Harmons arrive in Uruguay

Paul and Jo Anna arrived in Paysandu Uruguay late yesterday. Read his blog article here. Be praying that they are able to quickly find a suitable place to live before their container arrives.

Gracious a Dios por la buen viaje! Praise the Lord for your prayers, and for a great start to our upcoming busy month of getting adjusted!

More information on Uruguay may be found in the CIA Factbook. Be sure to check out the Harmons’ Heart from the blogroll (right navigation).

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A Shadowlands Letter

The Dan Cummings’ link seems to be working intermittently. It can also be found (last time I checked) at his church’s website …. then select Pastor Dan’s blog


I came across this blog entry yesterday and it ministered to me. The background:

The author is Dan Cummings of Five Points Community Church in Auburn Hills, MI. Pastor Cummings is a graduate of Bob Jones University. In just the last several weeks he has discovered that he has stage 4 terminal cancer. Dan is a man 12 years younger than me, is married and the father to young children. In the following blog entry he writes about his cancer.

There is a similarity between this article and the Becky Vaughn story. That common theme is an absolute confidence in the sovereignty of God and a sure hope in the future!

Becky Vaughn: “Although I am an adult now, I continue to experience the truth that I have everything I need to do God’s perfect will for my life. My body has suffered the flames of this life, but my soul will never suffer the flames of eternity. I have the treasure of eternal life because I have accepted Christ.”

Dan Cummings: “Remember, God is always sovereign and always good. His purposes cannot fail. And He only desires our highest good. He has entrusted us with something that is meant to bring Him the greatest glory and to keep us from shipwreck…to taste His love and goodness in ways that will bring us the greatest good and joy. Think of the cross…sorrow and joy and glory all dancing together. I know it’s hard to grasp, but this is our ballast. Romans 8:28-32 is God’s Word to us. It’s God’s way of saying, “Everything is going to be all right.”

I trust that this will minister to 4BYA: that we would have that confidence and that hope!

I trust that you might remember Dan Cummings, his wife, and his children in prayer.

Pastor Dan Cummings’s letter: A Shadowlands Letter

Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Ephesians 3:14-21 outline

I hope to see you this Wednesday night for our next study in Ephesians. The following is the outline:

  1. The Reason for prayer: “For this reason …” (vs. 14)
  2. The Posture of prayer: “I bow my knees to the Father …” (vs. 14)
  3. The Family of prayer: “from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (vs. 15)
  4. The Petitions of prayer: “that He … that you … that you” (vss. 16, 17, 19)
  5. The Patron of our prayer (our unfathomable God)
  6. The Confidence in prayer: “[He] is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (vs. 20)
  7. The Doxology of prayer: “to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever” (vs. 21)

What’s a Tesseract?

I understand “a cube” (I have a Rubik’s at home!). There are three conventional spatial dimensions: length (or depth), width, and height, often expressed as ‘x’, ‘y’ and ‘z’. ‘x’ and ‘y’ axes appear on a plane Cartesian graph. A cube is a is a three-dimensional solid object where the length = the width = the height.

What does one do with four dimensions? (Frankly it is beyond me!). I understand that in geometry, the tesseract, also called 8-cell or octachoron, is the four-dimensional analog of the cube. The rotating graphic above represents a tesseract.

I find it interesting that Paul refers to four dimensions in Ephesians 3:17-19:

that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge

Dr Bauder: “Calvinism, Arminianism, Biblicism”

Comment: A worthwhile read from Central Seminary’s Dr. Bauder.

Introduction:

Some fundamentalist leaders have recently and publicly registered their objections to Calvinism, but they prefer not to be called Arminians. They believe that both Calvinism and Arminianism are man-made systems that predetermine one’s interpretation of Scripture. These leaders wish to start at the other end, with Scripture, and to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of the study of the text. Consequently, they prefer to be called Biblicists.

Fortunately, these recent pronouncements are irenic in tone. This is a token that fundamentalist theology is maturing. Not long ago, it was difficult to find criticism of Calvinism that did not end in a rant. If these recent publications are an example, however, we are now able to discuss Arminianism and Calvinism in a deliberate and thoughtful manner.

Nevertheless, the term Biblicist seems to have only limited usefulness in this debate. Which of us does not try to start with Scripture and to draw conclusions by studying the text? Which of us wishes to set aside any of the Bible in favor of a human system? No, we are all Biblicists here.

Read the full article here.

The Becky Vaughn story

We were blessed to have Pastor John Vaughn with us today at Fourth Baptist. Both messages (Psalm 46 in the a.m. and 1 Peter 1 in the p.m.) ministered to my heart.

The Vaughns have an ministry of testimony and encouragement as a result of a fire in their home in which Mrs. Brenda Vaughn, and their daughter, Becky, were severely burned.

Below is an introduction to “the Becky Vaughn story”:

It’s only natural for people to ask this question when they see me. Please don’t feel embarrassed for noticing my handicap. I am happy to share my story with you.

Read the Becky Vaughn story here .

Doug Roman on missions

It is natural for us to think that life in America is representative of the rest of the world. However, we are often reminded through images and news stories that life in America is an exception rather than the norm. This is also true of American Christianity. The freedoms and priveleges that we have in our great country to worship God and live out our faith are nearly unprecendeted around the world, particulaly when compared to Muslim nations. There are two resources that I would like to commend to you to keep a pulse on what Christians are facing around the world and how vast and untouched the mission field really is.

Read all: What is Christianity Like Around the World?