Wednesday, October 31, 2012
There is a relatively new restaurant in the City of Niagara Falls called Milestones. It sits at the top of one of the taller hotels in the City. Perhaps you have been to it if you live in the Niagara Region. I haven’t been to it yet, but I have been to another one in another part of the Province. Have you been? If you go to their web site, they have a place where you can find out about their culture. We have been talking about our culture at our church over the last twelve months or so. What is our culture? What do we want our culture to be? How do we get there? Not that I want to advertise for Milestones, but according to the web site they are about inspired food created by inspired people, familiar food with a twist, a stylish, inviting and welcoming atmosphere for all occasions, genuine and uniquely different service, and people that possess what they call the”H-Gene”- hospitality. Sounds like a church I would like to attend! How about you?
Milestones are also are also one of a series of numbered markers placed along a road or boundary at internals of one mile or occasionally, parts of a mile. They are typically located at the side of the road or in a median. They are alternatively known as mile markers, mileposts or mile posts. Mileage is the distance along the road from a fixed commencement point. While we have milestones that mark our progress when we travel down the road, we don’t really have them for our spiritual lives. Unless you want to count our conversion and then, for most of us anabaptists, our baptism, we really don’t have spiritual milestones, do we?
Many of you who know me, know that a year ago I went on a missions trip to El Salvador to build houses for the poor. We were told that we would be doing more than just building houses, but I must have daydreaming that moment because I don’t remember. I know I am not like everyone else. I get affected by stuff faster than most. At least that is how I see it. Anyway, I don’t think I have been the same person since I went on that trip. Just ask my wife Grace. I think she would confirm it.
While we were in El Salvador our group was given an opportunity to give testimonies at the Wednesday evening church service. They meet on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Anyway, I didn’t want to do it, but then for a reason unknown to me I just said yes. Shortly after that I was overcome by fear. I wondered what I would say? What could I say? What did I have to say? Was there anything worth saying? Did I have any spiritual milestones worth telling? Thankfully I could remember a few basic ones like when I accepted Christ as my Saviour, when I asked to be baptised, when I asked Christ to be the Lord of my life, and when God saved my marriage.
So here I sit at a milestone of sorts. It is two weeks to a year since I came back from El Salvador. So what gives Ken, what have you learned, how have you grown? Well, if you have read any of my posts on Facebook you already know. If you haven’t I have tried to compile a list of a few that come to mind.
1. God loves me with an unbelievable, unconditional love.
2. God wants me to love his children the same way.
3. God wants me to love my neighbour and strangers that I meet (even if they are in the middle of the ocean- Right Patricia?)
4. God wants an active relationship with me. He wants to talk with and to me every day. He wants me to listen for his voice and to stop when I hear it.
5. God wants me to become more and more like his one and only son, Jesus.
6. God has a specific spiritual gift for me that he wants me to use to build his Kingdom. He has one for you too!
7 God wants me to love mercy, act justly and to walk humbly with him.
God wrote a love letter to us many years ago. It is called the Bible. Do you want to be loved. Feel loved? Then read it. I know that sometimes it is hard to be motivated to read it. But if it has been a while since you did, try again. You won’t be disappointed. I rarely am.
I’ve got to go and pack my bags for another trip to El Salvador. See you at the next milestone!
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Psalm 140:12“I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.”
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” We have said "Here am I send me". May God use us mightly to spread the gospel and may many come to know Christ.It is hard to believe that in a few weeks we will be leaving to serve the people of El Salvador. We will be there from November 3-11th. This team of 22 people are so excited to share the love of Christ and be used by God for His purposes and for His glory. God has provided enough funds to build 10 houses. We will also be handing out food and holding a childrens minstry. Our plans also involve visiting a Compassion Centre in San Vicente. Pray for us as we need the Lord to direct our steps and the strength to complete the tasks He has prepared for us. I think of the verse in Isaiah 6:8