The thermostat setting in Heaven is peace.
Butch Suddath and I finally made our way to Haiti. We were hindered in February by the protests that had blocked roads and made our travel within Haiti almost impossible. God blessed us with clear roads and a calmer situation. We pray for peace and political stability for the country of Haiti. We had no problems during our stay but it is something that stays in the back of your mind. The embers of unrest can quickly flame up. We appreciate the prayers that were prayed for us.
“For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him—” (Deuteronomy 11:22 NKJV).
Love the LORD your God
We sometimes overuse words. I believe the word “awesome” is overused in our society.
It seems every time I write a monthly update, I say something about the weather. So as I write this, we are seeing on the news the damage and loss of life in Lee County, Alabama from last night’s tornado (3-3-19). We are praying for all who were affected. Natural disasters are a sad reminder that we live in a fallen world.
Show Me Your Scars
The current population of the world (2-2019) is reported to be 7.7 billion with 2.3 billion Christians. About 2/3 of the world’s Christians live in difficult or unfriendly places. Those of us in the Western World are almost oblivious to the difficulties in other lands. It varies from extreme persecution of death to the difficulties of getting a good job or apartment because non-Christians will not hire Christians or rent to Christians.
Recently as part of my continual reading through the Bible, I once again “stumbled” upon a scripture the Holy Spirit used to grab my attention. It was in Exodus 36:2-7 where Moses instructed the people to bring an offering of materials for the construction of the Tabernacle. They were to bring items of gold, silver, bronze, jewels, linen, thread of blue, purple, and scarlet, acacia wood, and other items.
The last week of January, our kids here in Alabama were hyped up for a good snow, only to awake to a cold rain. Oh well, that’s Alabama for you! The Bible in Proverb 13:12a (NKJV) says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Most of us have been heart-sick over some disappointment. We get our hopes up and then it deflates like a cheap balloon. When we listen to people’s stories, we hear the heart-cry of broken dreams and promises. In these moments, we have a great opportunity to share the hope we have in Jesus.
There is an identity problem in our world that has led to great confusion. People are confused, not knowing who they are. They are searching for an identity, for a rock to stand on in a flooded stream. Some have went on journeys for the sole reason of “finding themselves” as if they were somewhere else. There are way too many poor, lost, wandering souls who are alienated from God’s original design and created identity.
Identity in the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus, first identified with us. Man could not spiritually redeem himself by reformation or by following the rules. Mankind is innately a sinner in great need of a redeemer. The Redeemer had to come in the same form as our first-ancestor-father Adam. God provided the only sufficient sacrifice in the Redeemer—His Only Eternal Son.
Happy New Year! We have kissed 2018 goodbye and are now hugging 2019. We are thankful for the Lord’s blessings on us this past year and are excited about the opportunities in the coming year. We are thankful for your prayers and support in the past and ask for your continued help in the coming months of this year. For a recap of December, read on…