Independence Day

Happy 4th of July!!!  We are celebrating our adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  Wait…I’m in Guatemala.  We don’t celebrate that here.  In fact, we don’t get any days off for American holidays.  But in reality… in the States, do we really celebrate the day or just like the day off? Something to ponder…

We read Acts 9:18-31 and talked about Saul in Damascus and in Jerusalem.  The scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see.  He was blind and suddenly he could see.  The blindness that Saul had was not just a physical blindness but also a spiritual one.  John 9:39, “Jesus said, ‘For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.'”  Saul thought he was honoring God with his acts of righteousness but Jesus “revealed” to him that he (Saul) was persecuting Him.

Now, Saul could see and he was a believer.  He was empowered by the Holy Spirit and He preached that Jesus is the Son of God.  Like Saul, when we give our lives to the Lord, there will be some who will not believe it.  Yet, who are we trying to please?  The opinion of others is not important.  What is important is glorifying God with our life and our actions.

We also need to be encouragers.  There will be a Barnabas in our lives…those who believe in you and will encourage you.  What does Barnabas mean?  Acts 4:36, “Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called

Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement.)”  We need to be a Barnabas to others…an encourager to others, especially new Christians.

The church enjoyed a time of peace.  How?  Strengthened and encouraged by the Holy Spirit.  Living in fear of the Lord.  When we hear “Fear of the Lord” we can think punishment, but it is a Godly fear.  To know Him.  To believe in Him.  To honor Him.  He is worthy.  Desiring to do His will and not what is correct with our own eyes.

Do you want peace?  Fear the Lord.  Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”  When we fear the Lord, we will desire to do His will.  Psalm 112:1, “Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands.” We will have peace.  Psalm 112:7, “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

Who do you fear?  Who do you encourage?

Today was the last day with the Texas team.  They have been a blessing to our boys this week.  Time flies when we are having fun and with the Son.  They had a VBS for our boys with a drama, photo ops and t-shirt painting.  The best part… the love that was shared between each other.  Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  The smiles, the laughs, the love.  Thank you Lord!

The older boys had bible with Esdras tonight.  The younger ones chilled out in the sala and watched movies.  It was a good day.  The Lord is good.  They even had a great day at school.  No reports or observations.  I decided to bless them as they blessed their teachers with good behavior.  I walked in the sala, thanked them and gave them a Best bar.  What is a Best candy bar?  Well, it’s “best” to eat them before they go out of date.  Well, they were on sale because they were out of date.  Huh… go figure.  Just kidding.  We have some great boys.  We are blessed.

All His,

Lee and Candy

 

Lily from Tennessee was at Casa when adopted & she came to visit today for the first time. What a blessing!

The Lord has blessed us with workers this week. Teams from Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina will be here before Friday. If the weather holds they will paint walls. Some will work on Las Cometas & Casa for Antoni as well as add a room in the small blue visitor’s dorm. Some even celebrated July 4th with traditional hamburgers.

I ministered to the boys about relationships.

Lily who was adopted by the McFaddens visited today with her parents

 

John 13:34 “I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another.” You and I are commanded to love. If we are Christians we are not given an option. We must love everyone. In Luke 6:35 He even says that we are to love our enemies. When I think of loving those who organized to crashes into the towers of the World Trade Center I have to “pump up” my love. It is not easy to love those who hate you.

You and I live in a world of me-first. Yet, Jesus tells us to be compassionate to everyone and in all situations. We are to love people over things. People are much more valuable to God then our things. Recently in New York two brothers had a motorcycle stolen and they chased the thieves and killed them.

Do you remember the story of the rich young ruler and how Jesus forced him to make a decision? He told him to sell all that he had (things) and give it to the poor (people). He was demonstrating that things have little value whereas love for people has great value.

Money and possessions too often builds a wall between us and others. It keeps us from loving people. Words without action carry very little weight in the kingdom of God.

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