The Waters Gushed Out

Posted: August 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

Isaiah 48:21 “And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out.” I love the detail of God’s Word. The Bible says that the waters flowed out of the rock, but then it adds that they gushed out. This verse describes the abundant supply of the Lord.  Where God guides he not only provides, he overwhelmingly provides. The word gush means to overflow or spew forth.  Recently the Lord allowed his blessings to gush out on our family. It was the first week of full-time deputation. For the first time in six years I did not go to the bank because there was no paycheck to deposit. We knew this time would come, but it was a little scary now that it was finally here.  We couldn’t help but wonder if God would really bless us for stepping out by faith.  Let me assure you, he has! During that first week of unemployment, God miraculously provided for us financially.  As a matter of fact, when we counted up the love offerings and love gifts that were given to us, they more than quadrupled our weekely salary! I told Sheila we should have given up our job long ago. I realize that not every week will be like that and there will be times when the blessings are not as obvious, but thank the Lord for times when he gushes his goodness to us.

Strengthening Speech

Posted: June 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Job 16:5 says, “But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage your grief.”  Job was in a desperate situation and his friends were not helping him.  As a matter of fact, he called them “miserable comforters” in verse two.  They were so busy trying to solve his problems that they failed to strengthen his person.  Instead of appeasing and asswaging his grief, they were adding to it.  People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.  There is a place for corrective words, but they always come on the heels of comforting words.  There are hurting souls all around us who need some strengthing words today.  If we are going to make a difference in the lives of people, we must learn the importance of building people through positive speech.

Building Update

Posted: May 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

God has provided a beautiful meeting place for Lifeway Baptist Church. We never dreamed that He would allow us to have such a great place and that we would have it secured this soon. Now that we have a place to meet, we are able to begin work on designing our printed materials. The building is located in Seven Fields, a bedroom community located in the eastern corner of Cranberry Township.

Answered Prayers

Posted: May 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

In II Kings 19:19, King Hezekiah finished his prayer with these words, “Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.” Hezekiah was in a difficult situation. The Assyrians were breathing down their necks and threatening to destroy them. His only hope was to beg God for deliverence, which he did. However, there is another aspect to his prayer that we must consider. Hezekiah asked God to save them and then he said, “…that all the kingdoms of the eath may know that thou art the LORD God…” I believe this is the reason why God answered Hezekiah’s prayer. This is the reason why God sent his angel and slew 185, 000 Assyrians in one night. It was because Hezekiah has the right motive for his prayers. Sure he needed deliverence, but that we secondary to God receiving glory and people seeing the power of God. Too often we pray selfish prayers and as a result we do not have our prayers answered. When we pray with the desire to make God’s power known to those around us, our prayers are pleasing to our God. We praise the Lord for all the many, many answers to prayer that we have seen recently. My wife and I have tried during our prayers and after the prayers were answered to give God all the glory. The Lord is looking for those who will be vessels through which He can display His mighty power.

Perspective is Everything

Posted: April 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

We have been gone from our home in Ohio for 13 days. Before we left on this 21 day trip, I decided it would be a good idea to get our car tuned up. Every time I take our vehicle to the mechanic, I always hope that he won’t find any big problems because that usually means a big bill. I dropped the car off and later that afternoon he gave me a call. He said he had checked it over and discovered that the water pump was going bad. He said it probably would be okay if we weren’t going on any long trips soon. I knew we were in trouble because we were going from Ohio to Pennsylvania to Connecticut to North Carolina to Tennessee back to North Carolina to Virginia and then home. My initial reaction was to be upset because I knew it would be several hundred dollars to fix the pump. I dreaded calling my wife and breaking the news to her. However, as I thought more about the situation, I realized something. My perspective was wrong. I was focusing on the wrong thing. God had preserved us from what could have been a very bad problem. We could have been hundreds of miles from home when the water pump went out. We would have had to pay for a tow truck. We most likely would have missed our meeting. We may have had to pay more to get it fixed. You see God was in control.  Instead of complaining, I began to thank God. He continues to teach me that perspective is everything in life.

Can You Do This?

Posted: April 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Sometimes God asks us to do some pretty difficult things in life. In 2 Samuel 4:10, David said of the servant that brought the news to him of Saul’s death, “…who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings.” What the servant thought is exactly what the human mind naturally thinks. Our flesh wants to rejoice when our enemies are damaged or even destroyed. However, David on two occasions died to self and reacted in a way that was pleasing to the Lord. Instead of rejoicing in the death of Saul and later his son Ishbosheth, he mourned. Instead of elevating these “heroes” who murdered David’s enemies, he had them executed. David had every right to celebrate and say, “They got what they deserved.” How was he able to deny himself and die to self? II Samuel 5:12 says, “And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake.” You see, David understood that the Lord was in control.  This was not about him or his glory. This was about God and his great love for the Israelite people. God help us to die to self and allow God to work his plan. Can you do what David did? One of the great tests of your spiritual life is how you react to the failure of your enemies.

365 day count down

Posted: March 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Today marks exactly one year until we start Lifeway Baptist Church in Cranberry Township, PA.  I met with Pastor Kurt Skelly of our reproducing church, Harvest Baptist Church, and Jeremy Rowland of Baptist Church Planting Ministry today for lunch. We discussed the details of the new church and brainstormed about how to best attack the area. After lunch, I took Brother Rowland up to Cranberry to show him the area and look for a potential building to use for our church services. We have known all along that this would be one of the greatest obstacles that we would have to overcome. The second building we looked at shows great possibility. The man who owns it is a Christian and has been praying about how he can use some of his building for the Lord’s work! The facilities are new, well, lit, highly visible, have their own sound system and host a nice nursery, bathrooms, and a separate room for a Sunday school classroom. I am trying not to get overexcited, but I thinks its alright to get excited when you see God putting specific details together. God is good and continues to answer prayers. Praise Him.