February 10, 2015

We have had a great start to a new year. As many of you know, we have had several big church events in the past few weeks. We had our first baptism, and we moved into a pottery shop as a new meeting place for worship on Sunday mornings. Our new location is working out really well for us, except that it is a constant challenge to protect the colorful pottery from tiny curious hands.

I also visited Southern California last week to turn in my first draft of my thesis entitled: Discipleship in Deuteronomy. This project has been extremely challenging, but I feel that it is definitely worth the effort. I received good feedback from my advisor while in SoCal, and I am confident that I will be able to submit a final copy of the thesis by graduation in May this year (2016).

So, all that is left for me to finish at Talbot is a comprehensive exam covering the courses that I took in the Th.M. program, and the final submission of my thesis, and I will graduate! I am very excited to be close to the finish line of my studies, but also excited to be able to spend more time with family and on this church plant, Emmaus Road Church.

With so many happenings at church, and some big changes in our lives personally, we would definitely appreciate your prayers. Please pray that I would be able to finish Talbot strong, and that I would not lose focus as I approach the finish line. Please pray for Emmaus Road Church that we would continue to be a blessing in downtown Idaho Falls, and that we would be able to reach our friends and neighbors for Christ. Please pray for some of our upcoming outreach activities and discussions that we are planning with city officials to see how best we can be a blessing. And, please pray for each of our faithful church families and church members that they would be strengthened and encouraged in the days ahead.

This past week, in our worship service, we looked at Moses’ encouragement to the Israelites in Deuteronomy 9:1-5. Although it is difficult for us to easily connect the concepts of our passage to our daily lives, Moses’ message is clear: When you face the impossible challengesthat God brings you to, you can trust that God will be faithful to bring you through those challenges, and that the result of your inability to accomplish those tasks on your own brings God glory. His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

My prayer for all of you this week is that when you face difficult or impossible challenges, that you would not only trust God to get you through, but that you would boast in your inability, but His perfect ability to bring victory. He is such a good God, and we are thankful that we don’t get credit for our successes, He does. To God be the glory forever!

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