Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Blood of Christ

I’ve been reading through Hebrews lately. The section I read today gave me literal goosebumps:

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. (Hebrews 9:11-14)
For Christ has entered not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the fountain of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgement, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:24-28)

 

It’s overwhelming to meditate on the fact that we are no longer bound by the sacrifice of animals to purify our flesh, but we have an eternal redemption, able to purify our conscience so we can serve the living God!

Christ is right now in the presence of God on our behalf. He has put away our sins once for all, and He will appear again to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him!

It is glorious! And as I sat here reading it this morning, sipping my coffee, goosebumps on my arms and tears in my eyes, I was not only overwhelmed by the beauty, truth, and power of these verses, but by the fact that there are so many people who can’t read these words for themselves. There are those who don’t know that they aren’t dependent on fleshly sacrifices to purify their defilement. Oh, I’m certain many of them feel deeply their need for a sacrifice. They know that something is broken, and needs to be corrected. But without the Word of God available to them, they don’t know the hope that these verses contain.

Please join me in praying for those who don’t yet have this truth. I pray that every time we hold God’s Word we would understand the privilege that is ours, and that we would not treat this blessing lightly.

May the 21st Current Application Process

Our application with Wycliffe is moving right along. We had our initial interview with our PA (Personnel Administrator) on Friday. The meeting went very well! Now we have only the following things to complete our application:

  1. An interview with our church leadership.
  2. A few more items within the realm of technical evaluation. Not sure of all the details just yet, but at very least a conversation with a domain coordinator of IT.
  3. Our membership interview. This one is the big one. So far all of our interviews Melissa and I have done together. This one we will have separate interviews.
  4. The PA will then talk with our church leadership.
  5. Then a decision is made whether they will offer to us a candidacy for membership.
  6. Pre-field steps (there are three or four, but mostly in the realm of choosing an assignment and then planning for it).
  7. Offer of membership and acceptance.
Then it’s on  to:
  1. Medical Clearance.
  2. Training (lots of it too!)
  3. Raising support.
  4. More training.
  5. Did I mention training?

From this list you might be thinking that we have just started, but in fact we have gone thorough nearly that much already! We ask you to keep us in your prayers as we go through this process. Not just us though, but also the people at Wycliffe. It is our desire to follow God with pure motives. So if you have time would you pray in these ways:

  • That we would be transparent.
  • That we and our PAs, recruiters, technology experts, and all the other people we don’t know about, would have wisdom.
  • That we would not be discouraged about the size of this list. It is big, but one step at a time we will see it through with God’s help.

Thank, you, first of all for taking the time to read our blog! But more importantly thank, you, for taking the time to pray for us!

David

A Quick Update

We’ve definitely gone a bit to long without an update on here! If you are following us on facebook, you’ve seen a few statuses about our progress in the application process, but I thought I would sum up where we are on here to put it all in one place.

As I mentioned in this post, David and I completed our general application a few weeks ago. It was intense, but a great opportunity to spend time thinking through and articulating who we are, why we feel called to work with Wycliffe, and not only what we believe, but why we believe it.

From there, our PA (Personnel Administrator) needed to review everything that we submitted. He was working with another couple who was slotted for an earlier Equip session though, so he couldn’t work on it immediately. Another good lesson in waiting!

We stayed busy though getting ready for a yard sale. We aren’t ready to get rid of everything, obviously, but we have lots of surplus around here, and plenty of things that we know we can live without now. We’ve started trying to look at everything and decide if we love it enough to take it all the way around the world! The yard sale was last weekend, and although we didn’t make it through even a fraction of the stuff we need to go through, we were able to sell quite a few things, and donated most of the rest. We were thankful for the amount we made, as it puts us even closer to having the funds needed for Equip.

The yard sale was Friday and Saturday, and we were so excited to find out around that same time that our PA was able to start working on our application. He finished reviewing everything, which means we are able to move onto the next part of the process!

Tomorrow afternoon we will have our initial interview with our PA. We would love your prayers for peace, for wisdom for both us and the PA, that God’s will would be evident to all of us, and also that the kids will all be cooperative!

Only be strong and very courageous! Part 2

In part one we established two major things. 1) Moses, the greatest leader that the Israelites have ever known, described as the servant of the LORD, has died. 2) God is now speaking to Joshua, Moses’ assistant. If I had been in Joshua’s place, I might of called my self Moses’ lowly assistant. Any rate this is the first blow that Joshua gets. The leader whom had lead the Israelites out of the most powerful nation at the time, whom had preformed signs and wonders for God in the sight of powerful men, and the man whom and lead that stubborn people for over 40 years, was now dead. This would have created a vacuum of power. You can only gather from the inference that the people saw Joshua as “Moses’ assistant” and not the servant of the LORD, the leader of Israel.

However, the verse has not even stopped here! Verse 2 after “Moses my servant is dead.” goes like this, “Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you, and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.” Ok so Moses the, servant of the LORD, this man described as none of the other prophets are like him, has died. We got that part, but now God says that Joshua, Moses’ assistant, get up, go over the Jordan. That river that marks the boundary between them and that land God had promised. The land that 12 spies (including Joshua) had gone into; describing the men as giants them only being grasshoppers in their sight! If that wasn’t bad enough God hasn’t stopped speaking, “you and all this people…” You, Joshua, Moses’ assistant, take this people whom mumored in the desert for 40 years, whom worshiped a golden calf, and even challenged Moses’ authority from time to time. All while Moses was still alive, and he’s dead now! God then says, “into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.” Reminding them of the promise that He has made to not only Moses, but all the other patriarchs as well.

God then begins to promise, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised Moses.” He then follows this up with the boundaries.  What a promise! A promise that would not come to fruition if Joshua would have say turned the other way because the problem was just too big. Or it was just too fearful. After all, he, Moses’ assistant, was only a grasshopper in the eyes to the men whom he was to conquer. Do you think Joshua was afraid? Do you think he wanted anything other then to have been Moses’ assistant? I do.

Part 1

All Scripture is from the English Standard Version. In context: Joshua 1.