Archive for December 2006

Thankfulness and Being Grateful

31 December 2006

Ps 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

As we approach the end of 2006, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect and be thankful to God for what has happened:

  1. I’d like to thank God for the Lord Jesus Christ, He is the reason why we are here today. He is our Creator and Saviour.
  2. I’d like to thank God for my family and my spouse.
  3. Thank God for our good friends who are here today with us in this new church sanctuary.
  4. Thank God for the young people [P’Gade, Ying, Koi, David and Nelson] who helped set up the meeting hall by laying the linoleum and laying out the chairs.
  5. Thank God for the Vandenhautte family who have graciously allowed us to use this home for the church.
  6. Thank God for Galilee BP Church and the Galileans who have come to support us today.
  7. Thank God for our Thai friends who have come to encourage us.
  8. Thank God for our Thai co-labourers who are labouring with us in this new church.

Redeeming the Time, Making the most of each opportunity.

27 December 2006

Eph 5:16* Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Col 4:5* Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

We met together for the 1st time this week since last Friday. As we recounted the events of the past week. One thing in common that stood out, “were our parents ready to meet God?” As Apple told Ying, “don’t wait till it’s too late.”

As I was thinking about our church, one thing that has been impeded the spread of the Gospel in Thailand is that a Christian is often ostracised from the immediate family. We need to reach the family and not just the individual.

It was a powerful time as we realized the 4 out of 6 of us in the group had unsaved parents.

What would our church be about? What would we be known for?

We spent some time in confession before God and asked for His guidance in the days ahead.

Later in the afternoon, we found out that husband of one of the potential members of the new church had a stroke.

God is trying to get our attention. Don’t you think?

Saying Goodbye!

24 December 2006

Today was our last Sunday at Payap church.  Pat and I taught our final Sunday school classes.  We took pictures, hugged our students, said goodbye to friends.  Some were shocked because they didn’t realize this was our last Sunday there.  The pastor wants to invite us back another week for a farewell.

Pat’s class made sympathy cards for Apple.  After lunch, many of the church members went to visit her father’s wake at Wat Jet Yot.  It was a meaningful time as a show of encouragement.

Just like Apple’s dad, time ran out.  Looking forward to a new beginning next Sunday.

The Fasting Church…

20 December 2006

and we don’t serve lunch. Choosing a church name isn’t that easy. We had lots of laughs as well as frustrations choosing a good name.

We looked at this list for some ideas but became rather tired after a while.

We decided on the name “krisjak Sang Sawang” which means “shining light.” In English, the name “Lighthouse” became the obvious choice as we prayer-walked the neighbourhood. We were surprised at the number of bars that had sprung up in the past year. We want to be a light to the neighbourhood.