Thursday, March 24, 2011

Built up in faith

Whenever we come back from a great victory there is always some satanic trap waiting for us to try to deceive us in our emotions. It happened to Elijah in I Kings 18-19 and it happens to us. Nevertheless, God has given us the secret: His faith.
When we were in Budapest, Hungary at Eurocon this past week, our faith was being built up. We had over 10 young Finns with us there, 4 of them for the first time. Message after message, rap after rap, we were being encouraged and strengthened in the deep things of God. What great preparation for the tests and trials to come.
One thing is sure: the life that I now live, I live by the faith of His Son Jesus Christ.
In all humility and assurance we say to the "strong man"...bring it on.

"[He is] near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who [is] mine adversary? let him come near to me." Is. 50.8

Monday, March 14, 2011

Flying out

We have spent the last few days in Helsinki with Pastor Stan Collins, the GGWO missionary pastor in Lima, Peru. We had a Missions conference which lasted for three days, and by Sunday morning the house was packed out. We heard deep messages on faith, weakness, and worship which stirred our hearts to continue seeking after the Living God. My heart goes out to Finnish people. Our desire is that they would find a great hunger and purpose in their lives of faith. Could one of our young Finnish people end up being a missionary in Peru or Argentina? Why not? Is God too small?

Today we will fly out to our annual European Conference in Budapest, Hungary for one week. I am taking a young man named Matias with me. By the end of the week there will be over 20 Finns there, many of them under the age of 25, which in my eyes is a great victory.

Our expectation is of Him and we know that with Him, there can be no disappointments. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Youth Night

We had an awesome youth night on Saturday with our guest from Baltimore, MD, Matt Veader. He came and edified us all with words from the heart. As he spoke, I was thinking of the value of getting involved with young people's lives. I imagined all the wiles of the enemy that are plotted and executed against them on a daily basis in this world. God is so faithful to plant great seeds in their souls because of our availability to speak the Word to them, whether it has been convenient or not. But it's not always about what we say. The greatest impact we can have is to just get involved. 

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