Our daughter, Tanya, was tested positive for cancer. She will have more tests on Monday. Pray for her please!
We are not sure if we can fly next Tuesday into Houston but that is small compared to what so many people are experiencing. I-10 is closed at the Texas/Louisiana border due to flooding.
Pastor Robb from The Woodlands UMC was scheduled to visit but could not fly out of Houston. It would have been his first trip to see us.
The story is told of two boys at the beginning of the last century who robbed a filling station. They were arrested and the one boy who was wealthy got some high powered lawyers whereas the other boy who was poor and previously arrested and spent two years in prison had to have a court appointed lawyer.
The verdict was that the poor boy would serve 3 years in prison and the rich boy would serve ten years. The lawyers for the rich kid yelled and caused a ruckus and asked the judge why the verdicts were different.
The judge answered, This boy graduated from a prestigious prep school as well as Yale University. He had tremendous opportunities and he chose to sin against the ethics of our country.
This story reminds us of the verse “To whom much is given much is required”. My question is have we sinned against God by not using the opportunities we have had. Think about how God has blessed you and what tremendous opportunities you have had. Now have you given back to God what He has given to you?
After breakfast we continued our discussion. I said, “Jesus asked His disciples, ‘Who do you say I am?’ It is important to talk to you about who Jesus is because our dorm changes all the time. Some of you may come from a home where your parents did not have a relationship with the Lord, so you do not know who Jesus is. Some may even grow up here at Casa but do not have a relationship with the Lord. If you do not know who Jesus is, how can you have faith in Him? How can you believe in Him?
“You can listen to Mike preach or groups can come and tell you that Jesus is the Son of God. He became man. He died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, was buried, resurrected from the dead and will return. Yet, if we do not believe or know Him, we truly cannot understand nor answer the same question Jesus asked His disciples.
“A relationship is knowing the other person. If we know God and His Son Jesus then we have eternal life.” John 17:3, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
“So, who is Jesus? John 1:1-2, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.’ Now the first question is, ‘How can Jesus be with God and BE God?’ That is the Trinity. I heard an example on how to explain the Trinity to little ones. Of course, it is not a perfect explanation, but it is a beginning. Think of the Trinity as water. Water can be in three forms: ice, liquid and gas. All are the same but in different forms. We’ll study more on the Trinity later.
“Jesus is God. Moses asked God what to tell the Israelites when they want to know the name of God, God said, ‘I AM WHO I AM… I AM has sent me to you.’ Exodus 3:14. Jesus told the Jews, ‘I tell you the truth… before Abraham was born, I AM.’ What did the Jews want to do? They picked up stones to stone Him. Why? Because that is God’s name and they considered it blasphemy.
“When Jesus was born, He was given the name, Immanuel. What is the meaning of Immanuel? God with us.
“When Jesus forgave the sins of a paralytic, the teachers of the law said, ‘Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up, take your mat and walk?” But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…’ The paralytic was healed.
“When the Jews asked Jesus if He was the Christ, Jesus told them, ‘I and the Father are one.’ What did the Jews do? They picked up stones to stone Him. They wanted the truth yet when they were told the truth, they did not believe.
“Who do you say Jesus is?”
This week is the Academic Olympics in the local schools. We have many representatives from Casa. The younger ones participated Monday, Elementary yesterday and Junior High and High School today. Billy said the results would be announced sometime next week. We had several representatives from Vencedores.
Please continue praying for those flooded in the states hit by Harvey. From the pictures and videos we’ve seen, there has been major damage. Our hearts go out to those fighting the waters and seeking refuge.
Lee and Candy
: We have so many friends in Texas and Louisiana who are suffering tremendously because of the rains as well as the hurricane. I have family in Port Aransas, Tx as well as in New Orleans & many points in between. All reports are that they are wet but okay.
A local school came today to visit our school and have an arts & craft day. Our kids had fun. It is important for our children to mix with children from the community.
When we get saved II Corinthians 5:17 says, “If any man be in Christ he is a new creature. Old things are passed away and behold all things are become new”. You will have a new attitude towards sin. You will hate it because your Father hates it. You will feel conviction and not condemnation when you fall.
You will have new desires and new friends. Old habits will be destroyed as you walk to please God. You will seek out those of like heart and mind. Your “want tos” will change drastically.
Matthew 7:20 will become your guide. “By their fruits you will know them”. He tells us the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness and self-control.
You will grow. A stagnated Christian will always be a spiritual baby. You will always be a taker and not a giver. You will always receive and never provide.
Salvation is Christ is sure. The Bible and the Holy Spirit tell us so. Our lives are changed by the transforming love of God.
Yesterday we celebrated a birthday. He turned 10 years old and is in the second grade. You may remember us talking about a boy who liked to help us by sweeping and cleaning, but he does it so we can “see” him. I have rewarded him in the past but reward or not, he still likes to help. In fact, he stayed with me while we weeded at the flagpole in the schoolyard. He’s a good boy.
Well, we had a hot dog eating party but like the others, he could only eat four hot dogs. He searched the whole birthday box for a gift and he decided upon a water bottle. Candy made enough cupcakes so he could bring one to his sister in Doncellas. We want the boys to celebrate with their family. Another wonderful Vencedor birthday. Thank you Lord!
This morning, after breakfast, the boys sat down in the sala and I asked, “If someone asked you as they pointed to someone, ‘Who is that leader?’ What would you say? The boys were silent, which is a shock because I didn’t ask them a calculus question… but maybe they thought it was a trick question. One boy said, “He’s a friend,” while another said, “He’s a leader.” I asked the same question about another leader and one boy said, “He’s a singer,” while another said, “He’s a leader.” I asked the boys, “What if the first leader told you that he is the next Messi or the other said he is the next Marcos Witt? What would you think about that? Would you say that they are crazy?” The looks of the boys said it all. Not happening.
“Jesus asked His disciples a similar question. A question that we need to ask each other, our friends, family, co-workers, spouse and children. Matthew 16:15-16, “’But what about you?’ He asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ, the son of the living God.’” If we were asked the same question, what would we say? Our answer will reveal our relationship with Him.
“Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of the living God? Or do you believe that He was just a good man or great teacher? Do you believe that He can heal and forgive our sins? Or do you believe that He is crazy? If we do not believe in His deity then there is no faith in Jesus. If we do not have faith in Jesus, then we cannot believe in the gospel. If we do not believe in the gospel, then we do not believe Jesus can heal and forgive and there is no resurrection. If there is no resurrection, then there is no eternal life. If there is no eternal life, then there is no reason for this ministry.
“Paul wrote, ‘And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.’ Casa was built on the rock of salvation and the promise of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was not built on the promise of a good life now.
“What was the promise? John 11:25, ‘Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”’
“You may ask, ‘What is wrong with taking care of the poor and children who are abused?’ Nothing is wrong with that. You can be clothed, fed, educated and be successful yet what have you gained? Jesus said, ‘What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
“Your health, education and life are important to us but your soul is more important. We desire for you to have a relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To know Him. And what is this? Eternal Life.”
Lee and Candy
Debbie emailed & said 3 tornedos hit near her in Lake Charles on the Interstate but no major damage.
PGN came today & it was a meeting which we hope will help with a particular child who has tremendous problems.
Our coffee time with Larry & Sue was the last one as they will be leaving for NC tomorrow.
Can I have assurance that I am saved? People say “I hope so”; “I think so”; “I do the best I can”; “I won’t know until I die”; “I am as good as other people”; “I wish I knew for sure”.
John 5:24 says, “He that hears my Word and believes on Him that sent Me has everlasting life and is passed from death unto life”. I John 5:13 “These things I have written unto you that you many know that you have eternal life”.
The question becomes “Do you believe the Bible?” I choose to believe that when I hold the bible I am holding the Word of God. I also believe in the witness of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a person just like the Father and the Son. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
I John 4:13 “This is how we know that we dwell in God, and He in us, because He has given us His Spirit”. The Holy Spirit is my teacher (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit is my comforter. (also John 14:26)
In John 16:13 “The Holy Spirit has come and He will guide you into all truth. The Holy Spirit teaches us about what salvation means and how to walk with God. He guides you away from doubt and into a knowledge of what your salvation really means.
Choose to believe His Word and not your feelings.