Month: March 2012
Always have loved coffee and coffee shops! My new favorite is just a couple of miles from my front door right here in Raleigh…Sola Coffee Cafe.
Trying not to make this sound like an advertisement but the coffee is great and the layout is perfect for meeting folks in a relaxed, out-of-office environment. Sorry for those of you not in Raleigh…but I feel like I have discovered something to be highly valued!! Oh, it is at 7701 Leadmine Road, Raleigh, NC. Enjoy!
After seventeen days overseas on a mission trip, I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to be home again! Hopefully I will crank things back up with blogging content soon but for right now, this is too good a pic not to include as I resume my blog!
Michael and Brian stirring up a snack!
And I thought it was going to be challenging eating overseas!
After a very busy week down in the south of India (and out of range for all Internet) we have just arrived in Bombay for the night before heading on back to Raleigh. Great time of ministry near Coimbatore with pastors and students from all over India. More details when I get back to Raleigh…thanks for all of you who have been praying! Don’t stop now!
Today we conclude a week of teaching and ministry here at Emanuel University in Oradea, Romania. While many other schools are struggling to maintain their mission focus and support base, Emanuel has continued to stand strong and attract excellent students from throughout this region.
An excellent business school, school of social work, music and theology give Emanuel a broad appeal to college students who want to prepare for their life’s work in a committed Christian environment. George Tissiere and I have spent over fifteen hours in teaching time in the classroom and many extra hours enjoying the fellowship of students, faculty and administration.
I love both teaching and preaching, so in addition to the time in the classroom, I have been able to preach in chapel for the students and at the midweek service at Emanuel Baptist Church. Even working through translation, there was a great connection with both groups and the Lord blessed with His favor. There are some extraordinary men and women here doing excellent ministry in this part of the world.
Tomorrow we leave here and begin our trip on to India where we will be teaching at a pastors conference down in the southern part of the country. Thanks for all who have been praying! We have seen the effectiveness of your intercessions on our behalf!
When you read this, please pray for me and my friend George as we make our way overseas to teach and preach in two different countries, Romania and India (yes, we know they are not that close to each other!) over the next couple of weeks. We will be leading a pastors conference, teaching theology classes at a Christian university and participating in a graduation from a Bible training center while we are away.
As a result of our time away, I will not be posting a new article on Dad’s Words of Wisdom page for a couple of weeks.
Appreciate you and thank you in advance for your prayers as we all anticipate what the Lord will do!
What it must have been like to travel great distances in one of these!
Dads Words of Wisdom You win or lose by the friends you choose! How many poor decisions in your life were prompted by being with the wrong people at the wrong time? Making good judgments in the character of your friends is one of life’s hardest and most important lessons. You want to befriend tough cases in order to introduce them to Christ, but you want to be careful that you are not swayed more by them than they by you! Worth talking about with your son, don’t you think?
Click on the “For Dads” tab on the upper right hand corner of this blog to go to the “Dad’s Words of Wisdom (Chapters 14-20)” page and scroll down to the last entry.
Life is intended to be free from the baggage of our past when we experience the sweet forgiveness Jesus Christ gives. Yet too many followers of Christ continue to try to hold onto their old pain, the deep wounds of shipwrecked relationships, the fears associated with past failures. In a great line from this song by singer/songwriter Dara Maclean, a liberating truth invites us to lay down the past and move forward in the freedom of Christ: “You can’t run when you’re holding suitcases!”
Paul said it in a more familiar way, “…but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
What are you holding onto that is keeping you from running in the joyful freedom of Jesus Christ? Watch, listen and enjoy a fresh new look at what God makes available to us through Christ!