Huckabee on Creation

In case you aren’t aware, we have Presidential elections next year. There are many candidates hoping for the chance to vie for the Presidency. This video is from a recent debate. I am not saying you should vote for him based on this one answer; in fact, I’m not saying you should vote for him at all… I just really liked his response.


Thanks to Roland who posted it on his site first…

confession

There is one thing in my life that constantly reappears.  When I think I’ve figured it all out and believe to have conquered the problem, it rears its ugly, sharp claws and attacks me again.  I HATE it…and yet I allow myself to live with it.  It sleeps with me, commutes with me, communicates to me, and follows me around.

You see, I let my guard down.  I get overconfident; feel that I’ve completely rid the problem from my life.  I begin to see things, act upon things, and listen to lies, all the while thinking, “I’m over this, so it can’t affect me like it used to…I’ve become immune to it’s effects.”  Slowly, it creeps back in until I’m back to where I was before.  In my case, it really isn’t a sin – although my story could easily be compared to sins in our lives – but I’ve come to learn WHY this “thing” is so detrimental to my spiritual well-being…it distracts me away from God’s truths.  When this thing becomes dominant in my life, it consumes hours of my time; time that could be used for family, study, ministry, worshiping.  I think about it constantly and it effects ALL my decisions.

Mark 12:30 says, “Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”  He wants my entire being; all my focus.  When this thing consumes me, God doesn’t have ALL of me – He is not the center of my focus.  Satan knows this, he knows my weak spot and he constantly attacks me when I think I’ve gotten in under control.  That is why we must keep our eyes always on the Lord; the moment we let our guard down, Satan comes in an steers our focus away from God and distracts us.

I’m thankful that the Spirit gently guides me back to the Truth and helps me refocus my attention where it should be – MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MY LORD.

Back from the Bamboo Curtain…

As many of you know, I just returned from China where we were preparing for an upcoming mission trip during the Olympics. First of all, let me say thank you to all of you supporting our mission’s endeavors and for all the prayer for our work.

We accomplished a lot of our goals and now have a better understanding of the culture having actually been there. Please pardon the vagueness and for the lack of details as I describe some of the things we will be doing. I don’t want to reveal who we will be working with or where for the security of those already in the fight for China’s salvation.

China is very aware of the Christian’s attempts to spread the gospel and they’re quite intolerant. It is illegal to proclaim the gospel publicly in China, but if someone asks you about your faith you may share it with them.

We will be working with the Chinese in practicing their conversational English. One way we do this is talking about our culture and some of the holidays that we celebrate. Having a conversation in English with a Chinese person about the real meaning of Christmas, is one subtle approach to evangelizing this country. Also, by comparing a traditional Chinese wedding vs. a traditional Christian wedding is another. You can read more about evangelizing through English Here.

During our trip we made arrangements that will provide the kind of atmosphere where we will be able to do just that. We will also be doing some public outreach that we pray will open up the doors to sharing Christ. There is the possibility that those who go on this trip will actually get to stay in the homes of the Chinese people we will be ministering to.

Aside from all the preparations being made on this trip, I got to see just about all the amazing sites Beijing has to offer. This is truly a beautiful city. Amidst the huge buildings and flourishing businesses are the landmarks that define this country. There are temples all over the city and tons of sites to see.

Here is the list of places I saw: The Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, the Capital Museum, Tiananmen Square, and the Olympic Village and all the Olympic Facilities being built. Not to mention the Beijing Opera and a Kung Fu and Acrobat show.

I know… I know…it doesn’t sound like mission work but it really was all for the cause. We are going to be leading some groups in August and there will be some site seeing involved, so we needed to determine what the best ones to see were. This is a hard decision because they were all amazing.

If you are interested in going please contact us soon. We need to know how many people are going so we can facilitate everybody. Please let us know before the end of the year.

For photos from Beijing, click Here.

 

Sky Angel

I watched/listened to this video today on my brother’s site. It moved me so much that I had to share it with you. May it bless you today and be a reminder of what is truly important in our lives.

Get out the tissues…

You can also go to the radio website where it was first aired.

English Camp

Next August, one of our outreach ministries in China will be 4 days hosting and leading an English Camp.  Josh has had several meetings this week with the Principals and administrators of a couple of schools that will be participating in these camps.  We have found that in all the countries we’ve been to, administrators quickly welcome missionaries into their schools, seeing it as an incredible opportunity for their students to practice their English language skills and to learn about another culture.

Someone asked me today, “what exactly is an English Camp?”

Basically, it’s 3 -4 days of thorough English language lessons and conversational activities.    On a typical day you would see:

  • Students and missionaries intermingling in conversation, building friendships
  • A missionary gives a speech or presentation about an American Holiday, Custom, cities, etc.
  • Games and activities that teach vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar.
  • One-on-one question/answer sessions between the students and missionaries.

Even though the focus is the English language, it is also an incredibly effective avenue to speak about our faith in God and our relationship with our Savior.  For example:

While in the Czech Republic, we were invited to the local high school’s English class.  After a short presentation on Thanksgiving, we sat down one-on-one with the students to let them practice conversation.  As I talked with a 16-year old girl about our families, I was praying that God would open up a chance to talk about God.  I noticed that she was wearing a cross necklace, so I told her I liked her necklace and asked if it had a special meaning for her.  Viola!  The door flew right open…she explained that it didn’t, she bought it because she thought it was pretty; a mere fashion statement.  I proceeded to explain that it had special meaning for me.  She asked why.  I told her about Jesus’ crucifixion and shared the entire Gospel message.  She continued to ask questions about my faith.  That night at a special presentation of the Jesus movie, she gave her life to the Lord.

God can move in any circumstance…even in an English lesson.

Tuesday morning phone call

So, I finally received another phone call from Josh this morning.

The first thing I noticed was that He sounded stuffy and groggy. When he left, he already had a slight cold, then he explained that the air quality is horrendous, the smog is thick and stifling, and it’s had an ill effect on his breathing. Imagine breathing in a place like this:

 

Beijing smog

More smog

Other than that, they are staying busy from sun up to sun down doing both ministry meetings and some cultural adventures. He claims He visited the most beautiful place in the world yesterday: The Summer Palace. And, since most of us are in Dallas, where beauty is minimal, I leave you with a picture from The Summer Palace…let it be your happy place!

Summer palace lake


Monday night update

Well, I wish I could write you a really cool story/update about Josh’s time in China.  But, alas, I can not because I have not talked to him since Saturday afternoon, other than two small text messages saying he loves me! :)

So, we’ll just have to be patient to hear his stories and see his pics.

Until then, your continued prayers are appreciated.

IDOP for the Persecuted Church

November 11 has been dedicated as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. I thank God daily that I was born in America with all the freedom we have. Many Christians here believe we are persecuted because our Christian rights and values are being challenged. Although I agree that this is a form of persecution, I see it as a minor discomfort when I compare ourselves with Christians around the World who face much harsher circumstances: Imprisonment. Torture. Beatings. Kidnappings. Death. That is persecution that we in America cannot even comprehend, except through the stories we read.

Today is the day that we pray for our fellow Christians who face this persecution daily. Those in China, India, the Muslim worlds in Africa and East Asia.

Prayer works. We can already see its affects. We need to continue to pray for those persecuted, but let’s not forget to see the wondrous things that God is doing in these nations:

In China:

The most significant nation in [Asia] is China where the dynamism of the 130-million-strong Chinese Church is phenomenal. Society is wanting change and many people, even senior Communist Party members, are coming to be see that economic reform, in the absence of ethics and without social and political reform, tends to generate both wealth and widespread corruption. Calls have started coming from every level and area of society for ‘cultural transformation’ and for openness. There is even public acknowledgement that religion, specifically Christianity, can assist with the formation of a ‘harmonious society’. China is a state in transition. As it changes, Vietnam, Laos and North Korea – all totalitarian states where, as in China, Christians are persecuted and imprisoned – will be affected.*

In the Muslim world:

Amidst this chaos and disappointment, greater numbers of Muslims are now hearing the gospel message and meeting Christians. This is thanks to international travel – Muslims travelling out and Christians travelling in – and borderless information sources such as radio, satellite and the Internet. Historically few Muslims have converted to Christianity, so the rate at which Muslims are coming to Christ now marks a wonderful new trend. A few courageous ‘trailblazers’ have put their lives on the line to demand their right to freedom of religion. This of course generates heated debate and violent resistance from Islamic fundamentalists.*

God is working, and He’s using thousands upon thousands of willing Christians to spread His Word.  Take some time and pray for them today.

*Information taken from www.idop.org.  Other websites about the persecuted church and the organizations trying to help: CSI-international, Persecuted church.org. , Voice of the Martyrs, The Bible League., Gospel for Asia.

1/2 Day One

The plane skidded to a stop at the Beijing airport around 6:00 pm Saturday night (5:00 am for us). After a “real Chinese dinner”, Josh and his companions headed straight for the hotel, settled in, and tried desperately to sleep through the cool night. But no matter how tired their minds and bodies felt, they could not sleep well because according to their natural clocks, it was midmorning.

Josh said the plane ride was long, but not too uncomfortable. However he never slept for the entire 15 hour plane trip. As they flew over Siberia, he watched “Hairspray”. :)

Currently, it is around 6:30 a.m., Sunday morning. (5:30 pm Saturday for us). This day’s agenda: Attend a Chinese church and then spend the afternoon at The Great Wall. *Sigh* Yes, I wish I was there….one day…

Flight delayed

Josh’s flight to China from Chicago was delayed two hours, so he’ll be arriving in Beijing around 6:00 pm Saturday evening (6:00 am our time).  Hopefully, that will be the only setback they experience.

That’s all I know for now… check back tomorrow.

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!

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