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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

International Faith Missions: Pastors Seminar Badi 13'

International Faith Missions: Pastors Seminar Badi 13': December 16-19th found us in Badi, gathered together with 87 pastors and church leaders representing 21 different churches from all...

International Faith Missions: Pastor Seminar Robia 13'

International Faith Missions: Pastor Seminar Robia 13':  The past four days Dec. 9-12th 75 pastors and church leaders from 18 churches across the north side of Pay-Pourri and Marosau gathered...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pastor Seminars 2013


Monday is the first day of our 2013 pastor seminars in Pays-Pourri. This year we are expecting 185 leaders to attend between two locations. The first seminar will be the 9th through the 12th in the village of Robia and the second seminar will be the 16th-19th in the village of Badi.
Please pray for the hearts of all the leaders attending. That they would be inspired to a deeper walk with God as they lead God's church in Pays-Pourri.

Please pray for our speakers:
Michael Martin- Sanctification
Desire Merzantan- The life of a Leader
Emanuel Schrock- Justification through Faith
Rodney Sprenkel-Relationships of a Leader
Jeams Auguste- Translator

And that God's name would be glorified!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Life....Change....

No I'm not in Haiti anymore but - yes I am. I guess this post is far over due but to ignore it would be negligent and misleading. so for those not in the know already now you know.
After 3.5 years of working together at IFM Julia Bauman And I started dating as of July. And because living in the same house while dating is not exactly healthy and due to mission policies I left Haiti and went back to Virginia in August. 



Of course all of those that know me well will remind me of all the times I dissed Canada but yes she is Canadian. And of all places, I took my first trip the Great Formidable White-North last week. I have to admit Canada is very Beautiful, very European and very Cultured but of the very small part that I saw it is a wonderful place, not to mention 'Tim Horton's' :-)
    
I am no longer "staff" at IFM though I have come back down for 6 weeks to prepare for and facilitate our pastor training seminars here in Dec. Please pray as we prepare for these seminars and pray for the leaders attending!! That their hearts would be fixed on our Lord and Christ and that their mind would be rooted in the knowledge and precepts of our Savior. But most of all that seeds of living faith would grow in their lives to produce disciples of Christ.
    

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. Ps:86:11

I have been in VA at my parents for a week now. And I know I'm an oddity but I don't have a FaceBook account. And I have to confess that this past week I used both my Brother's and Mom's accounts just to keep up with the world. And what I've found has asked for much reflection.
Real friends come hard for me, but in all the many churches and groups of people I have been through in my short life there is acquaintances and casual friends that have helped to shape who I am. Of my real friends growing up all but a few were over 40 years old but there was always the crowd at church or Home school group that was my age, that I hung out with.

In my searching to see where all these people have ended up I was both inspired and saddened by their lives. I could categorize them according to denomination, education ect.. but I will refrain so as not to seem bias or dogmatic. But for the sake of profiling I'll label them liberal and conservative because at the core I believe what I see is the true definition of these words.

Liberal: Of these casual friends those that are still serving God with all their heart are still solid. They are holding to truth. But those that (of my humble opinion) have pursued their own way have not completely rejected God and Christ. But they have blurred the line of truth. They have stretched it, redefined it and reasoned it to fit the perimeters of their lives. They would not say they have strayed from God's word but rather that they know better now or maybe they have been 'enlightened'. But the fact is the inherent authority of God's word has no place in their lives. They define truth by how they feel, what others are doing or with science or psychology.

Conservative: Of these casual friends those that have stayed true to God's word their lives continue to burst with fruit of their faithfulness. Though trials have come and the world around them groans with uncertainty and blasphemy, the word of God still holds all authority in their lives. Truth is their stability and their strong tower. But those that have not stayed true to Christ are different from those above. They have completely rejected faith and the Gospel. They dismiss it as inapplicable or as old fashion. They have run full tilt away from God and into the arms of humanity and this world.

Those in the Conservative group that have rejected God have not attempted to redefine truth. It has been carved so deep into their heart that the only way to leave it is to completely reject it. Chet Plimpton outlined this well when he said "When people come into knowledge but do not allow God to turn that knowledge into spiritual reality. They are unknowingly preparing themselves to despise the truth they were taught because they know it clearly stands opposed to what they really want to do."  
Those in the liberal group on the other hand have in reality rejected God though they would not admit it. For them truth stands in question thus it can be redefined to justify their lives. The foundation of truth was acknowledged but not laid deep in the soil of their hearts.

Christ taught us in Luke 6 that the foundation laid in the truth of the Gospel will stand in the onslaught of all storms. No man can pluck us from our Fathers hand and thus the only way to lose that foundation is to make a contentious choice to abandon it. So may I suggest that the 'liberal' camp is on shaky ground for they have yet to receive God's word as unchangeable inherent authority. In myself I would say that this is a educational or theological problem (which it is). Could we stop to consider the Jews, Hindus and Muslims. Their piety and commitment puts Christ's church to shame. By the time they are 12 years old they have committed to memory more of the Koran or Torah than any Christian ever dreams of memorizing the New Testament. Today Christians define who they are through their denomination. When the storms of life come they confide themselves Socially and Ethically in that denomination. This is what defines who they are, we see this time and again. As soon as a denominational distinctive is challenged their is division and strife. They say 'we are losing the faith of our fathers', only they do not realize they are admitting that their faith is not in Christ's Gospel but in their denominational ethnicity.    

I realize I have little ground to state as such, considering I have no denominational heritage. And thus I cannot say that in its self that such a heritage is wrong or unhealthy. Because I really do not know what its like to have one. But I can say that the second that heritage defines who we are religiously (whether consciously or subconsciously) The foundation of Truth is no longer our stability. Isaiah 33:6    

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Three subtle elements of prayer


If I were to ask what prayer is I’m sure the classic Sunday school answer ‘talking to God’ would come to our minds.  But that is not what I am asking. For I believe Webster’s original definition accurately defines it when he stated “A solemn address to the supreme being”. But what I would like to see rather is three elements of Prayer that though subtle, they are really the foundation of what makes prayer not only what it is but also what makes it effective.
Worship; this word is often accompanied with praise and though praise has a vital part in prayer as it says in Psalm 100, the worship I am talking about here is not the literal worship found in verbal praise. When we the created come before our supreme creator in solemn earnest prayer we are acknowledging not only our incompetence but His power, knowledge and wisdom. This is not the pious acknowledging of verbal expressions but it is an attitude of our heart. By making a simple request we thus insinuate that the one with whom we make the request is capable to fulfill it. Thus a man addressing God is worshiping Him not directly in words but indirectly in action.
Trust; by coming to God in prayer we are displaying our confidence not only in His integrity but also in His veracity. Would one confide their inner feelings with one they do not trust? Do you request an errand in the hand of one with whom you have no confidence they will carry it out? How much more foolish would we be to address the supreme all knowing God, if in reality we knew we don’t have confidence that He is capable of acting. That would be an ultimate form of self deceit. So if we are not lying to ourselves then when we approach our Lord in prayer we are putting our trust in the integrity of who He says He is.
Faith; This is not only having confidence in God’s integrity (as is trust) but also believing the claims and declarations of God based on His veracity. If I were to come to God in prayer and request the healing of a friend I not only trust God that He is capable of healing but I have the faith that when He said ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ that He is right there, not only listening to my request but knowing the pain and sorrow that caused me to make such a request. Thus faith is not absent from trust but could we say trust at the next level.

As I said before these three things are not verbal declarations but subtle attitudes of the heart that make prayer what it is. There are many writings
teaching us what say or how we are to address God in prayer but let us look deeper than that and examine our hearts.  

      

Sunday, April 21, 2013

"When we try to pursue virtues to either extreme, vices appear and imperceptibly slip into the same paths, imperceptible at the infinitesimal end of the scale and in masses at the infinite end, so that we get lost amid the vices and can no longer see the virtues. We take issue even with perfection." 
~Blaise Pascal

Sunday, March 17, 2013

                                               

 Debating a point or arguing a subject is not a means of convincing someone or changing their mind but it is a means of informing yourself so that you can better understand another's reasons for what they do or believe.
Ones opinions are formed over a lifetime and are directly influenced by ones perception of truth and how that truth has manifested in their life experience.  Never is ones view changed from a 20min discussion for ultimately ones mind is held captive by their heart and the heart is not subject to reason but rather observation and appreciation.

      

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The context of the mind



In many ways the heart is captive to the mind. What one allows them self to believe is a possibility they will then make a reality. But that which is deemed impossible or false is not even entertained. The mind is like a child going from one thing to the next without realizing the long term reality of its dreams.
Often what we call maturity is simply learning to restrain the mind in an organized and calculated fashion. This also is when the mind is put into context of what it knows is truth. A child’s mind is not yet contextualized. If the world is round then the mind works within a completely different context than if it were flat or even a cube? If the world is controlled by evil spirits then your thought on power and authority are much different than if it is ruled by one sovereign God.
Does maturity stifle creativity? In presenting the gospel how do we infiltrate the truth into the context of falsehood or misinterpretation? And at what point is it most critical to contextualize the mind to the truth of God’s word?
 Essentially the mind must be set in the context of God’s word in order for the heart to be for God.      

Friday, January 18, 2013

I'm an Uncle




Miracle Joy Alexander. 8 lbs 1.1oz. 18.5" long.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013

 
 
A New Year, another day. A fresh cup of coffee.
Its still the same.
God's Majesty, His Glory.
 His truth that undergirds the very foundations of the world.
Still stands. His Love ever true.