Written By Ryan Walters
Merry Belated Christmas Ninety-Eight Six Readers!
I hope you guys got to enjoy or at least ‘make fun of’ my goofy Christmas tune from earlier.
I am sad to say that my good friend and only Ninety-Eight Six Blogger other than myself, Larry Shaw, will no longer be an official blogger of ‘98.6 Too Cold’. However, he will remain to be a key player in the work of this Kingdom-driven tool because besides being one of my closest friends, he has been a faithful, ‘truth in love’-giving spiritual advisor for me for years now. God has opened my heart and eyes to so many truths, I ignored and was hesitant to accept, because of the work of the Spirit through Larry as he has remained faithful in holding me accountable and I can’t express my gratitude for that enough. Before I let Larry speak for himself in closing I will say this:
God shared the vision of Ninety-Eight Six with me this summer because of what Larry and I were constantly doing for the past four years- in depth, daily devotionals and messages of hope, encouragement and accountability to one another. But most importantly he was challenging me all along as we shared deep truths back and forth. God put it on my heart to share those truths and challenges with the rest of my generation. Ninety-Eight Six wouldn’t have started be it not for Larry’s commitment to Christ.
“I’d like to express my gratitude to God for having allowed me to be a regular contributor to this blog. It is such an awesome privilege to endeavor to challenge Christ followers to a deeper understanding of God’s truth , & also to discuss how to apply those truths so that ultimately, people don’t see us, but see Christ lived out in us . Anytime we can grapple with the deep things of God from various perspectives, potentially more people can be edified by the power of the Holy Spirit in each Christ follower’s life. It’s been true also that I probably end up gaining more than the readers as I study God’s word & apply it to my own life first, before challenging others. So I look forward to that process each time God calls me to it. In the meantime, we all have the tremendous blessing of sharing in the journey that God has given to Ryan. So while physical issues don’t enable me to be a regular contributor, I hope you’ll pray that I can join with Ryan as often as possible in exploring the truths of God in ways that the Holy Spirit can use to bring real change in the hearts of Christ followers both old & young, & everyone in between. May all our hearts & minds be diverted from all this busy season asks of us, so that we can see that the baby in the manger was God in the flesh, who paid the ultimate price, that we may be forgiven & live victorious lives by his power.” (Larry Shaw, ‘98.6 Too Cold’ Guest Blogger)
I’ve been informed by the producer of the short film ‘Noahzite Nation’, that was filmed several weeks ago, that the final edit may not be completed until the end of January but stick around for it’s debut which I pray in advance will challenge others & will glorify God.
Be Blessed, Not Stressed & Resist The Risk; To Grow Cold As Stone, For To Him I Owe…
All I Am, I’ll Seek The Throne, The Great I Am, May My Love Show.
Ryan Walters. ’98.6 Too Cold’ Founder, Blogger