Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NYC Mission 2015—We Prayed and God Answered

Photo Credit: Jonathan Bryant
A couple weeks ago, I was privileged to join a team from First Baptist at the Mall to work with members of another First Baptist—Primera Iglesia Buatista HispaƱa de Manhattan—to host a Christian Summer Camp. The work we were assigned to prepare was standard VBS: crafts, games, and music. But as with any short-term mission, we were able to watch God take these ordinary building blocks and work out something really extraordinary! We prayed and God answered. Below are some of these answers to prayer, told by members of the team.

1. God granted peace.

In our team meetings prior to leaving for New York, we prayed that God would join us together as a family with a common mission. Esther Smith writes about God’s answer: "What a remarkable mission trip we had to NYC July 11-18! God blended our group from the beginning. Never was there a cross or irritable word between us. I was so very proud of our young people Grace and Harmonie. They both showed maturity well beyond their years."

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Glory of God's Word in Psalm 119

Earlier in the week, I wanted to spend the morning talking about a rationale for doing what we’re doing in the current series. Right now, we’re going through the Ten Commandments. We’re studying the Law of God. That is so basic. It answers a few very important questions: How has God ordered the universe? What is it that God requires of us? How does he want us to live in relation to him and in relation to one another? Another question our study on the law answers—and this is perhaps more central—is who is this God we worship, anyway? That’s really what Gordon has been wanting us to focus on when he points out the covenant and how God is not only our Lord, he’s also our husband, in that sense. So that’s the central question we’re answering. What is God’s character?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Garden

Here we are. This is advent week three. We have one more week of advent after this one, then Christmas. Can you believe it’s almost here? I feel like week three of any month can go one of two ways. If you’re looking forward to something coming up, like Christmas, then week three can be so slow. When will it end? When will we get there? It’s like you’re a kid on a road trip. “Dad are we any closer?” I remember a few times when I was a child, my family drove to visit relatives in Jacksonville or on up to Atlanta. To an eight-year-old, eight hours in a car is excruciating. Who am I kidding? Eight hours in a car is excruciating no matter how old you are.

On the other hand, if the thing you’re waiting for is something you’re not quite ready for (like a writing deadline) it seems like time rushes ahead at breakneck speed. I sit at my computer to type. I notice my desk needs cleaning, and before I know it the deadline is already here? What happened to the time?

I’m curious about how you’re experiencing Advent this year? Have you had a chance to slow down at all? Have you found the Advent devotional to be helpful?