A God of the Miraculous…

God has been showing up lately in our life, answering prayers explicitly.  We’ve been praying for more supporters, and more people to meet with, and I know our existing supporters have also been praying for that, and well…God is answering.

When I had only a few people to contact, God has provided many.  We’ve had new supporters come on in the last three weeks as well as many more meetings set up.  This is a God that generates something from nothing.  Oh how clearly I can see now how futile my doubt was and is.  Oh that I would rest more on his sovereign grace and go boldly forth.

It’s amazing when you call a guy you’ve only met a couple times and he says he’s glad you called because he’s been praying about different ways he can support God’s Mission.  That’s amazing.

I’ve been meeting with guys that I never thought I would…it’s totally by faith, and God is showing me, just how great He is, just how much he can work in people’s hearts to provide in what He’s called me to.  Oh what valuable lessons.

Jesus I thank you, for you’re great work, making all of this possible.  Changed hearts.  Praying for more, thank you so much.

“And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” – Malachi 3:10

Thank you to all who have been praying for us, and please keep the prayers coming.  We’re getting there!

(AP) GCM Approved

Great news!  GCM has accepted me!  God is so good.  I submitted the application 2 months past deadline and they were willing to work with me.  By God’s grace, got it done in a little over a week, and accepted in about two weeks, start to finish.  Amazing.  Praise God.

(AP/PR) The Holy Spirit Convicts

A friend of mine calls me the other night to tell me that his laptop has been stolen from Church. Unfortunately this is not the first time this has happened, and some wonder why we need security at Church. Though this particular instance we had a pretty good idea who the perpetrator was.

The funny thing is that the thief left his phone number with another guy at the church. The thief turned out to be a friend of ours that we had known for some time who has struggling with a lot of things. My friend gives this guy a call and tries to get him to confess but he doesn’t.

I ran over to the church to chat with him then headed home, praying that the holy spirit would convict this guy and that he would confess and return the laptop. It turns out, after about an hour of phone tag and threatening to call the police the guy finally confessed, and we picked the laptop back up a few days later.

And in that little operation of conviction and confession there is hope. My friend and I have been praying for this fellow for sometime, but he seems to just be straying further and further from God. Yet God saw it fit to work in his heart.

Please continue to pray with us that God would save this man. If turned he could be a great help to the cause of Christ. May Jesus “flip the script” on Him, and may he come Home. Amen.

AP – Counseling Intensive Comes to an End

Well Praise God, we made it through.  It was a real blessing to be a part of this counseling intensive.  It is amazing to see God’s redemptive work happen right before your eyes.  Many hearts were softened, some were broken, and God’s grace was poured out for many.

From childhood abuse victims, to rape victims, to pride issues, demonic attack, pornography addictions, drug addictions, self addictions…God met everyone of these head on with the Cross.  Gospel centered counseling is so powerful.

For me personally, I was able to share, for the first time, some of my fears; lies that the enemy had been whispering to me for many, many years.  Lies about who I was, who I am and who I am becoming.  But the truth of scriptures came in and shattered  every one of them.  Truly I am, and you are, a new creation if you are in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).  You can read about the redemption I personally experienced on my post: Redemption Experienced.

Many tears flowed this week.  Dealing with sin is never easy, and is never fun.  But neither was the Cross for Jesus, which he despising the shame, endured it for the joy set before him  (Heb 12:2).  I believe we experienced some of that joy this week.  The joy of being redeemed, the joy of receiving His grace, the joy of the Holy Spirit working.

I am reminded of Rev 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

Wedding Date

I had a really great sabbath last Friday, March 19.  Elise and I had been praying all week for God to confirm our wedding date and plans, and some other things.  And he did, answered me very clearly with many intersections crossing in September of 2010.  So we are excited…Praise God.

A Good Thing…

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord” – Proverbs 18:22

There are many ways that I have been redeemed.  One is in my relationships.  When I became a Christian in February of 2006, many things started to change.  I came out of a bad relationship, and needed to repent of a lifestyle that was not pleasing to the Lord, or honoring towards women.  Many of nights I prayed for God to bring me a wife.

I remember journaling in July of 2007 that I was ready for a wife.  It took another 13 months until I would meet my future wife, and 21 months until we would actually start dating.  On March 6, 2010, I proposed to my fiance.  God is so faithful.  Do not give up on him, but trust in him, knowing that…”The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise..” 2 Pet 3:9

The Confirmation

Exodus 25:2

“You are to receive the offering for me from each man whose heart prompts him to give.”

This is the first verse I read today from exodus after a painful day of distress in planning yesterday.  I woke up and did my studies and was a bit uneasy.  As was my custom I spent about 2-3 hours on Wednesdays working “on” my life not just “in” my life.  Some great advice I got from one of Mark Driscoll’s sermons.  And so, as I was going through my budget, it started to get real that money is running out.  I have about 5.2 months left in savings.  I also was feeling a bit…bored…or underutilized…or well, just had too much free time.  I wanted to give more, but not seeing an immediate need.  And so, I took it to prayer about what I should be doing, whether getting  part time job now to start bringing in money, or to start raising support, or to pour into other ministries and studies.  I was earnestly seeking direction and guidance from God.  I prayed with my friends and with my girlfriend that night.

Last night as I was laying down to sleep and old idea was revived in me.  The plan was to get at least 150 people to donate a portion of the money I would need per month for the duration of my time here in Seattle, which is as little as 18 months.  All of a sudden a list of names just starts pouring through my mind as I think and rethink the implications of this.  Part of the working on life that I did was start my blog, so that people would be able to follow what I am doing and even donate.  I want to bring  people under the guise of what God is doing in my life, that they may see that God does answer prayers.  This is the real blessing of this.

Perhaps God can work through my life and my writings to change people’s hearts.  And so, I was becoming restless as I lay there awake pondering for upwards of an hour.  Today when I woke up, it was right on the tip of my tongue.  I started my morning routine in prayer and study, and I came to the place where I was at in Exodus in my yearly reading plan.  The second verse I read was Exo 25:2.  And I’m still, mind you, wrestling with the idea of fundraising.  Is it God’s will?  Is that what he is calling me to?  Oh, that we wouldn’t doubt so much what God is doing in our lives.  And so I read the verse, it just hit me. I read it slowly as if the words were pouring out of the mouth of God himself.  I felt confirmed.  I then put the plan into action.  I gave myself 2 months to get it off the ground and start bringing in money.  Pray to God that his will would be done, that I would be kept from both Pride and Greed.  May I only raise what he has called me to.   In his blessed name, Amen.

And all of this that I might fully devote myself to the Lord and not waste time worrying about money.  Yes that I may pour myself more fully into the Lord’s work.  That I might be trained up as a Pastor, that more lives might be touched for Jesus.  It is all about Jesus.  He has my life.  Oh the joy that people will be able to contribute to this great work.  Thank you Jesus, in you name.

The rest of Exodus 25 is  God’s very specific plan for building a dwelling place for him.  Exodus 25:8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them”.  If that doesn’t sound like the church I don’t know what does.  I believe God is confirming in me right now that the plan is to build a church.  And as specifically as he gives the orders in exodus 25, is as specifically as he will give me orders in this endeavor.  This is such a perfect chapter.  I am blown away.  The very things I was praying about for direction have come to light today.  Oh our God is an answerer of prayer.  Thank you Jesus, that you may be glorified, whether by my life or my death.

Yes help me build your church, all glory to you, forever.

Exodus 25:30

“Put the bread of the Presence on this table to be before me at all times.”

-That is, see to it that Christ is lifted up at all times in this church.

Exodus 25:40

“See that you make them according to the pattern shown you on the mountain”

-That is, see to it, that you are following God’s instructions and his alone.

Exodus 26:15

“Make upright frames of acacia wood for the tabernacle.”

-That is, see to it that only men of upright character, blameless before God are put in a position to support the Church.  These are the Elders.