Category Archives: Serving

The Prodigal Son Model of Repentance

I have been teaching on the subject of repentance and forgiveness and it dawned on me……..I have never heard a teaching on how to repent. Hundreds of times I have listened to well crafted messages on our need to humble ourselves before the Holy God in contrition and repentance, but never a simple message on how to do just that.

Although we see many people repenting throughout the Scriptures, the repentance of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 provides a model for us today. When you need to repent, consider (what I am calling) The Prodigal Son Model of Repentance.

1. First, I come to my senses about the fact that I have sinned. Luke 15:17
2. I set out to “go back” to the one I have injured. Luke 15:18
3. I plan my confession of sin. Luke 15:18, 19
4. Notice, that the compassion of the one injured is not a reason to cease the repentance process. Luke 15:20
5. I identify, specifically, those who have been injured by my sin. Luke 15:21
6. I address, verbally and specifically, those whom I have injured by my sin. Luke 15:21
7. I address, verbally and specifically, that my sin has damaged the relationship and I am not deserving of forgiveness, but I would certainly enjoy seeing the relationship restored. Luke 15:21

Late Night Thoughts

Usually, after my family goes to sleep, I take some time to read, pray, think, meditate, and consider. Although I am not much into what the media calls “news,” I have been noticing many events that gain most of the world’s attention.

These events, in some way, intersect with God’s promise to Abraham: “All the nations of the earth shall be blessed.” As Great Commandment Christians, we too are interested in taking Jesus into all the world and seeing all peoples in all nations blessed by Him. We are part of fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham.

My attention continues to be drawn away from my “Abrahamic calling” and into the details of the world event. More than I am interested in Japan’s nuclear radiation problems, I should be strategizing about how the nuclear challenge may open the door for me to bless the Japanese with the love of Jesus through acts of kindness and the sharing of the Gospel.

Was the raid that killed Osama bin Laden just or righteous is a question of some importance, but seeing Islamic folks come to personal faith in Jesus is of total importance.

With this in mind, the most important activity of one’s global influence for Jesus is prayer. Prayer sanctifies the sacrifice.

Without prayer a glass of water, “in Jesus’ name,” is simply a glass of water with His name on it. With prayer, a glass of water in His name can be transformative and tremendous.

In some ways we are far removed from Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. By prayer we can be closely involved in seeing the Gospel powerfully proclaimed, folks turning to Jesus for salvation, with the result being God’s promise to Abraham continues to be fulfilled through us.

Today I am praying for the totality of Christian witness in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Bhutan, Syria, Egypt, and other nations. May all those who risk their lives for identifying with Jesus be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. May God’s promise to Abraham be continually fulfilled in our generation.

Let’s increase our prayer quotient.

A True Hero and Example!

A bold follower of Jesus Christ was assassinated in Pakistan a couple of days ago. With great devotion to our Lord, he proclaimed that he would be faithful to the call of God even in the face of death threats from the Taliban, Sharia Law proponents, and Al Qaeda. These wicked, God-less, and violent types have threatened the work of Jesus for 2000 years.

But God’s Truth marches on.

Please, on behalf of all Christians on the planet now, in the past, and in the future, view this short video of the now martyred Shahbaz Bhatti.

Pastor Pam, Peggy, and the Puppet People :0)

I couldn’t resist starting all of the keywords above with the letter “P.” Actually, Pastor Pam and Kids in Training Director, Peggy, are leading the Kids in Training team to Yakutat, Alaska for a week of ministry. The children are well rehearsed, prepared, and anointed for service. The leadership team is ready to lead the way into a tremendous season of effective ministry there.

The Kids in Training ministry is designed to equip children to do works of service at MCA, in Anchorage, Alaska, and the world. KIT team is a prolific children’s mission ministry that has launched many children and adults into global ministry.
Special thanks to the children for their steadfast and diligent work in preparing their lives for service to Christ. We are also full of appreciation for the many adults who give of their time and skill to enable these children to become all God intends.

Children’s ministry is one of the leading edges of the current MCA growth curve. In the months of January and February the Children’s Ministry has an average Sunday morning attendance of 280 young champions for Christ. Should the Lord tarry, we would like to see at least 400 children in Sunday morning attendance in the 2012 ministry year.

Together we can reach the children in South Central Alaska with the Good News of salvation in Christ. Invite a child and her or his parents to hear the Good News through Pastor Pam’s team and let’s see what the Lord accomplishes.

Can-Am Spyder and Tubing

My kids, poor things, are dad impaired.

I don’t have a truck.  No snow machine.  No four wheeler.  No motor cycle.  No plane, helicopter, paraglider, or glider.  No boat, raft, jet ski, wave runner, or even water skis.  No hunting rig.  No rifle, harpoon, bow, or machete.  Nope, not even a tent.

But………I have friends!

Bishop Bill and Dori blessed my family with a Can-Am Spyder tour and Elder Kevin and Lynn grand-slammed it with late night tubing.