Sunday, December 8, 2013
I have been going through the book of Romans, well actually the first chapter of Romans. I am going verse by verse and have been for the last 5 days. I have journaled each verse each day and it has been very beneficial and encouraging. I pray this poem that I feel God inspired me to write the first day of my study is uplifting to you. [The message of that which happened upon the tree at Calvary is now a glorious revelry that I can cry out on the streets. The God whom saved many from their sins has now given me the privilege to call some in. Though not my might or strength does lend to the saving power that goes through the wind. When the Spirit meets my words before they fall upon a sinners ears then a transformation of life appears. Oh, to see this occur is my hearts desire so this is why I must aspire to continue to harken and herald and preach so many a sinner can hear my speech with prayers the Spirit may intercede. ] Now as we approach the Holiday of Christmas I would like to encourage each of you to think about how God is using you to share the gospel in your scope of influence. I also would like to speak to a select group of you who may be feeling that God is asking you to do more than you currently are doing. This may be in the area of prayer, or personal witness, or missions support. As many of you that are reading this know, My family and I are full-time missionaries with Open Air Campaigners and we have been for the last 5 years. God has been very faithful to provide for our needs through the generous donations of people just like you. I am looking to go to another area and become a branch director but, without additional support I am not able to do that. I have actively been increasing my family's support through various means and if you feel God may be directing you to support my family with a one-time gift or on a monthly basis, you can do that by simply going to www.oacusa.org and click on the donate button. Please pray about this and if it is something that you feel prompted to do it would be greatly appreciated. For me personally I can say it has been such a privilege to be called of God to be an evangelist and preach to message of salvation on the streets, in schools, on college campuses, and many other places and I just wanted to take a moment and thank God again for this opportunity and thank Him for His provision throughout the years.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Good morning, Today is a very unique day but, also a very normal day too. I got up this morning and drove my daughter to the bus stop. Her bus picks her up about 1 mile away from the house and it is dark in the morning when she has to walk to the bus stop so, I started driving her to the bus stop and even though it is now not dark in the mornings, I continued this practice. Then I went into the family room where my wife and our youngest daughter are usually watching cartoons or a old show from the 80's on Nickelodeon. This morning "Full House" was on and it was the episode, ok I should stop. The episode that was on the television this morning really does not add to anything in this blog. Back to why this day is as it is. I am currently in the branch office with Ryan Itzel, an associate evangelist and friend, and he is painting up his message for this afternoon and I decided to write a blog post while I waited. I have not done a very good job at keeping up with this blog so, I probably have am writing this for myself as a journal. That is ok but, on the off chance that someone else does read this I hope it is entertaining, informative and will give you reason to pause and access you situation. If you were to ask me a question yesterday about contentment and if I felt any contentment. I would have probably said "sometimes". Although, this morning and even now as I type this blog it somehow gives me purpose and contentment. This morning my youngest daughter, Aria (22 months) came out to the kitchen and climbed up on the stool and said "juugukis" or at least that is what is sounded like she said. Then she pointed to the cake pops that my wife had made last night. Cake pops are a mix between a lolipop and cake. There is a machine that she bought a few months ago that bakes cake batter into lolipop form and then you melt chocolate and put the cake on a stick and cover it in melted chocolate and you have cakepops. So, this is what she wanted. I gave her one and she smiled and began to eat the cakepop. This moment when she smiled at me brought a joy into my life and caused me to look back and see how far God has brought me from where I was ten years ago. Now, as I sit in the office waiting for Ryan to complete his painting so we can go to Chinatown and preach the gospel I see how God has a plan even is cakepops to remind us of how good He is and how much He has done in our lives. So, if you feel like you are just going through the motions of day to day life and do not see your purpose then I say stop and think about a cakepop! Have a blessed day, until you read again...