I am standing on the sight of what was very possibly the sight of Paul's defense to governor Festus and King Agrippa at the city of Caesarea. At the conclusion of his defense Paul made his famous "I appeal to Caesar" statement. Thus Paul began his last voyage toward Rome and martyrdom.
A couple of years ago I started a men’s group, comprised of men who were marginally connected to the ministries of Asbury. I very deliberately set out to help the men grow their prayer lives. They had minimal experience of praying out loud with and for others and certainly not laying hands on another person while speaking to the Lord. Since then, the men have been willing to become a bit uncomfortable while learning to pray in a new way.
In a world that is growing more hostile and indifferent to Christianity, it is a huge encouragement to hear stories of what God is doing throughout the world. The Christian life is so much more than about my individual walk with Jesus. God is at work transforming the whole cosmos. My story is just a small part of the great ushering in of the Kingdom of God. And the Lord is doing it in Nepal!
I'm excited to share with you more about Asbury's Core Values and how they reflect our every-day mission of making disciples who are grounded in prayer and sent on mission.
One way that Asbury is living out the vision God has given us is by bringing into focus the priorities that we live by. We have recently established a set of core values, which give focus to our identity and priorities as a Jesus, Prayer, Mission church.
Last summer during Vacation Bible School, the children who came learned about our quilting ministry. They learned about the process of making a quilt and some of the places and people who receive the quilts. Evidently one little guy was touched by what he learned because he saved money during the summer to donate to the Sew-n-Tell quilting ministry.
Last week, Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, killed his English professor and eight students at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Our youngest son, Patrick lives in Pendleton, Oregon. His girlfriend, Ashley is on the faculty of Blue Mountain Community College. Obviously, because of where they reside and that both of them are in the world of academia, this tragedy seems closer to home. Unfortunately for many in their generation, mass killings seem to have become a senseless norm in this rapidly changing world.
Millions of young people “follow” Justin Bieber, a 21-year old mega pop icon from Canada. In many ways, his life has also been a train wreck. But for some time, he’s been hanging out with Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz. In a recent interview with Complex magazine, he shared his newfound perspective on life. For those of us who are interested in reaching those who “follow” Justin, I think we could learn from him on how we can reach others who aren’t so sure about church and a relationship with Jesus.
This is a picture of me, Florencia Mess (the Mayan chief) and his son Hilario (his son and the pastor of the house church). On September 19 I left with a team of 8 (Scott and Melodee Ray, Chris and Kim Lund, Keith and Rebecca Freitag and Joe Vonderheide) to...