Needs in Nigeria

30 04 2008

Lord willing, Bryan, Jordan, and myself will leave May 11th for ministry in Nigeria and one of the pastors we will be working with has asked our church to provide some items that are difficult for them to afford.


Children’s and adult clothing

Pens, pencils, and materials for writing

Exercise books


*There will be 3 trunks available this Sunday if you desire to donate any of the items mentioned above. Our space is limited therefore please keep donations limited to what has been requested of us. Please note also that the trunks will not be available on May 11th because that is the day we will be leaving and need to have everything packed and ready to go. Thank you so much for helping with this effort and please continue to pray for our opportunities with the gospel, and our family as we are away.

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?


Memorization For Meditation

29 04 2008


Warning: This post is for your encouragement in your walk with God!

Memorizing Scripture is one of the disciplines in the Christian life that almost always yields immediate fruit. Upon locking a verse (or passage, or chapter, or book) away in our memory bank, we are almost always instantly filled with the joy of having God’s revealed will filling more of the recesses of our heart. But is that it? Is there “more” to Scripture memory than Scripture memory? How do we derive the greatest benefit from those verses that we have memorized? Let me suggest two things that I think will help us make the best use of the verses we have memorized.

1. Review :: I know, I know. That’s kind of like saying its a good idea to floss every day (wait, we all do that, right?). Quickly refreshing a memorized verse through reviewing it has a positively stimulating effect on our heart. So, for that verse (or 15 verses :-)) that isn’t quite so fresh anymore, consider breaking out the old 3×5 cards and writing the verse out. Keep the card in your pocket every day until you can recite it in your sleep. Here’s why…

2. Meditation :: Allowing the truth of Scripture to fill your mind is the most strategic way to encourage the Holy Spirit to take up His favorite ammo in accomplishing God’s will in your life. Now we’re not talking about the Eastern ideas of meditation where the aim is to fill the mind with _____________ (that’s the only way I could think of writing nothing). Through biblical meditation, the Spirit wants to unveil the truth of His Word and its application to your life as you meditate on Scripture. As you memorize the word (and review it), the Holy Spirit will be your guide, helping you mentally chew on the truth of the verse(s). Scripture meditation is the Christian soul’s favorite playground. Your passion to live upon the truth of the Word will be in direct correspondence to your delight to ruminate, cogitate, and marinate in verses of the Bible.

So, what was that verse again that you are planning to lock away (or re-lock) today?

Happy meditating!

2 Updates

29 04 2008

Related to purchasing a new computer for John Hassan.

Being Married for Likeness to Christ

26 04 2008

That’s the title and aim of the sermon I am scheduled to preach this evening.

It is not unbiblical reductionism to claim that God has one ultimate purpose for His children (married or single). That purpose is for His children to enjoy conformity to the image of Jesus. The fruit of fruits in the Christian life is being made progressively more like Christ.

I will appreciate your prayers this evening as I strive by God’s grace to show that Christlikeness is precisely Paul’s point for both husbands and wives in Ephesians 5:22-33.

Thank you for your praying for us!

Unanswered Prayer

25 04 2008

(by: jt)

From an email from my mom to my wife:

The preacher’s 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head, for a moment, before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why. ‘Well, Honey,’ he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages. ‘I’m asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon..’ ‘How come He doesn’t do it?’ she asked.

Na | May 24-27 | Louisville

23 04 2008


Currently, we’re aware of three folks from Grace who will be attending Na. Along with CJ, we too would be delighted if more folks (single, or not) from Grace (and Memphis) would attend this great conference.

Friendly Reminder

22 04 2008

This Saturday: Married Life Conference ’08.