… the 21st night of September? Because that was yesterday. Also this week:
“Ah, stubborn children,’ declares the Lord, who carry out a plan, but not mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit… who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction… Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!” (Isaiah 30:1-2, 31:1)
“It was often the fault and folly of the Jews, that when troubled by their neighbors on one side, they sought for succour from others, instead of looking up to God… See what dangers men run into who forsake God to follow their carnal confidences… God is displeased when He is distrusted, and when an arm of flesh is relied on, more than His power and goodness. It is foolish to lean on a broken reed when we have the Rock of Ages to rely upon.” (Matthew Henry)
If you’ve ever driven between Los Angeles and San Francisco, you probably remember the smell of Harris Ranch. A hundred thousand cows produce a unique stink. Lately, that image of a sprawling cattle farm has been stuck in my head. I’ve been thinking about the differences between a shepherd with his flock, and a farmer with his herd.
It was Clayton’s turn to be welcomed to Africa this week! He got a stomach virus and was down for the count from Tuesday night through Friday morning. But we still found plenty to do this week…
Ndili Bwino! That’s “How are you?” and “I am fine!” in Chichewa – one of only three greetings we know. The rest is just verbs and nouns unstrung together. But we’re getting there! Here are some pictures of our week…
“‘Let days speak and many years teach wisdom.’ But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. It is not the old who are wise, nor the aged who understand what is right.” (Job 32:7-9)
“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.” (Psalm 146:3-4)
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)
As an American and biracial, it’s hard for me to understand the depths of ethnic loyalty possessed by most people in the world. To me, it exceeds reason and glosses over undeniable wrong. But, having read straight through Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, and 1 & 2 Kings, I have caught a sense of the hope and pride of Israel as a people group.
We’ve decided to start a new, photo-centric category on the blog! In addition to our Updates, Life & Ministry, and Devotional posts, we’re starting something called This Week In Photos. At this point, we’ve been living in Lilongwe, Malawi for about one week. With these first pictures, we just wanted to show you our environment here: weather, food, living, etc. (We’ll dedicate a future post to the seminary and church.) Scroll through to the bottom of this page to see our current prayer requests.
As a missionary to Crete, Titus’ primary goal was to “appoint elders in every city” (Titus 1:5), but not just any elders – qualified elders. After Paul described the qualified elder in verses 5-9, he then revealed why such qualifications were necessary. False teachers posed a clear and present danger to the Cretan church, but they weren’t always easy to identify. So, in verses 10-16, Paul explains who they are and how to deal with them.