The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”1 John 3:8“
It is interesting that John identifies that Jesus’ coming was to destroy the devil’s work. This is a good prayer request for about anything: God please destroy the devil’s work in this person, city, or country. – Dean
The “Wait and Trust Me” Lesson
It seems that this has been a common lesson that God seems to be re-teaching me. Just when I believe that I know God’s timing for something to happen, I realize that I don’t. A friend of mine once said, “God is seldom early and He is always on time.” One reason that I believe I struggle with the “when” in any situation is that I am viewing that situation from a specific moment in time, while God is viewing the same situation outside of time.Waiting on God can either grow my faith in Him or frustrate my faith in Him. I certainly want my faith to grow, so I need to remember that He still is God regardless of His timing. Once in a while He will “show up” early, but the vast majority of times, I am waiting on Him. My trust should not be dependent upon His timing but on who He is. He is in charge, and I am not.
It has been an interesting few months of travel. I have had opportunities to teach in Ohio, Arizona, Israel, Minnesota, and Oregon. One of the highlights of my travel was the opportunity to lead some prayer journeys in the Portland, Oregon area.
Three churches are being planted there, and it was a great experience to meet with the staff members, pray with the staff members, and hear each vision that God has given them in making an impact on the Northwest. It is so much fun to see God at work
The Spiritual P.E.D. Initiative
I am publishing a new book. During 2018, every Tuesday I sentout a lesson from the Gospel of John. Yes, there were fifty-two lessons. Each lesson focused on what we could learn from John’s book aboutPursuing Jesus, Engaging others with Him, and Discipling others that look more like Him.
I have been prompted by God and encouraged by several people to put the fifty-two lessons in a book. The book will be available in July with a spiral binding or in August from amazon.com in astandard binding. The book will eventually sell for $15.95, but for this summer we will sell spiral format for $12.50 plus postage. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to order a book.
I believe that this book will help all of us be more in love with Jesus as we pursue Him, as we engage others with Him, and as we disciple others to look more like Jesus. I highly recommend that you work through this book slowly, whether it be in a study by yourself or in a group. It took me fifty-two weeks to write it. I encourage you to take a similar amount of time to “soak up” the application.
Earlier this year I returned to Israel and spent time in Galilee withthe Arab Christians on staff with the Christian Holy Land Foundation. This time I took five people with me. Skye Ho, one of the Legacyguys I coach, Sean Thome, another Legacy guy, Sean’s son, Anthony, Laura Diebel, a former Impact Campus Ministry staff member,and her friend Kristen Keeler.
We spent eight days in Israel looking for ways to encourage thestaff of CHLF. There are about 8.7 million people living in Israel. I was told that there are approximately ten thousand Arab Christians and approximately fifteen thousand Messianic Jews.
I pray for Israel daily and I pray for the CHLF staff regularly. I encourage you to intercede for Israel regularly regardless of your end times theology. It is a large mission field, and the workers are few.
Jul 11th-14th – Michigan: Intentional Impact Board Meeting
Jul 23rd-24th – ICOM Corporate Officers Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana
July 25th-26th – Legacy Gathering, Indianapolis, Indiana
Aug 1st-3rd – Family Gathering, North Branch, Michigan
Aug 27th-29th – Verve Staff Retreat, Las Vegas, Nevada
Sep 16th-19th – Church Planters Retreat, Estes Park, Colorado
Sep 23rd-24th – Vegas Church, Las Vegas, Nevada
Please pray that God would glorify Himself through these events.