I Don’t Feel Like A Warrior

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“He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And sets me upon my high places. He trains my hands for battle,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze…
I pursued my enemies and overtook them,
And I did not turn back until they were consumed.”  Psalm 18:33-34, 37 NASB
 

Saw this as a friend’s facebook status update recently, and I realized something-I don’t feel like a warrior.  More often than I would like to admit, when times get tough I wish I could just keep my head down, do my job, and wait for the storm to pass me by.  That’s not how life works, and I know it, believe me.  Yet oh how fervently I sometimes wish I didn’t have to struggle and fight in certain areas.
 

 

The Great Collage Fundraiser

cd case collage

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know about a fundraiser that I am doing to raise more finances for my involvement in missions.  I am making handmade cd case collages that can be hung on your wall as a decoration.  They also could make a lovely gift for a friend or family member.  Christmas is a comin’!  😉

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A Quick Update

Hi everyone! 

First off, please accept my apologies for the lack of blog updates lately. Life has been a bit busy, and I have also been focusing primarily on my first e-book (more information to come in the future), though I have plenty of ideas to blog about!  Hoping to start updating this blog more regularly again though.

 

I also wanted to say a big thank you to all my readers, for your support and encouragement.

 

Finally, I wanted to announce that I will soon be launching a monthly e-newsletter with specific updates on what I am doing each month at School of the Bible. This content will be different than what is posted on the blog, so keep your eyes peeled, as I will be adding a subscription option for that in the very near future.

 

Have a great day!

How Sweet the Symphony of the Redeemed

In my previous blog post, I mentioned the way this year’s class here at School of the Bible has grown far beyond what we expected.  (We already added one new student since I wrote that post, and are likely to add at least two more.)

Today I would like to pick up where that post left off.  Thinking about the variety of  nations and cultures we have here.  In our class we have students from at least six countries (more may be coming), and multiple countries are also represented among our staff.  The cultural mix is part of what keeps life so fun.

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My classroom runneth over…or the amazing case of the magically multiplying students

 

At first we thought we might have 11…then the first day of class came, and we had 22…then a familiar face appeared in the classroom, and we had a proud group of 23 students…23 became 26…I think we’re up to 29 now? I’m not very good at math, but one thing I do know is that we have a very full classroom. And I love it.

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The Best Missions Advice I Ever Received: Be Who God Made You To Be (guest post by Tyler Hess)

(Tyler Hess blogs about practical and spiritual applications of faith at undistractedchristian and you can follow him on twitterIf you want to write a guest post for missionsmusings, here’s how.)

Two years ago my wife and I went on what might be the riskiest adventure of our lives.

We gave up a fairly comfortable, boring life, in southern California to go minister at a church in the semi-foreign island of Kauia, Hawaii.

I know, I know, it is one of the United States, but it’s a different culture than what we were used to and for the first time in my life I was a minority.

We both grew up in church and we went to Bible college together, so we have heard all kinds of stories about different pastors, missionaries and evangelists doing crazy awesome things from town to town and nation to nation.

What we hadn’t heard until right before we left is the one thing that we needed to hear, which was that we didn’t have to be what other people expected us to be, that we didn’t need to pretend that we were something else entirely.

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…

Eph 4: 11-12

My wife and I aren’t exactly what you would call “extroverts”.

We’re just quiet people, who like to listen before speaking and who care about getting to know people.

When people think about being a successful missionary, they think about how many people you lead to Christ, about great stories of evangelism and miracles along the way.

They don’t think about getting to know people and encouraging believers in the faith. They don’t think about getting a job and witnessing to co-workers while earning a normal paycheck, just like at home.

The greatest bit of wisdom that I can pass along to any hopeful or present missionaries is that whoever you are at home, that is who you should be when you go out from there, whatever that may be.

Do you know who you are in Christ?

Doing the work of the Ministry (Office Martyrdom)

Acts 6:1-5a, 8 “Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. “Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit,…And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the
people.” NASB

I guess you could say this is in some regards a follow up to some of my thoughts on how missions work can take on many forms.  (see previous post)

Do you ever hate your job? Ever feel like you’re wasting your time, and you’d almost rather die than spend one more hour at work?  Does it seem like you’re doing “grunt work”, rather than “real ministry”?  Yep…I sometimes feel like that too. I think we all do.

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Honestly… (a grumpy missionary gets real)

I’d like to start off with a question: what do you think of when you hear the word “missionary”?  Someone in strange clothing who likes strange food?  (Yak cheese pizza is yummy, by the way.  So is fried eel.)  A fearless church planter going against the odds?  Someone comforting a dying person in the slums?  A jeans-clad, music-loving book-aholic who spends most days in a classroom in the U.S.A.?  The barista at the local Starbucks?
The answer to all of the above could be yes.  I think it is so easy to have a narrow view of what a “missionary” looks like.  So the following is an honest musing of what life looks and feels like to me, depending on the day.

Free Form Friday #3-Hello, Goodbye

Welcome to the third edition of Free Form Friday!  Can you tell I like Fridays?  😉
So here’s what is “forming” in my head today.  Thoughts of hellos and goodbyes.  (Clever connection to the title, no?)  I love what I do, working with the School of the Bible.  I get to spend the better part of every year with the same group of students-teaching them, building relationships, watching them grow, crying, laughing, and having a lot of fun along the way.