Thursday, March 16, 2017

Oh, boy - I'm not a very good blogger!  I last blogged in December - yikes!  

Since then (oh dear!) Happy New Year! ...Happy Valentine's Day! ...and soon Happy Spring!  ...except that it was 25 in GA this morning!  Ugh... don't like it... this 'converted Yankee' has grown unaccustomed to such cold weather these past 47 years. 

But Ash and I have not been idle ministry-wise: Trinidad & Mexico teams the first 2 months of this year... mentoring new team leaders, too, for their teams to Bulgaria & El Salvador.   Message me with your email address if you'd like my post-mission newsletters.

We are both so encouraged, and challenged, by John Piper's "Solid Joys" - an app with pastor Piper's daily devotions well-worth having on your fone.  There's always something I want to share with sweet co-servants on my assigned medical-evangelism teams, like the following two from yesterday & today:

Subversive for the Savior March 15  When Jesus met the man filled with demons at Gadara, the demons cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:29)
Demons learned a mystery here. They knew they were doomed. They knew the Son of God would be the Victor. But they didn’t know until it happened that Christ was coming before the time of final defeat. 
Christ is not going to wait until the atom bomb drops to end the war. He has begun to lead a subversive force into the territory of Satan. He has trained a “life-squad” to perform daring rescue operations. Christ has plotted many tactical victories before the time of the final strategic victory.  The resulting wartime mentality is this: Since Satan’s doom is sure, and he knows it, we can always remind him of it when he tempts us to follow him. We can laugh and say, “You’re out of your mind. Who wants to join forces with a loser?!”
The church is the liberated enemy of “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). We are the guerrillas and the gadflies. We are the insurgency in the rebel kingdom of “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). 
It is not safe. But it is thrilling. Many lives are lost. Satan’s forces are ever on the lookout for our subversive activity. Christ has guaranteed resurrection for all who fight to the death. But he has not guaranteed comfort, or acceptance from the world, or prosperity in enemy territory. Many have gladly given their lives behind the lines running errands for the Commander. I can think of no better way to live — or die!
And then...                                                                                                                                 Jesus Will Finish the Mission March 16  “This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
I don’t know any more inspiring missionary promise than this word from Jesus.
Not: This gospel should be preached.
Not: This gospel might be preached.
But: This gospel will be preached.
This is not a great commission, nor a great commandment. It is a great certainty, a great confidence.
Who can dare talk like that? How does he know it will? How can he be sure the church will not fail in its missionary task?
Answer: The grace of missionary service is as irresistible as the grace of regeneration. Christ can promise universal proclamation because he is sovereign. He knows the future success of missions because he makes the future. All the nations will hear!
A “nation” is not a modern “country.” When the Old Testament spoke of nations, it referred to groups like Jebusites, Perizites, Hivites, Amorites, Moabites, Canaanites and Philistines. “Nations” are ethnic groups with their own peculiar culture. Psalm 117:1: “Praise the Lord, all nations!  Extol him, all peoples!” 
As the sovereign Son of God and Lord of the church, Jesus simply took up this divine purpose and stated as an absolute certainty: “This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations” (Matthew 24:14).
The cause of world missions is absolutely assured of success. It cannot fail.  Is it not reasonable, then, that we pray with great faith, that we invest with great confidence, and that we go with a sense of sure triumph? 

Aren't you encouraged and challenged, too!!!

Lastly, would you please be in prayer for my assigned teams to Costa Rica, April 29-May 6, and Dominican Republic, September 22-29?  We still need providers (MDs, PAs, NPs) and nurses in September.  
Thank you and bless you!

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