Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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Saturday, August 27, 2011
The pastor of Family Fellowship Church International that meets at a local hotel, came up to the table with his wife, and we had a lengthy conversation. He is just 30 units short of his Doctorate of Divinity from Azusa Pacific University. I learned from their website that they formed their church about a year ago with a vision for families. How exciting! Dr. Walker had been looking for a study that was doctrinally sound, and bought a copy after flipping through it and speaking with me. May the Lord use Galatians to influence believers I won't probably meet this side of heaven!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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Sunday, August 21, 2011
Third service is getting more crowded all the time. Lots of teens and young adults attend--I guess because they are still growing, they need their sleep--or they stay up later hanging out with friends than we middle-aged folks do on a Saturday night. One nice thing about being married is that your best friend already lives at your house. And if a grown child or two are at home still, you have a ready made party. Just call Papa John's for delivery!
I did notice, and have heard from the worship leaders, that 3rd service often has larger altar calls, because young people tend to socialize more, they invite their unsaved friends from school and work, and those precious young people go forward to become born-again! One statistic I read years ago says that the vast majority of people who are believers accepted Christ as children or teens. Why? Because they are searching for the meaning of their lives, and are not excessively preoccupied with career, marriage, family and societal concerns like the well-established adults around them. They're more open to making a radical change. And Lord willing, they'll make the radical change to knowing Christ as their Savior and serving Him all their lives!
Jesus said in Mark 10:14,
With that very unscientific set of observations made, why were we at 3rd service today? Well, because our daughter Heidi and husband Pavel decided they were going to 3rd, so we thought we would too. Which doesn't actually make a lot of sense, because we don't even sit together for whatever reason! With the whole day yesterday at the spa, which I liken to a day out at the beach in the way you feel so relaxed, even drained; and then moving beds and fixing the sprinklers, we were rather done in.
We had another reason to touch base with Heidi and Pavel, which was to sign a copy of my Galatians book for a friend, Jason Bryan, whose book they've been hanging onto, planning to give it to me to sign. So they, and Jason, Steve and I, were all there. I was able to write a nice note to this godly young man after the service. I had more fun seeing who I've missed because of being a second service person, and who, like us, normally is a second service person, but didn't make it today! That included our friends Bob and Debbie. It was good to see the ushers for third as well. It's like a whole new world.
One week soon, I'll talk about why we always sit on one side of the church, even entering each week by the same doors! Aren't you glad God loves us with all our quirks and odd habits?
The KJV says of us in Titus 2:14 that God has purified for Himself "a peculiar people!"
Saturday, August 20, 2011
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Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
9:23 p.m. Today's project was to turn 60 years old. Even though I enjoyed many activities this August 16th, attaining that age is quite enough for one day, don't you think?
My daily devotional reading has been in Joshua this month, a book of physical warfare as the Israelites wiped out the vile pagan nations and claimed the land that God promised them. My chapter yesterday was Joshua 13. By this time, Joshua had led the people to victory after victory and assigned lands of thirty-one former kings to the 12 tribes of Israel. But the job was far from finished, as God's words to Joshua make clear. Verse 1 especially struck me as a strong statement from the Lord that He has much ministry (and many challenges) ahead for me:
Now Joshua was old, advanced in years. And the LORD said to him: "You are old, adevanced in years, and there remains very much land yet to be possessed."
God then enumerates all of the peoples of the land that must be eliminated, and their lands parceled out to Israelite tribes. The list is extensive and to my non-military mind, overwhelming. I have been trying to imagine each morning what it would be like for Joshua to lead not only the army, but millions of people as they mowed down every nation in their path! Yet, as long as the wholly followed the Lord, victory was assured. God promised Joshua in verse 6,
Them I will drive out before the children of Israel; only divide it by lot to Israel as an inheritance, as I have commanded you.
As for me at 60, I am very much engulfed in physical warfare right now--the daily fight to keep Steve from deteriorating so speedily from Alzheimer's; making ends meet on a fixed income; attempting to repair many broken systems in our home and on our property; keeping myself healthy, active, and prosperous in my business; marketing my book, Galatians: an Exploration of Faith & Freedom; and added recently, assisting my dad.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 tells us,
For our light affliction, which is just for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
There is spiritual warfare coming my way daily as well, as I commit that I will: spend time in the Word and prayer each day; write and teach I Samuel weekly to my precious Bible study women; maintain a godly, loving manner with my husband, whose advancing disabilities have him in tears of frustration regularly; prepare my heart for a new Bible study year at church as a group discussion leader; encourage my grown children and mentor their maturation in Christ; witness to the unsaved; cheerfully assist my dad with his medical issues; and begin the book God has spoken to me to write about our experience with early-onset Alzheimer's.
All who have made a decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and make Him their Lord are engaged in spiritual warfare (see Ephesians 6:10-18) because the devil, our adversary, like a roaring lion, walks to and fro, seeing whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8). In spiritual terms, who will decide to walk away, back into the world at the devil's beckoning? And who will resist the devil (James 4:7) and cause him to flee from you? Sounds overwhelming, doesn't it, just like Joshua's conquest of Canaan!
But I serve the same Lord who commanded Joshua to conquer and parcel out the land for God's people, even if he was old and advanced in years. That doesn't matter when following the Lord, except to provide a timeframe for accomplishment that's rather different than when I had many decades to the natural end of life.
Because He goes before me, I will also reach my God-directed destination in every area He leads me to!