I’ve been studying the word “apostle” recently. While I don’t have any “ground-breaking” things to say, I did realize some things that I hadn’t noticed before.
Before getting to the things that I found surprising, let me just say…. I know people tend to freak out when anyone starts talking about apostles, especially when that person believes in the present gift and calling, but bear with me. Don’t freak out. Yet.
Okay, now that that’s done, let’s start with some basics:
1) The term “apostle” used to be a normal Greek word, not a religious word with a capital letter on the front of it. That capital letter and the religious context only came later, much later. In the beginning, it was a word just like any other, just like how “born again” used to mean simply being born a second time, not “prayed a prayer and go to an evangelical church somewhat regularly.”
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We used to visit Drumul Taberei every week, but over the last year, we’ve been concentrating more on planting the church and working with English-speakers (whom we can at this point more effectively disciple). So by the time Christmas came, it had been a number of months since we last visited the families living along Drumul Taberei.
We came this year with some small Christmas gifts for the kids and plenty of love, prayers, and encouragement for everyone.
I think the pictures at the end will do a better job at expressing the feelings all around than I could ever say in words, but let me just give a quick update on some important things to help in your praying.
When we visited, Vasilica described herself as “all alone now but God does not forsake me.” Her husband Mircea and daughter Rebeca are in jail now for drug use, but Alberto (read more here) is still free from heroine and Samuel is still HIV-free (read more here). Carmen is living in Spain with her older sister and doing well there. Andrei is still as wild as ever but also full of infectious joy. Join Vasilica in your praying, and ask God to use Mircea’s and Rebeca’s time in jail to bring them to repentance, freedom from drugs, and new life in Jesus. He can do it!
From the time Vlad Ţepeş (the inspiration behind Dracula) held back the invasion of the Turkish empire, Romania has been a gateway into Europe and a center of the Christian-Muslim conflict. Seven hundred years after Vlad, thousands of men and women still come to this nation attempting to enter Europe, many of them coming from Muslim nations in Africa and Asia. Some are refugees fleeing war-torn countries, but most are average men and women seeking employment and a better life in Europe, and a few are involved in drug trafficking or other illegal activities. Although they claim all these and more reasons for making the long trek to Romania, we believe God is in fact the one calling many of them! Like our friends Emal and Rashid, who came to Romania looking for money in the drug trade but found new life in Jesus, we believe there are many more Muslims ready to discover the forgiveness of God right here in Romania. This Christmas, we did something special to bring them the good news.
I was introduced a week or two ago to Ike Ndolo. I still have no idea how to pronounce his name, either the first or the last one, but he sure has some great music. The lyrics on “Grave to Shudder” are phenomenal!
Anyhow, it seems there are yet some things that Google does not know, and one of those things is the chords to this particular song. But thanks to chordify.net and a bit of tweaking on my part, that will soon be changed; at the moment I publish this blog, the world wide web will no longer be ignorant. Bwah ha ha ha!!!
Without further ado, below are the chords (as far as I and Chordify can tell, that is) for Ike Ndolo’s song “Grave to Shudder.” Enjoy it. Play it. And go buy his CD. The CD recording is much better than any of the free versions you can find on YouTube, and a worship leader like this deserves to have his work supported. So buy his music!
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I love those things about God that defy explanation. I love how He is both the King and Lord over all creation and also a humble servant. I love how He is both three distinct persons and yet very clearly ONE God. The last month or so, I’ve been stuck on the concept of how He is by nature LOVE (1 John 4:8, 16) and yet is also angry every day (Psalm 7:11).
God’s wrath in relation to his love.
I haven’t yet organized all my thoughts, but in studying the scriptures, the following ten thoughts have been coming up again and again.
Instead of re-writing the story, I’m just copying and pasting the email my brother Jake sent around about a young man to whom we’ve recently been ministering. Consider getting involved and helping to change his life!
We met Emal, a young Muslim refugee from Afghanistan, about 9 months ago. We shared the Gospel with him, he’s been reading the Bible, and he comes to church most weeks. He hasn’t started to trust in Jesus yet, but he’s growing closer. Recently, he told me, “I know I need a new life – I want things to change, and I think Jesus is the answer, but I can’t believe in Him yet. I need to learn more about Him first, and then I can only believe if I really believe it’s true.”
One of Emal’s biggest physical needs right now is for hearing aids. Like many refugees we’re meeting from Afghanistan, Emal’s ears were damaged with the constant bombing, so we want to get him some hearing aids to make it easier for him to get a job, survive in Bucharest, and, most important, learn more about Jesus.
We found a pair of used hearing aids plus 2 years of batteries for $250. These are really good hearing aids that normally cost $2000 to $3000 new, so this is a great opportunity. Please pray about helping us to buy these hearing aids for Emal, and if you can give, click here.
When we present them to him, we want to be able to tell him, “This is a gift from Christians from all over the world who care about you because Jesus cares about you. This isn’t just from me, but this is a gift from God’s people.”
Whether you can give or not, pray for Emal, for his hearing to be restored, for him to find good work in Bucharest, and, most important, that his heart would turn to Jesus!
Thanks so much!
If you can give, click here.
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