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The Journey

Someone always got to ride on the “shelf” in the back. A journey is going from one destination to the other - or one passage to another.
All of us, whether we thing about it or not are on a journey -a passage of life until we meet Jesus. What has your journey looked like so far? Smooth? Bumpy? Uneventful? Filled with hardship hurt and pain? Successful? Mediocre? Exciting or just run of the mill? Psalm 37:23--Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when He delights in our way. We have the ability to choose to make this life a pilgrimage of faith and trust or we can choose to “ do it our way.” There are many passages that we go through as we travel this journey called life.
What important things have you taken with you on your journey? What things do you wish that you left behind, instead of dragging them along? What stuff is hindering you now from enjoying the journey? My journey has not always been a pleasant one, but God has shown me along the way the important things…

Gifts and Talents

To this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that you should follow in His footsteps. I Peter 2:21. We are in the world, but not of the world. We who have been called by God to become who we are meant to be in Christ. It is up to us to decide whether or not we will answer the call. God has created and called you to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth. He has a plan for your life and if you answer His call to growth and service, He will help you become the person He created you to be.
We are unique individuals. There is no else like you. Each of us have our own styles and personalities, quirks and preferences. God has called us to bring our unique combination of gifts and talents to a higher purpose. We are called to be like Christ. Sometimes, we allow ourselves to get squeezed in to the world’s mold. That, sometimes being the easy way to exist. We are not called to be like the world. You are called to be different, not because …

Day Five Guatemala

Today we went into La Limonada, the Ghetto of Guatemala City. Those that dont know there are right at 60,000 people in a mile and a half radius. Five gangs in this small area battle against one another for superiority.

We went to this area this year with one primary role and that was to encourage our friends, the La Limonada teachers as they work so hard in pouring out to so many people and rarely make time for themselves to recharge. Tita and Kate, the two amin leaders of all 40 leaders do what they do all day long and then go home to 11 people living under the same roof that they have brought in off the streets.
Brings new meaning to me on no rest for the weary.

Each one of these teachers have stroies and crazy lives they go home to on top of teh craziness they see every day in broken children they minister to every day of every week.

So...it goes without saying they needed some time to be ministered to for a change.
We first met with Tita, the school leader and prayed over her. As we…

Day four Guatemala

As we wrapped up day there in Guatemala I was telling you about how we shared CR with Pastor Augustine and how he was really starting to get it. His eyes lit up with joy at the thought of healing coming to their village.
After we broke bread with our friends, they wanted to have a church service under one of the roofs that had been freshly put on.
We were all sitting in the room with dirt floors but a dry and new roof when that is when Pastor Saul came into the room with his personal bible, dressed up in his finest dress clothes. What an amazing picture to see a man just minutes earlier up on a roof working very hard to the next dressed up ready to share a word with our friends. Good lesson for all of us to see.
He then told us about getting his pastor license in a town about six hours away. He was so proud of that license and held it up to show us with great humility.
He was honored to be able to share God´s word with the village and hoped that the new community center would bring mor…

Day three Guatemala

June 23, 2010

Today had to be the most physical by far for all of us on the team. We finished up teh remaining roofs and hauled wood that arrived by truck up the mountain to a widows home that was being built.
In total we carried pieces one by one up this mountain that would cause you to huff and puff just walking it in itself let alone carrying anything in your hands like large 1 by 12 peices of wood.
We literally felt like we were dying as we carried these pieces up this three quarter mile hike.
Then in a huge sense of being humbled, we would see this kids no higher than my knees walking up barefoot passing us on the hill to carry a piece of wood up the hill. Talk about humbling...

This took most of the morning into the afternoon to get this all loaded up the hill. Wow, we were exhausted but felt to good to know we had done a huge think in helping our friends build this new home.
The remainder of the homes got finished oofing.
In total 7 homes were roofed adn three new homes built in teh v…

Day two Guatemala

June 22, 2010

Today we arrived at the Sunil Vilalge again and began working on the roofs of the houses detroyed from the hurricane and volcano that erupted weeks earlier.
You would not believe the energy and excitement in all the people around 60 in total as we came to repair their broken homes.
We divided up in four teams and began working hard as team.
I am amazed at how hard every one of the team members worked to get this much needed work done.
As we were working on one house we noticed how much pride the man of the home took in making sure that it was done with great precision. He had four walls, a dirt floor and that was a about it but he was going to be a good steward of what was given to him and him family. Striving for excellence.
A great lesson in understanding that it is not so much what we have in abundance but that we use what we are given to honor Him.
The roofs went on pretty quickly once we got going and we had a such a blast doing it together. We laughed so much and to se…

Guatemala thus far

Day 1 in Guatemala June 21, 2010

We traveled to Sunil Village in the mountains to see our old friend Hugo and |Suzzana who are missionaries there to help these great people.
What a great reunion it was to see our friends faces when we arrived in the village.
This day was about relationship building as we knew the scond day would be about working to replace the homes and roofs destroyed from the hurricane weeks ago. We wanted to create bonds so it would be easier to work together with our team and the villagers.
We first ate sack lunches in one of the homes of the villagers.
They went thru a great deal of trouble putting out the nicest table clothes they could find and decorated the room so we would have a nice place to eat. All the women and children were dressed in the finest clothes they had. Nothing like we see here in the states but it was the finest in there village. They wanted to honor us as their freinds. Wow! What a priviledge it was to be welcomed with such love and honor. …

Marriage is an Act of Creation

Marriage is an act of creation. It's the skillfull, imaginative, and loving artistry of God given as a gift to men and women.
Your marriage has the fingerprints of Creator God upon it. Treasure and defend it for the magnificent work of art it truly is.

Marriage Minutes
Bob and Cheryl Moeller
Friday, June 11, 2010

To learn CR in NW Arkansas contact Rodney at 479-659-3679
or roholmstrom@fellowshipnwa.org

The Legacy

A legacy is defined as -- “ an inheritance handed down from one generation to a next.” This had been on my mind this week as I had just visited with three of my grandchildren from another state and the three that live here. What will be my legacy be to them? I have a few cherished items, but I want it to be more than that.
Some of us grew up in dysfunctional families, and the legacy that was handed down to us was not one that we would like to remember let alone pass down. It created character defects within us, gave us a distorted picture of the world and of people. Some of the things we became, we certainly did not want to pass that on to another generation. As our heart became sensitive to God and we allowed Him to show us our character defects, He also gave us the power and the ability to change. For some of us, this change came in an early time of life and for others at a later time. The good thing is, change did come. So as I began to think about these things -- I be…

I'm so bad????

Have you ever had a moment, day or week, when you felt like you were in a dream and you woke up to find that the very things that you were doing were wrong and the reality of the things you were doing hit you? It was like being oblivious to what you were doing. Do you immediately try to justify your bad behavior? Do you try to find someone who will agree with you or even use scripture to justify your own bad behavior? Don’t you think this only compounds our problems by defending our sin? Do not trust your own mind, it will deceive you. Satan goes about like a roaring lion. Put on the whole armor of God. Take every thought captive to the Lord. What about Peter? He was the first one who stepped out in faith and was able to walk on the water only to sink. He did not want Jesus to go into Jerusalem -- Jesus looked at Him and said “ get thee behind me Satan.” Peter assured Jesus of his loyalty only to deny Him three times. Sometimes, do you even know your own heart? Do you …

Who should you tell your marriage problems to?

Who NOT to tell your marriage problems to...

1. Do not tell them to your children.
2. Do not tell them to your parents or siblings.
3. Do not tell them to members of the opposite sex.
4. Do not tell them to strangers on-line.

Who should you tell your marriage problems to...

1. Tell them to an older and wiser married mature Christian person of the same sex.
2. Tell them to your pastor or a mature spiritual leader in your church.
3. Tell them to a Biblical Christian counselor who believes in preserving marriages.
4. Tell them to Jesus in prayer.

"A righteous man (or woman) is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray." Proverbs 12:26

Remember, marriage is for better for worse for keeps.


From
Marriage Minutes
Bob and Cheryl Moeller
June 7, 2010


Rodney Holmstrom, CR Leader

Tired and Frazzled? The Remedy is Refreshment

God wants to refresh you. So, spend time this summer in unhurried prayer and Bible study each day. Rest in His presence. He wants to give you peace. It will re-create your life.

Want a summer that is re-creating? Take a trip, even if it's only a day trip. Exercise. Listen to beautiful music. Make something different in your kitchen.

Want a summer that is reviving? Share your faith with someone each day this summer

"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." Jeremiah 31:25

From:
Marriage Minutes
Bob and Cheryl Moeller
Thursday, June 3, 2010

In the Dark?

O soul are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see. Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in the secret places that you may know I am the Lord who calls you by name. Isaiah 45:3.
How do you handle the times of darkness in your life? None of us is exempt from some time of darkness. When we experience it --we have a choice on how we can handle it. These times of darkness can either be destroying or transforming. If you think about a piece of coal , which you usually find in the darkness of the earth, that is under much stress and pressure for a long period of time, under the right circumstances, will change from that lump of darkness into a beautiful diamond. A diamond is one of the most hardest stones formed and one of the most valuable. When you are handed a chunk of coal in life’s dark times …