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Joshua 18: 2-3 says, There remained among the people of Israel seven tribes whose inheritance had not yet been apportioned. So Joshua said to the people of Israel, “How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you? Seriously, how long will you wait to take possession of what God has already granted?
Who doesn’t want to receive all that we are promised? Who among us doesn’t want to live in the abundant life? What believer wants to live with the consequences of habitual sinful habit patterns? Who doesn’t want to live in the fullness of ALL that is ours in Christ?
Sadly, most believers are not living the life God has granted them. In Christ, we have been made heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ (see Rom. 8:17). We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places (see Eph.1:3). We have been granted everything pertaining to life and godliness (see 2 Peter 1:3). Yet, here we sit - powerless against the downward pull of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Why? Because many of us have put off going in to take possession of the land, which the Lord, our God has given us.
Posted: 3/31/2011 11:07:23 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

This blog post is dedicated to my very dear friend, Cheryl Coombs, who shared this insight with me.

When we moved from our home into the cottage much of our things went into storage since the renovation of the garage was not complete. During our move Ray-Ray carefully removed my full length mirror from my closet door, taped the mounting screws to the back, and stored the mirror in her garage for safe keeping, along with some other items I wanted to keep out of storage. Since that happened in Oct. and here it is April, what can I say - I forgot I had a full length mirror over at Ray's. Now that we have the closet finished I was ready to hang a mirror. While at Lowe's (my new FAVORITE store, although I still think they need a Starbuck's and a shoe department!) I purchased a full length mirror. When I told Ray what I did, she reminded me we had one in her garage from the other house. We promptly returned the mirror from Lowe's and picked up our mirror from Roy and Ray's.

When I brought it home I was not quite ready to hang it and I leaned it against the house under the front porch. Our cottage is small and anything "out of place" REALLY stands out. So the mirror spent 1 day and 1 night outside on the porch. On Friday afternoon, I saw the mirror and thought I should move it inside and mark the door where I wanted it hung so Craig could quickly install it that evening, but at the last minute I changed my mind. I was cooking dinner and it was so pleasant outside that I had the front door open so I could enjoy the smells of SPRING. Suddenly a gust of wind blew through and . . . you guessed it - the mirror fell and smashed into a million smitherines! Bummer!

Like my mirror, many Christians have their faith propped up - relying on pastors and Bible teachers to do all the studying and deciphering of Scritpures. They show up and soak up, but never become Bible students on their own. Consequently, they are never able to STAND strong in their faith because they are living on someone else's Bible understanding. And when the storms of life arrive (and they will) and the winds of adversity blow in, their immature belief system is not be able to withstand the crisis of faith. The sad result is shattered lives. These believers are genuinely saved, but lack a working knowledge of the Scriptures. How sad.

Looking at the shattered pieces of glass I saw my own reflection. Broken. Fragmented. Shattered. What a great reminder of the kind of life I DO NOT WANT to lead. In Christ I am a new creature and I have determined to study to show myself approved, a workman who is able to rightly divide the Word of truth through the personal in-depth study of the Word of God.

What kind of life do you want to live in the Lord?

I have determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
1 Cor. 2:2
Posted: 3/30/2011 1:10:44 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

The jewel of the Nile can be found in Uganda in the city of Jinja. Jinja sits on Lake Victoria which boasts the mouth of the Nile. Get outta town!! The origin of the Nile is in Uganda?!?! When I think of the Nile I conjure up images of Moses and the basket being launched by faith into the placid dirty Nile. Turns out, the Nile has its majestic beginnings in Uganda where it flows out of Lake Victoria. I KNOW! I am as stunned as you are.

Craig and I flew into Entebbe, Uganda and then we were driven to Jinja, a pleasant 2 hour trip by car. We spent one night in Jinja and then were driven to Iganga where we stayed for a week. Each day we drove out to the village where we taught Pioneer Evangelism. At the end of the week we were shuttled back to Jinja. Before flying over to Tanzania to teach another course in Pioneer Evangelism, we had a free day. And, of all things, we had the opportunity to go white water rafting on the Nile! I KNOW! Are you kidding me?!?! Seriously. Whitewater? Rafting? What . . are you people crazy?

Believe it or not - there are category 3 and category 5 rapids on the Nile. Kayakers come from all over the world to run the rapids. John Fulks, our missionary co-ordinator, asked if we might be interested in doing this. Of course, I immediately said, "No thanks." But I knew Craig would want to do it. I urged him to go on without me and assured him that I would be more than happy to stay at the hotel all day by myself. I had books to read on my Kindle, my trusty camera, and laundry to get done. I knew I could get good food to eat at the hotel and a day relaxing on the banks of the Nile River - instead of flying down the rushing rapids - sounded ideal to me. Besides I could not be threatened with a day off.

It was settled. Craig would go. I would not. However, on Friday afternoon I was sitting on the patio overlooking the Nile. I had gone to order our lunch. Food preparation takes a long time in Africa so I had gone down ahead of Craig to order lunch and take some pictures. As I looked out over the beautiful vista of the Nile I was struck with the absurdity of missing out on an opportunity to go down the Nile!! I know! It was a bit of an out-of-body experience for me! Seriously! When Craig arrived, I stunned him by telling him that I had decided to go on the raft trip. The color drained from his face and he wondered what in the world had happened while he was gone! Plans were made and before I knew it I was headed down the Nile.

On Saturday morning John picked us up and drove us to the rafting company. John's 10-year old daughter, Lynnsi went with us. We were served a light breakfast, which I decided to forgo, and then outfitted for the trip.

We were fitted with helmets and life jackets. My first try for a jacket was too big. The second was too small - I was trussed up like a turkey on Thanksgiving - but I decided it was best to be stuffed into the jacket rather than being concerned about losing it!

Our guide, Jane gave us instructions and told us we would be accompanied by 2 kayakers and another raft for safety sake. They would run the rapid first to show her the safest path and they would snatch up anyone who fell out. My single goal was to stay IN THE BOAT and not to meet any of these men in the water!

I told Jane I needed to wear my sunglasses to prevent glare. She gave me a piece of string and tied them to my head. You gotta LOVE Africa! Anyways, we were loaded up on a lorrie and driven for nearly 2 hours off road to arrive at our spot. We were given instructions and loaded into the raft. Now understand, I am afraid of water and have not spent much time in a boat. Finding out I was responsible for rowing was a fresh thought to me. I assumed I would stay curled up in the bottom of the raft and hang on for dear life. SO . . . rowing is involved!?!?!

We did a trial run on getting back into the raft in case you got thrown out. I slithered out of the raft but never turned loose of it. Getting back in was not easy. It affirmed my earlier assessment that I wanted to stay in the boat. Craig took advantage of a smooth section of the river to do some floating. I opted to stay in the boat!

The trip was awesome and I am so grateful I challenged my own fears and took the rafting trip. I will admit to being afraid and spending a lot of my mental energy casting down vain imaginations and taking thoughts capture to the obedience of Christ, but overall the experience was fabulous. The scenery of the nearly untouched Nile was stunning.

During one brief break in the rafting, we were served fresh cut pineapple which is so sweet it makes you want to weep for the joy. At the end of the trip we were picked up by the lorrie and taken to an outdoor restaurant which had prepared a bar-be-que for us, complete with iced cold Cokes in the bottle. Can it get any better?

This is what we looked at while we ate.

And this:

I am very grateful the Lord allowed me to manage to stay in the boat and let me participate in this once-in-a-lifetime (frankly I don't think I have another adventure of this magnitude in me!). The story of Peter getting out of the boat and walking on the water has always been a favorite of mine. For years I have prayed that I would live in the realm of faith that allowed me to step out of the boat and walk with the Lord, regardless of my fears. This is the ONLY time I begged God to let me stay in the boat! But now that I am back on dry ground, I have returned to my former prayer of living a life that is not bound by fear, but defined by faith.

What about you? What realm are you living in?

Posted: 3/23/2011 5:50:10 PM by Global Administrator | with 1 comments

Moses said to them, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law." (Deut. 31:46). God has always intended for us to have a "generational" belief system of faith-passed from one generation to the next. By EXAMPLE and INSTRUCTION teach your children to be careful to DO ALL the words of this law! Moses implied that the parents were already well-grounded in the things of God. The examples of their godly lifestyle in conjunction with their Biblical verbal instruction would serve to pass the faith in the one true God  from one generation to the next.

We as parents cannot take our children farther in the faith than we have traveled, so it is incumbent upon us to be students of the Word and obedient doers of the Word. In James 1:23-24 he wrote
, Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. If anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. Things like learning the Word of God, living out the reality of Jesus Christ, and passing the faith along to the next generation.

We cannot believe for our children, nor can we make our children believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the work of the Holy Spirit of God, but there is much we can do to make our children taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps. 34:8)!

Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law." (Deut. 31:46). Learn it. Live it. Pass it on!
Posted: 3/23/2011 2:18:05 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

I recently pulled my back out moving a box. Although I am better, having spent two days on pain meds and muscle relaxers in a "Soma coma", I reminded this blog post that I wrote in Oct. 2011. And I liked it so much I thought I would repost it:

I recently read this quote, "If you are looking for someone to follow, look for someone with a limp."

I do not know who to credit with this profound thought, but I like it and believe - at least in part - that God is creating a new life message in Craig and me. A life message with a LIMP.

For 30 years Craig and I have been walking with God. We have been pursuing hard after Him, relishing His presence, expereincing His power, and developing a consistanct intimate relationship with Him. I give you this infomration because if you are new to the blog you may think that we simply brougth on this trouble in our lives because of unconfessed sin. I tell you with all humility that that is simply not the case. In the midst of a love affair with Jesus, He has begun a "new thing" in our lives. One that has resulted in a nasty limp.

In Genesis 32:24-30 the Bible records this staggering story of Jacob wrestling with God. "Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob's thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. Then he said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking." But he said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." So he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob." He said, "Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed." Then Jacob asked him and said, "Please tell me your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And he blessed him there. So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said, "I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved."

Jacob wrestled with God. Seriously, do any of us think for a moment that God could not have easily won that contest? This was not about wrestling - this was about surrendering. God wanted Jacob to learn, not how to throw a punch, but how to bow the knee. God was after a new champion for Christ, not a NWF champion.

After Jacob encounter with God he continued to hobble, using a cane to support his gimpy leg. Genesis 32:31 says, Now the sun rose upon him just as he crossed over Penuel, and he was limping on his thigh." He limped the rest of his life. After he crossed from his old way of living into a new relationship with the Lord, he came away with a limp - a constant reminder of his dependency on God.

If you want to find someone to follow, look for someone with a limp. Look for somenone who has had an encourater with God that has left an indelible mark. A limp. A reminder to lean heavily on God. 

And so, while I would not have sought out or chosen this difficult time in our lives, I gladly receive it from the hand of our Heavenly Father. And I have begun to love this limp, this badge of honor, that indicates that I am learning to develop a dependency on God.

And so I walk. Damaged. Crippled. Bested by the angel of the Lord. Just a "cripple" who is thrilled to show other "cripples" how to walk with God - leaning heavily on Him.

Posted: 3/21/2011 3:38:38 PM by Global Administrator | with 1 comments

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