Life

February 11, 2009

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Funny, isn’t it? : ) Probably, at least in part, because we know the feeling! I find life is like this way too often! So much to consider that you never even would have thought to consider…

That’s why experience is such a blessing. And why its so incredibly helpful to learn from people with experience you don’t have, who can help you think through all you need to…

Live and learn. Seek counsel. Pray for wisdom. And laugh at yourself along the way!

~Donovan

This is another wonderful testimony from the ministry of I Am Second. Karen Green was abused as a child. She had a baby by age 13. When her mom kicked her out of the house, she turned to prostitution and drugs…

Karen’s testimony is beautiful. Watch it here.

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Praise God!

~ Donovan

I Am Second is a ministry seeking to help people see that true life is only lived when we realize that Christ is first. They have numerous testimonial videos on their website – of people who have come from an array of backgrounds, or faced a variety of different trials. All have found true life only by joyfully placing Christ above themselves. These videos are excellently put together (though, of course, content-wise some are better than others). 

Nate Larkin became addicted to pornography (and more) as a pastor. After years, his wife found out, and left him… 

His testimony is powerful. Watch it here.     

Praise God for His grace to save us, change us, and use us! 

~Donovan

Erin Skifter (Lance’s wife) read this list at her father, Glen Jackson’s memorial service. Her testimony to her father’s genuine, day-in, day-out godliness is beautiful, and I trust it will be encouraging to you all:

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He Finished Well

August 29, 2008

Many of you know Lance Skifter (“Skip”) – a brother who used to lead the college group at Bethel Grace. His father-in-law, Glen Jackson, recently went to be with the Lord. It was a huge blessing to be at Glen’s memorial service and to hear testimony after testimony of God’s grace in and through Glen’s life. To read the eulogy Skip wrote, click here. May we all live and finish as well!

Faithful in love

June 11, 2008

A boy from our neighborhood started coming to AWANA at our church… No one in his family was Christian, but AWANA was something to do. When he was older, he began to attend youth group. With time, he started to attend our Sunday services as well. After a few years, he moved to another area.

His walk with the Lord was greatly helped by the faithful friendships of  the Bethel Grace youth pastor at the time, and a few older men in the church. One man in particular befriended him, and they would sit together every Sunday. This older brother e-mailed this young man on New Year’s day 2008 to encourage him:

“I miss those wonderful times of our sitting together in church. I pray this coming year will be one of Joy in the Lord as you “seek Godly things” . Those were the first words that I heard you say when I introduced myself and asked you how I could pray for you. By the way I still have that note and pray for you each day. God bless you…

PS I turned 80 last month but am still going strong.”

 

His response:

“I love you old man.

When I’d wake up on Sunday mornings there was a pep in my step because I was so anxiouse to worship and learn about our God together. I really enjoyed our fellowship; it was a blessing and I miss it so much.  Same with the mens prayer Saturday mornings, choir stuff, and setting up or down for events Bethel Grace would have.
    
If a worldy man judged me on how i’m living my life… He’d say I’m doing great; a few mistakes but they’re outweighed with positive stuff, and a lot of fun. If a man of God were to view me… He’d insist that I focus on the future, and focus on my heart and spirit more. And most of all focus and better my relationship with Christ. Cause I havn’t really done that, and this e-mail made these things clear to me. Your little paragraph encouraged me in a BIG way to dwell in more Spiritual and Godly things.

I love you.

Tell the usual men of Saturday mornings I love and miss them as well. 
    
80!! Praise the Lord! God’s done marvelous things with you while you’ve aged, even with the loss of family and hardships in your walk, God’s love radiates off you and ANYONE by the sight of you could tell you were a man of God. I for one can give testimony about the first time you and i started to be aquainted.”

Beautiful, isn’t it?

We may not realize how much God will use simple acts of kindness, friendship, and love, but He so often uses small things in wonderful ways…

Let’s be faithful to love each other, and by God’s grace, impact the lives of others in indelible ways…  

~Donovan

I recently posted about Tom Carson, his godliness, and the impact he had on his son, Don (D.A.) Carson. I plan on writing several more posts about Tom’s exemplary life, gleaned from the biography his son wrote.  

John Piper has also had many wonderful things to say about his father and the impact his life had on him. Piper is known for his theology of desiring and delighting in God (“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisifed in Him”). He dedicated his signature book, Desiring God, to his father:

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Life is a vapor…

May 31, 2008

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”” ~ James 4: 13-15

Life is a vapor. It’s here, and then it’s gone… 

I wrote a post about this truth a few months back (click here to see it). In that post my emphasis was on acknowledging God’s sovereignty over everything; in this one my emphasis is on living each day as if it’s your last (because it might be). This is on my mind and heart because of two things that happened this week:

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This is the second poem Jonathan shared at our Coffeehouse a few weeks ago:

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Bethel Grace hosted The Cave: a Coffee House experience, a few weeks ago. Jonathan Seruyange, a friend of Mark and Kim Spicer, was one of the performers. His poetry blessed me greatly, so I asked him if I could share it on our blog. He graciously agreed. I’ll post the second poem he shared with us later this week. Here is the first:     

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