Monday, June 18, 2012

This must come to those who would impact others.

God requires us to reign.  He commanded us to exercise dominion over the earth.  Today that happens spiritually as we pray.  But according to our faithfulness today shall we be entrusted to reign in the next life.  (Mt. 25:21)   

Another preparation for this future authority in God’s glorious kingdom is suffering.  For if we suffer we shall also reign with Him and be glorified together.  This suffering is not self-flagellation.  But God may ordain or allow this suffering for the sake of Christ by persecution, infirmities, pain, difficulty, grief, disappointment, delay of hopes, injustice, slander, manifold temptations, maltreatment, government, and more.   

Noah Webster in 1828 explained suffering as the bearing of pain, inconvenience or loss; pain endured; distress, loss or injury incurred; as sufferings by pain or sorrow; sufferings by want or by wrongs. 

Because of King Saul's hatred David had to flee his wife and home in order to save his very life.
History proves when Christians suffer even be it at the hands of politicians or tyrants, the church advances most.  This is one reason we are commanded not to resist evil, nor the powers that be, nor despise government, nor even to speak evil against them.   

The great saints of Hebrews 11 endured evil against them.  They suffered in faith waiting for the promise.   

Undervalued David also for years wandered as a man of tears before he was fit to rule.  He who never learns to be content with his lot of suffering may throw off that yoke and never be a David in this life nor the next.   

Suffering also teaches obedience.  And submission to authority is essential to welding authority.   

Learn to not only be content but also rejoice in suffering like the Apostle Paul, especially since we shall reign forever and ever in God’s glory.  (Rev 22:5)  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.  In fact our sufferings are not even worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.         -Phillip

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

~Pics from our Sunday & our time with Edgar and Joanna!~

I wanted to share some pics from our recent Sunday.  
~Here is Noah, our neighbor Nicolas on your right, and Noah's church friend Adrian on your left before they started Sunday school.~
 ~2 adorable baby girls playing in the baby bed.  Heather Sofia on your left and Jimmy's niece Stephanie on your right. =) ~
 ~After service this lady Marina wanted a picture with Phillip and I and Pastor Jimmy.  She's been faithful to church since Phillip first started pastoring her back in 2006.   She (and often her small granddaughter) have to take 2 LONG, VERY BOUNCY, DIRTY, bus rides (lasting up to an hour or more) to get to church!!   
Are we (who have an easier way to get to church) as faithful?
Please pray for her and her family that they will serve Jesus with their whole heart.  Thank you!~
 ~Then, our family was excited for we had a dinner invitation to Edgar and Joanna's house for Sunday dinner.  We rode home from church with them...on a long bus ride, in a teensy bus, and about 45 mins. later we arrived at their lovely new apt. that Jesus just helped them to rent.   =)
 ~Here's Joanna making our delicious meal! (The reason I'm on the couch is because they wanted to treat me this day and giving me a day of rest, although I offered LOTS of times to help her.   It was nice, but I surely HATED to have them do all the work, when the girls and I could have helped.
But, I was a good girl and sat in the living room like they wanted me to.  =) ~
 ~Our Sarah and precious Heather Sofia.~
 ~Our Noah with Elijah and Mary squatting down, and Sarah and Heather Sofia.~
 ~Noah and Elijah eating their lunch.~
 ~They served us a DELICIOUS lunch of fried plantain, rice, a special hamburger, and a wonderful recipe for beans.  YUMMY!~
 ~We had a delightful afternoon visiting, eating their wonderful food, and challenging each other in the Lord!  Kimberly snapped this picture of "my boyfriend and I" =)... before we all walked the 15 mins. to catch our bus to go back home that evening. ~
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