Thursday, January 30, 2014

Arrival of winter

Winter has arrived in the Czech Republic.  The temperatures have been in the negative numbers, negative Celsius numbers.  We thought winter was going to miss us altogether this year, but it found its way to us bring snow, ice, and grey skies.  Please pray that the weather conditions will not keep people away from church services. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

This is My Father's World by M.D. Babcock

This poem was in my son's reading for today.  I thought I would share it with you. Have you taken the time lately to meditate on God's Word and His character?  Consider Psalm 19:1

This is my Father's world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings,
And round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world!
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees,
Of skies and seas -
His Hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's world -
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light,
The lily white,
Declare their Maker's praise.

This is my Father's world!
He shines in all that's fair,
In the rustling grass
I hear Him pass -
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father's world -
O let me ne'er forget
That tho the wrong
Seems oft so strong
God is the Ruler yet.

This is my Father's world!
The battle is not done;
Jesus who died
Shall be satisfied,
And earth and heaven be one.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Thanksgiving , Prayer and Praise

Thanksgiving , Prayer and Praise

We begin the New Year in the same way we ended the old, with thanksgiving and praise. We praise the Lord for sustaining us by His grace and providing our every need. We thank Him for mercy undeserved and for grace unwarranted. We praise him for all of you, our faithful supporters. It is a blessing to be co-laborers in the spreading of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We praise Him for the financial support as well as the much appreciated Christmas gifts. May your generosity be richly rewarded with fruit that may abound to your account. We pray for much needed strength for the coming year. We pray for souls to be saved. We covet your prayers for our family. They are not taken for granted. Pray for continued provision that the work may expand. Pray for the Lord’s will to be done in our lives as well as the lives of the members here. Pray for the Lord to be exalted in and through us. Amen and Amen.  

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Christmas Outreach and Special Service

Christmas Outreach and Special Service

We thank the Lord for this special time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It always opens up opportunities to share the gospel with people who otherwise would not listen. We distributed thousands of our Christmas tracts, both on the street and in mailboxes. We pray the Lord will use them in the lives of all who received them.

We had a wonderful time at our special Christmas service. Janek read the Scriptures pertaining to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, James, David, and Michael played special music. The boys put on a puppet play dealing with the true meaning of Christmas. Even little Matiash got into the spirit and played a special on his small plastic xylophone. I preached on the Place, the Personalities, and the Particulars surrounding the birth of Jesus. Of course that alliteration doesn’t work in Czech. God blessed and people were both encouraged and challenged by the message.

The service was followed by a fellowship. Lots of delicious cookies, cakes, snacks, chips, and other wonderful things were eaten in large quantities. We invited many people but in the end only our faithful members and guests were present. Please pray for Czech souls. The country has gotten much colder and people’s hearts harder in the nearly 12 years we have been here. Please pray for the Lord to do a work in their hearts.