Temptation

At our church, we are walking through Luke and just came to chapter 4  — the temptation of Jesus.   Verse 2 says that Jesus was “…being tempted by the devil.” 

Just reading the word “tempted” makes us uncomfortable–at least when we discuss it publicly.  We don’t mind talking about the temptation of Jesus, or maybe even temptation in general, but we’re uncomfortable having to admit when and how we are tempted. 

We are all tempted.  We will see that our temptations are not identical to the temptations Jesus experienced.  But, we want to learn from the temptations of Jesus and apply this text to our walk with God.  

Before we dive into Luke 4, let’s consider some other verses on temptation. These verses will prepare us to apply the insights from the temptation of Jesus.  

1 Cor. 10:13

2 Cor. 2:11

1 John 2:16

Click on these verses, one-by-one, and take some time to consider how they apply to temptation.  

We’re Launching a New Ministry

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God has connected our hearts to dozens of missionary families around the globe. We have watched them go to difficult places and have always wanted to do more to support their work.

It all started when KK served as a trustee of the IMB. During these years we led our church on short term mission trips and were introduced to a whole new world.

God then led us to serve on staff at the IMB expanding our understanding of what it’s like to serve as a missionary.

Later, while serving as pastor again, we saw even more missionaries respond to God’s call — including our daughter.

Through all of this we’ve always dreamed of spending our lives encouraging missionaries and helping them train national leaders (when appropriate). Now we get the chance to live that dream.

As we face a new year, we’re launching Encourage Global to come alongside these missionaries to encourage, coach, and pray for them. We’re also mobilizing others to join their work.

Would you consider helping us? We need people on our support team. You can enable us to serve missionaries.

If you’d like to join our support teams, fill in one of the forms on the bottom of the website. 

Check out the website by clicking  HERE

Anniversary – and it’s a Big One!

When I tell you how many, and you do the math, you’ll wonder how people this old could still be alive!

First- we were teenagers when we married. Our parents knew we were called to vocational ministry and gave us their blessing to marry (young) and serve a church as Youth Pastor while going to college. We were SO young— I still can’t believe those parents trusted us with their children. WE were still kids!

Then KK delivered 4 incredible children before we finished college and seminary. What a girl!

A wonderful, loving, and patient Mom- and now a grandmother of 11 amazing grandkids. They’ve all seen her live out Proverbs 31.

Everywhere God sent us— she poured herself out in service. And, everything I’ve done, we’ve done it together.

Through it all, including her breast cancer and multiple surgeries, she has demonstrated the fruit of the Spirit and been a constant encourager to my soul.

Today we celebrate 45 years of marriage– I know, you’re shocked! 🙂 She is still my heart’s delight and greatest earthly treasure.

There are a lot of things in Prov 31 that describe her. But, today, as I count the blessing of 45 years of marriage, my heart stops to quote verse 11:

“The heart of her husband trusts in her…”

Her unwavering love gives me daily confidence. And she believes, and reminds me, that “God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all we can ask or think.”

We appreciate all of the friends and prayer partners who’ve walked these roads with us. We can’t wait to see what the next 25+ years hold in store as we serve Him— together.

Thank You

God was gracious to us… and gave us peace.  (Num. 6:24-26)

Recovery is slower than I want (weakness in my arms/legs and random nerve pains and aching).  No one really knows how long it will last.  Recovery seems to be different for every person.  But I’m constantly reminded of what could have been (an extended hospital stay; respirator; paralysis, etc.) I definitely had a mild case of Guillain-Berre syndrome.

I’m thankful for great doctors, a great hospital, and immediate treatment. 

But what I’m most thankful for is you – our prayer partner. So many of you quickly responded to our prayer requests. We eventually read every note on Facebook and this blog. We are so grateful for your intercession and words of encouragement.

These words keep echoing in my heart. As I thank God for you, I thank Him for being gracious…

The Lord bless you, and keep you;

The Lord make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.

(Num. 6:24-26)

 

So Grateful to be Home

We can’t even count all God’s blessings. Especially my brother and sis-n-law, who came from NC and gave such great care and company for our dad. And for our son Josh who arrived from Boise on Monday.

Thankfully, Al was able to sleep a lot yesterday. It is obvious that too much activity wears him out and intensifies the symptoms.

He said he wants to time his naps today around the ACC Basketball schedule. 🙂

We can’t say it enough: thanks for joining us in prayer during our “time of need” (Heb. 4:16).