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Thoughts from The Sermon on the Mount

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied” Matthew 5:6

I’m deeply challenged by these words. What do I hunger and thirst for other than the righteousness which comes through faith in Jesus? Where do I find my satisfaction outside of the presence of God? Whatever it is, wherever it is, may it never be! You alone have the words of eternal life. You alone can satisfy my soul. You alone can save me from the deep, dark pit of my sin and rebellion. You alone can deliver me into the joy-filled presence of my Savior. Where else can I turn for satisfaction? Accomplishment? Approval? Friends? Family? No! It is a burden they cannot and should not ever have to bear. When I say to my wife, “You are my source of satisfaction in this life. If I can’t get my satisfaction from you, I will not get my satisfaction at all.” What a burden for her to carry! Or how about my kids? It’s even more unbearable. May I never be so selfish and so blind to say to anything or anyone other than the King of Glory, “You are the satisfier of my soul!” He can carry the burden and He can deliver on the promise, “I alone can satisfy!”

O God, You alone are my joy and prize. You alone satisfy. I confess I am so easily satisfied by lesser things. I am so quick to turn to entertainment, accomplishment and leisure. Have mercy on me in the form of a fresh filling of Your Spirit leading to a fresh fire for more of You in my life. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen

Hike for Peace

Hello all!

I know it’s been a bit since my last post. Honestly, I’m walking a fine line between “It’s not worth the time because no one reads this.” and “It’s better to do something just in case.” So, I’ll do my best to walk that line well as we move forward.

For this post I wanted to bring you in on one of our family’s favorite activities; hiking in Upper Bidwell Park at sunset. The past two Saturday evenings we’ve managed to get all the kids out of the house and into the great outdoors and we’re so thankful for it.

This season of ministry has been particularly difficult between students not coming in the numbers we would hope for, students choosing their own desires over God’s plans, student leaders being burnt out and so on. Nothing particularly tragic, just the realities of college ministry piling up on us a bit.

And so, we’ve found that few things feed our soul like quality time with family, hiking around in the hills overlooking Chico as the sun sets on another day. It’s definitely not something that goes off flawless. Cambria has accrued many bumps and bruises, Tobin is constantly scared of Mountain Lions, Leona stops every five steps to pick flowers, but it’s surprising how refreshing it is when we stop to be thankful for even the small blessings from God. Which, when we really think about it, aren’t small at all. Sunsets, children, family, health, and the beauty of Creation; each of these things is reason to worship the Giver, with a thankful, joyful, full heart, no matter the more challenging circumstances of our lives.

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Prayer Requests

Hello friends!

I wanted to quickly ask for your prayers. Tomorrow, Freshman begin moving into Residence Halls and our student leadership retreat begins. We are desperate for God’s Spirit to move in our midst. Please join us in praying for the hearts of Freshman and new students. Please pray they would be receptive to the gospel and ready to walk with Jesus for a lifetime. Please pray for our retreat and time of training for our student leaders to be refreshed and encouraged. Pray it would be a catalyst into the next few, very intense, weeks of ministry. God bless and thank you for your prayers.

I think all religions are basically the same…

I (Josh) just finished my Apologetics class and I was deeply challenged and encouraged by the content. One of my assignments was to write an article directed toward a non-Christian audience dealing with some apologetics issue. I wrote my article on religious pluralism, the idea that all religions are essentially equal or at least equally valid. You can read the pdf version here. Feel free to leave your thoughts. Thanks!

 

 

Life update from Ft Collins

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Tobin and Leona in Jackson Hole, WY

Happy Summer everyone!  Just wanted to give a quick update on our summer assignment here in Ft Collins. We’ve had a fantastic summer so far. One highlight was our stop in Jackson, WY on our drive out. It was absolutely beautiful. We had a great time hiking and biking through God’s magnificent creation as a family! It was definitely a memory we will all carry with us for a lifetime. Well, maybe not Cambria, but oh well:) Seminary classes here in Ft Collins have also been very enjoyable so far. Josh is taking Apologetics and has been deeply encouraged and challenged by a fresh defense of the Christian faith. Adrienne is currently taking Biblical Interpretation and has enjoyed learning how to dig deeper into the Scriptures  in order to properly understand and rightly apply the truths of God’s Word. She is also playing on intramural softball and beach volleyball teams and having a blast putting her skills on display. The kids have been enjoying themselves swimming, biking, and playing with friends as well, despite the fact they’ve been sick most of the time we’ve been here:( Please pray for the coughing and runny noses to clear soon! Thank you so much for your love and support. We’ll be sending more updates soon, as well as posting one of the articles Josh wrote on Religious Pluralism for his Apologetics class. In the mean time, check out this video of the kids chasing prairie dogs in Jackson Hole.