Tuesday, July 13, 2010

at church or in church?

so its been a while since i last blogged for real, like seriously wrote my thoughts down or ranted about something. basically i just have not had time or really anything worth writing about.
as we have been traveling i have been able to listen to some different pastors do what they do on Sunday morning. if you have never been to different churches or ventured out to listen to other pastors you are really doing yourself and (in my opinion) your pastor a disservice. if you dont know different techniques or different preaching/speaking styles then you are lulled into this idea that there is only one way of doing things. now i dont love change but i know that it is important for me to experience if i want to grow to be a well rounded person-intellectually not physically-ive got that under control. but as i have been traveling, some of the places we have been we have been under people we know and people we have just met and every pastor had a different approach to their presentation of the Bible to the congregation they are in. either they walked around and talked with people in the congregation or they stood behind the pulpit and never moved, some spoke without refering to their notes while some frequently referred to their notes and all of these were well done but here is the thing i am taking away from our experiences is that if i follow along it doesnt matter what the pastor does or how he does it i will still get something out of it, but if i expect to be entertained or dont bring my Bible i probably wont get as much if anything out of it except what i think i heard. the possibility for what is being said can easily be misconstrued because i am not following along or tracking with the pastor and the passage of Scripture. now you probably think that a missionary should not be figuring this our at this point in the game and i didnt just figure this out, i was reminded that i need to follow along and try and make the my own connections between the dots as the pastor is speaking and if they match up-great and if they dont-guess what-the Bible is living and active and is why i keep reading this "gateway to God". So i want to encourage you to follow along try and find the three points of the sermon either with the sermon notes that are passed out or withoutp; challenge yourself to get something more out of the sermon. God isnt going to ask how many time you were at church, I think He is going to ask you what you did with the information you learned in church. You can be one of two things: at church or in church! Which are you?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

blogging

so i havent posted a blog lately!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

End of the Spear

I recently showed End of the Spear to my freshman classes and no matter how many times I see this movie I am always moved with emotions, not solely because of the loss of life. I am moved at the level of sacrifice not just made by Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Roger Youderian and Ed McCully, but by their wives and children. My favorite verse is Philippians 1:21-“For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Their story is a direct example of this passage and as we move closer to getting to Guatemala I often wonder what God may ask of me and my family. My prayer is that I am able to live out Philippians 1:21 not once we get to Guatemala but everyday leading up to and beyond. It is really hard sometimes to explain (without getting emotional) to my students the level of respect that I have for those families for their commitment to Christ and the Great Commission. I am sure that people grieve while watching this movie but I find I get a lump in my throat when I try to give a bit of commentary during the movie. Maybe this is because I am a missionary and I have accepted what God may ask of me, but shouldn’t that be true for all Christians…and not just missionaries? This story has so impacted the way I think about missions and being a missionary-hence the blog. Sometimes, no often times; I feel like I am inadequate to be a missionary but I know God has called me and my family to Guatemala and the truth of Hebrews 12:1-2 rings loudly in my heart, with not just the people listed in the previous chapter (Heroes of Faith) but with all those who are in Heaven.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

home sick

I am home sick, so what better opportunity to catch up my blog than now. We have a pretty full schedule traveling to churches to talk about Guatemala some local some as far as Houston. We are trying to stay within the Southwest LA and Southeast TX area so that when we come home on furlough we don't have to travel from sea to shining sea.
Do you have some contacts in our area? We would really like to stay in Louisiana and Texas as a whole with some contacts in Alabama. Let us know by going to our website: www.thelastrapes.com and if you go to the contact us page you can leave us a message. Our website was created by a church member of ours who has done a phenomenal job and we are very appreciative.
We also have a goal to reach by the end of May, we are wanting to hit the 50% mark or an additional $1200/month. You can help with a partnership of $25, $35, $50 or more per month. You can visit www.caminternational.org/give to sign up online or drop us a line via email, facebook or a phone call.
We hope all is going well for you all who read this and hope we can see you soon.

Peace of Christ to You,

Jerry

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas

Joy to the World

The Lord has Come

Let Earth Receive Her King




Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

back burners

when you are busy things take a back seat, I have finished reading Numbers and would like to share with you the pictures or types of Christ...they are found in chapters 20 and 21 and is one of those "oh yeah, that's where that story is" moments.

It is the story of when the chosen people Israel are wandering in the desert and begin complaining because there was no water. They were so embittered against Moses and Aaron that they wished the could have died back in Egypt.

The type of Christ is found in chapter 20 verse 10- "Then Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock and he said to them, 'Hear now, you rebels: shall we bring water for you out of this rock?' And Moses lifted up his hand and struck the rock with his staff twice, and water came out abundantly and the congregation drank and their livestock." The type of Christ is the rock that brings forth water for life.

The second story is not far from this story and is just after Aaron has died, the Israelites begin complaining about Moses and this time God. They begin complaining about the food God provides them to eat, so God sends fiery serpents that begin to bite the Israelites and some of them die. The Israelites begin to cry out to God and Moses to do something about the serpents. Moses goes before God and from here I will quote the Bible...
The second type of Christ is in chapter 21 verse 8- "'Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.' So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if s serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live." The type of Christ is the bronze serpent on a pole.

Like the bronze serpent on the pole brought life to those Israelites bitten by a serpent we too can have life after being bitten by the serpent of sin. As we look to Christ on the cross we continue in the story of his burial, resurrection and ascension into Heaven and can know that we have life.

I hope you have enjoyed your time with your morning devotions and if you want to continue on with me and my readings I am in Hosea, this is an interesting book in the Bible but the symbolism is quite evident. If you don't remember what Hosea is about, verse two lays it all out there. I am currently on chapter 10 and like I said at the beginning some things take a back burner like blogging.

Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
Peace of Christ to You!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

fonts or templates

for some reason the font I have been using or the template I am currently using does not allow for capital letters, which after reading a couple of my previous blogs occurred to me when I was reading God as god. as a Bible teacher I usually correct this mistake on my students papers and here I am nearly doing the same thing, so be looking for a new template or font type from me. that is all.

PS. in the off chance that Murphy's Law goes into effect and the capitalization of words is correct then I don't know what to think.