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

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slightly early arrival

Kathryn Aldas has just been induced for labor. A few days short of her due-date, but it’s time for their daughter to meet the world. Would you pray? Will keep you all informed.

Update (10/17, 9:22am): baby still refusing to disembark, but all are well.

Update (10/18, 9:06am): Kyrie Grace Aldas saw fit to enter the world around an hour ago. Mother and child are doing well. Pictures forthcoming.  If you’d like to send them a congratulatory email, click here.

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“test to see” you are in the community

What makes a community a community? There are plenty of gatherings in the world, plenty of gatherings you’re a part of–loose associations, casual friendships. But what distinguishes a community in Christ from say, some other community–apart from the obvious distinction of the object of that community’s faith and hope?

Acts 2 mentions several concrete things that set the early church community apart from its surrounding networks of communities. But the thought occurred to me this morning that one way to gauge the vibrancy of a community is whether or not they are praying for one another on more than just the platitudinal level.

I think it’s not too much to say that what indicates significantly whether you are truly part of the community to which you are attached is this: are there any people in that community you take the responsibility of praying for regularly? Read the rest of this entry »

what to ask God for Christmas this year

We enter into the season of Advent this Sunday, a period during which we rehearse that “looking forward” to Christmas,010784bl.jpg that anticipation of the celebration of the Incarnation of God in the form of a fragile, vulnerable child. Though looking forward is really looking back to a pivotal moment in God’s history, it may in some sense be another exercise in turning our attention–in looking forward–to the day when He will return. As those in the decades prior to the incarnation looked ahead to that undisclosed day when the Lord would come with power, are we no less implored to wait with expectation–that is with hope and obedience even in days of struggle and tedium–for the coming again of the Savior? Expectation is one emotion worthy of cultivating. Keep that in mind for a moment. There’s another emotion I’d like you to consider alongside that of expectation–this one derived from your childhood:

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these are times that try…

Dustin Salter is the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) campus minister at Furman insalters.jpg Greenville, SC. He only recently left the same position at TCU. A few days ago, he suffered a head injury bicycling with his kids that has turned out to be far more serious than a “bicycling injury” might suggest. He is no longer on a ventilator, but unless the Lord intervenes significantly, Dustin, according to his doctors, will need long-term care. It sounds extremely devastating for him, his wife, Leigh Anne, and their three children.

They would, of course, welcome your prayers.

It is times like this that much in us is tried–confronted, tested, stretched. Whether you’re close or at a distance from the events you can’t help but re-evaluate your assumptions, however well-reasoned they may be.

So, though it may not be time to quote well-meaning, but ill-timed verses like Romans 8:28, it is time to hear again some very humble, but unflinching comments on suffering from a Christ-centered perspective. Here’s an interview with a pastor quoted before on these pages with an NPR correspondent. You need to set aside a lunch-time for this. Not just to listen, but to think over afterwards.

pray for Noel in Nairobi

mann.jpgA few weeks ago Noel Mann gave us a snapshot of his work in Southeast Asia involving language-survey with a view to developing bible translations for various people-groups who have no translation in their dialect. . .He’s in Kenya doing a similar kind of survey-work. Praying for this might be like trying to speak quantum-mechanics (what does he mean?), but rest assured whatever befuddlement you bring in prayer is translated.  Here’s his most recent communique from afar:

I left Dallas on the 26th, arrived in London the next day, and arrived here in Nairobi, Kenya yesterday (Sunday). We have a solid week of meetings this week. There are 4-5 of us. I feel privileged to be part of this group since we are considering future ways to do survey worldwide. The outcome will be a recommended practices paper that we will put out to communicate where we see survey going in light of some new strategies in our organization. The first day was really good. I will return to the US November 10th. Then I will return to Seattle for 2 months before returning to Dallas mid January. I hope to be back to the PCPC class before I go to Seattle (baring jetlag).

 

Simplified schedule:

Nairobi, Kenya 26 Oct – 10 Nov    Survey strategy and direction meetings

when you pick up your Bible next, pray for Noel;  were it not for people like him centuries ago, you’d be without an english translation.

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.

stop what you’re doing

this will not take long to pray for, but if you’re too busy to pray, then you’re too busy.

a short request from Erika in the Ukraine:

Hi Everyone,

Teaching is going well. The students are great! The conversation times are going well too.

I am writing mainly to ask for prayer. I have been sick the last four days. It started with a headache and cold like symptoms (a result of sleeping with wet braided hair), but that’s gone now. It has moved to stomach issues. I’ve taken all the medicine I know to take and it has not made anything better. I haven’t missed a lesson or too many activities, but I’m moving slow and I don’t have a lot of energy. I don’t eat because it makes me sick, and of course not eating makes me weak, so it’s a bad cycle. The missionaries here know how to help me and other medicine is available, but I think it’s a matter of waiting it out, which is no fun. SO, please pray that I would get better. I’m hungry and want to eat without problems. Each day I get a little better, but I’m not 100% just yet.

Thanks for being there!

Erika

No time to spell check.