“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
Picture from: http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/faq/20.htm
Did you know?
Marjorie Saint, Nate Saint’s wife, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.
Our new pastoral candidate at our church, Dr. Paul Gunandi (doctorate from you know where as well ), actually reminded me of this (famous) quote of Jim Eliot’s during the message he shared on Sunday morning. He gave his life trying to reach the Auca (the “Savages” if I remember correctly) Indians in Ecuador. They are now know as the Waodani…and most of them are now God followers! Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, and the rest of their team (I’m sorry. Their names to come to mind off the top of my head) truly abandoned it all for the sake of the call.
It’s official! I watched the Steven Curtis Chapman Abbey Road Sessions (in case you didn’t know, Abbey Road Studios in London is the same studio where The Beatles and some other group have recorded in the past) DVD tonight and can confirm for you ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, that the song “Much of You” on his All Things New album is indeed based on Pastor John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life. The specific segment I saw this on was worshiptogether.com’s “New Song Cafe” episode located in the bonus features section of the DVD.
I will be off AIM completely this whole week (and the next) so I can try to spend more time in prayer.
What’s prayer got to do, got to do, got to do with it?
I will be going with about twenty-two other people from my church to a part of Ensenada, Mexico for a short term mission trip. We will be leaving bright and early on Saturday, July 30, 2005, and should be returning on the evening of Friday, August 5, 2005.
We would GREATLY appreciate your (yes, YOU!) prayers and petitions for our trip. I will edit this post as more things that can be prayed for come to mind. If you would like more specifics and detail, just shoot me an e-mail.
Personal prayer requests as of 07/26/2005 1:00 AM PDT
1) Focus on this trip – I want to be a child of the burning heart. I want to throw back my head and run with a passion through the fields of forgiveness and grace, carrying the eternal flame, with an undying hope and a faith and conviction of a truth that would never fade. I want to be glowing in the dark – a child of the burning heart. This “ain’t no” vacation, folks! I’m going to make much of Jesus!!!
2) Health (physical, spiritual, mental, etc.) – I lightly tweaked/twisted my right knee somehow playing football on the beach last Saturday, July 16, 2005. It hurts a little when I straighten it and am walking. It did feel a lil bit better today though. I also jammed left thumb running a route when someone crashed into my left hand or vice-versa (I don’t remember). Praise God that I’ve still never had any major injuries in my life (no broken bones, severe sprains, or surgeries)! The “worst” to date was a ruptured extensor tendon I received (successfully) blocking a spike from my buddy Micah Gilmore in the summer of 2003. If I remember correctly, his high school team went to the California CIF state finals. Even though, I got hurt blocking his spike, it still feels good to know I did it. He’s got crazy skills though and would 0wn/Pwn me the other 99% of the time.
3) Español/Spanish – Well, I took AP Spanish Language in high school and didn’t do too well on the exam (2). After that, I didn’t want anything to do with Spanish. It’s like the ol’ saying, if you don’t use it, you lose it. Even when I was working/volunteering with some of the neighborhood youth around USC my freshman and sophomore years, I wished I had retained my Spanish a lil bit better. Seven(!) years later, some bits and pieces have come back to me over the last few weeks, but a lot of it is still missing like all of the original houses, hotels, money, and player pieces that came with your original Monopoly™ board game.
For the people of Ensenada we will interact with
1) God to be opening their hearts and souls in advance. May they desire God’s love, joy, peace, and hope. More importantly, may they simply desire to know Him, the power of His ressurection, and the fellowship of His suffering.
2) God’s unconditional elect will come to fall in love with Him for the first, but certainly not the last, time through the Holy Spirit sharing the gospel to them through us.
3) The strongholds of sin in these people’s lives to be crushed and removed from them so the King of Glory may come in and set them free indeed.
For the rest of the Ensenada team
1) Focus on God and unity in Him
2) Planning, packing, and/or preparation (not necessarily in that order)
3) The trip itself with our two rental 15-passenger vans.
4) Partnering with the local church in Ensenada headed by Pastor Juan Martinez
5) Vacation Bible School (VBS) for the kids
That’s about it for now! I’m falling asleep here!
For the Sake of the Call
Words and music by Steven Curtis Chapman
Nobody stood and applauded them
So they knew from the start
This road would not lead to fame
All they really knew for sure
Was Jesus had called to them
He said, “Come follow Me,” and they came
With reckless abandon they came
Empty nets lying there at the water’s edge
Told a story that few could believe
And none could explain
How some crazy fisherman
Agreed to go where Jesus lived
With no thought for what they would gain
Lord Jesus had called them by name
And they answered
We will abandon it all
For the sake of the call
No other reason at all
But the sake of the call
To live and to die
For the sake of the call
The sake of the call
Not for the sake of a creed or a cause
Not for a dream or a promise
Simply because it is Jesus who calls
And if we believe we’ll obey
And we’ll answer