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    Tuesday
    Aug142012

    2009 March 01

    "I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
    Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV) View Theological Commentary»

     

    It is Monday night, two days before Rick Moore and I head to Ethiopia to visit the Afar Population, and I am trying to get caught up on some things before we fly out. As I scurry about trying not to forget anything, I catch myself thinking about how blessed we all are to be used by God in advancing His kingdom. If you ever wonder if God is at work in the world today, you need only look at the mission projects we are involved in as a church. From supporting work among the urban poor in the greater San Diego area, to partnering with missionaries in Paris, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa, Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church is a significant participant in world mission.

     

    I can only imagine how grateful Paul was to have the support of the Philippian church. The trials and tribulations associated with Paul and his missionary work could fill volumes, but the support of the Philippian church filled Paul's soul with joy. The significance of the Philippian contribution to Paul's mission work probably will never be fully understood this side of eternity. The Philippians understood, though. They knew that God was doing something in their time that would change the course of history. They were right.

     

    We are in no less an important time today. The trials and tribulations in advancing the kingdom of God will always meet opposition. But, I am convinced that God is doing things in our time that is altering the course of history as we participate in the expansion of the kingdom through our mission support and participation.

     

    What a privilege it is for me to represent you on this upcoming excursion. I am told that the desert is blooming and lives are being transformed because we care enough to see beyond our own facilities. Where there was once only heartache and despair, there is now hope and encouragement. I am also excited that Rick Moore is going with me! I can’t wait for him to share with you his experiences. They will confirm what I have been telling you all along. We make a difference. That is one of the reasons I thank God every time I remember you.

     

    We have received all our shots. We are taking medication to prevent malaria. We have our industrial-strength insect repellent. The cameras are ready, and our hearts are excited. I only wish that all of you could come and see what is happening. Well, there is always next year!

     

    By the time you read these words, Rick and I will have returned, but I know that many of you will have prayed for us and for that, I am grateful. Stay true to the convictions of your beliefs, and let’s watch God do something special in all our lives. May God richly bless you all as we strive to honor Him in all we do!

     

    Grace and peace,
    Pastor David

    Tuesday
    Aug142012

    2009 February 1

    "I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."  I Corinthians 15:50–58 (NIV)


    I don’t know about you, but I love to study the Bible. Maybe it’s an occupational hazard, but few things excite me more than gaining new insight into or understanding God’s Word. A close second is having the opportunity to share that discovery with others. Tuesday Evening Bible Study has always been one of the highlights of my week, but I have to tell you, the past few Tuesdays have been a stretch, even for me. Why is that? Well, we are studying the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation is literature classified as apocalyptic, meaning “things hidden.” It is a book filled with visions and symbols that challenge even the most sophisticated biblical scholar. While there are those who would attempt to tell you exactly what the book is trying to say, I think it will remain one of the greatest biblical mysteries this side of eternity.

     

    It is good to live with a little bit of mystery. As I have said before, we love a good mystery. The problem is that we are always looking for the next great mystery. Once any mystery has been solved, we quickly move on to the next frontier. God will always be our legitimate mystery. While there are things about God that we can grasp pretty well, like forgiveness through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, there are mysteries that just boggle the mind . . . like the nature of the Trinity or the book of Revelation!

     

    The cultural barriers, the language barriers, and the time barriers present significant road blocks to the biblical scholar dealing with a book like Revelation. But the book promises a blessing to those who study its pages. We are wrestling together through the four major views, which sometimes add only confusion to an already confusing situation. However, this has not deterred Evening Bible Study attendance. In the fifteen years that I have been teaching and leading Tuesday Evening Bible Study, no sessions have been as well attended as these studies of Revelation.

     

    As confusing as Revelation is at times, I continually remind myself that, having read the end of the book, I know God ultimately wins! Secure in the knowledge of God’s sovereignty, I can wrestle with the deepest mysteries of God, hoping to discover something along the way—either about God or myself.

     

    So, if you are looking for a good story to take up part of your Tuesday evening, consider coming out to Parish Hall at 7:00pm for some of June Mac Leod’s delicious cookies, a cup of coffee, and a slice of biblical mystery, served up in the study of Revelation. Evening Bible Study will go on hiatus for two weeks, February 17 and 24, as I will be in Ethiopia with Rick Moore and a team from Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, catching up on the progress we have made with our mission partners there. I plan on taking lots of pictures, and I will look forward to sharing them with you upon my return.

     

    Blessings to you all,

    Pastor David

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