I believe that this year is a huge year for Oak Tree Community Church. I don't know exactly how to say it any better. I am excited about OTCC.
One of my dreams for our church is to take and send people all over the world to make disciples in every nation, like Jesus wants us to do. Last night (March 25) we had some good friends at our church - my former pastor and his wife, Al and Pam Konya. It was a great time of celebrating how God is using them all over central Europe. And Al reminded us of the importance of using modern means to reach modern people, no matter where we are in the world. It takes a strategy.
You can find out more about the Konyas' ministry with Word of Life in Hungary at www.eletszava.org.
Here are a couple of pics that our "in-house" photographer, Adam Tarwacki, took (thanks, Adam):
Pam and Al Konya, missionaries, Word of Life Hungary
He shared stories of God changing lives in Hungary, Romania, Serbia, and the Ukraine.
Scriptural Thought of the Week
The main object of this blog is reflected in its title. In 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul encourages Timothy to keep passing on the spiritual truths he has learned and to do it in a strategic way so that it never stops.
"...and the things you have heard from me among many witnesses, you must entrust these things to faithful people, who will be competent to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2 (my trans.)It's not just about teaching people the Bible. It's about teaching specific people specific things that they can intentionally pass along to others. No one can know everything about the Bible, but everyone can know something. While we're not all called to be formal Bible teachers (see James 3:1), we're all called to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), and that means helping people find Jesus Christ and passing along what we know in order to build up fellow believers.
Quote of the Week
I really enjoy reading and listening to Chuck Swindoll, and the one I'm reading now (see right) has one of my favorite phrases as its subtitle: "It's Always Something!" Whether your working with computers or people or anything else, something we don't like is going to happen. It's always something. Here's what Swindoll says...
"Life is a coat that never fits right. We are forever cinching up here, taking in there, letting out over here. Life doesn't fit our plans. We exist in a continual state of maneuvering, adjusting, shifting, believing, often doubting. Getting through the tough stuff requires it.
Thankfully God has provided us with the right perspective. He has made available a Savior, and His name is Jesus. He wants to take the blows for you, to help you through the tough stuff. Truth be told, He can become the rudder of you life when fierce winds blow, your reliable compass when you've lost your bearings, your harbor when sailing on isn't possible. He's the answer. He intersects you at life's most critical crossroads and makes all the difference."
Quoted from: Charles R. Swindoll, Getting Through the Tough Stuff: It's Always Something! (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2004), xii. ISBN: 0849918138
Until next time,
The comments in this blog are always the personal opinions of Daniel Goepfrich and are not meant to be taken as official statements of Oak Tree Community Church, its staff, or its members.