Thoughts for the fall of 2014 & a report from the Country of Georgia

The following are some thoughts and Scriptures I’ve put out on Facebook these past few months.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did in putting them together.   Also, cialis generic there I have included highlights of a trip my wife, here Myrna, hospital and I took to the Republic of Georgia.   My son and his family are missionaries to this country which is near the Ukrainian border where all the conflicts are going on.

God speed have a great fall,  Kent and Myrna 

 

Faith

Faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted. Kent

Unseen Presence of God

The unseen presence of our God surrounds us day by day, and when we are blocked by the evil schemes of this world, He opens the way.

 

On Time

God is always on time with His will and plans; He is never too late or too early!

Worry

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength.  Cory ten Boom 

Love for God

The height of our love for God is indicated by the depth of our love for one another.  Moreley

God’s Heart

If you can’t understand God’s plan right now, then trust in His heart anyway.  He loves you and knows what He’s doing.  He always has and always will!  Kent

Failure

Failure is the path of least resistance, so don’t give up and hang in there with God even though the end seems far off, and even impossible at times.  Kent

Wisdom

True wisdom starts with a heart full of faith, not a head full of facts.

Pride

A prideful person resents the success of those around him, not quite what a Christian is all about would you say? Kent

Legalism or hedonism

The heart we are all born with is sinful by nature and cognizant of what is wrong and right.  Sad to say, though, the heart (human will) can’t do much about wrong or right on its own; at least that is what the Bible says.  Therefore it only has two basic paths to take: to adopt all the religious rules it can, or rejects them altogether. The first builds a life with a guilt complex, and the latter builds a life centered on self-pleasure, gratification, and self-satisfaction. Neither of these paths leads to the kind of life God intended for any of His creation to live. Some try to live a life in between these two, but never successfully. Only a life transformed by Christ can be a guiltless life with perfect satisfaction and that takes believing in Him to begin with.

 

“For those who do not have, or attend themselves to God’s Word, the Bible, yet they often do instinctively what it speaks against. This shows that God puts His laws and  principles into their hearts from birth, whether they like it or not.   The very evidence of their guilty consciences bears witness of this.”  Romans 2:14-15 (revised)

Comfort

God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to learn and know firsthand how to comfort others in their time of need or sorrow. Kent and Streams, January 11th)

Thorns

You will find that whenever you set your foot on a thorn, the other foot is there to take away the pressure of the sharpening pain.  So it is with those in the body of Christ, who bear our burdens when we are hurting, yet another great reason get involved in a local church.

Money

We weaken the power of money in our lives when we give it away, especially to the causes that increase the kingdom of God here on earth.

 

Trip to the Republic of Georgia

My wife Myrna and I just returned from the country of Georgia (near the Ukrainian border), where for two weeks we were visiting and helping our son and his family with their ministry in a small village called Didi Chkoni.   It is a village that is rural and very primitive by American standards to say the least.  Outhouses are a luxury for most homes in this part of Georgia, and showers, which my son, Brodie, built for his family, are rare.   The water system is filled with bacteria, as well as much of the food being raised and sold there.  So you have to be careful, which I thought I was, but evidently not.   I had intestinal problems for the first 9 days, along with the rest of the family.   Hospitals and medical clinics do not exist where Brodie and his family live; the closest one is about an hour away.  In Brodie’s house there is no heat, water, appliances, or any other convenience. He had to create his own from scratch.  And winter is coming!  This area of Georgia is also a place where there are very few Christians, if any at all, and no churches accept one, the Russian Greek Orthodox.  When I arrived, I needed to do all of the driving, because Brodie’s right arm was swollen with a bursitis as we later learned.   The key to driving was to make sure you did not hit any pigs, cows, goats, or chickens on the road.  I was successful, praise God!

The trip there had us drive 15 hours from Boise to LA where we boarded our plane.   The plane trip took about 24 hours with two layovers.  And when we arrived it took about 5 hours to get to the village via car on a two-lane mountainous road.   But even though our time there had its challenges, it was one of the best times we have ever had with Brodie and his family.  Myrna loved helping Brodie’s wife Katie with the cooking and other chores, and they talked for hours while doing so.   I loved walking and talking with the kids on many unplanned for hikes.   They (Luke, Maddie, and Anabelle) were so mature for their ages (14, 12, and 11 years old), and very content to be where they were.   I also had some great times with my son, Brodie; we talked mostly about the ministry he was trying to accomplish for the Lord.   Their biggest prayer, and I mean the biggest, is to get the land they have been trying to purchase for months.   It is a wonderful property to build a home and orphanage on, but the government has delayed the sale of the property for months now. This has put Brodie in a bit of a pickle, so to speak, because it means having to survive a coming winter in a rented house that is hardly built to do so.

So pray for him and his family as they prepare for this coming reality, and for their ministry with the people of the village they are trying to reach for the Lord.   Will Myrna and I go back to see and help again, you bet we will.   And the next time, we will bring even more supplies with us to ease their living conditions.