Why The Move to Arizona?

AYM BannerWhy are we going to Agape Youth Ranch in south east Arizona?

Too often we live our lives going to church, signing -up for “service” and hoping God will see our good work for the church. It is much easier to do something than to trust in God; we see the activity and mistake it for inspiration. That is why we see so few fellow workers with God, yet so many people working for God. We would much rather work for God than believe Him.

This was my life only a few years ago. Then I began to ask myself some questions, such as:

Do I really believe that God will do in me what I cannot do?

Is my own personal experience such a wonderful realization of God’s power?

Has any spiritual work been accomplished in me at all?

Was I going to church just to be fed? Hoping for some inspiring teaching?

I realized I was the type of Christian who was carrying around good teachings like a bag of puzzle pieces. I was collecting these amazing and powerful teachings like little treasures.

Pieces of a puzzle

Pieces of a puzzle

I was the type of Christian who would look for occasions to showoff my bag of teachings, teachings that honestly were mostly just milk.

Then one day a few years ago I was challenged to take the bag of teachings and instead of just collect more, to dump them out and assemble them; to put the picture together.

One day a young man came to Jesus and asked what he must do to be saved. After a bit of conversation Jesus told him simply to sell his positions, give to the poor and follow him.

On another occasion an elder of the people came to Jesus and asked a similar question, Jesus told him that he must be born again.

These two men, with Jesus’ help, put the pieces of their puzzle together and saw the picture of God’s will for their life—how did they respond? Matthew 19: 16-22, John 3:1-20

When we put the pieces of our puzzle together the picture was of lives being willing to go and make disciples, to be witnesses of Jesus life, sacrifice, love and eternal hope. Bottom line the picture was to be willing to go . . . wherever God was working and we could offer our time, talent and treasure.

That is why we are going to Arizona.

And if I could give you with one word of encouragement it would be this:

No matter what your age or place in society, no matter what your circumstance, if you haven’t assembled the picture of God’s will for your life, stop trying to find the next great teaching that will hopefully tickle your ears and your toes. Quit trying to work for him, and get to know him; He desires a relationship with you more than your work. And don’t worry, not all missionaries go to Africa, or India or China or South America, but all go where the Spirit of God leads them, once they get in a relationship with the father, and they go and become living epistles.

Bubbles

Soap bubbles are a lot of fun.  Here I am making giant soap bubbles  with our friends Rick and Amy Moyer. I’ve included the recipe for making these incredible soap bubbles.

Soap bubbles are a good visual for how the Holy Spirit of God fills us.  Too often we think in terms of the spirit filling us like wine filling a cup.  Liquid in a cup is trapped, going nowhere, stagnant.  The Bible gives us a different image of someone filled with the Holy Spirit of God.

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”  John 3:8 NIV

I think in terms of the Spirit  filling us like wind in a sail, or like a breath filling a soap bubble.  Each of us takes on a different shape when the Holy Spirit fills us, and each of us are moved differently and in a unique direction by the Holy Spirit.  And then some of us just pop when the Spirit of God fills us, and we go nowhere.

If  you are truly filled  with the Holy Spirit of God, then you will be GOING and Moving where he wants.  And you will become living epistles, serving others, even if it is simply to brighten their day.

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Moving!

Debbie and I are on a new adventure!  We are moving from Ocean  Shores, Washington.

We will miss being by the ocean, but are looking forward to more sunshine in  Arizona.

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