Gideon

There was a good response to this morning’s sermon. Today was quiet and after lunch I simply worked on sermons and updates.

A team is here from W. Virginia/Maryland. A team from N Carolina is coming tomorrow to renovate the bathrooms in Esperanza.

Jacobo passed his first round of entrance exams for San Carlos U.

The angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and said “The Lord is with you mighty warrior”. Judges 6:12.

Gideon, like most of us could not see who he really was. So many Christians fail to see who they are in Christ. We are blind to our abilities and usefulness to the kingdom of God. The devil wants us to stay where we are on the lower rung and never rise to where God desires.

Gideon is a simple farmer doing the best he can to provide for his family. He has been using a winepress to hide the grain and pretending to work the wine press itself. He was surrounded by enemies yet stayed firm in providing the grain. A simple man doing a simple task!

God wanted Gideon to led a army against the Midianites. I want to know God’s will for my life. But if God had called on me to lead an army I would have beed frozen in fear. It frightened Gideon also.

God calls us when we are doing our routine days work. It is when we are doing a mundane job such as threshing the wheat. It is in these mundane tasks that God can see our true character and desire. God knew what He needed for the battle was this simple farmer sold out to God.

Wilson says, “Even menial tasks can prepare you for God’s future plans”.

Barabbas

There are two small teams here from Kentucky and Alabama. The first has been painting and the second has been working on electrical issues and some welding.

Roxanna came by to tell me she finishes her classwork in law & is also studying theology. So we are proud of her.

Roxanna

Matthew 27:17 “Which one do you want me to release to you Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?

When I was a teenager I visited Angola prison and as I surveyed the cells I wondered how those men felt. On death road I envisioned some of them when they heard the jailer’s walking just being terrified. I wondered if on their way to the electric chair or if they walked quietly or drug their feet. Did they continue to proclaim their innocence?

What was his response when the crowded screamed out “Barabbas and rejected Christ?

Barabbas represents us. We are guilty. We deserve eternal damnation. But, like Barabbas, there is incredible news. Someone is taking our place in the death chamber.

But was Barabbas truly free? No, he wasn’t. True freedom is found only in the blood of Jesus. Barabbas walked away from his cross but there is no indication he evr received Christ.

So close!!

 

 

 

Barzillai

The container arrived at 2:55 and was unloaded and all materials brought to their correct locations in less than 40 minutes.

The Regional Academic Olympics was held today and 37 of our children qualified. Monday they will see who moves on to state competition.

UnloadedI Kings 2:7 says, “Show kindness to the sons of Barzillai…they stood by me”.

Our real friends will show up in times of troubles, sadness or pressures. As long as there are no troubles you will have ‘friends’. When my brother would have money he would “buy a round” of drinks for those in the bar. He had many friends who would gather around him and accept the booze.

But he noticed (and told me) that when he was broke he had few friends. One night he sat on the bed and took his own life.

Absalom had rebelled against his father, David, who barely was able to escape with his life. ‘Friends’ of David jumped ship in every direction and headed towards Absalom and the winning side.

But not Barzillai! He took clothes and food to David and his men. Later when restored to the throne David wanted to reward Barzillai but he refused. He was 80 years old and wanted to stay where he was rather than be in the court of David. But David would remember and the sons of Barzillai were rewarded.

So many people have given me help throughout my life. They did not substitute for God but they reminded me that God was there providing for me.

DEMONSTRATE YOUR GRATITUDE FOR YOUR FRIENDS

Adonijah

Gretchen is going to return to Casa in December so we are all excited.She is not on the Mercy Ship.

Dottie fixed gumbo for the staff in the office, psychology and the clinic which is a total of 19 people.

The block layers are raising the fence 2 feet as I explained to you previously.

Office, medical and psychology staff luncheon

 

“Adonijah…put himself forward and said, “I will be king”.

Adonijah was the oldest living son of David. Joab and Abiathar were were advisors to David supported Adonijah against David as the next king. David promised the throne to Solomon. So at first Adonijah lost his dream to be king.

But he realized he did not care what David wanted. He actually hired a group of royal footmen and chariots to demonstrate he was king. He even performed the official sacrifices and sent out invitations to his own coronation.

His problem was his unwillingness to respect his father and others. He did not want to accept God’s will either if it contradicted his own will. This self-centeredness led him to defy David and eventually Adonijah died a premature death.

Wilson says we should pursue our own plans within the will of God. Our desires fit best within God’s desires.

a simple task

Josue’ & Estella had their third child. She was raised here, went to Union University in Jackson, Tn., graduated, married and God has blessed them mightily.

Thom & Shawna finished their private time with each staff member.

The container was unloaded, approved & released so we may get it Friday.

Baby Emma: New daughter of Josue’ & Estella in Tennessee

The angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and said “The Lord is with you mighty warrior”. Judges 6:12.

Gideon, like most of us could not see who he really was. So many Christians fail to see who they are in Christ. We are blind to our abilities and usefulness to the kingdom of God. The devil wants us to stay where we are on the lower rung and never rise to where God desires.

Gideon is a simple farmer doing the best he can to provide for his family. He has been using a winepress to hide the grain and pretending to work the wine press itself. He was surrounded by enemies yet stayed firm in providing the grain. A simple man doing a simple task!

God wanted Gideon to led a army against the Midianites. I want to know God’s will for my life. But if God had called on me to lead an army I would have beed frozen in fear. It frightened Gideon also.

God calls us when we are doing our routine days work. It is when we are doing a mundane job such as threshing the wheat. It is in these mundane tasks that God can see our true character and desire. God knew what He needed for the battle was this simple farmer sold out to God.

Wilson says, “Even menial tasks can prepare you for God’s future plans”.

same old, same old

The children received new Bibles from the Bible Society.

Chad and Abby will be leaving next month so I want to remind you of our need of a couple who are called to Casa to be house parents for the baby dorm. Please pray hard for God to move on someone’s heart.

Thom & Shawna are celebrating their 29th wedding anniversary so we all went to Antigua for lunch.

 

Christian clown skit

 

The word patience in the Old Testament means “longsuffering” or “slow to anger”. Exodus 34:6 “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth”.

Trying one’s patience means to finally exhaust someone to the point of causing punishment and anger to come. It could actually mean “weary”. So tired from the constant disobedience we must finally do something about it.

I believe that patience in the New Testament refers often to perseverance. Someone wrote that perseverance is patience on the move. We actively continue the work that God has called us to. The word is so important because we are often doing mundane work.

I do not preach to thousands and go from place to place to bring the message of Christ. I work every day in much the same way being a father to over 300 children. I have the same problems and walk the same path almost every day. It is mundane. I plod.

Most of us are plodders. We are trying to be faithful to His call on our lives. There is little glory or recognition or great event and victory every day. It is routine. It is loving children and hoping to make their live better by sharing Jesus.

I suppose patience can best be defined with the words: Same old, same old

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