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Tuesday
Nov272012

December 2012

     The story of Christmas never ceases to amaze me.  I love to read about the angel speaking to Mary and her reaction to the news.   Joseph, then, is willing to end his relationship with Mary in a quiet way until he, too, is spoken to by an angel.  Mary spends time away with her cousin, Elizabeth, who is also pregnant with John the Baptist. Then the couple is made to travel to Bethlehem, in order to fulfill prophecy.  Jesus is born in a humble way, lying in a manger.  We see the reactions of the shepherds, the Wise Men, and King Herod as each receives the news of the    Messiah’s birth. 

     As I read the accounts of Jesus’ birth, one verse always stands out to me.  In the book of Matthew, chapter one, verse six we read these words:  “’Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’, which translated means, ‘God with us.’”

     Jesus, fully God, came to earth to live as man.  I wrestle with the question, “why would God choose to leave heaven and live on earth as a man with us?”  I know that He did this because of His great love for us.  I know that this is His plan to offer salvation for the world.  I know that God’s goodness, mercy and grace is why He did this.  Even though I know in my mind all the reasons for Jesus coming to earth, I honestly still am amazed that God could love us this much. 

     So often we read the Christmas story, sing the songs, and celebrate the birth of Jesus.  But do we really take the time to think about what this really means.  God stepped down from heaven, was born in a manger, lived and taught on the earth, suffered death on a cross, rose again, ascended into heaven, and now sits at the right hand of the Father.  He did all this for us!

     As we celebrate another Christmas, let us remember that we are not just celebrating the birth of Jesus.  We are celebrating the birth of a Savior who came to take away the sins of the world.  We are celebrating God’s plan to give us eternal life.  We celebrate an amazing God who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Not only did He die on a cross, but He left heaven to live with us.

      Remember, as Christians we have reason to celebrate Christmas.  Let us do so with joy and excitement and also with reflection and reverence.  God is worthy of our worship.

 

Thursday
Nov012012

November 2012

     Fifteen years ago this month Rebecca and I loaded up a big yellow Ryder truck, left Indiana and began our ministry in Wyoming.  When we left Indiana, we received some “great advice” about our new adventure.  We were told to keep our home in Indiana as a backup in case things didn’t work out.  We were cautioned about how small the ministries were here.  I was told that if I wanted to “move up in” in ministry that I couldn’t stay in Wyoming for very long.  All I knew was that God had called us to Wyoming and we were going to stay until God moved us somewhere else.

     So here we are, fifteen years later in a great ministry that I am so thankful to be a part of.  Indiana is where I moved from, but Wyoming is my home.  I never worried about a backup plan because I figured that the God who called me here could handle any backup I might need.  I tell people that I don’t have to worry about moving up in ministry because I have reached the top.  I really can’t think of a better place to be than where God wants you, and that is exactly where I am.

     It is amazing when I look back over the years.  Both my girls were born here.  We are in the process of adopting two boys and adding them to our family.  Many of my students have moved on from the youth and college ministries and are serving God all around the country.  I have had the privilege of watching some of my former youth grow into outstanding adults and begin families of their own.

     I am not sure what the next several years will hold, but I am not worried about it.  I already endure some of the jokes about being an old student minister.  Guess I will continue and just become an older one.  Just like when we loaded the Ryder truck, all I know is that God has placed me in a ministry and I need to be obedient.   Thank you for fifteen wonderful years of serving at Boyd Avenue and I am looking forward to many more.

 

Tuesday
Oct022012

October 2012

Our youth and college  students have been studying the book of Joshua this fall, focusing on some of the big events in the book.  We have called it “life lessons from Joshua.”  Joshua contains the story of the Israelites crossing into and conquering the  Promised Land and God’s faithfulness to His people in the process. 
     God leads His people into the Promised Land in a way that no one else can take credit for the victories other than Him.  From the parting of the Jordan River to the walls of Jericho falling down, there is no  question who is responsible for the success of His  people. Our obedience and faith in Him will result in victory.
     We also see in this book the consequences of not obeying God.  Defeat,   disappointment, and    judgment come when we choose our own way     instead of His.  God deals with sin, disciplines His children and brings judgment on those who choose to be His enemies.
     The idea is that we have choices to make.  God has a great plan and His plan leads to victory.  We often deter from that plan and suffer the results.  Joshua led the Israelites through both victories and defeats.  At the end of His life, he makes one last plea to the people.  “Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve.” (Joshua 24:14)   Every day we have to make the choice who we will serve.  Hopefully our answer each day is, “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  (24:15)

 

Tuesday
Sep112012

September 2012

This summer has been an adventure.  Looking back, I am amazed at all that transpired in the past two months.  We have traveled on mission trips, done camps, and worked around our community.  God has done much and taught me a lot this summer.  I am so thankful for all that He has allowed me to do and how He has allowed me to serve.  I am grateful that my family has the opportunity to serve God alongside me.  I so much enjoyed being in Canada and Portugal with them and having my oldest attend her first youth camp with me.  What a great God we serve.
And to add to the adventure, we have added two new boys to our family this summer.  Rebecca and I have been talking and praying about adoption for several years.  We have finally seen these hopes come to be a reality.  At the end of July, Jordan, age 9, and Seth, age 7 came to live in our home.  They are with us as an adoption placement.  If all goes according to plan, the adoption will be finalized in February.  This is a major, but exciting change for our family.  It has been our dream that we could offer a home to children whose parents were unable or unwilling to care for them.  Sometimes I think we are crazy, but we know that God has given us this burden and the means to make it happen.  I am humbled at the opportunity to be a father for these two boys.
I love the picture of adoption that we seen in Scripture.  It amazes me to see that God has chosen us as His children and shares with us an inheritance that comes from Him.  God sees that we are lost, broken, and abused by the world and invites us to become His children.  He knows that we need a heavenly Father and provided a way, through Jesus, that we can have that relationship with Him.  This picture of adoption has had a great impact on me as a Christian and in the way that I try and live my life.
I want so badly for people to know God in this way - as a Father who saves us from a life of destruction, both in this life and for eternity.  I want my boys to grow up knowing that we love them, chose them and that they are a part of my family.  I have had many conversations with my daughters about the place they play as my children and the place the boys play.  My girls are my children by birth; my boys are my children by adoption.  All four are my children.  As much as I want all four to know that they are loved by me and Rebecca, I want so much more for them to know that there is a God who loves them and wants us all to be his children.

 

Monday
Jul022012

August 2012

All of our children, youth, and college students head back to school this month.  Some are making the transition from elementary to middle school, some from middle school to high school, some from high school to college and some just changing grades.  In all cases, our students are taking the next step in their educational future.


Our students face many challenges that come with a school year.  As a church, we should keep this in mind and pray for them.   They will face such things as academic challenges, struggles with friends, figuring out where they belong, and all the other things that go along with being in school. 
The Christian students are  also missionaries to their campuses.  They spend every day with hundreds of other students who do not know Jesus.  The campus is a huge mission field.  Whether it be elementary, middle school, high school, or college, there are students who are facing life with questions and our      students have the answer in   Jesus.  We need to pray for boldness, wisdom and strength for our students as they live for Jesus in their schools.


At the end of the month we will have a back to school bash to celebrate the next school year.  We will have the inflatables, cook hamburgers and hot dogs, serve snow cones and popcorn.  We will have a great time bringing in the new school year.  As we do, let us lift up our students and teachers, thanking God for what he will do in their lives and how He will use them for His ministry.

In Him,

 Ed