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Back to being a Child

I had a wonderful trip to my childhood.  As a young person, nothing was more precious to me then meeting Jesus on my knees, having Him use me in unexplainable and sometimes radical ways.  Soon after trusting Christ, he used me, as a little boy, to lead an adult to Him.  Man was I excited!  As ministry can become a thing you do rather than a miracle that God is doing with you, so have I at times sensed the wonder of my childlike fascination, dependence and joy, becoming foggy through the stresses of adulthood.

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“I will not have anyone tell me what I “must” do.”

This is the statement that a man recently gave me as a reason for not wanting to believe in Jesus.  After hours of answering all kinds of questions about God spanning from “Christianity” in History to God’s very existence.  In the end, this was his holdout.  “I was told what I must do throughout my childhood, youth and as a young adult in the former GDR.  No one will tell me what I must do.”

After explaining that Christ is the exclusive Way, Truth and Life as the only means to the Father, I gave him this example; “I don’t know how to get to your house and you tell me to follow you, but I refuse, as I don’t want anyone telling me what to do.  Will I find your house?”  This example got him thinking.  Please pray for Mr. R.   Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to remind him of his need.

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What You Have…

It is the simple things that we overlook which God chooses to use.

“And the Loʀᴅ said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.” Ex. 4,2

This verse reminds us that God uses simple things to facilitate his will.  The question is, are we available and faithful to allow God to use what is in our hand. 

We are forever striving to be more effective; searching for the next open door or opportunity.

As a child watching Westerns, playing Cowboys and Indians, the art of knot tying was fascinating.  Sitting down one afternoon, without instruction, the urge to learn how to tie a noose like the ones so often observed in the classic Westerns became overwhelming.  Naturally, my parents were not so impressed with this newly acquired knowledge, but I was hooked.  No pun intended.

Twice a year we build our Festival stand and it requires several different knots.  Chelli has even bought books to feed my appetite for new knots.

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Blessings and Blessings

For my birthday Chelli and the kids invited friends and acquaintances to surprise me that Sunday morning.  It was great!  I thoroughly enjoyed preaching to a full house of guests, many of which have never been to a service and normally wouldn’t come to church. 

Two weeks later, at our annual teen meeting one of the young people was still commenting on the sermon from that week.  The Theme of the teen meeting was “Discernment – How to make good decisions” focusing on God’s leadership. 

There was a lot of good feed back such as; “that was really good”, “spot on”, “I really needed that”, and ”I will be back!”  Tonight one of those teens is bringing a guest.  The parents of the young teen that was so impressed with the sermon on my birthday are bringing him and his sister from a neighboring city.

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The Promise is Always Kept

Matthew 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

We seem to apply such promises to important  things and often overlook the little ways that God fulfils his promises. 

Much has transpired since out last letter.  We celebrated our oldest daughter, Samantha, becoming an adult in a coming of age ceremony to which  her friends and teachers from school were invited.  After preaching about the crowns awarded to believers, while stressing salvation, Chelli and I challenged Samantha to be the woman that God has designed her to be.  These challenges were tailored to her gifts and personality.  We presented her with a beautiful cloak and crown.

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Be doers, not just hearers

891b car fiat multipla 2We just finished the book of Hebrews and are starting James.  Our people are excited about what they are learning.  More exciting is that they are not just listening, but it is changing their everyday interactions with friends and family.

Hebrews stressed an enduring faith that withstands every down setting.   Such faith is not dependent upon present results and miracles, rather on the promise of eternity.  During this series my prayer was, “God grow me in faith”.

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The Miracles of Ministry

A year ago while on a train a man asked me who was treating my rosacea and gave me a prescription for some medicine. This was like a spiritual rubber stamp to the person to whom I was witnessing. They were just simply amazed how God orchestrated it all. The medicine cleared up the issue and became an even more powerful witness to God’s power. Just this last week, I received a call from that doctor who wrote me the prescription. He was doing follow-up on me as he is publishing his research regarding a better treatment for the condition. I excitedly told him how it not only cleared up the problem, but also how God had used him. He stated, “now that is an interesting interpretation of the events”. He thanked me for my help and hoped that his call was not an inconvenience. I assured him it was not and that his calls were more than welcome. God used one event to witness to two people who I would have never met, except that I had rosacea.

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