I (Perry) confess that while attending the University of Maryland I was somewhat embarrassed to graduate from a school that chose a terrapin as their mascot. Whose brilliant idea was it anyway that a turtle could ever intimidate opponents in sports, instill confidence to achieve great heights or inspire to pursue worthy goals? But my attitude forever changed after hearing, "Behold, the turtle moves forward only by sticking out its neck!" Now, forty six years later I am making the same daily decision I did back in 1972 as a young follower of Christ at U of Md. Will I stick my neck out trusting God to faithfully abide, guide and provide or will I retreat to the comfort and selfishness of my shell? Will I bask in the ease of the shallow kiddies' pool or risk leaping into my Father’s arms at the deep end to live out His call on my life by faith? Will I gamble the costly sacrifice of going all in for my Jesus Who gave His all for me at the Cross or will I give just enough to get by, settling for the stagnation of the status quo? In what specific way is the Lord asking you to stick your neck out to move forward in faith?
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" Luke 17:5
“Immediately they dropped their nets and followed Him.” Mark 1:18
“Without faith it is impossible to please Him…” Heb 11:6
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Gal 2:20
“I know the One in whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return.” II Tim 1:12
As we continue our theme of ‘spiritual warfare’ please pray that Christ’s men would stand firm in the faith, put on the full armor of God and learn how to use the sword of the Spirit (God's truth) as they fight the invisible war by faith.
Personal Getaway time
Son Caleb- full time employment
Our church is growing.
Our faith is growing.
German’s smile is growing!
Praises: I got a part time job cleaning windows to help with income/paying for school. Wife started school to be a nurse practitioner and is doing well! Taking new men through GRIP who are going through Bible for first time in their lives and growing! Hosting a community group with our church and building a good friend-base there.
Prayer requests: Managing both of our schedules with so much going on. Continuing to share the Gospel with our
neighbor. Managing finances. Continuing to develop good communication habits in our marriage.