Monday, September 15, 2008

Baptism

As an outward image of my commitment to Christ, I will be baptized on October 12, 2008, my birthday. I was baptized as an infant, but honestly don't have a clue what my parents vowed for me. I feel like I've come to a point in my life where I have experienced a lot of change and God's presence in my life. So, I've decided it is time for me to make this known to all that I'm a follower of Jesus Christ and that my sins were forgiven when He died on the cross many years ago. I know the Holy Spirit lives within me, but this is my outward message to everyone that God is working through me and guiding me through the Holy Spirit.

Here's a couple verses from the Bible about baptism.

Matthew 3: 11-12 I'm baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I'm a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He's going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He'll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he'll put out with the trash to be burned.

Acts 2: 38 Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thankful

I got a card from a friend this morning saying:

"The Lord told me you could use this! I'm praying that you'll have a safe trip"

Family and friends have truly blessed me by providing all of the funds for this trip. And it was a total surprise to receive funding this late in the game. It's great to see God working in people's lives and also to see them listen to His call to them. Every expense for this trip has become available when I needed it. Little things like extra medications and clothing have been covered. God is good...All the time. And my faith has truly been strengthened as I have trusted God to provide every need for this trip! I can't wait to see how God will work through me and our team in Mali.