This Day’s Thought from The Ranch- Monday


This Day's Thought from The Ranch

God Incarnate is the end of fear; and the heart that realizes that he is in the midst, that takes heed to the assurance of his loving presence, will be quiet in the midst of alarm.  “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.”  Only be patient and be quiet.

F. B. Meyer


This Day's Verse

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

Proverbs 2:6
The English Standard Version


This Day's Smile

Wag more.  Bark less.

Church sign


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This Day’s Thought From The Ranch- Because You Asked!


This Day's Thought from The Ranch

BECAUSE YOU ASKED!
Eric Elder
The Ranch

Because some of you have asked if we made our goal in our 2018 fundraiser, I thought I’d answer it here…

No, we didn’t, but we’re so grateful for all the funds that did come in!

We received a total of $16,431.19… a record for us in terms of total funds raised during our year-end fundraiser.

2018 Donations from 238 Subscribers

I love this chart because it shows all 237 gifts that came in and how each gift, ranging from $3 to $1,000, contributed to the total amount. This chart beautifully illustrates that many hands really do make light work.

I’d like to share one more chart with you, though. It shows the total number of donors to our fundraiser compared to our total number of subscribers.

Percent of Subscribers Donating in 2018

I share this chart just as a fact of fundraising. Less than 1% of our subscribers ever make a donation to our ministry. That’s not a complaint, just a fact. You’ll find similar stats for “listener supported radio” and other kinds of fundraisers.

We’re happy to provide our daily and weekend messages freely to anyone who wants them, and we’re thankful for those who contribute to make it possible.

But the truth is that Greg and I have been making up the difference each year from our own personal resources and other funds we have raised behind-the-scenes to help make this ministry possible.

We have new ministry opportunities before us, however, and we were hoping to transfer some of the financial weight of this ministry to those who benefit directly from it. For this reason, we set our fundraising goal at $60,000, which means we fell short of that goal by about $44,000.

So we are in the process of restructuring how we do the ministry so we can keep it going as strongly as possible and continue sending you these wonderful daily messages, while still pursuing all of the other opportunities before us.

I share all this because we like to present you with the facts, keep you in the loop with what’s going on, and let you know how you can help, if you’re so inclined. We’ll be letting you know in the next week or two the changes we’re making in how you’ll receive our messages.

Even though our year-end fundraiser is over, if you’d still like to contribute, please know that every gift you make truly does lighten the financial load. Many hands really do make light work! As the Bible says:

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

Thanks to those of you who asked, and thanks to those of you who read this far!

Please know that this list is always free to you with no obligation to give. We’re happy to share whatever we have. Sometimes, though, we need to be good receivers as well as good givers in order to accomplish all that God has put on our hearts to do.

If you’d like to help us with this effort, click here.

Or send your gift to:
Eric Elder Ministries
25615 E 3000 North Road
Chenoa, IL 61726 USA


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This Day’s Thought from The Ranch- Friday


This Day's Thought from The Ranch

God not only orders our steps.  He orders our stops.

George Muller


This Day's Verse

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;

Psalm 34:15
The New International Version


This Day's Smile

Love someone not because he is a Christian, but because you are.

Unknown


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This Day’s Thought from The Ranch- Thursday


This Day's Thought from The Ranch

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

M. Louise Haskins


This Day's Verse

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1:3
The King James Version


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This Day’s Thought from The Ranch- Wednesday


This Day's Thought from The Ranch

I prayed to God that he would baptize my heart into the sense of all conditions, so that I might be able to enter into the needs and sorrows of all.

George Fox


This Day's Verse

If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Proverbs 3:24
The Revised Standard Version


This Day's Smile

We talk a great deal of religion in this country, but we need to stop long enough to let our feet catch up with our mouths.

Billy Graham


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