A LETTER FROM THECOPUBLISHERS
Fall is finally in the air. We are embarking on a new season. God uses seasons in our lives to accomplish
many wonderful things. Every time we enter a new season, God is teaching us more about His
Kingdom and His principles. One of the most important principles we can learn is that God is always
at work. John 5:17 says, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
He is at work among the nations, in our own community and in each of our individual lives.
So, what should our response be to this important principle? I believe it is recognizing that we can do
nothing apart from God. John 15:5 says, “I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who
remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.” It
never has been about what we can do for Him. It is staying connected to Him and longing for Him to
work through us to change and transform lives. Only God can change the hearts of men and women.
And He chooses to work through us to accomplish that very thing. Amazing.
This leads us to another important Kingdom principle. Our recognition of God’s work is our own
personal invitation to join Him in what He is doing. John 5:19 says, “Very truly I tell you, the Son
can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever
the Father does the Son also does. It is in this place of joining God in what He is already doing that
we will actually experience Him and there is nothing that comes close to that. Please don’t get us
wrong. We love prayer, Bible studies and a good sermon. But experiencing His power, His peace, His
joy, His ability to change a life — well, there just isn’t anything that comes close.
Living out these Kingdom principles is one of the objectives we have at The Beacon. Our desire is
to act as a communication tool that will help point you to where God is working so you can join Him
and experience Him as well. When you read one of our stories and God is tugging at your heart,
please know that this may well be Him inviting you to participate with Him in all He is accomplishing
through that nonprofit effort. Perhaps you have read an article and over the next several weeks you
hear the name of the ministry you read about brought up in conversation again and again. That is
God inviting you to join Him. Maybe you view one of the videos on Beacon TV (visit saBeacon.com)
and tear up as you see and hear a testimony. Yep, that is God inviting you to join Him!
We at The Beacon pray that many of you will enter a new season of stepping out of the boat and
joining God in His work of redemption. After all, it’s better and more refreshing than the first cold
front of the year! Come on San Antonio, it’s a new season, let’s Be A Light together!
Duke Jonietz Claude Roberts
The principles listed in the letter above are taken from the book Experiencing God, by Henry Blackaby.