My friend just posted a post about repatriating. I could definitely identify with each of the things in this list. Click here to read the original post.
This is the one that has been quite convicting for me recently...
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
One person I admire and whose words I appreciate is Fredrick Buechner. He was a German pastor and theologian during world war two. If you recall what the atmosphere of Germany was like during that time you can imagine how well his zeal for God went over. Yep, like a lead balloon.
He was arrested and eventually executed at a concentration camp, just days before it was liberated.
But his words and testimony live on. They continue to inspire and instruct. His love for God and being a witness to that love in a dangerous situation challenge and encourage me.
I was reminded last week by a friend that Fredrick Buechner was executed on April 10, 1945. On April 11, my flip calendar had a quote from him! (I have had this calendar for many years and never realized this coincidence!)
The quote reads...
"What we need to know, of course, is not just that God exists, not just that beyond the steely brightness of the start there is a cosmic intelligence... but that there is a God right here in the thick of our day-by-day lives who may not be writing messages about Himself in the starts but in one way or another is trying to get messages through our blindness."
God is trying to get our attention. He is personal and will speak to us in ways that only we personally can understand. He is trying to get our attention to let us know that He loves us, that He wants to have a relationship with us, that we are precious to Him.
Not only is He the creator of the universe and more than we can see or imagine, but He is also the lover of our souls, pursuing us as His beloved.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Tomorrow I will teach two Bible studies, one in Japanese on John and one in English on Mark. I have enjoyed preparing for these studies each week.
On Sunday I will preach, so I have also been preparing for that. Sometimes it is a challenge to figure out what to preach about. Sometimes I am given an idea or a certain passage, but then the organizing of my thoughts takes a lot of time. Sometimes things flow together quickly.
Although my thoughts haven't flowed smoothly today, it has been a good day of study.
Our monthly verse for April is Mark 16:15, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." Using that as a starting point, I have been thinking about "Go" and what that has to do with each one of us as Jesus-followers.
When looking at various websites about how to prepare for life as a missionary, I found an article by a professor at a university that prepares people for ministry. It is a well-written article to help churches prepare people for missionary service.
Click here to read the article.
Please take a few minutes to read it, maybe share it with others at your church, on a missions team, with a pastor, with a family member. Consider how your church is preparing people for life outside the walls of the church-where we are all called to minister.