Our family has been reflecting on things that don't change....seasons, sunrise, sunset, etc. Obviously the most stedfast is God, His Word, His sovereign rule etc. Praise God for things that stay the same.
I enjoyed doing my normal routine this morning and putting flyers out through mail slots. I had a good small divine appointment with a man in his early 20's or late teens. It wasn't a very long conversation, but I hope that this guy gets saved. He had a great spirit about him. I'd love to disciple some young men who get excited about God's truth.
Kay Lee had some disappointment last night. She's been working very hard on her violin for her grade 5 exam which was to be next Tuesday. She's all ready for it, but they cancelled it last night due to the virus. Praise God - His way is best and she knows that. Please pray for God to help her prepare again in the future.
It was a sunny Monday morning and God allowed me to get into Edinburgh. We weren't able to door to door last night as it downpoured right at our outreach time. God knows.... we enjoyed some fellowship time.
I had one opportunity to engage someone in conversation this morning. Michael is Orthodox religion. Please pray for God to awaken his heart. He was cordial but standing on the opposing side against the Word of God.
A funny conversation was with an older man who said, "You know our great philosopher, David Hume. You should follow Him." I said, "No, I'll follow Thomas Chalmers, he's in Heaven." He said that the only thing I can enjoy is this life and that I had better make the most of it. I replied that he can't say that. He said, "I just did." I said, "The devil says a lot of lies and I don't believe him either." It was a conversation in good humour. Please pray for God to awaken that old atheists heart.
All of us have had our lives impacted in some way by the coronavirus. Our family is supposed to be leaving on 6 April for the USA. The Andersons are supposed to be arriving here on 1 April. We'll see what God does and how God leads.
God gave us a good morning. You'd enjoy hearing the duet before the message this morning. "I'm Living by Faith." Benson and Blake sang the duet. I preached this morning a topical message on, "Covid-19, A Faith Response."
We've started doing evangelism on Sunday afternoons with some of our church family. Lord willing, we'll be able to get out this afternoon - weather permitting. We appreciate your prayers with everything going on. Please pray that the decisions we make would be clearly the leading of the Lord.
It was a blessing to get with 6 other men yesterday and spend several hours in prayer. I'm thankful that God has opened the door for these gatherings. Our next one is planned for November as our family will be away on furlough (Lord willing ) for 6 months. Please pray about our furlough. The virus is causing a lot of flight changes in different countries. God has a perfect plan and we know as for God - HIS WAY IS PERFECT.
We've got a full schedule today. Our normal Sunday begins with a prayer time from 9:40-9:55. 10 is SS and 11 is our morning service. We get home about 1:00 and need to leave here by about 1:40 to get to the Trust Service which begins around 2:00. We'll get back home hopefully by 3:15. Then at 4:15 we have our (Titus and Timothy) TNT class. We're doing evangelism right now. Lord willing, we'll have the weather we need to get out this afternoon. 5:15 is our youth choir/ men's prayer time. 6:00 is our evening service.
It's a full schedule and it makes for a great day as God gives us some extra strength for a demanding schedule. We appreciate your prayers in that regard. I continued a message this morning on, "Outspoken for God" from Acts 4. The early church was outspoken in persecution, in preaching, in position, in prayer and in provision. God gave us a good morning. Praise His name and thank you for your prayers!
Tuesday of this week is a day of prayer for the missionary men. Please pray with us for a great day in prayer.
I'm just back from a beautiful morning of putting out Gospel flyers in Edinburgh. I was in an area about 3 miles from our church location. Please pray for these flyers as they are going into homes where I haven't previously been.
The only conversation I had this morning didn't really cheer me up. I handed a man a flyer and he said, "What's this?" I said, "I'm the Baptist preacher in Loanhead and it's something I've written about faith in God." His response as he handed it back, "You DO have a problem."
You know, I can't argue with him. The problem I have is that men are sinners in need of Jesus. The sad thing was that he handed back the remedy. Please pray for the Gospel to break through the sin hardened unbelieving hearts of a perverse generation who have rejected God.
Tonight we are looking forward to a BBQ with some fellow missionaries. The Dillmans are coming over as are the Tim Peterson family from Germany. We'll make the most of this nice weather.
My normal Monday morning is reading at a library near our home. Today I decided to go to an Edinburgh library with the plan of doing some evangelism afterwards. However, when I got there the library was closed. So instead of reading, I handed out flyers for about half the morning and then shot some video for sharing at Camp Chetek this summer. Our family has the privilige of being the camp missionary for Junior Week II and Teen Week II.
Even though it was icy out this morning, I'm thankful for some decent weather. We had another named storm yesterday. That makes 3 out of the last 4 Sundays where we had named storms. The Met Office names a storm here if it meets certain bad criteria... high winds, rain, snow.... I saw that we may have just had our wettest February on record, but that remains to be calculated. So, praise the Lord, for a decent weather week.
Katie has her ladies' meeting tonight at our home. I know she would appreciate your prayers for God's blessing.
God has given us some encouragement lately. Keep praying for God's great grace for Free Baptist Church. We enjoyed sharing our furlough presentation with the church this morning. Everyone really enjoyed it. It's great to look back at what God has done.
Our family did special music this morning that we have prepared for furlough. We're not looking forward to leaving our church... but, we look forward to having the opportunity to minister as a family and share what God is doing here.
I preached this morning on being, "Outspoken For God" from Acts 4. It's the first part of a two part message God put on my heart about boldness. The early church was a bold church. God can help us to be the same. We live in a day where we need to be bold. God help us to speak up for His truth
I was able to get out today and put out Gospel flyers. The weather has been very fierce. It snowed all of yesterday morning. It was cold this morning, but right now the sun has come out.
God gave me a wonderful divine appointment with a lady who was saved about a year ago. She thanked me for the flyer and said that she was looking for a church. I will be suprised if we don't see her visit our church soon. Please pray for God to meet her need and direct her according to His perfect will. Her testimony was that she had everything and that she had nothing. She had a big void in her life before she came to the Lord. Praise God for His grace at work in her life.
I met another sweet Christian lady at a bus stop as I was walking past. God has encouraged me today and I'm thankful. God still has his "7,000." (Romans 11)
After named storms every weekend, it was a blessing to be between weather warnings for yesterday and tomorrow. We have sunshine and great weather for door to door this afternoon. We've done some evangelism training recently and are going to put it to use at 4:15 today. Your prayers are appreciated.
I enjoyed preaching this morning on Paul's Gospel Pep Talk in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Paul gave a great motivational Gospel race challenge and we enjoyed looking at it this morning. I also enjoyed singing a trio with my oldest boy, Benson and a college student, Blake. It is on the audio and video if you want to listen in. Praise God we had a mother and brother present this morning. They are not strangers and we were very thankful to have them join us. God's good. Keep praying!