There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

Archive for October, 2006

hey, a little help?

anybody able to help out with this tonight:(here’s Amanda’s email address)

As you all have heard, ESL is bursting at the seams this year! Praise God for such a great opportunity to share the gospel to the Hispanic community.


Kidcare (ages 6-12) is doing a craft this evening and we are in need of extra hands. We want to invite you to serve from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in room 132.

What do you have to do?

  • Supervise while kids paint, glue, etc.
  • Give them ideas on how to decorate their craft.
  • Love on them.
  • Help clean up.



I promise you’ll have fun! Hope to hear from you.


Amanda Whitsell

Asst. to Urban Ministries



Fax: 214-224-2782


not so silent protest. . .

Gallaudet University is a long way from here (D.C.), but one of our own, Becky Stevener, is in the imbroglio there over the recent choice of a new President for the school.  You can read about it here.  You can pray about it too.

the human condition: twisting good things into destructive things

What is perhaps most dangerous to our hearts is that which appears to be totally harmless.

We’re talking about watching over our hearts this weekend. Have you ever considered your use of the Internet to be one firewall the flesh has already hacked into? Consider this little introduction to a larger study by Stanford on internet addiction.

It’s not porn, but it appears to be no less alluring…

your thoughts?

this Sunday:


comparison trap

How often and over what variables do you find yourself comparing yourself to another?  I confess I find myself engaged in this strange instinctual action more often than I’d care to reveal.

Justin Taylor’s blog has a similar confession from the likes of even John Piper.  It’s based on Jesus’ blunt admonishing of Peter at the end of John’s Gospel.

Donald Miller writes in his own inimitable style of this phenomenon in Through Painted Deserts, too: (ugh…can’t find the quote now–my copy of the book is at home; will add later)

add it to your blogroll

Justin Taylor’s got a very helpful blog. Have a look at your leisure (“leh-zhure”. . .my wife says if you pronounce it that way, you’re too high-brow….which only provoked from me a furrowed brow…you decide)

Between two worlds is the blog’s name

you might begin your foray into Justin Taylor’s world by a look at his post on Vocation.

Now this:

Here’s a little look-see into what you’ve been praying for this week, a note from Bonnie laboring in Kenya:

Hey Patrick! Hope things are going well there.


Things are wonderful here, we just finished our first full day of conferences, and we’re exhausted but pleased with the way things went. It is definitely a new and different world here than we’re used to, much poverty and hopelessness. But the beauty of the Gospel is easily seen on the smiling faces and warm hugs and handshakes shared by the believers at Lighthouse for Christ. Truly I’ve been blessed to learn from my brothers and sisters half-way around the world, and they are teaching me as much, if not more, than I am teaching them.


The lessons are going well, and the women are hungry for knowledge and responding very well. The weather has been pretty nice, we have been blessed by a cool breeze every day, and it has helped ease our ability to last all day teaching. The women’s conference is on the roof of the mission, so it can get really hot up there in the equatorial sun! The Lord has taken great care of our team, we have not struggled much with health, although many have had difficulty adjusting to the strange foods and unsafe water conditions.


A few prayer requests for now: pray that the cool breeze continues! I know it’s a funny request, but the heat can definitely restrict our ability to teach for as long as we need to without exhaustion. Also, pray for an extra measure of strength and energy for our team, we are all fighting against a deep tiredness caused by the time change, heat, and strenuous schedule we must mainain in order to complete everything we have to do in this short amount of time. And, finally, continue to be in prayer about the receptiveness of the pastors and their wives that we are called to speak to, and that our words will continue to be those of the Lord’s. It is all for His glory.


Thanks for your prayers so far, look forward to sharing pictures and stories with you soon!