Here is a video of Tucker playing along with Hillsong United. He is a really talented dude!
It has been a very busy season around The Glades this fall. Sugar cane harvest, sweet corn and vegetables are being planted and harvested, fall sports of every kind, and of course, lots of activities at church. When things get so hectic, I know I tend to slack off on my relationship with Christ. You know the drill (or maybe you are one of those “disciplined” people, and therefore you don’t)…late getting up and around in the morning because I was up too late the night before because I was trying to finish up the things I didn’t get done during the day. Rinse and Repeat. This turns into a cycle of loneliness and isolation from the Father. I have to be very careful or I end up in “a funk.” Read more
Unfortunately for the boys, Jenny is away visiting her parents after a college reunion this past weekend at OBU. We are really missing her–a LOT! We will be so glad she is home tomorrow night!
This week has really made me consider how much she means to me…as a best friend, a wife, a mother. We have had so many memories crammed into what feels like such a short time. However, we have known each other and been friends for well over half our lives! Crazy because I’m only 22 years old! She is older…23 years old (I married an older woman!)
It reminds me of this scripture:
The Woman Who Fears the Lord
10 An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
I love you, Jenny! I pray we have many more birthdays to celebrate together! You are the BEST!
Please pray for the Church and missionaries in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan devastated many parts of the island.
Former members of First Baptist Belle Glade, Mike and Marti Foster, lead a ministry there called “Word of Life Philippines.” Here is some correspondance that I just received from Mike asking for prayers as well as a few updates and praises.
It is interesting how we had just talked about prayer in our services yesterday. Ironically, I believe it was preparing us to put into action what Jesus taught us in Luke 11. We need to boldly approach God with our prayers for our brothers and sisters all around the world. We also need to pray for the devistation there in the Pacific. We pray for God to be glorified in every situation, much like the raising of Lazarus in John 11.
Here is a link to the letter Mike sent on Sunday evening…
Here is an email update from Mike early this morning…
Many of you have written asking about how you can help! When things are under control and roads clearer we plan to send an evangelistic relief team. The biggest need will be trying to rebuild shelters for those who have lost their entire homes and possessions. We hope to bring a generator, rice, canned goods and roofing materials along with other supplies. Financial help is going to be needed to purchase these things. Please let people know!
There is so much looting and chaos right now. One pastor who was able to buy food for his family was robbed before he could get back to them. Our fellow believers need protection from the Lord! We want to make sure funds go to help the ones who lost everything. Please pray that we will have wisdom and discernment! Thank you for your care and for being willing to get involved!
How to Give:
Project Name: Philippines Evangelism Trip Funds Project 07036C
Online – https://give.wol.org (use the project name above)
Check – mail your gift to:
Word of Life Fellowship – Donations
PO Box 600
Schroon Lake, NY 12870
Please include the project name with your check!
Phone – call our NY office at 1-800-965-7177 to give with a credit card, debit card, or check
When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying, “You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages.”
To that, Calvert replied,
“We died before we came here.”
See: Galatians 2:20
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
7-0 Mizzou Tigers!
Got some tough games ahead, though. Need to get some much need rest on this bye week.
Kelvin Taylor, Florida RB from Glades Day School, right across the street from our house, played really well too! He had his first touchdown of his college career!
Best of of both worlds! Local kid does good and Mizzou win!
I get an email devotional every Wednesday from Paul David Tripp, a pastor/writer/theologian that has really spoken God’s truth into my life over the last few years. He has a great book called, Dangerous Calling, that is a must read for pastors. But be careful, you will be convicted by his way of presenting the Truth of the Gospel to the reader in such a way that it will cut you to the core.
This is the devotional entry I received in my inbox today that I really needed to hear from the Lord. I needed to hear about MY sin, MY dirtiness, MY need for a Savior…and hear that God never turns away from ME! Enjoy.
Last week I wrote about my trip to India in 2006. This devotional was written after I returned.
We didn’t know we’d be doing it. We didn’t know it would be inserted into our schedule. And we surely didn’t know the powerful, life-transforming impact it would have on us.
We were in Northern India and we were invited to visit an isolated little village of dung-plastered huts. We had no idea what we would be seeing and we had no categories for describing it once we saw it. I’ll try my best to describe the scene:
When we left the paved road, we drove as far as we could on a dirt path and then walked our way into a different period of time. Going into this village was like journeying back 700 years. Going into this village was literally a journey to the end of humanity.
This was a village of Dalits, the untouchables of the Indian caste system. But these particular Dalits are the lowest of the low. They’re rat catchers. Their job in life is to catch rats and those rats become one of the main staples of their diet. These people are so neglected, so down-trodden, so uneducated that they have no culture of cleanliness or hygiene. The first thing that impresses you is how dirty these people are. Dirty clothes, dirty children, and matted hair were the order of the day.
I have to be honest; I was repulsed by these people. I didn’t want to get near them. I didn’t want to be touched by them. I was afraid of what diseases they may have that I could catch. I’d seen enough and I just wanted to get out of there.
As we were riding away from this village in a nice, modern SUV, I sat looking out of the window, torn by conflicting thoughts. I was glad to be out of that village, I was repulsed by what I saw, but I had another thought. Although these people were the lowest of the low, although they live at the end of humanity, each one of them is a creature of God, actually made in his likeness!
The moment I had that thought another profound thought came exploding into my brain. What those people looked like to me is exactly what I look like to God. Sin has made me filthy dirty. Sin has destroyed in me any sense of spiritual hygiene. Sin leaves me isolated, ignorant, and dirty.
But God didn’t run out of our village. He wasn’t relieved to be separate from us. Shockingly, he moved into our village. He came and lived with us. In his love, he took on our dirtiness and he gave his life so that we could become clean.
Isn’t it amazing to know that God sees every bit of dirtiness in us and he doesn’t turn away in revulsion. No, he moves toward us. He wraps his arms around us and changes us at the core of who we are as human beings. He doesn’t separate from us because we are unclean, he touches us so that we would be clean!
And he invites us to humbly look into his mirror, to see ourselves as we actually are, and to seek the loving cleansing that only he can give us. Isn’t it wonderful to know that you can stand before God dirty and unafraid because of the grace that’s yours in the Lord Jesus Christ?
Today may you celebrate the One who didn’t turn away, but who moved in to make you clean!
Paul David Tripp
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