A wee recording I made the day we arrived in Mexico.
It was fun and a privilege to present the story of the One Leper whom Jesus healed (Mark i 40-45) yesterday in a Slovak village Lutheran church up near the Czech border.
In the short time available to us the congregation (150 people approx.) and I discovered together how the leper came pleading, “If you are willing you can make me clean” and seemingly uncertain whether Jesus wanted to do it or not.
The compassion with which the Lord reached out and touched this unclean man before healing him indicated a much deeper inner healing was also happening.
The man got MUCH more than he expected.
That afternoon, as we continued some church activities, I was amazed by the Lord’s hand on four different people who asked for prayer. All of them received some special intimate touches as God came near, but it was the surprise two people got in particular that reminded me of the leper story that morning!
One woman and her mother came forward. The mother’s eyes were red with crying in her pain. She was due an operation this week for something that sounded like a herniated disc (or worse!) as she described it. We prayed together and I shared a couple of words with her afterwards and, when she nodded in agreement to that, I prayed into what was revealed in response.
Then I began praying for the daughter, who had a seriously difficult pinched nerve issue in her spinal cord, also needing surgery. I again got some words for her and she responded in the affirmative and said that as we prayed she felt a (good) pressure in her neck area (where the trouble was rooted).
At this point her mother excitedly, and moving rapidly, began to share how she had no more pain. The daughter told her to get up and test it. She did and she said she felt no pain at all!
As she was walking round I noticed she had a funny gait and I asked if one leg was shorter than the other. The daughter said, “Probably!”, and so we checked and sure enough, there was a 2 cm difference in leg length. We just sat there giving thanks to the Lord for His work in her body, and watched as the shorter leg grew out almost to full length. Perhaps half a centimetre short.
As we were sitting praying in the area where the worship team needed to start worship, we had to stop praying, but I told the pair of them to lift her legs (as we had done) each evening and give thanks and the Lord would complete the healing.
Meanwhile, we all rejoiced at what we had just seen. The unexpected and surprise touches of God loving people and healing bodies. And all in a church where that sort of stuff does not normally happen! What a privilege!
How many today cannot see those (divine) footsteps because of busy-ness or haste in life or pain or through not meditating on Him and His Word?
The presence of God is there right where you are. Do you imagine that God is “not like that” in your life? He cannot be contained in a box.
Press in to know His ways and press on to know Him today!
Arrival in Siberia, Khanty storytelling and ministry time and STS Advanced gets underway
It has been a while since I last wrote, and resurrecting this blog is long overdue.
The storytelling training trips have been numerous – 11 workshops on 4 continents last year – and they have started again this year, beginning with a memorable trip to South America last month. See a photographic story here about the Amazon trip in February.
In my “morning watch” today I was thinking what an incredible privilege it is. The verse in the image with this post stood out for me.
To be an ambassador is an incredible calling. You represent, not yourself, but your sovereign or country in all you do, say and are. As an ambassador for Christ I do not take lightly the responsibility and as I “go” again – this time to the Arctic Circle – my prayer is the one prayed in my devotional this morning by Nicky Gumbel:
“As I look to the days ahead, help me to make known among the nations what you have done.”
Not sure, but my email platform may be on the change again!
Airmail has been a good experience, except a flood of time loss dealing with reoccurring emails that I have snoozed and that pop up too soon. Not an issue until you snooze a batch of about 30 emails, having browsed them all, and then they all reappear when you switch momentarily to another application and then back to email, or when that snoozed email keeps coming back early again and again!
I think I found a solution with Airmail customer service and cleansing the cache, but I was also getting a little irritated by the app. Aesthetically, although better looking than Apple’s Mail programme, I find Airmail is still a little off. I want something that does all that good stuff with email, integrates with other services (like Omnifocus) and works the way it should, but it must also look good.
Then I heard Spark was available on the Mac.
I have always liked Spark aesthetically and so the prospect of now having my email workflow synced across my devices – and it would appear to give really functional email on the Apple Watch – as well as on the Mac (since November last) is perhaps the programme for which I have been waiting.
There is the ability to have email prioritised smartly in a Smart Inbox (or not if you prefer to keep the other, normal, unified Inbox option, or even if you want to see your email by Inbox per each individual email account). The Smart Inbox is all about how you want to see the most important email first or on top and is a cool feature of the application in my book.
Also, having notifications come up only for your important, personal email and not for all those discount coupons and travel offers, etc. is a strong yes for me. Now I’m not looking at my phone or watch with every ping that happens every few seconds!
The con for me in this app is this: I know, according to their ads, that they are “just getting started”, but I really hope they bring direct integration into their app for Omnifocus and Drafts. This is the only thing for me that would appear to be missing from what seems to be a great email programme.