“Boat and Water”, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, February 15, 2017

Dear Friends,

I enjoy being out on a boat on the water. I recall though one time where we were out on the water fishing in a boat, catching some big bass by the way, and I noticed that the boat was taking on the water and in a few short minutes the boat, we felt so safe in a few minutes before, sunk, that’s right sunk….. My fishing partner and I had to swim to shore (there’s a whole other story to that but we will save that till another time).

Friends, we are living in a world filled with hatred, disobedience, rebellion, anger, strife and deep immorality all around, and we are called as Christ followers to “live in this world.” I love the boat analogy for each of us, “We are to live in this world, but not to allow the world (it’s system’s and evil) to live in us!”

I don’t believe in isolationism at all, because we are called to be salt and light in our world as Christ followers. I do believe in “Insulation” though. Where the Word of God and prayer is our strength and stability, the call to be “holy as Christ is Holy” is our mandate, and obedience and faithfulness to our living Lord is our opportunity to make a kingdom difference for His glory in this world.

Living in these times where the waves are high and often dangerous does not have to capsize us. Let’s keep the water out of our boat and navigate well across the waters for His glory as we head toward the celestial city, called glory.

Safe voyage friends!

Doug

Pastor Doug’s devotional can be received via email by contacting him at dgshada@gmail.com. His daily word on encouragement can be read by connecting with him on Facebook and with Living Faith Fellowship on Facebook. Each has a unique inspiration for the day. Please join us for worship this Sunday at our church facility, 33rd and Avenue I, Kearney, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

Possibilities Africa Missions Trip

Living Faith Fellowship partners with Possibilities Africa to bring lasting wholistic change to individuals, families, and communities in Kenya and Rwanda. The following slide show briefly shows our missions team from working with the PA staff.

Possibilities Africa trains individuals and groups to bring wholistic transformation to communities. For more information, contact Pastor Doug or Pastor Duane.

“It Can Set A Forest Aflame…”, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, February 1, 2017

Dear Friends,

When our team met in Omaha before leaving for Africa we paused and prayed that we would be “A modern day Barnabas” people of encouragement. I have thought a lot about this fact since coming home and seeing the power that we have to build up, encourage, lift up with mere words.

Sadly to say the opposite can be very true as well. That is for another letter.

Take a moment with me and ask in our last conversations, have we spent more time being critical, complaining, backbiting with our communication than we have building up and encouraging?

I love these checks from the Word of God when it comes to communication:

-Ephesians 4:29, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

-Proverbs 16:21, “The wise in heart will be called discerning, And sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.”

-Proverbs 16:23,24, “The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

There are many more texts in scripture giving guidance with the right use of communication that I could use but these are three that have really been good for me.

I write this today, as I just received a note from a waitress that we had in an African restaurant that “friended me along with some of her friends” on Facebook because of our kindness to them.

Uplifting, encouraging, supportive communication truly makes a difference in all facets of life.

Striving together for His glory,

Doug

“This Fruit Is Eternal”, Missions Update, Global Fellowship

Dear friend:

We are so blessed to see what God is doing in many places. At the moment we’re in Africa and have just been with our colleagues in Kenya. There we had the chance to meet several new converts, one of them a sorcerer who practiced witchcraft for many years. When he encountered the story of Jesus calming the storm, he gave his life to the Christ who speaks and the wind and the water obey. We thank God for the power of Bible stories, changing lives in many places. The Word of God is absolutely and literally the POWER of God, unto salvation! Please read our attached letter. We’re so blessed and thankful for the many cultures hearing the Gospel for the first time in India and Nepal. THANK YOU for your vitally important – and hugely appreciated – partnership with us.

Ted M. Olsen
Global Fellowship

Please download our February 2017 Newsletter global-fellowship-newsletter-february-2017-ii-1.

Greetings From Africa!


Dear Friends,

I am sitting here at 10:30 PM Wednesday night and it is 80+ degrees here in Rwanda. The only reason I am not complaining is because of what our team is experiencing while here in Africa.

It is one of the most humbling things to see God at work in I have ever been involved with. Whether it was in Ahero, Kissi or Narok the last few days we met with 100’s pastors and church leaders who are experiencing true “Holistic Transformation.” Most of these dear people in the villages have never been exposed to biblical Christianity friends. What is so exciting is to see them understand who God is and the plan He has for their life.
From the spiritual growth to the economic empowerment to the children’s mentoring and discipleship, change is taking place for God’s glory right before their eyes.

Tonight we flew into Rwanda (the newest country PA is involved with starting one year ago) and our two young staff members met us at the airport. We will have 66+ pastor leaders from the villages at our training bright and early tomorrow morning where I and Brandon will be speaking to them on their personal walk with the Lord. Please pray with us about this. We are both very excited about this opportunity.

Friends, one of the things that has really struck me while on this trip is that God is doing a great work in many areas of the globe as well as right in our own back yards. What a humbling honor it is to join Him in what He is doing using our talents, abilities and gifts for His glory. There is no greater way to spend our life!

Did I say it is hot in Africa yet? I am trying not to complain, but…….it’s 80+ with that much humidity at this time of night. So glad you are praying for our team.

Striving together for His glory,

Doug

“Take a moment with me!”, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, January 4, 2017

Dear Friends,

Please take a moment with me at the beginning of this New Year and ponder the Apostle Paul’s words from Philippians 1:27-30. The long term motivation and personal ramifications for our life as we strive to live out this truth can be astounding and make a huge difference personally, in the church we attend and in our sphere of influence around the land.

“Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will her of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel in no way alarmed by your opponents–which is a sign of destruction for them, but salvation for you, and that too, from God. For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.”

When each of us strive within our own heart and then together to:
-Be Unified in Christ,
-Unified with ‘one purpose,’ to glorify Him through the spreading of the gospel by using our individual talents, abilities and gifts,
-That we are Unified with one vision (Christ said it best, “to go into all the World”)

Pondering…….

“Lord may each of us who read this to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ!”

Blessed New Year to you all,

Doug

P.S. Please join us for worship this Sunday at our church facility, 33rd and I Streets, Kearney, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

Pastor Doug’s devotional can be received via email by contacting him at dgshada@gmail.com. His daily word of encouragement can be read by connecting with him on Facebook and with Living Faith Fellowship on Facebook. Each has a unique view of inspiration to help you through the day.

“Prayer Support”, Pastor Doug’s Devotional, December 30, 2016

Dear Caring & Praying Friends,

Last evening I read a sad and sickening report of the fate of many Christian missionaries at the hand of Muslim extremists in the middle East. This report detailed some of the most evil, awful happenings these radical Islamists have done and are doing to both the adults and children of these Christian missionaries. I am not going in to detail in this this note, it is to gruesome and sad.

I am writing to ask “you” to join me in prayer for the Christ following missionaries, especially in these third world countries. Not that God would take them out of the fire of evil, but that “holy boldness” would be there’s. His peace, power and authority would flow from their lips. And very importantly that “many” people will come to saving faith through the message of the gospel which they are sharing. It has been true down through the ages that the gospel goes further and faster on the blood of these Christ honoring martyr’s.

Some have said, “well, these missionaries just need to leave those evil areas.” Well friends, why should we expect them to be treated any differently than they treated Christ or the Apostles or many other Christ followers down through the ages? No, many have been called to go into these evil areas knowing full well that death could be imminent.

Lastly, as we close another year and begin a fresh new one, please pray for each other as Christ followers that we “would be bold in our witness for our Lord” using our talents, abilities and gifts to honor Him regardless of the personal costs to “our” life. That obedience and faithfulness would mark our life.

Thank you all!

It is truly a pleasure to “Strive together” for His glory,

Pastor Doug