Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Helping the Sent

God has called all of us to make disciples to the ends of the earth.  Though we all have the same calling, he has given more specific callings to each of us on what our part for reaching the world for Christ is.  Not everyone is able to take a couple of weeks in order to go to another country and share Christ.  Some are called to help train those who are called.  Some are called to pray for those who are going.  Some are called to raise awareness of needs.  Some are called to help pay the expenses of those who are called to go.

God has called us to share Christ with the people of Malawi.  This on-going partnership with the churches of Malawi has been rewarding.  Just in the last seven years we have seen over 20 new churches started through the obedience of Eastern Heights.  There are thousands of new believers attending these churches every week because of the sacrifices of our church members.  Our continued support of Manna Ministries not only provides support for these new churches, but it feeds around 200 orphans and widows every day who would be starving without our support.

We are taking another team to Malawi for the purpose of strengthening these churches and helping to plant new churches.  God has assembled a team from other churches in our association to meet the needs of this great ministry.  At this time there are two from Eastern Heights who will be going on this mission.  Daryl Thomas and I will represent Eastern Heights in this important trip.  I would love to be able to take every single one of you with us.  That obviously is not possible.  Instead, would you be willing to do your part in helping us as we prepare?  We need your prayer.  The enemy will attack our lives as we move closer to the time we leave.  We also need your financial support.  Because of budget cuts this year we do not have money in the budget to help cover these expenses.  We step out in faith because we are called to go.  We know God will provide the finances needed because he always provides for those he has called.  Would you consider joining us on this mission through giving financially? Together we can continue the great ministry to the starving people of Malawi.

To give go to CLICK HERE and choose "Malawi Mission Trip" Fund.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Out of Control

Driving on ice is not fun! I saw a crazy video of cars on an icy road all sliding down a hill and piling up next to each other at the bottom. Those that live up north love to make fun of us in this part of the world about how we drive in winter weather. What many of them do not understand is the difference between driving on snow and driving on ice.  There is no driving expert in the world that can control a car on ice because it takes at least some traction for a car to stay in control.  A professional driver in a well-equipped four-wheel drive is not going to have any more control than a sixteen year old in a sports car.  The only solution to traction on ice is putting something on the tires, like a chain or spikes, that dig into the ice to create traction.  Without it a car will lose control and damage everything around it.

A tongue that is not under control has the same affects.  When we do not think before we speak or speak in anger we become like a car on the ice.  It goes wherever it pleases and takes out everything in its path.  It is our responsibility as believers to make sure we give our tongue traction.  We cannot control it in our own power.  We control it by putting the word of God in our heart and living it through the power of the Spirit. God’s word will serve as the spikes against the ice to give us the traction we need to control that which seems impossible to control. Without it our tongues become a dangerous weapon in the hands of a child.

“For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. - James 3:7-1

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...