The following measurable inconveniences took place in the last four weeks. Praise the LORD!
Car Accident: Helen, helping a stranger to a bus stop, replaced four tires; 3 days later, helping a friend in Irvine, 1 flat tire, replaced another new tire on the same day; it turned out, the tire was the wrong size, got it replaced the next day
Car Accident: Tiffany, helping a pastor family house siting
Car Accident: James, on the way to Lunch meeting with a brother, both Helen and James felt stiffness in neck and upper back.
Near Accident: On the way home, the whole family in the car from Friday night bible study, the opposing car ran into a huge metal traffic construction sign that flew up and landed only a couple car lengths in front of our car
Car stopped: the wife of the pastor who initiated this fast at CCCLA, had a scare on the first day of the fast, her car all of a sudden died on the freeway
Home & Appliance: Microwave died and the repair shop reassembled it twice, it took over a month for the repair; Dishwasher died and it took 3 weeks to get it fixed; Electric Stove died twice; Water Pipe leak, under the slab (went away after prayer)
Retreat location: Lost, but God provided a much better location in 4 days
Happy New Year, 2012!
Many of you I’ve known for many years and others I’ve gotten to know over these past months preparing for CMC. And it gives me great pleasure to tell you, what a raving review I’ve received from everyone for the work that was done this past week. Praise be to our God Who is above all and in all! I don’t know how many people came to me and told me what a great job I did, chuckle... No, God did it and He did it through an amazing team of dedicated lovers of God.
Moments before the closing ceremony KC and I were just talking about how smooth this week went by, almost without a glitch (although there were glitches). Of course, immediately things started to fall apart for the closing ceremony, but that was no big deal. God gave me courage and I stomached the situation (I had stomach cramp from it), as I trusted in Him once again. That night, as I had the privilege of standing on the stage right next to Reverend Joshua Ting during the communion service, I felt the love of God for the Chinese American church. Although I do not have the words to describe the love I felt in my heart in that moment, I knew He has great things prepared for His church. He is ready to pour out His extravagant love for all of us, and we are to be the recipient of one of the greatest blessing in human history as a strategic instrument of God. At that moment, I wept. I felt so unworthy, and loved. Later, at the altar call, I witnessed wave after waves of people coming forward by the movement of the Spirit. I felt His anointing to call forth more and more people. What we saw at CMC was only the tip of the iceberg. There will be more. Everyone of us have been given that gift to pray for more harvesters for the kingdom and our Lord will answer, because He is a prayer answering God. I hope this short sharing brings you encouragement.
Anyways, I’m not going to name names and tell you what a great job you did at CMC, because God knows your faithfulness and that’s enough. Thank you for the labor of love, your service will sow in eternal dividends.
she had a dream that made her think about her years. in her dream, she sees a very decorated coffin. interestingly it has an entrance. people can come in and out of that beautiful coffin. some people would go into the coffin and take a break and relax enjoy its beauty and then walk about. she woke up from the dream and felt the Lord was speaking to her. well, this is her explanation. some people live their life preparing for their end, purchasing a nice coffin and decorate it. some even enjoy sitting around it and enjoying the decor in and around their coffin. what a wasteful life? no matter how you decorate that coffin its only a vessel for death and it will never amount to anything. so she says, i've lived 70 years and most of those years i've wasted away building my coffin, even as a Christian. now i'm going to redeem those years, because Jesus can redeem those lost years. so i'm going to let Jesus redeem my years for the next 7 years, each year for ten years. anyway, she's committing to going on mission for 3 months in Taiwan and see if that is where God will have her. so, what do i think about all this? it's coming a little too fast for me. i just commissioned my daughter to the mission field last june, now my mom is leaving in march. i think it's a little too fast. but i don't think God cares too much about how i feel on this matter.
just came back from a six hours meeting (more tomorrow) on business as mission. aside from all the program and discussion, the heart of today's meeting wraps around building solid lives. anything else is just fluff. seriously, you can have all the world class programs and it would mean nothing without some genuine life transformation.
marketplace ministry is no joke. can you stare your employee or employer in the eye and tell them you're a christian and you're proud of it? that takes some guts and hardcore life transformation. i know we will never measure up to Christ's perfect ways, but these are folks you spend 9-5 with everyday for 5 days out of a week. you probably spend more time with them than with your own family. they know your temperament, your core values better than anyone. you can't fool these people. so whatever you do's got to be real. no Sunday christians on the weekdays! marketplace is no joke.
so, what did i learn and propose in the meeting today? well, it's coming from all sides for me lately. i think God wants us to transform the marketplace by making disciples first. once these disciples become mature, they realize their call as an apostle in the marketplace, shining as lights for Jesus. the next step is easy. show them how to be a good steward of God's resources building on kingdom wealth principles and living out the glory of God. every christian business men or women need to know these valuable principles from the Word of God. teaching them would be easy, once they're committed disciples of Jesus.
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