May News and Update!
Anniversary: Fifteen Years!
This month marks fifteen years that Lisa and I have been in full-time traveling ministry. Little did we know when we stepped into this role that we would still be traveling as we are these many years later, but we continue to love it and find it very fulfilling. I told people when we started in 2002 that we would probably travel for a year—maybe two—and then would likely pastor. To our pleasant surprise, the momentum has continued to build over the years, and we are thankful for the opportunity to follow the Lord’s direction to “strengthen churches and leaders.”
What is Ahead?
I do not believe that our thrust or emphasis will change, but I believe we are going to be doing more international work in the time to come. The first week of May, I was in Pereira, Colombia ministering to church leaders and in church services.. I will be taking two trips to Brazil later this year, and will also teach in Russia and in Malta prior to and following our Greece/Turkey tour in the fall. We already have international trips planned for 2018, and are looking forward—by the grace of God—to great fruitfulness and effectiveness.
In the Meantime…
In addition to ministering in Colombia this month, I will also be in Illinois, Wyoming, Washington State, and California. You can learn specifics on our itinerary.
The Latin phrase Missio Dei is translated, “the mission of God.” The concept here is that God has been on a mission to reach and express his love to mankind, fulfilling his good pleasure in redeeming lost humanity to himself. When I sense a call upon my life to serve God, it is not centered or focused on me. Rather, it is an invitation to join him in his mission, something he was doing long before I came on the scene, and should the Lord tarry his coming, something which he will be doing long after I am gone. Understanding this enables me to think much of him, and not to have an over-inflated sense of my own importance. Yes, I have a part to play, but his eternal plan does not revolve around me. Tim Dearborn says, “It is insufficient to proclaim that the Church of God has a mission in the world. Rather, the God of mission has a Church in the world.” Missio Dei also requires that I recognize that many, many others have been invited into partnership with God as he expresses and fulfills his plan and purpose in the earth through them as well. It is not just me and the few I associate or fellowship with. Read this article by Tony Cooke
The alarm bells are going off in my spirit. I hear the words “watch and pray” over and over as a directive and a reminder. This is no time to relax and “sleep” but a time to be diligently on guard and “awake” in the spirit realm. These days we have before us are days of intensity and urgency in spiritual matters, and we need to be at our best and brightest in the service of our God. I sense that we have been given a window of opportunity in our immediate future that we must not squander. I hear the Spirit echoing Jesus’ exhortation to “Watch!” in this current season. Everything we should be doing while we are here on earth is with Jesus’ return in mind. Evangelism, prayer, ministry, our day-to-day activities all should be done with an alert and watchful attitude. We don’t want to be like Peter in the garden of Gethsemane when Jesus came and found the disciples sleeping while He was praying. Read this article by Lisa Cooke
There is God-ordained order to Bible prophecy. Although we don’t know the precise timing of all prophetic events, we can know the general schedule and why things are happening. Some people avoid studying prophecy because they think it is too frightening or difficult to understand. However, God gave us the Bible so we can read and understand what will happen in the future. The following chronology will be helpful in showing the order in which prophetic events will occur. Parts of it are flexible. (For example, the Ezekiel 38 invasion of Israel could occur before or after the rapture. Even before the rapture, we could see preliminary signs pointing to future events.) With this chronology, we get a picture of God’s prophetic agenda in the last days. A precise timeline is difficult, but we can get a fairly clear idea of the main events yet to come. Read this article by Dave Williams
Read all of our quotes by visiting our Quotes Page.
“God invites us to come as we are, not to stay as we are.”
– Tim Keller
“Christ’s sheep will not be offended by Christ’s voice.”
– Charles Spurgeon
“I have but one passion: It is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.”
– Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf
“Prayer is never the first word; it is always the second word. God has the first word.”
– Eugene Peterson
“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.”
– Kenyan Proverb