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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

Tuesday
Jun052012

June 2012

One of my favorite things about the summer ministry is working with our interns. Over the years we have
had many college students work with us to assist in our summer programs. Some of these students have gone on to become pastors, missionaries, music leaders, and Sunday school teachers. Most are actively serving our God in many different professions. It has been exciting to see how God has used these students for His glory. This summer we have three students working with us. Stephanie, Tye, and Derek will be helping in a wide range of church ministry this summer. Their summer will begin with helping with the yard sale and preparation for VBS. They will teach in VBS and work with our children and youth during the Wednesday night Bible study. They will serve with us on our mission trip to Canada and be sponsors to children and youth camp. But, most importantly, they will spend time with our children and youth, leading them and being an example to them.

As much as these students help and assist us, we also have a great opportunity as a church to invest ourselves in the lives of these interns. These are young men and women who are growing and trying to figure out what God has for them in the future. Our support, love, and encouragement is invaluable to their development as servants of Christ.

Pray for these students this summer. Take some time to get to know them. If you have opportunity, take them out to lunch or have them over to your house. Allow them to share about themselves and what God is doing in their lives. Play a part in their spiritual development. In doing so, you will be blessed, they will be blessed, and God’s kingdom will be furthered.

Wednesday
May092012

May 2012

Why do we have church? Can't we worship wherever and whenever we want without having to go to a church? These are questions that are being asked by many people all around us, both Christians and non Christians. In so many people's lives, church is becoming irrelevant. So what is the answer?

It would be so easy to say that we should just go to church. That is what we are supposed to do as Christians. We could just dismiss these as dumb questions by people who just don't want to be in church. But just maybe the answer issue is deeper and needs to be examined.

I think that when people say that the church is irrelevant, that we need to examine what we do and see if we are relevant. Are we making a difference in the lives of people? In my mind, belonging to a church is a covenant between a person and the church. In order to be relevant, both sides need to live up to the covenant. As a church, we need to provide certain things to people. Now, when I talk about the church, I am speaking of the organization of individuals who make up the body of Christ. We are the church and the function of the church resides with each of us. We need to meet the needs of people both as a body
and as individuals. We need to provide a worship experience that is practical and brings people into an encounter with God. Regardless of personal interest or style, the main focus of our worship should be God. Church should provide opportunities for individuals to be involved in studying God's word in way that will impact their lives. Church should provide Christian fellowship that is encouraging and challenging. We need to provide people with a place and opportunities to use their gifts and talents in serving our God.

The church can offer all these things, but the other part of the covenant is that people need to be involved. The church can provide the opportunity for worship, but we have to worship as individuals. Worship comes from us. Bible Study and fellowship that impact lives must have people involved. It can't happen without committed individuals participating together. Ministry only happens when we use our gifts together to accomplish His purposes. I'm sure the Bible addresses this.

We have a good church. God is doing great things here. My desire is that we don't rest in who we are, but strive to be more. We won't be all we can be until this world ends. We need to continue to do whatever is necessary to be relevant and impact the lives of people. This is why we have a church and why we need each other.

In Him,

Ed

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