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Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:28-31
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What Are We Up To?
After all that has happened over the last year and a half, what might be seen as failures or closed doors, are all proving to work out to His glory. We remain unsure why our call to Vanuatu didn't seem to end up the way that we had hoped, and we are still unsure what the future holds for us (is any one of us sure?). We are confident in this, though~ we wouldn't have seen him work like he has over the past six months if we were headed to Vanuatu~ let me explain...
When the final door seemed slammed on us for Vanuatu, I had an opportunity to go to India with the choir at our church. I was stubborn and didn't think that I could go. How could I? I had spent a year asking people to financially support our endeavor to Vanuatu to no avail. I couldn't possibly ask people for money, and there was no way our family could afford the trip. I will spare you all of the details~ they are miraculous, though! Through several different people, the money for the trip was completely provided and exceeded! I never had to ask anyone for a dime!
So now, I am preparing for the trip. A group of 60+ will be traveling to India to perform concerts for up to 5,000 people a night. We will also provide medical clinics to those in need, visit orphanages, plant a mango tree "farm", and visit villages and leper colonies. We will be sharing the love of Christ with those who don't have the comforts that we have in a very practical way.
The date that we are leaving is January 18 (Next Friday). Our return date is January 28.
Would you pray for our trip?
People have asked me why I would go to India? So many look at it as an impoverished place that is no place to visit. Well, my answer is...I am not going to visit India. I am going to minister to the people of India.
I can't wait to give you an update when I get back!!!
~posted by Kelli
|Posted on October 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM||comments (1)|
For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!"
~posted by Kelli
|Posted on September 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
"The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple." Psalm 119:130
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105
We desire to be Christians for more than traditions sake, don't we?
The words, "The word of the Lord came to" Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Samuel are written in the Bible multiple times (really, you should google it). Over and over, the Word of the Lord came to those people.
We are blessed to have the Word of the Lord at our disposal all of the time.
Forgive us, Lord, for taking your Word for granted. Spur in us a desire to know You more. Draw us near to You, Father. Help us to be able to say along with the Psalmist,
"How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"
~posted by Kelli
|Posted on August 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
"I sometimes think I might have been in darkness and despair now, had it not been for the goodness of God in sending a snowstorm one Sunday morning, when I was going to a place of worship. When I could go no farther, I turned down a court and come to a little Primitive Methodist chapel. In that chapel there might have been a dozen or fifteen people. The minister did not come that morning; snowed up, I suppose. A poor man, a shoemaker, a tailor, something of that sort, went up into the pulpit to preach.
Now it is well that ministers should be instructed, but this man was really stupid, as you would say. He was obliged to stick to his text, for the simple reason that he had nothing else to say. The text was "Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth." He did not even pronounce the words rightly, but that did not matter.
There was I thought, a gleam of hope for me in the text. He began thus "My dear friends, this is a very simple text indeed. It says 'Look.' Now that does not take a great deal of effort. It ain't lifting your feet or your finger, it is just 'look.' Well, a man need not go to college to learn to look. You may be the biggest fool and yet you can look. A man need not be worth a thousand a year to look. Anyone can look; a child can look. But this is what the text says. Then it says 'Look unto Me.'" "Ay," said he, in broad Essex, "many of ye are looking to yourselves. No use looking there. You'll never find comfort in yourselves. Some look to God, the Father. No, look to Him by and by. Jesus Christ says, 'Look unto Me.' Some of you say, 'I must wait the Spirit a working.' You have no business with that just now. Look to Christ. It runs: 'Look unto Me.'"
Then the good man followed up his text in this way: "Look unto Me; I am sweating great drops of blood. Look unto Me; I am hanging on the cross. Look! I am dead and buried. Look unto Me; I rise again. Look unto Me; I ascend and sit at the Father's right hand O! look to Me!" When he had got about that length, and managed to spin out ten minutes or so he was at the end of his tether. Then he looked at me under the gallery, and I dare say, with so few present, he knew me to be a stranger, He then said, "Young man, you look very miserable." Well I did, but I have not been accustomed to having remarks made on my personal appearance from the pulpit before. However, it was a good blow struck. He continued:
"And you will always be miserable in life, and miserable in death if you do not obey my text. But if you obey now, this moment you will be saved."
Then he shouted as only a Primitive Methodist can: "Young man, look to Jesus Christ!" I did "look."
There and then the cloud was gone, the darkness had rolled away, and that moment I saw the sun: I could have risen that moment and sung with enthusiasm of the precious blood of Christ, and the simple faith which looks alone to Him. Oh, that somebody had told me that before. TRUST CHRIST, AND YOU SHALL BE SAVED.
Remember, dear brother, if you give your whole soul to the charge committed to you, it does not matter much about its appearing to be a somewhat small and insignificant affair, for as much skill may be displayed in the manufacture of a very tiny watch as in the construction of the town clock; in fact, a minute article may become the object of greater wonder than another of larger dimensions. Quality is a far more precious thing than quantity."
—C. H. Spurgeon
My pastor shared this yesterday at church...I don't think that I had ever heard it before, and I love it so much that I want to share it with you! It is a part of Charles Spurgeon's testimony. I love that he, one of the greatest preachers of all time, was saved during such a simple sermon by such a simple man. Proof, I'd say, that God does all of the saving~ he just chooses to use man in that work, which is unbelievably awesome! This gives me hope that when I stumble and bumble while sharing my faith, God can use even me!
I desperately pray for my friends and family members who have not "looked" yet into the glory of God. If you are reading this and you do not know Christ, please, please look at Jesus.
He has done everything necessary to save you...it is finished...
trust Him and you will be saved.
~posted by Kelli
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