Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Repairing your spiritual foundations

Several Sundays ago I preached a sermon from Philippians 2:12-18 called "Basic Instructions for the Christian Life." One of the illustrations that I shared in the sermon was the idea of trying to build a foundation under and existing building. It can be done. You can carefully jack up the building and then crawl underneath it and dig out the space needed for the foundation that should have been built in the first place.  The problem is that its gonna take significantly more time and effort to do it this way.  That's why its important for us to make sure we understand the foundational principles of the Christian life from the very beginning.

Imagine my surprise when I drove down to the district a couple of days later and spotted a building jacked up just like I imagined in my sermon illustration.  There was no one around but I really wanted to ask someone how long it took and how much it cost.

The good news is that even if your Christian life is built on a rather shaky foundation it is absolutely possible to pick it up and set it down on the bedrock principles found in the Word of God.  To do this you need to find a healthy church that preaches and teaches Scripture not based on what pleases people but on what God revealed.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New friends and fellow missionaries to Puebla!

A few weeks ago I got a call from Augusto Aniano letting me know that he and his family would be rolling through the DC area in April and would I like to get together when they came through? I new about the Anianos because they had served with our mutual friends Brad and Lindsay Bridges for several years ago in Uruguay.

Augusto and Vale and really the whole family are a musically talented bunch.  So Augusto volunteered to serve Franconia by leading worship while they were in town. I'm so glad I said yes! Not just because they are gifted musicians but also because of their story which they shared with Carrie and me.

You see, Augusto and Vale move to Puebla Mexico years before they became believers. They followed their family's business and through some personal struggles brought them to a church meeting at Puebla Bible Seminary. Not only did they both become Christians, Augusto would go on to become a student at the Seminary where they trained for a life committed to the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I couldn't believe it.  Here was this wonderful couple serving our church who were themselves fruit of the ministry we plan to serve in Mexico! They are now preparing to return as missionaries to Puebla where we will, Lord willing, have the opportunity to continue our friendship and serve with them.