We are now in our Senior Adult Summer Bible Conference which runs from yesterday through Wednesday. Yesterday we had two speakers in the afternoon that both spoke on aging but from a totally different perspective. Both were great and gave us several valuable insights. One of the highlights for me was that it can be (and should be) one of the most productive times of our lives. We have the opportunity to influence more people with more lasting insights than we have ever had the opportunity to do. Today, Tomorrow and Wednesday we will have two speakers each day; the first speaking at 10:00 AM and the second will be speaking at 11:00 AM and repeating the times each day.
I will be speaking on Wednesday at the 10:00 AM slot. My message is on John 6 where Jesus gave one of the great “I AM” teachings, I AM the Bread of Life. All of the messages are being recorded and you can go to our Church’s web sight and listen to them at your convenience. If You would like a copy of any or all of the messages (on a CD), drop me a note in the response box and I will try to get it to you. If you live outside the US there will be shipping charges as I am not a business but an individual living on a fixed income.
Do you remember a blog that I wrote back in January about this blog being an ongoing adventure and that we would see the Lord in action, on our journey home. Later I told you about my being asked about making the trip to China and later I shared with you that I was indeed going? Yesterday, I found out that the entire trip is going to be paid for. Since I am on a fixed income, and it was not part of my budget, it was going to take the Lord for it to happen.
The operation of faith is one of the strong point in chapter 4 of my book, The Mystery of Faith. Faith operates in the following manner: God initiates faith, then man believes, then God finishes it or brings it to pass. Since God had initiated my making the trip to China, it was up to me to believe that He would provide what was needed to make the trip. Since I then believed it was indeed God setting it up, I had compete trust in Him to bring it to pass. This is how faith operates. I did not go to God to make this happen, but He came to me with the request for me to go. I wasn’t the one initiating the action, nor was I the one who initiated the request. The request was the result of my response to God’s request for me to go. He always finishes what He starts. This is His chosen means of operation. Until we get this operation down, we will continue to struggle with our faith and how God intends for us to walk.