Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the ]evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. . . . But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:1-6)Scripture teaches, though, that we are called to exercise two different levels of faith at various times as Christians. At one level we are to be inactive and wait patiently for the Lord to move. Here faith involves believing that Christ will bring about a solution apart from any effort on our end. Yet Scripture just as frequently affirms the faith involved in taking personal responsibility. We find so many impressive pictures in the Bible of individuals who, without any divine revelation or special prompting, took bold steps to reach a personal goal. (Excerpt from Nehemiah ministries)
Wait by faith or work by faith? Life involves both as a Christ follower. The key is to his constant communicaton with the Lord, as were those in the Hall of Faith! (Hebrews 11)
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Pray . . . Plan . . . Participate . . . It's all we can do as believers. We PRAY to the Lord discussing the things we desire and the things He desires for us. We then PLAN according to His leading. Then we receive the final decision and PARTICIPATE in what God eventually has put into place. We must be careful not to get in the way!
As we have prayed and planned to our mission trip to Puerto Rico, we have witnessed challenges in planning, funding, meeting times and even individual ups and downs. Yet we have seen God at work in so many ways. We have never stopped participating in His plan and look forward to the actual trip August 4! Even then, we need to stay in close touch with God the Holy Spirit as He leads and guides us daily!
Please PRAY with us and as we close our fundraising these next eight days, seek God to see if He PLANS for you PARTICIPATE as a financial partner!
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
This life can lead to doubt. Even the most seasoned believer can find himself asking, "Why?", "How?", "When God?". But God is able! He was then and He is today. Like those in the past, we too are being tested in the fire. We WILL come out as gold if we keep our trust in Him and Him alone!
He will provide . . . just when, how, and what we need from Him, for our good and for His glory. . . . Be Encouraged . . . Be confident . . . Be about His business!
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
I, a man like Elijah, am praying earnestly for Jehovah Jirah to provide the remaining $1500 in funds we need for our Puerto Rico mission trip. I am asking Jehovah Nissi to lead us into the battle/mission field. I am pleading for a peace about it all.....Jehovah Shalom!
Rain down upon us Lord. Let people see and experience Your mighty works!
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Rain rain go away . . . .but what if it brings us closer to Christ? It is hard to pray yet if we need hardship, grief, and disappointment, then we need to embrace the pain and seek the One Who knows our pain!
Who suffered more than our Savior? Who gave up more than the Son of God to be our sacrifice? Who are we to complain? We have to learn to praise Him the good times and in the rain!
Saturday, July 21, 2018
While at the Douglas Family reunion....a more than sixty year tradition, I am reminded of what it means to be adopted into God's family. This historic (Frederick Douglass) and proud family has taken me in when even my own blood and personal friends have pushed me aside; Much like the family of God welcomes the outsider and stranger from a sin-sick world into the royal family of Almighty God. A gift I do not deserve, but am grateful to accept . . .Thanking God for His many gifts, especially His grace and mercy and eternal life in Him!But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
Friday, July 20, 2018
As we are about to embark to a family reunion, I am reminded of the legacy a CHRISTian dad is to create and leave behind. It should be an eternal legacy of love, respect, selflessness and service. It should be a legacy that points toward our Lord and Savior, not us! I pray for myself and all fathers that we are simply challenged to do such, but equipped and obedient to follow through.
Spirit of God, move in me and through me and cause others, especially my family, to follow You!
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
What a great perspective on missions! As we prepare to leave for Puerto Rico, be reminded we also have been serving teens, families, schools and churches in the DMV and around the world since 1998.MIT has been a joy and a struggle! God is faithful through it all and like Paul, I am learning to be content whether in need or in excess. Please read and comment . . . and SUPPORT!
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Have we taken a serious look at the wood today? As one who works closely with the teens of today (as well as raising one and having grandkids close to teenage years), I have a close ear on the pulse of their social circles.
Some things I hear include;
" Why is cursing so wrong?
" Just because my friends do it doesn' mean I will."
"Why can't I play video games all day?"
" It's ok for teens to see 'mature' movies and videos."
"It's ok to have sex if the couple is engaged,"
"Masturbation is wrong?"
"The bible is out of date."
" What if God is not real and the bible is not true?"
"Do I really have to go to church? Can't I just stay home and go to church on line?"
"I was born this way!"
"I'm not Jesus!"
Satan is planning out his strategy step by step, generation by generation. He is infiltrating the minds of our youth. Yet I love the fact that today's teens are questioning and debating! They could be simply accepting the "new normal".
But we still have a chance while it is still today.(Hebrews 3:13)
Monday, July 16, 2018
While the "harvest " in Puerto Rico is indeed great, the workers who are truly sent by Christ are few. Oh sure, many have gone to fix things like electrical lines, homes, businesses, schools, and roadways, but how many have travelled to help with souls in mind?
Aiding those in need with souls at heart is at the very core of scripture. Jesus would feed, heal, and comfort and forgive sin! We have that opportunity in Puerto Rico! Many are hurting and in need . . . of physical help yes, but also form the love and forgiveness Christ offers. Please send us . . . .we are only $1,800 shy of our go
Thursday, July 12, 2018
In this world we will have various trials, challenges, and PAIN . . . . emotional, physical, relational, etc. My constant struggle is to know when to seek help or share the challenges and when to suck it up and bear the burden individually. Too many times I go it alone.
What about you?
I usually take the road of bearing the burden inwardly, first asking God to heal, whether it be an emotional or spiritual battle or even my physical pains. After all, JESUS is not simply a doctor, but a HEALER! He did not prescribe medication or therapy as often as He would simply say, "Get up and walk!". (John 5:8) I don't cherish others knowing I am in pain or seeing me in pain. Either way, I feel like I am being a burden.
I do not enjoy doctors, hospitals, or medications. I prefer to have a testimony saying God did it. However, as my wife always reminds me, God also gives us common sense and doctors (medicine). While I can stand a lot of pain, I cannot bear to see her suffer for me . . . and she does! Yet, I struggle between my faith in God and my fear of the white coats!
So, if you find yourself like me, guys especially, let's ask God for wisdom as often as we ask for healing! His grace is still sufficient and so is His wisdom! God, please give us bot
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Let's admit . . . We as Christ followers live in challenging days! But no more challenging than in the days of the writers of the New Testament. May I share a bit from Paul and Peter, two who died for their faith I might add? In days of poliical confusion and challenges, please read with an open heart and biblical world view . . .Please don't tell me this does not apply today!
Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.6 Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? (1 John 3:16-17)I love the writings of John....believe in the Messiah and live like it. That's his theme throughout. The youngest of the disciples was perhaps the simplest. Live what you believe!
I guess that's why I love working with kids so much. They are genuine. They live what they like! Passion rules them! If I can just convince them to be passionate about Christ . . . . well, you know.
But adults, that is a different animal. We are so busy, so involved, so
rather than invested! We have been robbed of so much, banrupt of love and commitment by this world that we no longer have much to give. Much of what we have we hold on to as if it was "mine"!
Kids go all in though . . . sports, video games, anime, you name it . . . . 24/7, eight days a week!
John calls us to live a life of sacrifice, like Jesus did. As we look at our lives, can people tell we walk with Jesus by how we live, how we share, how we give? Below is an opportunity to prove it. Join the mission work of God today. If you cannot "go", then "send"! It shows our love for Christ and others!
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