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Yesterday, we greeted pastors and their wives from all over Juarez, Mexico and the Chihuahua valley to a hotel here in Juarez.  For over a decade my partner has been calling pastors together for a time of fellowship, instruction and leadership development and the event has grown.  Several years ago, I joined him in this effort as we began to refine the focus of the meeting.

Opening 2016

For the past several years the event has focused on spiritual formation and marriage enrichment.  Last year we grew it from a two day, one night event to three days with two nights in the hotel.  The experience is a gift (free of charge) to the pastors and wives who have stuck it out and continue to minister in one of the most difficult and dangerous cities in the world.

Pastors are wired with compassion and called to give themselves for others.  But rarely do pastors have an opportunity to receive.  This event is that opportunity.

This year, we have 36 couples in attendance.  Our theme is Knowing Jesus.  We will remind them of the difference between knowing about Jesus and actually knowing him and the importance that difference makes in our lives and in our marriages and in the midst of the storms that come.  What a blessing to be able to minister to them over these three days.

I ask you to please pray for them.  Pray that God would give them exactly what they need from this event – that those who need rest will receive it; those who need refreshment will experience it; those who need to rekindle their marriages would regain that spark; and those who need to re-focus their spiritual walk will find clarity.

Thank you for your prayers!

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We live in a mixed up world.  One would think that as long as Christianity has been around, the world would be a different place by now.  The truth is – the world is a different place than it was 2000 years ago.  The good far outweighs the bad – its just that the bad gets the press.

But we also have to remember that we live in a fallen world.  As believers, this is not our home – we are just passing through.  And on this passage, we are called to make a difference for Jesus while we are here.  We are to strive to be set apart; to be different.  Jesus challenged us in Matthew 5:48 to be perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect.

We do this by hungering and thirsting after God’s will for us – for his righteousness.  We hold tightly to the truth given to us in scripture.  We stand unwaveringly on our convictions.  But we do so with mercy and humility.

Our culture would say the greatest evil threatening the human condition today is intolerance.  (I would say, the condemnation of and aggression toward Biblical truth by those waving the intolerance banner is the strongest intolerance I see today – a bit ironic don’t you think?)  But the greatest evil threatening the human condition today is the same evil that has been a threat since the beginning – sin.

The only answer for sin is God’s grace and forgiveness brought about by God’s truth.

So we must not flinch at the accusation of intolerance.  We must stand on the foundation of God’s truth.  But we must do so with humility, mercy and love.

Be strong yet merciful today!

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