MAJOR PRAISE REPORT
First of all, I want to thank you all for the emails with suggestions on my car situation. Thanks for offer to get a car from Australia and also from England. New Hampshire was closer but didn't quite work out. Also, thanks for all who said you'd pray for us. It really worked.
By way of recap, as most of you know, my car blew a head gasket several weeks ago which left us with one car and lots of confusing scheduling. I'd located a 94 Saturn that I was supposed to buy for $2500 on Sunday, Dec. 8th. But, the deal fell through. So, I put out an "emergency" request for anyone having a reliable car they could sell me for that money. Well, all I can say is "Praise God."
A pastor emailed me about a 94 Nissan Quest Mini Van, blue, 80,000 miles, in great condition, babied for life, etc. My wife called him up. Pastor Wendell answered the phone, she introduced herself, and he began telling her about the mini van was. She told me it sounded great and from the description it that she knew it would cost more than what we had to work with. So, she braced herself and asked how much it would cost. Pastor Wendell said, "Its a gift."
Now, my wife likes to hear good clean jokes like everyone else, so she can tell when someone is joking. (This is because she has been very mentally stable her whole life -- except for that incident when she married me). When she said "What?", it was because she thought he was joking. But, pastor Wendell wasn't joking. He again said it was a gift. My wife was dumfounded -- and floored. She could hardly believe it. My wife and Wendell arranged a time for us all to go to Orange County (about 70 miles north of San Diego) to pick the van that night. She then called me on the phone and told me the whole thing. I was equally shocked. She was absolutely giddy over the phone as she recounted what happened and she would intersperse "Can you believe it?" repeatedly through the story -- then she would giggle some more. Not only did God provide for us with free transportation, but he provided a mini van, something we've been dreaming of getting because we have three kids.
That night I drove our whole family up there. Pastor Wendell Choy sand his wife Patti met us at the door and warmly welcomed us into their home. Wendell then proceeded to tell me how much he has valued CARM and that he has been using it for the past five years. He also said that the Lord had been convicting him to support CARM. So, when the request for help with a car went out, he knew what to do. All I can say is thanks Wendell and Patti, and praise God.
I took Wendell and Patti out to dinner (He wanted to treat us out but I said, "No way.") and we had a great time talking about the Lord, church, life, kids, CARM, the van, etc. It was good fellowship. If you'd like to check out Pastor Wendell and his wife Patti, go to (Link no longer valid).
So, Wendell and Patti, thanks again. My wife LOVES the van ("loves" as in she would marry the van.) The kids love it, too (They are too young to marry). You have really blessed us and I thank God for your kindness to us.
SHORT BIBLE LESSON - DON'T GET TOO COMFORTABLE
We live in a world hostile to Christianity. Secularism, false religions, and self deification are some of the tools the enemy is using to spread the lies that lead to eternal damnation. Unbelievers are its preachers and teachers. They do not know they are professing the false message of the evil one. They resist the truth of God's word and unwittingly help the enemy who is prowling back and forth looking for multitudes to devour. The Devil is using the world, secularism, and relativism to spread false beliefs and rebellion against the true God. To see this, all we need is to turn on the TV and we can see the sins of abortion, homosexuality, paganism, and the occult are promoted. Add to this the fact that our Christian freedoms are being slowly reduced by a government more concerned with itself than its people and you can begin to see how actively hostile the world is to Christianity. We can see it and we watch it.....from the comfort of our easy chairs.
While we sit comfortably by while the enemy is working hard. Too many Christians want to do "the Sunday thing," only on Sundays instead of every day. Because of the complacency of the Christian church, the enemy is slowly inching us towards the edge of oblivion. We cannot sit around and hope that those few Christians who actually fight for the faith will somehow do what they themselves are not motivated to do. If the enemy can get the Christians' eyes off of the commission to "make disciples of every nation" (Matt. 28:18) by distracting us with creature comforts, economic security, our desire not to make waves, or the expectation that someone else will make a difference in the world, that is when we will put down our armor so we can rest in the comforts of our easy lives. In such a state the enemy is more effective than we are. Too many Christians are calloused to the subtle movement of the enemy all around them and they cannot see the eminent danger approaching. They cannot see how secularism is inching them (and all of Christianity) towards destruction.
Which do you think will happen in the future? Will our nation encourage the development of Christian freedom or work to hinder it? Will any of the nations of the world humble themselves to serve the true God or will they promote one a world government, moral relativism, and/or false religions like Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, etc.? Do any of you think that merely hoping someone else will make a difference will actually make a difference? If you do, you are self deceived. While the homosexuals have a united front, we Christians are fragmented into countless denominational groups. The woman's rights movement has done so much to damage the family and even to help Christian families disintegrate. The liberals in the media have contributed more than their share to social decay by promoting violent and immoral movies, TV, radio, etc., of which too many Christians partake. But here is a warning. This very comfort and security that we cherish in America is blinding us to the dangers ahead. What dangers? The dangers of bondage and oppression. We think that as long as things are okay now, that things will be okay in the future. Well, they won't be. History tells us that the enemy doesn't sleep and he always works to destroy God's people. Let's not sleep. Let's not awaken one day to find ourselves in bondage to the political correctness of anyone who would define our right to speak of Christ right out of existence. Let's not forsake the cross of Christ and let's not ignore the Great Commission. We Christians need to pray, fast, and sacrifice in order to spread the gospel. We Christians need to study God's word and support those who further the kingdom of God.
Don't get too comfortable. Support missionaries. Pray for evangelists and pastors. Pray for God's will to be done on heart. Pray even to be prepared and used by God. Get out there and fight for righteousness with whatever gifts God has given you whether it be finances, money, words, love, helps, prayer, motherhood, fatherhood, etc. Do whatever you do for God's glory and live your lives so that the word of God would be exalted and other would see the light of Christ in you -- even if it costs you something.