This past July we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men in history to walk on the moon. One of the most used words surrounding this great feat is the word “achieve.” It is indeed touted as among man’s greatest “achievements”. However, Buzz Aldrin had a different perspective.
After 3 hours of walking on the moon, Buzz read John 15:5 while celebrating the Lord’s Supper from the safety of the Lunar Escape Module.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit, for you can do nothing without Me.”
As Aldrin heard Jesus’ words and reflected on the Cross, his focus turned from what we as a nation had gloriously “ACHIEVED” to all that we have graciously “RECEIVED” from God’s hand!
Of all the pictures documenting their achievement, this unscheduled picture has become the most famous. It is called “Earth Rising.” This photo puts life in proper perspective. It focuses our attention on what we have humbly received from our Creator rather than on what we have proudly achieved. What has been your focus of late? Your achievements or what you have received from God through Christ? In life, the more we focus on what we have received from the Father, the greater will be our partnership with Him each day to achieve that which will count for eternity.
Along with our new Forum season, we are also launching the Fall season of GRIP Discipleship. We’re asking that God would bring exactly the men He wants involved and that each man would come into this discipleship commitment hungry for God’s transformation. Aug 5th is our time to strengthen the hands of the disciplers. Aug 26th, Sep 9th and Sep 30th are the first 3 large gatherings.
YTD through Jun 2019, our shortfall revenues to expenses is 23% ($32K). We look to God for his provision and we praise Him for our donors’ partnership with us in the Gospel! We joyfully live within the means God is providing and seek His wisdom for stewarding these provisions.
Pray as we continue to put together “wired” outreach events to assist believing men in their outreach efforts. Whether a Q&A format or an event format with a testimony, pray that these wired events are used by the Spirit to draw unbelieving men toward that next step in their spiritual journey. Also, pray for the city wide outreach on Oct 5th (Love Columbia).
Perry – Every day I want to be more overwhelmed by what I have received in Christ by grace and not overcome by what I think I need to achieve to be successful in ministry. That I would delight in Christ every day as I sometimes feel spiritually dry.
Janet – Continued focus on daily prayer and thanksgiving in my relationship with Christ. Wisdom in making service and
Joy & Eddie - Join us in praying for these 3 requests: 1) Last year of middle school for Lulu. 2) That the new church plant we are a part of grows as God desires, 3) Joy starts working full- time as a Special Ed aide.
Megan & Marc – The Hunsakers have been enjoying a breath of fresh air with a beautiful Michigan summer and a hard earned PhD finished. Prayers for the kids and Megan as they start gearing up for another academic year. Prayers for Marc as he continues to make great impacts at MSU and begins to explore options for our family’s next steps.
David and Katherine – Please continue to join us in praying for Austin’s schedule this fall. We are looking at two day programs, exploring options for transportation, and also thinking about ways Austin can engage the community. We would love to have this lined up by August 12 when Katherine starts back to teaching. May we joyfully live under God’s provision for us! “May the Lord direct our hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ” (2Thes 3:5).
Austin(21) – Pray that Austin would rise to meet the challenges of life after high school. Pray specifically that we will adjust to new environments and new people this fall.
Cameron(16) – Cameron will return home from a summer away in New York where he worked in the Dining Hall of Camp of the Woods. We’re praying that the transition back into the rhythm of our family and the rhythm of school will be a smooth one for all! Pray that he’ll build on the maturing that God did in him this summer.