Throughout our lives we have been so blessed with friendships and ministry opportunities.
This blog is meant to show what God has been doing in, for and through us. We do this for the purpose of GLORIFYING GOD and HELPING OTHERS GLORIFY GOD.
A combined summer studyusing the Fighter Verses, which includes a parents/kids class starting this Sunday (July 10th)
Also, I am going to be speaking at Camp Michawana a couple of Tuesday nights.
We continue to be amazed at God’s great provisions in so many ways – friendships, gifts, encouraging words, and all of these things and more coming at just the right time.
Joel finished his first year at Grand Rapids Community College. He has taken some photography classes and really enjoys going around Grand Rapids and Michigan to get pictures. He is helping with the children’s ministry at TBC and does a great job with the kids.
Josiah finished his sophomore year at Northpointe Christian School (NPC). This summer he went on a mission trip to NYC with our church. The trip was a great opportunity for Josiah and the rest of the group to share the Gospel, help a local church’s pantry/meal ministry,
Jadyn finished 6thgrade at NPC. As I mentioned earlier, Jadyn helped with the elementary After School Bible Club. It has been awesome watching her serve there and at VBS.
Krista finished her 5thyear as a para pro/intervention teacher at NPC. She has also been an amazing help and encouragement to me in my ministry at TBC.
While this update has been filled with a lot of great, positive things this past year hasn’t been without its challenges.
We continue our search for a house.
Parenting obviously has its good days and bad days.
As many of you know ministry is filled with amazing blessings and challenges.
There are the challenges of life in general
As part of TBC’s combined summer study, we studied and memorized 1 Peter 5:6-10.
Here is the passage followed by a prayer you can pray for us.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, ⁷casting all your anxieties on him because he cares for you. ⁸Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. ¹⁰And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Here is a prayer based on this passage.
Lord God, you are mighty, perfect, loving, and victorious.
Because you are mighty, help us live a humble life for your glory.
Because you are perfect and mighty, help us remember that your mighty hand will lift us up at the proper time.
Because you care for us and love us, help us cast our worries and anxieties, of life, parenting, and ministry, upon you,
Help us be sober-minded and watchful.
God, we know that you are so mighty and powerful, and we also know that our enemy the devil wants to destroy us.
Thank youfor the victory over sin and death we have because of you.
This victory helps us resist the devil and stand firm in our faith, knowing that there are believers all around the world going through suffering and challenges.
Lord, God, restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish us.