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The response to pray for the event was great and immediate. Now I have a little over 24 hours to complete my sermon for Sunday!
I’m really excited about this message (as usual). We are preaching through the Thessalonian epistles. I am preaching I Thessalonians 2:13-16. I always enjoy filling in for my Dad when he is out.
I imagine that I will get a chuckle from a few church members, since it seems every time I preach it seems God chooses a text for me that is about persecution, suffering or discipline! And some think God doesn’t have a sense of humor!
Thank you for praying for last night’s event. Honestly the turnout was a little disappointing, but I thank God for every young person that attended. I had asked that three key people hear the message, and God allowed for two of them to be present!
And the amazing part is that God works through our weakness and does not care if we give the message to one or one thousand. The real work is what God does in the hearts, not in the numbers.
Thank you for being a part of God’s work through your prayers!
PS. There are more exciting things to share, so keep tuning it!
Tonight, after several months of translating and studying the Ten Commandments with our youth through the Study “The Righteous Shall Live by Faith” we our on our last study. Last week was on the topic of The Law, and this week we conclude with Grace.
I cannot express how critical this study is to our youth in this moment.
I’m not even done translating it for tonight, but I needed to stop to ask you for your prayers!
We have several youth that are not believers. It is in moments like this that the devil often keeps them away.
Please pray for their salvation.
I make no claims to be an eloquent teacher, so please pray that the Holy Spirit will work through this weak vessel.
Would you take a moment to pray right now?
What if Jacob had not deceived Esau? Would he still have gotten the inheritance?
What if Jacob has not attempted to run away from Laban? Would he still have gotten to leave?
What if Paul had not gone to Jerusalem? Would he still have gotten arrested and died?
What if I had not bit my tongue so many times (or whatever may have caused my tongue cancer)?
The truth is, if we trust the sovereignty of a perfectly good God, all things work together for good. There are no “what ifs” with God.
So stop worrying and live every day as wisely as possible and dependent on God’s grace!
Have a great day!
Thank you so much for praying for us here a the conference in Malta.
The prayer response was overwhelming, just as was God’s answer to the prayers lifted up.
There is undoubtedly a correlation between the the prayers and our ability to minister. Let me explain:
Right after I wrote to you the last time my voice improved considerably. I was able to sing without coughing.
As soon as I would finish leading the coughing would return.
I would wake up with a sore throat and without a voice, but as soon as I had to lead worship, my voice would come back again!
Now, I can’t say that I sang like Pavarotti, but by God’s grace we are now only a few hours away from our last session and I was able to lead in worship in all the sessions. I’m quite certain that without your prayers we would have spent the week in bed!
Pastor Patrick Odle and Ed Sears have led us though some wonderful teaching times. We look forward to going home and applying all that we have learned.
As the conference ends, we thank God for all of our Baptist Mid-Missions Europe family.
We thank God for our administrator, Vernon Rosenau and his wife have been such a blessing in having the vision to encourage us missionaries from all over Europe.
We thank God for the pastors and churches who made this conference happen.
We thank God for the wonderful group from Grace Baptist in Winston Salem (where Pastor Sears is pastor) who minister to our children.
Thank you for being a part of this ministry too through your prayers! I say this time and time again, but you are our lifeline.