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Hey church family!
I sure do miss you guys! I keep wanting to speak My broken Spanish to communicate here, but that won't do me any good. Would love to hear a Y'all from someone. We arrived safely in Pnom Penh and meet out host Curtis and Bre a nice young couple who hail from Menifee, CA, right up the road from where yours truly lived out there. They told us we will be going to the village tomorrow where most of the Pastors we will be teaching come from. It is a pretty grueling 4 hour van ride both ways. So this update will be short as my eyes are getting heavy. The trip will give us a better understanding of the lives of the men we will be teaching and of the culture here in Cambodia. Looking forward to learning and seeing more in the morning. Praying that God will keep watch over you all in my absence and that this trip will be an extension of the good works that God has called us to.
Thursday or is it Friday?
It has been 7.5 hours since the plane left the runway in Dallas and we are just moments away from crossing the international date line. The takeoff was something to remember. I have flown all over thee world, in all sorts of planes, but I have never watched the takeoff from the pilots view. Apparently they have a camera in the nose of the plane. Not sure whose ideas it was that everyday folks needed to watch like that. But, if this guys was driving a car and drove like that down 1-30 I would have had my DPS buddies pull him over on suspicion of being a little tipsy. Safe aloft though and got a little e-ticket ride on the way. It really messes with the mind a bit to think that I will travel in the air for 15 hours and be 7,200 miles away from you all. Did my best to sleep, well Benedryls best, for the first half of the flight to get on Phnom Penh time. It is 7:23 on Friday morning there and 7:23 pm Thursday night in Mount Pleasant. Met our third pastor in the airport Ivy from Odessa a big tall Southern Baptist preacher who is less SBC than me I think. It is going to be great to get to know him better on this trip. Tim from CC Tyler is with me as well. The three amigos for 17 days. We will travel until 10:00am on Friday for you all and then get a good nights sleep before waking up to tour S-21 and the Killing Fields before settling in Saturday night. As with every other "first time trip" none of us know what to expect. We all prepared differently, we all have different books to teach, and we all desire to be useful. Tools for these pastors in training. Grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the world in which we all live and he universal church of of which we are all a part. Carrying you all we me as you are the reason I have been able to reach out in is way. Thanks for being such a great. Fellowship of believers and for being "mission minded" in a world which is increasingly thinking more about themselves than the needs of others. God bless you all.
Sent during a layover in Korea ... Stay tuned for more info...prayer requests and Lord willing, Praise reports.
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“‘And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.’” (Deuteronomy 11:13–15, NKJV)
What a glorious reminder this mornings rain brings to me of God's faithfulness to His children through all of life's dry seasons.
We as a fellowship will have our fair share and I as Christian man will have my fair share of "dry times." Times when the heat of trials and the lack of any tangible relief will bring us to a place of near desperation in our walks. Times when it seems as though there will be no way to be sustained even a moment further. Seasons will come upon us when the presence of the Holy Spirit of God (represented in scripture by wine and oil) seems to be so far off. But, throughout the pages of scripture we see that without fail God brings His spiritual rain, much like the physical rain that is falling outside my window, when we need it most.
You would think after 13 years in Texas, I would know that the rain will once again come upon the land at it's greatest time of need, to cool, refresh and to sustain it. But, even more importantly I should know that the raining down of God's Spirit of Promise will never fall too late to refresh and sustain the child of God. We must be patient and wait on Him as James exhorted the early church.
“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” (James 5:7, NKJV)
Patience is seldom my strong point. Therefore I appreciate God's reminder to me in this morning's rain. He will continue to visit and bless His people at just the moment they need Him most. So, we need not worry about anything except to love God, serve God, and be patient as we wait for the precious fruit of our relationship to come. It always does...
Good Saturday Morning To You All,
As I spent some time this morning praying through and working on the message for Sunday, I was struck by one prevalent thought. That thought was: "God wants to walk with me." Simple I know... but more and more the simplicity of the Christian walk has been expressed to me.
From good to bad, high to low, triumph to trial, God is simply asking us to allow Him to truly be a participant in all of our lives. However I wonder how true it is that He is more a part of our lives at various times than a participant in it all the time.
I recently connected with a former pastor of mine becasue I trusted his thoughts on a certain issue. Hearing back from him helped me to see things clearer and to move forward more confidantly. In his reply e-mail I was reminded of all the ways his word's had guided my early development in Christ. I had grown so much...but also grown distant from the simple fertile ground I once was, thinking I could "walk it out on my own." How wrong I was.
To stay in that simple and secure, monent by moment communion with God, is both His desire and our delight.
Today I pray that we all get a chance to walk with God in the midst of our days in an old familiar way that brings new and amazing insight into the simple life we live with God.
Tomorrow I pray that we come together in a time of worship, prayer, and the word that will bless us both as well. See you tomorrow... Lord willing.
"When we avoid community, we may develop an inflated opinion of our own character. It’s easy to think we’re kind people when we’re not held accountable to others. It’s easy to think we’re always right when no one disagrees with us. Conversely, it’s in our relationships that our true selves are often revealed. When we’re actively involved in a community, we face hundreds of instances where we need to make choices. These choices either serve others, or they serve our own desires."
The above quote was found in one of my devotions this morning. It probably best describes how I feel about the changes we are making at Calvary in the aspects of leadership and staffing. We are making a concsience choice toward community for the purposes of being of the right character and affecting the community in which we live for Christ. Let's face it we need each other to help reveal what is right and expose what is wrong within oursleves. To be like Christ we must walk among His people and the world, He never turned His back on either. Maybe you feel like you don't need to attned church regularly, maybe you feel like you don't need to get more involved in ministry or outreach. But, I can asure you the more a part of a community we are, the more Christlike we will become. Choices...we all have to make them... with them we will either serve others or our own desires.