"I know what I know / Could not fill a thimble."

Monday, November 29, 2010

1 Thess. 5

9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

A good reminder of God's grace- He doesn't desire us to suffer- even upon His return.  Our hope is that fact that once life ends we live together with him, because he died for us.  
 THEREFORE- Lord help me encourage those around me and to build them up.  Teach me how to be better at that.   

Sunday, November 28, 2010

1 Thess. 2

17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.

It's been a while, too long, since I have journaled.  Recommit.  But I felt a calling back to God's Word today.  
I was pondering this expression of Paul.  Truly the Thesselonians and all those God intrusted to him, Paul loved.  He had an intense longing to minister to them.  I began wondering if everyone has a passion, and intense longing to minister to certain individuals.  For some, it's the poor....for some it's Africans, for some it's their children.  For others it may be their co-workers.  

I also wonder how everything would change if we would ask the Lord to give us the same hope, the same joy, and the same crown of glory that Paul felt for them, to us, in our context.  How would that change how I minister?  How would that change how I serve?  

God give me that passion the areas you have called me over: Children's Ministry, African Awareness Ministry, Administration, Friendship, Ministry to my family. 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

1 Cor. 13

1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

These verses have been said many time in my life...in fact I could probably quote them.  But, what stuck out today was the application to my life now.  God has given me this passion to be active in my "love for Africans.."  What does this mean?  What does it mean to God?  If I truly love the Sudanese, of whom I am trying to speak for (getting the word out about their situation through film and speaking) but I have not "LOVE" it is for nothing.  How can I change my strategy to always have love on the forefront?  
Love is patient: even with inaction 
Love is kind: even toward the enemy
Love does not envy: toward those who perhaps are doing what appears to be better activism
Love does not boast-is not proud: remembering that ALL knowledge and $ and heart behind activism toward the situation in Sudan is GOD GIVEN

Love does not dishonor others: even those in Northern Sudan
Love is not self-seeking: even though I want God to use me to do more in Africa, this is not the launching pad....this is only because I love the Southern Sudanese.

Love is not easily angered: even at inaction 
Love keeps no records of wrongs: a difficult thing to do, which such wrong is taking place- but I think God is saying "know I will hold them accountable.  This is MY war to fight too."

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth: My our hearts be guarded against false reports.  May we rejoice in the truth of His Word! 

 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  May we protect one another and may be do our best to protect more Southern Sudanese for death by human hands.  May we trust God's hand and may we ALWAYS HOPE and ALWAYS PERSEVER!



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

1 Cor. 7

23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.

I know this verse was written for those who literally are slaves or who have kept slaves...but it really struck me in a different way.

How often do we become slaves (through fear or rejection or need of approval) to human beings and then we are stifled by that fear?  I know I have. 

May God give us the confidence (IN HIM) to not be held slave by fear of human beings.  He has such great work for us to accomplish, if only we will release our fear. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Save Darfur Coalition:

Save Darfur Coalition:

Give just 60 seconds for Sudan

President Obama Listening

On Friday, President Obama will join with other heads of state in a high-level, high-stakes meeting about Sudan. The decisions made at this meeting could mean the difference between violence and peace in Darfur and all Sudan as the country prepares to vote on the secession of Southern Sudan.

Send your message to President Obama right now and urge him to lead the way toward a peaceful, free and fairly-implemented referendum in South Sudan.

Mark 13

  24 “But in those days, following that distress,
   “‘the sun will be darkened,
   and the moon will not give its light;
25 the stars will fall from the sky,
   and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[c]
   26 “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
   28 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 29 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it[d] is near, right at the door. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Lately God has been doing a good job reminding me of the End of Days. (Which makes me think it may be sooner than later.)  I am always tempted to fear those days.  When the sun will be darkened....and I am not so sure that "Pre-Trib" saving of the church is biblical.  But, I do know that "His words iwll never pass away."  Whether we see the End of Days, whether we see His coming, whether we are Raptured, whether we go through great tribulation, whether we live through people being flogged in the synagogue for their faith....HIS WORDS WILL NEVER PASS AWAY!  This is a good reminder about where our motivation needs to be.