Monday, June 29, 2009

the last sunday...

for New Hope Baptist Church. We met in the basement of the Fravor Family's house, and had a sweet time of fellowship. For the evening service, Bro. Green rented an indoor pool for a half-hour, and had a baptismal service! Amen! God is good... If you thinks so too, leave a comment and let me know!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Gettin' the job done

These past few days have been busy, with getting everything ready for the Green's move. Both the church building and the house have to be ready to leave in just a coupe of days! Needless to say, we're all pretty tired, but the end is in sight! :)

I return to the U.S. in just nine days... looking forward to it for sure! Please pray for wisdom for Bro. Green and his family as they transition back to the states as well. They're not sure what God has for them to do just yet, so they would appreciate it very much.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Have scriptures, will travel

This morning I picked up a copy of a classic scripture compilation, called Daily Light. Today's reading was excellent; on the matter of God's guidance, and so I thought I'd share it with you!


The ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them to search out a resting place for them. — Numbers 10:33

My times are in thy hand. — He shall choose our inheritance for us. — Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness; ... make thy way straight before my face.

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shalt bring it to pass. — In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. — Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. — Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. — Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. — Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Psa. 31:15, 47:4, 5:8, 37:5, Prov. 3:6, Isa. 30:21, Psa. 23:1-2, Psa.103:13-14, Matt 6:32, I Pet 5:7

Monday, June 22, 2009

Loaded up in only 1 1/2 hours

Ah, yes. Many strong hands make big work look easy. This morning we got the Green's container packed and sent on it's way. hooRAY!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

two men will move you

These past few days we've been staying pretty busy getting stuff ready for the container that we'll be loading in just 2 days... Everything must fit or be thrown away... and there's a lot of the latter going on! Here are a few pics of the melee...

Jake & Jon carry a small dresser outside to be thrown away...

The garage being cleaned

two of the vehicles loaded down with junk to be hauled away

Gittin' 'er done!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Jason, the movie

Just dug up this video of my little bro that I made a few months back. Just knew ya'll would enjoy it!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Gone camping...

On Tuesday the green family, Jon and I drove over to the Frankfurt area to the campsite where we'd spend the night. We were joined by some folks from the church that Bro. green used to work with in the nearby town of Hanau, as well as the Falconbergs, a local pastor and his young family, also a close friends of the Greens. Enjoy some pics of the fun and fellowship below!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A wonderful Lord's day...

Just got back from distributing about 500 tracts in downtown Sittard, Holland. Had great time worshiping the Lord in services today, He is mighty! Here are some pics of the day...

Bro. Green and Festus, an auslander that we pick up for church every Sunday

The Fravor Family, with their 1970's mini strait from Great Britain

And now, the staring lineup for the NHBC smackdown team!

Bro. Fravor, Bro. Green, Jon, Daniel, and Jacob...

It's just like in America; the people in the Netherlands are religious, but lost!

The beautiful downtown areas of Europe...

Let God Be Magnified!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Spiritual Fitness

You know that feeling that you get when you haven't done a blessed active thing all day? It's like, "Man, I feel like a blob sitting here on this couch popping Hershey's kisses all day... I need to get a life!" When you get that feeling, it's time to take action! So what do you do?

You get moving!

A lot of books have been written, videos made on the subject of staying in shape. And a lot of people spend a lot of time and money getting their bodies in top form and keeping them that way. It's a big step toward healthier lifestyle and a longer lifespan.

Did you know that spiritual fitness is even more important than it's physical counterpart? The scriptures tell us to "Stir up the gift" in II timothy 1:6. It's important to keep the wheels and cogs greased up so that we can "be ready always to give an answer to every man..." in I Peter 3:15.

Bro. Green goes to the gym about 4 times a week to work out, and I like to go with him to stay on my A game physically. It's rough stuff sometimes. Especially when you get so weak after lifting what seems like half a ton... then you look down and it was 10 lb. dumbbell. Embarrassing, let me tell you! On top of the scheduled stuff, the Green kids and Jon and I play just about every sport imaginable round the clock... basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, etc... So I get pretty sore sometimes. :) But I do it to stay fit.

In much the same way, getting off the spiritual couch and getting those muscles moving is tough, but REWARDING! It can enable you to take some pressure and heat that otherwise could easily knock you out of the race for God. It's effective! It give that boost when rusty parts would have started falling off the car.

Becoming spiritual giant doesn't happen overnight, just like a bodybuilder doesn't get big muscles on day 1. Give it some time, though, and the results will be not only be amazing, but lifesaving as well! When your atheist friend starts dragging the name of Jesus through the mud, you'll be able to speak with wisdom and boldness for the Lord. Something a spiritual couch potato couldn't do. Jesus will be magnified, sinners saved and lives changed, all because the abilities of a surrendered, unselfish, strong christian were put to good use.

So get off that spiritual lazy-boy and get moving for God! :) You'll be so glad you did.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Did I really just get back from Sweden?

I try to slap myself sometimes to try and wake myself up from the dream, but it's no use! I really AM here in Europe! The Lord is Good...

The pics show only a small portion of the experience, it gives you kind of an idea of what's been going on the past couple of days. Flying with unbelievably cheap tickets on Ryanair, we spent about 28 hours in-country, and were able to get quite a few tracts distributed as we went. Bad weather? No problem! Rain or shine, we're having a good time...

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