It’s Sunday morning, and I’m enjoying a time of quiet and reflection. We’ve been here three weeks now and have met countless of people. Don’t ask me to give you all their names, but their faces are beautiful and make me smile. Our days are filled with all kinds of activity. This season is a real blessing, and I’m trying to embrace all God has for me here.
During week one we covered the topic of Suffering. I took pages of notes throughout the lectures, and a lot of good stuff came forth during these times. However, I would say the one thing I’ve been processing the most comes from Psalm 145:17:
The LORD is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds. (NASB)
I may never fully understand suffering, but understanding isn’t what God asks of me. Actually the Bible (Proverbs 3:5-6) tells me to NOT lean on my own understanding. Trust is the key to walking through suffering, for God IS righteous (just) in ALL His ways, and kind (loving) in ALL His deeds.
During week two we covered Evangelism. We were asked a question that prompted much discussion.
Why should a sinner repent?
Many of the responses had to do with what the sinner gets out of repenting: freedom, forgiveness, peace, eternal life. These things are true no doubt, but the speaker’s response really stuck with me. A sinner should repent because God is worthy!
Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. (Psalm 51:1)
This past week, we discussed a book, A Time to Understand, written by Larry Allen, who is the director of YWAM’s School of Bible here in Tyler. Mr. Allen emphasized the importance of understanding the times we live in, so we can effectively be ministers of the gospel. A lot was said on the value of people, which really settled deep in my heart. All human beings have value! ALL!
Value does not come from performance. It’s not about what we do; it’s about what God did ~ He created people in His image for relationship with Him!
God given design! God given purpose! God given value!
God likes people. He desires relationship with everyone. This is a foundational truth I must believe if I am going to go into all the world and make disciples. Author Victor Hugo, in Les Miserables, was right when he wrote these words: To love another person is to see the face of God. I want to love like this.
We are so blessed to have you partnering with us. I felt led to give you a little glimpse into what we are learning here. May it encourage you as well. Thank you for all the words of encouragements through social media, letters, emails, texts, and photos of snow. Keep ’em coming!
May the Lord give you His peace today in abundance.
Sending much love your way,
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