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Missions is Fun

We are having a great time hosting a mission trip in Braymer this week. With approximately 150 missionaries on the field you can imagine that we are growing closer. (no pun intended) Worship has been fantastic. We are being led each night by a band called No Longer Quiet and Matt Marrs from Northland Baptist Church is preaching. When I say that worship is fantastic, I means that on a Tuesday night we had close to 180 people worshipping the Lord. Our normal Sunday morning averages 110-120. The construction crews are working hard and making great progress. The church is truly being transformed. Backyard Bible Clubs are seeing great results and the Evangelism Team has officially prayer walked and knocked on almost every door in Braymer! This week has taught me much with respect to missions and I can’t wait to see what impact this week makes on our church and our community for the long term. I am so proud of our church and it gives me such great joy to be their pastor! We all know that missions is hard work, but missions can also be fun. The video I have posted here proves the latter statement beyond a shadow of a doubt. This is the band No Longer Quiet having a great time. This, of course, is not the type of music they play, but simply a lesson for all of us to learn, missions is fun! Enjoy…

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A Couple of Days of Rest…

Well, as of tomorrow morning Chase and I are heading to Hunnewell Lake for a couple of days of camping and fishing. I must admit that I am looking forward to a few days of rest and father/son time before the mission trip next week. Speaking of the mission trip, I am going to strive to post each day of the trip so that everyone can keep track of what is occurring. Until then, pray for no bugs, no sunburn, and lots of fish!

An Urgent Cry

I am including a link here to a recent Baptist Press article written by Danny Akin, President of Southeastern Seminary. As a father of two daughters, when I read this article my heart broke. If you choose to read, let me issue a couple of warnings. First, the content is not for children. Secondly, let me warn you as well that you need to prepare yourself to be challenged and brokenhearted over the plight of the people who live and walk in the spiritual darkness of Southeast Asia. The heart of the article comes as Danny poses a great question that we all must consider as followers of Jesus Christ. He asks, “…where did we ever get the idea that serving King Jesus is safe?” As you read, I believe you will discover the answer. Here is the link…

http://www.baptistpress.org/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=28425

He’s Got the Whole World…

I mentioned in this morning’s message that one of the phases of God’s strategy for missions includes teaching willing servants to apprehend the nations. Willing servants means exactly what it means – anytime and anywhere. For us as a church, the anywhere includes Braymer this summer. I wonder if we have truly grasped the significance of what God is doing and just how huge this mission project has become? Someone said to me this morning that they felt inadequate for the mission task which lays ahead. As I thought about that statement, I realized that when we feel inadequate in ministry, that is often when we see God show up in a big way. I may be wrong, but I believe Paul had a little something to say about inadequacy (see 2 Cor. 2:14-16 and 3:4-6). Here’s my point. Missions is about relying totally on the Lord, realizing our adequacy is totally from Him, and that our part is just willing obedience. Anytime, anywhere…are you ready?