The hands & feet of the Body of Christ at South Church. The horizontal mission of the Church must be rooted in vertical love & knowledge of the Lord. As Jesus said, "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." Restore families seek to live out what is learned through Proclaim & Sustain.
Followers of Jesus, linked in arms, facing outward: growing in Truth, living on mission, sharing life together.
Tuesday night Restore family has good news and bad news... but it's "all good, for those who love the Lord and are the called according to His purposes." I keep preaching that to myself in the midst of health concerns that I face: possible kidney failure. He is Lord and has numbered the hairs on our heads. If we live, we live as unto the Lord, and if we die, it is as unto the Lord. Pray with me for relief of anxiety, for alternative means to healing or at least avoiding dialysis, if it be His will. Perhaps He needs witnesses in the long hours sitting hooked up to a machine. Let whatever comes be for His glory and our good.
Les’ surgery went well. The doctor says he has Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The short of it is, his bladder isn’t working as it should. Proper diet & staying hydrated should help moving forward.
Brad had wonderful news about Lynnda. He reports that she is so perked up lately and though still in her own world, she is engaging and seems much more content. My guess is the protein drinks are subsidizing what she forgets to eat and are strengthening her internally. He hopes to be able to get her in a private room soon and his B&B is picking up interest. God will enable his heart's desire as he delights himself in the Him. He promised!
Hank and Nancy have had the joy of welcoming another healthy grandchild, Reese, into the family. We all feel like favorite aunts and uncles already. Pray for their safe return and that their car can be repaired from a recent collision with a curb on a bridge. Praise God neither of them were injured! As ever, continue to pray for Andrew, that the Lord, in His kindness, would open his eyes through repentance and so save him.
Im pretty sure I mentioned our outreach to the United Softball league that Paige has begun after the heart of his Father. Pray many will be won to love and honor the Lord through this ministry to young people and their coaches and parents.
Rolf was blessed to outlive a charging rhinoceros in his recent hunting trip to Africa! Not your every day scare! We are happy he lived to tell. Praise the Lord!
As always, brothers and sisters, it is our joy to be in eternal family with you and pray for God's best for you and from you for His blessed Name's sake. See ya Sunday, Lord willing and the cric don't rise!
Well, church family, I know it's been a while since you've all heard from the Monday night Restore family and our "happenings", and although maybe out of sight in the World Wide Web, we have definitely not been out of mind in our meeting together. In fact, the reason I'm writing on our behalf again is because my appreciation of our Monday gatherings, and the family that is truly being built and strengthened as a result, has been at the forefront of my mind a lot lately. As Logan preached last Sunday, and God brought about His words for us at His sovereignly appointed time, we are family. United by Christ and set apart (despite being Gentiles) for His purpose in this world, yes, but also for His purpose in building up the Church even. I'm not sure I ever recognized how important this unity is, but as we learn more together and grow in our understanding of just who Jesus really is, the more dots get connected in this mystery. Praise the Lord He has chosen to reveal it to us, little by little, knowing how feeble and forgetful we are. Perhaps, you are like me and have always focused more on the mission of The Great Commission in "going and making disciples" (and we should not ignore this by any means), but have failed to see the significance in building up the body, specifically relationships within the body: unity between brothers and sisters. Thank you Jesus that our eternity is secured, but... if you are reading this, and you are a true believer, our eternity is secured TOGETHER, whether we like, dislike, or truly love one another. Kinda like a marriage that God says never to separate... There will be no "divorce" of even our spiritual family in eternity which brings more meaning to growing in love and in our relationships now between each other. We are going to live together forever. I personally love that. And besides, it pleases and glorifies our Father! What other goal do we really have?
Not coincidentally, at the same time that I have been feeling immense appreciation for our Restore (and church) family in general and Logan preaching on unity, I came to a chapter in a book I'm reading called, "Love Your Brothers and Sisters". Listen to this excerpt from Edward Welch in that chapter:
It's interesting to note that the most explicit biblical teaching on spiritual warfare is found in the book (Ephesians 6) that emphasizes unity. Satan's most prominent strategy is to fracture and divide.
I can confidently say that I love each of our Restore family members, child or adult, as a true family member "in the most intimate sense of the word", as God designed it to be. Dare I say even more intimate than my unbelieving biological family members. This has only happened as a result of Christ's work in me, and in all of us, and in His faithful allowing and causing us to continue meeting together as He actually commands (Hebrews 10.25).
If you are not a part of a Restore family yet, in love I appeal to you to become part of one soon. By God's design, we desire community and a relationship with you and your children, brothers and sisters, and we want and need to grow together with you in faith and grace. You have been given gifts that will help build us up as well. One last excerpt from that same chapter which speaks so accurately of our Restore family gatherings:
Amen to that! I love you family.