This post is rooted in years of questions and doubts about whether or not I was truly following the “calling” of the Lord on my life. I pray that the words I share are encouraging to you. “We are all tempted to want to do something important, but who are we to say what is important and what is not? Every person we engage is an eternal soul and every moment is one that can be leveraged for the sake of your spiritual growth and for the sake of the Gospel.”
We serve a God who is in the business of redeeming every single painful and heartbreaking moment for a grand and glorious and eternal purpose. And what a beautiful thing it is to be able to trust in the fruit that He is growing in us because of this light and momentary suffering.
There are a few cautions that we should keep in mind when it comes to celebrity pastors, at least for the Christians who are not members of those famous pastor’s churches. So to the people that belong to churches led by ordinary pastors like me, I would say this:
Why do the righteous suffer? Is all suffering for the sake of God? How do we reconcile the fact that God is good and God is sovereign with the fact that there is evil in the world? Does God somehow ordain evil and suffering? Why do the plans of the wicked prosper?
Child. Yes, you are My child. By receiving Me you have received adoption as my child (John 1:12). Yes, and I have chosen you. I have appointed you to go and bear fruit to the world (John 15:16). Not only are you My child, but you are My heir, and a co-heir with My Son, if … Continue reading a Father’s letter
Thank you all so much for joining me as I prayed for the nations yesterday and these last two weeks. It means more to me than you know! God is so good and was so gracious in humbling me and teaching me about His goodness and faithfulness in all things. He is holy and one … Continue reading Thank You!!
So my half-marathon is tomorrow. CRAZY! Thank you so much for praying along with me these past 13 days. I am SO excited to continue praying for these countries as I run tomorrow! So I guess I'm kind of cheating today because North Africa really isn't one country, it's kind of a collection of countries … Continue reading Pray for North Africa!
Oh my friends, my heart is breaking as I ask you to join with me in prayer for Haiti today. A wonderful friend of mine has spent time in Haiti and has shared with me the Haitian's desperate, desperate need for Jesus. Haiti is a very dark place, arguable one of the darkest places in … Continue reading Pray for Haiti!
Wow. It is so easy for me, living in the Bible belt in America, to forget that there are SO MANY people who have never heard the name of Jesus. This is the case in Nepal. Almost 98% of the people groups in Nepal are unreached with the gospel. 98%. I didn't believe it at … Continue reading Pray for Nepal!
I have two wonderful friends who have served in Jordan and have incredibly beautiful hearts for the people in this country. Jordan has a predominantly Muslim population; over 95% Muslim in fact. And TWO THIRDS of the people groups here are unreached with the Gospel. That's a huge number of people who have no knowledge … Continue reading Pray for Jordan!