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The Heart of the Matter

Lord, cut through the appearances and the auto-pilot. Transform my heart and everything else will follow. I want a righteousness that is real and substantial and that will endure the trials, the temptations, and the Day of Judgment. Only you can do it Lord. I’m lost and hopeless without You. Have your Spirit do the work that only he can do in order that Christ may be glorified in me as fully as he deserves to be. For your name’s sake Lord; get the glory you deserve and get it through your work in me, and my friends and family as well. We love you because you first loved us. You are our hope and our strength.

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Shooting & Such

Last week Caleb and I went to the shooting range with a family from our church. It was a lot of fun. We mainly shot our .22’s but my friend also had a 12 pump shotgun and some clay discs with a hand thrower.

I haven’t fired a shotgun in quite a while and I’ve never shot at clays. Well, it turns out I’m better than expected. Man was that fun. And I’ve got to admit, there’s something very testosto-rific about pumping a big shotgun. Lot’s of fun.

I’m now in the market for a Remington 870 Express with a 28 inch barrel. Let me know if you’ve got one sitting around that you’d like to sell for cheap.

So a few days later I took my wife and all the kids out to shoot .22’s. We had a blast and Ericka turned out to be quite the Annie Oakley.

Lately God has been doing some very neat things at our church and answering some very crucial prayers.

Much of what I’m learning could be summarized in one word, “Faithfulness.”

God is faithful, and we should be too. Everything else will take care of itself. Just take it one step at a time and trust him to do what only he can do.

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Much to Share

Well, I know my posts have been incredibly sparse lately, verging on non-existent. But I know that many of you are still checking in and for that I am very thankful. I am especially thankful for those of you who are praying.

While I should be working on a sermon right now, my thoughts are with many of you and so I thought I would take some time to post.

Here are some updates…

  • The wedding I spoke at went very well. It seemed as though God was at work. It was in the 40’s with 15-20 mph winds coming right off the lake. I felt so bad for the girls in their dresses. I kept things as brief as possible. But it all came together so well. When I got to share the gospel, the wind died down and you could tell that it was really hitting people. Afterwards a handful of people came up to me and commented on the sermon. Some of the Christians, some of them just friends of the family and whatnot. It was a great opportunity to be faithful to Jesus and tell everyone about how incomparable and amazing he truly is.
  • Ever since that wedding my throat has been really sore. I ended up at the Doctor’s about a week ago and I got a script and now almost 10 days later it’s finally get back to normal and I’m starting to feel better. It’s been a weary week.
  • Michael passed away. Another pastor and I did the funeral at my church. I was quite sick through it all, but God have grace. Pray for his mother and their family. This was quite hard for her. Harder than I would have expected I think, just because you would think that seeing it coming would make it easier. Not necessarily true.
  • We’re preparing our new budget at the church. All my previous experience with this in MP has proved extremely helpful. We don’t have much money, and what we do have, we need to use wisely. There was one major issue on the table that would add about $650 a month to our general fund. At the beginning I had some people disagree with me about how I wanted to account for and use that money, but in the end everyone was in agreement and it came as a result of a completely unexpected comment that someone else made. Praise the Lord. It’s basically an issue of moving out of fear and into faith. We’re moving in the right direction. Slow but sure.
  • Tomorrow I’m teaching on Matthew 7:1-12. It’s going to be hard to fit the whole thing in, but I think that it’s the best way to take the text to the cross and out the empty tomb. I don’t think that any biblical text can be fully appreciated until it’s covered in blood and glory. May God give me the grace to paint that picture clearly this Sunday.
  • We’ve had several new people start coming to our church. One is a young family with four kids, three of them are triplets!
  • Just had a nice long lunch with my wife and another wonderful couple who’s been coming. Great folks.
  • Last year our Wednesday night children’s ministry started with 12 kids. Three weeks into this year’s we had 27 kids. Most of them and their families do not attend church anywhere in town.
There’s much more I would like to say, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. And some things I would like to say just don’t transfer well into electronic ink. Just know that we love you all very much. We miss you. And I beg of you to pray for us. Please, please pray. I need it. We need it. I’m convinced now more than ever, that it’s the only way to survive and thrive. Pray that I would find the time to do more of it and that I would get a bit more margin somehow so I have more energy to pray too.
Thanks.

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