Evaluating Risk

May 29, 2009

As we’ve been mentally preparing for our next trip to Peru, I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote from Ralph Winters.  Dr. Winters was a missiologist who passed away this month after spending most of his 88 years pursuing the great commission.

“I coined the phrase, ‘You do not evaluate a risk by the probability of success but by the worthiness of the goal.’ We were willing to fail because the goal we sensed was so urgent and strategic.”  HT: Ray Ortland, Jr

How challenging and refreshing!  As we work among, the YQ, let us treasure the goal of God’s glory among every nation.  Pray for the YQ and for God’s work among them, and do not be disheartened.  For our hope is in God, and He will not fail.

You can hear more from Dr. Winters on JT’s blog.  I look forward to seeing you after we return.

Impressive

May 28, 2009

I visited our beloved Bill and Dottie Clark yesterday.  Bill has ALS, or something very much like it, and can no longer get around without a motorized chair.  The Helping Hands ministry of our church, led by our deacons, organized a day to install two ramps at Bill’s house–one from the back door and another into the garage.  Knowing who was involved, I suspected that it would be a first-rate job.  Even so, I was still blown away by the craftsmanship that went into this project.  Our guys worked all day long, and the finished product was nothing short of impressive.  Words can’t express the thanksgiving I feel for these men, and for so many others like them in our church, who eagerly give themselves in service to others.

Main Ramp from House

Main Ramp from House

The Crew

The Crew (L-R): Jim Gregory, Stanley Hendon, Ian Smith, Randy Smith, Caleb Simpkins, Todd Simpson, Doug Simpkins

Phobias

May 27, 2009

You’ve heard of Claustrophobia.  But have you heard about Alektorophobia—a fear of chickens?  Or Pediophobia—a fear of dolls?  Maybe you know somebody with Mageirocophobia—a fear of cooking.  I’m pretty sure that most kids suffer from Ablutophobia and Clinophobia—the fears of bathing and going to bed.  Phobias are real but irrational…and sometimes funny!

I’ve detected a couple of non-funny phobias in my own life that I believe are common to many Christians.  One is Read the rest of this entry »

Band of Brothers

May 26, 2009

Last week kicked off the first of what will hopefully evolve into multiple small group gatherings of men meeting bi-weekly for the sake of encouraging one another in the Gospel. These gatherings are intended to build up men as we pursue biblical masculinity. What does it mean to pursue biblical masculinity? It means helping one another discover in God’s Word what it means to be a godly man in the home, at the workplace, on the ball field, when the church gathers, and in private when no one is looking.

This morning I had a wonderful time of fellowship around God’s Word, Cracker Barrel biscuits and coffee. Three other brothers and I had the chance to talk about what God’s Word has to say about fear (Psalm 56:3-4) and how to apply the promises of God’s Word to our own personal fears and struggles (fear of man, security, personal failure, etc).

If you are a man of any age and are interested in being encouraged our next meeting is Monday June 1 at Zaxby’s on East Brainerd. We will also begin a Downtown Discipleship group every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month on Monday June 8 at 12:00pm. We will meet at Qdoba on Market Street. Our next breakfast group will meet on Tuesday June 9 at 6:30pm at Cracker Barrel off Shallowford Road.

Come join the Band of Brothers!

Fear is misplaced faith.  It’s what you feel when you believe that people or circumstances are bigger than God.

If you need help overcoming fear, read this biblically insightful, heart-probing book.  Buy it, or check out a copy from our church library.