Greetings to each of you. Thank you for being there and sharing this journey with us. A fellow pastor friend of mine in Ohio asked in an email, what it felt like entering into, and living in, a different culture.
That is a good question, but not easy to answer- at least not for me. I guess you could say one experiences all of the emotions, in one way or another. The one thing that I do know is that these are beautiful people and something of importance is happening.
I teach and counsel at Mercy Foundation and its many employees nearly every day and speak somewhere nearly every Sunday. Interspersed with all of this is as much time as possible spent with the people, though they are in orphanages or adult invalid home or any number other places.
Jayne is making amazing connections with governmental officials, local and national, who have great interest in and need for, the very things she has spoken about and written about for many years. Her trainings have begun and continue to grow.
I would like to take a moment and share my sermon outline with you from this morning, June 15.
My text was from Proverbs 23:7 that says “As a man thinks, so is he.” My point was to demonstrate the truth of this passage. How a person thinks sets the direction, quality and affect of his life. The receiving of Christ is to be followed by the renewing of the mind.
I used as an illustration the life of Paul in Acts 26:9-13. Verse 9 indicates a belief system that determined his behavior, v 10, and created inner rage and destructive conduct in verse 11. As Paul believed, so was he, and so did he to the detriment of many others.
Of course, after he received Christ, his mind was renewed, the direction of his life and the affect of his life changed. From rejecting Christ to accepting Him; from hating believers to becoming one of them; from hurting people to healing people.
Later he spoke of all this with a much younger man named Timothy, in I Timothy 1:12-15. He never forgot what he was, what he had done, what Christ did for him and how his life changed.
What a transformation, wouldn’t you say? “A man thinks, so is he.”
You are important to us, deeply appreciated and missed greatly.
Children gathering for dismissal to Children's Church.