August 2017 Touch Times Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Summer greetings from my home in beautiful Southern California, where I’m delighted to work with our leadership team to collect for you some brief “snapshots” of how the Father is touching so many here and around the world through your partnership with our staff and volunteers!

Whether you are actively supporting FTM through prayer and/or finances, or simply rejoicing with us over all the Father is doing through our ministries, we hope you will be wonderfully encouraged by the brief reports of good news you read here:

  • A testimony from my ministry trip to NYC
  • Our newly ordained Associate Minister: Michelle Smith
  • Updates from Uth 4 Uganda
  • Updates from Hope Home, Uganda
  • Our upcoming mission to Kenya

Feel the loving touch of Abba as you browse through these tidbits, and feel free to share this newsletter with your friends that you know would like to experience His loving touches along with you.

AUG 2017 Touch Times

FTM Update May 2017

Thanks so much to all our friends of The Father’s Touch who have been praying for our ministry, staff, Associates, and families!

The effectiveness of your prayers has been felt in several arenas and ministry activities, most recently during my ministry tour of 9 cities (Grand Prairie, McKinney, San Antonio [all in Texas], Nashville [TN], Manhattan & Brooklyn in New York, Monroe & Marietta in Georgia, and Kansas City [MO]). Relationships were strengthened, wonderful new connections made with key servants of the Lord, many saints encouraged and/or healed, and I was powerfully sustained through all the travels and ministry times!

Your prayers have helped me gain the wisdom necessary to make key decisions regarding our ministry in East Africa, including the postponement of our mission to Rwanda (from May 2017 to Feb 2018) to allow more time for our local organizers to prepare well for this pivotal time in a country still healing from mass genocide 23 years ago. We have the support of many key leaders in the capitol city, Kigali, and there is growing unity among them because of your prayers.

You have been touching the Father’s heart in other areas as well, including the publication and release of my new book, “Windows to the Father’s Heart,” which will bring powerful encouragement to many saints in all streams of Christianity who want to know Abba better [Eph 1:17]. Look for emails and Facebook notices soon regarding pre-release book sales with substantial discounts for “early” shoppers. I have felt the Father’s pleasure and excitement regarding the impact of the “invitation” this book provides to explore the most fascinating place in the universe: Abba’s heart!

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I also had the privilege of ordaining FTM Associate Minister, Michelle Smith on April 23rd!  We are pictured above with Magnus, a friend/coworker who prayed on behalf of the continent of Africa, where Michelle has ministered on many occasions.

Please continue your powerful intercession as you touch the Father’s heart regarding the ministries we are entrusted with as we seek to advance His kingdom and spur heaven’s invasion of our hearts, minds, and bodies.

On behalf of our entire family of beloved saints serving through The Father’s Touch Ministries, I again thank you deeply for your powerful intercession that touches the Father’s heart!

“Papa” Steve Trullinger
Founding Servant

Abolish the Adjective

(Originally posted September 19, 2013)

I read a recent post on Facebook that referred to “radical” Christianity, and the author offered a clarification/opinion of what it is [decades of faithfulness] and is not [mission trips and conferences].  I offered my “two cents” of opinion/advice on the use of the adjective “radical” and this prompted a constructive interchange with a few readers.   Such interchange often helps sharpen my thinking on the issue under discussion, and in this case I’ve realized that I’m actually a radical abolitionist concerning the use of the adjective “radical” for Christianity.

Here are my two cents that I offered:

“The use of the adjective “radical” in connection with Christianity is either superfluous or an indictment of the Christianity that needs to be ‘radicalized.’  Be careful if you are tempted to enhance the meaning with the use of ‘radical.’

It should be enough to refer to oneself as a Christian, and even that shouldn’t really be necessary. As the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said a long time ago when addressing a group of young women, ‘If you have to tell someone you are a lady, you’re not!’ So let your fruit do the talking and your faithfulness as a son of God will become apparent.

Radical concept!”

One reader commented on the utility of the adjective “radical”: I believe it differentiates between what common and cultural Christianity represents these days as opposed to biblical Christianity.”

My reply: “I agree with your phraseology that “common” and “cultural” Christianity is opposed to biblical Christianity. Indeed I would hesitate to call those “versions” Christianity at all. In my view, there is no other form of Christianity than biblical, and it would be wise for all “believers” to compare their professions of faith to actual expressions of faith that are commensurate with what Jesus advertised, for example, in John 14:12. Self-deception is a vicious trap. (See, for example, the warning by the Apostle John [1John 2:3-6].) Let’s drop the adjectives used for Christianity and begin living according to the ways of the One after whom the movement is named!”

Christianity is inherently shocking to the unbeliever, and even to the maturing Christian. I shouldn’t have to call you radical if I call you a Christian! Let’s work to restore Christianity to a place such that its inherent meaning allows us to abolish the adjective!

Choose Whom You Will Serve

Choose Whom You Will Serve!

(Originally posted: June 27, 2012)

I recently saw this piece of well-intentioned “advice” that was posted on Facebook and noted that very similar “sayings” have also been again circulating for a while:

“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.”

I understand why this sounds good, because it focuses on self.  It sounds especially good to someone in a very difficult or “chronic” situation – more on that later.

But where is Jesus in this advice?   I’m glad he didn’t walk away from us (when we were yet his enemies!), and I pray that his example helps us serve others, rather than insisting that they serve us, grow us, or make us happy.  The Kingdom of God is antithetical to humanism.   It challenges humanism and its focus on self [Lk 9:23]. 

The fundamental question is this:  Whom will you serve?   Will it be the “god” of self, or your Father in heaven who paid a huge price to send the Servant who gave his life for you?

Is it possible that the above admonishment to increase “self-respect” enough to enable the “walk-away” option is, in fact, a hidden trap leading to decreased respect for the new creature you have become upon your salvation through faith in Jesus Christ?  In other words, might there be an increased urge to focus even more on self after such a walk-away, especially if “friends” applaud your “courageous” decision?  [Pr 14:12]

The seduction of such advice is that the “self” you are being encouraged to respect more is actually your old “self,” the old nature that needs no help in satisfying its own soulish desires.  On the other hand, it is prudent to increase respect for your new self, the nature that now lives in obedience to Christ and eschews the old cravings of the former nature  [Eph 4:22-24].  Obedience is a pathway to the true and complete joy that Jesus wants you to have, and when you have overcome the temptation to satisfy your old self, then you will have not only the rewards that Jesus has promised [Rev 2:7b, 11b, 17b-c, 26-28; 3:5, 12, 21], but you will also have become someone worthy of true respect of the new self.

But what about the really difficult situation you may be in?  Humanism tells you to walk away.  Christlikeness strengthens your resolve and ability to hold steady to whatever the Lord has commanded you [Lk 22:42].  If he tells you to stay, and serve the Kingdom interest in your situation by doing so, then he will enable you to do so [2Cor 12:9]. 

Being served by others and requiring that they somehow make you better, or that they make you happy, is not the way of the Galilean [Phil 2:3-7].   If the Holy Spirit does give you a new assignment, then you should be obedient to his leading, and you will be if you are a son of God [Rom 8:14].  Your joy will be deep and secure because of your obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit, not because you satisfied the desires of the old self for shallow “happiness” that evaporates with a shift in circumstance.

If you are a follower of Christ, then you have the glorious opportunity to experience the joy of your Lord as you serve in the manner he did (and does!). This high calling is of far more value than the inferior result of settling “for a bowl of soup,” as did Esau when he short-sightedly sold his birthright (as the first-born) to his brother Jacob [see Gen 25:27-34].

Be sure today to make a clear and committed choice.  You can choose either to be a self-server who has been duped by humanistic advice, or to be a Spirit-led new “self” who serves others!  Rather than walk away, walk in the Way!