Well, we are trying something new on our sermon audio feed. Mark (15, Ukrainian) was able to get me the file I needed to upload closed captioning in Ukrainian to our video feed. We've only done this with the video from the service last night which I preached from 1 Timothy 6 where Paul warns Timothy of the danger of money lust. To access the Ukrainian CC feed, you click on the settings symbol on the bottom right and chose "UK" which actually stands for Ukrainian. Mark was excited to see that his work had paid off and that he had provided me with what was needed.
Our day of prayer on Tuesdays was a great encouragement. There were four of us able to meet together. Thank you for praying for that time. Also, the funeral yesterday went very well. Please continue to pray for God's comfort for the family.
We are grateful for your prayers. We desparately need the power of God and appreciate your intercession for us.
Our youngest, Mac, turned 8 today. It's amazing having children that don't need you to tie their shoes, put on their coats, blow their noses, etc. :) It's fun watching the kids grow up. Mac is enjoying a fun day.
I put out flyers this morning for a couple of hours. I didn't have any noticable divine appointments, but was able to get much accomplished. I think I put out close to 300. As I was working my way back to my car, I thought I was going to run out. But, I still gave out 3 flyers to individuals walking past. I ended up being short on flyers.... by 3. I like it when God shows His hand on my day in small ways like that. :) Please pray for the power of God upon this flyer. "And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."
I'm looking forward to what God is going to do in our day of prayer tomorrow. One of our men has covid. So, we are going to miss having him there. Please pray for he and his wife to quickly recover. Lord willing, we'll see him next week at a men's camp out.
Thanks for praying.
These are busy, but good times. We waited at the airport for 2 hours last night for Evelena and Mark to get out of the terminal. Security and baggage claim led to long delays. Praise the Lord, they made it! We're excited to have them with us, but regret that they have had to move because of a war. Please pray for God's watchcare over their family in Ukraine.
We also had some good contacts yesterday while knocking on doors. Thank you for praying for God's blessing on that ministry. We have two entities attending our church faithfully from door to door in the last six months. Another family has also visited in that time. So, God is using that ministry and we hope to see others respond.
I preached a message this morning from 1 Peter 1:1-9, Endure. Peter spoke of persecution and all these texts on suffering are becoming more and more vital in our day. May God help us to endure.
I have two special prayer requests this week. The first is for our bi-monthly day of prayer this coming Tuesday. Please pray for the power of God upon that time. Also, on Wednesday I'm preaching the funeral of a woman who attended our church regularly several years ago. Please pray that I can be a comfort to the family and that God will be glorified in my ministry to them.
Thank you for praying for us, our church and our outreach. It is much appreciated.
We finally received feedback as we have been putting out this new flyer. It came in the form of a google review. Laura said - "Continues to post absolute hate speech through my door. Shame on you. And for every bible quote you posted, I can find one to contradict it. Absolute American Republican hate filled drivel."
I thanked her for her review (as I responded to it) and put a link to the article she was referencing. "Open Letter to Government" Praise God for the truth of His Word and His love for people who despise it.
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
I put the flyer out yesterday and today. Please continue to pray for the power of God upon it.
It was good to have Nathan back for a surprise visit with his family. He has been on a 5 week training course down in England. The queen's Jubilee interrupted the training for a week and so he has a week long holiday. What a blessing to his family and to our church to have him back.
I preached a sober message this morning on the doom of those who die without Christ. Nahum 1 was our text, "The burden of Ninevah." Ninevah had God's mercy, but wasted it. Sadly, their doom was sealed and Nahum declared that it was indeed coming. Please pray for the unsaved who heard this message or will hear it.
Thank you for praying for our extra DIY project. God blessed with wisdom, finances, weather, strength, motivation and all the blocks are now in. Everyone in our family worked very hard on this project.We just need to fill some with gravel and put in some top soil. Thank you for your prayers.
The flyer went out Tuesday and Wednesday into Loanhead. I'm praying God will really use this flyer as a wake up call to unbelievers. The Church of Scotland (General Assembly) just voted to allow same sex couples to marry in church. We live in a very wicked day and need the power of God. Please pray for an outpouring of God's Spirit.
For those who are unaware, Scotland has a devolved government. We are part of the United Kingdom and have MP's (Members of Parliament) at Westminster in London. We also have MSP's (Members of Scottish Parliament) in Edinburgh.
This morning I went to Holyrood (the Scottish Parliament building) and hand delivered 200 flyers (Open Letter to the Government) for the MSP's. It was kind of fun. I got to go in an entrance where a member of security unlocked and locked three gates. They scanned the flyers and set them with hand delivered mail. Please pray for God to work in the hearts of the parliamentarians. They "make the rules." And they are making many that are closing the door on religious liberties.
Please pray for wisdom as I seek to get the flyer into the hands of MP's (Members of Parliament, Westminster) as well. I don't believe they are ignorant that God's Word is against their position. They may be ignorant as to how clearly it is against their position.
I handed out the flyer as well for an hour and had a witnessing opportunity with Pedro. Please pray that he will visit the church in Aberdeen which I recommended. He did not promise he would. But, he had me write down the name of the pastor and my name in case he stopped in.
Thanks for praying. We need the power of God.
We enjoyed a good time in the house of God this morning. A family who recently immigrated came and visited. The little daughter and the grand had come previously. It was good to have all of them with us this morning.
I preached part 2 of a message on, "Keep Your Head Up" in the Christian race. (Hebrews 11:1-3) If everyone ran like Christ we would have incredible churches with incredible power. Please pray for revival and obedience to the direction of God. God has a plan and we need to participate.
God's good, whether we have visitors and good attendance or not. He has a plan for our church and we appreciate your prayers for His work at Free Baptist Church.
I was able to also get out Tuesday and today putting out flyers. I think I have done around 600 homes this week. I had one good divine appointment yesterday with a woman from the area of the current conflict in Europe. She made herself available to translate if needed for our Ukrainian guests. I'm hoping God will use this connection to benefit her spiritually. I left a John and Romans with her.
We now have an arrival date for Evelena and Mark. They have booked tickets and should be with us in two and a half weeks. Please pray for grace for them as they leave Ukraine and for Evelena's husband, Constantine. We have applied for a visa for him as well.
My plan was to start getting the new flyer out this morning, but it was raining heavily at times. I ran my four miles this morning anyway and got drenched on the last two. :) So, I waited until late morning and was able to get out after 11. I was able to put out around 300 flyers. Please pray that God will bless this flyer to men's hearts. I only had brief conversations this morning.
One was with a man who attended our church for a few months several years ago. He has lived a life of addiction and though he professed faith in Christ there is no evidence. I greeted him and he said, "Is this you still putting out the leafletts?" I confirmed his suspicion and he said, "You are wasting your time." I said, "I'm not wasting my time as long as there is a God in Heaven who loves sinners." I prayed as I walked away for God to put Him in his right mind. I'd love to see His life transformed by the God of the Gospel.