A Timely Reminder

I’m under a lot of stress at the moment.  And stress tends to lead to worry and mistrust, which are sin.

As I’m reading through Jeremiah, there was a very timely message from God to me today:


“If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you!” Jeremiah 15:19 (NLT)

Jeremiah was worried about what was happening in Israel and had accused God of not taking care of him.  God’s reply was one of rebuke and encouragement.  Here is my paraphrase (what I heard this morning):

“Those are some foolish accusations – you need to repent immediately!  When you do, we’ll be able to pick up where we left off.  You do what you know I want you to do, and you will continue to speak for Me.  Don’t let other people and circumstances drive you; your job is to lead.”

What was God’s message to you today in your reading?

 

Until next time,

Dan’l

Camp meeting & "If I were the devil"

Camp meeting

Went to camp meeting last night at Prairie Camp.  The music was great – we sang some songs that were new to me and some that weren’t.  Through song we were reminded again that “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe”.  What a message!  Let’s never forget it.

The message was really good, too.  Pastor Joel DeSelm preached from my favorite chapter in Genesis, chapter 28.  It’s the story of Jacob on the run.  It’s the story of God chasing him down in a way that only God can do.  It’s the story of a man who finally saw the most important truth in life – “Surely God is in this place, and I didn’t know it!” (vs. 16)  Wish you could have been there.

“If I were the devil”

Greg Stier from Dare2Share Ministries has written a great article entitled, “If I were the devil…this is how I would attack pastors”.  Though it’s directed primarily at pastors, I think every church member should read it.  It’s a great reminder about the awesome responsibilities a pastor has.  I hope it reminds you to pray for your pastors (especially if you are a part of OTCC) and get involved doing your jobs so they can do theirs most effectively.

Until next time,

Dan’l

Technology Rocks!

You know, sometimes computers and technology really end up making life more difficult.  But today – it rocks!

I just posted some links to missionary friends who are serving God all over the world.  So I thought, “Hey, I wonder who’s around?”  I looked at my Skype list of friends, and Al Konya (Hungary) is online.  I sent him a chat – “Hello, are you around?”

We chatted for a couple of sentences, then I said, “I think my microphone is working now – can we give it a try?”  (It didn’t work last time we tried.)  And we did.  And I got to talk to my good friend and former pastor for 35 minutes for FREE over the internet!

We updated each other on what is happening – the good and the bad (human perspective, of course).

How cool is it that we can talk, with clear quality, from our offices, 6 hours and thousands of miles apart?  Very cool.  The internet has made the world very small – let’s intentionally use it for the Kingdom.

Until next time,

Dan’l