What I have been doing lately?

Well obviously I haven’t been on my blog. Smile! Sorry for those of you who come here to check my blog from time to time to remain seeing no changes. I apologize, but it has been very hectic around here. I wanted to fill you in on what I have been doing and what my next few weeks will hold for me.

I looked and noticed I didn’t blog anything since UK beat Tennessee at home…that was still a blessing though. But turned out, Vanderbilt whooped UK for their 5th ever worse loss in the history of Kentucky basketball. My goodness! SO bear with me if I seem out of words as I am still recovering from watching that loss.

So what have I been doing lately? Well we are actually in the process of pre-planning and praying for our lauching of our Deaf church on March 22nd. We have had numerous meetings, plannings, discussions to get things ready to go.

Probably the highlight of the last few weeks was when me and my family traveled to Flint, Michigan. I was asked to preach at the Michigan-based Deaf Cafe ministry event on February 9th. As we drove up, it was so awe-inspiring to actually see 12 inches of snow. Kentucky hasn’t seen that much snow in ages. As we arrived at the home of one of the teammembers, I began to wonder what my life would be like if I was still working for Deaf Cafe. Would the Louisville Deaf Cafe be MORE effective…would it be the same….would it have went in a different direction….would it have… I began to wonder and wonder as I reviewed my sermon for the next evening.  The team-member, Vonnie, began talking about all the cool things that they have done with their Deaf Cafe and I was checking off my list…done that, done that, done that, done that….but it was good to remember those memories of what I had done with the Louisville Deaf Cafe.  I think we didn’t go to bed until like 1 am that night. It was good chatting with Vonnie and be able to know that the Deaf Cafe Michigan was good and strong.

Saturday morning, we got up early to take the kids downtown for snowsledding. We had brought our own snow sled and the kids had a blast. I will post some pictures on that later on when I get around to it. For about 2 hours, we had snowball fights, sledding down the hills, slipping and sliding down hills because we fell so many times. It was fun. But as we all know, fun can only be so much time because somehow work creeps into it. 2 hours later, we went back to Vonnie’s place and changed and headed to Deaf Cafe practice.

I stayed around to watch the practice and get an idea of what the program was about. Mandi and the kids went to the nearby mall to keep the kids busy and do some shopping. (Thank God I got paid before we left, whew!) Anyhow, the Bible story theme was Rachel and Jacob. Which was pretty easy as I had preached about them back in November at another location. But I put an additional thought into it, as I was praying “Lord, what will you have be add or remove from this old sermon that you led me to preach before?” I was watching the dramas and the songs…and then it was revealed. Apparently alot of people connected to the message afterwards and it was a much needed reminder for many who showed up that night. The Bible story was about Rachel and Jacob… the topic was “We dont always get what we want”  Sometimes God reveals somethign to us that we CANT have, but shows that He is in control and He will allow us to have what HE wants us to have.  God revealed Rachel to Jacob…Jacob wanted Rachel….in return…God wanted Jacob to have Leah first….then Rachel later…. but then Jacob understood later why he didnt get Rachel first…Rachel was very “unsatisfied” woman.

Im sorry to say…in today’s world…many of us are the same way….we become not satisfied with what we have… but when we do get that one thing that we want…we sometimes become jealous because someone has something better… I used a movie that I had shown before at our Deaf212 event. A couple of parents had lost their child after 99 days of living……suppose those parents, who had lost that child, witnessed that a friend of theirs was having an abortion or giving up their rights for adoption for their kids….we question other’s actions because we are not satisifed with what happened to us.   In the story of Jacob….I seem to think that he questioned God on the “wife-swap” thing with Leah and was not satisfied which in return….he became blind to what God was revealing all along….”God is in control”

Anyhow…aside from the event, I very much enjoyed it and was honored that God allowed me to see and speak at every Deaf Cafe that was established through the years that I had helped encourage other areas to launch their own. Its been a blessing and I hope the Lord blesses all of the Deaf Cafes that are still serving our Lord today.

So that is what I have been doing…what will I be doing in the next few weeks, months? March will be a busy month as we are approaching the Easter pageant season for our church. It supposed to be the best one ever since they took a year off to reorganize what was important and what needed improvement. From what I have been told, its about 70% technical and movie screen shots that were all acted out by church members. Its going to be interesting…if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet..we still have some left for March 14th, March 20th, March 23rd, and March 28th which will be interpreted. The cost for the tickets are $15 each but it will be worth it, trust me.

After March events are over…April will be a much more smoother month as i travel for a week to two cities in Tennessee. I am possibily staying a few days in Gatlinburg (provided that God wills it for our family vacation) and then to Knoxville to preach at the University of Tennessee Baptist Campus Ministry  (formerly known as BSU in the past). It will be interesting as I am planning to wear my big blue UK shirt to preach in (smiling at Stephen..ya think i will come back alive from doing that?) It will be a good experience. I am seeing more and more that BCMs all over the region are asking me to speak and its been an honor to serve God in those areas.

Until next time…keep me in your prayers as I will pray for you as well….God bless!!

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3 thoughts on “What I have been doing lately?

  1. God revealed Rachel to Jacob…Jacob wanted Rachel….in return…God wanted Jacob to have Leah first….then Rachel later….

    What?!?!?!? That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I’d love to see how you support that assertion from Scripture.

  2. Sure…will try my best…in Genesis 29:20, “And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.”

    then…when the 7 years was over….Genesis 29:25-29: And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years. And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.

    Jacob saw Rachel…Jacob wanted Rachel…Jacob agreed to serve seven years for Rachel…but Laban abiding by the laws / customs…did not grant that….instead Jacob was given Leah first…

    Lets review for a minute…Jacob was in awe by Rachel’s beauty but did not know of her character or her personality. This was Jacob’s first mistake. He only saw what was on the outside. The world has a saying, “beauty is only skin deep.”

    The Bible pretty much foretold this already and says in 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

    Jacob would have been wise to look at Rachel’s heart and not at her face.

    I like to think that God knew all along that if Rachel had been the first wife, God knew that Jacob may not be as focused as he would have been serving Him. I like to think that God knew all along that He needed to hold off Rachel for 7 years to teach Jacob “I am in control, not you”

    God knew and held off marrying Rachel becasue Rachel started to show her true nature. She becomes jealous of her sister. This is Rachel’s first sin which in some ways did bother Jacob.. (Genesis 30:1-2) And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?

    So in conclusion….God showed Jacob who Rachel was on the outside…Jacob fell for it…but God held back Rachel as if saying “No Im in control…do not try” (also intersting thing is Jacob, whose name means “deceiver”, was deceived himself. He fell for Rachel’s looks but knew nothing of her personality until after they were married, and it was too late) God gave Leah to Jacob….then Rachel later…

    Hope that helps…that is what I researched and found to be a likely good understanding of the situation… the overall lesson to learn from the story of Jacob/Rachel/Leah (from my perspective) is that: We are sometimes blind to what we love (in the case of Jacob) and we are sometimes never satisifed with what we have (in the case of Rachel)

    I used the example of a giftcard from a store… if we recieve a giftcard from a friend and they saw its an appreciation gift.. We see the card for a “shiny new card with money on it for our personal use” but how do we really know the person put money on it? All we see is the shiny card, we dont see the actual cash that was used to credit the card with funds?

    ANyway…hope that helps…hows the baby? Sleeping overnight yet?

  3. Okay, finally had a chance to take a look. Let’s see if I’ve got this down.

    Laban sins against Jacob by pulling a fast one instead of honoring his agreement. Therefore God ordains that Jacob will be a polygamist, since He wanted Jacob to have Leah and not Rachel.

    This is despite the fact that polygamy is not God’s design for marriage, as evidenced by the fact that pretty much every instance of polygamy in the Bible results in chaos and sin in the family. In fact, you acknowledge as much when you state the effects of multiple marriage on both Leah and Rachel. As such, if I’m following your argument correctly, God leads Jacob and his family into further sin. You say yourself that “God wanted Jacob to have Leah first, then Rachel later” as if polygamy was all good and well with a holy God!

    I think you get on the edge of what this bit of history actually is teaching us when you talk about Jacob’s name and character. Jacob, the deceiver, is being allowed by God to reap what he has sown. That is, the deceiver is now the one who is deceived, a just punishment for his sin. That time is, after all, the time of “an eye for an eye.” It’s as if God is saying, “You tried to cheat My will, now you will reap the consequences by being the one deceived.”

    Romans 1 deepens this lesson somewhat when Paul talks about those who “suppress the truth;” that is, God gives them over to their sin. Jacob obviously was allowed to continue in his sin until it turned around and bit him. Paul continues in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 — Jacob was allowed to “perish,” though only for a season, because he did not love the truth. He was driven from his family and his stolen inheritance, and might well have been dead if not for Laban. And then God sent him a strong enough delusion that he actually thought Leah was Rachel! He was condemned, ironically, by his own sins. What a just and glorious punishment from God to make Jacob His own.

    The deeper, and true, lesson we learn from Jacob is that we must love the truth. Failure to love the truth leads to not only personal destruction but self-delusion. And that, in a Biblical nutshell, is why people go to Hell — they HATE the truth, therefore God has given them up to their sins and allowed them to believe their own lies and the lies of other sinners.

    Oh thank the Lord that instead He had mercy on us, who are sinners!

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