Making Disciples of Christ in Ecuador

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Since the last post about specific prayer, we've been trying to focus on that. Praying specifically to God and seeing him answer them. One thing that we had been praying for is the ability to step back from some of the responsibilities we had and focus more on our going to Ecuador. Praise God, he's been making that possible. We've been able to clear the table so to speak and really put everything we have into building partnerships and presenting to others our vision for southern Ecuador.

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Thoughts From The Passing of a Sister in Christ

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Just last week we had a funeral for a sister in our church. She had cancer and Christ won. More on this later. During the last several weeks I was privileged to spend some very intimate times with her and her family. One of which was a prayer meeting she wanted to have in the hospital. Around 50 people piled into the ICU room and I was asked to preach a short sermon and lead the prayer time.

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On The Brink of War

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We are going to take a break from our great commission series for something I wanted to share.  This morning I was reading through Joshua 22.  You may know the story.  If you don't here is a summary but if you can, read the chapter.  Things were settling down for Israel after conquering the promise land.  Joshua blesses the tribes of Ruben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh and they go to the land that was given to them.  After arriving they decide to made a huge altar.  The other tribes hear of it, get angry, and the leaders of the other tribes get together and confront them about the issue.  The leaders come to them with all kinds of accusations.  They tell them about how they are departing from the Lord and remind them of how God judged Israel because of Achan's sin.  They demand their repentance or war will break out.  The tribes of Ruben, Gad, and Manasseh tell them it has nothing to do with departing from the Lord or worshiping contrary to the law.  They are afraid that the other tribes will cut them off and not allow them to worship in the place God commanded.  They had made the altar as a reminder to everyone of what God had commanded hoping that everyone would remember.

That is the story.  What should we make of it?  I had several thoughts this morning as I mediated on it.  I began to think about relationships.  The main thought I had was relationships in the church but you could also apply these things to families or other situations.

Here are some of my thoughts:

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Thoughts on dating

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A few thought I had on dating back in '05.  I haven't changed much on this other sometimes you have to watch the level of intimacy in conversation too.  Being too intimate can bring up too many feelings too soon.  Some things are only for married couples to discuss.  - Josh

 

Monday, June 20, 2005


This is mainly for all of the singles out there.

Here is a thought the Lord gave me: A woman is not a trophy, you do more than just look at her. You have to live with her.

There is some wisdom. (It could also go for guys too)   I've seen people get so wrapped in dating that it will carry them from one church to another and then eventually when the relationship is over the person either leaves the church and doesn't find another one or stops going, all because of the uncomfortablness.  

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