“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.