Saturday, July 25, 2015

Time with the Body

Wednesday we began a new study with our men and women;  
"A Gospel Centered Life"
So far we are off to a good start and are excited to see God bringing the "Joy of our Salvation" back into the hearts and lives of many!
 Ladies class

 Men´s Class

 Kids Class

 Saturday night we had our bi-monthly men´s and women´s meeting.  
We were excited to welcome 3 visiting families to our studies.
  
 I had three of our girls help out with the ladies study on I Corinthians 13

 Fellowship times with the body, building relationships and community.

We praise the Lord for the family at Redemption Baptist Church.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Glimpses of God's holiness, my sinfulness and the Cross


We just started a new study with the women on Wednesday nights called "The Gospel Centered  Life".  Last night we looked at this chart and talked about how the gospel becomes more precious to us as we become more aware of our sinfulness and God´s holiness.  



One of the questions in the book asked how our perception of God´s holiness and/or our sinfulness has changed over the past year.  

Today I was talking to James about how I thought the study went last night.  
I have to admit I didn't think I did that great of a job leading the study.  I felt like I was tripping over my words a lot and failing with the language.  

As I prayed, to begin my time with the Lord today, He brought to my attention that I want to make a name for myself... I want to be "famous".  All my concern about my Portuguese is really just putting a pretty cover on the sinful desire to be well thought of and admired as the Bible study leader and Pastor's wife.  

God in His holiness and wisdom is using my second language to keep me humble and dependent on Him.  This weakness forces me to run to Him, like a child, and depend on Him.  My approval is in Him, my service is to exalt His name and not my own.  Is it not 100x better to see God work in people, transforming them, despite my imperfect speaking; than to pridefully take credit as a "great" teacher?

So, how has my perception of my sinfulness and God's holiness changed in the past 24 hours???

I see a little more of the corruption of my heart (Jeremiah 17.9),
I see how perfectly good and holy God is in all that does (Isaiah 55.9),
and I praise Him for His cross where I am forgiven for my pride and empowered to live a life of humbleness.

Friday, July 03, 2015

The Love of Christ Constrains Us...

Any given night on the streets of Florianópolis you see a scene like this.

 Recently one of our young men was burdened to show the love of Christ to these people.  He came up with a plan to organize our people into action.  
-Soup was donated by one man
-A cooler was donated by another
-Cups and lids were bought
-Teens worked together after church to finalize preparations
-5 men went downtown to deliver cups of hot soups to people in need.
Our men were amazed at the reception they received.  Their hearts were touched by the needs physically and even more, spiritually.  Several asked for prayer for injuries or help to leave behind their addictions.  Over all it was an amazing chance to serve the Lord.

Pray for Redemption Baptist as they prepare to return on Wednesday nights sharing their hearts, and their Savior with the 'least of these.'