Thursday, September 29, 2011

Iron Man Dinner with Pastor Jack Abeelen

Pastor jack and I in New Jersey this summer
We had a great time Tuesday night with my friend Pastor Jack Abeelen from Morning Star Christian Fellowship in Whittier. Pastor Jack is heard weekly on KWVE at around 130pm mon-fri. Jack was our guest for our once a month Iron Man Dinners we have for our mens ministry. He shared such a wonderful message with us from Hebrews 12 about running the race. We all have a race to run in our life. It is important when we are running our race that we do four specific things to ensure our finishing well. 

1. Divest: ourselves of anything that would hold us back. The writer of Hebrews exhorts us to run the race with endurance. In order to do this we must lay aside every weight and the sin that can so easily beset us. The laying aside of the besetting sins in our lives is a given. The more subtle things to lay aside are the weights that may not necessarily be sinful but have the potential to slow us down or stop us all together. 

2. Run: That seems almost to obvious but this is what the text in Hebrews says. We are to now run and run in such a way that we may obtain the prize. We want to win. 

3. Focus: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. It is so easy to get distracted in this world. it is imperative that we keep our eyes fixed and focused upon Jesus. It is the equivalent of putting on the horse blinders and running with single vision.

4.Consider: When times get tough and the road seems long we should consider Jesus. Think of what Jesus went through. Consider what Jesus endured and we will be encouraged. We can make it because Jesus did. And He promises to run with us in this race. 

We were blessed, challenged, and encouraged. We look to forward to the next month Iron Man on October  25th with special guest Pastor Pancho Juarez. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Montanahhhhhhh! My son left only two weeks ago to attend a missionary training program in Whitefish Montana. The school is called Potters Field Missions Training School. You attend classes for three months then you go onto the mission field for three-six months. Young people from all different churches attend. Once they finish their training they head out to Africa, Costa Rica, El Salvador, or the Philippines.
My parents and my younger sister work at the school. I have been trying to get out there for sometime to see the work and teach. I finally got my opportunity, and it was amazing.
worship at chapel 
I had the chance to go near the Glacier forest and float down a river in a raft. The scenery was breathtaking. I believe Montana is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I have been in the mountains before, but nothing like this. Toward the end of our rafting trip we came to a place where you could jump off a 50ft cliff. I did not jump, but my son did which made me totally nervous. He survived!
I was able to attend some of the training in the classroom. The interns learn many things that will equip them for the mission field. I taught a few times in the classroom as well. I spoke at their chapel service. It was great to lead worship with my son again. I taught from Phil.3 on the subject of Pressing On. I also taught a morning class from the book of Acts 21, and we considered the subject of discovering the will of God for your life. On another evening we had a pastors perspective q&a with the interns, and I answered questions about life and ministry.
Teaching in the Classroom
One of the other reasons I went to Montana was to say goodbye to  my parents. At the end of the month they are leaving for Africa for 6 months. I will miss them terribly, but I am so proud of them for following the call of God on their lives. 

I want to encourage you, if you are interested in missions, or are looking for a vision for life and serving God, Potters Field Ranch and Missions Training School is a great place to consider and pray about being equipped. 

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