A DAY OFF
I stated in my Monday post that I would post again on Tuesday (using the term "tomorrow"). Those who read this blog... FB insert... or church letter probably realized I did not post anything yesterday. I decided to take yesterday off and just try and get back some of my energy lost (see section below) due to these meds I am taking. I am back in the saddle now - still energy zapped but excited about the coming days.
Thank you EBCIers for giving e time off each week (even though I don't always take it). I am learning that that time off can be well spent resting or doing some things with my wonderful wife Pamela.
As you pray for your Pastor, please pray specifically for my energy level. The medications I am taking, I believe are working as they ought but one of the side effects is the loss of energy. I know this will pass and I am confident that the Lord has something good in all of this for me and more importantly... FOR His namesake.
I am feeling good. I have no pain. I am excited about all that God is doing and continue to look forward to what lies ahead. I guess a good way to describe it is that I feel like I am moving like a three-toed sloth. Everything I do seems to be in slow motion. So I accept the fact that for the next little while my get up and go will probably be more like a... get up, look around and sit back down.
Thank you in advance for your prayers.
PLEASE SET YOUR MINDS
TO JOIN US
The date and time are being worked on as we must secure a time with DECC. We are working to get a Thursday night or Saturday around 1. You will be notified as soon as we get the go ahead.
Several Evangelical churches are meeting around Dubai praying during Ramadan for Dubai, our sister churches and the government their decision making. Please set your mind, since we cannot yet set our calendar, to involve yourself with this opportunity.
I am looking forward to this upcoming event and I hope you will be able to join us. Keep checking back in the letters I send out for more information, as I get it.
I am starting a new letter to my posts. The success or frequency of this part of the post depends on you.
If you have a question you would like answered and would like me to address it thought my posting, send me your question in an email, or through messenger on FB, or by WhatsApp or just hand me the question on a piece of paper when you see me at church.
Today I am going to answer a question that I have been asked many times over my decades of ministry. The answer I give today is different than the ones I gave when I was much younger and less more restless.
Q - What do you want God to do in your life more than anything?
A - This answer came to me when I was in my late 30's and early 40's. I pray this never changes as long as I have the privilege to live here on this planet. The answer (which is coming) has nothing to do with me being a Pastor or even in full-time ministry. It has everything to do with bringing honor to our God.
I ask the Lord daily to use me to make a differenced in the life of others that is not a passing whim or emotional moment only. I want God to use me to make not only an eternal difference in their lives (seeing them saved if they are not) but a passionate life, lived out in this world for others to see and want. The men and women who work at the mall who I get to see often and have the privilege to stop and talk to them. To even show an act of blessing that will encourage them as they live here to squeak out a living. i.e. - Three of those men have visited EBCI a few times prior to them being moved to a different location. During the Christmas holidays, I gave those three men a Christmas gift. To many of us, such a gift probably would not seem like much but to these three men, to see the countenance on their face go from survival to joy... was priceless.
For now, the most direct place God has me doing that is through His church, specifically EBCI. He also has me doing this with those I meet along the way.
Ask yourself the same question and share with us what you come up with.