Monday, January 10, 2005

Running Start

January 23rd is the first official day that our church will start
meeting at the International Lounge on the UCR Campus.
We have had a number of people expressing serious interest
and a good group of people who will be helping launch Manna.
A big thank you to all of you.

However, we are getting a running start. We have had two radio
shows on Radio KPRO, 1570 AM. The show airs on Saturdays at
6:00 PM. If you want a CD with a sample show, let me know.
Also, you can download a sample show on the Manna Radio
page on this website. Go to the Focused Ministry list.

We are having an organizational meeting and dinner at our house,
16775 Secretariat Drive, Moreno Valley, CA. Call 243-2293 if
you wish to go. We have made many good contacts and people with
possible ministries that God has placed on their heart.

On a more sober note, I have two prayer requests for people. First,
the powerful tsunami and the many deaths, destructions, injuries,
and destroyed lives reminds us that we live in a fallen world. We
are naive to think that this is their problem over there. Prayer and
action is needed. These people are our neighbors. I would encourage
people to give money or aid to the many organized efforts that are underway.

Secondly, I talked with a man named James, last Friday. He is returning from
Iraq and will return in 90 days with his unit. He is a 25 year Marine veteran, an NCO,
who leads a recon unit. He has seen plenty of action in his life. It has left
its mark. He is haunted. He freely admits long-term drug and alcohol addiction
even during assignments to allow him to live his life and sleep nights. Yet, he shows an
intense love and care for those he commands even to the point of death. Whether you support the war or
not, it is important to remember that people in our armed forces are real
people. We ask a terrible thing from them in our name. We owe a duty
in return. War is an admission that we have failed. Even if we have to
engage in war, we must admit failure and deal with the consequences. The life of James and others is our duty. We demanded a horrible duty from him. As Christians and Americans, we have a duty in return.
James 4:17 makes it clear that if we know something good that we ought to do
and we don't do it, we sin. What has God placed on our hearts to do?

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