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Vol. 1 No. 1

Updated date: 01/27/2016 - 19:48
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October 7, 2009

Dear Fellow Member of the OAK Initiative,

The main question that is being asked by our members is how to get started. That is most encouraging because that means you are already doers and action oriented. To begin with, we do not want to just convey to our members what to do, but as much as we can, we want to explain why we are doing things. We also want to invite your feedback. For you to have joined something so new, and as yet largely undefined, means that you have a special kind of faith, and that you should have some input into the building and developing strategy of OAK, so we are really interested in your feedback.

As explained in the first letter you received, our symbol is the oak tree because a healthy oak tree has a root system that is just as expansive below the ground as its branches are above the ground. Some roots are necessary before even the first shoot of a new oak tree can break out. We know that you already have at least some roots for you to have joined OAK. Now we all want to have a resolve to continue growing our root system so that it can support more and more branches.

So our strategy is two-fold—growing both roots and branches.

The roots represent our knowledge of the Lord, His ways, His calling on our life, and His perspective on our world. We are therefore asking every member of OAK to be committed to spend at least 10 minutes a day in prayer, and 10 minutes a day in personal devotions, or study. This may not sound like much, and it isn’t, but consistency is crucial for a healthy Christian life,

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Vol. 1 No. 2

Updated date: 05/05/2010 - 09:48
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October 14, 2009

Dear Fellow Member of The OAK Initiative,

    Last week we addressed how our basic job description as human beings is to love God, which if we do will cause us to love one another as we should also. Before proceeding with this week’s practical application of who we are going to seek to do this in OAK, I want to discuss a few more basic characteristics of God’s love.

    As Christians we should not consider the dictionary as the primary source of defining biblical words, but we should use the Scriptures themselves to do this. For example, there are three different Greek words translated “love” in English translations, each of which is a different kind of love. One is philo, which is about the love between friends, which is based on a common interest. The next is eros, from which we derive the English word “erotic,” which does not just mean sexual love, but describes the basic love between a man and woman whose primary interest is each other. The third Greek word translated “love” is agape, which is generally defined as unconditional love, though it is actually much more than that. Using three words like the Greek can be more descriptive than just using one word such as we do in English, but actually even the greatest human language will fall short of a perfect description of love. There are some realities that are simply beyond what can be broken down into language. We therefore must use the whole of Scripture to discern their definition. Even then, as we are told In I Cor.13:8, we will still only “know in part.” Even so, to be obedient to the part that we have can have major impact in our world.

    It is for this reason that Psalm 119:160 says, “The sum of Your word is truth.” To get the whole truth you have to perceive the whole. The Scriptures do not just get definitions for words, but the definition of God’s love is explained by how His love for us compelled God Him to act, and to relate. Just as we put the value on any commodity by what someone is willing to pay for it, we can put the value on our fellow man by the price God was willing to pay for them—the most valuable commodity in all of creation—His own Son. As we are told in John 3:16 that is how much the Father loves us, enough that He gave His own Son. That is the value that God place on you, me, and everyone else on this planet who He desires to be saved.

    So, to see other people through God’s eyes that is how valuable they are. Knowing this, we should treat all other human beings with that kind of dignity and respect. This is regardless of their political views, their sexual orientation, or their religion. This does not mean that we do not disagree with them about these things, but we should resolve

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Vol. 1 No. 3

Updated date: 05/05/2010 - 09:47
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October 20, 2009

Dear Fellow members of The Oak Initiative,

     A main purpose of The Oak Initiative is to aid the church to be the salt and light it is called to be. Being the salt speaks of being a moral preserver. Being the light speaks of being a presenter of the truth. As the oak tree is a symbol of strength, with roots as deep and expansive below the ground as its branches are above, we will pursue depth of character and understanding as we pursue expansion and influence.

     This week we will get into a bit more detail about the objectives and strategy of OAK. Obviously we are just getting started, and these will take time to unfold and develop, but many proven strong, effective leaders are joining the initiative, and already some of these are starting to be seen. Please read these considering how you might fit in.

Objective #1: Help mobilize the church into the moral and spiritual force it is called to be.

Strategy #1: Build a communication network to be able to communicate with Christians for the purpose of networking and mobilizing for mission and ministry opportunities, as well as to address crises.

Strategy #2: Build a world class media for addressing the news and current events from a biblical

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Vol. 1 No. 4

Updated date: 05/05/2010 - 09:46
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October 27, 2009

Dear Fellow Members of The Oak Initiative,

     Last week we laid out the basic strategy for mobilization in The Oak Initiative. This week we want to look at the most powerful and effective strategy in human history, and how it must be an even more basic strategy in all that we do. What was that strategy?

     1) Find 12 good men.

     2) Teach them and train them.

     3) Empower them.

     4) Send them out with a clear and noble cause.

     This is how a Carpenter from Nazareth changed the world more than anyone ever has. He never wrote a book, or even a letter, yet more books have been written about Him than any one else. His teachings have

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Vol. 1 No. 5

Updated date: 05/05/2010 - 09:43
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November 3, 2009

Dear OAK Members,

     The Oak Initiative was born because Christian leaders from virtually across the spectrum of the body of Christ came together to confer about and address some of the great crises of our times. The quality, depth, and strength of those who came was most encouraging. They came to seek understanding, and then to take action. Powerful ministry and mission initiatives were born in different parts of the nation, and they are growing. This is basic to who we are:

  1. To be those who will face the times and not hide from them.
  2. To be those who seek an uncommon depth of understanding, while at the same time being action oriented.
  3. To be those who are willing to work with others in whatever way is necessary to do what must be done.

Our goal is more than just helping God’s people understand the times, and survive them—we want to see the army of God prevail in them.

     We also assume that if you have joined an organization like this you are a mature enough Christian to be able to handle serious facts and information, with soberness, but also through the eyes of faith that always see Jesus on His throne above any problems that we may be facing here.

     If we are going to live and stand for truth, we must be willing to see the truth. If we are going to be the light we are called to be we must have solutions to the world’s pressing problems, which also means we need

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Vol. 1 No. 6

Updated date: 05/05/2010 - 09:44
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November 13, 2009

Dear OAK Members,

     The Oak Initiative continues to grow daily, so I especially want to welcome all of our new members. Many are joining after being introduced by present OAK members. Thank you very much for all who are sharing about OAK with your friends and relatives. This is the evidence of leadership emerging at the grassroots level that is the hope of this initiative.


Update on OAK Chapters

     We are working hard on our home base infrastructure and organization so that after the first of the year we can begin working in earnest on the field organization, opening chapters and recognizing the leadership that is emerging in the field. I have heard from a number of churches that want to host OAK chapters or field offices. As the basic mission of OAK is to help wake up the church, and strengthen her to be all that she is called to be in these times, to have

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Vol. 1 No. 7

Updated date: 05/05/2010 - 09:52
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November 17, 2009

Dear OAK Members,

     This week I am going to address some current events that are especially illuminating of the times. In future weeks we will get more specific in laying out the practical Oak Strategy, but we have been assured by the maturity of those joining Oak that there are some issues we must begin to address that relate to some things that will likely be the biggest points on our radar screens very soon.


General News & Commentary

     The best news in the world continues to be the gospel, which means “good news.” Jesus is right now on His throne above all rule, authority, and dominion. His kingdom is going to come, and His will is going to

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Vol. 1 No. 8

Updated date: 05/05/2010 - 09:43
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November 24, 2009

Dear OAK Members,

     We especially want to welcome all of our new OAK Members from Ohio and Michigan. It was great to be with you. Your faith in the Lord and devotion to being responsible, knowledgeable, and engaged citizens was inspiring.

     This is the week of one of the great holidays—Thanksgiving. We do have more to be thankful for than we could ever express but it is good to take this day each year to try. We are told in Ps.100 that we enter the Lord’s gates with thanksgiving. We see as a custom in Scripture that whenever someone addressed a king, or potentate, they would begin with thanking them for their justice, generosity, and etcetera. How much more should this be the way that we come before the King of kings? If we want to abide in the presence of the Lord it begins with simply being a thankful person.

     How could we not thank the Lord for everything, even our trials, as He has promised us that everything will work together for good for those who love Him, and that He will always lead us in His triumph? You can read

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Vol. 1 No. 9

Updated date: 09/21/2010 - 12:23
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December 02, 2009


Dear OAK Members,

     Now that Thanksgiving is over, that does not mean that we should stop thanking the Lord! Eternity will not be long enough to thank Him for all that He has done for us. What an awesome, wonderful God we serve! Because we are told in Ps.100 that we enter His gates with thanksgiving, being a thankful person is how we can enter His presence every day.

     Let us thank Him that we live in a country where we can still openly worship Him. Even though this freedom is under increasing pressure today, this greatest of freedoms that has been a chief pillar in the building of America has weathered furious storms and to date still stands. This is because of people like you who have joined The Oak

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Vol. 1 No. 10

Updated date: 05/05/2010 - 09:43
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December 8, 2009

Dear OAK Members,

     We have been developing an OAK Initiative Chapter in our local church, and we have learned some things that I would like to pass on to you. There are other groups who are already off and running with organizing OAK Chapters too, which we are really thrilled to hear about. As these develop, we will be sharing with all of you what is being learned that can be helpful to others as well.

     Because we serve a God who is infinitely creative, even to the point of making every snowflake different, as well as every one of us different, we expect every OAK Chapter to be unique in some ways. Our unity is a unity of diversity, not a unity of conformity. The eternal truths we hold to will never change, but how they are presented can and often need to be changed. This may be why when


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