Monday, August 22, 2011

My Father is greater than all.

2 Timothy 1:12 "I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me."

     "What has been entrusted to me" is our salvation, in other words, the deposit we have from God to walk with Him eternally.

"Satan does not venture to suggest this thought in a direct form, that God cannot fulfill, or is prevented from fulfilling, what he has promised... but, by preoccupying our eyes and understandings, he takes away from us all sense of the power of God." -John Calvin, Commentary on 2 Tim. 1:12

My women's discipleship group is studying 2 Timothy and this quote from Calvin about Satan's methods really hit me. It's a daily battle to guard our eyes and minds from being distracted, but we can take heart that our God is strong enough to keep our focus on Him. He IS able to guard our salvation no matter how far our eyes stray, He is greater than all. Amen!

John 10:29 "My Father, who has given them [you, Christian] to me, is greater than all,"


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I praise you Jesus for giving life to Paul and Derek.

Pastor Adam of DCC, Giulian & Pastor Bruce
Our church body had the joy of witnessing our first baptisms last Thursday night at the beach! The last summer BBQ culminated with the baptism of six friends in the frigid Puget Sound. It was a special joy for Giulian and I as Pastor Bruce Wesley, his wife Susan, and their daughter Sarah Beth from our sending church Clear Creek Community were able to share the evening with us. What an encouraging evening, it has energized me for days to think about what Jesus is doing!

A very dear friend of ours that we're in community with shared his testimony of conversion five months ago and was baptized, evidencing Jesus' miraculous grace. The next day as I reflected on Derek's story and baptism, I couldn't get the story of the apostle Paul's last days of freedom out of my head.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I've been off the blog for a bit because my friends Sarah and Heather were in town for five days and just left Monday, what a blast! Heather was my college roommate and maid of honor and is now 6 1/2 months pregnant with her first baby so it was SUCH a blessing to see her! Even though she's slowed up with the bun in the oven, her blog is an awesome resource for all things gospel and kids. Sarah herself is a gifted writer who just wrapped up a year of teaching English in South Korea and now keeps a blog regarding all things gospel and life. We squeezed in lots of fun activities wrapped up by a fun day at Pike Place Market sampling lots of tasty treats. Praise God!