Yo, yo, and hello to everyone out there. I hope and pray all is well.
I’m going to make this one short and sweet. Please pray for the AIM students, especially today. For those who have been on their fields for a while. For those who are just now arriving on their fields. Pray for my friends Elijah and Kristan and their team as they go to New Zealand. And pray for Rob and Denyce and their team as they prepare to go to Russia.
God bless you all! Have a great day. Peace!
Archive for May, 2007
Yo, yo, and hello to everyone out there. I hope and pray all is well.
Greetings one and all! I hope and pray all is well with each of you. I found out yesterday that Jake and Angie are writing a blog about Madelyn. I think it’s website is mynameismadelyn.blogspot.com. If that’s incorrect, then please put a note on this blog and I’ll make sure to tell you the correct blog address.
Now, on to another blog series. This one will be over the life of the Apostle Paul studying Charles Swindoll’s book Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit. We all know what a great influence Paul had on Christianity in it’s early stages. We’re all familiar with his letters which are in the Bible. His words of wisdom all throughout those letters are inspiring to me and to many others as well. Knowing what we know about the Apostle Paul from his letters we might be tempted to think he loved Jesus since birth. But if we look closer at the Scriptures we will see otherwise.
In Acts 6 we read about the passionate young Christian named Stephen, whom Scripture says was “full of grace and power” (v 8), and his face shined like the face of an angel (v 15). Stephen talked about his faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ, and at the end of his speech the whole Jewish Council dragged him out of the city and stoned him to death. Now notice what the killers did. They gave their coats to one who the Bible calls “a young man named Saul”. He was their and was very glad they murdered him in cold blood. That was the start of his murdering other Christians as well. It is very important that we know all of that to understand why he was so grateful for grace.
No dought he was there when the Jewish Council met with the Apostles in Acts 5 and he heard the speech that Gamaliel gave them, which might possibly saved their lives at that moment.
Everyone has a dark side in their lives. No matter how great someone is, there is a troubled past. That leads us to three final points here. 1.No matter how you appear to others today, everyone has a dark side. 2. Regardless of what you’ve done, no one is beyond hope. And 3. Even though your past is soiled, anyone can find a new beginning with God.
The Apostle Paul is another fascinating story. I hope you’ll stay with this study.
I have decided to take Sunset’s Bible courses by correspondence and stay home. I want to stay in contact with Charles Cook, the director of the Focus Northeast/ Northwest Program, and with some of those who plan to move to either of those two regions after graduation. I hope to join with an individual, family, or a team to plant churches in one of those two regions of the USA. This country is indeed a mission field. I desire to stay here and join a family, or an individual, or a group on a church planting effort
God bless you all in Jesus name!
Hello there everyone! I hope and pray all of you had a great weekend! After church services were over yesterday afternoon, my dad and I drove out to Krum to visit Jake, Angie, and Maddie. It was so fun! Maddie is a week old today. Hard to believe. It was so late last night that dad and I stayed the night and went back home today. Please be praying for Jake, Angie, and Maddie.
I am going to start a weekly series of blogs over the life of King David studying a book written by Charles Swindoll. The first chapter is called God’s Heart, God’s Man, God’s Ways. Of course, this book is about David. The life of David is truly fascinating to study. He was the youngest son of Jesse. Growing up he was the shepherd of his father’s sheep in Bethlehem. Through the years he experienced great victories, but also suffered earth-shattering sorrows. Through all of this God called him a man after His own heart. Before we look at the events that shaped David’s life, let’s look at what things were important to God’s heart and how those things caused David to be after God’s heart.
Throughout the Bible God’s ways have been in contradiction to the world’s (1 Cor. 1:26-29). A classic case in point would be Israel in David’s child hood. In those days Samuel was getting older. It was time to appoint a new leader for God’s people Israel. But the people didn’t want Samuel’s sons to do it, because they didn’t do what their father did. They turned aside to dishonest gain and perverted justice (1 Sam. 8:3). So the people demanded to have a king reign over them. They told Samuel their demands (v. 5) and of course he wasn’t pleased(v. 6a). But the Lord granted them their requests (vs. 7 & 9). According to 9:2 they selected Saul, because he was handsome and tall. Saul’s reign didn’t last long, and God selected one who was striving to please and follow Him. God got someone who was spiritual, humble, and had integrity.
God’s training ground for His man, is in solitude, obscurity, monotony, and reality. In closing, let’s look at two important truths. 1. It’s in the little things that prove ourselves capable of the big things (Matt. 25:14-30). And 2. When God develops inner qualities, He’s never in a hurry.
I’ll post more about David about this time next week. Also, I’ll do a weekly series about Paul studying a book written by Swindoll starting tomorrow.
Have a great week everyone. Be blessed!
Greetings one and all! Sorry for the delay in the new post. I was in Krum with the rest of my family because my sister and brother-in-law gave birth to their daughter Madelyn (Maddie) Grace Chism on Monday! We’re all so very excited! We all got to hold her and she is just precious!
Now on to the last Jeremiah keynote address. It was done on 31:31 through 34. It reads, “The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke My covenant though I was a husband to them, declares the Lord. This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put My laws in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God and they will My people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor or a man his brother, saying ‘Know the Lord’ because they will all know Me from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more”. This is a really awesome text! God is making a new covenant with Israel because they and Judah broke it , so He made a new one. He did this because He loved them as He loves us. As He promised to forgive them, He forgives us too.
Lord-willing some day I will get to go to the Pepperdine Lectureship. I hope to get involved in church planting or some other kind of full-time church ministry in either the Northeast or Northwest and hopefully will be able to attend the Pepperdine Lectures someday.
As I said above, my brother-in-law and sister Jake and Angie Chism had their baby girl on Monday. It was so exciting because our whole immediate family was their to see her make her grand entrance. It was truly a special occasion.
And lastly, please be praying for the AIM students and my friends Elijah and Kristan and their team heading to New Zealand later on this year. And please be praying for Rob and Denyce and their team as they prepare to go to Russia. Thank you everyone! Be blessed!
ps. And pray for more workers for the Kingdom of God (Matt. 9:37-38).
Greetings everyone! I pray you are all having a great day today. The next keynote lecture in the Pepperdine Lectureship series is on Jeremiah 29: 1 through 14. Verses 1 through 10 just talk about that Jeremiah wrote a letter to Jerusalem about Nebuchadnezzer and others and that there were those out there who are telling the people things that the Lord said that were not true. But verses 10 through 14 read, “This is what the Lord says: ‘When seventy years are completed in Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill My gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon Me and come to pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you’, declares the Lord, ‘and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you’, declares the Lord, ‘and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile”. I think this is saying that even if others deceive us and try to hurt us, God will never hurt us. His plans are meant to help us, never to harm us. God means to bless us, never to bring us harm. Even when things seem bad, God intends to bless us not to hurt us. Any thoughts on this please?
I just heard that Dirk is going to be named NBA MVP next week. That is a very bitter-sweet thing for me. Yes, Dirk deserves to be named MVP because of the great year the Dallas Mavericks had this year. But, nevertheless, we fell way short of what we wanted to accomplish this year. It’s too bad we didn’t win against Golden State in the first round. That would have made this allot more sweeter.
And, in closing, to all the mothers (and mothers to be) Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow! After church tomorrow we’re all going to our grandparent’s house to celebrate. Should be lots of fun! Can’t wait. What are you going to do to celebrate?
I’ll write on the last keynote lecture on Monday. That one will be on Jeremiah 31:31 through 34, which is on “I will make a new covenant”.
Greetings one and all! Sorry for the break yesterday. Long day. I just found out my sister might have her baby on Monday! Please be in prayer for her. I’ll say more about this at the end.
The next theme lecture covered Jeremiah 3:6 through 18. In verses 6 through 10 we see how faithless Israel and her sister Judah have been committing adultery against themselves and spiritual adultery against God. In verses 11 through 18 God calls them to come back. Verses 12 through 14 are very interesting. They read, “Go, proclaim this message toward the north: Return, faithless Israel’ declares the Lord, ‘I will frown on you no longer, for I am merciful, declares the Lord, ‘I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt- you have rebelled against the LORD your God, you have scattered your favors to foreign gods under every spreading tree and have not obeyed Me’ declares the Lord. Return, faithless people, declares the Lord, for I am your husband. I will choose you- one from a town and two from a clan- and bring you to Zion”. This story also reminds me of Hosea, where God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer. She runs away multiple times after other lovers, but Hosea goes after her each time and buys her back. This was to be a visual image for all of Israel and for Hosea of what God wanted to do for them. Though Israel ran off many times after other lovers, God would continually run after them to bring them back to Him.
This story in Jeremiah, like the others before it, stays very well with the Lectureship theme of a call to renewal. In verse 15 God promised to give them spiritual shepherds to guide them in the right way of following Him.
Tomorrow we’ll look at Jeremiah 29:1-14. Now about what we talked about at first. My sister Angie and brother-in-law Jake Chism are going to have their baby soon. Maybe as soon as Monday. Last week she was dilated at a one and the doctor said if she was dilated at two, they would induce labor. Apparently she has dilated at two now, and thus will induce labor on Monday. Please be praying for them. They are having a baby girl and will call her Madelyn (Maddie) Grace. They live in Krum, TX (close to Denton, if anyone knows where that is).
Thank you all! Be blessed!
Greetings one and all! I pray all of you are having a great day today. Today we’re going to look at Jeremiah 2: 4-13. These verses talk about God’s people forsaking Him to follow other gods (ie. Baal). God is obviously not pleased with this. The priests aren’t asking where their God is. They just lead His people to what is detestable in His sight. All of this is climaxed in verse 13, which reads, “My people have committed two sins: They have forgotten Me, the spring of living water, and dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water”. That is very inditing (spelling error?). First of all, spiritual leaders must be very careful that they lead people to the true source of life (God) and not their own opinions. Leaders must lead people into a relationship with God. Like when Moses was on Mount Sinai with the Lord getting the Ten Commandments and his face was glowing, we need to set people up with having a close and intimate encounter with God.
And secondly, we need to do God’s will in God’s way. We can’t do things our own way. Because if we do that, we’ll have given up on the living water and be building our own cisterns. And those cisterns don’t hold water.
Before we close, it’s Wednesday and time to ask for prayers for the AIM students and other missionaries. Allot of the AIM students will leave their families, friends, and homes to go to their mission fields. Many of them will leave home for the first time. Please be in prayer for them. And for those who have been on their fields. Most of them have been where they are for a year. Some of them will possibly leave their mission fields to go back to the States. Please pray for them to finish their time there strong. Please pray for my friends Elijah and Kristan and their whole team as they prepare to leave for New Zealand in September. And for Rob and Denyce and their team as they are preparing to leave for Russia. I think they are taking Advanced Missions at SIBI. Thanks everybody! Be blessed! Peace out.