The image of God carried by most people is that He is impersonal, irrelevant, critical, distant and not very interesting. The greatest need they have is to live their lives with an ever-expanding view of Him. Isaiah 40; 2 Corinthians 3,4; John 8; Job 38-40
Living as if God is a real Person, a present Person, a perfect Father, infinitely good and infinitely great is essential for enjoying Him. Psalm 16, 139; Hebrews 10; Luke 15
Tragically, most people’s image of God is shaped more by the limitations of their earthly father and lies of the enemy, than by the truth of God. Genesis 3; John 8; 2 Corinthians 4; Matthew 7
The biggest battles Christians face against the world, the flesh, and the enemy happen during the active hours of our day. Philippians 2; Ephesians 6; 2 Corinthians 10
Taking small steps towards an ever-expanding view of God will lead to an increasing desire and passion to know and follow God. John 8, 14; Romans 12 & many verses on walking with God
The true measure of our spiritual progress is the frequency and depth of our encounters with God that will naturally result in sharing God stories. Psalm 145 and many verses to “tell” of His works
We need to recalibrate the way we encounter God when reading the Bible. When we know what God is truly like, we see the rest of the Bible in a very different light. Matthew 23; John 6,9
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The shocking truth is that many, if not most professed followers of Christ are spiritually “stuck” in their personal relationship with God. Tragically, many have even gone decades without one meaningful encounter with Him.
Most are familiar with the decline of church attendance in America. Each year roughly 2.5 million people are leaving the church, 4,000 churches close every year while there are only 1,000 new church plants. But could the root of it be that individuals are not encountering God in their personal experience - hearing His voice, seeing His hand, enjoying interaction with Him and real power to overcome the challenges of life?
The impact of such a revival would be massive-far greater than any change in Washington!
“Having been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer and given a terminal diagnosis, the daily messages from Trading Up were a true Godsend. I experienced tremendous peace, hope and comfort. I was continually encouraged and reminded about God's goodness and greatness as He spoke to me directly. It has forever transformed my thinking about and conversational intimacy with God.”
In 2018 we want to help 100,000 people experience God in a dramatically different way.
We are asking God to catalyze a movement, across our country and the world to go deeper with Him. A movement will mean we will serve other ministries with the resources to bring about a revival with their community of Christ followers.
A new phone app to run on both Apple and Google phones is estimated to cost $40,000. Creating two new programs offered to churches and to individuals will cost $30,000. To work a series of digital marketing campaigns and upgrade our website to reach thousands of Christians, we estimate a cost of $70,000. We estimate will need to reach around 2 million Christians to get to the 100,000 that God is touching now to go deeper in their faith and trust with Christ.
The total budget for these items is $150,000. We also have an operating budget of staff, technology, and overhead of around the same amount in 2018. So our total budget is $327,000.
Know that 100% of your donations will go to this 2018 project and not for our operating expenses which are covered by our board and other donors.
Let's think about the number of Christians that could be transformed from a shallow walk, to a rich walk with Christ with several meaningful encounters with Him everyday.
Since 2013, Trading Up has helped thousands of Christians make dramatic changes in how they see and relate to our God.
Through conferences, small group programs, church speaking events, and the digital discipleship utilizing the phone as a tool to lead people to know Him more deeply and encounter Him more often, Trading Up has helped over 10,000 Christians since 2013.
You may already benefit from our 1st person Scripture delivered to your phone twice a day as a text message. Even though I write them, I am often both surprised and delighted with how the messages impact my own heart for God!
We also have and will be building new content and programs to help more Christians know the true character of God and experience the abundant life that Jesus promises to all His followers.
When we experience God more frequently we are drawn to share our God stories with others, which in part fulfills the Great Commission. God promises in James 4:8 - ‘Draw close to me and I will draw close to you.'-ESV
Over a recent lunch meeting, I shared a story of a Christian man who told me how before Trading Up, he hadn't had one meaningful encounter with God in decades...
Will you consider joining us in our vision to help more people see heart transformation through the transformative power of the Holy Spirit?
Our God often blesses through multiplication.
So, let's all chose to get off the sidelines and onto the field and watch what God will do with our combined efforts.
Join us for an exciting 2018 and help us through the power of the Holy Spirit change 100,000 hearts which will lead to transformed homes and communities and can even help to transform our nation and the world.
Let's experience God together!
Trading Up Founder