September 13, 2022
My co-workers and partners in God’s field:
In a sermon last year at a supporting church, I preached on the Book of Acts, particularly the last scene where Paul is under house arrest awaiting trial (28:17-31). I pointed out that many read the Book of Acts and pray, “We want that! God, do it again!” Yet, that’s not necessarily the right takeaway. We can get enamored with almost every scene . . . but, using Amy Carmichael’s words, ministry isn’t pretty, not a thing to be looked at and admired. Luke didn’t hold back, didn’t paint a rosy picture. He presented a battlefield and a battlefield is not beautiful. The mission of the church is an impossible task. Ministry is messy, especially in a community like the Hill.
This past year has been a blessing to watch God at work . . .
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