November 2016 Director's Encouragement Letter [Topic: Embrace Your Life]

Dear Friend,

I recently read a series of articles themed "Embrace Your Life." Repeatedly seeing this phrase spurred a few questions of my own. What is life? Can it be mine? And how would I embrace it? I’ve spent time considering these and I’d like to share with you some thoughts.

What is life? A question humanity has grappled with for generations. Does it only consist of the time between birth and death? Is it the relationships we have, our profession, possessions we own, or the things we do and don’t do?

1 John 5:11-12 says "And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life." (ESV)

Did you notice what John said? He communicates that life isn’t a "what;" it’s a "who." Life is a person, the Son of God, Jesus. He is life and life alone is found in Him.

Can life be mine? An interesting question knowing that life is a person. Having this awareness helps us see life is ours, not by reaching some ideal goal, but by having relationship with Jesus. John confirms that if we have relationship with the Son, life is ours. Paul agrees in Colossians 3:4, letting us know that Christ doesn’t just give us life but that He is our life.

How would I embrace life? It’s hard for us to embrace abstract concepts, but we don’t find it difficult to throw our arms around another person and pull them close. The same is true here. Embracing life begins when we run to Jesus’ outstretched arms, throwing our arms around Him, and receiving Him into our lives. Embracing life continues as we daily live in the reality that we are held in His arms and are holding desperately onto Him.

Jesus is life. And, if you’re a Christian, He is your life. So embrace and hold on to Him with everything you have!

For 30 years, we here at ELM, have been assisting others to embrace their life in Christ. This past year we’ve held events in seven states, had opportunity on the radio, and equipped others through our upper levels of training. Those individuals are now equipping others too. Our staff has also spent hundreds of individual hours with hurting people sharing spiritual answers.

Our newest and largest ministry outreach are these letters which are written for the purpose of ongoing encouragement. Every month when we send you your letter, we also send one to 6,000 other individuals in 49 of the 50 states. In addition, we add new recipients every time we hold an event.

During the year it’s not my practice to make financial requests of you in these letters. However, as we approach year end, I know many of you make preparations to give special gifts. With that in mind, I would ask that you prayerfully consider giving a gift to Exchanged Life Ministries. We’d be honored, and you’d be partnering with us in making 2017 as great or better than 2016!

Just as you received Him, through embracing Him, so walk in Him through that same embrace (Colossians 2:6)!
Mike Roncaglia, Executive Director

Mike Roncaglia is the Executive Director of Exchanged Life Ministries. He has been on staff since 2011 but has been connected with the ministry 25+ years. He is a speaker, teacher, writer, administrator, and counselor. He is happliy married to Jill and they have a son Jonas.