My latest column (not sports this time) is HERE.
Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category
An inspiring story…
Steve Saint, perhaps most well known in the evangelical community for being the son of Ecuador missionary martyr Nate Saint (d.1955), has compiled an impressive missionary resume himself. The leader and founder of I-Tec, based in nearby Dunnellon, Florida, Saint has a passion for helping nationals develop technology to help themselves and spread the Gospel message. One of the coolest inventions he has come up with is the Maverick flying car. I heard Steve speak live at the Desiring God National Conference back in 2005 and was truly touched by his story.
Last week Steve was participating in an experiment at their Dunnellon headquarters when a safety strap broke and seriously injured him. He was medevaced to Shands Hospital in Gainesville where he has experienced paralysis, hopefully temporary in nature. For updates go to I-Tec’s facebook page.
Here is man who has known much suffering. His father died a martyr’s death while Steve was yet a small boy. In the year 2000 his college-aged daughter, Stephanie, died unexpectedly from a sudden cerebral hemorrhage within nine hours of returning home from a summer on the mission field. And now this.
I’m sure he and his family would appreciate your prayers.
One of the questions I always love to ask furloughing missionaries is, “How have things changed in America since your last visit?” I was able to ask that question again yesterday as we had the joy of spending the day with my cousin Sean and his family. Missionaries in the Philippines for several years now, they visit the U. S. every 3-4 years. This last gap had been four years. So what had changed?
- GPS. They are doing a lot of traveling to visit friends and family, as well as to speak in churches. Four years ago, he said, people would send him directions via email. Now, he says, everyone just sends an address and assumes he has a GPS, or will use Google maps, to find it. He didn’t know what a Garmin was.
- Texting. He sees people typing on their phones all the time. Didn’t see that much four years ago, he says.
- More Tattoos. He said this one was a real shocker. He came home to find far more people tatted up.
- Less Modesty. This is one that also surprised him. He says there has been a big difference in the amount of skin exposed compared to four years ago.
- Antibacterial hand wash – Sean said that he sees it everywhere now. When did America become so germa-phobic?
- More protection of personal information. On three separate occasions he was surprised to be told by friends that they would not pass along another mutual friend’s contact information without first securing permission from that mutual friend. This one not only surprised him, but me as well. I told him I had not noticed that very much yet, but perhaps it was a growing trend of which I am ignorant.
As I thought about these changes, I thought of some more:
- Increase in the price of gas.
- Increase in the number of empty commercial property units.
What do you notice has changed since four years ago?
I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord,
the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel
that he has granted them according to his compassion,
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
- Isaiah 63.7
List out many of the ways God’s steadfast love has been evidenced in your life.
Oh that You would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains might quake at Your presence…
– Isaiah 64.1
Take time to thank the Lord for what you listed above, then ask Him to show Himself strong in your life, in the lives of your family members and friends (pray for them by name) and in Harvest Jacksonville.
—> Sunday…Come worship at the Regal Avenues 20 Cinemas on Philips Highway and then come to the Concert of Prayer on Sunday evening at 7:14 p.m. at Crossview Church, located at 10679 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257.
…three famous figures passed on from this life: John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley. In his book, Between Heaven & Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death, Catholic theologian Peter Kreeft imagined that the three (humanist, theist, and pantheist) met in Purgatory for a discussion. I have not read the book, but it is a brilliant idea, considering the fact these three men died on the same day.