It’s hard to have faith…

by Jim on 26 August 2014

Tonight Ismael was leading a Bible study all about trusting God to do the impossible.  One of the passages we read from was 1Peter 5:6-7:

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Do you think this might be a good definition of faith?  There are lots of ways we could define faith, and they all show different aspects of what faith is.

As Christians we know that “faith” has to have an object.  It’s not “faith that things are going to get better” or “you just gotta have faith!”  No, it’s faith in the God of the Bible.

And the God of the Bible is the Almighty, the All Knowing, the All Wise.  He is also the Loving Father.

He’s the one who sees the big picture that we don’t see.  He’s the one who cares for us.

So I wonder if this verse could show two aspects of faith – we trust Him enough to humble ourselves and give Him his proper place in the universe.  And we cast our cares on Him – knowing that He isn’t some distant deity or an angry tyrant.  He’s a God who cares, and so we can leave these things in His hands.

Sometimes it’s hard to have faith.  But it should be a lot easier as we learn who God is, and how He cares for His people.


Sightseeing and Brainstorming

by Jim on 25 August 2014

Did Julian and Malu arrive?  They sure did!

As you may remember, some car trouble stranded them in San Juan del Río, north of the promised land Mexico City.  Repairs were finally completed this past Monday, and they arrived on Tuesday.  Praise the Lord!

So they’ve been trying to settle in and get their house set up.  They’ve been dealing with all the typical complications involved in getting things done, but they’ve persevered.

On Thursday and Friday I went with all our mid-term missionaries to spend some time together and do a little sightseeing in other parts of the city.  It’s pretty cool to have Jessica, Julian, Malu and Emily all here at the same time!

A restaurant in a cave
A restaurant in a cave

There was at least one thing I got to do for the first time – visit La Gruta, a restaurant at Teotihuacán (an archaeological site known for its “pyramids”).  Cool atmosphere – and the food was great!  I had mixiotes, an Aztec dish.

On Sunday we were able to introduce Julian and Malu to the church in Santa Barbara, and we talked a little about upcoming ministry in a new neighbourhood here in Ixtapaluca.  We’re continuing to brainstorm about what types of ministry we could be doing in this and other neighbourhoods in the weeks ahead.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we’re getting ready for a new year of school.  And working on getting three of our visas renewed.  And getting ready for a special event on Sunday – maybe I’ll tell you about that later. :)

Malu, Julian, Jessica, and Emily - strolling around downtown Mexico City
Malu, Julian, Jessica, and Emily – strolling around downtown Mexico City


Memorizing Philippians – so far…

19 August 2014 Devotional and Bible

I know there are a few of you out there who are joining me in the challenge to memorize Philippians during the last 5 months of 2014.  So now that we’ve (hopefully) made some progress, how is it going? On the practical side, I have bowed to those with more experience.  As you may remember, […]

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From Mexico to Canada to Mexico (video)

17 August 2014 Video Blogs

While we were travelling this spring/summer, I tried to take a picture of our travels every day.  I didn’t quite make it, but I took quite a few.  I’ve put them all together on the video below. A little explanation – these are simply pictures taken from (mostly) our van during our travels.  They’re more or less […]

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