Friday, July 30, 2010

My Bestest Friend

She got married!

Update on my spring/summer dream list

Here is my list from a year ago...

1. The Getty Museum  Done!!  With Peter a few times and with Jen, Nancy and another sweet girl whose name escapes me right now.  Fun!
2. The Getty Museum-Malibu  Not yet
3. See the wildflowers blooming  Does spring in Seattle count?  I don't think so.  Next year...
4. Go to San Diego  Going in October!
5. Mission San Juan Capistrano/Del  Not yet
6. Nixon Library (re-visit)  Not yet
7. Reagon Library Well my wet-blanket friend Gabe went and sent me pictures.  But I still haven't made it...
8. Hearst Castle (re-visit) Maybe sometime this year
9. Santa Barbara Zoo No, not yet...
10. Pismo Beach/Carpinteria  Pismo Beach, yes!!  It was fun!
11. Santa Maria (re-visit)  Thanks to Kevin and Dini, I have a place to stay whenever I need one.  And I've taken them up on that a few times.  Love it!
12. Los Angeles Music Center  I went with students, but that doesn't count.
13. Nethercut Museum  Nope
14. San Francisco  Hopefully soon....

So it looks like I have some traveling ahead of me sometime.  Lots of it.  Gotta get going on these things.  Once again, if there is a place on this list you'd like to visit, please let me know and I'll join you!

NavClassics: Born to Reproduce

This chapter, also by Mr. Trotman, focuses on spiritual reproduction.  Once we have come to Christ, it is our duty to reproduce spiritually.  Just like God calls us to reproduce physically, we are to have spiritual children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on.  This can easily happen within weeks or months of conversion.  He referred to a secretary at Navs who had only been a christian for a few months, but had spiritual great-grandchildren.  She had shared with some friends who had come to faith, and they in turn had shared with others who had also gotten saved.  Trotman points out that we need to produce reproducers.  We need to feed and nurture these new converts so they can go out and share their risen Savior as well. 

"Soul-winners are not soul-winners because of what they know, but because of the Person they know, how well they know Him, and how much they long for others to know Him."

Saturday, July 17, 2010

NavClassics: The Need of the Hour

The Navigators was started by a man named Dawson Trotman.  He was in the military and began a ministry that focuses on evangelism, bringing people to the Lord and then discipling them so they can go out and bring the gospel to those around them.  He wrote a series of little articles and those, along with some articles by other men in Navs, have been published by NavPress.  I just finished the first article, so I thought I'd blog about each one as I finish them.

The Need of the Hour points out the fact that many people say they would evangelize if they had the right materials...or more time...or better transportation.  Trotman points out that the disciples were commanded to bring the gospel to the world, and they didn't have any of this.  They just had to go out and do it.  Many people today say that these earthly things are the need of the hour.  However, Trotman states that the true need of the hour is to believe that God is reigning on high (Is. 52:7), and that He will not be hindered by what we do not have.  Jeremiah 33:3 says, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which though knowest not."  Trotman and his buddies started praying for the LA area, then expanded it to the west coast, to the nation and finally to the world, asking the Lord to give them souls in these places.  As a result, Trotman was able to start The Navigators, which has missionaries in all 50 states and numerous countries around the world.

Is my vision for what God can do that big?  I don't even pray that God would give me souls in Lomita.   I'm so confined to my immediate circle.  I need to start to expand my horizons and begin to desire that God save souls all over the world.  But I also need to pray that the Lord would send me opportunities right were I am.  In another book I'm reading, Personal Evangelism and the Gospel, Mark Dever points out that many times we don't even ask God to give us souls right where we are.  If we can't have an impact for Christ where He placed us, how can we have an impact for Him in other areas?  I need to be faithful to what He has given me now.

What about you?  Are you sharing Christ with those around you?  Do you believe in the great God you serve?  That He can show you great and mighty things?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Liberty of Obedience by Elisabeth Elliot

This book is one of my prized possessions. I was named after Elisabeth Elliot.  She's always been a hero of mine.  About 10 years ago, my mom saw her at a convention.  Mom bought me this book and asked her to autograph it.  So it's pretty special in that regard.  However, I never actually read it until now...sad, I know.  It really blessed me.

Elisabeth was a missionary to the Auca tribe, the people who had killed her husband Jim not too long before.  The Lord called her to go with her young daughter into that tribe, learn the language and begin to share the gospel with them.  Because of this many of them came to know Christ, even those who killed her husband.

As she sat in the tribe, learning the language, there were some things that she began to wrestle with.  What would Christianity look like in the life of one of these natives?  The more she got to know them, the less barbaric they became.  They were normal people who lived extremely simple lives out in the middle of this jungle.  What would holiness look like for them?  In her culture back home, Christianity many times took on the form of "Don't drink, don't smoke, be modest, follow the rules!"  But how would one be modest when one doesn't wear clothes in the first place?   Elisabeth came to the conclusion that it has to do with obedience.  It has to do with obeying what God has put before us. Christ dined with prostitutes and tax collectors.  To the Pharisees, it was horribly offensive! But the appearance of evil is not always evil.  The Bible says to abstain from the appearance of evil, but an act that may appear wrong to some may actually be right.
"Decisions must be made in the integrity of the heart before God--with an unselfish attention to our brother's good and the glory of God."
 The Bible does not give us a simple formula for every issue.  But we need to be mature and able to discern what God would have us do.  His Word is the authority. It's not about tradition or pleasing men.

"For the Love of God is broader,
Than the measure of man's mind';
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.

But we make His love too narrow,
By false limits of our own
And we magnify it's strictness
With a zeal He will not own."

by Frederick W.  Faber

Friday, July 2, 2010

De Vez en Cuando: From Time to Time by Rick Johnson

I finished my first book this morning.  Yay!  Here are some quotes that blessed me.

"When Jesus said, "Follow Me,"  he was inviting the multitude to start a life of faith, to walk by faith, to live by faith and to finish by faith."

"When Jesus called individuals after Himself, to follow Him, they walked with Him, not so much after Him.  We would do well to draw a bit closer to the Lord, to not be so given to the insignificant values and pursuits of this life at the expense of the greater things."

It was a good book.  Great insights into the life of a missionary.  I recommend it. :)