Monthly Archives: July 2015

Update on the Lutzes….

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Dear Family and Friends,
     This picture of my dad and me is from last October.  He died peacefully and went to be with the Lord on June 16, right before Father’s Day.  Our entire family was able to travel to his hometown of Lewisburg, Ohio, for his memorial service on June 27.  Dad was 90 years old, and he and Mom celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary back in May.  He lived a long, full life, and we gave thanks to the Lord for all that he meant to us.  It was the hardest funeral I ever conducted, but to stand on Christ Jesus, the Solid Rock of Ages, and the promises of His word, comforted me greatly.  My mother is doing well, and our family bonds are stronger than ever.  Jesus is the Resurrection and Life.
     It’s been a time of transition in other ways also for our family.  We sold our house in Georgia and have just moved to New Port Richey, Florida, as our new home.  We are currently staying at my sister and brother-in-law’s house before moving into our own place, and I am applying for “tent-making” work to make ends meet.  The fact that we have come to Florida on a one-way ticket hasn’t yet sunk in!
     As soon as the dust settles I’ll be heading down to Haiti.  I was so grateful to have two days to spend with Pastor Georges Cadet early in June while he was visiting the U.S.  Pastor Georges will be the coordinator of our new MINTS study center in his home town of Bohoc, in north-central Haiti.  We developed a good plan of attack to organize the Study Center Committee and register our first group of students.  God has already put on our hearts the vision to multiply study centers throughout the northern part of Haiti.  This fine young pastor will be a real asset in the theological training of pastors, and he will be able to work on his master’s degree through MINTS at the same time.  I have adopted another son!  Here’s a picture of us in his home church with Pastor Jean Paul (center) when we led a seminar there.
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     Please continue to pray for us as we begin ministering from our new home base!
  • Thanksgiving for my father’s life and our family time at his home-going, for our safe relocation to Florida, and for all the love and support of family and friends and churches during this huge transition time in our lives.
  • Supplication for a new church home, school for Joseph, jobs for Cheryl and me, housing, new ministry opportunities, and my trip to Haiti this summer.
     God bless you and keep you in Christ Jesus!  We thank Him for your partnering in this mission of “equipping the saints for the work of ministry”!
 
Alan and Cheryl
Pastor-Teacher Alan A. Lutz
Miami International Seminary (MINTS) 
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  
Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
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Nothing Shall Separate Us…

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Romans 8: 38,39: (NASB) “For I am CONVINCED that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Several years ago, I went through a time of INTENSE spiritual warfare. One Sunday I was sitting in church praying fervently, as I felt the oppression coming over me. An Elder in our church who was leading in worship said he looked out at me, and it was as if a cloud was covering my face. (By the way, I come from a Reformed Presbyterian background…and these things were NOT commonplace in my circles!)

Nevertheless, this particular time as the battle raged, my prayers changed. Instead of begging God to take away the oppression, I asked Him to “glorify His name”, in and through the wrestling. Just as I released my prayer before the throne, “Father, glorify Thy Name.” John 12:28 was read from the pulpit: ” Then a voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

Peace flooded my soul; I knew I was held securely in the invisible war, and that no principalities could separate me from the love of Jesus. Demons are created beings. They cannot separate us from the love of Christ. The battle is REAL, but the victory is ours. Christ WILL BE glorified!

The Apostle Paul wrote the above passage while he was in Corinth.
The Scriptures teach us that Paul endured many hardships. He was whipped, beaten, stoned, imprisoned…forsaken by friends. 2 Timothy 4:16,17 tells us when Paul was brought before Nero “all men forsook him, but the Lord stood by him.”

As believers, we are securely held in Christ in the midst of life’s sufferings, and NOTHING can separate us from His love. Friends, husbands, parents, children, etc. may forsake us, but Christ never will!

Romans 8: 38,39 mentions “angels or principalities”. Principalities are both the good and the bad angels (demons). Matthew Henry says, ”the good angels are engaged friends, the bad are restrained enemies.”

Demons are restrained, but nonetheless they are powerful foes! As life’s battles come our way, be it divorce, financial struggles, rebellious children, persecution, etc., the devil seeks to create doubt regarding our security in Christ. The enemy desires to make us believe we are separated from God’s love.

Ephesians 6:12 & 13 says: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

At the root of life’s struggles, we are not wrestling with flesh and blood (or one another). We are wrestling with spiritual forces of darkness, principalities, or demons. We must take up the armor of God. Resist. Stand firm.

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In Keith Getty’s song, In Christ Alone, he penned:
“No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.”

I exhort you to be CONVINCED that:
Neither death
Nor life
Nor principalities
Nor things in the present
Nor things to come
No power
No height
No depth
Nor any other created thing, will be able to separate you from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”