Month: July 2015

Loving God for His role as our Deliverer

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Psalm 18

1     I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;

My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;

My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

3     I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;

So shall I be saved from my enemies.

We don’t talk like this anymore.  Perhaps it is because we don’t think about God like this.  One of the weapons of mass distraction is going to God as our last resort instead of as our first responder.  When we try everything else then pray we don’t see the hand of God as clearly.

David went to God in the face of his enemy, Saul, who wanted David dead.  David was a threat to Saul’s kingly plans for himself and for his sons.  Saul knew that God was with David so he thought if he could kill David then he would be rid of God’s man.  What Saul did not consider was that God would fight David’s battles for him, as He had always done.

When enemies of our soul come against us, and they are many, i.e. the world, the flesh, and the devil, where do we go for help?  These enemies, as Jesus said, are thieves who goal is to steal, to kill and to destroy.  Their agenda is aggressive and is against us and against God’s work.  Is God able to protect us?  Can we go to Him as our fortress, our strength, our deliverer, our God, our shield, the horn of our salvation, and our stronghold?  We most certainly can!  God delights in protecting His children, His chosen ones.

You see, when we call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, we shall be saved from our enemies. We will love God more and more.

Let’s realize that we are in a battle not in a recreation room.  We are in a fight and not in a game.   This battle is for our lives, our joy, our peace, our families, our marriages, our church. Every day we have to live in constant awareness of this raging battle and spiritually wrestle against these enemies.  But at the end of the day, we will know that it was not us who won the battle but Him who loves us and gave Himself for us.  It is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Captain of our salvation who won the battles for us.  It is His name that is to be praised for He is the one who saves us from our enemies.

Our group at the children’s home in Mexico is doing well. Yesterday the broke up cement, made more cement, and worked their hearts and bodies out. Bobbi said that they all did great and committed to the work. Ben is posting a daily blog on the church website under GFL Teens. Keep them in your prayers as it is hot during the day. In the pictures we see them with the children. Each evening they spend their time with the orphans. This is their spiritual ministry time and the joy of the trip.

Pray for the day care today.  Pray for wisdom for Connie to be able to see this situation clearly.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

 

Dia de trabajo (Work day) 

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Today we started off with a rousing 7 am Bible study of 1 John. We are working through a chapter a day. 

We starting off the day with cleaning up new school grounds by removing rock and mortar. It was a heavy labor morning.  However our mighty team did a good job. Afterword we had lunch and splendid siesta. 

  

  

  

  

 

 team was pooped from the morning work but in the afternoon they perciviered and we painted a classroom and a bathroom. Which again, they did well and worked well. I am proud of our teens and the effort they gave. 

We ate dinner in one of the boys homes and had a blessed time with their beutiful family of 14 boys. All of them trophies of God’s good grace. 

This evening we had a cupcake fiesta. Bobbi made 60 cupcakes and we brought toppings. The kids then put on their own frosting and decorations. Several people ended up with frosting on their faces but the kids loved it. The rest of the evening we had a lovely time playing volleyball or soccer and just interacting with the youth here. 

Dia de decansar

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Our dia de decansar (day of rest) 

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On Sunday they truly do take a day of rest here. For us though that meant a day of rest as well as preparation and more relational building. Today we made paracord bracelets with the kids and taught them how to make them. We also played volleyball and just had some great interaction with youth of all ages. Our teens are doing splendid at making friends and getting out of their comfort zones and showing love. We are so blessed and thankful that God has allowed us to be here. Saturday the manual labor starts. We will start by cleaning up the grounds at their newest school buildings. Thank you for your prayers for us this week. Dios le bendiga (God bless you)  

    
 

We are here and the Internet is up

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 We arrived to Rio Bravo Casa Hogar safely and soundly Saturday afternoon. 
Internet is now up. The internet went down the day we got here, that is the reason for the late post.
Our first day here we spent the day meeting or re-meeting the the orphans and the parents and staff. The love and work and hand of God is so obviously present here. Each of the house parents and staff and many of the orphans express a great love and desire for Christ! They have encouraged us already. 
We have already played basketball, soccer, tag, volleyball, pushed kids on swings, given piggy back rides, sung happy birthday, and made many many new friends. 
The orphans range from 1 years old to 23. Each one with their own story and pain, but more importantly each one is loved by Jesus Christ. Here at the orphanage that is what they learn most of. One young man told me his life verse Psalm 27:10 “Though my father and mother forsake me, 

the Lord will receive me.” What a blessing to see the love and power of God work through the pain of child abandonment. 
Thank you for your prayers as we seek to serve Christ first and foremost here in Reynosa.   

    
 

Adventure begins…Mexico here we come 

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It is 4:30 AM and we have all made it to the airport bright eyed and bushy tailed!! We are all excited and ready to go learn and serve and worship the Lord!! Please pray for us this week the Christ will be front and center of all that we do! 

    
 

What does God think of man’s efforts to get away from His restraints?

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Psalm 2:1–4

1 Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,

3 “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.”

4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;

the Lord ridicules them. (HCSB)

 

I have to admit a bit of disparagement over the constant email articles I receive from Christian organizations who seem to be in a panic over the Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual marriage. As of two days ago, Iran, a nation that sponsors terrorism, is going to be able to produce nuclear weapons. An Islamist attacked a Marine base yesterday killing four people right here in Tennessee. Greece is bankrupt. Our own country has a President who is acting on his own authority bypassing the balance of power.

According to Psalm 2, what is God’s reaction to all of this foolishness?   When mankind does all that he can to throw away the restraints of God, when we seek to abolish human responsibility and human consequences, when we go against God’s natural order of life, sexuality, family, responsibility, faith, and more, what does God do? Are we making any headway in throwing off our accountability to God Almighty? Of course not.

The Psalmist says that God is in heaven laughing at all of these efforts to by pass Him. He has man’s efforts in derision; we can say that God ridicules these useless and feeble efforts. Can man really do anything to throw off His accountability to God? If the entire world voted God off the throne do you really think that He would step down? If the entire world voted the Bible off the planet would that change it’s value as God’s word to man?

Let us not be worried about God. God is still in control. He always has been and always will be. Let us not line up with those who are trying cast of the restraints. No, let us be among those who proclaim God’s wisdom and God’s purposes. Let us be those who proclaim the saving Gospel which all men, even those who cast God off, need.

I plan to bring a message Sunday from Isaiah 42 and Matthew 23. We will be looking at those things which God deems important. I am afraid that the Christian church, even ours, has followed the crowd and has come to emphasize some things that God never did. The Pharisees were rebuked for this. Let’s talk about this Sunday morning.

Pastor Bill has two community services today. Remember him and these services in your prayers today.

 

Tonight is RU. I cannot emphasize enough the need of this ministry for prayer. Labor with us today in prayer for those who need to be here but fight against it. Pray that as they come the staff here will be able to provide them with the hope they need. Pray for great victory to be won in lives addicted and torn apart.

 

Our team leaves early tomorrow morning for Rio Bravo children’s home in Reynosa. Be in prayer for each of them as they go. For a list of the team and to get an update, go to www.graceforlifebc.com and click on the page for GFL Teens. Ben will be posting a daily blog while they are gone.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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