For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. Psalm 62:1-2

With all that seems to be developing in the world with the novel COVID-19 Virus, I have caught myself captivated by the news and other media sources desiring to see what is happening next.  Hour by hour and day by day we wait as the latest numbers on cases, deaths and business and travel restrictions come out.

As I wait in the space in between updates, my thoughts wander in a seemingly eerie silence. What comes to your minds as you “wait” in silence like this? This is an extreme example of course, with everything that is happening in the world right now.  But think about all of the areas of our lives and days where we can catch ourselves waiting in some sort of silence.  Maybe it’s the time between receiving news of an illness and the first meeting with the doctors?  Maybe it is in between the job interview and the job offer? Or maybe it is in the space between hearing the Gospel and responding to it?  Is it well with your soul as you wait?

I’ve found it edifying to reflect on the truth and peace that Psalm 62:1-2 offers in this period of silence. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s take this silence and focus on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely and commendable.  As Paul writes, “if there is any excellence, anything worthy of praise, THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS.” Philippians 4:8

We who know Christ have eternal hope and we set our hope on things in heaven, not things of this world. Now, more than ever, let this truth wash over you.  In times like this your faith will be tested. Your thoughts will wander, you may even doubt God’s goodness. But, because of the Holy Spirit that lives inside each one of us and unites us as the body of Christ, we must choose faith over fear. Our faith, given not earned, not only sanctifies us and strengthens us, but will be an encouragement to one another. Most importantly, our faith will be a testimony to those whose treasure is not in heaven and do not yet have eyes to see or ears to hear the Good News of our Savior Jesus Christ!

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

Your Spirt lead reasonableness and peace will be recognized by those who you are surrounded by during this time. Think about your family, your co-workers, your neighbors. DO NOT squander this opportunity. There is a great harvest available and God has a glorious purpose in the midst of a pandemic. He alone is your rock and your salvation, your fortress; you shall not be shaken. God bless.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

As we continue our Get to Know (G2K) India series, this week we will be touching on the make up of the government in India.  Before moving much forward, I must confess, that History and Government classes were not those that kept my attention, therefore, I will not pretend to know what I’m talking about when discussing the inner workings of the Indian government and its branches, but I will discuss what we’ve gleaned from our experiences in India in the past as well as recent headlines.

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This is the first post in our “Get to Know” (G2K) series on India! Our goal for this series is to gain a better understanding on the makeup of India as a nation geographically, politically, and spiritually. Learning more about India, its people and their way of life will hopefully shed some light on how we can intentionally pray for this nation, its leaders, and the church. So, let’s not wait any longer and get started with the introductions.

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Epaphroditus’ partners, we want to begin by expressing our sincere gratitude for your past partnership since our launch in 2016. You have been gracious and your support through prayer, encouragement and financial giving has been a tremendous blessing to Grace Christian Ministry and has propelled Gospel growth in the nation of India. Your support has blessed pastors and their families, trained bible college students, cared for orphans and so much more.

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Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. – Psalm 98:4

Day 1 of the pastor’s conference is in the books. It went from approximately 6:00pm-9:30pm local time. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the pace has been an adjustment here compared to the busy lifestyles and full schedules we keep in America. Knowing that and experiencing it are two different things. As we arrived at the conference, we were rushed from our car to the open air worship area and were ushered to our seats. Many of the pastors and other locals were already there. Some have traveled a large distance as Babu has been involved in planting 40+ churches in the area.

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”But you were called to freedom brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love, serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

Our host Babu, his wife Mercy, and daughter Grace, among others, have shown this team an incredible amount of hospitality since we have been here. I have eaten more food that I could imagine and they have gone above and beyond to provide us with a comfortable environment. In the short couple of days that we have been here, they seem to be focused on providing us with a space that feels like home and are seeking our needs well above theirs. The way I am seeing them serve with the home God has blessed them with is unbelievable.

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And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” And he stayed for a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. — Acts 18:9-11

Full disclosure. I have read this many times. And not one of these times that I have read this, have I felt that God was NOT speaking to me.

For me, a notable time coming across this was more than two years ago. It was soon after learning of an opportunity to travel to India with Epaphroditus to preach to local churches that I began to replay all of the “reasons” to be a sender and not a goer: I’m not a gifted speaker or teacher; my family needs me; business will suffer… and countless other insecurities crossed my mind.

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