesting we condone what they did – I’m just suggesting we should forgive.  It may not be easy – but forgiving will help them, and it will help us, and it will please the Lord.

Do you know someone with a black eye?  Trust me they already know it.  No need to remind them of it.  Just extend grace.  Forgive. Give them a reason to hope.  -MM

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Michael Mason August 2019 Newsletter

Friends....I trust you’re doing well and blessed.  I am in the middle of a busy summer preaching schedule.  Thankful for the opportunities…  Revival is the work of God but He does use people.  I have sensed his presence and power in recent weeks as I have preached, calling churches to revival and the lost salvation.  Thanks for your prayers. 
Our merged family includes five children and three grandchildren.  Our children are Hunter, Jordan, Alyssa, Garrett, and Grayson.  The grandchildren are Harper, Hattie, and Magnolia.  We will soon add a grandson to the family.  Garrett and his wife Courtney are expecting baby Levi by early September.  We are blessed.   
Dawn and I will be going to El Salvador in November to participate in a Pastors Conference.  We will both be speaking.  If you are interested in helping with expenses, we would appreciate it.  Expenses include two airline tickets, and one night in a motel. Total expenses for the both of us will be approximately $1800.  There is a link on my web page where you can give online.  Just click on the link and follow the steps.  
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.                   
  
~ August through October 2019 Preaching  Schedule ~

August
11-14 Lebanon Baptist, Hartselle, Al.
15 Men’s Barn Ministry, Falkville, Al.
18-21 First Baptist, Converse, La.
25-28 Serenity Baptist, Somerville, Al.

September
8-11 Bethel Baptist, Arley, Al.
15-18 First Baptist, Jonesville, La.
22-25 19th Ave Baptist, Hattiesburg, Miss.
29-Oct 2 Dry Creek BC, Mendenhall, Miss

October
6-9 Edgemont Baptist, Shelbyville, Tenn.
13-16 Ryan Baptist, Ryan, Al.
20- OPEN
27 AM OPEN
27 PM Shoal Creek Baptist, Decatur, Al..

Dawn’s Speaking Dates……
Oct 18-20 No Limits Womens Conf, Shocco Springs, AL.
Nov 1-3 Mosaic Church, Women’s Conf, Decatur, AL.
Nov 4-8 El Salvador Pastors Conf

Dec 6-7 Neel United Methodist, Women’s Retreat, 
Crane Hill, Al.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Michael Mason Ministries July 2019 Newsletter

I heard about a man who talked with his pastor about a temptation he was struggling with.  He was tempted with a beautiful lady who sat near the water fountain where he worked.  Every time he went to get a drink he was tempted with thoughts and feelings he shouldn’t be having.  The preacher had one bit of advice: Stop going to the water fountain.  That’s a good word… Many of the decisions we make that either draw us close to God or pull us away are common sense.  Change the channel.  Look away.  Don’t say it.  Don’t repeat it.  Don’t buy it. Sometimes the best thing you can do is just stay away from the water fountain.  
…..Thanks for your prayers and encouragement.  If you’re interested in helping support the ministries God has given me, pray and give as God leads you.  Dawn and I will be going to El Salvador in November to participate in a Pastors Conference.  If you are interested, there is a link on my web page where you can give online.  Just click on the link and follow the steps.  
If you’d like to have me or Dawn speak at your church… I’m available for revival meetings, harvest 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.                   
  
~ July through October 2019 Preaching  Schedule ~
July
7-12 Jones Chapel Church, Moulton, AL.
14-17 Pine Ridge Bap, Union Grove, Al.
21-24 Whitesand Baptist, Prentiss, Miss.
28-31 Topisaw Bap, Bogue Chitto, Miss.

August
4 Central Heights Baptist, Florence, Al.
8 Bellview Bap, Sen. Adults, Decatur, Al.
10 Mt Hebron Men’s Conf, Mobile, Al.
11-14 Lebanon Baptist, Hartselle, Al.
18-21 First Baptist, Converse, La.
25-28 Serenity Baptist, Somerville, Al.

September
8-11 Bethel Baptist, Arley, Al.
15-18 First Baptist, Jonesville, La.
22- OPEN
29-Oct 2 Dry Creek BC, Mendenhall, Miss

October
6-9 Edgemont Baptist, Shelbyville, Tenn.
13- OPEN
20- OPEN
27 AM OPEN
27 PM Shoal Creek Baptist, Decatur, Al..

Dawn’s Speaking Dates……
July 27 Private Event, Florence, Al.
Oct 18-20 No Limits Womens Conf, Shocco Springs, AL.
Nov 1-3 Mosaic Church, Women’s Conf, Decatur, AL.

Dec 6-7 Neel Methodist, Women’s Retreat, Crane Hill, Al.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

June 2019 Michael Mason Newsletter

…..Years ago I heard a message by pastor Jack Hyles entitled, Acknowledge Him.  That message proved to be a turning point for my life.  Based on Proverbs 3:6, he inspired and encouraged me to acknowledge God in everything.  He also helped me see a fence down the middle of that verse.  One side of the fence is God’s and the other is mine.  I can’t do God’s job and He can’t do mine.  The fence that Pastor Hyles helped me see is divided between, “In all your ways acknowledge Him,” and, “He will direct your paths.”  My job is to acknowledge Him.  His job is to guide my paths.  I’ve never forgotten that…  There have been times, however,  when I tried to do God’s job.  Maybe I didn’t like where His path was taking me.  Maybe I didn’t like the road ahead.  In either case, I had decided that I knew better than God.  I have learned, in big decisions or in small, I do well to stay on my side of the fence.  
I’m Having a busy and blessed 2019… Thanks for your prayers and encouragement.  If you’re interested in helping support the ministries God has given me, pray and give as God leads you.  If you are interested, there is a link on my web page where you can give online.  Just click on the link and follow the steps.  Thank you.
If you’d like to have me or Dawn speak at your church… I’m available for revival meetings, harvest 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.                   
  
~ June through August 2019 Preaching  Schedule ~
June
2-5 Smyrna Baptist, Moulton, Al.
9-12 Buhl Baptist, Buhl, Al.
16 Belmore Baptist, Belmore, Al.
23 Mt. Tabor Baptist, Arab, Al.
29 Enon Baptist, Danville, Al. DNOW
30 Lindsay Lane Baptist, Athens, Al. (AM)
30 Houston Baptist, Houston, Al. (PM)
July
7-12 Jones Chapel Church, Moulton, AL.
14-17 Pine Ridge Bap, Brindlee Mtn, Al.
21-24 Whitesand Baptist, Prentiss, Miss.
29-31 Topisaw Bap, Bogue Chitto, Miss.
August
5 Bellview Bap, Sen. Adults, Decatur, Al.
10 Mt Hebron Men’s Conf, Mobile, Al.
11-14 Lebanon Baptist, Hartselle, Al.
18-21 First Baptist, Converse, La.
25-28 Serenity Baptist, Somerville, Al.

Dawn’s Speaking Dates……
June 23 Mt Tabor PM Ladies Conf.
July 27 Private Event, Florence, Al.
Oct 18-20 No Limits Womens Conf, Shocco Springs, AL.
Nov 1-3 Mosaic Church, Women’s Conf, Decatur, AL.

Dec 6-7 Neel Methodist, Women’s Retreat, Crane Hill, Al.