Ministry Update for June
Hello from sunny Seattle,
I’m thankful to the Lord for a good trip to Seattle for my parents and I. Mine took a little longer than expected, but I can’t complain about a free night in a hotel on Delta! God is good, so let’s not forget to take the time to enjoy Him and thank Him for His blessings. Perhaps the greatest blessing is the promise of heaven:
The simple fact that humans are so willing to give-up so much in order to gain so little speaks to the reality that there must in fact be something worth living for, fighting for, and dying for that has eternal consequence. If we are willing to invest so much time, money, and energy into our cyclical and ultimately useless human pursuits, it tells me that we not only have a desire that needs fulfilling, but that such desire is not yet fulfilled nor can it be as of yet. CS Lewis spoke of that deep want in all humans, saying: “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” (Excerpt from my article, “The True Warrior”)
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Preaching Schedule: My stay in the Northwest started on June 29 and goes through July 27, with a schedule full of preaching, teaching, and visiting many family and friends. I wanted to let you know what my schedule is, in case you’d be interested in coming to some message or to the seminars (see next point). Many have already told me of their desire to make it to one of the messages at another church, maybe you will too!
July 5 – am; Vancouver, BC; 16th Ave Gospel Chapel – Topic: Open
7 – pm; Vancouver, BC; 16th Ave Gospel Chapel – Topic: Missionary Report
8-10 – Visiting Victoria
11 – 6 pm; Missionary Focus at NLBC – Topic: Missionary Report
12 – 9:30 am; North Lynnwood Bible Chapel – Topic: Open
–Homiletics Seminar – 1:15 – 4:30 pm
12 – 6:30 pm; Northgate – Topic: Open
19 – 9:30 am; Northgate – Topic: Mark 16
22 – 7 pm; Centralia Gospel Chapel – Topic: Open
25 – pm; Indian Christian Fellowship – Topic: TBD
26 – 9:30 am; NLBC – Topic: Open
–Intertestamental Period Seminar – 1:15 – 4:30 pm
Invitation to a Seminar: I’d like to cordially invite all who are able and interested to come to special seminars that I’ll be giving on Homiletics and Intertestamental Period. Here is a little write-up about both:
Homiletics – “The Art of Preaching and Use of Illustrations” (Sunday, July 12, from 1:15 to 4:30 pm at North Lynnwood Bible Chapel)
This course will delve into the topic of preaching and how we might improve in that area. Topics we will focus on include: What is expository preaching? Why should we prefer it to thematic preaching? How do I prepare an expository message? Why must grace be central to every message? How do I improve as a preacher? How do I keep the attention of my audience? Where can I find good illustrations and how can I best use them?
This course should be useful not only to men, but also to women and youth who teach or preach (or desire to).
Intertestamental Period – “What happened between Daniel and Jesus?” (Sunday, July 26, from 1:15 to 4:30 pm at North Lynnwood Bible Chapel)
This course will look at the 600+ years that span between the destruction of Solomon’s Temple (586 BC) and the destruction of Herod’s Temple (70 AD). We will investigate the four main Empires to play a role during this time period – Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome – focusing on how they affected Israel. We will then look at the Maccabean Revolt, the rise of the Pharisees, and the predominating thought about the coming Messiah. Time permitting, we will get into the Apocryphal writings of the era, and recognize the major groups that existed in Christ’s time.
This course will be open to all and is especially helpful when wanting to better grasp the Gospels.
Phone Number: If you’d like to contact me or my parents via cellphone, please call us at (206) 822-9277.
- My trip to Vancouver and Victoria over the next week; that the Lord would be honored in all.
- For several book projects in Spanish I hope to get ahead on during my time here.
- For the seminars to be of encouragement and help to those who come.
Thank you for the prayers and support. I’m hoping to see many of you who live in the area during my time here.