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January

A growing burden for the lost...

January 2012 Connection

We have about a half hour drive to and from work every day, and during this time, we take advantage of the opportunity to listen to audio books or Meg reads them aloud for us. The most recent book we finished was called Barefoot Church by Brandon Hatmaker. We have been challenged to not be as concerned about bringing people in to our church buildings as we are about going out into the community and being the hands and feet of Christ – serving and loving others in order to have the opportunity to share with them the awesome Good News that through Jesus Christ we are offered forgiveness, hope, and redeeming love!
 
 
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As we have already communicated with you, one of the reasons that led us to serve at the Greek Bible College is because we see that our gifts fit perfectly some of the specific needs. And even though it’s true that we should make good use of our gifts, we often get so focused on doing this that we tend to forget that using them is not the goal in itself. This is why I find it very important to remind ourselves that the Christian Life is about collaborating with the Spirit in order to let God shape Christ in us, to edify His Church, and to go beyond the Church walls to reach the unreached with the Good News of salvation. And that’s how we give glory to God. But if we miss all this, our life can very quickly become a daily routine that is leading us to live "moral" lives by doing what we think is good and eventually serving our own purposes. This is the dangerous trap of self-righteousness that we can very easily fall into. So why don’t we go back to the basics, become more intentional about the mission God entrusted to us (as Jesus did, and He did it well), and let’s be willing and available for God to do the leading as we become more available to be used in ways we never thought of. If we do this self-check-up often, I am confident that we will not only end up using our gifts, but we will certainly be using them in the ways that they were intended to be used and for the reason they were given to us in the first place.
 
 
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After working with the shipment of new books for over a month now, I am excited to report that there are 350 new commentaries on the shelves of our theological library. That includes volumes from twenty of the most valued biblical series’ printed by trusted Christian publishers. What a privilege it is to work in an environment where I have access to such great resources, and I find such joy in being a part of making these available to our students and other library visitors. I took advantage of this privilege over our Christmas break, spending several extra hours studying the Bible with some of the very resources I had just catalogued, trying to make sure not to neglect the first half of our mission statement: “Growing in the knowledge of God’s Word, while helping others do the same!” While I am grateful for the many opportunities I have been given lately to encourage my fellow brothers & sisters through God’s Word, I have also felt an increasingly greater burden for sharing the Word with those currently outside our “Christian family.” This involves making time to build relationships in order to boldly and courageously (and appropriately!) proclaim Truth into the lives of those lost and blind to the saving reality of God’s amazing grace!
 
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«περιπατῆσαι ἀξίως τοῦ κυρίου εἰς πᾶσαν ἀρεσκείαν ἐν παντὶ ἔργῳ ἀγαθῷ καρποφοροῦντες καὶ αὐξανόμενοι τῇ ἐπιγνώσει τοῦ θεοῦ»
- Κολοσσαείς 1:10
 
“To walk worthy of the Lord, in a manner that fully pleases Him, bearing fruit in every good work,
and growing in the true knowledge of God.”
- Colossians 1:10

 
Please pray with us...
Thanking God for a restful and great opportunity-filled Christmas break
Thanking God for providing us with such loving friends and family near and far
Thanking God for breaking our hearts for what breaks His - the lost and helpless
That we will intentionally seek opportunities to share God’s Word with others!
That we root out our sinful selfishness and clothe ourselves with compassion
A day in the office for Pavlos, as he oftentimes works on several computers at once, in order to help the students and the faculty while he continues the development of the online library management system
This picture of people eating at the local Mall, actually reminds us that among them there probably are some that are hungry for the Word of God.
May we take advantage of opportunities to let them taste it...

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