This is my friend Steve whom I am visiting in England and whom spent the couple days in France with me. This picture is in Calais as we were getting ready to board the ferry back to Dover.
We got back to Bicester at 3:30 this afternoon and got ready for church that started at 5 pm. As the church came they spent the first hour or so having dinner for the kids. They then moved into a time of teaching and play for the kids. Then between 6:30 and 7 the adults had a time of eating and talking. The evening then moved into a time of sharing, teaching and praying. I truly felt blessed to be able to worship with brothers and sisters in Bicester. Being with the church was simple and deeply meaningful.
There were some things they did tonight that I look forward to sharing with the growth group I am a part of in Centerville. I would like to share a couple: 1. They took time to share if there were any needs either in the church or with people they are associated with who had need. Then they took time to work out plans to help those needs. 2. A young man named Christoph, led a time of discussion about the church. He had verses printed out for us to discuss within smaller groups that then shared their discussion with the larger group. This was a great time of teaching and encouraging the body. I thank the Lord for the great time of fellowship tonight.
The trip has been great so far and God is teaching me many things. Thank you for all your prayed and words of encouragement! Also thanks to all of you who have been encouraging Amy this week.
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Yesterday I felt the need to do an update that isn’t so much an update but that is more of an explanation. I want to take a couple moments and lay out what has compelled me to do this “5k for 25 days”. Why would I take so much time out of this Christmas season to do this? I realized that if I fail to make the reasons why clear then I have failed at giving credit to whom credit is due.
There are three reasons specifically that led to me pursuing this little adventure but the first reason is the one that is the foundation for the other two. The first reason that I have been compelled to run and is essentially the reason that makes all other reasons valid is Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that God sent His only Son, Jesus to the world to die for humanity. To die for our sins and take upon Himself the wrath of God to pay for all of our sins (John 3:16; Eph. 2:1-10). At about the age of five I confessed my sin and trusted Christ as my Savior. Now my life because of what He has done is lived for His glory. My prayer is that the way I live my life is a testimony to the majesty of God and His Son Jesus. So I run that God my receive all the glory. If His son had not come then I would not love nor care to do something like this.
The second reason that I run is that Christ has laid a burden on my heart for human trafficking and to join the fight against it. The slavery of individuals who were created by God in His image is an atrocity. Especially in regards to the children who are forced into sexual slavery. As a follower of Jesus Christ I am called to seek the Kingdom of God and in God’s kingdom justice reigns. I am drawn to see justice and justice is the freeing of individuals from slavery and the wicked punished. As God’s child not only am I called to seek His kingdom but I must also spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. If these individuals are freed physically that is a good thing, but if they are also freed spiritually by coming to Jesus Christ then that is a wonderful thing. Jesus calls me to not only fight for their freedom physically but also and more importantly their freedom spiritually. So I run secondly for freedom.
The final major reason I run is because of my family. God has blessed me with an amazing wife and four incredible children. As a husband and father I long for them also to know Jesus and to value the things of Jesus. I have learned in my short life that I pass things on to my kids best by how I live. So I run that they may see how important it is to sacrifice for others. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice that we might have life and so I am called to sacrifice that others might come to know the love of Jesus. First and foremost this responsibility is to my children. I pray that they would seek Jesus and pursue the dreams and passions that He has given them. As a dad I pray that I will always support them in their dreams encourage them to have the faith that God can and will do great things through them. I hope that this 5k for 25 days will be an example to them.
So for those of you who may ask why is Wade running? The answer: Christ died for me and I want all of my life to bring glory to Him. I do not run because I am anything special but because God is great in me!
A elderly gentleman whom I know named Roscoe Napier came into my office today. When he came in he wanted to share with me a song that he had just written. He was so excited because he knew that every time he would share the song that he would be able to also share the gospel! Praise the Lord! I hope that as you enjoy the song you are encouraged to love your Savior more!
Last night I sat down and watched Robin Hoodand really enjoyed the movie. Honestly though I wasn’t surprised. Most movies that have action and adventure I enjoy, the kid in me comes to the surface. I especially like those kind of movies when I walk away inspired to live life better. Movies like Gladiator, The Patriot and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy are some other good ones that have at the same time entertained and inspired me. Those are the best movies.
While watching Robin Hood I could not help but be inspired by how the common folk came together to be a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunatly this didn’t work out to well for them in the movie and Robin ended up being outlawed but the idea moved me still. The quote from the movie that resonated with me as soon as I heard it was, “Rise and rise again, until lambs become lions!” Pastors are in the business of helping lambs become lions by the grace of God. Each week we need to rise up and pursue the raising up of disciples who are engaging their communities with the boldness of lions so that some might come to Christ. Without this passionate pursuit we can expect that the people in the pews will remain lambs who are comfortable with being a part of a club. While pondering this there were a couple of things that came to mind that must happen in order for the lambs to become lions.
1. Growth in the gospel- I know that we would say the people in the pews have said the sinner’s prayer and and trusted Christ as their savior. My response to this would be are they learning everyday what it means to live out the gospel? Are they growing in the knowledge of the holiness and greatness of God? As they know God more do they understand more how depraved they are? Then are they turning to Christ again everyday praising Him for the work He has done? This will result in men and women who are falling more deeply in love with Jesus everyday because they are growing in their understanding of the significance of the gospel. The gospel provides the motivation and the power to live for the glory of God. In 2 Peter 1:3-11 we learn that the gospel has given us everything we need to be fruitful as believers. If believers are going to move from being lambs to being lions they need to understand the implications of living the gospel and begin living it. This means if you are a leader in the church that every time you teach you must make sure that the gospel is central. This is why Martin Luther said to beat the gospel into their heads continually.
2. Love for People- At another point in Robin Hood, Robin is talking with the young boys who were essentially poachers and thieves and He told them that if they wanted to be more than theives that they needed to have a cause. Have the people in your church come to understand the great cause they have been called to? 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 teaches believers that they have been called to the ministry of reconciliation. God has given us a cause that is worth dying for. If you doubt that then simply ask yourself why is it that Jesus died? He believed the cause was worthy to die for. We are commissioned to go to the world with the message that they can be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. Believers need to see and understand how broken the world around them is, if they don’t they will forget how desperately people need Jesus. Another thing we should be doing is praying often that the people in our churches would have an enlarged burden for their community. As they grow to love people more and understand their call to take the message of reconciliation to their hurting community they will begin to grow from lambs to lions.
You want to see the church work to have gospel change in your community, to move from being lambs to lions then work hard at helping them to grow in the gospel and to grow in their love for people. When these two things happen they will have the motivation and power needed to radically impact their community for the glory of God. You will have lions!
Yep all that from Robin Hood. I am thankful for the time to watch it last night.