It’s been two weeks since you heard from me, causing me to wonder if you missed me at all…
But here’s the thing. It’s really not about me anyway, so it doesn’t matter whether you missed me or not… (lol)!
Like you, I’ve spent the last two weeks getting ready for Thanksgiving, celebrating Thanksgiving, and trying to survive the emotional upheaval of Thanksgiving. Whew! I’m rather glad Thanksgiving is behind us, so we can build up more emotional, physical, and psychological stress for another 28 days until Christmas. Aren’t you?
It sounds like I’m just Mr. Bah Humbug himself, right? Or am I just being Grinchy? It’s hard to tell these days. Three years ago, about now, my life shifted sideways on me. Faced with early retirement, and a sense of serious personal loss, I was overwhelmed by what my future might hold. It has taken me these last three years of flushing stuff out of my life, and seeing how God would replace all that yucky stuff with other things which help me grow, to discover the true meaning of 2 Corinthians 12:10.
The Bible Study Class lesson this past Sunday was all about this verse in the context of 2 Corinthians chapters 10-12. Trust me, I know all too well that I don’t measure up anywhere near to the pastor/teacher that Paul was. However, I think the verse was just for me in some ways, from the lesson this week.
Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
Over the past three years I’ve created a blog which reaches people across the globe. I’ve written a book, which you can see on this blog. And, I’ve been afforded the opportunity (recently) to return to teaching the Word of God. When I am weak, then I am strong.
January 13, 2019 will be a new beginning when I return to familiar ground as a teacher of God’s Word. Maybe this will interest you, maybe not. But if not you, then maybe the study will interest someone you know, so pass the word on to your friends if you will.
I will begin an in-depth Bible Study class at the church my wife and I attend. It will be on the Book of Acts in the New Testament. We will look at history, culture, languages, content, and context, not quite verse by verse, but certainly thought by thought.
I will be recording these lessons in a podcast, and making them available to you here on the blog. There will also be links where you can download a handout to take your own notes, as well as a personal application guide to use, if you so choose.
In this new mission, I hope to fulfill Christ’s demands on my life to teach. First in Jerusalem (this just means – where I live), then in Judea and Samaria (the surrounding geographical region), then to the “remotest part of the earth” (through this blog). This was the command to the apostles and disciples gathered when Jesus spoke the words in Acts 1:8. I want to live them out in real time, somehow bringing glory to God in this season of my life.
I will need your prayers to remain faithful to this call. The evil one will not be pleased if he can’t stop God’s Word being spread this way. Not knowing what new trials I may face, I can only ask that you pray God would keep me weak, so I can be strong in HIM.
Share this announcement with whomever you think might want to listen to the podcasts.
Thank you, and Merry Christmas (in 28 days)!!!