Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Great Leaders

As I listened to the various Ministry Team Leaders give reports Sunday night I was encouraged about all the hard work of our leaders for the sake of Christ.  We have great leaders in all our ministries who work hard to engage Bartlesville and the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  They do it not for their own glory or even that of Eastern Heights but for the glory of God.  We are running strong through the summer and we look forward to the beginning of school that is coming soon.  Start anticipating the many ministries that kick off with the start of school.  Thank you, leaders, for serving Christ well.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

At this point in the summer the children start getting stir crazy.  I want to personally invite those who have finished K through 2nd grade to join me and my two kids for a one day camp experience at Green Country Camp.  They will get to participate in most of the activities the older kids get to experience at camp like a zip line, laser tag, waterslide and much more.  Parents are welcome (encouraged) to go with us.  The $25 includes two meals.  They will return tired and hopefully a little less stir crazy.

1 Corinthians 9:24 (ESV)

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Together We Overcome

It is often quoted as scripture, “God will not give us more than we can handle.”  This is actually a poor paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 10:12-13, “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”  The word “temptation” is the same Greek word that is also translated “trial”.  Because verse 14 is talking about fleeing from idolatry, “temptation” is the best translation, though I think the application can be taken both ways.  The warning in this verse is against pride that causes us to stumble.  We can overcome temptations and trials only because of the faithfulness of God to provide us a way out.

This truth continues to prove itself in my family.  Keeping up with eight children is tough.  When one is in college and one is just a few days old, challenges are found daily.  We do not even pretend to think that we have this under control.  The truth is we were overwhelmed when we just had two children.  We believe that God has called us to this ministry and we seek his guidance for every decision we make concerning who comes into our home.  Yes, God has given us more than we can handle.  But it is when we admit that we cannot do it that God shows his faithfulness.  If we thought we could stand on our own strength we would soon fall (verse 12). 

One of the amazing ways God has provided us a way out is through the Church.  He has given us a church family to lean on for support and accountability.  We could not do foster care without your support.  Thank you for loving these children as much as we do.  Please remember Tara, as well as Cheri, while Lucas, Jonathan and I are gone to Malawi.  They are tasked with the hardest job of holding things together at home while we are away.  Satan’s army will be attacking them as hard as they are attacking us on the mission field.  Your encouragement and help to them will be an amazing way for us to overcome the trials and temptations that come upon those who serve Him.  God asks us to do more than we are able, but together we will overcome.  And in that, God will receive the gory!

God Provides

God provides in many different ways. I have been reading Ezra as part of my daily devotional time.     Ezra leads the people of Israel out o...