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BY, or Of?

I love to teach. I also love when God births a new teaching in me, usually of something that I have read many times before, but “just now” saw what was really in the words of a favorite passage. It is at those times that the teacher becomes the student. Recently I was in one of those sessions with the Holy Spirit as I visited a customer of the company I work for. I had never met this individual before, but I had been warned by another employee that this guy was very prideful.

I was to listen in on a conference call between him and several vendors about a potential job. As I listened in, it was painfully apparent that this person was using this session to do two things. 1 – to find solutions for his problem in his factory. 2 – to self promote. For an hour I sat a listened as this young man with great potential promoted himself, even at the expense of the character of several of his coworkers reputations.  I struggle for words to describe how hard it was to sit and say nothing, but I was held captive as the Holy Spirit taught me.

The Holy Spirit began to show me a major difference between two kings from the Old Testament. Saul and David. Saul started out humble, but ended up self-serving and arrogant. His life culminated with a tragic death on the battlefield. David started out humble, and was continually humbled more and more, accepting the humbling each time. The Bible says that David was a man “after God’s heart”. David knew where his strength lied – in the Lord. So he actively pursued, or chased “after” God’s heart.

Saul was used BY God. David was used OF God. Since Saul would not do what God asked him to do, God used him to chase, and torment David to prepare David for service as King. David however, was used Of God to do what Saul could not, and would not – purge the land of the giants of the day.

Saul was full of himself. David was full of God. Just as the young man I sat with that day was self-promoting, sometimes we too can be interested in our own interests.  We are taught differently as believers.

Php 2:3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Php 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Amen

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This Is Why….

This story amplifies why we do what we do. Why LTCM exists. No, I am not involved directly with this story, but I can share many similar to it. This just happens to be a well written article. When we were children, and we wanted someone to do something we issued the ultimate challenge – a Double Dog Dare.

I double dog dare you to read this:   Coli’s Story

Things like this are why Vicki and I go.

Mike

April 21, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Get Hooked Up

There are several ways to get informed about new posts and items on our blog. Up towards the top – right below the LTCM logo  you will see two “Feed” links. One it titled Entries RSS.  When you click that you will be directed to a page that will let you subscribe to our blog and it will notify you when new posts are there.

Myself, I chose the option of “My Yahoo”. That is because Yahoo is my home page. YOu can also choose from Outlook, Google, and several others.

Try it. Yet another way for us to keep in touch.  Remember us in your prayers this weekend. We are helping cut the Ribbon for the grand opening for Bridgestone.  Rev. Tom Benz has invited Vicki and I to be on the cutting team. For those of you who remember, it was Tom who 1st invited us to go on a mission trip to Ukraine.

Blessings!

Mike-n-Vicki

April 18, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Keep It Fresh

Prayer partners;

Keep this one fresh on your list. We still need the trailer for the trip this summer.

Blessings!

Mike-n-Vicki

April 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How David Became King

Read 1 Samuel 16:1–11

Paul’s whole thrust in his first letter to the believers at Corinth was, “I’m not coming to you with brilliance or human wisdom, and I’m certainly not coming to you with any kind of impressive physique or profound philosophy. Instead, I come in the power of God. And there’s a good reason for that.” Note carefully how Paul put it:

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. (1 Corinthians 1:26–29)

Paul says, “Look around, Corinthians. You won’t find many impressive people here.” Why? So that no one can boast before God. That’s a principle we tend to forget, because many of us are still a lot like the Greeks. When we look for people to admire as we choose our role models, our heroes, we are often swayed or impressed by things that are cause for boasting. We want the beautiful people, the brilliant people, the “successful” people. We want the best and the brightest. We are terribly enamored of the surface. The superficial still impresses us—much more than we’d like to admit. We even elect a president because he looks good on television! But God says, “That’s not the way I make my choices. I choose the nobodies and turn them into somebodies.”

And that, in a nutshell, is the story of how David was chosen to become a king.

April 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Moved!

LTCM headquarters has moved!  Well, at least we are living in the country home. Still have a bunch of stuff yet to be moved at the old house. Probably 6-8 pickup truck loads. Had a family member come and drop off 5 kittens this afternoon. ( Snake and small critter control mechanisms ) Daisy the wonderdog is in doggie heaven. All kinds of things to bark at and chase. She doesnt even want to come in the house to eat!  Crazy dog.

As I type this, I am surrounded by boxes yet to be unpacked. I mostly just try to stay out of Vicki’s way and be there when she needs something heavy moved, or something high reached. It will probably take us  a few weeks to get fully settled, and get everything back on schedule.

The drive to work just went from 5 minutes, to 30 minutes. But the peace and quiet is worth it. Thanks to all who prayed while we were in the moving process, and thank you for continuing to pray as we get the old house cleaned out and cleaned up for sale.

Blessings!

April 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tabasco

A new opportunity is opening in the state of Tabasco in Mexico. Tabasco is in the western portion of the Yucatan peninsula in lower Mexico. Some of you may remember that Marcos Perez, who pastored our Spanish services at our local church is from there, and has moved back. He has a vision to build a home for orphans and the elderly. LTCM is about to start making that vision spark to life. A month ago, word came to us that a friend of Marcos was going back down, and we helped load his truck down with things to take.

Two Compadres Mexican Restaurant and LTCM packed Spanish Bibles ( nice leather bound ones), kitchen items, clothes, toys, toothbrushes, and many other things to take with him. Pictured on the left with us is Saulo, who drove for 3 days and delivered the items.

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Once delivered, all the items were given out at a special service at the church. Here are a couple of shots below. Click on the thumbnails and the big picture will open.

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Plan on hearing more about this developing project. LTCM plans to put together a construction team to go down in the fall and build the 1st phase of the home for Pastor Marcos.

God is Good! All the time. Vicki and I thank you for your support. Together, we are making a difference in the world, ministering to Orphans and Widows!

April 3, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment